Dec 23, 2013

The Leslie Frazier Hoopla

I was originally going to write an article on how Adrian Peterson wants Leslie Frazier to stay with the Vikings, but I soon realized there was so much more to the story than that. How can you see a whole puzzle with only one piece?

The Vikings are undoubtedly looking around at new coaches. How serious they are, I don't know. Leslie Frazier could very well only have one game left in his career with the Vikings. I still don't know how I feel about that.

Leslie Frazier said neither he nor his agent have discussed his job with Rick Speilman or Zygi Wilf. That could be a mistake, because the Vikings might already be deciding his fate.

"I think for our players, it's important that they focus on the task. That's what I'm asking them to do, and I need to do the same thing," Frazier said when asked about rumors of him being replaced. "It's very, very important if you want to have a chance to win these games down the stretch that I stay focused on what's involved with leading our team and I want them to follow. It's important I handle it the right way."

A couple of the top players on the Vikings roster have been voicing their support for Leslie Frazier. 

"We're trying to do what we can to make it happen," Jerome Felton said about keeping Frazier. "I think you can see it in the way we've played lately. The guys in this locker room want him to be our coach."

“I’m in full support of Coach Frazier. He’s my head coach. … Whatever decisions are made down the road, that’s in the hands of the guys upstairs, the ownership. I’m in full support of Coach Frazier.”" Greg Jennings said.

Adrian Peterson was a bit more vocal when talking about Frazier's future as a coach.

"I'm definitely not an individual that's looking for dramatic change," Peterson said "So, yeah. it would hurt if (Frazier) leaves."

Adrian Peterson is planning to speak with ownership in support of Frazier this weekend.

"I try to say what I have to say," Peterson said. "There's a time and place for everything. And with the season (winding down), that time is coming. I'm going to give my input and see what they have to say and go from there. ... Right now, I'm just trying to focus on finishing the season strong, with Detroit. And then that's when I'm sure things will get rolling, and we'll see what's going to go down."

"He's a special player, special guy," Frazier said Monday in response to Peterson's support. "We always want to do just do the right thing by him when it comes to playing the game of football. He means so much to our franchise and our organization so you've just got to be wise when we're talking about how to use him."

Jared Allen said something a little different about the Leslie Frazier situation. 

"I'm not even going to touch on it," Allen said. "It's out of my hands. I have zero to do with that."

It makes me wonder if Jared Allen actually wants Leslie Frazier to go.

According to CBS Sports, the Vikings have already reached out to Penn State coach Bill O'Brien to see if was interested in possibly replacing Frazier. Again, it might be a mistake that Leslie Frazier hasn't talked about his future with the Vikings.

I think everyone should realize that Leslie Frazier did in fact lead us to the playoffs last season. If Christian Ponder hadn't gotten hurt before that last game, we might have even made it further. He has done some good for the Vikings in his time coaching and I'm sure that will be brought up when the Vikings decide what to do with Frazier. 

Frazier has made many mistakes in his career as well. It took way too long for him to realize how horrible Donovan McNabb really was. Even after he realized that, it took even longer for him to finally bench him. It was the same scenario with Christian Ponder. Frazier was too stubborn and took too long to decide Ponder wasn't the future of the Vikings. 

What the Vikings are doing now obviously isn't working. With only one game left in the season, they've only won four games. That's why I want to see change and if that's saying goodbye to Leslie Frazier, so be it. I'll be happy. I really like Leslie Frazier, but he's just not fit to be a head coach of an NFL team.