Our last entry focused on how coaches on the defensive staff will see their roles change and increase with the promotion of Leslie Frazier to interim head coach. But let’s not overlook how Frazier’s role will also change.
The change will certainly not be slight, either. It’s a big change for Frazier, who will go from focusing primarily on defense to taking a more global perspective and managing aspects of the team that include offense and special teams as well. In addition to phases of his own team, Frazier will take on decisions such as whether to punt, kick a FG or go for it on a 4th-and-short situation on the opponent’s 38-yardline. Or whether to challenge a close call early in the 2nd half and risk a timeout that might be needed later in the game.
Frazier has been a head coach previously, but not at the NFL level. His experiences as a coach and player at both the college and professional level, though, seem to have him prepared for the challenge.
“I do feel comfortable in doing it,” Frazier said. “I’ve never had to do it other than to consult in the past in the role that I was in (with the Vikings). But I do feel comfortable with doing it and I’ll do some things in the days to come to prepare and be a little bit sharper than I’ll need to be. But there’s nothing like game experience, and I’ll get that on Sunday.”
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