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Managing Players “Paramount” For Frazier

Posted by cjsiewert on December 1, 2010 – 1:39 pm

Just as we mentioned earlier about Frazier’s focus placed solely on the next opponent, it’s important for the interim coach to preach that message to his players. But it’s even more important that the players understand the message and carry it out as a team.

To make sure that his message is clearly delivered, Frazier has reformed and reinstated a “leadership group,” so to speak, of select players to spread that message and reiterate it to teammates in locker room. This group has met occasionally after team walk-throughs and practices.

“They are the leaders of our team,” Frazier mentioned. “If you ask our players or any one of those guys, they would say ‘Yes, he’s one of our leaders that we look to.’ It was my discretion…the guys that I thought garnered the respect of our players. There are probably a few more that could be a part of that group, but those are the guys.”

Having a leadership group is nothing new to the team since Brad Childress did the same thing during his time at the helm, but Frazier acknowledged the importance of what the group does for the team and the communication that transpires between him and the players.

“A little bit of both,” Frazier said about asking and answering questions with the group. “There are some things I need to get their input on, but also getting them to reiterate the message that I’ve given to the team. I think that’s important. Our players respect them so much. So a combination of both.”

And now that Frazier has become more familiar with what it means to manage an entire team, rather than placing his focus solely on the defense, he’s been able to gain a closer relationship with each one of his players – something that is clearly an important aspect for Frazier in his role as the head coach.

“It’s extremely important,” Frazier said. “In this role, it’s as important as anything. When you’re working one side of the ball, you’re primarily concerned with that group and you’ve got to be able to relate to them as well. But now, as the head coach, to be able to touch every guy and make him feel as if he’s important to this ballclub, whether he’s a practice squad guy or your starting quarterback or wide receiver, that takes some doing.

“Being able to manage people is paramount in the role that I’m in.”


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6 Responses to “Managing Players “Paramount” For Frazier”

  1. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    Chili had to designate certain players to be leaders, he certainly couldn’t.

  2. By purplehaze on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    frazier get rid of the special teams coach, he sucks bad

  3. By Silverfox2dallas on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    Leslie is so right and very bright and intellectual, managing players is the key to having a winning team look at Bill Belichick how do you think he gets so many undrafted or late rounders to play like superstars, its all about how you treat and teach your players recognizing that everyone is different and that different things drive different people. I am guessing no one is better at that than Bill, I am so excited for the Vikings future more so then wehn i heard favre would return or when we picked up Randy Moss a Coach is everything and they can bring out the best in everyone and more importantly anyone, So glad to hear that Leslie believes Joe can become successful because he could be better than all of the young qb’s he is 6 4″ and fast as lightning,yes lightning . Most importantly has a great arm and just looks so natural throwing the football. I cannot wait to see the Dome on sunday it better be crazy the whole game

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

    Sure Childress designated certain players to be leaders. Like Batista designated certain people to be President of Cuba.

  5. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    Just noticed the Redskins had a total of 29 yds. rushing on Sunday. If this had been a baseball game, they would have been out at first by 3 feet!

  6. By Conner on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    When I define the word “special” I don’t picture our special teams coverage units…. I don’t see it as a lack of hustle, far from it, but in hustling down people are losing their lane of attack and we’re getting guys too close together. Kluwe and Longwell hold up their end of the deal. Our long snapper does a fantastic job. That’s a tougher gig to snap that ball back on the money than people think.

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