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Metrodome's final game could be last for Frazier


MINNEAPOLIS (KTTC/KARE) -- Uncertainty is something that you just learn to deal with as a head coach in the NFL.

On Sunday, there will be plenty of emotions as the Minnesota Vikings close a chapter in history by playing the Detroit Lions in the final game at Mall of America Field.

But, will it also be the last game for Vikings coach Leslie Frazier?

Frazier has lived with a lack of job security for most of the year. He is in the last year of his current contract and rumors have been swirling for weeks that he could be fired.

This week, he even addressed his team about his job status saying that it was the elephant in the room and had to be dealt with because he felt it had become a distraction.

The players say they will focus on football not on what happens to their coach.

"You've got to focus and do your job," said Vikings kicker Blair Walsh. "You can't control that stuff. I love all of our coaching staff. I am sure all of the players would say the same thing. Whatever happens, happens."

Walsh said he believes that Frazier and the coaching staff have kept the team together despite a season filled with difficult losses.

"Those guys have been awesome and we'll fight for them each and every game," Walsh said.

Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson says football is a business and distractions are part of the job.

"You can never really concern yourself with the goings-on and what's happening," said. Henderson. "You gotta make sure you're taking care of your business and taking care of your job and your responsibility. And you gotta let the cards fall where they may."

Just like the Vikings, the Lions have also been asked questions about a head coach on the hot seat. Jim Schwartz had his team on top of the division, but late struggles have the Lions out of the playoffs for the second straight season.

The Vikings and Lions tangle on Sunday. The question will be if either coach can save their job with a win.

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