Leslie Frazier On the Hot Seat

May 4, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier talks with the media after drills at rookie camp at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Pro Football Weekly ranks Leslie Frazier 30th on their Hot Seat Meter. 30th is not a good ranking. The only ones lower are Andy Reid and Norv Turner, and we know how much trouble those guys are in (with organizations that actually expect winning). PFW says:

Frazier did a fairly nice job stabilizing a tumultuous situation in the wake of Brad Childress’ firing with a 3-3 finish (including a shocking upset of the playoff-bound Eagles in Philly) as the interim coach in 2010. The problem is that he won the same number of games in a full season a year ago, as new problems emerged. Frazier’s first mistake was backing the acquisition of QB Donovan McNabb — a move that eventual GM Rick Spielman was not in support of — which set the season off on a bad note and put the Vikings in a hole. On the sideline, Frazier made his share of errors that made some question his acumen, nerve and feel: namely fourth-down decisions in road losses to the Lions and Falcons, tinkering with Christian Ponder’s confidence, philosophical differences with former defensive coordinator Fred Pagac and a lack of decisiveness in other situations during games. Owner Zygi Wilf might be in a cash crunch with the team agreeing on a new (and expensive) stadium, so the idea of paying two coaching staffs is unappealing.

A fair assessment of Frazier’s situation? I sense the fanbase is mostly annoyed with Frazier at this point, but if the losing begins again come September, that annoyance will quickly escalate into outright rage. My prediction? Frazier will make it through the season but be canned afterward.

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