While the speculation in Minnesota points to a coaching change, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that no decision has been made regarding the future of third-year head coach Leslie Frazier.
It’s unclear when a decision will be made regarding Frazier’s potential return for 2014, but it’s surely safe to assume that something will happen not long after the regular season ends. If a search will be commencing for a new coach, the search will need to begin quickly, since the Vikings could be interested in candidates who’ll be drawing interest elsewhere.
It’s also unclear whether a list of candidates has indeed been compiled by the Vikings. It’s hardly uncommon for front offices and owners to put together a roster of potential replacements at this time of year, given that the decision-making process regarding whether a coach will return often will hinge on whether the team is confident that it can land a better alternative.
Complicating the situation for the Vikings as the Metrodome closes on Sunday is the team’s two-year move to a smaller open-air stadium that houses the University of Minnesota. Coaches with options may opt for other situations. And that could cause the Vikings to opt to keep Frazier.
A house-cleaning also isn’t out of the question in Minnesota. Rick Spielman became the G.M. in 2012, one year after the team generated a 3-13 record. He hasn’t hired a head coach since acquiring full control over the football operation.