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Frazier, Vikings met for more than five hours on Friday

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune recently reported that the Vikings and interim coach Leslie Frazier have been involved in “serious discussions” aimed at making him the non-interim coach.

A league source tells us that the discussions entailed meetings that consumed more than five hours on Friday.

Time is of the essence for the Vikings, given that once their season ends on Sunday other teams may come calling for Frazier.  (It would be more than a little naive to think that teams that may be interested in Frazier haven’t made their interest known to Frazier’s agent.)

Because Frazier is a minority candidate, the Vikings can make him the permanent coach without conducting any further interviews.  And by all appearances the Vikings will make him the permanent coach.

It would make sense to make the move as soon as possible after the regular-season finale.  Five years ago, the team made it known immediately after a Week 17 win over the Bears that coach Mike Tice wouldn’t be returning.

The next question will be whether Frazier retains offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who employs the West Coast offense.  And if Bevell stays, it will be impossible to rule out another “this is my last year, and I mean it this time” return from Brett Favre, especially if a lockout wipes out the offseason program and/or training camp.

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  1. therealjcannon says: Jan 1, 2011 7:18 PM

    Playoff bound in 2011. Frazier wasnt my first pick but the players respect him and will play hard for him. This team is a good off season away from being Super Bowl contenders again next year. The Vikes will get the new stadium built, and last time I checked Ziggy Wilf was not shy about spending big money in order to get the players he wants.

  2. sirsupersouthern says: Jan 1, 2011 7:27 PM

    Haha, the angle you guys haven’t seen yet is that these publicized talks between Frazier and the Vikings have served their purpose — satisfy the Rooney Rule. They aren’t going to hire him.

    This is a sneaky way to be classy about interviewing a minority candidate without conducting obviously bogus mock-interviews before hiring a Bill Cowher type guy. See the difference???

    You’re smarter than you look, Ziggy…

  3. dman19 says: Jan 1, 2011 7:34 PM

    what about The Klegal Rule??

  4. 49erman says: Jan 1, 2011 7:36 PM

    Vikes have to figure out who the QB will be before they can think about making the playoffs. Their QB of the future may not even be on their roster just yet.

  5. thetooloftools says: Jan 1, 2011 7:49 PM

    “Because Frazier is a minority candidate, the Vikings can make him the permanent coach without conducting any further interviews”.
    Remember, you can hire a black coach without interviewing white coach, but you cannot hire a white coach without interviewing a black coach.
    This makes perfect sense.
    The Idiots Who Pushed Title 9 Through the NCAA

  6. darkembryo says: Jan 1, 2011 7:53 PM

    A team can outright hire a black coach without interviewing other races but if you want to hire a Caucasian you have to go through the proper channels? Racism doesn’t go both ways i suppose.

    Hire the best person for the job regardless of race.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love Frazier and believe he will do a much better job than Brad did… i just think the Rooney rule is a bunch of crap. Rules like this is what keeps racism alive.

  7. ctownlegend says: Jan 1, 2011 7:54 PM

    playoff bound? lol with what QB and you guys moving divisions?

  8. carryingweight says: Jan 1, 2011 7:55 PM

    I hope they sign him ASAP. But what to do with the qb situation…. I guessed will know more on Sunday

  9. hobartbaker says: Jan 1, 2011 8:04 PM

    They’re just working out the fine details of currency exchange rates with Les’ home planet of Vulcan.

  10. commandercornpone says: Jan 1, 2011 8:13 PM

    with what OL?

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 1, 2011 8:16 PM

    “Playoff bound in 2011.”


    Just a wee bit optimistic at this point are you ? LOL

  12. kelly75r says: Jan 1, 2011 8:23 PM

    I am all for Frazier as the new HC. A suggestion …go after LT Charlie Johnson(ind),G Adam Snyder(sf) and RT Willie Colon(pit),move McKinnie to RG, Snyder to C ,Johnson and Colon will fill in the tackle spots..Now thats an O-line #28 Can run behind.

  13. Deb says: Jan 1, 2011 8:35 PM

    I tend to favor programs such as the Rooney Rule that create a more even playing field in hiring. But if I understand it, the Vikes could make Frazier permanent without having to interview other candidates. However, the Cowboys would be required to interview minority candidates before making Garrett permanent. Why? What’s the purpose of requiring a team that’s already decided to hire from within to grant token interviews with minorities? Sometimes common sense needs to apply.

    What would it take to turn Webb into a solid West Coast QB? Surely Favre isn’t the only hope if the Vikes remain committed to that system.

