A disappointing record was likely a large factor in the Vikings deciding to part ways with Brad Childress and name Leslie Frazier the interim head coach. A disappointing record also has the Vikings far out of the playoff picture – not mathematically eliminated but certainly needing a drastic improvement to get back into the thick of things.
But Frazier said during his introductory press conference on Monday that he expects maximum effort from his players, regardless of record.
“In our league as a professional player, in my case both having been one and now in a coaching role, you understand that every game you’re being judged on performance,” Frazier explained. “The challenge that our players have is to understand that other people around the League are going to look at that tape. You owe it to your teammates and to your family to go out and play hard every single snap. It’s my job, along with our assistant coaches, to get those guys to play hard every single snap, regardless of record.”
Frazier did not shy away from expectations. He’s taking over a team that’s fallen to 3-7, but he’s also ready to take on the challenge of winning games, starting this Sunday in Washington.
“The best way to judge myself, the assistant coaches and the players, is wins and losses, period,” he said. “Along with the effort that we give on Sunday afternoons. I hope that you will never question the effort of our players, because that’s a reflection on me personally. We’re going to go out and do what is necessary to put ourselves in a position to win every Sunday. That’s the goal and that’s how we’ll approach it.”
– Frazier said that Brett Favre will be the Vikings starter on Sunday in Washington. “There is no hesitation for me in that regard,” Frazier said.
– Asked about individuals he might lean on during his time as head coach, Frazier said: “No question that Tony (Dungy) and I will be talking often in the days and weeks to come. He called me earlier and I haven’t been able to speak to him yet, but we will definitely be conversing over the days and weeks to come, without question.”
– Frazier said he was able to speak with Childress earlier on Monday. “Brad and I had a chance to talk and it was a difficult moment, without question,” Frazier explained. “We both gave one another a hug and just tried to encourage each other. He knows that I’m going to pick up the phone from time to time and call him up and ask him questions about various matters. I just wish he and his family nothing but the best.”
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