Frazier says he doesn't doubt his future as Vikings' coach

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Leslie Frazier is finishing his first full season as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and said Thursday he hasn't heard direct assurances from his bosses that he will be back next year.

Still, Frazier said he hasn't had any reason to question his future, even after a 3-12 season that will conclude Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

"Not unless you don't have confidence in what you're doing and where you're going and the people that you're working for," Frazier said Thursday. "I have confidence in my bosses. I've got great bosses, and they've been very supportive."

Frazier said he speaks daily with brothers Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf, the organization's chief decision-makers.

"We talk about now. We also talk about the future, and it's not a question," Frazier said, referring to his status. "I'm being completely honest with you. My job security has never been an issue other than when I'm talking to you guys. That's the truth. We're going to get this thing turned eventually. We'll get it done."

Frazier might have more job security than most coaches, since the Wilfs are still paying Brad Childress, who was fired only one season after he received a contract extension.

The rebuilding in Minnesota has just begun, and Frazier has been faced with numerous challenges -- several beyond his control -- since he replaced Childress last season. The Vikings must beat the Bears to avoid matching the worst record in the franchise's 51-year history. They finished 3-13 in 1984.

Frazier went 3-3 as the interim replacement for Childress last season. Frazier was the defensive coordinator from 2007 to 2010.

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