It’s been no secret that the Minnesota Vikings players like Leslie Frazier as their head coach and want to see him return for the 2014 season. While it’s smart to listen to and keep your players happy, should Vikings ownership keep Frazier another year to keep Adrian Peterson and Greg Jennings happy?
After the team’s loss on Sunday to the Cincinnati Bengals, in rather embarrassing fashion, Peterson and Jennings told media members they are sticking behind their head coach, with Peterson going so far as to say he will talk to ownership about keeping Frazier. Peterson and Jennings aren’t the only players who’ve stood up for Frazier this season, but they are the star players of this team, thus their words carry more weight.
It’s no surprise to those who follow the Vikings that Frazier is well liked in the locker room, but given how overmatched him and his coaching staff have looked this season, there is no way he can be allowed to lead this team going forward. Although boasting one of the best running backs in the league, and a veteran quarterback whose proven his worth in recent weeks, the Vikings barely put up a fight against a streaky Bengals team this past weekend.
The most important thing in professional sports is winning, and while some may not like that, owners simply aren’t spending billions of dollars for any other reason than to bring home a Super Bowl trophy. Frazier has had only one successful season in Minnesota, and with a nearly identical, if not better squad this season, he has only managed four wins through 16 weeks.
The problem with this team isn’t in motivating players, which Frazier seems capable of, it simply has to do with being overmatched by opposing coaches and not being able to compete once down by a couple of scores.
On top of all of the losing and letdowns, the bottom line is Frazier was a defensive player in the NFL, came up as a defensive assistant and coordinator and now is the head coach for one of the worst defensive teams in the league. While the player personnel isn’t anything to be proud of, the Vikings’ defense has dramatically held this team back, and Frazier is the one who must pay the price.