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When Vikings special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer saw rookie kicker Blair Walsh warming up at Reliant Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 23, he went to coach Leslie Frazier with a simple, if bold, opinion: The Vikings should be able to attempt a field goal whenever they crossed the 50-yard line.
So when Frazier sent Walsh out for a field goal with the ball on the Houston Texans’ 38-yard line in the second quarter, he had little doubt about the kick. Never mind the fact that no one in franchise history had made a longer one.
“I felt pretty good when we had the chance to kick the 56-yarder, based on what he had done in pregame,” Frazier said.
The Vikings have every reason to feel that confident in Walsh, the 5-foot-9 kicker they took in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. He drilled the 56-yarder, setting an NFL record by making his ninth kick of more than 50 yards this season, and hit two other field goals that helped run the Vikings’ lead from 7-3 to 16-3 on Sunday.
He is 32 for 35 this season, and he has yet to miss from more than 50 yards out. Walsh’s 56-yarder matched Paul Edinger’s 2005 field goal as the longest in franchise history.
While Greg Zuerlein has been getting all the love, Blair Walsh has been pretty darn impressive for a rookie. He has won several games for the Vikings, and is looking like a very promising player for the future in Minnesota.
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According to Judd Zulgad of 1500ESPN.com, Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier will certainly get a contract extension during the offseason, since his contract only runs through 2013.
Zulgad believes Frazier may want hold off on signing an extension until the season is over and this makes sense, expecially of the Vikings make a playoff run.
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