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Frazier Preaching Gap Discipline To His Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 14, 2010 – 1:48 pm

All things considered, the Vikings defense played well against the NY Jets last Monday night. If you discount the 7 points that came from a late game INT returned for a score, the Vikings surrendered 22 points to the Jets. That’s not a bad number considering A) New York began 4 possessions inside of Vikings territory and B) the Vikings offense did nothing to help the field position battle in the 1st half.

But one area where the Vikings defense will look to improve this week is run defense. The Jets rushed for 155 yards on 32 carries against the Vikings defense, which is typically stout against the run. Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier pointed to poor gap discipline as a main factor in the Jets ability to run the ball against his squad.

“I get concerned when we get out of our gaps; when we’re not where we’re supposed to be,” Frazier acknowledged on Thursday. “Guys get a little anxious and start wanting to make other people’s plays. Then you get a little concerned.”

Although the Cowboys are a pass-heavy offense, they also feature a trio of talented runners that can cause headaches for opposing defenses. Starter Marion Barber III is a big, physical and imposing runner who can pickup yardage between the tackles. Felix Jones is a shiftier runner who is dangerous in the open field and also excels as a receiver out of the backfield, particularly in the screen game. And then reserve Tashard Choice is a versatile back who can come in and change the pace for either Barber or Jones.

If the Vikings don’t fix their gap discipline issues from Monday night, the Cowboys will be quick to pounce.

“We’ll get things to where they need to be and we’ll get tested this weekend by Dallas,” Frazier said. “They have the ability to run the football and I’m sure they saw some things in that Jets game they think they can exploit. We’ll have to really step it up and play good run defense.”

While the 155 yards given up was a little disheartening for Vikings fans on Monday night, what should be encouraging is that the Vikings have identified the problem and will have it shored up by the time Sunday afternoon rolls around. And if you dig a little deeper in the statistical analysis, you can see that fixing just a few errors will go a long way for the Vikings.

The Jets picked up 84 of their 155 yards (54.1%) on 5 long runs, according to Frazier; that averages out to 16.8 yards per carry. But on the other runs – 27 carries for 71 yards – the Jets averaged just 2.6 yards per rush. The key to holding the Cowboys closer to 2.6 yards per carry than 16.8 yards per try is simple – gap discipline.

“You’ve just got to do your job and let everyone else do their job and we’ll be fine,” Frazier explained. “That’s how we became and have been a great run defensive football team, and that won’t ever change.”


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15 Responses to “Frazier Preaching Gap Discipline To His Defense”

  1. By fire childress on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    chilly has a gap where his brain is

  2. By Doug on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    It’s not the run they have to worry about it is their pass defense, they have none and haven’t had any for a long long time.

  3. By wisconsinvikesfan on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    What are you talking about Doug, the defense held the Jets offense to just one passing touch down on monday night.
    “fire childress” Why are you so angry? let it go Childress is the head coach.

  4. By Robins on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    I believe they can fix the gaps. We have a great team. Just start strong and sack Tony like last year. He throws a lot so our guys should be intercepting him. Go for the ball!

  5. By matt on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    doug is right, with the loss of griffin. This teams pass defense is weakened greatly.

  6. By arahn on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Great work coaching D Frazier! In my observations, you have put together one of the best defense teams in the NFL. Most people don’t understand that you have had to play tight and conservative (reason for fewer sacks) to keep opponents scoring low.

  7. By matt on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Asher hasn’t looked all that great, cook is going to be another week or 2, that CB they just recently picked up blows and Lito isn’t anything great either. I’m not liking what i see and the cowboys look like they will dominate our secondary.

  8. By Jai Money$$$ on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Lez Frazier is a effin genius! he knows how to handle the game and give our offense the best chance of winnings.. our offense need to cut our defense some breaks by getting some points on the board.. so we can actually attack a offense and be more agressive defensivly .. i love the vikings we goin pull thru it lets just hope chilly has a decent game of offensive play calling

  9. By TWVIKE on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Frazier should be our head coach! Chilly can hand out towels.

  10. By fire childress on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    lets put Chilly on the practice squad with a toy headset. let him practice for a few years and when he’s ready, ship him off to Cleveland

  11. By viking joe on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    leslie frazier “for head coach”

  12. By choas on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    stop preaching the evils of childress and look on the bright side, and focus on the game against the cowboys. randy moss “cowboy killer” has 7 games against the cowboys, about 900 yards and 11 tds {these numbers arent exact but they are close}. add to that tony romo is scared to death of our defense and farve finally started playing well in the 4rth quarter. so lets pay attention to the game instead of childress.

  13. By TWVIKE on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    chaos- FIRE CHILLY! By the way, nobody is scared of us. I support the Vikings not the head coach. I know we will beat Cowturds but it wont be because of Boring Brad. 2 runs, pass,& punt. 3rd & 20 something, run AP, punt. Take AP out on 3rd down, punt. Chilly is a wizard!

  14. By rick on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Very conservative play calling in the first half will get us no where. Randy Moss the cowboy killer was a long time ago, someone has to throw him the ball. Favres head isnt in the game, either is his elbow or ankle. Frazier can only coach the talent hes got, and that aint much in the secondary. O line pass blocking is only so so. Romo or anyone else in the league has no reason (as yet) to fear our vikes.
    They should be well motivated after the loss last year. To sum it up, we need a blessing from Oden, or its another loss.

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