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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