Maintaining communication between the head coach and coordinators, position coaches and players, and even the players and head coach is vital to game management. And interim coach Leslie Frazier couldn’t have been happier with how his staff and players communicated throughout Sunday’s victory over the Redskins.
“Darrell (Bevell) and the rest of the offensive staff did a great job of executing on game day the things that we talked about,” Frazier acknowledged during his day-after-the-game press conference. “Sometimes in between series, we would come back and I would talk about, ‘Make sure we are doing this.’ The communication was great. Those guys following through on the things we talked about was excellent and we got the results that we wanted.”
Sunday was obviously a new experience for Frazier – being a head coach in the NFL – and he handled it well with his familiar stoic demeanor. His expressions, or lack there of, almost reminded me of another coaching figure in Vikings history (need I even say his name?). But even with his eyes seemingly glued to the action on the field, Frazier acknowledged the importance of his involvement in all phases of the game.
“I have tried to be involved with both sides, along with helping with our special teams as well, just being in communication with (special teams coordinator) Brian Murphy,” Frazier said. “I think it is important that I am involved with both our offense and our defense, as much as I need to be, which I think is quite a bit.”
During his introductory press conference last Monday, Frazier told reporters that he would welcome QB Brett Favre’s input to the game plan “wholeheartedly,” and the interim coach justified that explanation once again a week later.
“I didn’t approach him with it as being conservative,” Frazier said his approach to Favre and the game plan. “I just let him know, along with our offensive staff, what I thought we needed to do to win. Brett wants to win as much as anybody in that room. All of our players want to win. He’s been very supportive of some of the changes that we’ve made and some of the changes we’ve talked about making going forward.
“Everybody wants to win. He’s been all in and I appreciate him for that. Hopefully the things we’re trying to do will help us to continue reach our goal as a team, and that’s to go out and win this weekend against Buffalo.”
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