Minnesota Vikings Wisely Extend Head Coach Leslie Frazier

By Andrew Fisher
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the news Minnesota Vikings fans have been anticipating for quite some time now, Leslie Frazier has a new deal in place. Details of the new contract are unavailable at this point, but a formal announcement is expected Friday from General Manager Rick Spielman.

Owner Zygi Wilf did make the following comment, “I’m very confident about going into next season with coach Frazier and his staff, and looking forward to a great season.” He added that he was “absolutely” happy about the coach’s new deal. That’s really all that’s been said of the situation at this point.

Frazier of course is coming off his first playoff season as head coach of the Vikings, which came on the heels of a very disappointing 2011 campaign of only three wins. Obviously, the huge turnaround contributed to this extension. It’s crazy to think that some even had him on the hot seat coming into 2012, and now he’s a rich man with a multi-year deal (one would assume).

I was never on the hot seat bandwagon, but I felt that if 2012 was a failure that Frazier would likely only get one more season to prove his worth. All of that conversation is now moot point.

It’s clear that he’s the right man for the job in Minnesota, as the players seemingly have all bought in (with the exception of Percy Harvin of course). Players rave about the stability Frazier brings to the team, he doesn’t let them get too high, or too low. As for his actions on field, I’d say he’s also right in that category.

Much more to come as details of the new contract emerge.


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