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Frazier discusses job security with Vikings players; “It’s the elephant in the room”

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Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has been adamant about not discussing his job security during meetings with the media in recent weeks, but he decided he needed to address reports that he’s on his way out with the team on Tuesday.

Frazier explained to Detroit reporters on a conference call that he felt he needed to address the reports with the team so they don’t serve as a distraction heading into their regular season finale. Frazier said he felt that it was a distraction to the team last week and elaborated on his reasons for going that route now when he met with local reporters.

“It’s like the elephant in the room,” Frazier said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I just felt like I needed to get that addressed. Looking back at it, I probably should have dealt with it a week ago. I don’t want those guys to be distracted. I want them to focus on the opponent. I felt like we got a little distracted last week. I want to make sure that we’re all focused on one thing and that’s winning this game against Detroit.”

Several members of the Vikings said that they weren’t distracted by reports about Frazier’s future heading into the game against the Bengals, but their play did him no favors as they reversed a trend of better performances by breaking down all over the place in a 42-14 loss. That may mean Frazier is making a farewell address to players at some point in the next week, at which point potential distractions will be a different coach’s problem.

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21 Responses to “Frazier discusses job security with Vikings players; “It’s the elephant in the room””
  1. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 24, 2013 6:26 PM

    Leslie…. You sure seem to be a great guy. But being a head coach just isn’t in the cards for you right now. Maybe down the road you’ll catch on somewhere and have better luck. Maybe you’ll have a better GM to work with than spielman too.

    Wishing you the best of luck Leslie.

  2. aldante66 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:44 PM

    Gonna be a tough call. He is a good guy but put all his marbles in Ponder and the fact that Pederson could carry the team running and the defense was solid.
    Could be his downfall, over estimating the talent on the team.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 24, 2013 6:51 PM

    It’s the elephant in the room. Or the Turk banging on the door. Or the Grim Reaper peering in through the window.

  4. thegonz13 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:54 PM

    He may be a nice guy, but he had to play the hand he was dealt by his G.M. No quarterback to speak of, wide receivers who couldn’t catch a cold, average linebackers for the most part, defensive backs who can’t cover worth a damn… I could go on.

    Godspeed Leslie. Here’s to hoping your next boss knows what he’s doing!

  5. tjacks7 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:02 PM

    No sweat, 6 more days and it’ll be gone. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out.

  6. duluthvikesfan says: Dec 24, 2013 7:03 PM

    I say keep Frazier but tell him both the offensive and defensive coordinators have to go!

  7. katopete16 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:06 PM

    I wish the Vikes could demote him back to DEF coordinator and snatch Whisenhunt up. But that, I know, is a pipe dream.

    Sorry Leslie, but don’t let the door hit ya, where the good Lord split ya.

  8. mythaimyke says: Dec 24, 2013 7:23 PM

    Bye, Bye Leslie, take Freeman with you! Good riddance!!!!!

  9. bennyb82 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:54 PM

    He should put out a report saying he is not interested in the University of Texas job…that would probably get him a decent job somewhere.

  10. mrwalterisgod says: Dec 24, 2013 9:25 PM

    So glad you and that other baffoon Spielman did not end up in Seattle.

    Have fun ice fishing, you can’t screw that up.

  11. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 24, 2013 9:34 PM

    An Elephant in the Room? No, that’s just a Minnesota fan. Common mistake.

  12. woodbridgekid73 says: Dec 24, 2013 9:36 PM

    Ponder gave you the best chance to win
    Bill Musgrave and Alan have been doing a great job
    There still a lot of football left

    Sayonara Coach

  13. asportsfan says: Dec 24, 2013 10:06 PM

    “Coach” Frazier:
    Lets face it. You can’t coach.
    You get out coached every week.
    Your only accomplishment is that you have an endorsement from Mr.Dungy that you are a classy guy.

    However, you work for the Wilfs and a bag of hammer is smarter than them. So, you may get another year to “Coach” this team to 4-12.

  14. Blackpool says: Dec 24, 2013 10:08 PM

    I’m sure Wilf is now busily looking for the next coach he can get, for the cheapest cost as possible.

    Get ready for the NEXT discount bin coach, Vikings fans. It’s-a-comin’!

  15. whatjusthapped says: Dec 24, 2013 10:14 PM

    Everybody calling for Frazier’s head, have you watched their defense this year? The Vikings have won only 4 games but lost another 6 inside the final two minutes.

    Like they say, you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken $hit and when you start Cook, Sanford and Rhodes, its a miracle the Vikings won 4.

    They need talent and that’s not Frazier’s fault.

  16. chillyball says: Dec 24, 2013 10:31 PM

    There is a reason he has been interviewed a whole bunch and never got hired as aHC somewhere else. He made bad decisions from training camp to last week. Cutting McKinney keeping Chris cook. Refusing to play ponder the whole freakin preseason. Good riddance.

  17. cwilliams468 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:39 PM

    He and the staff need to be gone (including Singletary). And all this crap from the local media saying if the hire the opposite of Frazier they will instantly not like him. Remember a few years back when Coach Coughlin was reported to be on his way out of New York because some established players didnt like him? All he did was win two Super Bowls since then. Here is to hopjng we hire someone like him who knows how to win.

  18. 92nick182govikings says: Dec 24, 2013 10:49 PM

    Id like to see him stay but not as head coach. Remember he was a interim head coach and interim head coaches never work out. Id like to see him as defensive backs coach or something but that just isnt going to happen. He will exit the team in good terms.

  19. ponderthedumpoffking says: Dec 25, 2013 2:42 AM

    The other elephants in the room are a terrible defense, a running back on the decline, and the dumbest fanbase in sports

    But hey, at least Vikes fans are #1 at something…

  20. tropicpurple says: Dec 25, 2013 7:54 AM

    “Good guys finish last”; why? Well, instead of hiring competent (imaginative) coordinators, he hires his buddies.

    1) where have the screen plays gone?
    2) with 8-in-the-box, where was the TE play, when they were healthy?
    3) why drop Audie Cole when he is your best MLB?
    4) clock management, what clock management?
    5) knowing when to give up on Ponder, which includes Rick too to be fair
    6) everything about the defense(less) team is embarrassing — Time-of-possession, 3rd down conversions allowed, blowing leads, etc…

    — the buck stops with the head coach, he should be fired for not firing his coordinators, and one final thought, if the players like him, than he is a player’s coach — soft (nice), those are not adjectives conducive to being a general, just saying

    — improve the OL and even Ponder to be good, *gasp* can’t believe I just wrote that.

  21. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 25, 2013 6:35 PM

    The majority of people want Frazier to return.

    He has a 4-15-1 record against divisional opponents.

    How could the vikings hire anyone better?
    Look what they had in previous coaches Mike Tice and Brad Childress!!

    Coach Frazier is perfect for the vikings.

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