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Frazier’s time may be running out

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Nearly nine years ago, the Bengals fired Leslie Frazier.  Today, the Bengals could be getting him fired.

With Cincinnati rolling over the Vikings, it’s becoming more likely that Frazier’s three-year tenure as the Minnesota head coach will end after the end of the Week 17 farewell to the Metrodome.

Earlier on Sunday, ESPN reported that Vikings ownership has been telling others around the league that a coaching change is expected.  Last week, CBS reported that the Vikings already have contacted Penn State Bill O’Brien; perhaps most tellingly, the Vikings informed PFT earlier this week that the team had no comment in response to the O’Brien report.

Jay Glazer of FOX reported Sunday that recent success by the Vikings could save Frazier.  That success has evaporated in Cincinnati, where the Vikings look as bad as they have during Frazier’s tenure.

A coaching change could be awkward for the Vikings, given that the next two years will be spent playing outdoors, before the team returns indoors at its new stadium.  Also complicating the situation will be the status of G.M. Rick Spielman.  If Spielman stays, otherwise desirable coaching candidates who crave control or their own G.M. may shy away.

The clearest sign of potential trouble for Frazier came in the offseason, when the Vikings rewarded Frazier for an unlikely playoff berth not with a new contract but by picking up the 2014 option on his deal.  With only one year of job security beyond 2013, Frazier faced an up-or-out season in Minnesota.

As of right now, it appears that the answer will be out.

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29 Responses to “Frazier’s time may be running out”
  1. contra74 says: Dec 22, 2013 3:21 PM

    Bring in chucky or the chin!

  2. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 22, 2013 3:22 PM

    You don’t say…

  3. f1restarter says: Dec 22, 2013 3:24 PM

    New coaches, new system, outdoor stadium, pathetic QBs, aging Peterson.

    The Vikings have stumbled upon a formula for losing that should carry over for the next few years and beyond.

  4. coachkilla6 says: Dec 22, 2013 3:25 PM

    Ironically, because of the Rooney Rule, the first potential HC the Vikes will have to interview is Leslie Frazier. I’m guessing the fact that he never coached a professional team before will work against him at the interview.

  5. drs76109 says: Dec 22, 2013 3:37 PM

    Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!

  6. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 22, 2013 3:38 PM

    TO BE FAIR… the Minnesota Vikings have much worse issues than Leslie Frazier.

  7. subzero00 says: Dec 22, 2013 3:39 PM

    As a Vikings fan nothing will making me happie on Black Monday than the headline “Down goes Frazier”. Bring in Ken W. please.

  8. shaggytoodle says: Dec 22, 2013 3:39 PM

    That Vikings dynasty some of their fans keep talking about may be coming. Just not until 2052.

  9. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Dec 22, 2013 3:40 PM

    Chucky or the Chin aren’t going to a team this far away. Gruden will end up with the Giants after Coughlin “retires.” The Chin will go back to Pit after Tomlin gets canned after next season.

  10. realfootballfan says: Dec 22, 2013 3:46 PM

    Judging from Zygi Wilf’s past firings (see Mike Tice), Frazier might not even get a chance to hit the showers next Sunday before he gets it.

  11. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 22, 2013 3:54 PM

    The josh freeman signing this year, to me, truly established this franchise as completely stupid.

  12. bonniebengal says: Dec 22, 2013 3:55 PM

    You might get Jay Gruden, but not Jon.

  13. Paul M. says: Dec 22, 2013 3:56 PM

    Goodbye and good riddance.

  14. GenXJay says: Dec 22, 2013 4:01 PM

    Bevell to the land of 10k lakes.
    this time, harvin stays put in seatown

  15. gb4mn0 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:04 PM

    Congrats to the vikqueens on their 3rd double digit lose season out of the past 4. Their 53 year history of being irrelevant stays firmly intact.

  16. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Dec 22, 2013 4:11 PM

    I know they like former Packers and I hear Lindy Infante is available.

  17. fletcher08 says: Dec 22, 2013 4:14 PM

    He’s just terrible. It’s time.

  18. mnjoemama says: Dec 22, 2013 4:21 PM

    Jay gruden please !!! 3 years with Andy dalton , 3years of playoffs. Skol vikes

  19. slick50ks says: Dec 22, 2013 4:34 PM

    Matt Castle – MVP?

  20. timaug says: Dec 22, 2013 6:25 PM

    IF THE VIKINGS EVER WANT TO WIN AGAIN,

    THEY HAVE TO FIRE FRAZIER.

    Its NOT about how long you have been an assistant, its about how much potential you have.

    Frazier IS NOT A HEAD COACH.
    Frazier DOES NOT UNDERSTAND OFFENSE.

    He might be a good guy,
    but not a head coach.

    MINNESOTA: DON’T WASTE ANOTHER YEAR !

  21. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 22, 2013 7:43 PM

    Firing Frazier doesn’t fix anything. If he had a quarterback, he would look like a genius. Mike McCarthy is proof of that.

  22. evansvc says: Dec 22, 2013 7:50 PM

    I wish Frazier would have brought in VINCE YOUNG”… Vince is mobile— with talent and playoff experience…. He could have helped the Vikings….

  23. whatjusthapped says: Dec 22, 2013 10:45 PM

    Go ahead and blame Frazier if you want but the truth of the matter is that out of the top 20 reasons this teams sucks so bad, Frazier would be lucky to be in the top 15.

    The biggest decision in the off season isn’t Frazier, its Spielman. The Vikings need a QB and Spielman is the last GM I would want to make that pick. If the rest of the NFC North gets lucky, the Vikings will keep Spielman.

  24. boobschannel says: Dec 23, 2013 12:12 AM

    reasons my football team sucks this year, in my opinion, listed in order:

    releasing winfield
    bill musgrave
    alan williams
    chris cook
    injuries – see desmond bishop, jerome felton, kyle rudolph, chad greenway, john carlson, and rather than list them all how about i just say every single db to play a game in purple this season
    christian ponder
    erin henderson
    terrible refs – see @ baltimore
    charlie johnson
    josh freeman
    matt cassel
    and somewhere down near the bottom is leslie frazier.

    keep frazier, fire williams and musgrave. promote singletary to defensive coordinator, and look for a legitimate OC. draft a qb, a nose tackle, a corner, a left guard and a middle linebacker. gg.

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:46 AM

    Frazier has already won as many Superbowls as Bud Grant and Dennis Green combined.

  26. vikefan77 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:58 AM

    The worst Defense that Minnesota has ever had. Over 30 points per game all season long.

  27. snowlock2013 says: Dec 23, 2013 10:49 AM

    Vikes did not want to play yesterday. O-line was terribad, 69 looked like he was running in molasses. That early Cassel fumble when the line coverage allowed the free runner took the wind out of their sails, I think.

    Goodbye in advance Les, and please take Chris Cook and Josh Robinson with you.

    Also, bring in Marty Schottenhiemer.

  28. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:42 AM

    With the team long ago out of contention, and Santa getting boo’d along with the rest of the Vikings for bringing kids a Ponder jersey last Christmas, the holiday spirit is at an all time low in MN.

    Meanwhile, as the Packers prepare for another meaningful football game…………….

  29. domezo says: Dec 23, 2013 1:40 PM

    He needs to go. Vikes haven’t had a winning record with him in control. Don’t get me wrong his a good guy he just choose bad D coordinator and O coordinator. Good Luck Leslie!

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