Leslie Frazier (Adam Bettcher/Getty)
Leslie Frazier is confident he will be back coaching the Minnesota Vikings in 2012 after talking with ownership "every day." He said his job security has never been an issue. Plus, Frazier confirmed that Adrian Peterson will have surgery on Friday with Dr. James Andrews.
Leslie Frazier continues to be confident in his return as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, just as he has been saying for weeks.
"Nothing has changed. No uncertainty. Nothing has changed," Frazier said.
Frazier said he talks with the Wilf ownership group every day and his job security has never been an issue, even at the tail end of a 3-12 season.
"I've got great bosses, and they’ve been very supportive. Write that. Very supportive. Even in the midst of ... a 3-12 season. They've been very supportive, which I'm thankful for."
Frazier said he hasn't been assured he will be back, but his conversations "every day" with Zygi Wilf and the ownership group lead him to believe his job is safe, saying "it's not a question."
"I haven't been told I'm back for sure. It never has been an issue. I'm being completely honest with you," he said. "My job security has never been an issue other than when I'm talking to you guys (reporters). That's the truth. We're going to get this thing turned eventually. We'll get it done."
For now, Frazier is concentrating on trying to get a fourth win this season, which would allow the Vikings to avoid a tie for the worst record in franchise history (the 3-13 record from the one-year tenure of Les Steckel in 1984 holds that distinction).
Next week, Frazier will start his evaluation of the roster and begin planning for offseason events like the Senior Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine, free agency and the draft.
"That's going to determine whether we take that step next year where we're not in a position we are right now," he said. "So there's a lot we have to get done this offseason to catch up with the teams in our division. We've got our hands full. As much as I want us to move forward, we have a lot of work ahead of us. And I understand that. But I truly believe with the people we have in our organization, we'll close the gap. And this offseason is critical."
FRAZIER CONFIRMS PETERSON SURGERY
Frazier confirmed our report that Adrian Peterson will have his knee surgery with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. on Friday. Peterson should return to Minnesota on Monday after a couple days of recovery.
"You like for guys to be at your facility with your doctors, your trainers, working with our people here," Frazier said. "At the same time, if a guy is set up in a situation where we feel like the people who are working with him are qualified – they are doing the same type of protocol that we would have – you work with them on getting that done. But ideally, you'd like for it to be at your facility."
Frazier anticipates that at least part of Peterson's rehab will take place in Minnesota. Peterson moved through the locker room on crutches on Thursday but didn't address reporters. Frazier said Peterson is "anxious to get the surgery done" and is in good spirits.
Frazier's playing career essentially ended after the 1985 season with the Chicago Bears when he tore one of his ACLs during the Super Bowl. He talked with Peterson on the plane ride back to Minnesota following the Vikings' win on Saturday against the Washington Redskins, just hours after Peterson suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament, along with some meniscus damage.
"The thing I tried to do with Adrian on the flight back was just talk to him about these next, at that time, 24 to 48 hours as he's getting information and gathering information about the injury," Frazier said. "Although you've been around guys that have had ACLs, you hear it second-hand, but now you're about to experience it first-hand. So I wanted to share some things with him from an emotional standpoint that I thought would help him. As far as the rehab and the surgery itself and all the things that are involved with that, it's so different today than when I experienced it. The actual news that you have an ACL tear, the emotions are very similar for most."
G Anthony Herrera (lower back) and S Jamarca Sanford (shoulder) were limited at Thursday's practice. Everyone else for the Vikings practiced fully.
For the Bears, RB Marion Barber (calf), TE Kellen Davis (illness) and LB Brian Urlacher (knee) didn't practice for the second straight day. DE Julius Peppers (not injured) returned to practice and LB Lance Briggs (ankle) was added to the injury report as a limited participant.
The gambling site Bovada.lv (formerly Bodog) gives Adrian Peterson 6/5 odds of playing in Week 1 of 2012.
Bovada also puts the over-under for number of coaches fired between Sunday and the first playoff game at three.
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