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Talks between Leslie Frazier, Vikings pick up

Leslie Frazier

It sounds like Leslie Frazier is closing in on the permanent Vikings head coaching job.

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune report that Frazier and the team have been involved in “serious discussions” that may result in Frazier being named the team’s head coach sometime after Sunday’s game in Detroit.

Frazier publicly deferred all talk about his future this week, and owner Zygi Wilf hasn’t spoken in weeks.  Behind the scenes, it appears the two sides have been working towards a three-year contract agreement.

With many coaching jobs about to become available, Wilf may want to move quickly before Frazier can interview elsewhere.  Still, there are important issues to resolve like how much control Frazier would have over the roster.

Previous coach Brad Childress had a lot of power than could now be re-directed to the Vikings front office.

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29 Responses to “Talks between Leslie Frazier, Vikings pick up”
  1. dolphinatic says: Jan 1, 2011 1:16 PM

    They should go after Chucky or Cowher. Unless of course my Dolphins are dumb enough to fire Sparano. If that happens I hope they keep Frazier. Nobody likes competition here right?

  2. jimmy1smith says: Jan 1, 2011 1:30 PM

    He will come dirt cheap and that has to be a pre condition considering all the money Ziggy is already paying Col Klink. But Klink earned his money, servicing BrINT, throwing away draft picks, and throwing away their best chance at Superbowl since 1999.

    And Ziggy shouldn’t be in a hurry just because Frazier might interview somewhere else. Frazier has been interviewing somewhere else for the past three seasons which should tell you something about how teams view him as a head coach. And also tell you something about the Vikings should they hire him.

  3. tommytd says: Jan 1, 2011 1:39 PM

    Great…get the Frazier thing done and then you can work on a long term deal to keep #4 @ QB. Keep yourselves in the cellar for the next 5 years! GO BEARS!

  4. kingjoe1 says: Jan 1, 2011 1:51 PM

    Time for Peterson to ask to be traded. First time coach, a bunch of old lineman and no real QB. Peterson needs to go somewhere else if he wants to win anything.

    Maybe when the Pats lose in the playoffs, they will drop two firsts for Peterson.

  5. moneymike23 says: Jan 1, 2011 2:04 PM

    Noooooooooo, clean house, blow it up, and start over.

  6. cusoman says: Jan 1, 2011 2:09 PM

    jimmy1smith says: Jan 1, 2011 1:30 PM

    He will come dirt cheap and that has to be a pre condition considering all the money Ziggy is already paying Col Klink. But Klink earned his money, servicing BrINT, throwing away draft picks, and throwing away their best chance at Superbowl since 1999.

    ————–

    Jimmy, what the heck are you going to have to talk about when Favre and Childress are fully in the rear view mirror next year?

    One can hope you fade into obscurity… you certainly don’t offer anything of value to the discussions on this site.

  7. huskersrock1 says: Jan 1, 2011 2:10 PM

    “Maybe when the Pats lose in the playoffs, they will drop two firsts for Peterson.”

    Keep dreaming, that isn’t ever going to happen.

  8. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 1, 2011 2:12 PM

    #kingjoe1 says: Jan 1, 2011 1:51 PM

    “Maybe when the Pats lose in the playoffs, they will drop two firsts for Peterson.”

    And maybe your delusions will cease.

  9. wtfru2 says: Jan 1, 2011 2:18 PM

    The only way Peterson goes anywhere is for a Hershel Walker type trade. We all know how that turned out don’t we?

  10. tprt2 says: Jan 1, 2011 2:26 PM

    Give Fraz a chance, GET SOME O-LINEMAN/RB’S THAT CAN PASS BLOCK & PICK UP THE BLITZ and convince #4 to return.

    Let’s face facts: Tom Brady and Peyton Manning would fare no better than Favre did this past season, and they most probably would have been IR’d before the Vikings’ bye week.

    The O-line is never easy to address, but really with Petersen/Harvin/Rice, that is one of the few areas keeping this team from 12-4 perennially, provided Favre is the QB.

  11. snake11s says: Jan 1, 2011 2:30 PM

    Kingjoe,
    Keep dreaming, why would we give up 2 firsts for a RB when we find bargains?
    Have fun watching the playoffs as you have no team in them.
    And thanks for the 3rd for Moss!
    Vikes will be looking up to Detroit for years after this!

  12. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 1, 2011 2:30 PM

    The players played for Frazier. Braddy screwed them up for the next few years. This might be a good stop gap until they straighten out… Or move to LA….

  13. pervyharvin says: Jan 1, 2011 2:34 PM

    Dream on,Peterson is going NOWHERE!

  14. supersuckers3 says: Jan 1, 2011 3:00 PM

    jimmy1smith says:
    Jan 1, 2011 1:30 PM
    He will come dirt cheap and that has to be a pre condition considering all the money Ziggy is already paying Col Klink. But Klink earned his money, servicing BrINT, throwing away draft picks, and throwing away their best chance at Superbowl since 1999.

    And Ziggy shouldn’t be in a hurry just because Frazier might interview somewhere else. Frazier has been interviewing somewhere else for the past three seasons which should tell you something about how teams view him as a head coach. And also tell you something about the Vikings should they hire him
    ———–

    Agreed Jimmy. They can’t afford anyone. However, this is a major rebuilding job. May have to look for someone that has done that and if Sparano becomes available he could be the guy, given three or four years, to get the V ikings back to 500.

