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Frazier discusses staff timeline

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Darrell Bevell, Leslie Frazier, Vikings players, Darrell Bevell, Leslie Frazier Updated: January 6, 2011 - 1:24 PM

Leslie Frazier said in an interview with 1500 ESPN that he hopes to have his staff set in 10 days.

Frazier talked about assembling his staff, the future of his coordinators and his dismissal of three offensive assistants on Wednesday.

"I'm hoping that we'll make some inroads over the next few days and maybe make an announcement in the next 10 days," Frazier said. "There are some things that have to happen for that to work out perfectly. But hopefully sooner than later."

Frazier let go quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, offensive line coach Pat Morris and assistant line coach Jim Hueber on Wednesday.

"As we were going through this and trying to figure out what's the best thing to do, it's tough," Frazier said. "It really is tough."

Frazier declined to get into specifics regarding offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and interim defensive coordinator Fred Pagac and what their roles might be going forward.

Bevell remains on staff for now but his role could change if he stays. That likely will depend on whether Frazier keeps the West Coast offense or changes systems.

"A lot of what we end up doing will have an effect on not only our offense but our entire team so we'll try and figure out what's best for everybody as we make that decision," Frazier said.

Frazier said he liked what Pagac did in his six games as the interim defensive coordinator but he did not say he'll remain in that role.

"I really liked the things that Fred was able to do with our players," Frazier said. "It really helped me to free up and be a true head coach and try and monitor our entire team and help with some other areas. I was pleased with what he did, pleased with the rest of our staff in assisting him and just trying to hold things together as we were getting through a difficult time. But we're still trying to assess things and just make sure everybody is in the correct role going forward. But I was really pleased with the way Fred attacked things."

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