Eric Bieniemy leaving the Vikings

DETROIT -- Greetings from Ford Field, where I've been caught up watching a Punt, Pass and Kick competition.

One NFC North note before we launch into pregame coverage: If you hadn't heard, Minnesota Vikings assistant head coach/running backs Eric Bieniemy has accepted an offer to become Colorado's offensive coordinator. Bieniemy, a former Buffs standout, had interviewed for the head-coaching job that went to Jon Embree.

Bieniemy told the Star Tribune he will finish the season with the Vikings before leaving. Bieniemy has gained a strong reputation in the NFL, but given the uncertainty about the Vikings' staff and the looming lockout, I don't blame him for returning to the college ranks. He was known as an excellent recruiter during his time as the running backs coach at UCLA.