Hartman: Frazier's status worth watching

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 17, 2013 - 11:33 PM

No doubt it has been difficult to second-guess the Wilf family over the way they have run a first-class operation since they bought the Vikings six years ago.

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yathinksoAug. 17, 13 7:30 PM

Rick Spielman to General Manager? How did he do in Miami and why are most predicting the Vikings to be no better than the 20th team in the league. Rick Spielman has some hits, but many many misses and his biggest miss which should cost him his job is with Ponder.

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kennyrogersAug. 17, 13 7:49 PM

Well, obviously it's not a popularity contest and Frazier is not that good of a Coach, he just has some of the greatest players in the NFL playing for him. But if he's gone, it's because of Ponder. Best case scenario is getting a new Coach who will draft a new quarterback and we can start all over again. Maybe get lucky like Seattle and New England did.

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applejeffAug. 17, 1310:36 PM

Or, kennyrogeres, keep the coach and draft a new QB, too. If the first two games are any indication, Ponder won't last that long and they'll have to give the ball to the back-up. Good, bad, or otherwise, that will force the hand one way or the other.

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vor2vorAug. 18, 13 3:36 AM

I like Frazier, but he received the contract he deserved/earned. Let's see how he handles the pressure of having to earn - more. You can't blame the Wilf's for being cautious about handing out big contracts for HC's, prematurely. They were burned, badly, once. Reminds me of... fool me once, shame on you - fool me twice, shame on me. GO VIKINGS!!!

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voner26Aug. 18, 13 5:26 AM

Frazer is a decent assistant but by no means is he a good head coach. He is not a good decision maker and a poor game coach. Yes he is a nice guy and will always remain to be but good grief not even a average head coach when it comes to handling pressure.

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russell29Aug. 18, 13 6:40 AM

I think Spielman is surely in the Wilfs ear and want to see the offense take off with Ponder (his baby)...but be careful of Spielmans alliance and trust with special teams coordinator Piefer (your next Vikings head coach), Frazier will be left to dry.

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guth54Aug. 18, 13 6:46 AM

Mike Yeo, Ron Gardenhire, Jerry Kill, Leslie Frazier, Rich Pitino. None of these guys belong in the coaching position that they are in. We have become the coaching version of TV show 'Star Search'.

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bgdaddydieslAug. 18, 13 7:30 AM

How impatient Vikings fans are. Ponder is at the start of hi second season as a starter. Historically, quarterbacks have needed a year or two to figure it out. I am not a homer, but let's give the kid a chance, he was great at the end of last season, and it is the preseason. Neither of the Mannings were spectacular at the start of their careers, and it would be nice to have stability at QB.

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jplamp9Aug. 18, 13 7:30 AM

Sid's close friend Bud Grant summed it up - A successful coach needs a patient wife, loyal dog, and great quarterback - and not necessarily in that order. Ponder's ranked in the bottom third of QBs yet there's no open competition for the job. Frazier's no offensive genius and the lapse of judgment concerning the team's most important position may and should cost him his job if the anointed one doesn't win.

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timandtiaAug. 18, 1310:12 AM

One really wonders what the management is going to do with the head coaching jobs of both the Vikings and Twins. I would not be surprised if both head coaches do not last the rest of their seasons!

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