Frazier Pleased With Depth On Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 19, 2010 – 3:43 pm

Assuming both CB Cedric Griffin and LB E.J. Henderson make it back to the starting lineup (things are looking that way at this point), the Vikings will return all 11 starters from last year’s defense. With that being the case, the team entered the 2010 season in good position to fortify its depth behind experienced starters.

And so far, according to assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, the team has taken advantage of that good position.

“Yeah, this is the best depth we have had on defense so far,” Frazier said on Thursday after practice. “Now it is just a matter of staying healthy and playing together. But by far this is the best depth we have had. Although, we are missing Cedric Griffin [and] we are not certain about E.J. Henderson. But we do have some quality guys at some certain positions as back-ups.”

Last year the Vikings defense led the NFL in sacks with 48, finished #2 against the run and ranked #6 overall. With all starters returning and depth improving across the board, the Vikings defense will look to build upon and improve those numbers in 2010.

Frazier declined to be specific when asked what areas of his defense he’d like to see improve.

“I want us to improve in all categories,” Frazier said. “Because I really believe that if we took another step as a unit it would help us get another step closer to a championship. Let’s just get better all the way across the board and then we will look back at the end of the year and just see if that indeed helped us take that next step as a team, which will help our defense as well.”

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5 Responses to “Frazier Pleased With Depth On Defense”

  1. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 19, 2010 | Reply

    Good to hear about the defense, but with good backups comes the difficult decisions of which ones of them the team can get by without. There are a lot of quality players on the roster that will be looking for a new team by the beginning of the season, and I’d hate to be the guy who has to decide which guys are on that list.

  2. By MGR4FUN on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    is a luxury that most nfl coaches do not hav … and … is the worst part of the job cuttin down the squad size … on the other hand because of the quality athletes assembled we can be confident most will be playin in the nfl in 2010 … the 2s and 3s still hav time to flash and solidify a roster spot with the purple … good luck to all lets start with kickin some niner-tail

  3. By 4eversteve on Aug 21, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings in the last few years have been drafting very well, I wish the NFL would expand the roster for teams so we wouldn’t have to cut so much talent loose. There will be a lot of teams watching the Viking’s waiver wire hoping to cash in. Maybe we get lucky and can orchestrate some trades for future draft picks prior to final cut down for opening day rosters Hopefully Spielman working the phones right now. There are a lot of teams out there with glaring needs at key positions that the Vikings have stock pile talent at. This is the time for Rick to step up his game in this dept. pull us off a H. Walker type trade but this time the draft picks come our way.

  4. By Cory on Aug 21, 2010 | Reply

    We are going to need the D to move to another level. The O is in for a tough time with only Berrian at WR. Rice and Harvin are going to be in and out of the line up all season, if we do not acquire another starting WR and are forced to rely on castoffs….it is not going to be pretty on O…lest we remember the play of our OLine last season…

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