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Frazier Says Greenway Playing At Pro Bowl Level

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 28, 2010 – 3:18 pm

Pat Williams and Antoine Winfield are veteran defenders who earned their first Pro Bowl berths with the Vikings. According to Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, the Vikings defense features yet another veteran player who is performing at a level worthy of his first Pro Bowl honor.

That player is LB Chad Greenway, who has been perhaps the Vikings best defender so far in 2010. The 2006 first-round pick out of Iowa has gradually improved after recovering from a knee injury his rookie year and this season represents another big step forward for the athletic LB.

Greenway, who led the Vikings in takeaways in 2007 and in tackles in 2008 and 2009, has led or ranked 2nd in tackles every game this season. In total, Greenway has 65 tackles – 7 of which have been for a loss – and he’s also added a forced fumble.

“I think he is there,” Frazier responded on Thursday when asked if Greenway should receive Pro Bowl consideration. “I think he is a Pro Bowl linebacker. His ability to run with tight ends, to make the big plays that he’s making now; if he can continue to come up with some turnovers that will be the next step for him.”

Frazier makes a good point that splash plays – specifically turnovers – are key to a player generating Pro Bowl buzz. That shouldn’t be a problem for Greenway. He led all NFL LBs last season in takeaways with 6 and he’s already making splash plays in 2010. He forced a fumble in last week’s game at Green Bay and he also made the tackle on John Kuhn to stuff Green Bay on a crucial 4th-and-inches play during the second half.

Expect Greenway to continue his solid play and make a run at his first career Pro Bowl berth. He has a nose for the ball and is not outworked by anyone on the practice field or in the weight room.

“From a linebacker standpoint, he is doing everything you could ask of a linebacker,” Frazier said. “To me he is a Pro Bowl linebacker.”

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27 Responses to “Frazier Says Greenway Playing At Pro Bowl Level”

  1. By Dave on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Greenway is a mad man lol love his game play.. Hope he can make the pro bowl this year!

    Skol Vikes!!

  2. By WTF on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    What I really want to see is some defenders take the turnover to the house. Our offense has been stagnant all year long, so we are going to need to see some of the defenders start scoring for us until the offense finally decides to start pulling their own weight.

  3. By taser brad on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Greenway! The Stud who can cover. THanks! Wish Cederic was going to the pro bowl. Are we talking pro bowl already because no one sees a post season now, like old school?

  4. By PAUL on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Greenway is just a guy, E.J. Henderson now thats a different story.

  5. By MN_Jack76 on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    I am a big fan of Greenway, He is always giving 110%

  6. By TWVIKE on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Old School,rocksalt,moorevikes, where are you guys?

  7. By fire childress on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    chilly is coaching at a pee wee level

  8. By TWVIKE on Oct 28, 2010 | Reply

    Brad could not coach a game of solitare. It takes Brad 3 hours to watch 60 minutes. He sits on the TV to watch the couch.

  9. By Carl K on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    I hope Greenway makes the pro bowl. He consistently plays at a high level. I love hear when guys are putting the time in on the practice field, weight room and film room. Thanks Mike.

  10. By 4eversteve on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Who cares about the stinking pro-bowl the only thing that matters is making it to the Superbowl and winning it!

  11. By rocksalt on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    TWVIKE-
    I am trying to find something optimistic to say for our team besides the obvious kudos to Greenway, Adrian and Percy

  12. By rocksalt on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Old School? moorevikes?
    What Up?

  13. By TWVIKE on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    rocksalt-optimism is hard to find right now. I truely dont know what to think about our team. If they can get something going against the Pats and we get to
    4-4 at mid-season, we just might salvage this season.

  14. By fire childress on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    it is apparent the only reason we won last year was pure talent, and Brett calling most of his own plays. we need to get rid of Chilly now, imagine how bad our team will be once we start losing our better players ! Ziggy, find us a head coach please !

