The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that Leslie Frazier will no longer be their head coach after four seasons. The team announced the decision Monday morning.
“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings,” team owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement announcing the firing. “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.”
Frazier took over as head coach after Brad Childress was fired during the 2010 season. Minnesota has only had one winning season under Frazier and made the playoffs after going 10-6 in 2012, but the team regressed this season due to inconsistent quarterback play and injuries and posted a 5-10-1 record while losing seven of their first eight games in 2013.
“Unfortunately, we did not achieve consistent success and did not achieve the progress we expected,” Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said in the statement. “We believe a coaching change is needed to help build a successful team moving forward.”
His option for 2014 was picked up after the Vikings made the playoffs but the team didn’t show enough progress to allow Frazier to keep his job. The Vikings had a 20-32-1 record in three+ seasons with Frazier as head coach.
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