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Vikings: Leslie Frazier out as head coach

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Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, center, watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Minneapolis. / KSTP Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, center, watches from the sidelines during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Minneapolis. / KSTP

KSTP -- The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Leslie Frazier will not return in 2014 as head coach, the organization tweeted Monday morning.

"We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings," Vikings Owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement. "He stepped in and established a strong positive culture here, and he has been the consummate professional as our head coach and in this community. Making this change is difficult, but what we determined is best for the organization."

The Vikings finished their disappointing season on Sunday with a 14-13 win against the Detroit Lions at the Metrodome.

Including the Vikings playoff loss last season, Frazier has a 21-33-1 record as the Vikings head coach.

"I've done everything I can do in my tenure here as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings," Frazier said in his post-game press conference. "I just know in our league, you need to get that quarterback position fixed."

"Unfortunately, we did not achieve consistent success and did not achieve the progress we expected," Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said in a statement. "We believe a coaching change is needed to help build a successful team moving forward."

Some of the Vikings players planned to lobby the Vikings front office in an effort to bring Frazier back.

"He's a great coach and even a better human being," Adrian Peterson said, "That's what I love about him the most."

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