Dec 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier yells during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Leslie Frazier Did Not Get an Extension. The Vikings Exercised a 2014 Option.


It seems an earlier report about Leslie Frazier’s contract extension was a tad erroneous. As it turns out Frazier did not receive an extension from the Vikings. He got one extra year on his deal when the Vikes exercised an option for 2014. Repeat, no actual extension for Frazier. Unless you consider one more year, a year that was already included in the original contract as an option, an extension.

It’s an interesting move by the Vikings. Obviously Frazier earned the right to have a little job security after leading a 3-13 team to a 10-6 record. Hence the decision to pick up his one-year option. But at the same time, are the Vikings really sold on Frazier as the coach for the long haul? It doesn’t seem so. And though Frazier did earn at least the extra year, it is fair to ask how much credit he really deserves for the turnaround. Was it on him or was it more about Rick Spielman’s drafting? And Adrian Peterson? And Alan Williams cobbling together a solid defense despite some major personnel holes?

The Vikings aren’t sure. So they’re hedging their bets. They’ve rewarded Frazier but not too much. They’ve given Frazier a little job security but haven’t gone all-in. So Frazier can breathe easier for one year. But in 2014 he could end up back on the hotseat. Much will depend on how Christian Ponder develops. And whether Spielman can add more talent to the roster. And yes, whether Adrian Peterson can play at an All-World level for another couple years.

Frazier’s job is to keep saying the right things and not panicking under fire. He’s proven himself adept in both areas thus far.

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