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Minnesota Vikings fire Leslie Frazier after he compiles a 21-32-1 record

Frank Schwab
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As the Minnesota Vikings started piling up losses, it became clear that Leslie Frazier wouldn't be back for 2014.

The team made it official early on Monday, firing Frazier after three-plus seasons. Frazier was the first coach fired on "Black Monday." Cleveland let Rob Chudzinski go on Sunday night.

The Vikings have announced that Leslie Frazier will not return in 2014 as Head Coach.

— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 30, 2013

Frazier had a 21-32-1 record and no playoff wins as Vikings coach. He was hamstrung with a terrible quarterback situation, after the team mistakenly drafted Christian Ponder in the first round of the 2011 draft. But that doesn't explain why Minnesota's defenses were so bad, even though Frazier's background was as a defensive coach. The Vikings were 31st in the NFL in yards allowed.

Frazier and the Vikings were 5-10-1 this season, just a year after making the playoffs, but they did win their finale, beating the Lions 14-13 in the last game at the Metrodome.

Frazier could find work as a defensive coordinator, considering a few teams will be in the market for one.

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