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Vikings officially name Leslie Frazier head coach

The Vikings have confirmed the widespread reports that Leslie Frazier will be the team’s next head coach, removing the interim tag from his title.

In the release announcing the move, the Vikings tellingly referred to Frazier’s ability to lead the Vikings through troubled waters.

“Under Frazier, the Vikings finished 3-3, including 2-1 on the road after losing the previous nine consecutive away games,” the statement said.   “Even more notable than the wins was Frazier’s consistent composure and steady guidance during the tumultuous final four weeks of the season.”

Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf added:  “He has a strong presence in the locker room and is an excellent leader, as demonstrated during some of the recent challenges we have faced.”

Teams inevitably look for the opposite of the failed head coach that just left.  Brad Childress struggled to minimize distractions, so the Vikings found a steady coach the players love.

Now all Frazier needs is a quarterback and an offensive leader. Perhaps he’ll announce at his press conference Monday if offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be back.

Following Minnesota’s season ending loss, Tom Pelissero of notes that Frazier emphasized that more veterans needed to be in attendance at voluntary OTAs this season.  With Brett Favre absent from offseason workouts, OTAs weren’t a priority under Childress.

Of course, OTAs may not even occur for any team this year.  But that’s a post for another day.

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35 Responses to “Vikings officially name Leslie Frazier head coach”
  1. FinFan68 says: Jan 3, 2011 4:07 PM

    I am glad to see Frazier get his shot but the Vikings should have had to interview other candidates…like the Cowboys did. Having a policy that basically says you can’t hire someone for a job without at least interviewing people of differing races (unless they are a minority) is ridiculous. The Rooney rule (and affirmative action) has run its course.

  2. jpmelon says: Jan 3, 2011 4:07 PM

    Thank you Randy Moss.

    Leslie Frazier

  3. favreflavoredwaffles says: Jan 3, 2011 4:17 PM

    I’d be surprised if Bevell is back…there are several good offensive minds available now and I just think Frazier will look ot a more seasoned guy that’s on his same page. Frazier’s been an assistant with 4 different NFL teams, I have a hard time believing he thinks Bevell is the best answer…guess we’ll see.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Mike Singletary isn’t the new D-Coordinator in MN soon….seeing how he and Singletary are buddies from the ’85 Bears squad.

    Should be an interesting off season for the Vikes.

  4. saucyjack77 says: Jan 3, 2011 4:19 PM

    He was going to get a job this off season so it was a smart move by the Vikes to lock him in. With a fresh start next year sans all the drama he’ll be fine.

  5. dolphinatic says: Jan 3, 2011 4:26 PM

    If Bevell is retained PFT will stand for Perpetual Farve Talk again this off season. PS wordpress sucks and keeps logging me out. Sellouts.

  6. zam1104 says: Jan 3, 2011 4:31 PM

    I felt like Brad Childress got a raw deal from Minnesota.

  7. mark0226 says: Jan 3, 2011 4:40 PM

    Don’t they have to interview other candidates before converting an interim coach to the head coach?

  8. shakenblake1 says: Jan 3, 2011 4:41 PM

    this is a good move. Frazier will be a solid head coach in this league. great leader and players will follow him

  9. lanjoith says: Jan 3, 2011 4:42 PM

    Amen FinFan. Being forced to interview or hire someone based on skin color does a disservice to everyone.

  10. peepeedemon says: Jan 3, 2011 4:45 PM

    They better interview some white people. Or at least ask 5-10 of them who turn it down because they know Frazier is their man. This is the stupidest rule of all time. When are they going to get rid of the “Rooney Rule” that Dan Rooney doesn’t even agree with?

  11. grousehawker says: Jan 3, 2011 4:52 PM

    zam1104 says:
    “I felt like Brad Childress got a raw deal from Minnesota.”

    So, you’re the one?

  12. hardjudge says: Jan 3, 2011 4:58 PM

    Looks like the Rooney rule only applies to black men. How come they don’t have to interview we native Americans, Hispanics and Asians. We are minorities also, which by the way is also the highly despised white man.

