The Minnesota Vikings made their contribution to Black Monday in the NFL by announcing head coach Leslie Frazier will not be in charge of the team next season and had been relieved of his duties.
Frazier spent just over three seasons with the Vikings and the axe eventually fell after the franchise owner Zygi Wilf decided the team had not improved sufficiently since the 54-year-old was made head coach in 2011 after taking over on a interim basis following the departure of Brad Childress midway through the 2010 season.
NFL reporter Ian Rapoport broke the news that the Vikings were dismissing Frazier, which was not met with great surprise owing to a tumultuous season that saw him continue to fail in the search for a quarterback to take the team forward.
Frazier used three QBs this season alone in Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman, while the Vikings defense struggled through out the year and gained one of the worst records in the NFL.
Minnesota finished this season with a 5-10-1 record that took Frazier's career record at the NFC North franchise to 21-32-1, though 10-6 last season was enough to take them to the playoffs.
"We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings," said Wilf in a statement quoted by ESPN.
"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."
Vikings' general manager Rick Spielman made plain that the disappointment to build on a good year last year and team's erratic form under Frazier ultimately made the decision unavoidable.
"Unfortunately, we did not achieve consistent success and did not achieve the progress we expected," he said.
"We believe a coaching change is needed to help build a successful team moving forward."
Frazier is one of four NFL coaches to be shown the door this year, following Gary Kubiak's firing early this month, the Cleveland Browns dismissing Rob Chudzinski and Mike Shanahan unsurprisingly being dumped by the Washington Redskins.
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