Stats & Info: Leslie Frazier

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December, 30, 2013
This wasn’t quite the firing outburst that followed a year ago at this time, but five NFL coaches were let go in the last 24 hours.

Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins
Shanahan’s firing concluded a tenure that looked like it was going to be pretty good just a year ago.

But the struggles of Robert Griffin III in returning from injury as well as a porous defense combined to do Shanahan in.

Griffin went from a season in which he had 20 touchdown passes, seven touchdown runs, and only seven turnovers, to one in which he had as many turnovers (16) as touchdown passes, with no touchdown runs. His Total QBR dropped from 73.2 in 2012 to 40.1 in 2013.

Even with the slower, less mobile version of Griffin, Shanahan tried to make his quarterback a running quarterback.

Griffin had 86 designed rushes through Week 14 this season, which was second most among quarterbacks at the time.

Griffin was on pace to take more hits this season than last. He was sacked, hit while throwing or contacted on rushes 104 times this season, only two fewer than in 2012, in two fewer games than last season.

The Redskins defense allowed 29.9 points per game, the third-highest total in franchise history, surpassed only by 1954 (36.0) and 1947 (30.6).

According to salaries compiled by Forbes, Shanahan was one of six coaches paid at least $7 million in 2013. He had the fewest wins among that group, one that featured four coaches who took their team to the postseason.

Jim Schwartz, Detroit Lions
A 6-3 start, followed by a 1-6 finish crushed the Lions playoff hopes and ended Schwartz’s tenure with the team.

He had the second-worst coaching record among those who had coached in the last four seasons, better than only Shanahan.

The Lions had the NFL’s second-highest payroll this season and were the only team among the four with the highest payrolls not to make the playoffs.

The Lions were hurt by an inability to protect the football. They had a plus-1 turnover margin in the first nine games of the season, but that plummeted to -13 in the final seven games (in which they committed 21 turnovers).

The Lions failed to capitalize on what was an easy schedule, relatively speaking. Their .457 opponents’ winning percentage was the lowest opponents winning percentage for any non-playoff team.

Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers failed to capitalize on missed opportunities throughout 2013, and that may have cost Greg Schiano lost his job after two seasons as an NFL head coach.

They finished with a +10 turnover margin, but managed only four wins. Each of the six other teams that were +10 in the turnover department won at least 10 games.

Schiano’s work on the defensive side also came up lacking. The Buccaneers allowed the most passing yards (8,564) and the fourth-highest Total QBR (64.2) in his two seasons as head coach.

Schiano was never able to maintain what he started. He earned six wins in his first 10 games as head coach, but only five in his next 22.

Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings went from 10-6 in 2012 to 5-10-1 in 2013 and management decided it was time to let Leslie Frazier go.

The Vikings went from allowing 21.8 points per game last season to 30.0 in 2013, with their turnover margin dropping from -1 to -12.

The Vikings haven't had strong quarterback play under Frazier (note the chart on the right), but they also haven't done much to stop opposing quarterbacks.

Their 67.4 opponents’ Total QBR over the last three seasons, which ranked highest in the NFL in that span. The defense allowed the most points in the NFL this season and forced the sixth-fewest turenovers.

Rob Chudzinski, Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns acted quickly on Rob Chudzinski, letting him know that he was let go late Sunday night.

It continued a run of three straight seasons in which an NFL head coach was let go after coaching for only one season (the other two were Hue Jackson with the 2011 Oakland Raiders and Mike Mularkey with the 2012 Jacksonville Jaguars).

The Browns couldn’t figure out a way to win when someone other than Brian Hoyer was their quarterback this season. The Browns went 3-0 in his starts, but were 1-12 in games started by Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden.
With preparations for the 2011 NFL season starting soon under much different circumstances than in previous seasons, the teams with consistency in the head coaching and coordinator ranks are likely to have an advantage. No new system(s) to implement and fewer new coach-player relationships to build will ease the burden of shortened timeframes.

Eight teams will start the season with a different head coach than at the start of the 2010 season, a dramatic increase from the three head-coaching changes from the start of 2009 to the start of 2010. That's just three short of the NFL record (since the merger in 1970), set in 1976 and tied in 1997.

