Defending “a Blade of Grass”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 25, 2009 – 3:24 pm

We mentioned earlier today, and linked to a video of, the Vikings late-game goal line stand against the Chiefs last Friday night that preserved a 17-13 victory. Kansas City had driven down to the Vikings 1-yardline with 55 seconds to play, but the Vikings stood firm thereafter and denied the Chiefs on 4 consecutive plays from only 3 feet away.

Following today’s practice, Vikings assistant coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was asked about the way his defensive reserves performed in those final 55 seconds last Friday.

“It’s huge,” Frazier said. “As a defense, we talk about defending a blade of grass. Just give us a chance to defend a blade of grass. For the young guys to buy into that this early and go out and do what they did gets you excited and makes you feel good about those guys.”

Immediately after the 4th-down play, a pass that was ruled incomplete after Karl Paymah pushed a Chiefs WR out of the endzone, several Vikings defenders rushed onto the field to celebrate the victory with their teammates. But prior to that snap, Frazier said it was good to see plenty of other starters rooting their teammates on in the game’s most crucial moment.

“It was awesome to see Pat Williams and Kevin Williams and all those guys cheering for them and rooting them on,” Frazier said. “We’ve seen our number ones do that before and now to get the young guys winning as well is great for our defense and our team.”

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2 Responses to “Defending “a Blade of Grass””

  1. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 25, 2009 | Reply

    That is amazing. At the game I was sure that we had brought in at least a few starters to defend the win. I could have sworn I saw a purple 94 on the field…but it was great to see that our backups could hold a 4 play goal line stand. Granted it was against backups, but a series like that speaks volumes more for the defensive backups than it would have for the offensive backups had things gone the other way.

  2. By Brownicus on Aug 25, 2009 | Reply

    For a preseason game, that was probably one of the most memorable and exciting moments I can remember. That was a great job by the defense, I have very high hopes for our defense and team as a whole this year. I’m very excited for the up coming season.

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