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
There had been reports suggesting Dead Coach Walking Leslie Frazier could be in line for a last-second reprieve from Governor Rick Spielman. But at least one NFL Insider of high standing is reporting that Frazier is certain to be fired after leading the Vikings to a second losing season in his three years as full-time head coach.
Jay Glazer said Sunday morning to Fox TV audiences that Frazier indeed will be gone. Mike Shanahan and Jim Schwartz are also headed for the unemployment line per Glazer.
It’s kind of hard making a case for Frazier to stay after the way his team and particularly his defense disintegrated in 2013. But there had been a line of reasoning saying the Vikings might keep Frazier as a sort of bridge coach while they rode out two years in TCF Bank Stadium.
That argument never made a lot of sense to me however. Yes it will be hard attracting a big name coach with the Vikings essentially spending two years in exile, but big name coaches are not your only options.
Rick Spielman just needs to work harder, do his due diligence even more diligently and find a worthy candidate to replace Frazier. You can’t use the stadium limbo situation as an excuse to shut down the franchise for two years.
Not all great NFL coaches start out as household names who command large salaries. The job of finding a coach may be harder for the Vikings but it is far from impossible.
Keeping Frazier because no one good wants to come to Minnesota would be a loser way of going about things. Rick Spielman won’t succumb to that kind of thinking. Frazier will be gone shortly after today’s game, probably along with Bill Musgrave and Alan Williams, and then Spielman will begin the arduous-but-far-from-insurmountable task of identifying a worthy replacement.