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A Message Sent To The Team

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving and was able to spend some quality time with those whom matter most to you.  Mrs. Warwas, Baby Gates, and myself were all thankful to be enjoying the day (and awesome meal!) with family whom we do not get to see often enough.

While the Mrs. is battling the crowds trying to get a good deal on whatever my Christmas present will be this year (c’mon new fly rod!) and Gates is sleeping soundly, I thought I’d hop on and chime in on a recent story I saw at PFT.

There has been a lot of discussion as to whether Brad Childress needed to be held accountable for a poor season, or if the players also needed to be held to the fire.  The truth is, however, that many Vikings players are now on notice because the coach that chose to put them on the roster is no longer in the house. 

Sure, Frazier is from the “Childress Regime” but even he will have a slightly different approach to roster management, and he may not be the guy making these decisions when the offseason rolls around.

Frazier made it clear that he is willing to tweak the roster to his liking when the Vikings attempted to sign Lorenzo Booker away from the UFL but ended up refusing to pay the recently controversial $150,000 fee required to snag a guy out of the UFL. 

The Vikings surely knew they would be required to pay the fee, and my guess is that they wanted to let rookie Toby Gerhart know that his hold on the backup running back job was not a guarantee.  It should be no coincidence that the Vikings brought Booker in for a workout only days after Gerhart lost his second fumble of the season against the Packers.

Often times, new coaches are not impressed with their predecessors draft choices or free agent acquisitions.  If Frazier remains the Vikings head coach, then changes to the roster could be minimal, but if more changes are coming in the front office and coaching seats then we should all be prepared to see some major changes to the roster.  The draft choices of Childress will be on a short leash under new leadership.

Okay, that’s it from me for probably a few days.  I’m off to see how Cam Newton does against ‘Bama.  After all, he might be our future.

Take care, everyone.


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29 Responses to “A Message Sent To The Team”

  1. fozz44 says:

    Glad to see Frazier raising the stakes for young offensive players….apparently they don’t get quite the supportive treatment that the defensive backs receive.
    Gerharts fumble wasn’t good. But the continual toasting, softness, and poor tackling is a much bigger concern.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/110723679.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiU9PmP:QiUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUycaEacyU

  2. Lost Viking says:

    Like it or not Dick Spielman ends up with increased authority as a result of Childress departure.

    Despite ten years as an NFL coach Frazier doesn’t have the background to assume control of roster rebuilding and ’11 draft.

    Will Frazier need to bring in a friend he can trust to shore up his player evaluations?

    • fozz44 says:

      Make Gruden the man. It’s a simple choice.

      • wtfvikesfan says:

        Gruden sucks!!!!

        • Fragile Freds says:

          Fozz,

          Explain why the fasination with Gruden? He was with the Bucs for 7 years and won more than 9 games in only two of those years. Yes he won the Superbowl in his first year (we could use on of those), and it can be argued with a team Dungy put together, but after that he record certainly didn’t impress.

          He’s an intense guy that many players really didn’t like at all. It would be fun to watch him coach, but his record, not so much.

          • fozz44 says:

            He went to a floundering Tampa Bay organization….which paid 2 #1 picks, and 2 #2 picks to acquire him. The team was riddled with poor upper management, cap issues, and poor cap management that allowed them little flexibility to fill the holes the draft picks could have.

            He led an Oakland team from the depths of hell to Super Bowl contender, again with a cast of characters. The Pats arent’ the legendary Pats without Gruden getting hosed on the ‘tuck’ call.

            He led those teams to excellence with Brad Johnson and Rich Gannon as QB’s.

            He is a leader of men, something Chilly was not. He’s run west coast offenses, believes in ‘pounding the ball’ (what a concept with guys like Gerhart and Peterson in the stable), is a motivator, and can open his mouth without mindless drivel to try to prove how much smarter he is than than the average football fan (ok, most of the population has that characteristic….)

            So yeah, I like him.

        • Fragile Freds says:

          Freds just hopes we can find someone better than a guy who in 11 years of NFL coaching won more than 9 games in only 4 seasons. Yes he has a cute “chucky” game face that is fun to call intense, but true leaders of men certainly have better records than that.

          But if you want him, that’s cool too.

  3. CalVkg says:

    i just hope we win this game. it will be our last chance this year to win a road game unless vick gets a bad dog bite or sumpthin

    woof

  4. CSlinde says:

    Nice one Cuz! Newton or Locker? Or, the guy from Arizona? What do you think? Glad you guys are enjoying your time back home!

  5. wtfvikesfan says:

    Eric Bieniemy to interview for Colorado head coach job

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on November 26, 2010, 3:53 PM EST

    With Brad Childress gone, the future of his Vikings assistants for next year is very much up in the air.

    With that in mind, running backs coach Eric Bieniemy is trying to line up other employment. Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Bienemy will interview for the vacant University of Colorado head coaching job on Saturday in the D.C. area. The Vikings face the Redskins on Sunday.

