On Wednesday following practice, Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier talked about his visit with new Vikings QB Brett Favre back in June.
Frazier said that he and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress discussed the possibility of Frazier visiting with Favre while the coach was in Mississippi visiting family.
“In June, I had a chance to sit down and talk with him (Favre) about some things and try to explain to him from my perspective (and) what type of team we had,” Frazier explained. “What I thought he would mean to our football team and what we could do for him as well, if he was indeed considering coming out of retirement.”
Frazier visited Favre at the local high school where Favre was working out.
“It was more just to communicate to him from a different perspective, that this is who we are,” Frazier said. “This is what we have to offer. This is why it is a plus and this is why it might be a minus. I just wanted to answer any questions he had and for him to hear from a different voice.”
Frazier, who spent a half-day with Favre, had never visited with the QB before their June meeting. Following their conversation, Frazier thought Favre would return to play for the Vikings and then was surprised when Favre initially told the Vikings prior to training camp that he would not come back.
“I was surprised when he said, ‘No.’,” Frazier recalled. “I just felt like with all the work that he had done and all he had put into it, that it would be a very good chance that he would be a Viking and playing football again.
“One of my initial concerns, because I didn’t know him,” Frazier recalled, “was would he fit? That was a part of why I went down there. Would he fit our team, not just from a performance standpoint but in our locker room? Because in our business when you are trying to win a championship, chemistry matters also and if you don’t have the right chemistry even though you may have tremendous talent it can divide a football team. Once I left, I really felt he would fit our locker room and our team and be a positive rather than a negative. I felt like he would be a plus for our team and that is what I told Coach when we spoke.”
Frazier also said that a reason for his surprise when Favre initially decided not to come back was that he could sense a strong desire to still play from the QB. Ultimately, though, Favre decided to return and Frazier says the QB will increase the team’s level of play this season.
“You are talking about a Hall of Fame quarterback who can still perform at a high level,” Frazier said. “We have some good offensive players. I thought both Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels were doing a great job and now you bring a guy like Brett, who we are all familiar with his background, what he has achieved and his experience. You have to think that is going to raise our level of play, not only on offense but our entire team with his leadership. It should be a win-win for our football team and organization.”
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