Vikings officially name Leslie Frazier coach
After Leslie Frazier found a way to calm a ship that was in the roughest of waters, the Minnesota Vikings have officially named him the eighth head coach in franchise history.
The team announced this afternoon that Frazier will conduct a press conference this afternoon, a day after the Vikings completed the most bizarre season in club history. The Vikings managed a 3-3 record under Frazier despite turmoil at quarterback position and the lack of a home stadium after the Metrodome roof collapsed.
The club’s former defensive coordinator, Frazier has been a hot coaching candidate in recent seasons. Instead of looking elsewhere, he will replace Brad Childress.
“We are very excited to announce Leslie Frazier as the new Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings,” team president Mark Wilf said in a statement released by the club. “Leslie is well-respected by our players, coaches and front office staff and has proven to be a winner on the field at every level of playing and coaching. He has a strong presence in the locker room and is an excellent leader, as demonstrated during some of the recent challenges we have faced.”
Said owner Zygi Wilf: “We are thrilled that Leslie Frazier will continue to lead this football team. Our players and entire organization have great respect for Leslie. He has a vast knowledge of the game, both as a former player and as a coach, and he has a terrific way with those who play for him and work with him. We are very fortunate to have him as our Head Coach and look forward to many successful years together.”
Now, it will be interesting to see how Frazier shapes his coaching staff and what if any changes take place. Then, the Vikings need to go about finding a quarterback to replace Brett Favre, whose waffling and drama created much of the anxiety this season.
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