The Vikings owner indicated Leslie Frazier is safe and that his staff will remain in place unless the coach asks to make a move.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf made it clear on Sunday that Leslie Frazier will return as coach next season despite the team's record falling to 2-10 with the 35-32 loss to the Denver Broncos.
"Leslie will definitely be back next year," Wilf said.
Wilf also said there might be some evaluation of the coaching staff, but he indicated that he didn't see any changes happening unless Frazier asked for changes.
The media have been pushing for Wilf to name a full-time general manager for the Vikings, but if Wilf is planning to make any changes in the football administrative staff headed by Rick Spielman, he didn't say. He has said he is satisfied with the way the football operation is being run.
Wilf realizes that the absence of star running back Adrian Peterson for most of the past three games has hurt the team's chance of winning.
Wilf blamed other injuries for a lot of the Vikings' problems, and it is his belief that now that the team has an established quarterback in Christian Ponder, other holes can be filled through the draft and free agency or by getting players healthy.
Meanwhile, Wilf continues to hope that the Legislature will find a way to build a new stadium for the Vikings. He has been encouraged by some of the moves recently.Harvin shines
Two former University of Florida teammates -- Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow -- were on display Sunday, and both put on a show.
Harvin may have had his best day as a pro, catching eight passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. One of the touchdown receptions was 52 yards, the other 48, as Harvin proved he is the best wide receiver in the NFL.
"Offensively, we played a pretty solid game," said Harvin, who missed two days of practice last week and credited Ponder for his big day.
"I take my hat off to Christian," he said. "A lot of that is just him. If I'm not out there in practice and not running routes, he's just going off of his confidence and the confidence he has in me. So my hat's off to everybody who keeps preparing."
About his college teammate Tebow, Harvin said: "He won the battle. I played with him, he's a great leader and a great teammate, and he led his team to a 'W' today. We'd like to come away with the win, but we had some problems with things."
Yes, the Vikings might not win a game the rest of the way, not with the worst secondary in the NFL and Peterson sitting out.Homecoming for Decker
Former Gopher Eric Decker, who was tied for fourth in the NFL with eight receiving touchdowns before Sunday's game, had only four passes thrown to him Sunday. He caught two for a total of 25 yards.
It was a great homecoming for Decker, who had a ton of fans on hand.
"Our mentality is if it's close in the fourth, we're going to find a way to win," Decker said. "No matter how it gets done. That's what we've been doing."
He described Tebow as a miracle worker.
"He brings a positive attitude, and his optimism has rubbed off on guys," Decker said.
Decker said the Broncos must play better on offense.
"It just comes down to execution," he said. "We had some penalties, and you can't do that stuff. It kills you. That's something we have to stress in practice and get better at and get a quicker start so we can take some pressure off the defense."Vikings need help
Brian Billick, the former Vikings offensive coordinator and Baltimore head coach, did the color commentary on the Vikings telecast for a second consecutive week, and he believes the Vikings need some help.
"Well, they need an outside presence at receiver," Billick said. "[Devin] Aromashodu looked good today, but obviously they need a little bit of that.
"Defensively, they're getting a little older. Their secondary is getting banged up, and they probably need to address that."
Billick said the secondary problems are especially notable.
"They were patient in what they did with their eight-man front to keep Tebow from running the ball, but there were three or four breaks in the secondary where they had broken coverages," he said. "They had some big plays down the field that obviously were mental breakdowns. They've got a lot of new guys in there."Praises Tebow
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen talked about how Tebow hit the open receivers.
"The one good play I thought he had was, he extended the play out to our right and cut up underneath me, and as he was going out of bounds he hits a guy," Allen said. "But again, the guy's wide open. But he's an athlete. I don't know, he's obviously a winner."
As usual, Allen hated losing.
"It's the toughest thing ever," he said. "You prepare all week and you think you're going to win the game, and you squander it.
"You know, the way I look at it is, if you're on the field I need your best. And you know, that will be the coaches' job to evaluate that and put the people in where they're supposed to be.
"We'll try to get this one behind us and go beat Detroit."
