Minnesota Vikings Going Nowhere Under Leslie Frazier, Who Can They Turn to Next?

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent ISeptember 16, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: Head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings during the opening day against the Jacksonville Jaguars September 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings started out the season with games against two of the worst teams in the NFL. In a telling statement, they went 1-1, which means they are in the argument for the 32nd best team. 

A come-from-behind win over the Jacksonville Jaguars wasn't exactly a vote of confidence, but at least it was a win. Losing to the Indianapolis Colts stifles whatever enthusiasm Vikings fans might have had based on an undefeated record.

Leslie Frazier has been the head coach for 24 games so the team should have started showing some improvement at this point. They haven't. 

If Minnesota doesn't enjoy an unforeseen turnaround soon, one of the following four fellows may be taking over for him in 2013. 


Jon Gruden

If there is a possible opening anywhere in the NFL, then speculation will undoubtedly lead towards the famed ESPN Monday Night Football announcer. Rightfully so, considering his track record. 

He won a Super Bowl as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his best attribute is his way with quarterbacks. He revitalized Rich Gannon's career during a respectable run with the Oakland Raiders. Christian Ponder would benefit from Gruden's tutelage immensely and the rest of the locker room would certainly respect his ring.


Ray Horton

Horton is relatively unknown to the general football public as the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals. That will change after his unit shut down the high-flying New England Patriots.

He is a Dick LeBeau disciple, having learned at the feet of the most well-respected defensive mind of all time. His 10-year playing career and 17 years in the coaching ranks will be more than enough to keep the players' attention. He's a sleeper pick for a a head coaching opening in the near future.


Perry Fewell

How long can the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants go without landing a head-coaching gig? His success with the Giants validates his tenure with the Buffalo Bills, which was quite solid. 

His name has been coming up for years as possible candidate, but he has yet to nail down a job. Since his resume includes a Super Bowl championship, the Vikings would be smart to bring him in for an evaluation.


Bill Cowher

What franchise wouldn't love to have Cowher calling the shots? The legendary Pittsburgh Steelers head coach has been out of the league a few years, so they might be able to convince him that now is the appropriate time to jump back in the game.

Landing Cowher would be a major accomplishment for a franchise in search of its first championship. Although, they still need to pretend to give Frazier a fair shake for the rest of the season while making clandestine phone calls.