Leslie Frazier Has 2014 Option Picked Up by Vikings

Collin Kottke@CollinKottkeCorrespondent IIIFebruary 13, 2013

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings looks on against the St. Louis Rams during the game at Edward Jones Dome on December 16, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Vikings won 36-22. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: The initial Associated Press report had reported a contract extension, after further details were released this is what happened: The Minnesota Vikings picked up Leslie Frazier's option for the 2014 season which was on his original deal. The pickup of this option makes Leslie Frazier not a sitting duck during the 2013 season.


The 2012 Minnesota Vikings surpassed expectations by going 10-6 and making the playoffs as a NFC Wild Card team. Their surprise success in the NFC North led to today’s reports of head coach Leslie Frazier agreeing to a multi-year contract extension with the Vikings.

2013 will be Leslie Frazier’s third full season as the Vikings head coach after relieving Brad Childress during the 2010 season. Frazier’s career record as a head coach is 16-22 going 3-3 in 2010, 3-13 in 2011 and 10-6 in 2012.

Frazier has coached one playoff game, the 24-10 Wild Card round loss to the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field this past season.

The 53-year-old Frazier is the Minnesota Vikings’ eighth coach in franchise’s 52 year history.

As a player, Frazier was an undrafted defensive back for the Chicago Bears who played five season, from 1981-1985. Frazier was a member of the Super Bowl champion 1985 Bears' 46 defense and part of the infamous Super Bowl Shuffle.

In that 1985 season, Frazier led the team with six interceptions, but his career was cut short due to a knee injury returning a punt in the Super Bowl.

Before coming to Minnesota in 2007 as the defensive coordinator, Frazier made stops as the Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach under Andy Reid and held multiple defensive coaching spots with the Indianapolis Colts under University of Minnesota alum Tony Dungy.

The Minnesota Vikings is not Frazier’s first head coaching gig. From 1988-1996, Frazier was the head coach of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.