Vikings break news of Leslie Frazier's firing on Twitter
|"Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!"|
A day after the Vikings defeated the comparably woeful Detroit Lions to complete a 5-10-1 campaign, the team announced this morning that Leslie Frazier is out as head coach.
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The news was announced by the Vikings' official Twitter account:
Frazier compiled a 21-32-1 record since taking over for Brad Childress midway through the 2010 season. He led the Vikings to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth in 2012, but that successful season was bookended by a dreadful 3-13 campaign in 2011 and a disappointing (albeit entertaining) 2013.
The Vikings have announced that Leslie Frazier will not return in 2014 as Head Coach.-- Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 30, 2013
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Vikings officials released a statement detailing their reasons for getting rid of Frazier. Here's what Zygi had to say (via WCCO):
"We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings. He stepped in and established a strong positive culture here and he has been the consummate professional as our head coach and in this community. Making this change is difficult, but what we determined is best for the organization."General Manager Rick Spielman's job security has also been in question, but the team statement included this comment from him:
"Unfortunately, we did not achieve consistent success and did not achieve the progress we expected. We believe a coaching change is needed to help build a successful team moving forward."-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.