Vikings will address Leslie Frazier's contract soon, Mark Wilf says
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings owner Mark Wilf said Tuesday that the team plans to address Leslie Frazier's contract situation now that the season is over.
Frazier, who received a three-year contract after finishing 2010 as the team's interim coach, went 3-13 in his first full season before guiding the team to a 10-6 record and a playoff berth this season. The Vikings lost to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night in a wild-card game.
"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 following Frazier's end-of-the season press conference at Winter Park. "But we're pleased with the job he's done in 2012 and we'll address it."
Despite the Vikings' success, Wilf said it was not unusual to wait until the season was finished to begin negotiations 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.
Frazier said he is "not worried about" the fact that talks have not started. "I know things will work out just fine," he 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."
A year ago, the Wilfs made a significant change to the Vikings' operation, promoting Spielman to general manager and giving him control of the 53-man roster. Frazier remained as coach but no longer had official authority over the roster.
By all accounts, however, Spielman and Frazier had a very good working relationship.
"I think we're in a situation, we feel structurally in the organization, we're in a place where we feel comfortable," Wilf said. "We feel we made a lot of great strides in 2012. It was a great season. Obviously, a disappointing ending. But we feel we have a foundation and a strong core for the future here. We're going to work very hard in 2013 to get it to the next level."
Meanwhile, Frazier confirmed that special teams coordinator Mike Priefer and co-linebackers coach Mike Singletary have been asked to interview for the Chicago Bears head coaching job. Singletary was a star linebacker for the Bears and is one of more than a dozen coaches in whom the Bears have expressed interest in interviewing.
Frazier is hoping to keep much, if not all, of his coaching staff intact.
"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."