Vikings break news of Leslie Frazier's firing on Twitter

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"Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!"
-- Update including comment from Zygi Wilf and GM Rick Spielman at bottom --

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.

:::: UPDATE ::::

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."
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midwestexplorer81
midwestexplorer81 topcommenter

Frazier seemed like a genuine guy that did whatever asked of him the best he could but he couldn't manage to fire up the Vikes enough to win sadly for us all. I think the vikes had enough talent to win most of their games but they were allowed to "embrace the suck" because of Frazier's laid back personality.

Carolyn Brandt
Carolyn Brandt

What a great guy. He should have been allowed to finish his contract. He put so much into the team, when he first came. He deserves better. We may need new owners. There are obviously other problems, players, procedures, etc. Best to you coach. We will miss you.

Doug Mulville
Doug Mulville

Spielman has no class, the Wilfs are awful people and the fans can bitch all they want, but at the end of the day you all still pay for merch, tickets and watch on tv. Football is the new church and EVERYONE seems to follow it as fans, gamblers, or fantasy players. Just more of the same from the ever growing ignorant public. Frazier was a good guy that got shafted by a bad situation. He probably needed to go but he will land on his feet and eventually get another shot.

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

The Vikes need consistency, this is a big mistake. From a Packers fan

Tanner Slade Olson
Tanner Slade Olson

Good couch, he cant help that his team pissed away their season. He can only do half. What they do on the field is their fault.

mplstim56
mplstim56

Well, the Vikings got rid of a coach who was a man of character in a way nearly unmatched in the NFL.

They still have owners who have been proven pirates and crooks in court.

 This does not bode well for the Vikes....for years. You can't have a good team when you have rotten people running the organization.  (See Dallas C'boys)

   The best NFL teams have had decades and decades of ownership by principled people of high character, who rarely change coaches and GMs....

    My bet would be Frazier would have turned around the Vikes and made them a power again...if he had owners of class and character. He's better off rid of the Vikes' organization, I'm sorry to say.

      Let's start a campaign to dump the wilfys...dump the wilfys    dump the wilfys...alll together now

Jessica Ross
Jessica Ross

They need someone who knows how to whip a team into shape.

David Hlavac
David Hlavac

When are they going to get rid of Spielman? How is Frazier responsible for the Ponder debacle?

Bob Lyons
Bob Lyons

Goes to show everyone how classy the Vikings organization is by letting people know by twitter and not a press conference like normal teams.

David Duerre
David Duerre

Frazier had a hard job, it's not easy when you don't have a quarterback.

Sarah Rose
Sarah Rose

How classy they use Twitter to break the news. Ugh.

Mike Meyer
Mike Meyer

bring back denny green those were fun times!

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