NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL Network's "NFL GameDay Morning" that the prospects of Frazier returning in 2014 are said to be "grim," according to team sources and sources familiar with ownership's thinking.
Frazier is well-liked by ownership, but that's unlikely to be enough to dissuade the 3-9-1 Vikings from going in another direction after the season. Rapoport has been told Minnesota will target a young coach -- likely a current NFL assistant -- with "star power."
That's bad news for veteran coaches looking for a big chair. Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith should get a call, according to Rapoport, but the team is less likely to target a current NFL head coach or college coach.
Rapoport reports Vikings general manager Rick Spielman will be back next season, according to sources familiar with the thinking of the team's brass.