After being the surprise team in the NFL during the 2012 season and reaching the postseason, the Minnesota Vikings have been one of the more disappointing teams in the NFL this year. Recording just one win in their first seven games, the Vikings have been blown out in their last three contests while rotating a trio of starting quarterbacks. Given the disappointments on the field this year, will the Minnesota Vikings fire head coach Leslie Frazier after this season? General manager Rick Spielman says, no.
According to vikings.com, Speilman told reporters, ”Leslie Frazier is not going anywhere. I am telling you that we are very committed to Leslie Frazier and this coaching staff. And we’re committed to our players, and everybody is working extremely hard to get this thing turned around.”
This could be the dreaded “vote of confidence” from the front office. Spielman also has said in the past that the team had no intentions to trade WR Percy Harvin. They were totally convinced Christian Ponder was the quarterback of the future prior to signing veteran free agent Josh Freeman. Spielman also denied any plans to trade DE Jared Allen, but according to many reports, the Vikings were shopping the pending free agent hard at the deadline.
If Frazier does remain, he is going to have to come to some sort of resolution at the quarterback position moving forward. Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman are looking more as career backup type quarterbacks than franchise leaders moving forward. Spielman told reporters that the team is in the process of evaluating the signal callers currently on the roster.
”I know by the end of the year we should definitely have idea on what direction if we have a franchise quarterback on this roster right now, or do we have to go into the draft potentially and look for a franchise quarterback, or where do we go at the end of the season,”
This week, the Vikings have announced that Ponder will get his second consecutive start as Minnesota faces the Dallas Cowboys.
All three quarterbacks have enough starting experience in order to make a decision regarding their future. Matt Cassel has appeared in 80 games, Josh Freeman 61 and Ponder will be making his 32nd start on Sunday.
With a projected solid draft class at the quarterback position this coming spring, Frazier better nail it on the next quarterback they draft if he hopes to be in Minnesota long term.