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Report: Frazier given assurance he’ll be back with Vikings next year

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Last month, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier received a public vote of confidence.  Now, he reportedly has been informed privately that he’ll be back in 2012.

Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Frazier has been told he’ll return next season, despite a 5-14 record as the team’s head coach.

Currently, the 2-11 Vikings are closing in on the worst record in franchise history.  With three more losses in games against the Saints, Redskins, and Bears, the Vikings will finish 2-14, a game worse than their 3-13 record from 1984.

The Vikings continue to face a stadium situation, with a Minnesota public that remains leery of devoting taxpayer money to the construction of a new building.  The lease expires after the Week 17 game against Chicago, and a two-win season could be enough to prompt the locals to offer to help the team pack for the potential move.

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58 Responses to “Report: Frazier given assurance he’ll be back with Vikings next year”
  1. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 13, 2011 10:54 PM

    They’ll tie the 3-13 record. My Bears will find a way to lose the last game of the season to them. No worries.

    In fact, the way Seattle has been playing (Lynch is evil) I can see us losing all games started by Hanie. That would be six in a row if my beers per game are correct.

    Is that considered a collapse? Virginia? Hello?

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Dec 13, 2011 10:56 PM

    Packer fans in vikeland given assurances they’ll get to see lots of Packer games due to vike blackouts.

    Go Packers

  3. sikoix says: Dec 13, 2011 11:00 PM

    It’s his first season and the Vikings have lost at least 6 times by 6 points or less. Given a few breaks this could be an 8-5 team. Considering they have, indeed, been a huge failure this year, it cheers me up a bit thinking about what to do with such a high draft pick (highest I’ve ever seen as a Viking fan).

    I don’t think it will take much to get this team over the hump, but I’d expect major improvement next season. And a brand new secondary.

  4. tombradysponytail says: Dec 13, 2011 11:01 PM

    By the way, how’s that stadium coming?

  5. 11wheatd says: Dec 13, 2011 11:05 PM

    He’s playing with a lot of Childress’s players. Let him draft his own and let’s see how he does. How well he drafts in this upcoming draft will be a key component if he gets fired or not next season.

  6. tropicpurple says: Dec 13, 2011 11:10 PM

    Oh great, another top 3 draft pick to look forward to in 2013. At least I won’t have to stay up late waiting for the Vikings to pick in the upcoming draft(s).

  7. n1kki6 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:10 PM

    It’s his first season and the Vikings have lost at least 6 times by 6 points or less.
    ————————————————–
    Questions, what is the ratio to game played leagues wide won by six points or less. 6 points is almost a touchdown, which is a full drive, turn over, couple missed plays, 2 drives ending in field goals. 6 points is a larger margin than one would think.

  8. cusoman says: Dec 13, 2011 11:12 PM

    How I feel about this and pretty much everything Vikings lately:

    meh.

  9. chatham10 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:14 PM

    I’m a little surprised at this but I will bet a lot of the defensive coaches will be gone as well as the offensive line coach.

  10. foosballisthedevil says: Dec 13, 2011 11:21 PM

    I guess ESPNs Chris Boreman will have to shelf the “Down Goes Frazier” reference for another time

  11. toddm6d says: Dec 13, 2011 11:24 PM

    Of course he’ll be back. Wilf isn’t going to have Childress, Fraizer, and some other Head Coach on the payroll next year.

  12. bcknights says: Dec 13, 2011 11:25 PM

    OMG! I can’t stand the thought of Frazier and his staff coming back next year! I thought Ziggy was smarter than that. Someone needs to fill this guy in on what is going on. PLEASE!

  13. PowerMad says: Dec 13, 2011 11:25 PM

    Actually, the lease isn’t up after the season. The Vikes will have to play at least one more year in the Metrodome because of last year’s roof collapse. Team officials are saying that’s not the case, but that’s only because it takes away from of their leverage in the stadium negotiations. However, the language in the lease is quite clear. At the very least, it’s not as cut and dry as this post makes it seem. Not sure why PFT would mislead PFT Nation on that point.