    Bieniemy was the school’s all-time leading rusher when he left in 1990. The Denver Post reports that the school will also talk to Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree, another CU alum.

    • Fragile Freds says:

      Old Bev should enjoy his last few games in Minnesota. Even if Leslie gets the job, which Freds thinks he won’t no matter how well he does, Bev needs to be sent a packin’. We need some new life in the offense. Take this west coach jibber jabber and the zone blocking crud roll it all into a heap and send it on its way. We need to find a way for offensive line to use their skill set more effectively. That of course assumes our line has a skill set.

      This pile of goo for an offense we’ve had has to be replaced and that starts with a new coordinator. The offense should be shaken up in the off season. 3 new fat danish eaters with skill on the O line sure wouldn’t hurt.

  6. Lost Viking says:

    Time to hand off to the Handle on this week’s picks:

    Viking (3-7) at Redskin (5-5)
    LINE: WASHINGTON BY 1½

    Just because Dallas achieved consecutive wins after disposing of its head coach and promoting within, doesn’t mean same formula works here. Brett Favre has destroyed this team and locker room issues remain as long as he remains his diva self. ‘Skin ball hawking DeAngelo Hall should be good for a pick or two.

    TAKING: REDSKIN -1½

    Titan (5-5) at Texan (4-6)
    LINE: HOUSTON BY 6½

    “With the 176th pick, the Tennessee Titan select QB Rusty Smith from Florida Atlantic University.” Not exactly marquee. Those words were uttered this past April and now young Rusty will be forced to start for the reeling Titan. Circus in Tennessee has them as high risk right now and doubly so against potent foe.

    TAKING: TEXAN –6½

    • Fragile Freds says:

      Hey Lost, don’t under estimate Rusty Smith. Have you seen the u tube video of this guy’s jumping skills at the combine last year? He make Jumpin’ Joe Webb look like an amateur.

      I think Rusty is second from the left in the front row.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TusWmKQ5Eo&NR=1

      • Ole says:

        good scouting Freds, the Vikings should draft that Rusty Smith guy to replace Asher Allen

      • krugjr says:

        freds,

        great jumpin video….

        agree with you on the staff……been around guys like brad, in leadership roles they surround themselves with management non threatening to them (not smarter than them)….so ya, time to move on and start over from scratch…..

        GO VIKES!!!!! TOP 10 PICK

  7. hookem says:

    Hopefully Frazier does good and then drafts a real safety so we can say goodbye to Madieu

  8. Bryan says:

    I bet we win 5 of our last 6 games and are left scratching our heads wondering why this move wasn’t done earlier.

  9. Dynalee10 says:

    I say see how they respond to Frasier and if he seems to get them playing better then he should be given serious consideration, but not just handed the job. I would love to get Harbaugh from stanford and Gruden is another top choice. I’m not as concerned with wins and losses right now , I want to see the effort and changes being made when things don’t work. I hated watching the Vikes under Chilly just keep repeating the same plays over and over when they were obviously not going to work. Unfortunately I have seen the same thing from Frasier on defense , lack of stunts,blitzes and anything unusual. I am hoping it was just Chilldress limiting Frasiers adjustments and not Frasiers scheme.

    • Fran the Man says:

      “I am hoping it was just Chilldress limiting Frasiers adjustments and not Frasiers scheme.”

      That’s the million dollar question.
      I’ve got my fingers crossed it was Childress’s ham-fisted, control freak nature that even extended into the defensive schemes too.

      If not and it was Frasiers play calling and game planning all along, that doesn’t bode well for him or us.

      I wonder if Wilf will wait until the end of the season to start looking at GM’s? Or if he’ll try to stay with the TOA, God forbid.

      A solid GM with a coach like Gruden or Cohwer (Or any number of other likely candidates) seems to me to be the only way to go.

      Going to be an interesting off season.

      • Dynalee10 says:

        Agreed as crazy as this season has been the offseason bodes to be at least as unsettled. Oh well that’s what being a fan of the Vikings entails. We are a special group and we have dealt with more ups and downs than almost any other team,always good rarely great and never terrible”even if our record is”. We are NOT a lucky team and have to make our own breaks it seems like.

    • wtfvikesfan says:

      Gruden sucks, Why gruden he has done anything since his superbowl win.

  10. Another Blonde Viking says:

    I just want to win…

  11. CalVkg says:

    PICK IT!!!!!!

    i’ll take the new Fraaazeeeered Vikings, 29-20

  12. wtfvikesfan says:

    Farve plays whole game Redskins 48 Vikes 17. Vikes 5 turnovers all from Farve.

    Farve starts and plays shitty, T-jack comes in. Vike 28 Redskins 24.

  13. Big Johnny's bigger sister, Johnette says:

    Is it time for the guessing contest? Ok, my turn.

    Minnesota ViKings 17
    Washington Eagles 20

    Lost Viking jilted me on our last date. I had to gas up the tow truck all by my lonesome.

  14. wtfvikesfan says:

    Chris Carter just called the Vikings players a bunch of WHINY CHUMPS!!!

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