Eight years ago, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf dumped coach Mike Tice via a one-page press release circulated in the locker room after a Week 17 home win over an NFC North rival. For current coach Leslie Frazier, the good news for now is that the same thing didn’t happen after a Week 17 home win over an NFC North rival.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that no decision has been made about Frazier, despite widespread reports that Frazier will be out.
To the extent that the decision truly hasn’t been made, Frazier attempted during his post-game press conference to make a case for sticking around.
“Our staff has a contract for 2014,” Frazier said, via Aj Mansour of KFAN. “I hope that the Wilf family will honor that.”
Frazier projected confidence regarding his performance, with a caveat that could be viewed as a slap at the talent-acquisition process.
“I have a lot of belief in my ability as a coach . . . for that reason you have no need to walk in fear. . . . I’ve done everything I can do in my tenure as head coach for the Vikings,” Frazier said, via Mansour. “We need to get that quarterback question fixed.”
They definitely need to get the quarterback question fixed, and a question remains regarding who deserves the blame for a revolving door of mediocrity that has spun from Christian Ponder to Matt Cassel to Josh Freeman back to Ponder and then back to Cassel.
Before they can figure that out, however, the Vikings need to know whether they want to embark on two seasons of outdoor football with a new coach. If a decision hasn’t been made, it surely will be soon.