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No decisions made yet in Minnesota

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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.

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53 Responses to “No decisions made yet in Minnesota”
  1. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:01 PM

    Good head coaches have good quarterbacks. It’s that simple. Very very few exceptions.

  2. kingviking414 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:03 PM

    Really?
    A complete coaching overhaul is needed. This team is a mess, changes must be made.

  3. gb4mn0 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:03 PM

    We all hope they keep the same decision makers in place seeing that they’ve been so successful lately.

  4. jharmon64 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:07 PM

    I happen to like the coach.

    You just can’t win in this league w/o a top shelf QB.

    They have a high draft pick and should be able to get one.

    Unfortunately Ponder set them back a few years.

  5. bri43 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:10 PM

    Lack of in game adjustments alone should get him canned. Going to be tough, but hope the Wilfs make a splash with this hire.

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:10 PM

    Hapless.

    Tasteless.

    Last place losers.

    Rebuilding.

    What a great season!!!!

  7. MichaelEdits says: Dec 28, 2013 5:12 PM

    If they replace the newly fired Leslie Frazier with the newly fired Greg Schiano, someone needs to film Josh Freeman’s reaction.

  8. itsnotforme says: Dec 28, 2013 5:13 PM

    This is always what they say before the axe falls.
    Chop, chop.

  9. whatjusthapped says: Dec 28, 2013 5:14 PM

    Remember, the owners don’t even live in Minnesota, they commute in from NJ so they are deaf to all the talk radio complaints of the Viking fans.

    The fact that they have yet to make a decision indicates to me that they might keep Frazier and Spielman for another year. That would make the off season even more special and might even prevent the fans from their annual Superbowl predictions. Ya, I realize that’s impossible but a guy can dream, can’t he?

  10. beddawitchedda says: Dec 28, 2013 5:14 PM

    If there is a guy out there that won’t take a head coaching position in the NFL because his team has to play outdoors then I really don’t want him as my football coach. That’d be a really weak excuse to not coach a team Florio.

  11. contra74 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:19 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Dec 28, 2013 5:14 PM
    Remember, the owners don’t even live in Minnesota, they commute in from NJ so they are deaf to all the talk radio complaints of the Viking.

    So the president of the USA is only aware of issues in the DC area? Packer fans = narrow minded.

  12. Brinke says: Dec 28, 2013 5:21 PM

    Why does playing @ U of M make any sorta difference? They have no choice since they’re building on the current site.

  13. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 28, 2013 5:24 PM

    Frazier was the best candidate when they hired him. He has gained a lot of experience in the 3.5 years he has been coach.

    vikings customers have been able to celebrate 5 divisional wins in those 3.5 years of his coaching.

    The vikings are near the bottom of the NFL in revenue now and will be losing money during the 2+ years they are homeless. Unlike most franchises they have to spend a lot marketing and trying to sell tickets. They can’t sell 50K season tickets.

    The last thing a poor franchise wants is spending millions buying out the contracts of the current coaching staff and then paying expense money researching candidates, flying in coaching candidates, and hiring them with signing bonuses.

  14. pillowporkers says: Dec 28, 2013 5:26 PM

    Vikes will have the 8th pick unless the falcons beat the panthers, raiders beat the broncos, jaguars beat the colts, the bucs beat the saints, or the browns win @pit. The correlation with all those opponents? Most of them are playoff teams, and ALL of them have something to play for. Even more exciting is that HOU, JAX, CLE, and OAK will all be picking before us most likely, and ALL need a QB very badly. Teddy, Carr, Bortles, Manziel, annnnnnddd who does that leave? Another reach pick like Ponder? Vikings can never do anything right…

  15. tjacks7 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:27 PM

    I really don’t mind Frazier. Seems like a decent guy and a good leader. But if he won’t fire the coordinators, he’s gotta go.

  16. Paul M. says: Dec 28, 2013 5:27 PM

    Vikings Less Frazier equals more wins.

  17. gb4mn0 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:30 PM

    contra74 says:
    Dec 28, 2013 5:19 PM
    So the president of the USA is only aware of issues in the DC area? Packer fans = narrow minded.

    ——————————————————–

    Apparently the Pres doesn’t even know anything about anything, happening anywhere.

    He denied knowing anything about:
    Fast and Furious
    The IRS scandal
    Bengasi

    And just recently he denied being made aware of the launch problems with his own obamacare website.

    But of course you know everything because you played football all the way up to the NCAA level and we know high school pine riders in your vane are all “jeopardy” talent worthy.

