EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf, along with newly appointed general manager Rick Spielman, chose to stick with coach Leslie Frazier after a year in which their team tied a franchise low with a 3-13 record last year.
Frazier was given another year to demonstrate his leadership and coaching acumen, the chance to have his calming influence take hold on a team filled with first- and second-year players and to pull the Vikings out of the depths of a two-year tailspin. Frazier's hold on the position seemed tenuous at best heading into this season, when he was handed the league's seventh-youngest opening day roster.
The Wilfs and Spielman, who was first given full general manager decision-making power in January, have been rewarded as Minnesota is 6-4 and in the thick of playoff contention with six games to go. The patience Spielman has preached with the young roster has transferred to his view of the coaching staff.
"I think its patience, but ...