Just a year after people were questioning whether Leslie Frazier was the right coach for the Minnesota Vikings, it seems that there may be an answer. Rumors are starting to swirl that a contract extension for the head coach is already in place and that it’s only a matter of time before Frazier is re-upped.
It’s not surprising that after a three-win campaign in 2011 that people were already calling for Frazier’s head. Today’s coaching culture is much different from twenty years ago, and coaches are expected to win almost right away.
Fans likely saw a team that was only two seasons removed from nearly making the Super Bowl, and they started to panic. Lucky for Frazier, the front office was committed and their patience has paid off for what will be at least a nine-win season.
It’s refreshing to see a team give its coach a chance to grow and develop along with the players. It’s sad that I’m saying that about a guy whose only been around for two and half years, but again today’s culture is much different. There’s no doubt that we live in a “what have you done for me lately” society.
Well, Frazier has finally done something; he’s led his team to within a game of the playoffs, with a pretty good chance at making it in. That’s really all you can ask of this Vikings team, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Frazier is getting everything out of his players.
This team seems to have taken on Frazier’s laid-back, consistent approach to the game. There’s nothing flashy about the Vikings; they’re a team that’s going to run the ball on offense, and hit you hard on defense. You know what you’re going to get from them, game after game.
Star linebacker Chad Greenway made these comments about his head coach, and I think it really sums up what Frazier brings to the team:
“Obviously Leslie’s the kind of guy, ‘We’re still in this thing. We’re fighting. We’re together. We’re all in.’ And his approach is perfect, in my mind, for what an NFL coach needs to be. He’s really consistent. He knows what he wants from his players. He hires high-character guys to have in the locker room and it seems to be working pretty well.”
As far as the contract extension goes, I hope the Vikings do re-up Frazier. He deserves it, and while a new deal might be in place, I’m sure he’s only worried about what his team does on the field this Sunday. That’s the way it should be.
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