Following what has been a lackluster season, the Minnesota Vikings decide to go in a new direction. After three seasons, including a 2012 playoff push, the Minnesota Vikings have decided it’s the end of the road between them and Head Coach Leslie Frazier.
There are many aspects that played into this decision, the most common complaint was the inability of Frazier to define and develop the quarterback position. Yet, potentially even more significant was the Vikings poor showing on the defensive side of the ball this season where they allowed more points than any other team in the league.
Frazier’s tenure with the Vikings goes back to 2010 where he assumed an Interim position after the release of Brad Childress. Frazier’s record as a coach with the Vikings stands at 21-32-1.
2012 was the only real standout year for coach Frazier, as Adrian Peterson rolled through defenders and toward the record books. While the playoffs were short lived, AP bringing the MVP trophy to Minnesota after recovering from a severe injury was one of the great moments in recent sports history.
Despite the rough start to his NFL Head Coaching career, Frazier has developed such a kinship with the players that many publicly stated their hope was that the Vikings would retain Frazier, including Adrian Peterson, prior to Sunday’s game.
After receiving the news on Monday Leslie Frazier did a brief interview with KMSP-TV in which he stated,
“I was hoping we would get a chance to finish what we started…We were so close to where our guys have been battling, I thought if we fixed a couple things this off-season, we’d be right back in the thick of things.”
For the Vikings, the future is uncertain. They have a good mix of young and veteran talent, but clearly need to clean up their defense, and figure out an effective offensive scheme.
Looking forward…the Vikings will start next season with a new coach, and will be playing in a different stadium. With the offseason looming, Minnesota will have to continue to evaluate where they are at, and make some difficult decisions as they rebuild the franchise.