The 1991 Season
1991 (8-8): Third in NFC Central
Head Coach: Jerry Burns
9/1 L 6-10 @ Chicago 64,112
9/8 W 20-19 @ Atlanta 50,936
9/15 W 17-14 San Francisco 59,148
9/22 L 0-26 @ New Orleans 68,591
9/29 L 6-13 Denver 55,031
10/6 L 20-24 @ Detroit 63,423
10/13 W 34-7 Phoenix 51,209
10/20 L 23-26 OT @ New England 45,367
10/27 W 28-0 @ Phoenix 45,447
11/3 W 28-13 Tampa Bay 35,737
11/11 L 17-34 Chicago 59,001
11/17 W 35-21 @ Green Bay 57,614
11/24 L 14-34 Detroit 51,644
12/8 W 26-24 @ Tampa Bay 41,091
12/15 W 20-14 L.A. Rams 61,518
12/21 L 7-27 Green Bay 52,860
Key Draft Picks
Once again the Vikings had given away their first and second round picks to the Dallas Cowboys as part of the Herschel Walker trade. But the Vikes actually stole one from Dallas. The Vikings had picked up a second 3rd round choice from Dallas and used it to select Jake Reed. The Vikings also selected linebacker Carlos Jenkins in the third round and safety Todd Scott in the sixth round.
It was to be Jerry Burns last year as the head coach of the Vikings. In fact Burns retired on December 3 shortly after the loss to the Lions. And there were more changes during the season.
The ownership structure was reorganized on December 16. Irwin Jacobs and Carl Pohlad sold their shares to an ownership group of ten people led by Roger Headrick. On January 10, the Vikings named Dennis Green as the fifth head coach in team history. But it wasn’t an easy choice.
Veteran Start Tribune writer Sid Hartman openly and heartedly endorsed Pete Carroll in his newspaper columns. Carroll had been a coach with the club from 1985-89 and Hartman had developed an instant liking for the young, innovative Carroll. Headrick talked to people around the league, including former 49er head coach Bill Walsh who endorsed Dennis Green. Headrick picked Green. Hartman sulked.