When the Bears line up against the Minnesota Vikings next season, there'll be a new head coach across the way.
The Vikings fired head coach and former Bears cornerback Leslie Frazier on Monday, one of several head coaches axed on the now-annual day of firings across the league.
Frazier spent parts of four seasons as the Vikings' head coach, taking over in the middle of the 2011 season. He posted a 21-32-1 record and coached just one playoff game, a loss last season.
“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 released on the team's website. “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.”
Frazier played his entire five-year playing career with the Bears, starting 49 games between 1981 and 1985. He had 20 career interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown in the Bears' Super Bowl-winning season of 1985.
There has also been much talk regarding the job status of Lions head coach Jim Schwartz, meaning Frazier might not be the only head coach not returning to the NFC North next season.