The team made the announcement today. The Vikings went 4-3-1 in their final eight games, but it wasn’t enough.
In three and a half seasons Frazier, 54, finished 21-32-1 as Vikings coach, including a 3-13 mark in 2011, his first full season as head coach. He took over as interim head coach for Brad Childress midway through the 2010 season.
His biggest problem seemed to be an inability to develop a quarterback. This season, he struggled just to choose between Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman. Another BIG problem that caused his demise was the severe decline of the Vikings defense in 2013; they gave up more points than any team in football.
Another goner is Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.
“Redskins fans deserve a better result,” owner Daniel M. Snyder said in a statement.
“We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs.”
Shanahan, 61, was 24-41 in four seasons with Washington.
In four seasons with the Redskins, Shanahan, 61, was 24-41. The team made the playoffs last season, but they lost in the wild-card round to the Seattle Seahawks — the game in which QB Robert Griffin III suffered a major knee injury.
That set off the chain of events in which Shanahan drew criticism for his handling of Griffin’s health after a previous knee injury. Griffin returned to start this season after an arduous rehab period but looked like a shell of himself, and the pair’s relationship deteriorated in highly public fashion.