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Frazier Tells Players To Keep Issues Within The Team


Vikings coach Leslie Frazier attempted to calm the waters Monday after several players publicly criticized play calls in the aftermath of a final-minute loss in Dallas, Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Frazier acknowledged that he intended to discuss those grievances with his players at an afternoon meeting before the team began its crash-course preparation for Thursday’s game against Washington.

Frazier also indicated that he’s not planning any changes to his coaching staff or play-calling responsibilities after the Vikings tied the franchise record for worst start by falling to 1-7 with a 27-23 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday.

“As difficult as the ballgame was for us, those guys will bounce back,” Frazier said. “We have to be able to do that in our profession, whether you win or lose.”

Frustration bubbled over in the postgame locker room as players questioned one offensive play call and the defensive game plan on Dallas’ game-winning 90-yard touchdown drive. Specifically, players questioned offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s decision to call a pass on first down after A.J. Jefferson’s interception with 4:29 left in the game.

Several defensive players also were upset that defensive coordinator Alan Williams rushed only three linemen while dropping one into coverage on four of the nine plays on the Cowboys’ final drive.

Frazier said he respects the opinion of his veteran leaders, but he said he prefers that they discuss any issues or concerns with coaches privately.

“I understand the frustration,” Frazier said. “We were all frustrated at the end of that ballgame. But there are so many positive things that occurred before that two-minute drive. But we’ll definitely talk through that situation as a team and just where we are and what we have to do to move forward.”

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3 Responses to “Frazier Tells Players To Keep Issues Within The Team”

  1. Matt n Texas says:

    Frazier and his staffs fate is sealed so he isn’t going to throw anyone under the bus or take paychecks away from guys who won’t be coaching in the league after this season. He seems to be one of the few genuinely nice guys in the league and he was able to ride that out, rather unsuccessfully, as a HC for 3 seasons without changing who he is as a person. My guess is that despite Ponder contributing to the suck and ultimately costing him his job, Frazier really wants to see him succeed. Upper Mgmt brought in Freeman when Frazier didn’t want him. His lone act of defiance will be playing Ponder the remainder of the season with hopes he improves and may find a home next year.

    Frazier is completely clueless as a HC but appears to be a real class act. No longer emotionally invested I actually feel sorry for the guy.

  2. PurpleHelmet says:

    Don’t feel sorry for HIM, feel sorry for the fans who have to sit through this moron sticking with someone I knew right away was nothing special at the very most, and really just awful. Denny Green this coach isn’t. I have so seen enough of this guy. Next!! This is the NFL. All the coaches need to go. You wonder though, who would work with Speilman? Under Speilman?

  3. purplereign57 says:

    @PurpleHelmet, Are you kidding me? Spielman’s gotta go, too! But believe me, it ain’t just Spielman that decides who comes into training camp from the college ranks each year. I know that Spielman is pretty high up on the totem pole, having been promoted to GM. But his decisions still have to get by the Wilf’s, Zygi, Mark, and Leonard, but Reggie Fowler, Alan Landis and David Mandelbaum, all being ownership partners, would, I’m sure, all have some major input concerning who joins the team and who doesn’t. Then you have certain player personnel like Scott Studwell and Ryan Monnens, directors of college and pro scouting, respectively, the assistant General, George Paton, and EVEN Bud Grant is a consultant on the Vikings’ payroll.
    That’s a lot of opinions when it comes to draftees and/or new additions.
    I agree with most fans’ opinions, (that is, the opinions that I’ve seen posted on various websites), and think that the Viking ship will begin to upright itself by clearing out the coaching staff and starting over.I also believe that some of the scouts, and some of the assistant coaches need to go as well. I’ve said plenty of times before that there were many holes in this football team. I’m sure everyone knows that that means player wise. As you can tell, I think that there are many holes in the coaching staff and management, too. IF THE WILFS DON’T ADDRESS THESE NEEDS, ADDRESS THEM CORRECTLY, AND ADDRESS THEM SOON, then the Vikings will continue in their downward spiral, and be the laughing stock of the NFL. They’re very close to that now.
    THERE ARE THOSE that have posted here and there, something to the effect of the Wilf’s aren’t really interested in trying to make the Vikings champions…that they only want to make more money, and that they don’t care how. I would like to believe that those people couldn’t be more wrong.

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