Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he's not worried about job security
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Following the Minnesota Vikings' 42-20 loss to New Orleans on Sunday, owner Zygi Wilf said he would not make any comments about his team until after the season.
Only two years removed from an appearance in the NFC title game, the loss dropped the Vikings to 2-12 under first-year coach Leslie Frazier. The Vikings' worst season in their 51-year history was a 3-13 finish in 1984 under Les Steckel.
Steckel, who had taken over for Bud Grant, was quickly fired after the season and Grant returned.
Wilf reportedly has said that Frazier will be back next season, but on Sunday, he elected to make no such statements.
Frazier, who took over for Brad Childress on an interim basis last year and was named coach a day after the 2010 season ended, said Monday at his news conference that he isn't concerned about what the future might hold.
"I'm really not. I'm really not (concerned)," Frazier said. "I know what we're trying to get done, (and I'm) really optimistic about the future, as difficult and as crazy as that may sound. I think I have a good idea of what we need to do to not be in this situation in the future. No, I'm not concerned about 2012 at this point other than the Washington Redskins in 2011. That is really where the focus has to be."
Frazier also said that cornerback Asher Allen and left guard Steve Hutchinson are dealing with concussions. Hutchinson suffered a lacerated lip and a concussion in Sunday's game. Backup safety Jarrad Page suffered a hamstring injury and is day-to-day.
The Vikings have a quick turnaround this week with a game on Saturday. Players will be off Tuesday and will practice Wednesday and Thursday before leaving for Washington on Friday. That means one practice will be eliminated this week.