Frazier’s Message To Team: Focus On The Lions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 21, 2011 – 12:23 pm

Generally speaking, the football-following world does a good job of not over-reacting after the first game of the regular season. Teams that came away with a win in Week 1 aren’t anointed as future Super Bowl champions and teams that came out on the wrong end of a Week 1 decision aren’t completely written off.

But that tends to change after Week 2. In today’s highly-sensationalized sports culture, we like to reach wide-sweeping conclusions on how the rest of the season is likely to play out based on the first two games. So for the Vikings, beginning the season with a 0-2 mark has brought about a fair amount of panic from the fan base and a fair amount of criticism from observers. There’s talk about the infrequency with which teams make the playoffs after starting 0-2, and how many wins the Vikings need by their Week 9 bye.

That’s all external talk, though. Internally, Leslie Frazier’s message is an easy one.

Focus on the Lions.

“One of the things I tried to get across to our players and our leadership, is we’re still very early in the season,” Frazier said on Wednesday while meeting with reporters. “Our focus needs to be on the Detroit Lions and finding a way to get a win on Sunday. That’s where our energy and focus has to be throughout this week. Just continue to move forward, one day at a time, and that means having a good day today at practice and a good day tomorrow and a good day on Friday as well.”

Frazier’s message is the right one to convey to his team. But it’s not as easy to expect those outside the building to take the same approach.

Both perspectives of this weekend’s game against the Lions are correct, though.

No matter how you shake it, Sunday’s game is a big one for the Vikings.

“We got a home game this week against a divisional opponent,” Frazier said on Monday. “It’s a big game. Any game in the division. The sense of urgency has nothing to do with where our record is now. But the fact we’re playing a divisional opponent at home. We just got to find a way this weekend.”

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45 Responses to “Frazier’s Message To Team: Focus On The Lions”

  1. By tunamoose on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Good approach, Leslie!!

  2. By NovaScotiaVike on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    We are in big trouble if the team focuses on, say, the 49ers.

  3. By Shawn on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    whew i thought they were focused on the draft ….

  4. By Shawn on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Somebody should focus on Berrian drops ….

  5. By Shawn on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Has the word focus been defined for the players ?


    noun /ˈfōkəs/ 
    foci, plural; focuses, plural

    1.The center of interest or activity
    - this generation has made the environment a focus of attention

    2.An act of concentrating interest or activity on something
    - our focus on the customer’s requirements

    3.The point of origin of an earthquake

    4.The principal site of an infection or other disease

    5.The part of a sentence given prominence, usually for emphasis or contrast, e.g., Bob in it was Bob who came, not Bill

    6.The state or quality of having or producing clear visual definition
    - his face is rather out of focus

    7.The point at which an object must be situated with respect to a lens or mirror for an image of it to be well defined

    8.A device on a lens that can be adjusted to produce a clear image

    9.One of the fixed points from which the distances to any point of a given curve, such as an ellipse or parabola, are connected by a linear relation

    verb /ˈfōkəs/ 
    focused, past participle; focused, past tense; focuses, 3rd person singular present; focusing, present participle; focussed, past participle; focussed, past tense; focusses, 3rd person singular present; focussing, present participle

    1.(of a person or their eyes) Adapt to the prevailing level of light and become able to see clearly
    - try to focus on a stationary object

    2.Bring (one’s eyes) into such a state
    - trying to focus his bleary eyes on Corbett

    3.Adjust the focus of (a telescope, camera, or other instrument)
    - they were focusing a telescope on a star

    4.(of rays or waves) Meet at a single point

    5.(of a lens) Make (rays or waves) meet at a single point

    6.(of light, radio waves, or other energy) Become concentrated into a sharp beam of light or energy

    7.(of a lens) Concentrate (light, radio waves, or energy) into a sharp beam

    8.Pay particular attention to
    - the study will focus on a number of areas in Wales

    - the course helps to focus and stimulate your thoughts

    10.Place the focus on (a part of a sentence)

  6. By Shawn on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    maybe Berrian needs gla’sses ?

  7. By New Vike on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    One game at a time is the only way you can look at it. You can’t win more than one game on sunday. HowEVA(Steven A Smith) if you don’t take a peek back as to why you are 0-2 you can’t gain anything from the mistakes you made, both in the play as well as the playcalling. The seasom is still a baby, come game day it’s gotta be eyes forward focused on the task at hand, but there is nothing wrong with gameplanning to prevent what happened in the 2nd half of each game this season.

  8. By New Vike on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Shawn. The key word has to be FOCUS. As long as Leslie can get them to FOCUS on the right things, and the team follows through with FOCUS during the game, I believe the Vikes get a much needed win on sunday.

  9. By Shawn on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    maybe Berrian needs Ritalin ?

  10. By Twoodsnvikes on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Or how about like in “The Replacements” where they put that sticky stuff on his hands, that might work

  11. By New Vike on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Does anybody know what has happened to the WR formally known as Greg Camarillo? Why can’t this dude see the field? Is he hurt or what?

  12. By Twoodsnvikes on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    I was also just wondering that today New Vike, he has the best hands among the WR and we don’t use him

  13. By Justin F on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    You could focus on the Lions, or you know you could also focus ON PLAYING A FULL 60 MINUTE FOOTBALL GAME.

    Sorry if I sound like the hundreds here that say the same thing.

    Anyway, I really hope Frazier and the other Coaches get through to these players (the ones that make mental mistakes) that they can’t afford to keep doing them.