    I think Frazier has the potential to be a great coach, and I think he’ll have to do a little house cleaning to get rid of some energy vampires. I wish he’d ditch his two coordinators and hire some former head coaches with proven track records in those positions to get the team to the next level. A smart draft, and he could have a very good team on his hands.

    The Vikes will finish 3-13, but fans will jump for joy next year when Morris Claiborne shuts down Megatron all by himself or Matt Kalil road grades Julius Peppers into Michigan Avenue or Alshon Jeffery torches Charles Woodson for his third touchdown of the game.

    And the Vikes will get a new stadium. And the team will continue to be the purple and gold so many of you despise. And we’ll laugh at you.

  14. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Dec 13, 2011 11:26 PM

    Can he play defensive back too?

  15. jarrman46 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:35 PM

    3 years ago the Vikings were living the high life when they stole Brett Favre from my Packers. Look at you now!!! Get used to the view from the bottom. Ha Ha!!!

  16. phantomthebusybody says: Dec 13, 2011 11:35 PM

    Seriously, this is news? What’s Ziggy going to do? Pay two guys to NOT coach his team and a third one to coach it? Of course, Frazier is returning…the team’s going to be terrible. Who cares who is coaching it? By the way, thanks for not letting Chilly get on the plane way back when!

  17. zaktmt says: Dec 13, 2011 11:36 PM

    I love how the article assumes the Vikings will lose the games against the Redskins and Bears. The Bears are not a good team with Hanie so I would believe that would be more competitive than it would be with Cutler.

  18. gergie1957 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:36 PM

    Frazier is going to have to dig deep and figure out how to get this team to be mentally prepared for games, and get them to play 60 minutes. Not an easy thing to do.
    Because right now some of these guys are stealing Ziggys money.

  19. gergie1957 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:42 PM

    Carl wrote,Packer fans in vikeland given assurances they’ll get to see lots of Packer games due to vike blackouts.

    Keep dreaming Carl, BTW move back to Sconie and watch your Packers all day. Nevermind.

    And hats off to the Packers, they are the cream of the crop right now. God, I hate to say that.

  20. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 13, 2011 11:47 PM

    Los Angeles Vikings….something not quite right about that. Guess it makes about as much sense as the LA Lakers (another ex-Minnesota team).

  21. db105 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:47 PM

    Someone has to occupy last place. May as well keep Frazier ensure that.

  22. shaggytoodle says: Dec 13, 2011 11:47 PM

    So basically they are telling him be ready to move to Cali next year.

  23. dawkattack says: Dec 13, 2011 11:55 PM

    I’d give him two more years it’s hard to win games with a rook QB. Ponder looks to be a good QB . Time will tell

  24. lbijake says: Dec 13, 2011 11:56 PM

    At least they did not pull off an Indianapolis!!!

  25. riverhorsey says: Dec 13, 2011 11:57 PM

    My condolences to the Vikings

  26. jimmysimpson55 says: Dec 13, 2011 11:58 PM

    Frazier and Morris are the two worst coaches in the NFL. Affirmative action does not create success.

  27. gb4mn0 says: Dec 14, 2011 12:32 AM

    PowerMad says:
    Dec 13, 2011 11:25 PM
    Actually, the lease isn’t up after the season. The Vikes will have to play at least one more year in the Metrodome because of last year’s roof collapse. Team officials are saying that’s not the case, but that’s only because it takes away from of their leverage in the stadium negotiations. However, the language in the lease is quite clear. At the very least, it’s not as cut and dry as this post makes it seem. Not sure why PFT would mislead PFT Nation on that point.

    I think Frazier has the potential to be a great coach, and I think he’ll have to do a little house cleaning to get rid of some energy vampires. I wish he’d ditch his two coordinators and hire some former head coaches with proven track records in those positions to get the team to the next level. A smart draft, and he could have a very good team on his hands.

