On Black Monday, the first day following the end of the NFL regular season, the Minnesota Vikings' official website reported that the team relieved head coach Leslie Frazier of his coaching duties—that's a fancy way of saying they fired him.
Frazier's dismissal should not come as any surprise. The team had more than indicated that this would be a defining season for Frazier when they failed to sign him to a contract extension at the end of last season.
Following the 2012 season, the team exercised its option for the 2014 season—a season that they will now have to pay Frazier.
A 1-7 start to the season sealed Frazier's fate, after making an improbable trip to the playoffs with a 10-6 record in 2012. The Vikings played better the second half of the season, but a 4-3-1 record was not enough to offset his 21-32-1 mark—including a franchise worst 3-13 record two seasons ago.
Who will the Vikings be looking to hire as the team's ninth head coach?
There is plenty of speculation as to who will take over for the 2014 season. The Vikings would be wise to make a decision sooner than later in order to give whoever takes over plenty of time to assemble a staff and get ready for the 2014 NFL draft. The Vikings will pick eighth next April.
Here's a look as some of the candidates who could be on the Vikings short list.