  14. By campfrazier on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    HEY SHAWN, msybe Barnyard Berrian just needs to be cut!!!! Does Berrian have some kind of clause in his contract that says he can’t be cut be cause he restructured??????????? The Vikings loss to TB sure wasn’t because they stopped throwing to Berrian in the second half, lol !!!!!!

  15. By Mike on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    The vikes better focus or were going to ponder the rest of the season.

  16. By 4eversteve on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    Until the Vikings can figure out how to stop shooting themselves in the foot with stupid penalties and players lining up in the wrong formations and very poor clock management the losing trend will more than likely continue. I’m hoping that they figure it out sooner than later, this team has to much talent not to be able to compete for 60 minutes of sound smart football. That is the message that the veterans and coach Frazier needed to deliver this week. There is plenty blame to go around from the coaching staff to the players, but pointing fingers doesn’t get you victories it only causes negative effect that can ripple an linger throughout the season. The team needs this victory in order to feel that they will be able to compete this season an 0-3 start is more than the Vikings would be able to handle giving how young the players have become on this roster, the youth movement is on and has become the new trend in the NFL especially with the new salary cap structure. GO VIKINGS!

  17. By Gene Ratner on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings pro

  18. By Rocksalt on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    cama who?

  19. By Rocksalt on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    good stuff on focus, Shawn!

  20. By Rocksalt on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    maybe we should focus on playing 60 minutes of football!

  21. By Mark on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Shawn…..why we keep him instead of Rice?

  22. By Tom on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    It’s not just Berrian, or McNabb or the line. It is all about how we adjust or in our case non adjustment to thier adjustments at 1/2 time. I just hope our focus the coach is preaching is not to just the players!

  23. By CHAD on Sep 21, 2011 | Reply

    It will be nice to have half the wall back with williams. The vikings have to find it in them somehow to close a game out. All 4 quarters we must win this week and i think we should go out and draft TO yes i said it

  24. By Mitch Bade on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    i dont even know why we got mcnabb look up his numbers he’s an alright QB why would we go and do something that childress wanted to do…. isnt that why he got fired cause his decision making was horrible??? vikings need to figure something out..

  25. By Stoney on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t balme McNabb, the team just is not very good. Poor O-line, poor D backfield, fair WRs, and fair D- line. That is not a winning combo.

  26. By Stoney on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    Not to mention the coaching staff has not done a good job so far in the reg. season.

  27. By vike1 on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    we need to use are guns like we did two years ago with brett farve they know they have them ap can’t do it his self mcnabb got to pass better his rating is good but it can be better than 71

  28. By vike1 on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    we have to do good against detriot or frazier’s job will be gone like childress

  29. By DelawareDan on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    While Frazier is right to focus on the Lions, he had better be prepared to adjust at halftime. Until he figures that out, there is no hope.

  30. By Troy on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    WHAT! A coach has to tell his players to focus on the LIONS! I thought they are professonal athletes? If a player has to be told that them get rid of them. Hey Frazier it starts at the top.
    I love Leslie but my god is this all he has.

    Go Vikes

  31. By Joe C on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    You can’t blame Leslie he was given this shipwreck. He’s gonna need some time to rebuild. The first place we need to fix is the offensive line – The only guy worth keeping is Anthony Herrera the other four can’t play period!!!! If they could AP would get 3000 yards a season!!! Loadholt still gets pushed backwards on run plays. Steve Hutchinson is way overrated and gets pushed around too. Sad Sad Sad

    They will continue to stink until they address that offensive line!!!!!

  32. By partyhorn on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    my god we have alot of good players how about some positive comments only week 3 go vikes

  33. By Tom on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    Delaware Dan hits home for me. You HAVE to be ready to adjust! That is on the coach and not the players. We have a great team and I don’t think they are a shipwreck. I have been positive for over 30 years and will continue to be. That doesn’t stop me from wanting the coach to hear his own words. SKOL Vikes – this is a must win!

  34. By Frederick Jones on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply


  35. By Frederick Jones on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    :( :( Hands up when rushing the QB :( :(

  36. By sandiamond on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    Fred I thought hands needed to go up in order to block or deflect a pass?

  37. By sandiamond on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    If you are rushing the QB then arms in the air would slow then down

  38. By sandiamond on Sep 22, 2011 | Reply

    During Favre’s time with the vikings we would get a feature game on the east coast roughly every 3 weeks on Fox. I’m not finding the vikings on the tv schedule at all the first half on the season except sunday night in chicago

  39. By Ryan on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    I think we need to focus on our defense in the 2012 draft. Percy, Ponder, A.P. and Rudolph, should be enough to score in the future. We need some nasty defenders out there.

  40. By Chris Shields on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    You will be focusing on us when we rip off 40 points against that so called defense you have. Lions 41 Vikings 7.

  41. By sandiamond on Sep 23, 2011 | Reply

    Shields crawl back ur hole and don’t waste our time

  42. By Old School on Sep 24, 2011 | Reply

    Have they been looking ahead to the Playoffs?

    If this team really needs that type of speech…already………


  43. By spitfire on Sep 25, 2011 | Reply

    the problem is for the vikings is that we need better coverage agaisnt the pass. thats the bottom line.

  44. By LOUIS on Sep 25, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with you on this, really. Haven’t met too many peopel who think the same way!

  45. By CLIFF on Sep 25, 2011 | Reply

    Rock n’ roll, cool article mate, thanks a lot!

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