    The Vikes will finish 3-13, but fans will jump for joy next year when Morris Claiborne shuts down Megatron all by himself or Matt Kalil road grades Julius Peppers into Michigan Avenue or Alshon Jeffery torches Charles Woodson for his third touchdown of the game.

    And the Vikes will get a new stadium. And the team will continue to be the purple and gold so many of you despise. And we’ll laugh at you.
    ——————————————–

    Please tell me that you get paid for making a monkey out of yourself for posting this silly foolishness.

    And just how does it feel knowing that all of us are already laughing at you.

  28. isphet71 says: Dec 14, 2011 12:38 AM

    Awesome, another year of the Lions not being in the NFC North basement.

  29. riverhorsey says: Dec 14, 2011 12:40 AM

    there go my season tickets. no way I’m rehiring a 2-11 coach.

  30. tdstevie says: Dec 14, 2011 12:55 AM

    Vikings?…who cares about the Vikings!…Go Pack!!…13-0 baby!!…soon to be14-0!!

  31. outlawshark says: Dec 14, 2011 1:29 AM

    Carl and Jarrman do not represent the views of typical Packer fans. We do not want the Vikes to move and we don’t care about Favre anymore. Simple facts.

  32. asublimeday says: Dec 14, 2011 1:54 AM

    @powermad

    “The Vikes will finish 3-13, but fans will jump for joy next year when Morris Claiborne shuts down Megatron all by himself or Matt Kalil road grades Julius Peppers into Michigan Avenue or Alshon Jeffery torches Charles Woodson for his third touchdown of the game.”

    Thank you for making my day with laughter. The idea of shutting down megatron or peppers is hilarious, and the aspiration of “torching” Woodson, who is going on 90 years old, is a real lofty goal.

  33. norcal031 says: Dec 14, 2011 2:04 AM

    They gotta get rid of the cover 2!!!

  34. richieab says: Dec 14, 2011 2:45 AM

    Leslie talk to Jim Mora jr. assurance in nfl = maybe

  35. mj5150 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:20 AM

    PowerMad says:
    Dec 13, 2011 11:25 PM
    Actually, the lease isn’t up after the season. The Vikes will have to play at least one more year in the Metrodome because of last year’s roof collapse. Team officials are saying that’s not the case, but that’s only because it takes away from of their leverage in the stadium negotiations. However, the language in the lease is quite clear. At the very least, it’s not as cut and dry as this post makes it seem. Not sure why PFT would mislead PFT Nation on that point.

    I think Frazier has the potential to be a great coach, and I think he’ll have to do a little house cleaning to get rid of some energy vampires. I wish he’d ditch his two coordinators and hire some former head coaches with proven track records in those positions to get the team to the next level. A smart draft, and he could have a very good team on his hands.

    The Vikes will finish 3-13, but fans will jump for joy next year when Morris Claiborne shuts down Megatron all by himself or Matt Kalil road grades Julius Peppers into Michigan Avenue or Alshon Jeffery torches Charles Woodson for his third touchdown of the game.

    And the Vikes will get a new stadium. And the team will continue to be the purple and gold so many of you despise. And we’ll laugh at you.
    ————————————————–
    Let me start by saying that I am one of the biggest Vikings fans there has ever been.
    BUT you are on drugs or just plain delusional!!

    There is NO SUCH thing as a slam dunk when it comes to our legislature, that silly clause where a stadium is deficient and fails causing the Vikings to have to play another season is a legal joke- they will pay whatever fines they have to to move if the legislature doesn’t deal with it during the opening of the session and the NFL will allow them to move- this has been going on for over a decade and it keeps getting put off and by next year the cost will be $1.15 Billion

  36. mj5150 says: Dec 14, 2011 3:24 AM

    zaktmt says:
    Dec 13, 2011 11:36 PM
    I love how the article assumes the Vikings will lose the games against the Redskins and Bears. The Bears are not a good team with Hanie so I would believe that would be more competitive than it would be with Cutler.

