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Spielman: Vikings Looking for Consistency, Did Not Find it in Frazier

Updated: 12/30/2013 6:23 PM
Created: 12/30/2013 2:59 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

The Minnesota Vikings fired Coach Leslie Frazier because he did not have the consistency the team was looking for, General Manager Rick Spielman said at a press conference Monday.

The announcement comes after Frazier coached the team to a 5-10 season this year and a 3-13 season in 2012. He had a career record of 21-33-1.

One of the notable debates was the quarterback position.

"I'm responsible for putting the best 53 players that I can possibly put on our roster, but I have to leave it up to the coaches to make those decisions on who gives us the best chance to win on Sunday," Spielman said.

Frazier said several times throughout the year that the decision was not his alone.

The Vikings will not rush the process to replace Frazier. Spielman said the team is not looking for one person specifically, but will interview many different people in different areas, from head coaches to offensive coordinators to college coaches with no NFL experience.

He said a target date to fill the spot is set for the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25. But, if it takes longer to find the right fit, then the decision could come at a later time.

Frazier, 54, was hired to be the defensive coordinator for the Vikings in 2007 by then-Coach Brad Childress. He interviewed for several head coaching positions over a three-year span. Ultimately, his opportunity came when the Vikings fired Childress in the middle of a messy 2010 season.

This will be Spielman's first coach-hiring move as general manager. Spielman was promoted to the position in 2012, after spending five years as the team's vice president of player personnel. The team hadn't had a true GM since Mike Lynn in the 1980s.

"I'll address the quarterback situation just like every other situation. I take full responsibility for the personnel decisions, whether they are good or they don't work out for whatever reason. I am always going to be aggressive that if a personnel decision does not work out, to try to get that rectified as soon as we can."

Zygi Wilf also spoke at the news conference, but did not take any questions.

"For those of you who know and have worked with Leslie Frazier, you know that he is a truly giving person," Wilf said. "We have a great appreciation for Leslie's efforts, but we believe a change was needed to build a successful team moving forward. We are optimistic about our roster and the future of the Minnesota Vikings."


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