All Defensive Coaches Will See Role Increase

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 24, 2010 – 12:08 pm

We mentioned this morning that one topic sure to arise in interim head coach Leslie Frazier’s first weekly Wednesday press conference was that of the role of defensive coordinator. Since Frazier was the team’s coordinator prior to the change, that role is now technically vacated and it’s a pivotal role as the team prepares a game plan for its opponent each week.

When asked about it this morning, Frazier said that no titles will officially change but that LBs coach Fred Pagac will become the “lead guy.” At the same time, though, Frazier stressed on multiple occasions that all of the defensive coaches’ roles – specifically those of DL coach Karl Dunbar and DBs coach Joe Woods – will increase.

“Fred will handle the brunt of things,” Frazier explained, “but he’ll get input from Joe, he’ll get input from Karl, obviously I’ll have some input on what they’re doing. But he’s going to be the lead guy; he’ll give direction. He’ll give direction in meetings [and] on the field; he’ll be the lead guy.”

In terms of actually making calls and communicating those calls to players on the field, Frazier indicated that Pagac will fill that role and also that the entire process will be more inclusive than when Frazier was the coordinator.

“Yes, with some assistance from our secondary coach and d-line (coach),” Frazier said of whether Pagac will call defensive plays. “They’re (assistant coaches) going to see some things and say ‘Hey think about this.’ It’ll be probably a little more inclusive than it was when I was doing it on game day.”

Speaking of game day, that’s where Frazier’s role will obviously change the most. He’ll be responsible for all game management issues, from guiding all 3 phases of the team to challenging plays to making decisions on whether to punt or go for it on a 4th-and-short situation. As a result, Frazier will rely on his defensive staff to take care of extra responsibilities so he isn’t tied to one side of the ball.

“Between Fred, Joe and Carl, they’ll handle those calls and put our defense in the best position to be successful,” Frazier said. “I have complete faith and trust in them, just like I do with Bev (offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell). And we’ll get it done.”

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20 Responses to “All Defensive Coaches Will See Role Increase”

  1. By Frederick Jones on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    Two big questions: How are the Vikings going to get pressure on the QB?

    How is the OL going to protect the QB, whoever he might be!!!

  2. By Frederick Jones on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    @Bruce, That stuff you found about Favre wanting to simplify the playbook, where was it?

  3. By Frederick Jones on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    Another great thing about a coaching change, the opponent doesn’t know how to prepare for you!

  4. By Frederick Jones on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    How would Vince Young look in purple next year?

  5. By irritatedviking on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    @F.Jones: Vince Young in Purple? W.T.F. We have Joe Webb..Webb dint go to BIG TEN or BIG XII but he has the potential…whatcha say?

  6. By Purplemuscles on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    I liked Brett’s comment on a 500 page playbook that you could hide $100 dollar bills in it and nobody would find them LOL. Simplify the playbook, less plays that are the effective ones, similar to Pittsburgh, Brett is right out of 300 pass plays you practice only a few and then maybe use less on game day, so why have so many that you can’t even practice them? Practice makes perfect. All the other great teams have all their great plays polished and it always shows, no 3 and outs all the time, although a NICE O line blocking for Brett would be a great help too! The guy can pass 443 or so yards proves that, he needs time NOBODY can be great without pass protection! Brett would be a great and valuable Offensive Coordinator one day!

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  9. By Conner on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    Vince Young is an incredible talent, but I’m wondering if he doesn’t have some mental health issues. He could become available, but you need a strong coach like a Fischer, and even then it isn’t working out. Soooooo, then what?

  10. By mrsmiff on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    Vince Young? If we need an immature @$$ so bad, why not try to get Moss back?

  11. By Conner on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes 21: I like the way Ryan Mallet plays QB for the Razorbacks. How about beginning a discussion on College QB’s who could be a long-term quarterback for the Vikes. *Ryan Mallet, *Chappell of Indiana, Webber of Minnesota, Stanzi of Iowa, OThers that need to be discussed. Mrs. Miff I love the comment, I wasn’t advocating for VY either.

  12. By sheaff44 on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    fred if that is true about simplifying the play book that maybe best,childresses plays sometimes were to complex and took to long to progress, i am from pa and had to watch many of those horrid eagles games. chilly relied on mcnabb’s scrambling and making plays,i wonder if that is not the inconsistent play of the o-line because favre is not exactly very mobile any more. plus peterson only on an average 14 carries pretty predictable offense

  13. By mr smiff on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    I’m starting to buy into Frazier a little bit. He’s asking the right questions, holding players accountable, seeking advice from mentors, and listening to his qb. I will have to see we fare against the Redskins on Sunday before I an completely sold, but I am definitely more optimistic than I was last week. And dumbing down the playbook isn’t a bad idea at all.

  14. By sheaff44 on Nov 24, 2010 | Reply

    purplemuscles hopefully brett would become the vikes offensive coordinator or qb coach

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