The St. Louis Rams enter this week’s contest against the Vikings ranked last in points per game, 30th in both passing yards and rushing yards per game, and 27th in turnover ratio. The Vikings, meanwhile, are 4-0 and coming off a couple of exciting wins over San Francisco and Green Bay.
But none of those figures enter Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s mind as he prepares his defense to hit the road and play the Rams this weekend.
“I don’t caught up in the numbers because when you watch the Packers (vs. Rams) game, they were really in that game, and they scored some points,” Frazier said on Thursday. “They were moving the football. Even a week ago against San Francisco, they were moving the ball.”
If that were the case, you might ask, then what’s the reason for such low rankings in the above-mentioned key statistical categories? Frazier has an answer, and it’s clear he’s not floating a bunch of hyperbole to just say the right thing.
“But then they’d do something to hurt themselves – a penalty or turnover,” Frazier explained. “All of sudden they couldn’t overcome some of that and it mushroomed on them. But they were effectively moving the football in that game a week ago, and they really moved it well against Green Bay.”
Frazier is right on the money. Any positive momentum the offense has been able to generate has been negated by either penalties or turnovers. St. Louis is the NFL’s most penalized team on offense and they are -4 in turnover ratio.
But again, Frazier stressed that he’s not caught up in statistical rankings. Rather, he’s focused on taking steps to correct errors and improve the defense. He also knows, from his playing days and his 11 years of NFL coaching experience, that anyone can beat anyone.
“You just have to always remind yourself that you’re in the National Football League,” Frazier emphasized. “We’ve all seen it, where teams have not played very well but that one particular Sunday, they played their best ball. And you just have to make sure you’re up to the task; it happens, that’s the NFL.”
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