Frazier Sees Improvement In CB Griffin

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 17, 2009 – 3:17 pm

During last weekend’s 34-20 season opening victory against the Browns, Vikings CB Cedric Griffin caught as many passes as Braylon Edwards, Cleveland’s top WR. Griffin, Pro Bowler Antoine Winfield and the rest of the Vikings defense held the Browns top 2 WRs to a total of 3 catches for 22 yards, including just 1 catch and 12 yards receiving for Edwards.

The impressive effort against Cleveland’s top wide outs was punctuated by Griffin’s impressive over-the-shoulder, toe-tapping interception along the sidelines in the 3rd quarter, a play Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said is a product of Griffin’s hard work over the past couple of seasons.

“That interception he made in that ball game, and even the one he made against Philadelphia (in the playoffs last year), I would say a couple years ago, Cedric Griffin would not make those types of plays,” Frazier told reporters on Thursday. “He has worked so hard on improving his ball skills and then working as hard as he has on improving his cover ability, it’s showing up in his play.”

Griffin certainly has natural ambition to improve – that’s how he’s made it to the NFL level. But he’s also improved because he plays alongside one of the top CBs in the entire league – Winfield. There are games, such as last week’s contest in Cleveland, when teams simply refuse to throw or run to Winfield’s side of the field. As a result, Griffin has gotten plenty of practice, both during the week between games and also on Sundays.

“Ced is not unaccustomed to people saying ‘Okay, we’re going to throw at #23 because of Antoine,’” Frazier said. “The good thing is he’s improving, he’s getting better.”

Frazier specifically said Griffin has improved his man-coverage skills as well as his ball skills, and that he came to training camp this summer a lot faster and quicker, and with his weight down a touch.

“But a lot of it goes back to he’s playing with a lot of confidence,” Frazier said. “To hold Braylon Edwards to one catch for twelve (yards) when you know that’s the guy they’re going to try to get the football to in the passing game, that’s quite an accomplishment. And I take my hat off to him and he’ll have tremendous challenges this weekend with Calvin Johnson, but I feel he’ll be up to the task.”

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6 Responses to “Frazier Sees Improvement In CB Griffin”

  1. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    It’s great that Ced’s improving. He’s been one of the weaker parts in our passing D, rarely getting beat deep, but covering so loosely that receivers generally don’t have any trouble with the initial catch. This week we need to put a lot of double coverage on CJohnson while blitzing Stafford up the wazoo. That should create enough trouble to bring his ratings down even further from last week and solidify the win that much more.

  2. By thatguy on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    2 of the best CB’s in the NFL line up on the Vikings defense…go Cedric and Antoine!


    I want to see Griffin’s official replica jersey soon!

  3. By purplehorn on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    Griffin has improved on pass defense as has Greenway. Most teams focused on working on Griffin because Winfield is on the other side of the field. Combine no more than three seconds to pass with our coverage and it will be a long day for Stafford.

  4. By vikingfan1955 on Sep 17, 2009 | Reply

    This makes us even better,the way griffin played says a lot towards the way the defense has improved.We have a shut down and hard hitter in winfield and I always felt griffin would be better in time and he long as he continue to improve we will be ranked with the steelers as the top defense in the league and what a game that will be in october.Both sides of the ball are now soild and in a few weeks every week u will heard about the vikes and how we have become the front runners to win it all.This for the whole team,guys I am so proud of and behind u u guys have played hard and improved so much.Chilly u have finally made so good moves and if u open the offense up we will be unstoppable and u will have a lot of years to coach in minnesota.Look how many passed on ap in the draft,look how many passed on harvin and chose recivers that were deemed better.We have all the pieces to go all the way all we need is for favre to get on the same page as the recievers.

  5. By CA Norwegian on Sep 18, 2009 | Reply

    Detriot will be very hungry!

  6. By Leonel Bowlds on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Would you like to post a guest post on my blog?

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