  13. jimmy1smith says: Jan 3, 2011 5:03 PM

    I would hardly point to veteran attendance at the OTA’s as a factor in the Viking season. That’s like pointing out the deck chairs aren’t in a straight line as the Titanic takes on water.

    After so many players were thrown under the bus by the micro manager, Col Klink, you could begin to understand why they might want to play harder for Frazier. But is that enough to just hand him the HC job? Maybe he promised not to sell his Superbowl tickets or bang the team admin Assistants like the previous coaches, that itself would be an instant upgrade independent of his ability to, you know, actually coach a pro football team. If the Viking’s history is any indication, they usually make the wrong choice for the wrong reasons and it will take them about another 5 years to figure that out. Maybe by then, they will have found their franchise QB.

  14. bravin4evr says: Jan 3, 2011 5:06 PM

    mark0226 says:
    Jan 3, 2011 4:40 PM
    Don’t they have to interview other candidates before converting an interim coach to the head coach?
    You would think so, but with Frazier being a minority candidate maybe they didn’t have to. If this was the case as a menber of the minority, I feel that is wrong!
    Good luck Frazier, you’re definately going to need it…..not to mention a QB, some DB’s and more! The one good thing he has going for him is that he knows the roster1

  15. therealjcannon says: Jan 3, 2011 5:15 PM

    I wanted Harbaugh or Gruden but this is a good hire. On a team that has become known for Soap Opera like drama a Coach whith a consistently level head who has the respect of all the players and coaches is key to the teams future success.

  16. stellarperformance says: Jan 3, 2011 5:15 PM

    This a good move. I think this will stabilize this club faster than anything esle they can do right now, and maybe even hasten the new stadium deal. I do not want the Vikings to relocate. That having been said….GO PACK!

  17. packrulzm says: Jan 3, 2011 5:16 PM

    Good move for the Vikings. Frazier will bring some much needed leadership to a floundering franchise.

  18. ppdoc13 says: Jan 3, 2011 5:21 PM

    Should have had to interview at least one Caucasian American before making a decision. Who knows, the interview process might have been fixed such that Frazier was good as hired from the beginning. Ask Jerrah Jonz if he still has to interview Ray Sherman even though he wants to hire Jason Garrett.

  19. therealjcannon says: Jan 3, 2011 5:23 PM

    @finfan the fact you even brought up Fraziers race, when it had nothing to do with his hire shows that the Rooney Rule still needs to be in place. The rule was put in place because for years white owners would only hire white coaches with out giving minority coaching candidates, who were just as qualified, if not more qualified, a chance and it still continues today. Having the Rooney Rule is a good thing if you believe in diversity and leveling the playing field, bad if you don’t.

  20. rgledz says: Jan 3, 2011 5:33 PM

    Honest to God!!! Every time there is a post about Leslie Frazier there has to be dozens of “Do they have to interview a white guy?” posts. We get it!! It’s the Rooney rule, it’s not perfect, but it is what it is!! If you want to complain about something complain about the absurdly low number of black head coaches in the history of the NFL. Sheesh

  21. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 3, 2011 5:35 PM

    So you can hire a black with out interviewing but you can not do the same for a white.

    WOW always love to hear words like diversity and level playing field what a crock

    Here is what the rule should be I own a business and will interview who I want and hire who I want this is pure bs as shown by the Vikes and cowboys

  22. jaykray says: Jan 3, 2011 5:37 PM

    Brad Childress created his own “raw deal.”

    He was a systems guy. He believed his system was the best and would not budge from that idea. If things were not going right, it was because the players could not perform how his system called on them to do rather than recognizing a player’s strength and create a plan around that. This idea only works as long as wins keep coming.

  23. saints25 says: Jan 3, 2011 5:37 PM

    Well Joe Webb is your QB viking fans..good luck with that!!

  24. pervyharvin says: Jan 3, 2011 5:56 PM

    The Vikings seem to groom future Super Bowl Champion coaches and let them go.. Tony Dungy,Brian Billick and Mike Tomlin. Glad we kept Frazier, see if he takes us to the top.

  25. thehighhat says: Jan 3, 2011 5:56 PM

    Excellent choice for the Vikings.

