Black Friday is a good thing in that the day after Thanksgiving Rubes can save a bunch of cash buying stuff. Black Monday, however, is a bad thing in the NFL because when coaches are fired their staffs usually go, which means this Monday hundreds of people around the NFL will be in search of work. Families are affected, and it sucks.
Will Vikings HC LESLIE FRAZIER be one of them? As written/said repeatedly I don't have inside knowledge on this topic because I choose not to ask, but I would not be surprised if the WILFS move on. It's just a feeling I get being around the team as much as I am, and even Leslie called it the "elephant in the room" earlier this week.
Per usual today after his presser Leslie was as kind as can be. He greeted me and GREG COLEMAN with a "belated Merry Christmas" and did so from the heart and with a smile. If Frazier is fired after the Detroit game he will say goodbye with aplomb and move on with his life. As written/mentioned many times he is the classiest person with whom I have dealt in my 12 years calling Vikings games, and quite honestly I hope he stays.
There will be many in this locker room right now not back with the team next year, and PAUL CHARCHIAN went through a list of some potential candidates to find new teams during the 'Feast at BWW St. Paul today. Here are a some about which we talked:
QB JOSH FREEMAN -- I predict he is not with the team next season. His MNF performance at MetLife was far worse than it ever should have been, I believe he came here to play and that the coaches don't trust him.
If I am right I am not mad at the team for spending $2 million and change to learn he's not a good fit because it sure beats the bigger deal he may have received this offseason from a long-term, QB-desperate team like the Vikings.
Josh always was very kind to me and I wish he would have played more than one game, but I don't feel he'll be in the mix next year.
CB CHRIS COOK -- He's an UFA and during his career still has zero interceptions, FFs and FRs. He, too, only has three TFLs. Chris has talent and I love his physical make-up for this league, but he may personify a guy who needs a fresh start in a new market. My guess is he gets it.
QB MATT CASSEL -- This one is tricky because he'll have a chance to start here next year. He can "opt out" of his time with us in a month or so and might do that if he is not happy with the way things were handled here.
Matt, though, should stay because he has a decent chance to start next season and has a year under his proverbial belt with the skill guys. I have enjoyed having Matt on the team but he -- like many -- has been inconsistent. His London, Baltimore and Philly games were terrific, and his Carolina and Cincy games were well below-average.
Still, he's the best QB on the roster if you want to go pass-first and would be great to have around for the new guy/guys we will draft in May.
RDE JARED ALLEN -- Tricky one here. I like Jared on this team and finding 9 1/2 sacks from the DE spot is tough, but he may ask for more cash than we are willing to give. My gut feeling is he is playing his final game in our colors Sunday. I hope I am wrong.
There are more scenarios we will discuss Monday #92Noon, and this will be a very interesting offseason for Our Favorite Team.
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