Three of the eight new coaches have previous head-coaching experience and two of them -- Jason Garrett and Leslie Frazier -- got that experience as interim coaches last season, coaching 14 games between them. John Fox is the only new guy with even a full season under his belt, taking over in Denver after nine seasons in Carolina.

Only 13 teams will have the stability of entering the season with the same head coach, offensive and defensive coordinator that they ended last season with. On the other end of the spectrum, there are four teams that will have new men in all three positions -- the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans.

Twelve different teams will have a new offensive coordinator and only three of those teams were in the top half of the league last season in yards gained. On the other side of the ball, 12 teams will have a new defensive coordinator and five of them were in the top half on the league in yards allowed last season.

Seven of the 13 teams with the same three coaches were playoff teams a year ago and none of the four teams that are changing all three positions made the postseason. In fact, they combined to go just 22-42 in 2010 with only the Raiders (8-8) winning more than 6 games.

Keep in mind, since the merger in 1970, only 11 first-year head coaches took their team to the Conference Championship Game and just five of those played in the Super Bowl.

Carolina Panthers
Ron Rivera
Entering first season as NFL head coach
Replaces: John Fox
Team W-L in 2010: 2-14 (last in NFC South)
Previous job: Chargers defensive coordinator

Cleveland Browns
Pat Shurmur
Entering first season as NFL head coach
Replaces: Eric Mangini
Team W-L in 2010: 5-11 (3rd in AFC North)
Previous job: Rams offensive coordinator

Dallas Cowboys
Jason Garrett
Entering second season as NFL head coach (5-3 in 2010)
Replaced: Wade Phillips
Team W-L in 2010: 6-10 (T-3rd in NFC East)

Denver Broncos
John Fox
Entering 10th season as NFL head coach (73-71 in 9 seasons with Panthers)
Replaces: Josh McDaniels and Eric Studesville (interim)
Team W-L in 2010: 4-12 (last in AFC West)
Previous job: Panthers head coach

Minnesota Vikings
Leslie Frazier
Entering second season as NFL head coach (3-3 in 2010)
Replaced: Brad Childress
Team W-L in 2010: 6-10 (T-3rd in NFC North)

Oakland Raiders
Hue Jackson
Entering first season as NFL head coach
Replaces: Tom Cable
Team W-L in 2010: 8-8 (3rd in AFC West)
Previous job: Raiders offensive coordinator

San Francisco 49ers
Jim Harbaugh
Entering first season as NFL head coach
Replaces: Mike Singletary and Jim Tomsula (interim)
Team W-L in 2010: 6-10 (3rd in NFC West)
Previous job: Stanford head coach

Tennessee Titans
Mike Munchak
Entering first season as NFL head coach
Replaces: Jeff Fisher
Team W-L in 2010: 6-10 (T-3rd in AFC South)
Previous job: Titans offensive line coach
The Minnesota Vikings fired head coach Brad Childress Monday and named Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier the Interim Head Coach. Childress went 39-35 in more than four seasons with Minnesota and 1-2 in the playoffs, including losing in the NFC Championship game last season.

The Vikings lost 31-3 to the Green Bay Packers at home Sunday, the second time in two weeks that a big Green Bay win has led to the opposing coach being fired. In their last game two weeks ago the Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 and Wade Phillips was fired the next day.

Childress is an offensive coach, and the Vikings offense has struggled this season. They are down in almost every category, but their struggles start with turnovers.

After having the fourth-fewest giveaways in the league last season, only two teams have turned the ball over more often than the Vikings have this season.

Perhaps as a result, the Vikings have attempted 210 passes when trailing this season which amounts to 63.1 percent of their total pass attempts. Last season the Vikings attempted just 172 passes when trailing which accounted for just 31.3 percent of their total pass attempts.

And although Minnesota's defense is in the top 10 in yards allowed per game, they are not getting to the quarterback nearly as often.

After finishing in the top eight in sacks in each of the last three seasons -- and first in 2009 -- the Vikings rank near the bottom of the leauge this season.

They don't blitz often, sending four or fewer players on 70.4 percent of opponent dropbacks the last three seasons. In 2008 and 2009, the Vikings led the league with a sack every 13 dropbacks when rushing four or fewer. This season, they rank in the bottom half of the league.