Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier looks on during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Lions 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Did The Vikings Make A Mistake Firing Leslie Frazier?


It’s “Black Monday” in the NFL.  That’s means that the regular season has concluded.  While some team are preparing to fight in the playoffs, others are trying to figure out what went wrong with their organizations.  Sadly, that means that some people will lose their jobs.

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is one of the individuals who was terminated today.  Many feel this move is justified or past due.  However, Minnesota may have made a mistake in getting rid of coach Frazier.

Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier reacts from the sidelines during the game with the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings won 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

The team overachieved in 2012.  They were a 10 win team that made the playoffs despite horrible inconsistency at the quarterback position.  This put high expectations on a team that was said to be in rebuilding mode after a terrible 3 win season in 2011.  Frazier’s success in 2012 put unrealistic expectations on a squad that lost key players on both sides of the ball (Harvin, Winfield).

Frazier also had to deal with incompetency from his offensive and defensive coordinators.  Midway through the season, Frazier was taking over a lot of the defensive coaching duties because of how much Alan Williams was struggling.  Strangely, both Bill Musgrave and Alan Williams are employed by the team.

When you add the fact that many key players were suffering from injuries and missed numerous games, it is surprising that the Vikings finished the season on a high note with wins over the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles.

Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Eagles 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Lastly, Frazier has the support of the players.  They didn’t give up on him, even when the team was mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.  They continued to show support until the very end, and that included an endorsement from star running back Adrian Peterson.

It will be tough for the team to find another coach who can motivate players the way that Frazier did, but I wish them a lot of luck in their search.

I also wish Frazier the best of luck in his future endeavors and thank him for his time in Minnesota.  His teams brought a lot of excitement and memorable moments to the franchise.  I know I will miss him.  Hopefully, the team will consider bringing him back as a defensive coordinator if the Vikings decide to terminate Alan Williams.

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  • Jake

    The only real loss was Winfield. Between good production from Jennings and Simpson and Patterson returning kicks, Harvin’s loss was not even really felt. Frazier’s biggest problem is that while he may be a good guy who has a lot of respect from his players, he has zero imagination and is completely incapable of adapting as a game progresses. He goes into every game with a tiny list of plays and they run those plays over and over no matter what. He doesn’t have the knack for strategy that is required to be a head coach.

  • jojo

    Are you serious? Two weeks ago you attacked LF and called for his head… like an angry child upset at his parents. Now your trying to save face by pretending your a classy guy and wish him luck? What a joke.

    • Adam B. Carlson

      I don’t remember calling for Frazier’s head. I know my co-editor was NEVER a big fan of his, but I believe I have supported him the whole way.

  • Mike Bridges

    That would be insanely stupid to keep the former, failure of a HC on the team as an assistant! That Defensive strategy, employed by Frazier and Williams was terrible! Cover 2 and the prevent they apparently ran together cost the team 5 wins! Every Coach, other than the ST’s Coach needs sacked. Singletary hasn’t been able to Coach in any capacity it appears as the LB’s were horrid. They cut Cole and then bring him back and he was brilliant, and that showed me the HC, DC or the LB Coach had a clue! Frazier is a nice guy but, he’s NOT what the Vikings need! It’s time for a long over due change!!!

  • Mike Bridges

    Harvin being traded was a great thing. His production… what little he gave, since he had headaches most of the time, wasn’t missed as Patterson is going to be a bigger star than Harvin! Harvin constant moaning and bitching won’t be missed either. Once Favre finally retired, he wanted nothing to do with the Vikings! I see that he’s getting what he deserves and he may never be what Seattle banked on, considering what they gave for him! I sincerely hope that the Vikings will soon surpass what Seattle is! They mainly built on FAgency and not the Draft. The Vikings having young studs will ensure (as long as the Vikings take care of them fairly, and they do their jobs) they stay strong for many seasons to come! SKOL!