Zygi Wilf is happy with the job Leslie Frazier has done with his team. And so the Vikings’ owner has rewarded Frazier by giving him a multi-year extension. So reports AP Sports Guy Jon Krawczynski. Frazier is 13-19 since officially being hired as head coach and is 0-1 in the playoffs.
The key thing for Frazier is the turnaround. The Vikes were 3-13 in 2011 and looked totally dead in the water as a franchise. After that year it seemed they were at least two years away from contending if not more. But the Vikes quickly rebounded, going 10-6 in 2012. Certainly Frazier deserves credit for that. But of course there were certain circumstances that helped him out. Let’s be honest. A lot of that turnaround was on Adrian Peterson. A lot of it was on Alan Williams and the way he was able to improve the defense despite only a small upgrade in talent. But Frazier played his part and earned his extension. He steered the ship through rough waters. He remained unruffled. No matter how bad things got, he kept his composure and said all the right generic things. He’s a real company guy and for that he is being handsomely rewarded.
Frazier no longer has to worry about proving himself over again in 2013. He has job security. The Vikes can take a step back and Frazier will still be the coach. With Frazier locked up we turn our attention to his offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. There is still some feeling that Musgrave could be cut loose and a new offensive mind brought into the fold to maybe help out Christian Ponder’s development. There is a sentiment out there that Musgrave hasn’t done a great job with Ponder. We’ll see. I don’t know how loyal Frazier is to Musgrave. It could be Frazier wants Musgrave out. I think it’s certainly something worth looking at.