Vikings fire Leslie Frazier

December 30, 2013

Leslie Frazier closed out the Metrodome with a season-ending victory over Detroit. (Adam Bettcher / Getty Images)

Leslie Frazier has been fired by the Minnesota Vikings, after a little over three seasons as the team’s head coach.

“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings,” Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement released by the team. “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.”

A year ago, the Vikings were 10-6 and preparing for a playoff game against Green Bay. But Frazier, 21-31-1 overall, coached the team to a 3-13 record in 2011 and wrapped up a 5-10-1 season Sunday. The Vikings beat Detroit on Sunday in the final game in the Metrodome, winning three of their final five games. Frazier coached the final six games of the 2010 season after succeeding Brad Childress, who was fired in November 2010.

“Unfortunately, we did not achieve consistent success and did not achieve the progress we expected,” General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. “We believe a coaching change is needed to help build a successful team moving forward.”

Frazier is the third coach fired so far. The Houston Texans fired Gary Kubiak in early December and the Cleveland Browns fired Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after one season.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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