Frazier Pleased With Effective Communication

Posted by cjsiewert on November 30, 2010 – 7:01 am

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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9 Responses to “Frazier Pleased With Effective Communication”

  1. By vikes blogger on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply, follow my blog to here all about what changed with the vikings.

  2. By DRS on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, what do you think is the difference from your style of communications then your predecessor’s? Why is it more effective?

  3. By Siyrah on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply


    The difference is between the existance of a style of communication vs the non-existance of communication. Chilly thought he was a Tommy Tough Nuts.. now he’s not.

  4. By Robins on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    The whole team played so much better Sunday. The plays were better. Everyone seemed to be up for their job. Part of it has to be they like their coach. There were more runs, and it seemed to work better. I hope Adrian is ok. Toby was great !! Brett and everyone was wonderful! It was fun to see Brett running and laughing again! The whole team was having fun again. Finally!

  5. By Shawn on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply


    Well said

  6. By Brian cabbell on Nov 30, 2010 | Reply

    I have been a vikiings fan since 1972.,/And i have seen a lot vikings denfense come and go great defense/ viking have always have great defense of line players and they also always have had great line backers,the vikings always had great offensive players for years //but the main thing vikings always lacked in having and never seem to get even through all those superbowl losses is great safties and corners never never never/ok whitfield is great but he cant do it alone cook,walker,johnson is ok,But there not speedy cover guys ,please please please mr,frazier just go back in to vikings history everytime it was a important game they lose because of defensive backs coverage//vikings need somebody like jake reed,champ bailey great cover guys then we will be champs i suffered for many years ….

  7. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    Brian, Jake Reed was a WR.

  8. By mr smiff on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    @ vikes blogger
    Good post. Nice to see you lay off Favre for once. And that was a great picture of a smiling Favre. It reminded of his first game as a Viking against the Browns. Things were so bright and positive then. Hopefully they will be again. Hopefully.

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