Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier has been in some big games during his career. In 1985 he was a part of the Super Bowl-winning Chicago Bears team. A little more than 20 years later, Frazier was an assistant coach under Tony Dungy on the Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts.
In 10 seasons as an NFL coach, Frazier has been a part of 6 playoff teams and 5 division champions. So he knows a little bit about big games.
While last Monday night’s Vikings-Packers game certainly wasn’t near the level of a Super Bowl, it was about as big a regular season game a team can play in a Week 4. The Vikings were able to win Monday night’s big game and one of Frazier’s star defenders – DE Jared Allen – was a big reason Minnesota was able to come out on top.
Allen had 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble in the game. He also caused a safety in the 2nd half that pushed the Vikings lead to 30-14.
“When you play in big games like that, you need your star players to really step up,” Frazier said. “You don’t know necessarily what’s going to happen to some of the other guys that are good players but maybe haven’t been put in that type of limelight. You need your star guys to step up and that’s exactly what he did.”
Given Frazier’s experience of being in and winning big games, any praise he gives certainly is significant. And in light of Allen’s impressive performance against the Packers, Frazier praised his DE’s ability to perform when the team needed him most.
“He understood the moment, he understood what we needed from him,” Frazier explained. “Boy oh boy, did he let it go; it was great to see.”
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