Leslie Frazier’s job status bounced from safe to in danger and back multiple times during the 2013 season. On Monday the Minnesota Vikings fired their head coach.
Next season the Vikings will begin playing in the stadium of the University of Minnesota for two years before they open up a new stadium. Obviously the team was not going to wait that long to see if Frazier could lead them to a second playoff appearance.
A year after a one and done trip to the playoffs, the Vikings struggled to a 5-10-1 finish which resulted in a last place finish in the NFC North. The team never had consistent play at quarterback and was hardly competitive for much of the season.
“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings,” owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement distributed 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.”
Frazier had one year left on his contract with the Vikings.