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 espn1500.com 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.