MINNEAPOLIS — Coach Jerry Burns unleashed an apparently unprovoked, obscenity-riddled tirade against Viking fans and reporters who have heavily criticized his offensive coordinator, Bob Schnelker, after Minnesota's 23-21 victory Sunday.
Earlier in the week, local columnists began suggesting that Schnelker be replaced after Herschel Walker had only 12 carries in the Vikings' 24-14 loss to the New York Giants Monday night.
And Sunday afternoon, when the Metrodome's big-screen scoreboard showed Schnelker on the sidelines, the crowd lashed out with boos.
After the game, Burns lashed back.
"As long as I've got this . . . job, Bob Schnelker will be the . . . offensive coordinator," Burns screamed after stepping to the podium in an interview room. "We can't be responsible for the . . . blocking, or the . . . tackling or the . . . guys jumping offsides.
"We have one dumb . . . play by (Alfred) Anderson when his . . . shoe is coming off. We're . . . hollering to call time out, but we run the . . . trap play and his . . . shoe comes off. That ain't Bob Schnelker's fault."