  18. stellarperformance says: Dec 28, 2013 5:32 PM

    contra74 says:
    Dec 28, 2013 5:19 PM
    whatjusthapped says:
    Dec 28, 2013 5:14 PM
    Remember, the owners don’t even live in Minnesota, they commute in from NJ so they are deaf to all the talk radio complaints of the Viking.

    So the president of the USA is only aware of issues in the DC area? Packer fans = narrow minded.
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Are you serious? Are you?

  19. realfootballfan says: Dec 28, 2013 5:43 PM

    If Frazier does get a reprieve, which is highly unlikely since the Wilfs didn’t give him an extension after the playoff season a year ago, he needs to hire better coordinators, especially on offense. Bill Musgrave has been an abject failure everywhere he’s been the offensive playcaller. Also, he should tear a page out of Lovie Smith’s playbook in regards to that Tampa 2 scheme. It’s dated, and if you’re going to run it, you need to spice things up with some blitzing mixed in. However, something tells me this won’t matter for Frazier in about 24 hours because we know the Wilfs don’t even let their fired coaches get showers first, lol.

  20. GenXJay says: Dec 28, 2013 5:49 PM

    I’m serious. serious about inner city b-ball & shooting 3-pointers.
    tell us that awesome story again, Stellar.

  21. jjbadd385 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:55 PM

    Again I ask, should the Vikings fire their Rooney Rule hiree, would they still need to interview another undeserving candidate for the color of his skin, rather than hiring a man for his accomplishments & coaching abilities? As you can see, this Rooney Rule thing just isn’t working out…

  22. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:11 PM

    My vote is for a 5 year extension.

  23. mclovin07 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:29 PM

    While I agree, coaches NEED a good QB these days. That said, ol Les has been horrible all year in his decisions. Patterson sat on the pine for the first 9 weeks. Marvin(shud be mowing my lawn) Mitchell started the first 9 weeks. Ponder should have been benched for the season following week 3. Guys like Mauti, Cole, and Floyd needed to see the field a LOT more than they did. And finally, how he hasn’t fired the defensive coordinator is mind boggling. Alan Williams is the first one gone tomorrow after the game IMO…Frazier(hopefully)a close 2nd…

  24. mclovin07 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:30 PM

    Rooney Rule is a damn JOKE…

  25. conormacleod says: Dec 28, 2013 6:35 PM

    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.
    ———————————————-
    This statement makes absolutely no sense to me. I’m almost positive that a Head Coach does not care about number of seats available for the game. By your definition, all head coaches want to be the Cowboys head coach. It’s all about the stadium, right?!

    Now, what does a Head Coach care about?
    -An owner that spends the salary cap.
    -The ability to hire his own coordinators.
    -Salary and length of contract. (Always #1)
    -The possibility to draft his own QB.
    -Having the best RB this generation has ever seen.
    -Having world class, brand new facilities in two years.

    Let’s be honest. Finding a quality head coach after Frasier is fired is not going to be a problem. To suggest otherwise, just because the Vikings are playing outdoors for two years, is just stupid.

  26. stellarperformance says: Dec 28, 2013 6:37 PM

    GenXJay says:
    Dec 28, 2013 5:49 PM
    I’m serious. serious about inner city b-ball & shooting 3-pointers.
    tell us that awesome story again, Stellar.
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Print it. You can read it anytime you need to. Do you remember the point of that story? I’m sure you don’t.

  27. kev86 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:39 PM

    Should hire whisenhunt.

  28. mclovin07 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:41 PM

    Tomorrow in Minneapolis, it’s going to be around -40 below. That make’s Green Bay look like Orlando, Florida….good luck recruiting player’s the next 2 years. And yes, that will affect them…

  29. vikes55 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:58 PM

    I hope you mean to lure free agents, as players are drafted in the NFL.

  30. lnfinite says: Dec 28, 2013 7:14 PM

    It is amazing how many packer fans post on a Viking story. Could this be defined as an obsession? Hint, hint……..

    Frazier probably will keep his job if he allows owners to can the DC and the OC coaches.

