One season after leading the Minnesota Vikings to the playoffs, Leslie Frazier has been fired.
The announcement was made Monday morning.
The Vikings beat the Detroit Lions 14-13 on Sunday. Frazier has a 20-32-1 record with the Vikings since taking over midway through the 2010 season. After steering the team to a 10-6 season and a playoff berth in 2012, he was not given a contract extension. But the 54-year-old's 2014 option was picked up.
Sunday's victory enabled the Vikings (5-10-1) to finish the second half of the season with a winning record (4-3-1). They won their final four games at the Metrodome, which is scheduled for demolition after 32 seasons.
"We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement on the Vikings' website Monday. "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," general manager Rick Spielman said in the statement. "We believe a coaching change is needed to help build a successful team moving forward."
The Vikings have called a 2 p.m. news conference at the Winter Park Fieldhouse to further discuss the move.
League sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that both of the Broncos' coordinators, Jack Del Rio on defense and Adam Gase on offense, are on the Vikings' radar for the new coach. Del Rio played linebacker for the Vikings and Minnesota has been inquiring about Gase, ESPN said.
(c)2013 the Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.
Visit the Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) at www.twincities.com
Leslie Frazier out as Vikings coach
Most Popular Stories
- 5 Notable Hispanic Technology Executives
- Top Hispanic Tech Companies Push for the Top
- Visa, MasterCard Team Up to Focus on Payment Security
- Russia, Crimea Discuss Referendum
- China Urges Malaysia Flight Emergency Response
- Taco Bell Rings Up Breakfast Menu
- Sunday Starts Daylight Saving Time
- For Obama, a Last Stab at Improving Ties with Capitol Hill
- Three Americans on Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane: State Department
- California Establishes Center for Coffee Study