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Frazier Fired by Vikings

Updated: 12/30/2013 5:33 PM
Created: 12/30/2013 8:43 AM WDIO.com

The Minnesota Viking have announced that Leslie Frazier will not return in 2014 as Head Coach.

Leslie Frazier raised his record with the Vikings in three-plus years to 21-33-1. He has reached the playoffs once. The Vikings defeated Detroit 14-13 on Sunday in Frazier's last game as the team's Head Coach.

The Vikings released a statement regarding Frazier's departure:

“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings,” said Vikings 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.”

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

Spielman says he's confident the Minnesota Vikings will solve their quarterback problem.

But Spielman also acknowledged Monday he has yet to "get it right" in regard to evaluating the position, at a news conference after Frazier was fired.

Spielman has had full charge of the roster for the last two seasons and been a chief decision-maker on the draft for seven years. He said he takes full responsibility for personnel decisions, which include picking Christian Ponder 12th overall in 2011.

The Vikings must figure out whether to bring back Ponder and Matt Cassel, who can also opt out of his contract to become a free agent. Then there's the draft, where the team is likely to take a quarterback.

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