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Updated: December 30th, 2013 8:03am
Leslie Frazier fired as Vikings head coach

Leslie Frazier fired as Vikings head coach

by Derek Wetmore and Andrew Krammer
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Adrian Peterson claimed he would lobby to ownership for coach Leslie Frazier on Monday. He likely never got the chance. 

Frazier has been fired as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings on Monday morning, according to a release from the team.

Other media outlets had reported Sunday that Frazier would not be back in 2014. 

Minnesota finished the 2013 season with a 5-10-1 record, including a 4-3-1 record in the final eight games of the season. 

"We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a release. "He stepped in and established a strong positive culture here and he has been the consummate professional as our head coach and in this community. Making this change is difficult, but what we determined is best for the organization."

The Vikings have roughly two hours of media access to the locker at 9 a.m. Monday at Winter Park. The Vikings also have announced a 2 p.m. press conference.

"Unfortunately, we did not achieve consistent success and did not achieve the progress we expected," Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in the statement. "We believe a coaching change is needed to help build a successful team moving forward."

Frazier finishes 21-33-1 in a little over three seasons with the Vikings since taking over for Brad Childress in November 2010. 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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