The Minnesota Vikings have gone from 3-13 last season to 9-6 this season, with a chance to lock up a playoff berth with a win against the Packers on Sunday -- a turnaround that makes a contract extension for head coach Leslie Frazier "likely only a matter of time," according to 1500ESPN.com's Judd Zulgad.
Frazier, whose current deal runs through the 2013 season, has compiled a 15-22 record in three seasons with the Vikings since taking over when Brad Childress was fired in the middle of 2010.
Linebacker Chad Greenway praised Frazier, formerly the team's defensive coordinator, for his consistent demeanor in comments to Zulgad:
"His speeches are real consistent if you know what I mean," Greenway said, jokingly. ... "Obviously Leslie's the kind of guy, 'We're still in this thing. We're fighting. We're together. We're all in.' And his approach is perfect, in my mind, for what an NFL coach needs to be. He's really consistent. He knows what he wants from his players. He hires high-character guys to have in the locker room and it seems to be working pretty well."In search of its first playoff appearance since 2009-10, Minnesota can clinch a wild card spot either by defeating Green Bay or, if it loses, by the Cowboys, Giants and Bears also losing.