  26. Deb says: Jan 3, 2011 5:56 PM

    @Congratulations to Frazier, who seemed to be a calming influence in a difficult situation. But Ambrose, I’m not sure how naming him head coach will help the Vikes secure a stadium deal. Like you, I’d hate to see this franchise move. I’m vehemently opposed to ripping sports teams away from loyal fans. But in this economic environment, it’s also understandable that officials would have trouble selling a tax-supported stadium deal. Just hope something gets worked out for them soon. This is a talented team. It would be nice if they were able to compete next year without so many distractions–assuming the league itself competes next year.

  27. 1seriously1 says: Jan 3, 2011 5:58 PM

    @therealjcannon Finfan did not suggest that Frazier was hired because of his race. You must have misunderstood his comment. He did imply that the Vikings did not have to honor the Rooney Rule because they hired a minority. You said it yourself, “The rule was put in place because for years white owners would only hire white coaches with out giving minority coaching candidates, who were just as qualified, if not more qualified, a chance and it STILL CONTINUES TODAY.” Yes, it still continues, and it doesn’t matter if the rule is there or not. Owners are going to hire whomever they wish, regardless of the rule. They interview minorities for two reasons: 1. Because they are actually interested in their ability to be a head coach, or 2. To satisfy the Rooney Rule. #2 the biggest reason, IMHO. The Rooney Rule does not level the playing field one bit. It merely gives minority coaches experience at interviewing for HC vacancies.

  28. cliverush says: Jan 3, 2011 6:03 PM

    This is a good move for a once proud team. Now the team needs a solid GM in Minn., not NY. If the owners neglect the structure of the organization as was done when Chilly was in charge then the downward spiral will continue. The Vikings are looking for a hand out from the citizens of the state for their billionaire owners. This needs to change. Unless they are so dumb up that way they might even think an old man like Lil’ Brett can rescue them. Oh wait….

  29. serapheem says: Jan 3, 2011 6:09 PM

    @therealjcannon The real problem is the answer to this question. Can Jerry Jones just hire Jason Garrett without interviewing other candidates? If the answer is no then there is a double standard.

    The objective, I thought, was to erase double standards.

  30. nesuperfan says: Jan 3, 2011 6:20 PM

    While I agree the Rooney Rule is idiotic, why would anyone here think they would need to interview someone else when they HIRED a black coach. The point of the rule was to give minority coaches a shot, and you would think (duh), that hiring one filled that bill.

    Please use some common sense.

  31. serapheem says: Jan 3, 2011 7:30 PM

    @nesuperfan common sense tells me that blacks are not the only minority. The stance that its OK as long as a black person was interviewed or hired is a very exclusionary view in my opinion and in direct opposition to the spirit of the rule.

  32. nesuperfan says: Jan 3, 2011 7:50 PM

    serapheem, the rule is not that you have to interview every minority, only one, any one…Frazier qualifies. They don’t need to interview anyone else, and why would they when they are happy with him?

    Again, hiring him fits the rule…your delicate sense of the color spectrum aside.

  33. richm2256 says: Jan 3, 2011 9:15 PM

    nesuperfan says:
    Jan 3, 2011 6:20 PM
    While I agree the Rooney Rule is idiotic, why would anyone here think they would need to interview someone else when they HIRED a black coach. The point of the rule was to give minority coaches a shot, and you would think (duh), that hiring one filled that bill.

    Please use some common sense.

    You obviously are missing the point by many posters how the Rooney Rule is one-sided. Here, a minority candidate was hired without a single white candidate being interviewed, which is just as wrong as cutting out any black candidates.

  34. nesuperfan says: Jan 3, 2011 10:27 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Jan 3, 2011 9:15 PM

    You obviously are missing the point
    Actually, I did notice the hypocritical nature of that, but I was not really addressing that since it is not part of the rule and that is a different discussion.

  35. serapheem says: Jan 4, 2011 12:00 AM

    @nesuperfan I find it amazing that the word minority automatically refers to an african-american. Why doesn’t that refer to asian, female, gay, mexican, or pacific islander? Does each and every minority need their own rule or does the NFL only care about hiring more black coaches and to hell with every one else?

    If the NFL is going to require minorities to be interviewed…ALL minorities should be interviewed.

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