Frazier noncommittal on coordinators, hopes to set staff in 10 days
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Leslie Frazier hopes to finalize his first Minnesota Vikings coaching staff within the next 10 days.
Elevated from interim coach on Monday, Frazier fired three offensive assistants on Wednesday and told 1500 ESPN's "Reusse & Mackey" show evaluations of other coaches and the coordinator positions are ongoing.
"As we were going through this and trying to figure out what's the best thing to do, it's tough," Frazier said on Thursday of letting go quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, offensive line coach Pat Morris and assistant offensive line coach Jim Hueber. "It really is tough."
With running backs coach Eric Bieniemy already departed for the University of Colorado, the only offensive assistants remaining as of Thursday morning were coordinator Darrell Bevell, tight ends coach Jimmie Johnson and receivers coach George Stewart.
Bevell's role -- if not his job -- is in question because Frazier has not committed to continuing to run the West Coast offense. He hinted on Thursday a modified version of that offense could be a possibility, although that surely depends on whom he can get to direct it.
"A lot of what we end up doing will have an effect on not only our offense, but our entire team," Frazier said. "We'll try to figure out what's best for everybody as we make that decision."
On defense, Frazier said he was pleased with linebackers coach Fred Pagac's work as acting defensive coordinator for the final six games, "but we're still trying to assess things and make sure that everybody is in the correct role going forward."
Part of Frazier's decision-making process likely revolves around the Vikings' short- and long-term personnel plans. He said in his introductory media conference on Monday that he wants to fit schemes to players, rather than vice versa, and that's difficult to do with 18 players potentially headed for unrestricted free agency.
"This team will look a lot different in 2011 than it did in 2010," Frazier said. "We've just got to make sure we bring the right guys up to Mankato and when we leave and finally put our final 53 together that we have the guys that can help us to get things turned around."
The complete interview can be found on the VikingsWire.