Frazier Supportive Of NFL’s Concussion Protocol

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 30, 2010 – 2:36 pm

Head injuries, specifically concussions, have quickly gone from being ignored to being in the spotlight. Because of both the short-term and long-term impact concussions have on the human brain, everyone involved with the game of football has grown a sensitivity to the issue.

Younger players in the NFL today might not necessarily notice it, but veteran players and especially current coaches or were players in the NFL have certainly witnessed the progression of this issue in the league. Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier is a great example of an individual who has seen the progression.

Frazier was a DB for the Chicago Bears from 1981-86 and was part of a fierce and tenacious defense. At that time the Bears had one of the best defenses in the NFL and in fact the 1985 team had what many today will argue was the best defense of all time. They probably inflicted many a concussion on opponents.

But now Frazier is a head coach in the NFL and he’s charged with the task of leading an organization, a task the requires him to manage players who are dealing with injuries – including concussions. Several Vikings players have dealt with concussions this season, including QB Brett Favre. He was knocked out of the Chicago Bears game a couple weeks ago and still hasn’t sufficiently recovered to be able to make it back onto the field. In addition, both LB Erin Henderson and S Madieu Williams are currently dealing with concussions.

While it’s certainly cumbersome and disadvantageous for Frazier to adhere to the concussion protocol the NFL currently employs, he does see the reasoning behind it and he expressed his support for that protocol while meeting with reporters on Thursday.

“There’s a good reason that we have the caution that we have with concussions,” Frazier said. “You take a look at some of the former players and you see the repercussions of some of the concussions that they had and you realize that the way that we approach concussions today is far better than the way it was approached when I played.

“There was a time that you’d be out a couple plays or a play and you’d be back soon, as soon as you could count to 10 you’d be back on the field. Today is much better for our players and for their futures.”

Tags: , ,
Posted in All, Mike Wobschall | 32 Comments »

32 Responses to “Frazier Supportive Of NFL’s Concussion Protocol”

  1. By HireFrazier on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    I just saw the J-Webb presser. He is a likeable down to earth kid. It was great to hear him give his team mates credit. Even the OL! He is my hero. Good luck Joe!
    I also think Ryan Cook and Chris DeGeare played well on the OL.

  2. By DRS on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Frazier go with Joe. Have Farve ready for back up if the O-line fails once more and lets joe get hurt.

  3. By DRS on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Do we have a 3rd QB if needed, or did we give him away?

  4. By PurpleParody on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    We have 2 QBs that were added within the last few weeks. Rhett Bomar was taken from the Giants’ practice squad and Patrick Ramsey from free agency.

  5. By Titus on Dec 30, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, Ramsey does that show, Kitchen Nightmares.

  6. By Bryan on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t belive our starting quaterback was returning kicks a few weeks back. How many quaterbacks in the NFL can say that?

  7. By Old School on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Titus……….your a RA-TARD ! I need a hug?! I don’t don’t have the time to speak on what you need…..we’ll just say a life to sum it up!

    The fact that this team keeps trying or hoping Brett will play is just plan STUPID!

    And for Hirefrazier……..Joe’s Presser was Gut-Wrenching! The guy can barely speak English. This guy will never be able to pick up on a complete “Complex” Off. Playbook or read complete “Complex” D’s ! I would venture to say, after hearing Joe speak, that the reason he was drafted as a Wide-Out is because of the WonderLic test that he was given coming out of college was off the charts TERRIBLE!

    But, who I be to make them calls. He be great on Tues. night. Do we even have another back -up……..who that be?

    Ha….Ha….Ha…………..JUST BEING REAL!

  8. By Carl K on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    He didn’t take the wonderlic test because he wasn’t invited to the NFL combine. And the woderlic test is a joke anyway.

    Do you want to know what is real? Joe Webb is real, honest, dependable, coachable, likeable and a fun teammate. He ran a no huddle offense at UAB – so he is a solid field general as well.

    None of the top 5 Qb at the combine had the guts to throw… If he would have been invited, he would have shot up the draft. I have to give our scouts credit for attending his pro day work.. because it was off the chart outstanding.

  9. By Ricefield on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with Old School in that Joe Webb doesn’t sound like a college educated person when he speaks. He is young however and is probably unused to interviews. I imagine just like experience will help him to be a better quarterback then experience will also help him handle interviews better too.

    On the other hand, Brett with is Southern Accent and country boy charm doesn’t necessarily sound real intelligent when he speaks either but he turned out to be a superior quarterback.

    So, on the count of Old Schools assertion that Webb won’t be able to read complicated defenses because of his speach, I completely disagree.

  10. By Derek on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Yes Frazier please start Webb Sunday even if Favre can go. Because Favre is gone after Sunday, and we still need a QB for next year. And for what Webb showed tuesday, we might have a QB for next year. He looked comfortable, and looked like he knew what he was doing. Give him the game Sunday to see if he plays the same way, or if he plays worse.