  15. By purplehaze on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    DEAR MR. FRAZIER, TELL YOUR GUYS TO STEP UP AND BE THE TEAM THEY WERE LAST YEAR, WHERE’S THE FIRE AND INTENSITY; WHERE ARE THE FREAKAZOIDS CREATING ALL THE TAKEAWAYS, YOU NEED TO POUND MAJOR TOM INTO OUT SPACE.. HE’S GOT A BAD RIGHT SHOULDER; LETS DO A TONY ROMO ON HIM AND KNOCK HIM OUT..IT’S GUT CHECK TIME BOYS!

  16. By purplehaze on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    MAKE THAT OUTER SPACE, AND BEYOND

  17. By Frazier supporter on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    This is the guy who should be running the ship right now! Frazier would not
    make the mistakes Childress has and Favre would be so much better as
    Frazier seems to understand him and bottom line is he is always getting
    support and constructive criticism from Frazier. If Vikes lose they should
    fire Childress. I don’t anticipate a win here 2-5. Frazier should get the call an
    incredibly the Vikes make the playoffs at 8-8

  18. By purplehaze on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    RIGHT ON SUPPORTER, CHILI DOG COULDN’T CARRY FRAZIERS JOCK WHEN IT COMES TO COACHING, WE ARE IN A VOLITALE, WEAK DIVISION, AND OVERALL HAVE THE MOST, TALENT-WISE.

    HEY IT’S AN ELECTION YEAR, AND A LOSS WILL MEAN IT’S TIME FOR A CLEAN BREAK AND A CHANGING OF THE GUARD AT COACH..

  19. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Chad get’s better every game ! not alone each year—- watch out Tom B. Pick time !

  20. By fire childress on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    coaches who will be fired after the season for obvious reasons:
    Norv Turner
    Brad Childress
    Wade Phillips

  21. By fire childress on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    chilly presser<<<<<<<>>>>> well……ummmmmm…i hope this team can still win this game even though i’m completely incompetent as a head coach…maybe if i let Brett call all the plays we might have a chance to win….what can i say, i’m goodlooking and the best coach in the n.fl….what more is there?…i’m going to wear a wig at the game for good luck…i’m going to try to keep the score close just to make it interesting, but we lose at the end…

  22. By Old School on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Just got home from work TWVIKE. Give me a few so that I can digest that stupid press conference I just watched of chill’s. What an A$% ! I really dislike him…………REALLY DISLIKE HIM!

  23. By Old School on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    GREENWAY HAS BEEN A BEAST……………………….the reason why you have noticed him so much this year is because the front 4 have not made the stop at the line of scrimage. Agree?

  24. By TWVIKE on Oct 29, 2010 | Reply

    Old School- Chad plays like he has a pair. Jared needs to get his back, out of his old-ladys purse. Not only can teams pass on us they are having more success running as well. When it rains it pours.

  25. By arahn on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    The Williams’ wall isn’t what it was (they put in many years of good defense though). Yeah, was wondering what happened to Alan…whether cutting the hair was the problem or is it as TWVIKE says…you know… about Mrs. Alan’s purse. Then Edwards on the other side of the line tries to step it up and he gets fined by the NFL for hitting too hard….wow. So, it’s very helpful that Greenway is playing at a pro bowl level. Not dissing the D…they just lost a little of the bang they had last year but they are still solid…maybe they’d be playing with more bang if offense would stay on the field longer.
    Great job D and I hope Frazier will be staying around.

  26. By 4eversteve on Oct 30, 2010 | Reply

    Sure would love to see more defensive pressure from our front four, seem like they are being held back or are not as motivated this year. I kinda understand and expected that from Ray Edwards with the off season contract issue. If he doesn’t bring up his level of play he is only costing himself money whether he plays for the Vikings or any other team next year. This is a what have you done for me lately league and if he hopes to land a big contract he better pick up his level of play in a hurry. We need to be putting relentless pressure on the opposing teams offense every time they take the field. Wish we could shake things up a bit with showing multiple defensive formation, not just the conventional 4-3 look we have the personnel to play a 3-4 and even a 46 look every now and then. Predictability is the kiss of death in this league. It’s innovative thinking coaches that are usually the ones holding the Lombard trophy at the end of the year and getting the head coaching offers, just say-in!

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