  14. frankvzappa says: Jan 1, 2011 9:08 PM

    the Vikings should be forced to interview a non-minority candidate…the rules should be fair, not biased in favor of anybody…

  15. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 1, 2011 9:10 PM

    therealjcannon says:
    Jan 1, 2011 7:18 PM

    This team is a good off season away from being Super Bowl contenders again next year.
    Nope. A new offensive line is needed. Steve Hutchinson is not what he was last year, he still probably has a few years left in his tank but not anywhere near where he was. Bryant McKinnie needs to go. He is a useless passblocker. Phil Loadholt is absolutely atrocious, be it penalties or pass blocking. John Sullivan is too small and is easily beat 1 on 1. Anthony Herrera is a good starter but who knows after this season ending injury.

    We need a replacement for Ben Leber, depth at the each LB position. Depth at Safety, the Vikes need to dump Madieu Williams. Need a new receiver to replace Bernard Berrian, we might not even bring back Sidney Rice seeing how injury prone he is. Good or not, you can’t produce if you’re not on the field.

    Above all we need to resign Adrian Peterson and Chad Greenway.

  16. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Jan 1, 2011 9:18 PM

    I liked what I saw from Frazier. The players respect him, unlike the last coach. I too think the Vikings can bounce back next year.

  17. noeffinway says: Jan 1, 2011 9:28 PM

    What? Huh?……don’t they have to interview a couple white guys first???????? Like maybe we need an “anti-rooney” rule or something.

  18. bmcgrath2 says: Jan 1, 2011 9:42 PM

    Hiring Frazier would be a safe and logical move. Let’s get it done.

  19. carson9 says: Jan 1, 2011 9:53 PM

    I like the Vikings but don’t see them as contenders for a couple of years now. The Defense is ancient. They need 2 young cornerbacks and 2 new young DT’s. Winfield is still good, but won’t last too much longer. Plus their Safety Williams sucks. The Bengals let him walk for a reason. By the time the Defense is overhauled AP will be on the decline. Next year will be a re-building season.

  20. kmmccorm says: Jan 1, 2011 9:54 PM

    Just classic that a Vikings fan spelled their owner’s name wrong. Can’t wait until LA steals their second Minneapolis sports team.

  21. tprt2 says: Jan 1, 2011 9:58 PM

    Welcome back, Brett!

    It’s almost as if you’ve never left?!?!

  22. nfl4ever says: Jan 1, 2011 10:20 PM

    “Because Frazier is a minority candidate, the Vikings can make him the permanent coach without conducting any further interviews.”

    The Rooney Rule is a joke, it is essentially reverse racism.

    However, I think Frazier has done enough to warrant the job and I hope he gets it, a little stability would certainly help things up there.

  23. ladybucsandsteelersnut says: Jan 1, 2011 11:38 PM

    Do we really have to start listening already to the “will Brett or won’t he” malarky already? Guy makes me want to puke.

  24. francheyes says: Jan 1, 2011 11:40 PM

    If they hire Gruden I’ll vomit. Nobody can say that Frazier is the answer yet either. 6 games, 2 of which they were embarassed? I can’t speak for the Eagles game either. It’s not unheard of for a favorite to get beat towards the end of the season when they don’t respect the team they’re playing. Lets see what happens when they play the Lions, and then make a decision(Ziggy). I like Frazier, but not so much that I’d settle for a coach without bringing in an established veteran, like Cowher. I guess if they decide to keep Frazier, they had better bring in a talent guru, like a Parcells(only kidding) or a Dungy to oversee all operations. Or the CBA won’t get settled and I’ve just wasted 3 minutes typing.

  25. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jan 1, 2011 11:42 PM

    Does the Rooney rule apply to Owners?


    Well Mr. Commish, it’s time to expand the current rule!

  26. therealjcannon says: Jan 1, 2011 11:51 PM

    The Rooney Rule forces owners to interview minority candidates before making a coaching hire. What about interviewing a minority is racist? All these comments sound like a bunch of racist bitching and moaning. Any Black coach in the league has got the job because he is the best coach for the job, there is too much money tied up in NFL franchises to think otherwise. For years the NFL has been a good ol’ boys club of rich white guys who hire white coaches and don’t give minority coaches a chance. Get your head out of your asses PFT readers.

  27. nfl4ever says: Jan 1, 2011 11:54 PM

    Deb says: Jan 1, 2011 8:35 PM

    I tend to favor programs such as the Rooney Rule that create a more even playing field in hiring.
    So in essence you do not believe that minority candidates can stand on just their own merits and that they need extra help to be considered head coaches, am I correct?

