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Vikings ready to start contract talks with Frazier

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As he prepared for the playoffs with just one year left on his contract, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier hadn’t heard a word from the Vikings.

He has now heard a word.

Vikings owner/president Mark Wilf said Tuesday the team was ready to start talking contract with Frazier now that the season is over.

“We’re pleased with the job Leslie has done and as he mentioned we haven’t really sat down and discussed anything at this point,” Wilf said, via Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com. “But we’re pleased with the job he’s done in 2012 and we’ll address it.”

Frazier led the Vikings to a surprising 10-6 record this year, and even a playoff loss without starting quarterback Christian Ponder was enough to diminish the enthusiasm for his work. Wilf said it wasn’t unusual, however, to wait until season’s end to open discussions with Frazier’s agent Bob LaMonte.

“Those things are the things that are addressed typically in the offseason and that’s the way we’re addressing it,” Wilf said.

During a press conference earlier, Fraizer said he was “not worried about” the lack of talks.

“I know things will work out just fine,” Frazier said. “I’ve been told a number of times from Mark and Zygi [Wilf] and [general manager] Rick [Spielman] they are pleased with the job we’ve done this season. I’m very appreciative of their support throughout the year. Very appreciative.”

Frazier also said he hoped to bring back most, if not all of his coaching staff. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer and co-linebackers coach Mike Singletary are part of the Bears’ head coach cattle call.

“Our coaches did a great job in getting our players ready to play every week,” he said. “Barring someone getting a promotion, I’m hoping that all our guys will be back. They did a terrific job throughout the season.”

So did Frazier, and the Vikings are finally getting around to acknowledging that.

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16 Responses to “Vikings ready to start contract talks with Frazier”
  1. DubZ480 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    Good For Leslie. Great job turning around a franchise in turmoil.

  2. easyrider1903 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:10 PM

    Just a 1 year deal I hope

  3. purplegreenandgold says: Jan 8, 2013 3:17 PM

    Vikings need to renegotiate AP’s contract because who comes back from such an injury and put up numbers like he did…

  4. elliottcovert says: Jan 8, 2013 3:17 PM

    Frazier has done an excellent job this season. He’s brought stability to a franchise that two years ago had to deal with Randy Moss, Brett Favre, and Brad Childress. He has this team moving in the right direction, and he fully deserves an extension.

  5. cheesewizz says: Jan 8, 2013 3:21 PM

    He and his staff did a nice job with a subpar roster. He deserves an extension…

  6. otis52gsh says: Jan 8, 2013 3:22 PM

    They are this years detroit. Next year, back under .500 where they belong.

  7. darkneptune73 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:33 PM

    Yeah right. If anyone is going to be below .500, it’s the Bears & Lions.

  8. jcmeyer10 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:33 PM

    10 Juicy Lucy’s and a gift card to the originial Target…

    In all seriousness, the players seem to respond and I think he got a lot of of this team that finished 3-13 last year. He has them pointed in a forward direction…

  9. wpitf says: Jan 8, 2013 3:34 PM

    A lot of Vikings blogs have fans optimistic about next season…

    Can’t say that I am. Why? …Mainly, stability at Quarterback. The Vikes haven’t had a QB play two full consecutive seasons since Fran Tarkenton. Culpepper made a little run, but missed a few games getting hurt.

    When will the Vikings step up and get a franchise quarterback? That is / has been / and always will be the question!

  10. nodaksportsfan says: Jan 8, 2013 3:51 PM

    Reminds me a lot of Bud Grant….and that’s a good thing. Sign the guy!

  11. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 8, 2013 4:06 PM

    How many coaches got fired last week from teams that passed on hiring Frazier?

    He may be the best head coach of the Vikings since Bud Grant. Can’t wait to see who they get rid of and who they bring in and get this thing started again in Mankato in 8 months.

  12. purpleguy says: Jan 8, 2013 4:11 PM

    He brought stability, calm and class to the team, and coached the 4th youngest team in the NFL to the playoffs in a rebuilding year, playing the NFL’s toughest schedule the last 6 games of the year — I’d say he deserves a new contract.

  13. Ponder This says: Jan 8, 2013 4:16 PM

    Frazier is the best Viking coach since Bud Grant. I said it when they were 3-13 and this year proved it. It’s hilarious to read comments from supposed Viking fans who want to get rid of the 2nd-year coach and the 2nd-year quarterback, who took the team from 3-13 to 10-6 in one year. What do they have to do?

  14. codysteeler says: Jan 8, 2013 5:52 PM

    Great job by Frazier, i doubted when he initially got the job but i like the staff he has assembled and the system he has in place. Great year for the Vikings

  15. bdnnbd says: Jan 8, 2013 6:12 PM

    purplegreenandgold says: Jan 8, 2013 3:17 PM

    Vikings need to renegotiate AP’s contract because who comes back from such an injury and put up numbers like he did…

    ———————————

    is this guy serious? already highest paid running back in history? and you want to pay him more after an injury?

  16. petersonisthepurplejesus says: Jan 8, 2013 6:14 PM

    happy they want to resign Frazier but I really wish he would get rid of Musgrave, our OC. He is the worst play caller, and didn’t properly use AP til the second half of the season. He loves to call WR screens or passes that are 5-8 yards short of the first down, making our mediocre WRs try to juke multiple defenders. Plus, has anyone seen his tiny play calling card? smallest in the NFL…Ponder could be a lot better with the right OC developing him…

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