It was only a matter of time, with no NFL team really wanting to have their head coach become a lame duck, before word would emerge that Leslie Frazier received an extension from the Vikings.
Frazier took a 3-13 football team and helped transform them into a 10-6 playoff team in the span of just one year. He received votes for the Coach of the Year Award and has been praised for his calm demeanor when facing some very tough issues.
Tuesday, word of his extension did indeed hit the internet, and some that doubt Frazier’s ability to lead a team to a Super Bowl will be relieved to hear that his contract only runs through 2014. However, Frazier’s advocates amongst the fan base might feel like the team didn’t give him a big enough vote of confidence.
The Associated Press erroneously reported that Frazier received a multi-year extension, but the truth is that the team simply picked up an option contained within his current deal that tacks on one more year.
The Vikings announced the move Tuesday evening.
“Coach Frazier has done a remarkable job in building a strong foundation for the Minnesota Vikings and creating a very positive future,” Vikings president Mark Wilf said in the statement. “We value his leadership and look forward to working with him for many years to come.”
Financial terms are not known, but since there is no impact on the salary cap in regards to coaching salaries, most fans will not care at all what the Vikings are paying Frazier.
Unless another deal is reached between Frazier and the Vikings, we can plan on being right back in this same position at this time next year, with Frazier once again approaching a lame duck season.