I’m sure we’ll be in touch with several Vikings players over the next several hours to get their comments about the Vikings choice to hire Leslie Frazier as head coach. So instead of writing separate entries for each player quote, we’ll compile a long list here and continually update it, with the newest quotes at the top.
DT Kevin Williams: “We’re excited that Leslie is going to get the chance to be the head coach for the future. He’s put in his time and worked his way up and showed what he could do already this year. He’s a guy who can relate to how the players feel and what they’re going through and that’s important. He’s been where we are and he’s earned our trust.”
DE Jared Allen: “I’m very happy for Leslie to have this opportunity. He’s a great coach and a great person. He provides an excellent work environment, he’s determined to win, and as a former player, he relates to the guys in that locker room. That’s all you can ask for.”
WR Percy Harvin: “Coach Frazier is the perfect fit for this team. This season and the last six weeks were tough on everyone but Coach Frazier did a great job in keeping us together. Now that we know he is leading this team it’s on the players to get his back and go out and win him some ball games. I know the 2010 season just ended but I’m already looking forward to the 2011 Vikings.”
LB Chad Greenway: “It’s great news that Leslie got the job. Guys respond to him and he’s got great respect in the locker room. Coach Frazier deserves this opportunity and I know he’s going to make the most of it.”
LG Steve Hutchinson: “At the end of the season as interim coach he was well-respected by the team. Everyone in the locker room is confident in Leslie and you saw a renewed sense of urgency under him. Leslie has a track record as a player and at a championship level. He’s won a Super Bowl as a coach as well. He knows what it takes to make those strides to get this team there.”
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