    This is nothing more than a form of affirmative action.

  28. therealjcannon says: Jan 2, 2011 12:05 AM

    @ctownlegend Ha, Joe Webb or a draft pick, it doesn’t matter to me. If Wilf is willing to pay Favre $20 mill dont you think he can find a QB? I do. The O line needs an upgrade at center and guard and with Chilly gone that will be adressed in the draft or in free agency.

    @harrisonhits2 NOPE LOL

    @canadianvikingfaniii The line is good minus Harrera and Sulivan, The LB’s and D backs do need a substantial upgrade, all of which I would include in a good off-season. Don’t worry about AD and Greenway going anywhere. Peterson still has another year left on his contract and the Star Trib has long reported that Greenway is a top off-season priority.

  29. numberoneinthehoodg says: Jan 2, 2011 1:47 AM

    Norm Chow is a little peeved by this.

  30. theytukrjobs says: Jan 2, 2011 3:44 AM

    Frazier is well respected because he is honest, consistent, hard working, and played in the NFL. Players are going to play hard for him. He’s going to work hard for the players. I think he’s worthy of the position. It’s anybody’s guess how it will turn out but you really can’t question the hire.

  31. williamcowher says: Jan 2, 2011 8:32 AM

    I’m not interested.

  32. gbfanforever says: Jan 2, 2011 8:35 AM

    Deb says: Jan 1, 2011 8:35 PM

    I tend to favor programs such as the Rooney Rule that create a more even playing field in hiring.
    So in essence you do not believe that minority candidates can stand on just their own merits and that they need extra help to be considered head coaches, am I correct?

    This is nothing more than a form of affirmative action.

    This is a very tired, worn out, lazy argument that I’m just sick of hearing. I would like to mention that I’m shocked to agree with Deb on something but the notion that people are always hired based on who has the greatest “merits” is a farce perpetuated by Rush. For too many american employers, an important merit is being white. I used to think that that sure, the best qualified people get the job and then I would see the study results every year where identical resumes are sent out to employers, some with caucasian sounding names and some with african american sounding names. The resumes with caucasian sounding names get call backs usually at a 60-70% greater clip. I would love it if the league didn’t need a rule to help level the playing field for black coaches with the same credentials as white coaches, but sadly it seems they do.

  33. gbfanforever says: Jan 2, 2011 9:03 AM

    I’m not sure if any of the big name coaching candidates would walk into this job without incredible compensation. Next year the vikings will have a very different looking roster without a big qb and even more questions about stadiums and possible relocation. They will probably also be the 4th most talented team in the nfc north next season. It just isn’t as ideal a scenario for the coaching prospects as the other open gigs out there.

  34. Deb says: Jan 2, 2011 11:29 AM

    @nfl4ever …

    Yes, it is a form of Affirmative Action. Unfortunately, our society has required Affirmative Action programs to level the playing field and give qualified minority candidates an opportunity for consideration–as gbfanforever has so eloquently explained. My only argument here is that when a team is committed to promoting from within its own coaching ranks, it doesn’t benefit anyone to force the owner to conduct token interviews that won’t result in a hire (if that is the requirement).

    @gbfanforever …

    I’ve always admired Favre’s grit and enthusiasm on the field no matter what uniform he was wearing–which is not an endorsement of his personal character. If you can overlook that, you might find you agree with more of my posts than you realize 🙂

  35. Deb says: Jan 2, 2011 11:35 AM

    Without a stadium deal and some definitive idea about where they’ll be playing over the next five years, I doubt the Vikings could attract a Cowher-type coach … certainly not Cowher himself. Of course, if you throw enough money at someone, anything is possible. But with so many coaching vacancies, the “name” coaches will have a lot of options this year.

  36. jaykray says: Jan 2, 2011 11:35 AM

    Personally, I think Frazier deserves a shot with the Vikings. Not only has he navigated all of the problems that have poped up recently, but he has the respect of the players, learned from a good coaching system, and also sounds like a guy who is honest and who can be taken at face value when he speaks.

    For all of those who are pulling for Gruden… why!? What has the guy done except win a title with Dungy’s team? If he was so great, why has he been in the booth all this time. The guy is personality, not a coach.

  37. therealjcannon says: Jan 2, 2011 7:18 PM

    @gbfanforever well said, thank you. I’m going to cut and paste your comment the next time this issue comes up.

  38. therealjcannon says: Jan 2, 2011 7:24 PM

    @Deb well said as well

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