Reusse: Frazier may be latest mistake of hasty Wilfs

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 7, 2011 - 12:35 PM

The Vikings owners have been quick with the trigger, but the results suggest patience from the start would have worked better.

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homerunkingDec. 6, 11 8:57 PM

I agree. Good assessment of the situation. Mike Tice had one flaw and it was a big one. He couldnt separate himself from being a position coach to managing the game. He cost the team victories because he was yelling at or coaching players when he should've been watching and managing the game. Other than that he was a good coach. I think calling Frazier 'phlegmatic' is being kind when it comes to his game management.

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yathinksoDec. 6, 11 8:58 PM

And yet the very clueless Wilf lets Rick Spielman completely destroy the personnel on this team. Shame on you Wilf. You really are one clueless football team owner.

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RossbergDec. 6, 11 9:10 PM

Well said, Patrick. Unfortunately, their current delusion is that everything will be fixed with a new stadium and a couple of draft choices. The more probable and worrisome scenario is that in a few years the state will have sunk hundreds of millions into a stadium for a team for which a winning season is only a distant memory, the fans will stop buying tickets, and they'll be back again asking for their rent to be reduced if not eliminated. Then what are our options? I understand that we're not supposed to pay any attention to their current 2-10 status, but they deserve that record and it says a lot about the kind of owners they are and how far we've fallen and why we should at least be wary about throwing money at owners who have not proved they can do anything more than look at real estate development opportunities.

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stanbobDec. 6, 11 9:38 PM

Your best column of date Patrick!

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leifericsonDec. 6, 11 9:44 PM

The Wilfs are great owners and deserve a lot of credit for overhauling the Vikings franchise. The Vikings are going thru a couple down years and will be back. A new stadium is part of the process and very overdue for an organization that has been a part of Minnesota for over 50 years. True Viking fans: step up when the going gets tough and support our team, the Minnesota Vikings!!!!!

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purplefarceDec. 6, 11 9:47 PM

Zygi Wilf and his brother Mark 'The Wimp' are completely clueless when it comes to running a professional football franchise. These two clown's refusal to a hire a general manager has cost this team dearly and the vikings will never win win more than 5 games with the current frnt office regime at the helm.

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purplefarceDec. 6, 11 9:54 PM

@leifericson - You probably said the SAME thing when they built the Metrodome for the vikings and when Red McCombs bought the team from Roger Headrick and the infamous 'Edina 9' ownership group!!! Nothing has ever worked for this loser jinxed franchise whether it be a new stadium, new ownership, new head coach or top draft picks. They have not delivered a Super Bowl / World Championship in their entire 52 year (and counting)existance and it looks like at least another decade before they will even be competing for a NFC North title.

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walleeDec. 6, 11 9:54 PM

A little late to the party but I have to agree - Patrick, great analysis. I always thought Tice received a raw deal. McCombs hung him out to dry from day one. Not saying he was the next Vince, but was absolutely better then any of his replacements. Hire Billick. At least he won a super bowl. Get him an outstanding personnel guy/GM. Get some free agents, then go sit in your suite and leave him alone.

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cpriggeDec. 6, 11 9:55 PM

Give Frazier a break. Not even Shula/Landry/Stram could win with such meager talent. He is a better man and coach than the last few. Look elsewhere for a solution.

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foofeiterDec. 6, 1110:03 PM

It would be just as irresponsible to base your decision to build a stadium off a great season as it would to base it on a couple of bad seasons. Either you want the team here or not. If not, that's fine, but the Wilf's are probably the best owners this franchise has seen since Max Winter. They have proven they are willing to spend money on the team to bring in talent. Our sports teams combined, bring in nearly $100M a year in state taxes, that's nearly $2B over 20 years, more than enough to supplement all of their arenas.

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