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Frazier, Ponder look like goners

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07:23 AM ET 12.16 | The end appears to be near for Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the prospects of Frazier returning in 2014 are said to be "grim," according to team sources and sources familiar with ownership's thinking. Frazier is well-liked by ownership, but that's unlikely to be enough to dissuade the 3-9-1 Vikings from going in another direction after the season. Rapoport has been told Minnesota will target a young coach -- likely a current NFL assistant -- with "star power." That's bad news for veteran coaches looking for a big chair. Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith should get a call, according to Rapoport, but the team is less likely to target a current NFL head coach or college coach.

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December 16, 2013  07:26 AM ET

I bet both come back in '14.

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December 16, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I bet both come back in '14.

It will be interesting to see how many coaches are given a pink slip at the end of the season. Right now there are about a half a dozen coaches that are rumored to be gone next season.

December 16, 2013  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I bet both come back in '14.

I said the same dang thing. Dunno why. I guess mediocrity is slow moving.

December 16, 2013  09:01 AM ET

"... but the team is less likely to target a current NFL head coach or college coach."

Now it is clear why Saban decided to stay in Alabama, Minnesota was not going to call.

December 16, 2013  09:08 AM ET
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Got my Christmas party this morning, not sure if I'll go.

That spiked eggnog could wreak havoc with your keyboard

December 16, 2013  09:17 AM ET

And yet GM Rick Spielman is expected to return.

Get ready for history to keep repeating itself, Vikes fans.

December 16, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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And yet GM Rick Spielman is expected to return. Get ready for history to keep repeating itself, Vikes fans.

You can't be afraid to clean house if you're Zygi.

December 16, 2013  09:24 AM ET

A few years back Denver went for a young assistant with star power and ended up with Josh McDaniels.

December 16, 2013  09:26 AM ET

And Now, Here's Rex!!!

December 16, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Is Singletary still on that coaching staff? If he is the Vikes should promote him to HC.

December 16, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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Is Singletary still on that coaching staff? If he is the Vikes should promote him to HC.

I'd take him here in Dallas...


Hell - at this point, I'd take Jon Gruden.

December 16, 2013  09:46 AM ET
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I'd take him here in Dallas... Hell - at this point, I'd take Jon Gruden.

Now that's just mean Otis... LOL

December 16, 2013  09:58 AM ET

Niether of them will be gone. They will have another great draft and win the NFC North next year. They love Ponder. They have a complicated offense and it takes a bright mind to run it. Both will survive. This team has a ton of talent and a lot of top draft picks again next year, plus I see them dumping allen for a two so look out.

December 16, 2013  10:02 AM ET

The article also fail to mention that four of those loses the Vikings had the lead in the last minute of the game and lost all of them. I think they need to start the season with Cassel listed as number one and draft a QB in the second round or beyond to be tutored to take over in a years or so like Jimmy Garoppolo out of Illinois State and say see you to Ponder.

December 16, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I bet both come back in '14.

I would take that bet. Even Zygi has his limits.

December 16, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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I'd take him here in Dallas... Hell - at this point, I'd take Jon Gruden.

You might get Gruden.

December 16, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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You might get Gruden.

I'd rather have Mike Zimmer...

But the existing coaching structure needs to go.

December 16, 2013  10:43 AM ET
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And yet GM Rick Spielman is expected to return. Get ready for history to keep repeating itself, Vikes fans.

The constant in experiments is overlooked it appears.

 
December 16, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

The constant in experiments is overlooked it appears.

It seems to be the case for a lot of GMs in the league.

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