Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier during the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Minnesota 41-20. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
If you listened to the November 25th edition of the MMQB Podcast with Peter King, you heard Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio say that he believes that Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier will not be back with the team after this year. Despite a poor record and some terrible performances on the field, I don’t think this is the best course of action for the team.
Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier smiles after a touchdown by his team in the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT
This Minnesota Vikings team is a squad that was rebuilding after a 3-win season in 2011. They drafted some of the essential pieces to be successful, then overachieved in 2012 with a 10-win season that led to a playoff birth. For a team that was only “rebuilding” for one season, Frazier was an immense success. He took a team that had fallen flat on its face to the playoffs, despite only one offseason worth of work. This team needs more work than that.
With Rick Spielman delivering the talent to this team and coach Frazier there to lead them, this could be a team that is a serious contender after filling just a few gaps. At this point, the decision as to whether or not to keep Frazier will come from either Spielman or the Wilf family. Unfortunately, relieving Frazier of his duties may just set this team further back in the rebuilding process.