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Thursday, December 2, 2010
BBAO: The future of Leslie Frazier

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

As the Minnesota Vikings move into Week 2 of the Leslie Frazier era, some are already wondering what it will take for owner Zygi Wilf to give him the job for next year and beyond.

Frazier, who won Sunday in his debut as interim coach, now has three consecutive home games to pad his record, starting with this weekend's game against the Buffalo Bills. What would it take? A 3-3 record in his six-game stint? 4-2? 5-1? Has Wilf already decided to open the job to other candidates? Does he know he will hire Frazier regardless, considering the NFL's financial uncertainty in 2011?

Via Tom Pelissero of, Frazier said he hasn't spoken to Wilf about those questions and "I don't intend to." He added: "I really want to concentrate on the Buffalo Bills and what we've got to get done to win this game, and those things will take care of themselves."

As Pelissero points out, Frazier has made a habit of speaking to a group of veteran players after practice. "Being able to manage people is paramount in the role that I'm in," Frazier said.

It's an especially important task on a veteran team like the Vikings.

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