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Thoughts on Leslie Frazier and the Offseason

First, let me address the firing of Leslie Frazier. I completely understand the Wilf's decision to let Frazier go. The man had 18 wins in 3 seasons. In a results driven league, that is simply not going to get the job done. However, when looking beyond the wins, how much of this was actually Frazier's fault? It was Spielman in the 2011 Draft that took Ponder with the 12th pick, and Spielman's inability to give Frazier a decent quarterback throughout his tenure in Minnesota. This, coupled with the decision to cut Antoine Winfield before the season began, left Frazier with both instability at the QB position and a dangerously thin CB position. Had Frazier had even a halfway decent QB and CB play, the Vikings would have finished anywhere from 8-8 to 11-5 - a record that would have put them right in the thick of the playoff chase. Spielman's insistence on the playing of Ponder (I'm sorry...but he is really just an awful NFL quarterback.) ultimately cost Leslie Frazier his job. Second - where are we to go from here? I just don't understand who as a head coaching candidate is a better option than Leslie Frazier. Organizational and leadership stability is a huge determining factor of NFL success - something that has eluded the Vikings the last several years. Is Jack Del Rio, Adam Gase, or Bill O'Brian REALLY that much better than Leslie Frazier to risk undermining organizational stability? Personally, I would have kept Frazier and fired both Musgrave and Williams. Frazier commanded respect both inside and outside of the locker room, and any coach that both has its players play HARD for him and want him to return is a worthy head coaching candidate in my book. Face it - the Vikings could have finished this season at 2-14 or 3-13. easily. Although cliché, the resilience of this team in comparison to the Washington Redskins is something to be proud of. Who is the next coach of the Minnesota Vikings? I wouldn't mind special teams coach Mike Preifer - a familiar face in the organization who seems to already have the support of several inside the organization and on the team. Hiring a special teams coach like Baltimore did with Jon Harbaugh could be a smart and savvy move. I'm not as well versed on the other candidates, but would like to stay away from the so called "trendy"/"flavor of the month" type coaches - those like Adam Gase, who had Peyton freakin Manning at QB this year. I think we all saw what happened to the Colts in 2011 when Manning was out, and what happened to those coordinators. Thirdly, what are we to do about the franchise QB position? Of the 7 teams ahead of us in the NFL Draft order, one could make an argument that there will be between 5-6 teams either selecting a QB or trading the pick to a QB needy team. While I would like to select a QB with the 8th overall pick, I can't envision a scenario in which the Vikings end up with one of the top QB prospects this year without having to give up the farm to do so. I want to avoid a situation like what happened in the 2011 draft with Ponder, reaching for an average QB prospect when significant value on the defensive side could be had in the names of Robert Quinn or Ryan Kerrigan. What needs to happen this year is to rebuild an aging and ineffective defense by searching for VALUE in the first round. By selecting a defensive stud with our first pick, we can follow the route the 49ers or Bengals took by building a dominating defense and then attempting to find a developmental QB prospect in the later rounds like Kaepernick or Dalton (I know Dalton's not great, but wouldn't you take him?). Some of those QB's could be AJ McCarron, Zach Mettenberger, Aaron Murray, or Tajh Boyd. Ending up with someone like Anthony Barr with the 8th pick and then one of these QB's, along with Cassel, seems like a far wiser decision to me than reaching for a QB with are first round pick and neglecting the problems on the other side of the ball. What do you think? Who should be the next coach of the Minnesota Vikings? Do you like my strategy of defense over QB in the first round? Answer the poll and comment your opinion!

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a <em>community</em>, that view is no less important.

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