  31. missjackson75 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:19 PM

    Keep Frazier and Priefer, get rid of Musgrave and Williams. I think Frazier deserves a shot to show what he can do if given a good QB. If anyone is to blame, it’s Speilman. I’m sure he was behind playing Ponder all season—he’s always said it takes 3 years to judge a young QB. Ponder is in year 3…do you think Spielman wanted to let Frazier bench his #12 reach for Cassel early in the season? He was still evaluating him. He wanted to see if Ponder could do it. He can’t. Poor Frazier might lose his job because of it…
    #TEAM FRAZIER

  32. vikes69 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:25 PM

    please get rid of him

  33. jebdamone says: Dec 28, 2013 7:26 PM

    i hope frazier is our coach next year and beyond, i think if anyone needs replaced it is spielman

  34. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 28, 2013 7:26 PM

    Overall, the franchise is mediocre. There, decision made.

  35. whatjusthapped says: Dec 28, 2013 7:30 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:

    My vote is for a 5 year extension
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Only if the Vikings agree to match Frazier’s extension for Spielman. That duo needs to stay together.

  36. aldante66 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:47 PM

    Good head coaches have good quarterbacks. It’s that simple. Very very few exceptions.

    —————————————————-
    I posted ol Rex will get his if he sticks with Geno.

    Frazier with Ponder
    Fisher with Young
    Several with Travaris J

  37. rikker12 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:55 PM

    The vikings been a mess since there inception.
    The only reason packer fans post on viking threads is because we can’t help but laugh. Viking fans always post on the packer threads and tell us packer fans how the packers as an organization, is all messed.
    We all know what it is. You wish you could have what packer fans have. Thats a class organization.

  38. leatherface2012 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:59 PM

    rikker12 says:
    Dec 28, 2013 7:55 PM
    The vikings been a mess since there inception.
    The only reason packer fans post on viking threads is because we can’t help but laugh. Viking fans always post on the packer threads and tell us packer fans how the packers as an organization, is all messed.
    We all know what it is. You wish you could have what packer fans have. Thats a class organization.

    18 division titles vs 10 for gb. oh and it’s their, not there

  39. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:11 PM

    Only a loser Viking fan would brag about division titles. Do they even give you a trophy for those?

    I’ll put it in terms Viking fans can relate to. It’s kind of like the kid who flunked 3rd grade bragging about that one quiz he managed to pass.

  40. kev86 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:18 PM

    The league needs mediocre franchises.

  41. rikker12 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:20 PM

    Oh you told me! Lol. Let me ask you a really easy question. Does all those division titles get you a Lombardi throphy? Their, there. Who cares.

  42. toes110 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:23 PM

    rikker: hmmmm interesting, lets say you’re correct with the whole world class organization bit. fair enough, but what about the place you call home? is that a place you would call “world class”? considering that “wisconsin” can’t even provide enough jobs for its own citizens? or the fact that the Great State of Minnesota has out done “wisconsin” in basically every economical and quality of living category? sure your one profitable company could be called “above average” but world class? I think not.. Mean while, the Great State of Minnesota gets to enjoy the 5th best economy in the nation, and the 7th best projection for future job growth, all while “wisconsin” once again slips to 33rd, and 37th respectively..The Great State of Minnesota also has more fortune 500 companies that call Minnesota home. As well as some of the best hospitals in the country. when are you inhabitants of that welfare receiving wasteland gonna realize, you’re trying to insult us about a game.. while I insult you about the place you dare to call home…..good thing “wisconsin” is open for business…….

  43. Dogsweat says: Dec 28, 2013 8:42 PM

    Packer fans should be nervous, Jon Gruden is coming to the Vikes.

    Mark it!

  44. plymouth11 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:01 PM

    Would not be surprised at all if the Wilfs havent made up their minds on Frazier, Spielman, et al. They are trying to build a football program like the teams that are consistently successful in the nfl. They very likely might be looking at this season as one that could have been a division winner if they had gotten clutch playmaking at the qb position. Frazier represents a lot as a head coach – great character guy who players will play hard for and he’ll keep a team together. That said he showed serious deficiencies managing a team on the offensive side of the ball. I think the common statement that you have to have a great qb to win is misguided – if you have a great qb you can overcome an average team and consistently be in playoff contention, and if you get into the playoffs we’ve all seen in recent years that teams can get on a roll and even win superbowls if they aren’t the favorite. So honestly it probably doesnt matter too much who is head coach next year – if Vikes don’t find a qb they’ll still be limited. GO VIKES!

  45. albertmn says: Dec 28, 2013 9:06 PM

    By most accounts, Frazier is a nice guy. So, we can all feel a little sorry for him if he is let go (he isn’t signed for next year, so doesn’t really need to be “fired”, just not resigned). But, the Vikings need a new direction. They overachieved in 2012 and regressed mightily this year (especially the OL and the defense). They need a coaching staff that can develop a young QB, and then need to draft one early.