    ___________________________________

    Have you watched this team? They have lost to SD, TB, & KC this year- they got lucky that Carolina’s kicker missed what was basically an extra point- I wouldn’t be so confident if I were you

  37. zbigern says: Dec 14, 2011 3:41 AM

    Its he brass in MN thats killed this team. This is what you get rolling the Free Agency dice and wasting picks beyond the 3rd round. Not to mention lacking a true eye for talent. Every ding dong knows Adrian Peterson was gonna be good..everyone knows Percy Harvin was gonna be good.

    Wasting picks on Gerhart is all too common in MN. You needed line help on both sides of the ball. Drafting a D-back is futile for the Vikes because they CANT EVER FIND A GOOD ONE! They just dont know how…kinda the same on O-line.

    Y’all need a true personnel man. One that is WAY outta their current admin…this team has SO many holes…even their touted LB crew is crap now.

    You need a QB but someone has to protect him, and Hutch is fading fast…can ONLY run block. For a team playing in a dome, you’d think a smart personnel guy coulda built a fast,efficient team…but the Vikes are caught in the 80s…run, stop the run…

    I could go on forEVER on how stupid this team is and always has been…missing Denny Green anybody?

    Gross.

  38. chuckyd317 says: Dec 14, 2011 6:00 AM

    Vikes fans were also reassured another 2 win season…

  39. asherallencanttackle says: Dec 14, 2011 6:59 AM

    I’m willing to give Frazier another year. I’m looking foward to a great draft. The last time we were this awful, our first 3 picks in the next draft were Chris Doleman, Iaasic Holt and Kurt Lowdermilk. I’ll take that. The rest of that draft sucked but a great draft will get us back to respectability next year. I fear though that we’ll be chasing the Packers for the next decade. I’d settle for a road Wild Card game in 2 years.

  40. burrito12 says: Dec 14, 2011 7:00 AM

    Report: Viking fans given assurance they’ll watch a bad Vikings team next year

  41. asherallencanttackle says: Dec 14, 2011 7:01 AM

    By the way, are there any OTs in the NFL that are as bad as Johnson and Loadholt?

  42. theytukrjobs says: Dec 14, 2011 7:26 AM

    Childress went 6-10 with almost the same players last season, and a tougher schedule. This despite losing starting and backup QB to injury, not to mention having only 6 games in the Metrodome due to roof collapse (the two games outside of the dome were both losses).

    Well okay Chilly went 3-7 technically before getting fired, but I doubt the team was changed nearly as much as Frazier has changed it since over the offseason.

    But Chilly was a terrific, veteran coach. For Frazier to do just half as good with the same players is quite the accomplishment. I doubt I could do any better myself.

  43. jrspike says: Dec 14, 2011 7:47 AM

    $500,000,000 per win. Where can you get
    a better deal.

  44. 2difshoe says: Dec 14, 2011 8:09 AM

    $ 895,000,000.00 to construct new stadium.

    Divided by 5,303,205 residents of Minnesota = $ 169.00 each.

    I think the residents of Mn. would be better off with the $ 169.00 in their own pockets.

  45. vikesfan4life says: Dec 14, 2011 8:16 AM

    They can bring Frazier back if they so desire but it’s not going to change the franchise until they get in a GM to oversee everything. The “triangle of authority” is not working. We need a guy in here that is going to make football decisions and be the voice of the franchise and not rely on Frazier to bumble and stumble his way through a presser about why they released McNabb. Get a GM in here and the ship will get turned around sooner rather than later.

  46. otis52gsh says: Dec 14, 2011 8:18 AM

    Good. They will continue to be two easy division wins.

  47. fwippel says: Dec 14, 2011 8:21 AM

    Frazier should get at least one more year, and the front office needs to do it’s part by making sure it has enough cap room to be a major player in Free Agency after this season.

