Minnesota Vikings Reportedly Exercise Leslie Frazier's 2014 Option
Update: Feb. 13 at 6:45 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
According to Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Vikings have exercised Frazier's 2014 option.
#Vikings officially announce they have exercised Leslie Frazier's 2014 option. Technically not an extension, but buys him another year.— Ben Goessling (@BenGoesslingPP) February 13, 2013
While this isn't the multi-year extension that had previously been reported, it buys the Vikings another year to get a long-term deal worked out.
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AP writer Jon Krawczynski reported on Twitter that the head coach has agreed to a multi-year extension with the team.
APNewsBreak: Sources say Leslie Frazier has agreed to a multi-year extension with the Minnesota #Vikings.— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) February 13, 2013
Frazier took over for the team in the middle of the 2010 season on an interim basis after Brad Childress was fired. He coached the team to a 3-3 record that year and had only a 3-13 mark in his first full year with the organization.
Fortunately, he turned things around last season and led the team to the playoffs with a 10-6 record. This included four straight wins to end the year, all of which were needed to reach the postseason.
This incredible run earned him votes for the NFL Coach of the Year in a competitive season for the award eventually handed to Bruce Arians.
While most people were focused on the incredible performance of running back Adrian Peterson, it is also important to note that Frazier helped his defense rank No. 14 in the league in points allowed. Considering the squad was No. 31 in the category in 2011, it was quite an improvement.
The offense also ranked No. 14 in points scored, showing an impressive overall balance of the team.
A member of the Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears in '85, Leslie Frazier has shown that he has what it takes to bring this team to a championship level. Now, he has the opportunity to continue his work in building upon the Vikings' growing success.
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