On a positive note, the Vikings did better the second half of the season, finishing 4-3-1 after opening the season 1-7. Still, after making the playoffs last season, it's most likely not enough to save head coach Leslie Frazier's job.
Before being named the head coach, Frazier was the Vikings' defensive coordinator. As such, more was expected from the defense. This season, Minnesota's defense was ranked near the bottom of several statistical categories.
Grading the Vikings' starters for 2013 is a little tricky. The team finished with seven players on injured reserve and several other starters out of the lineup. At several positions—tight end, cornerback and running back—the Vikings were down to players promoted from the practice squad, signed off waivers from other teams or who opened the season third on the depth chart.
There were several players that opened the season as starters but finished as backups.
Here are the grades for those players that started the most games at each position.