  11. By Titus on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Old School, you need way more than a hug.

  12. By Brett's CameraPhone on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    So, Brett gets Jen’s # thru another Jet employee,they talk and text and sext, and then Bret whips it out and tales a p(r)icture and sends it to the silly cone ho oker. She waits longer than technology can track the information to file a claim. The NFL, acting above local,state and federal employment laws, finds Favre lied to him so he gets fined 1/320 of his annual income. Silly Cone Jen’s daddy then threatens the hillbilly and, here we are.

    Looks like another good season for Springer and Oprah. . . .

    Favre, the killer of the NFC. . .

  13. By Brett's CameraPhone on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Rumor has it that Bret liked Jens Sterger’s rack because, unlike Bret’s wife, he’d never have to worry about b reast cancer with fake bo obies like hers. . . .

  14. By Brett's CameraPhone on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Is Daddy also her p imp if he came to Jenn’s defense and threatened to beat Bret to a pulp ?. . . .

  15. By Brett's CameraPhone on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Bret had his head bounced off the field like Jenn had her head bounced off the headboard. . . . .

  16. By Brett's CameraPhone on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    I hope Bret plays, he’s the curse of every NFL team he plays for , eventually. . . .

  17. By Brett's CameraPhone on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Bret should use the concussion as an excuse for his “prictures”. . . .

  18. By Brett's CameraPhone on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t really blame Bret . I mean.c’mon he was in Green Bay for years. Don’t get me wrong, there are many , much bigger and totally natural t its in Green Bay, but man , let’s not go there. There’s a reason Wi is America’s Dairyland, the census dept. totalled up all the b reast milk in the jugs of the women in the state and those Wi Big Bazonkas won . . . .

  19. By Brett's CameraPhone on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Bret has had the NFL conform to his many twisted whims. I wonder who Favre has pics of . . . . .

  20. By Shawn on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    @old school …

    I am sure Joes speech issues are less likely a sign of intelligence and more a sign of a kid from a small southern town full of old schools who didnt care about Joe doing well in school and only expected him to win a state chapionship for there local high school … because old school people from the south dont care about the colored kid ….

    the more i hear old school talk the more i realize he doesnt mean old school like good honest people he means old school like im white and superior to others

    which really makes sense for a member of the justice system aka the modern day mafia

  21. By Shawn on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    that might be a bad comparison … i think the mafia had more integrity than our “justice” system … SORRY MAFIA, DIDNT MEAN TO COMPARE YOU PEOPLE TO SCU’M

  22. By Titus on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Shawn, obviously the man is very angry. Hurt people lash out. I wrote quite a response, but held it back– you would have loved it, but Old School would have gone ballistic. I saved it, though, just in case, he gets out of line again.

  23. By Shawn on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    lol i bet titus …. he actually seems to have mellowed slightly from a month ago, i think the Chilly wounds are healing

  24. By Titus on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Mellowed? I don’t know– a few posts ago, he was all shining because I liked his video game reference and he was actually nice towards me– now I just say he needs a hug———– and he calls me a ra-tard and goes off? That is way too much anger for someone who is in the police dept. No self control. I guess that’s why we have so much unwarranted brutality on the force.

  25. By Shawn on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    i didnt say he was mellow ….. i said mellowed slightly, again im wrong because i just remembered his rant i think from yesterday or the day b4 he claimed everyone to be dumb-a**’s …. o well

    your right though … typical cop

  26. By Shawn on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    so have you studied Norways justice system yet?

  27. By Titus on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Ha ha ha– no Shawn. My only free time is here on the blog.

  28. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    What does Brett have to play for anymore…the only reason he played at “The Bank” was that it was the last home game and he did it for the fans!

  29. By Sue G Vikes 4 Ever on Dec 31, 2010 | Reply

    Hey to all, Happy New Year!!!!!!!

  30. By Titus on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply


  31. By Arrow86 on Jan 1, 2011 | Reply

    To our friend Old School and anyone else worried about how Joe Webb speaks. Yes, we’re all judged to some extent by how articulate we are in our writing and speaking skills. There are various pockets of dialect in different regions of our country. I don’t initially judge Joe Webb’s intelligence on his speaking. His job is to move the team, and it was mission accomplished Tuesday night. Reading defenses in this league takes a ton of experience, and even then the greats get fooled as well. I travelled over the holiday to another region of the country and a guy at a convenience store asked if “Y’all from the midwest?” I didn’t evaluate his intelligence with a Wunderlich test. He said he could tell by how I talked. (I hope I haven’t made all mid-westerners feel like idiots now.) Let’s enjoy Webb for now, by what we see. A confident swagger with gifted skills and a love for the game. Like a young Favre. If he ends up at a Congressional hearing ten years from now asking for a translater, then I’ll join your camp!

  1. 1 Trackback(s)

  2. Dec 30, 2010: Frazier Supportive Of NFL’s Concussion Protocol | Vikings Stop Blog

Post a Comment