Frazier still assessing coaches

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is still making decisions on his coaching staff and has a number of positions he needs to fill. He's hoping to get that done in the next week and talked about the process during a radio interview on Thursday.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has been making the radio rounds the last few days while making a few decisions on his coaching staff and continuing to assess other coaches.

Although Frazier made the decision to part with three position coaches, he still isn't committing to anything with the coordinators.

In an interview with 1500 ESPN Radio, he said it was tough to dismiss quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers and offensive line coaches Pat Morris and Jim Hueber, and he said making a decision on what sort of offense to run could play a role in what happens with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. The Vikings ran a West Coast offense under former head coach Brad Childress and Bevell was the coordinator of that offense for five seasons.

"There are some teams that have kind of put their own spin on the West Coast Offense and it's worked out for some," Frazier said. "Everybody's not as pure as when Bill Walsh first installed it in San Francisco. Teams have kind of put a wrinkle on the system."

The Vikings under Mike Tice and Denny Green ran a hybrid of the West Coast offense and Joe Gibbs' offense from his first stint in Washington.

Frazier reiterated the importance of the quarterback position, no matter the offensive scheme, citing the more liberal rules that allow the offense to excel.

"The rules lend them to offenses being able to score. So get the right guy under center and it's proven you've got a great chance to be successful," he said.

Frazier cited Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as examples of quarterbacks leading teams to great success over the recent years. Of course, Frazier could see Manning's abilities first-hand when he was with the Indianapolis Colts as an assistant under Tony Dungy in 2005 and 2006 before joining the Vikings as their defensive coordinator.

Defensively, Frazier praised the job Fred Pagac did as the acting defensive coordinator over the last six games of the 2010 season, but Frazier is still assessing his coaching staff.

"I really like the things that Fred was able to do with our players. It really helped me to free up and be a true head coach and monitor our entire team and help with some other areas," he said. "I was pleased with what he did and pleased with what the rest of our staff did in assisting him and hold things together."

He hopes to get his coaching staff solidified over the next or so.

"I'm hoping that we'll make some inroads over the next few days and maybe make an announcement in the next 10 days, I hope," he said. "There are some things that need to happen for that to work out perfectly, but hopefully sooner than later."



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