    I hope Frazier can land on his feet, and get a coordinator or position coaching job elsewhere. But, he does not seem a good fit as a head coach at the NFL level.

  46. toddc612 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:15 PM

    For the love of God, please have the Monday headline read that Frazier and his band of hapless coordinators have been relieved of their job. Lest we forget, he’s the one who made the atrocious starting personnel decisions all year long. I mean, I know it only took him until week 10 to discover Ponder isn’t the answer and it might be a advantageous to get the ball to that guy wearing #84. I will be giddy as a schoolgirl come Monday. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Les..

  47. leagueobservr says: Dec 28, 2013 9:24 PM

    I think they should re-sign him. He seems like a nice guy, and the players seem to like him. Give him three more years, with the third being an option year…

  48. jollyjoker2 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:26 PM

    Give me 1 team that is winning without a top notch qb?? Anyone. Not saying he isn’t responsible for the defense but most points in 30 years plus? he has to take some of it.

  49. cobaltdriver says: Dec 28, 2013 9:29 PM

    It is amazing how many packer fans post on a Viking story. Could this be defined as an obsession? Hint, hint……..
    No..because there are more Viking fans posting on Packer stories.

  50. cpthaboss says: Dec 28, 2013 9:29 PM

    As a Vikings fan, there are tons of problems here. Lack of pass rush, terrible secondary (especially with Harrison Smith injured much of the year), rotating carousel of qb’s, aging roster. But on top of all these on field issues, we have no idea who is calling the shots here. No one knows who is making the decisions weekly on the starting qb and Frazier at his pressers make it sounds like it isn’t him. Who is making these personnel decisions? Who decided that Cordarrelle Patterson should have gotten no snaps or offensive touches in the first 5-6 weeks? Who thought Ponder deserved another half season to figure things out? Who decided to bring in Josh Freeman and pay him 2 million guaranteed to be a healthy scratch for every week but one? The defensive cover 2 scheme is old news but for some reason we still stick with it. Maybe it’s because our secondary can’t cover man and even if we ran man we can’t get to the qb anyway. The cover 2 provides no splash plays on defense or turnovers. It’s a field position game defensive scheme that we will never win with this roster.

    I am so sick of listening weekly to “who is the qb going to be?.” Let’s clean house at qb and draft three qb’s in the first 4 rounds and see who can play because if we don’t have a qb, what the hell does the other draft picks do for us. If I were the Wilfs, I clean house and pay big money for a splash coach and coordinators that can bring some new energy to this team and city because we are down on this team.

  51. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 28, 2013 9:47 PM

    “rikker: hmmmm interesting, lets say you’re correct with the whole world class organization bit. fair enough, but what about the place you call home? is that a place you would call “world class”? considering that “wisconsin” can’t even provide enough jobs for its own citizens? or the fact that the Great State of Minnesota has out done “wisconsin” in basically every economical and quality of living category? sure your one profitable company could be called “above average” but world class? I think not.. Mean while, the Great State of Minnesota gets to enjoy the 5th best economy in the nation, and the 7th best projection for future job growth, all while “wisconsin” once again slips to 33rd, and 37th respectively..The Great State of Minnesota also has more fortune 500 companies that call Minnesota home. As well as some of the best hospitals in the country. when are you inhabitants of that welfare receiving wasteland gonna realize, you’re trying to insult us about a game.. while I insult you about the place you dare to call home…..good thing “wisconsin” is open for business…….”
    —————-

    I guarantee this kid has never left White Bear Lake, Chaska, or wherever he is from. Minnesotans are deathly afraid of the outside world. 7th best projected job growth…that is your accomplishment? You are DEATHLY afraid of Wisconsin, little boy.

  52. nfldoc says: Dec 28, 2013 10:04 PM

    I don’t know if Frazier is going to get fired or not, but if they keep him because they’ll be in a temporary home for 2 years then they should just trade everyone for draft picks. That is the most ridiculous reason for keeping a coach I have ever heard. Either the coach deserves to be back or he doesn’t…that is the owners decision. There are only 32 head coaches in this League; don’t tell us they can’t find one because they will be in a temporary home. Ludicrous.

  53. veence69 says: Dec 28, 2013 10:57 PM

    The Vikings may be bad, but they’ve never been so bad that they needed to play half of their home games every year in Milwaukee because the fans couldn’t be bothered to drive more than 15 minutes to play terrible football…for 25 years.

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