Sunday, December 15, 2013
Wilf mum on Frazier's, Spielman's futures
By Ben Goessling
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings team president Mark Wilf would not comment on the futures of general manager Rick Spielman or coach Leslie Frazier after the team's 48-30 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, saying the team's owners were "just going to enjoy the win and try to win out the season."
Frazier, who was not offered a contract extension after the Vikings went 10-6 and made the playoffs last season, is only signed through the 2014 season and was thought to be on the hot seat when the Vikings started the season 1-7. Team owner Zygi Wilf said after a loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 21 that "I'm sticking with our team" when asked about the prospect of in-season staff changes, and Wilf also declined to talk about the futures of Spielman and Frazier after the Vikings' stadium groundbreaking earlier this month.
A NFL Network report on Sunday morning said Frazier's future looked "grim," adding that Spielman had already been told he would return for the 2014 season. When asked about his future after the game on Sunday, Spielman said, "I'm not going to talk about anything."
When discussing Frazier's future during his mid-season news conference on Nov. 1, Spielman said, "We back coach Frazier 100 percent and we'll do everything we can to to help him get this thing turned around." When he was asked if Frazier might be let go during the season, Spielman said, "Leslie Frazier is not going anywhere. I am telling you that we are very committed to Leslie Frazier and this coaching staff."
The Vikings are now 3-2-1 in the second half of the season, but have blown last-minute leads in five games this year. Frazier said, though, that he's not looking at late-season wins as a way to make a statement about saving his job.
"We are approaching these ballgames like we did in September and October," Frazier said. "Nothing has changed for our team or myself. Those of you who know me in the press know that is not my mindset. We were focusing today on the Eagles and what we had to get done in this ballgame. We'll do the same thing next week."