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Drawing a Balance Between Coach Battles and Player Performance

The coaching prestige in this weekend's Vikings-Rams matchup is quite notable.

Mike Zimmer may be in his first year as Vikings Head Coach, but he's been roaming NFL sidelines since 1994 and even won a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys in the 90s. Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher has been coaching in the NFL since 1985.

Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner has been coaching for 40 years and Rams Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams has been coaching in the NFL for 25 years. Oh, and there's even a Schottenheimer in the mix. Long-time NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer's son, Brian, is the Rams Offensive Coordinator. It's a certainty that the FOX television cameras will make their rounds scoping out this impressive group of coaches, showing the stoic faces of Zimmer and Fisher on the sidelines as well as Turner scheming from his perch atop the Edward Jones Dome.

In trying to predict what may happen when all of these coaches converge this Sunday when the Vikings and Rams meet, one could look back on previous meetings. For example, Turner was 4-0 and his offense averaged 28.8 points per game against Jeff Fisher's Tennessee Titans teams from 2007-2010.

But are NFL games won based on schemes and play-calling savvy? Or is the outcome more dependent on the player performance? It was actually one of these coaches – Turner – who broached this topic earlier in the week.

"We're talking about me, we're talking about Gregg Williams, we're talking about the coordinators," Turner commented on "Xs and Os with Head Coach Mike Zimmer", which airs Wednesdays at 6:30 pm on the Vikings Radio Network. "It does come down to the guys playing on the field."

Where do you stand, Vikings fans? What's the balance between coaching strategy and player performance when it comes to how NFL games are decided?

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