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RandBall: Will unmet expectations lead to another Vikings firing?

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • December 6, 2013 - 12:22 PM

 

As we pondered the news that Gary Kubiak has been fired by the Texans -- the first NFL coach this season to get the ax -- we checked back in on the Bovada odds regarding the most likely coach to be fired (beyond Kubiak).

 

And, well, according to the odds it's a dead heat between Greg Schiano of the Bucs and Leslie Frazier of the Vikings. If you want to bet that Frazier won't be coaching the Vikings in Game 1 of the 2014 season, you need to wager $300 of your money just to win $100.

Kubiak led the Texans to back-to-back playoff berths in 2011 and 2012. The expectations were high this year. As so often happens when expectations go unmet, the coach takes the fall.

In particular, that has happened every time in recent Vikings history.

In 2000, Dennis Green took the Vikings to the NFC title game. In 2001, he was fired. In 2004, Mike Tice took the Vikings to the playoffs. In 2005, he was fired. In 2009, Brad Childress took the Vikings to the NFC title game. In 2010, he was fired.

In 2012, Frazier took the Vikings to the playoffs.

His fate in 2013 remains to be seen, and it's clear his team has not quit on him. But with four games left, the seat is plenty warm.

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