Sunday, January 2, 2011
Report: Vikes will hire Leslie Frazier
ESPN.com news services
Leslie Frazier has agreed to become the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
Frazier was named Minnesota's interim coach on Nov. 22, a day after Brad Childress was fired. The Vikings are 3-3 under Frazier and the former defensive coordinator has guided the team through some major headaches in the past few weeks.
Frazier said after the Vikings' 20-13 loss Sunday that he planned to talk with ownership Sunday night or Monday.
"Nothing has been solidified," Frazier said.
The Vikings have had two games delayed by winter storms and the roof of the Metrodome collapsed under weight of snow, forcing the team to play in the University of Minnesota's open-air TCF Bank Stadium in Week 15.
Childress was fired following a 3-7 start in a season where the Vikings were predicted to be Super Bowl contenders. The franchise has endured a failed reunion with Randy Moss, numerous injuries to stars Brett Favre, Sidney Rice and Adrian Peterson and Favre was recently fined $50,000 by the league for not cooperating with a nearly season-long NFL investigation into Favre's alleged contact with a former New York Jets employee.
Frazier's deal is expected to be finalized Monday or Tuesday, the paper said.