    This team has been in position to win in all but two of it’s losses this year. They lost the first three games of the season after holding double-digit leads, and have had legitimate chances to win their last four games. They’re missing by a hair, despite the loss of AP, a lousy offensive line, and a pathetic secondary that makes the Patriots secondary look like All-Pros. I think the Vikings are actually playing above their talent level.

    This team needs better player personnel, and changing coaches isn’t going to accomplish that.

  48. snaponrules says: Dec 14, 2011 8:21 AM

    Good news for the rest of the division. Unless he moves to the NFC West.

  49. harleyrider1973 says: Dec 14, 2011 8:43 AM

    he’ll be the coach sure if he’s willing to move to LA.

  50. manureman says: Dec 14, 2011 9:10 AM

    I bleed purple, but let’s get real. to quote the best Jim Mora Sr. rant “woulda coulda shoulda we’re just not good enough” We could be 8-5 that has been the battle cry of every loser throughout league history. c’mon man you are what your record says you are period.

  51. purplehayseuss says: Dec 14, 2011 9:10 AM

    2difshoe says: Dec 14, 2011 8:09 AM

    $ 895,000,000.00 to construct new stadium.

    Divided by 5,303,205 residents of Minnesota = $ 169.00 each.

    I think the residents of Mn. would be better off with the $ 169.00 in their own pockets.
    ****
    So you’re saying that most of the population of an entire state, most of whom are Vikings fans, would rather have enough extra money to fill the SUV plus an average dinner out – Or one month’s heat bill paid – Or their cell phone bill paid – once…..

    Than keeping their beloved Vikings at home for the next 4-5 decades? You’re pretty good at math but you stink at the whole “Karnak” thing.

  52. tjacks7 says: Dec 14, 2011 9:40 AM

    Dang, my Vikings just can’t catch a break. Please dont waste five years keeping this dummy around like you did the last one, Ziggy. There are so many coaches available, why waste time with this guy just hoping he figures it out? He’s clueless.

  53. theawkwardyears says: Dec 14, 2011 9:41 AM

    I knew this was the case when I saw that he had purchased a home in LA.

    Go PACK.

  54. captaintriumph says: Dec 14, 2011 9:45 AM

    Once it’s clear you’re not making the playoffs, the best thing you can do is lose every game. The Vikings will finally have a top draft position, something they haven’t had since the early 80′s. It would be stupid of Frazier to go all-out to win games now. Sure make the games close, like they have been, but don’t ruin your draft position. Also Frazier finally woke up and cut Bernard Berrian. So I’m willing to give him one more year.

  55. mht410 says: Dec 14, 2011 10:28 AM

    Let’s go Minnesota, get the public support for help on the state helping out with a new stadium. Food for thought Vikings have not been to the Super Bowl since you had an outdoor stadium, getting to the super bowl and winning the game is that the ultimate goal for us fans and owners alike?

  56. fmlizard says: Dec 14, 2011 11:06 AM

    Every coach should be given more than one year. How could you expect a guy to make major impact in a lockout-shortened offseason in his first year.

    The Vikings are 2-11, and that is bad, but they have been consistently competitive. 8 of the 11 losses are by 7 points or less. The last 2 weeks they have almost doubled up on their opponent in yards and still lost.

    The Vikings have played the league’s 2nd toughest schedule with a rookie QB and a new coach after not having an offseason. I’m much more concerned about the stadium issue than the team being in the permanent toilet or having an incompetent coach (they don’t)

  57. purplebleeder says: Dec 14, 2011 7:14 PM

    Sounds like a conspiracy to get the Vikes outta here.
    Bring in Billick. He at least knows which direction the offense should move. He was the mastermind behind the 98 Vikings offense.

  58. vikesfansteve says: Dec 14, 2011 10:45 PM

    Bring back Tice.

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