Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier watches as his team plays the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 48-30. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Leslie Frazier has two more games left as Vikings coach and then he will be history. Let’s break down in great and gory detail the reasons why Frazier is currently headed for unemployment…
Actually forget that. You know what? We don’t need to break it down. It’s actually really simple.
It’s all our fault.
All of us. The bloggers. The blog commenters. The message board posters. The tweeters. The talk radio hosts. The callers. We are collectively responsible for getting Leslie Frazier fired.
Wow. I didn’t know we had that much power. Are you surprised?
Don’t be surprised. Despite what you’ve been told, the owners do listen to you. They tune in. They read the blogs. They snoop around on Twitter.
Zygi Wilf knows you don’t like Leslie Frazier. So Zygi really has no choice. He has to fire Leslie Frazier.
This is how it works. Don’t believe me? Just ask Leslie Frazier.
The lame duck coach visited with SiriusXM radio Wednesday and had this to say about the demands put on coaches in this new environment where everyone has a take.
“It’s changed so much with the way the job has evolved over the years,” Frazier said. “A lot of it has to do with the popularity of the sport — so many people with opinions, whether it’d be the Internet, talk radio, blogs, whatever it may be. Those different outlets, they seem to influence owners. I don’t know; you just have to be careful.”
So that’s what it boils down to? If we had all been nicer to Leslie Frazier, he would not be on his way out the door?
Even with a 19-31-1 regular season record? An 0-1 postseason record?
How absolutely unreasonable of us, being so mean and nasty to Leslie Frazier after all he’s done for the Vikings. I think we all owe him an apology. I’ll start us off:
Leslie Frazier, I am so sorry.
I am sorry for ripping you when you refused to let rookies play just because they were rookies.
I am sorry for ripping the defensive and offensive coordinators you hired when it appeared they might be doing a bad job.
I am sorry for ripping you those times when you didn’t seem to know how to manage the clock late in games.
I am sorry for ripping you when your team seemed like a woefully undisciplined, overmatched mess.
I am sorry for ripping you when you stood before the press and said stuff that seemed delusional.
I am sorry for ripping you when you refused to bench over-the-hill veterans.
I am sorry for ripping you when you appeared to participate in the egregious mismanagement of the quarterback position.
I am sorry for ripping you when you made excuses for underperforming players.
I am sorry for ripping you when your defense went in the toilet twice in three years.
I should have overlooked all that stuff and just waved the pom poms. Rah rah rah go team.
I should have listened to Wobby more.
I never should have let my capacity for critical thought overwhelm my fandom.
I am so so sorry that you are going to be unemployed soon. Do you need a loan? I can float you a fiver. Sorry, it’s all I’ve got right now.
Hey, maybe if I send Zygi Wilf a personal letter he’ll reconsider. He listens to people like me, I’ve heard.
Dear Zygi Wilf,
Please don’t fire Leslie Frazier. It’s not his fault. Stuff was against him. All us folks who ripped him, we just don’t understand. We don’t get the pressures that coaches are under. WE NEVER PLAYED THE GAME.
Don’t let yourself be swayed by the opinions of a bunch of ignorant fans/media people. What do we know about anything? We think we know game management just because we play Madden? It’s easy when you’re sitting on the couch.
Look, Leslie Frazier is a good guy. Everyone knows that. The players respect him. Sure he’s arguably made mistakes, but we all make mistakes. He deserves another chance.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? It takes patience. Frazier could be another Tom Landry or Tony Dungy or Bill Belichick. He just needs time. He just needs to grow.
Above all, he needs all of us to back off. What do we know anyway? We just sit behind our computers spouting nonsense.
I never realized before the power I had. But now I know. And with power comes responsibility. I promise that, in the future, I will be much more responsible with how I wield this great power.
I will keep in mind the impact of my words. Cause I know my words sway you. My words can get people fired.
There. I hope that helps, Les. Sorry bro. You’re a great coach. I was wrong to ever suggest otherwise.