Vikings fire head coach Leslie Frazier

12/30/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

They call it "Black Monday," the day feared by any NFL coach whose team did not live up to expectations. Less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the regular season, NFL teams often determine whether their head coaches are long-term answers on the sidelines, and if a coach is deemed a poor fit, the team will send him a pink slip and begin a search for a new head coach.

Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier looks on during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Lions 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY SportsLeslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings was one of the head coaches to get the boot on Monday morning, after having led a team with playoff aspirations to a 5-10-1 record. A former NFL cornerback, Frazier is a defensive-minded coach, but the Vikings' defense ranked last in points allowed and 31st in total defense while generating the fifth-least turnovers.

In addition, Frazier and his staff failed to develop third-year quarterback Christian Ponder, who was in and out of the lineup throughout the year and saw a drop in passer rating from 2012.

"We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings," said owner Zygi Wilf. "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."

It looked like Frazier could be the long-term fix in Minnesota after the 2012 season, in which he led the Vikings to an impressive bounce back campaign. The Vikings went 10-6 with a playoff berth just a year after finishing 3-13. The front office deemed Frazier's strong season to be more of a fluke than a trend, as he failed to top five wins in two of his three full seasons as head coach.

Frazier wraps up his only career head coaching gig with a disappointing record of 21-32-1. He was always a well renowned defensive coordinator before his days as a head coach, but Frazier may have a tough time landing another coordinator job after his defense's pathetic display this season.

As for the Vikings, they have already been linked to each of the Denver Broncos' coordinators - OC Adam Gase and DC Jack Del Rio.
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