  15. jebdamone says: Jan 1, 2011 3:42 PM

    i think this is a great hire for the vikings. we have a solid core of players that are mostly in their prime on both sides of the ball that obviously like frazier and will play for him. vikes do not need to blow everything up and start over, that is what bad franchises do in a panic. we need to restructure the chain of command, get better on the offensive line and find a serviceable QB. oh, and also find someone that can play strong safety. improve in these areas and we will be right back in there competing without fully rebuilding.

  16. nesuperfan says: Jan 1, 2011 4:11 PM

    huskersrock1 says:
    Jan 1, 2011 2:10 PM
    “Maybe when the Pats lose in the playoffs, they will drop two firsts for Peterson.”

    Keep dreaming, that isn’t ever going to happen.
    _______________________________

    Which part won’t happen? Losing in the playoffs or giving up two first for AP?

    I think there is a good shot we won’t lose in the playoffs, but there is no way ANY team should give two first-rounders for ANY RB. RB’s have a very short shelf life and the Patriots are showing that with a good team around one, anyone can perform fairly well.

  17. bodybaggame says: Jan 1, 2011 4:13 PM

    If the Vikings do hire him, the real question will be….Who’s gonna step up and take his place as the token “Rooney Rule” interview?

  18. vikesfansteve says: Jan 1, 2011 4:19 PM

    You claim to hate the Vikings but you comment on every single Vikings thread & say the same thing over & over.

    Genius it was 1998 season the Vikings were 15-1 & lost in the NFC Championship that happened to be played in Jan 99. Get the year right dumbass.

    Also the Vikings were in the 2000 NFC Championship. If you are going to constantly talk smack about something get the facts straight. New Year same stupid crap spewed out by you.

    Go crawl back into your hole with your download of Brett & play with yourself.

    #
    jimmy1smith says: Jan 1, 2011 1:30 PM

    He will come dirt cheap and that has to be a pre condition considering all the money Ziggy is already paying Col Klink. But Klink earned his money, servicing BrINT, throwing away draft picks, and throwing away their best chance at Superbowl since 1999.

    And Ziggy shouldn’t be in a hurry just because Frazier might interview somewhere else. Frazier has been interviewing somewhere else for the past three seasons which should tell you something about how teams view him as a head coach. And also tell you something about the Vikings should they hire him.

  19. vikesfansteve says: Jan 1, 2011 4:23 PM

    Not sure if Frazier is the answer but who knows. The Vikings just need an O-line that’s not made of swiss cheese & a couple of new corners & move Winfield to safety. They will be right back on top. No big deal.
    If Fat Al is released by the Skins they should pick him up. Also if they can’t convince Favre to come back then they should go for Carson Palmer or maybe even Hassleback of McNabb.

  20. didiwags says: Jan 1, 2011 4:33 PM

    I think Frazier will be a good Head coach for the Vikings. The players like him and he has been able to do some good things with in just a few shorts weeks. Imagine what the team will be like next year!

  21. jimmy1smith says: Jan 1, 2011 4:38 PM

    vikesfansteve says: Genius it was 1998 season the Vikings were 15-1 & lost in the NFC Championship that happened to be played in Jan 99

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Yes, and I wrote 1999 but forgive me if you think I screwed up which Championship game the Vikings choked in, there have been so many.

    That’s alright, the future doesn’t look like it will bring many more opportunites. Maybe their luck will change with the move to LA.

  22. asherallencanttackle says: Jan 1, 2011 5:05 PM

    The players hated Childress and didn’t respect him. They play hard for Frazier. The Eagle game proved that. A 3 year deal is good because they won’t be saddled with him long-term should he be a bust. Joe Webb may be the answer and they could use their third round pick to get a…oh yeah that’s right…they don’t have a third rounder next year. Thanks Chilly, you f*cking bum.

  23. jebdamone says: Jan 1, 2011 5:28 PM

    agree vikesfansteve. we need a safety and some better Oline peices and a serviceable QB. i don’t really want mcnabb, other then to give joe webb another year to learn, but it seems like carson palmer might be available this off season and i think he would be a good pick up. palmer needs a change of scenery, although i could just as likely see Bengals getting rid of ocho and TO and keeping carson around.

  24. therealjcannon says: Jan 1, 2011 5:52 PM

    @jimmy1smith get off the Vikings ball sack and worry about your choke artist QB for your hick town hill billy favorite team. Chump

  25. tholarko says: Jan 1, 2011 6:15 PM

    Tell it like it is;
    Neither Chilly or Frazier decides when Farve plays or sits. It is now, and has been # 4′s call. Until the owner tells Brett the coach is the boss….wait, no, not gonna happen

  26. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jan 1, 2011 6:32 PM

    Why hire someone who is familiar with the team and can put a winning product on the field? That’s boring.

    You can’t generate marketing excitement in the off-season. Hiring mercenary players and coaches for a one to two year stay has worked so well in D.C.

    Hail!
    Daniel Snyder
    7 Head Coaches in 11 seasons
    16 starting QBs in 11 seasons
    10 losing records in 11 seasons

  27. dman19 says: Jan 1, 2011 6:45 PM

    Will Frazier keep stating that Favre is my starting QB 5 yrs after his retirement??

  28. mediasloppy says: Jan 1, 2011 7:06 PM

    Jeez, I haven’t been here in awhile. I was hoping the simple idiots and trolls like Jimmy were a thing of the past. This place still blows.

    Frazier is a good fit & the players respect him. Enough said.

    As for all the Peterson bull crap find the proper thread for it.

  29. jaykray says: Jan 2, 2011 11:07 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.

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