Zygi Wilf declines postgame comment, veterans want Leslie Frazier back
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MINNEAPOLIS - Questions and speculation over head coach Leslie Frazier's future with the Vikings swirled Sunday at the Metrodome's final game. Answers, meanwhile, were hard to come by.
Reports have surfaced that Frazier will not return for the final year of his contract, following a 5-10-1 season. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf declined to comment Sunday.
"I have nothing to say, I'm going to enjoy -- we're all going to enjoy this win and move on," Wilf said. He said he'd prefer to focus on the final game of the Metrodome. "Basically I want to focus on that part of it because being here as our home it's very emotional and I'm very glad we left on a good note," Wilf said.
He ignored further questions and Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman also declined to comment.
Players, on the other hand, were not shy about their support of Frazier returning.
Adrian Peterson said he's spoken briefly with the Wilf family to lobby for Frazier. He said he plans to sit down Monday and talk in greater length.
"He's a great guy," Peterson said of Frazier. "He's a great coach and even a better human being. That's what I love about him the most.
"This season, man, it's been tough. Five or six games we lost in the last seconds of the game. And that changes the whole dynamic when it comes to decisions that are about to be made. I try to voice my opinion. They see that as well, the Wilfs."
"They're going to do what's best for the organization. The only thing I can do is tell them how I feel," Peterson said.
That conversation won't exclusively focus on Frazier, Peterson said. He added that he also plans to address the team's plan in other areas going forward.
Frazier said he's not sure how soon his situation will be resolved, but noted that he and his staff have contracts through next season and hopes "that the Wilf family will honor that and give us a chance to come back next season and try and get our quarterback situation fixed, try to get the depth of our roster along with some other that need to be fixed.
"I hope they'll give this staff the chance to finish what we've gotten started. We're only a season removed from the playoffs. I think our guys are still playing hard and we're under contract. We'll see," Frazier said.
"He's been consistent with his message," Greenway said. "It kept us together through the season. For Coach, we're going to have his back."
Williams said he doesn't think the team ever gave in, despite the crummy season. "The games haven't gone the way we've wanted them to, but we have to continue to fight and do your responsibility, be where you're supposed to be, do your job and that's one thing we've hung our hat on and played hard all year," Williams said.
One theme players offered to Frazier's credit is his message and teaching ability. When the season fell off the rails early on from a playoff contention standpoint, Frazier didn't waver, players said.
"When you sit there and you listen to him talk and not do it every time we're in meetings, you're always gaining great knowledge from him," Peterson said of Frazier. "A lot of people like the rah-rah type guy. I'm more about words and what's being said. No matter how it's said, you can hold on to it and learn from it. He does a great job of being a teacher. I feel like that's what this organization needs."