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Sunday slant: Survival will require next step

Leslie Frazier (Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY)

Leslie Frazier took the Vikings to the playoffs last year when few people expected it, but the next proving ground for him is finding playoff success with a more talented roster. If not, a new study showed that, sadly, it could be harder for him to find a second chance.

Christian Ponder's critical career juncture could be directly tied to Leslie Frazier's career sustainability. Ponder is entering his third season in the NFL and with one full season and 26 overall starts to his credit. The quarterback has consistently received the backing of general manager Rick Spielman and Frazier, his head coach. To some, Frazier's backing of Ponder could be his downfall … if...

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