Vikings pickup option on coach Leslie Frazierís contract through 2014
Leslie Frazier was due to enter the final year of his contract after leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 10-6 record churned by a revival of the defense and remarkable comeback by Adrian Peterson. He would have been on the hotseat next season, with an expiring contract, but the Minnesota Vikings extended his lame-duck season to 2014, for making his case for a contract extension.
The 53-year-old Leslie Frazier took helm of the Minnesota Vikings as an interim coach in late 2010 after then head coach Brad Childress was fired 10 games into the season, posting a 3-7 record at the time of his exit. Leslie Frazier showed some promise, leading the Minnesota Vikings to a three game win in the final six games to close the season 3-13. But the Minnesota Vikings saw enough glimpses of their future head coach in Leslie Frazier, promoting him from interim head coach to full-time.
Leslie Frazier’s first season as the Minnesota Vikings head coach produced less than ideal results as the team ended up with a 3-13 record, settling for the last spot in team rankings in the league. Things could have gotten tough for the Minnesota Vikings during this season starting with a 6-6 record in absence of receiver Percy Harvin due to injury sustained last December, but the team rallied behind Adrian Peterson to four straight victories in the final games of season. The Minnesota Vikings closed their 2012 regular season campaign with a season finale win against the Green Bay Packers, only to lose to the team in the wild card round of the playoffs the very next week.
Although Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman won’t contract negotiations midway during the season, he acknowledged Leslie Frazier’s contribution towards the team’s success.
“Leslie's been doing an outstanding job,” Rick Spielman said in November. “Knowing the situation that we were going to have (with) a lot of new faces on this roster, I think the coaching staff has done an outstanding job.”
“… We can bring in guys that are talented, but it's our coaches who should get the credit for developing these guys,” continued Rick Spielman. “Because you know you're going to have some ups and downs, especially when you have a young roster. But our coaches and Leslie do a very good job of working with these kids.”
“And I think that has shown so far this year.”
Leslie Frazier had significant part in calling the defensive plays so that it improved from31st in points allowed to 14th, as well as the team Minnesota Vikings landed amongst the top ten teams in the league in terms of yards-per-play allowed against the pass and run.