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Frazier: Allen “Understood The Moment”

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 8, 2009 – 2:08 pm

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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4 Responses to “Frazier: Allen “Understood The Moment””

  1. By MissButterfly on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    I not only loved Jared Allen’s play, I loved his theatrics, too!
    He was one of the reasons the game was fun to watch.

  2. By Kelly on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    I love what Brett Farve said. The guys was working hard and obviously wanted the win. But Green Bay deserved it.

    “At times, it’s a little frustrating, but that’s what it’s all about, go out and just keep pounding them and keep pounding them and eventually it will open up,” Peterson said. “It’s not a surprise that teams come in and try to stop the run first and the pass second. We definitely know what to expect.”

    Looks lIke Favre is a good fit for the Vikings anyway, and should have a good season.

  3. By rap99 on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    allen was well worth the price we paid (1st and two 3rd rd picks). helped our pass D alot, but we need to get a little better, too many big plays. GO VIKES

  4. By blacknblue on Oct 10, 2009 | Reply

    Not sure if they were in a prevent D early in 4th quarter but if they weren’t passing teams like saints, eagles etc. will eat us up.

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