The Minnesota Vikings and Head Coach Leslie Frazier have agreed on a contract extension through the 2014 season. The Vikings exercised the fourth year option on his contract.
Vikings owner Mark Wilf spoke on the extension: “Coach Frazier has done a remarkable job in building a strong foundation for the Minnesota Vikings and creating a very positive future. We value his leadership and look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
After it was deemed nearly impossible, Frazier led the Vikings to a playoff berth in 2012. Despite the team struggling in 2011, he proved that he was capable of leading the team to success. However, he did get help. Adrian Peterson’s 2012 campaign was one of the best of all time. Someone could argue that Frazier didn’t really do much this year. I don’t but that. I think Frazier did a very good job this year, especially with the defense. The Vikings drafted an abundance of young defenders in the 2012 draft and Frazier was a huge part of developing those rookies into good players.
However, it’s easy to wonder if the Vikings can repeat that success, which could be why the Vikings elected to extend Frazier for one more year, instead of signing a multi-year extension. The Vikings have made that mistake before.
While Brett Favre was leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 12-4 record in 2009, the Vikings gave Head Coach Brad Childress a five-year contract extension. Childress would end up being fired 10 games into the next season after the Vikings struggled to live up to expectations.
This is a very smart tactic by the Vikings. They’ve learned from their mistake and are going to move forward more wisely this time around.