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Friday, December 21, 2012
BBAO: New deal for Leslie Frazier?

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Earlier this week, we suggested the Minnesota Vikings have won enough games this season to make coach Leslie Frazier's return in 2013 a given. And because next season is the last year of the original contract he signed as the team's coach, it made sense that some sort of a contract extension would be on the way.

Teams typically don't let coaches enter a season in a lame-duck contract situation, at least ones they believe in. So Sid Hartman's blog item (yes!) for the Star Tribune makes perfect sense: Owner Zygi Wilf authorized an extension earlier this week and the deal could be announced any day.

Frazier is 14-22 since taking over during the 2010 season. But this season he has managed to imprint his vision on a team that is in the playoff race in mid-December. The Vikings have more work to do, but they are trending in the right direction under Frazier.

Continuing around the NFC North: