Frazier adding clout to coaching future

Leslie Frazier is 3-2 since taking over the Vikings, and his latest win has many believing he should be given the permanent head-coaching position considering the myriad adjustments the Vikings have had to make in the last few weeks.

With one game left in the season, Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier doesn't know if he should start looking for his next job or begin preparing for the 2011 season as the Vikings' permanent coach.

Frazier said this week that he has not talked to owner Zygi Wilf about that subject yet, but made it clear he would like to remain in Minnesota. Frazier was promoted from defensive coordinator on Nov. 22 when Brad Childress was fired a day after a 31-3 loss to Green Bay dropped the Vikings to 3-7.

Minnesota's 24-14 upset victory of the Eagles Tuesday night won't hurt Frazier's chances of getting the job.

"I know I'd like to return, and what we've gone through, for sure, you'd like to see what things would be like if we can get our squad together and keep some guys healthy and line up and play," Frazier said. "You would think things would settle down and we can just get ready for football. I would love to be a part of the Vikings and see that through for sure."

It will be interesting to see how Wilf judges Frazier considering what the latter has been through since taking over the head job. Since leading the Vikings to victories over Washington and Buffalo, there has been nothing but distractions for the Vikings.

This includes the roof of the Metrodome collapsing on Dec. 12, forcing the Vikings to play a "home" game a day later than expected in Detroit. The following week the Vikings game against Chicago was moved to TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus because the Dome could not be repaired in time.

Finally, the Vikings' game on Sunday night in Philadelphia was postponed for 48 hours until Tuesday because of an expected blizzard that dumped just over 12 inches of snow on the city. It was the first NFL game played on a Tuesday since 1946.

The Vikings entered that Philadelphia game having been outscored 61-17 by the Giants and Bears and could get a bit of a pass on those losses because of the distractions.

Frazier does feel as if he has helped to settle things down in a season that already had been filled with distractions, including Brett Favre's late decision to return and Randy Moss' brief stay that ended with his release.

"When you watch ESPN, you're not seeing us on the news for some of the negative things that were there before," he said. "I think our players want to do the right things to win and they understand the importance of what we're trying to do, and I think our energy and focus is where it needs to be. Now, we're a little short from a personnel standpoint with certain guys that we'd like to be playing with. But I know our guys' mindset is what it should be."

NOTES

  • QB Brett Favre missed his second start in three games on Tuesday night, this time because of a concussion suffered the previous week against Chicago. Favre was not able to pass the concussion test in time to play in the game. Coach Leslie Frazier said if Favre passes the test before Sunday's finale at Detroit that the veteran will start.

  • S Tyrell Johnson sat out his third game in a row Tuesday night and likely won't play again this season because of a knee injury.

  • RB Adrian Peterson returned against Philadelphia after missing a game because of a bruised knee and thigh suffered on Dec. 13 against the New York Giants.

  • WR Sidney Rice suffered a concussion against Philadelphia and could be lost for the regular-season finale in Detroit.

  • S Madieu Williams sat out Tuesday because of a concussion suffered against the Bears. Jamarca Sanford started in his place at free safety.

  • CB Frank Walker was limited in practice last week because of a hamstring injury but was able to play against the Eagles.


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