Can Frazier be fairly judged?

The late-season hurdles for the Vikings are making it difficult to judge just how the team would respond to interim head coach Leslie Frazier in the future.

Perhaps someday Vikings players will be able to look back on the 2010 season and laugh. Right now that day is a long ways away.

A year that has been filled with the unexpected and bizarre, took another interesting turn when the Vikings game at Philadelphia was postponed for 48 hours because of a snowstorm expected on the East Coast.

That meant instead of flying in on Saturday evening, playing the Eagles on Sunday night and then departing, the Vikings were in Philadelphia for three nights.

It marked the second time in three weeks the Vikings have had the day of a game shifted because of weather and the third time in as many weeks the team has experienced something out of the norm when it comes to scheduling.

Two weeks ago, the collapse of the Metrodome roof because of a 17-inch snowfall caused the Vikings to have to play a "home" game that was moved from Sunday to Monday against the New York Giants at Ford Field in Detroit.

Then last week, the Vikings played host to Chicago on a Monday night at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus because the Dome couldn't be repaired quickly enough.

Sunday's game at Detroit - a game in which the Vikings will battle to stay out of last place in the NFC North - will conclude this often miserable season and if nothing odd happens it almost won't feel normal.

One of the biggest questions is how on earth can Vikings owner Zygi Wilf make an honest assessment of interim coach Leslie Frazier.

Frazier won his first two games against subpar teams in Washington and Buffalo before one-sided losses to the Giants and Bears.

"You'd like to be able to pick up the phone and ask someone, 'Hey, how did you handle this when your roof collapsed?'" Frazier said. "There aren't very many, if any, that have experienced what we've experienced, or at the level that we've experienced it.

"Or dealing with some of the injuries; some situations we've had to face during this period. But I know for me, I've learned a lot through it. Things I think will help me in the future. I think we'll look back at it one day and say 'That's one of the reasons we're playing as well or doing as well as an organization as we are now because of that experience in 2010.'"

Frazier, obviously, would like to lead the organization in that future but for now everyone associated with this franchise simply wants to get past a season in which wide receiver Randy Moss came and went in quick fashion and coach Brad Childress was fired.

"This is the way this season has been so far," tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said. "There's been ups and downs, ins and out, whatever you want to call it. So much adversity. No other season will ever compare to this."

BY THE NUMBERS: 25 — Starts by Brett Favre since he turned 40 years old, putting him one start away from breaking the record he shares with Warren Moon and Vinny Testaverde.


  • S Tyrell Johnson (knee) did not practice last week and could miss the rest of the season.

  • RB Adrian Peterson, who did not play last Monday because of a knee bruise, is expected to play Tuesday. He's listed as questionable, but is getting two extra days of rest due to the delayed game.

  • S Madieu Williams suffered a concussion on Monday and did not practice last week. It is expected that Jamarca Sanford would start in his place at free safety.

  • CB Frank Walker (hamstring) was limited in practice last week but was expected to play against the Eagles.

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