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Vikings, Frazier in serious discussions

Posted by: under Vikings, Lions, NFC, Brad Childress, Leslie Frazier, Vikings fans, Brad Childress, Leslie Frazier Updated: December 31, 2010 - 10:01 PM

Just filed a story for the paper that should be online shortly, but for Vikings fans who get their information through the blog we have an update on Leslie Frazier's situation.

We're hearing the Vikings and Frazier's representation are in serious discussions that could result in him being named the team's permament coach at some point after Sunday's regular-season finale in Detroit. (We're not reporting this is done just that it's looking favorable for Frazier.) 

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has not commented on the coaching search since Nov. 22, the day he fired Brad Childress following a 31-3 loss to Green Bay. Frazier was named interim coach that day and has gone 3-2, including an upset victory at Philadelphia on Tuesday night. 

Frazier can get to two games above .500 with another victory on Sunday against the Lions. That also would make him 3-0 in official road games. He has gone 1-2 in home games but two of those were played at sites other than the Metrodome after the roof of that building collapsed on Dec. 12.

One reason Wilf might be acting quickly to get Frazier signed is because he will be a coaching free agent as of Monday. With four other jobs already open and several more looking as if they will come open, odds are good other teams will want to talk to Frazier. The Denver Broncos came very close to hiring him last time around and that job is open again.

Frazier has interviewed for seven head coaching jobs in recent years and until this season didn't have the advantage of having experience as the boss at the NFL level. Given the events of the past few weeks, he now has experienced things that many of his fellow coaches hope to never have to go through. 

 

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