Coaches Heat Index – Vikings coach Leslie Frazier leading another subpar season

Anwar S Richardson

Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier recently picked up a win against the Washington Redskins.

Stop yawning.

Frazier’s team won, which means Minnesota’s record is now 2-7. That is just one more victory than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Jacksonville Jaguars this season. As if two wins really needed to be put into perspective, right?

Maybe it would be better to sum up Frazier’s career in Minnesota.

Frazier took over for Brad Childress after the former Vikings coach was fired and compiled a 3-3 coaching record (Vikings finished 6-10). He followed up that inaugural season with a 3-13 record in 2011. Minnesota went to the playoffs after finishing 10-6 last year, but this season has been abysmal.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman recently said Frazier’s job is secure through the 2014 season. Of course, Spielaman’s guarantee will not mean anything if Vikings owner Zygi Wilf gets rid of everybody after this season. If Minnesota finished 2-14, anything is possible.

Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The good news for Schiano is his squad will not finish 0-16. The bad news for Schiano is his squad could easily finish 1-15. Schiano has done little to prove he deserves to be retained after this season. Just ask Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, good coaches who were fired by this franchise.

Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson’s good years continue to wither away in Minnesota. The Vikings need a coach who will not waste the talents of Peterson, arguably the NFL’s best running back, in his prime.

Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
All it took was a 49-17 blowout loss against the New Orleans Saints, coupled with owning the NFL’s worst team, to land Garrett back in the hot seat. If Garrett’s squad cannot advance to the NFC Championship Game, it is hard to imagine Jerry Jones giving him a thumbs up after this season.

Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins

Once you get past the situation between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, the Dolphins have not played well this season. Miami has one win in its past four games, but was defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 22-19, this past Monday. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross recently endorsed Philbin, but losing coupled with controversy is never a good mixture.

Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff made it clear that coach Mike Smith's job remains secure despite the team's 2-7 start. If Smith’s job is safe, that means the organization is willing to blame injuries for Atlanta’s disappointing season. It just seems like there is always an excuse for failure in Atlanta.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!