1984 Minnesota Vikings season

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1984 Minnesota Vikings season
Head coach Les Steckel
General manager Mike Lynn
Home field Metrodome
Results
Record 3–13
Division place 5th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1983 1985 >

1984 was the 24th year of season play for the Minnesota Vikings and the 65th regular season of the National Football League. The Vikings finished with a record of 3 wins and 13 losses. This remains the Vikings’ worst record since the merger, later equaled with the 2011 team, and the team's second worst overall record by win percentage (only 1962 was worse). The Vikings’ 484 points allowed (30.25 average points per game) was the most by any NFL team between 1983 and 2000,[1] and the most any Vikings team allowed in one season.

The team was coached by Les Steckel after Bud Grant retired; after the bad season, Steckel was fired and Bud Grant was re-hired.

Offseason[edit]

1984 Draft[edit]

Main article: 1984 NFL Draft
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 13 13 Keith Millard Defensive Tackle Washington State
2 12 40 Traded to the Houston Oilers[a]
3 11 67 Alfred Anderson Running Back Baylor
4 16 100 Traded to the Houston Oilers[a]
5 15 127 Traded to the Los Angeles Raiders[b]
28 140 Allen Rice Running Back Baylor from Raiders[b]
6 14 154 Dwight Collins Wide Receiver Pittsburgh
7 13 181 John Haines Defensive Tackle Texas
28 196 Lloyd Lewis Offensive Guard Texas A&I from Raiders[b]
8 12 208 Paul Sverchek Defensive Tackle Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
9 11 235 Keith Kidd Wide Receiver Arkansas
10 16 268 James Spencer Linebacker Oklahoma State
11 15 295 Edgar Pickett Linebacker Clemson
28 308 Lawrence Thompson Wide Receiver Miami from Raiders[b]
12 13 321 Mike Jones Running Back North Carolina A&T Originally Packers pick[c]
^[a] Minnesota traded their 2nd round selection (40th overall) and 4th round selection (100th overall) to Houston for QB Archie Manning and TE Dave Casper.
^[b] The Raiders traded their 5th round selection (140th overall), 7th round selection (196th overall), and 11th round selection (308th overall) to Minnesota to move up 17 spots and draft TE Andy Parker.
^[c] Minnesota originally chose 322nd overall but picked 321st overall when Green Bay passed and chose at 323rd overall.

1984 Supplemental USFL/CFL Draft[edit]

Draft order Player name Position College Pro Team
Round Choice Overall
1 13 13 Allanda Smith Cornerback TCU Los Angeles Express
2 12 40 Robert B. Smith Defensive End Grambling Arizona Wranglers
3 11 67 David Howard Linebacker Long Beach State Los Angeles Express

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Results Attendance
Final score Team record
1 September 2, 1984 San Diego Chargers L 13–42 0–1
57,276
2 September 9, 1984 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–19 0–2
55,942
3 September 16, 1984 Atlanta Falcons W 27–20 1–2
53,955
4 September 23, 1984 at Detroit Lions W 29–28 2–2
57,511
5 September 30, 1984 Seattle Seahawks L 12–20 2–3
57,171
6 October 7, 1984 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31–35 2–4
47,405
7 October 14, 1984 at Los Angeles Raiders L 20–23 2–5
49,276
8 October 21, 1984 Detroit Lions L 14–16 2–6
57,953
9 October 28, 1984 at Chicago Bears L 7–16 2–7
57,517
10 November 4, 1984 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–24 3–7
54,949
11 November 11, 1984 at Green Bay Packers (Milw) L 17–45 3–8
52,931
12 November 18, 1984 at Denver Broncos L 21–42 3–9
74,716
13 November 25, 1984 Chicago Bears L 3–34 3–10
56,881
14 November 29, 1984 Washington Redskins L 17–31 3–11
55,017
15 December 8, 1984 at San Francisco 49ers L 7–51 3–12
56,670
16 December 16, 1984 Green Bay Packers L 14–38 3–13
51,197

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1984 Minnesota Vikings staff
Front office
  • President – Max Winter
  • General Manager – Mike Lynn

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers – Floyd Reese
  • Defensive Line – Tom Batta
  • Outside Linebackers – Mike Sweatman
  • Defensive Backfield – Ross Fichtner
  • Quality Control – Bob Hollway

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Mike Sweatman

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Bud Bjornaraa
  • Strength and Conditioning – Dean Brittenham

[2]

Roster[edit]

1984 Minnesota Vikings final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Chicago Bears(3) 10 6 0 .625 7–1 8–4 325 248 W1
Green Bay Packers 8 8 0 .500 5–3 8–4 390 309 W3
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 10 0 .375 3–5 5–9 335 380 W2
Detroit Lions 4 11 1 .281 3–5 4–7–1 283 408 L3
Minnesota Vikings 3 13 0 .188 2–6 3–9 276 484 L6

[3]

Statistics[edit]

Team leaders[edit]

Category Player(s) Value
Passing Yards Tommy Kramer 1,678
Passing Touchdowns Tommy Kramer 9
Rushing Yards Alfred Anderson 773
Rushing Touchdowns Ted Brown
Darrin Nelson
3
Receiving Yards Leo Lewis 830
Receiving Touchdowns Leo Lewis 4
Points Jan Stenerud 90
Kickoff Return Yards Darrin Nelson 891
Punt Return Yards Darrin Nelson 180
Tackles Carl Lee 100
Sacks Randy Holloway 5.0
Interceptions Rufus Bess 3

League rankings[edit]

Category Total Yards Yards Per Game NFL Rank
Passing Offense 2,872 Yards 179.5 YPG 22nd
Rushing Offense 1,844 Yards 115.2 YPG 18th
Total Offense 4,716 Yards 294.8 YPG 25th
Passing Defense 3,779 Yards 236.2 YPG 26th
Rushing Defense 2,573 Yards 160.8 YPG 27th
Total Defense 6,352 Yards 397.0 YPG 28th

References[edit]

  1. ^ Most Points Allowed: 1983 to 2000
  2. ^ 2010 Minnesota Vikings Media Guide. p. 265. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 383. Retrieved February 18, 2011.