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|Atlanta||34||2nd Qtr 5:10|
|Toronto||38||2nd Qtr 3:41|
|Memphis||18||1st Qtr 1:21|
|San Antonio||8:00 PM|
|Toronto||0||2nd Prd 7:47|
|NY Rangers||0||1st Prd 15:34|
|St. Louis||9:00 PM|
|Fla Gulf Coast||67||FINAL|
|Mount St Marys||74|
|William & Mary||66|
|Utah Valley U||44||FINAL|
|East Tenn St||64||FINAL|
|Central Conn St||66||FINAL|
|South Dakota St||64||FINAL|
|Texas Southern||56||2nd Half 0:49|
|San Jose St||51||FINAL|
|Iowa||80||1st OT 0:03|
|Miss Valley St||49||FINAL|
|Harvard||48||2nd Half 11:54|
|George Washington||43||2nd Half 12:50|
|Syracuse||33||2nd Half 13:48|
|Tenn Tech||50||2nd Half 7:50|
|UNC-Wilmington||25||2nd Half 14:58|
|Stony Brook||53||2nd Half 12:30|
|Northwestern||38||2nd Half 12:14|
|Western Ill||45||2nd Half 9:57|
|Buffalo||43||2nd Half 15:32|
|Incarnate Word||37||2nd Half 16:03|
|Cal State Fullerton||33||2nd Half 13:58|
|Long Beach State||55|
|TX-San Antonio||52||2nd Half 9:11|
|Fla Atlantic||47||2nd Half 8:54|
|Richmond||48||2nd Half 9:46|
|George Mason||58||2nd Half 11:49|
|Austin Peay||41||2nd Half 10:25|
|SE Missouri St||57|
|Ball State||40||2nd Half 12:00|
|Penn||43||2nd Half 6:37|
|Milwaukee||57||2nd Half 13:29|
|Stetson||43||2nd Half 10:24|
|USC Upstate||52||2nd Half 9:25|
|Grand Canyon||40||2nd Half 13:28|
|Abilene Christian||20||2nd Half|
|Murray State||42||2nd Half 16:23|
|Prairie View||34||2nd Half|
|Northeastern||14||1st Half 10:51|
|Coll of Charleston||10|
|Tulsa||13||1st Half 10:46|
|Wyoming||19||1st Half 9:05|
|Central Mich||11||1st Half 11:47|
|Denver||11||1st Half 11:48|
|Charlotte||15||1st Half 10:06|
|Boise State||8||1st Half 8:19|
|San Diego St||17|
|St Marys-CA||5||1st Half 11:31|
|Texas-El Paso||18||1st Half 9:35|
|New Mexico St||0||Postponed|
|FIU||19||1st Half 10:52|
|Stephen F Austin||22||1st Half 11:39|
|Grambling St||7:30 PM|
|Ga Southern||7:30 PM|
|Ark-Little Rock||0||1st Half 19:00|
|Sam Houston St||7:30 PM|
|Northern Ariz||8:00 PM|
|UC Davis||0||1st Half|
|New Mexico||9:00 PM|
|Idaho State||9:00 PM|
|Sacramento St||9:05 PM|
|UC Riverside||9:30 PM|
|UC Irvine||10:59 PM|
|UC Santa Barbara|
|Sam Houston St||52||FINAL|
|Central Conn St||77||FINAL|
|East Tenn St||42||FINAL|
|South Dakota St||82|
|San Diego State||58||FINAL|
|Alcorn State||3:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St||54||FINAL|
|SE Missouri St||67|
|Mount St Marys||68|
|San Jose St||81|
|Stephen F Austin||69||FINAL|
|Utah Valley U||68|
|UC Santa Barbara||57||FINAL|
|(7) Oregon State||73|
|Loyola-Maryland||44||2nd Half 5:28|
|(21) Fla Gulf Coast||55|
|Long Beach St||51||2nd Half 7:20|
|Cal State Fullerton||42|
|Rice||51||2nd Half 7:17|
|CS-Northridge||20||1st Half 11:30|
|Oklahoma St||6||1st Half 14:21|
|TX-Pan American||9:00 PM|
|New Mexico St|
|Northern Colorado||9:00 PM|
|North Dakota||9:00 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|
Poll: With Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned, what should the Vikings do?