Frazier Explains Common Trait Shared By Great Pass Rushers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 13, 2011 – 8:51 am

Sunday’s matchup between the Vikings and Bears features two of the best pass rushers over the last 6-10 years, with Julius Peppers lining up for  Chicago and Jared Allen lining up for Minnesota.

Peppers entered the NFL in 2002 and has 91.0 career sacks, including double-digit sacks in 6 of his 9 full seasons. Allen entered the NFL in 2004 and has quickly climbed the charts, registering 91.5 over his career and 48.5 since joining the Vikings in 2008.

While meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier was asked if he’s noticed a common trait among the great pass rushers he’s known throughout his football life. Frazier is qualified to answer because he played with Hall of Fame DE Richard Dent in Chicago and he coached Indianapolis Colts DE Dwight Freeney from 2005-06. It didn’t take Frazier long to identify that trait, and his reasoning behind it was interesting to note. The trait he names is not one you’d guess.

Here’s what he said…

“I did play with one who is in the Hall of Fame now, Richard Dent, and it seems to be that one quality when I look at Dwight Freeney, look at Jared (Allen), Richard, those guys have such a passion for rushing the passer along with being great athletes but they’re all smart guys. They have the football instincts and intelligence that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with a defensive end. They’re almost like a linebacker who is calling the defense. I can remember Richard telling me at times, ‘Hey, I’m going to use this move’ and this is in between plays, ‘Watch this guy, he’s going to take this fake and I’m going to be on the quarterback.’ The same thing with Jared. He’ll say at times, ‘I’m going to do this’ and ‘This is going to happen.’ They’ve already thought through what they’re going to do, mimic plays before they actually happen and make it happen. It’s not just being fast or strong. These guys are thinking on their feet and they are tremendous athletes.”

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19 Responses to “Frazier Explains Common Trait Shared By Great Pass Rushers”

  1. By Tfunk2 on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    i can identify a few traits of a qb who shouldn’t be starting…

    throws the ball into the ground

    disappears in the second half

    doesn’t believe any “mechanics” need to be changed

    is surprised by booing when performing poorly

  2. By Shawn on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Tfunk dont forget he laughs while beeing booed for playing poor ….

  3. By vikes339 on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    I am really suprised we didnt see a post this week titled ponder to start at bears. I thought Frazier liked his job and wanted to keep it. Guese i was wrong.

  4. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Guys… the important thing is that BB is back and he’s averaging one catch every two games. Since he didn’t have one last game riding the pine, he’s due this week. Look for him to have a big game with one catch of about 10-15 yards, continuing his “break out” year. Mike W will blog about this amazing catch on Monday proving all of us doubters wrong.

  5. By Thai on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    @tfunk, hey show some respect for mcnabb. If he didn’t keep the offense off the field so much, Allen wouldn’t be able to rack up so many sacks. Going 3 and out and helped our defense get the experience and playing time they need.

  6. By jordan on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    ok people i think we just need to do what denver did, just chant ponders name and everytime mcsuck throws we boo. its gonna happen. PEACE OUT!

  7. By Parody on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Chicago may have a poor offensive line, but they still have a huge homefield advantage. Surprisingly, their defense doesn’t appear to be any better on the home turf, but their offense scores a lot more in Chicago. This looks to be our worst loss of the year, to date, unless we make a big change in offensive production. With the same team that we’ve seen over the past 5-weeks, I predict we’ll lose 16-30, and it really hurts me to say that.

  8. By Parody on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    But on the positive side, at least we can expect to see a few sacks from our d-line, and that’s all that really matters…right?

  9. By MGR4FUN on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    aint it amazin how fans can take an article about excellent defensive end play and turn it into a p***ing contest about a strugglin quarterback … so are #5 haters sayin that you dont care that one of the very best ever drfensive ends is wearing purple … just askin … i would rather talk about #69s freakin amazin season he has goin

  10. By Parody on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Well I would rather see our team win the majority of our games after earning a double digit lead against them. At least you have the choice of what you’ll be talking about…

  11. By jordan on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    wow MGR calm the f down we have bigger problems. He doesnt need to be talkin about our d ends he needs to be lookin at the game film from the part 5 games and see how sh!ty our QB is playin. PEACE OUT!

  12. By Frederick Jones on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply


    There are a number of QBs from the past that have had a lousy season late in their career only to bounce back with a new team.

    Jim Plunkett

    John Hadl

    Norm Snead

    Randall Cunningham

    All three of these guys were over 30 when let go by a previous team, and they each had comback seasons with another team. You could probably add to this list.

    It is true that McNabb’s play has been poor. If I was the coach, I would have put in Webb and Ponder to try to solve the problems the Vikings have had in the 2nd half of most games.

    The legendary Bud Grant kept playing Gary Cuozzo, even though the QBs play was horrible. He had Norm Snead (who led the NFC in passing the following year), and Bob Lee waiting in the wings.

    There are reasons for it.

  13. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Allen can break as many Qbs in half as much as he wants but it will not lead to wins if our Qb can’t throw the ball 5 yard to a open TE or throw it to a wide open Percy Harvin. No one was within 10 yards of him yet McNugget doesn’t see him.

  14. By gubber on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Reading all this is very amusing. The sad part is that most of it is rooted in fact. I hate to bring up another fact, but this team is still comparatively old by NFL standards and needs a real overhaul. The Vikes need to either trade some of their assets for draft picks, or go heavy into free agency.


  15. By NicW on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    We still have 11 games to go. I say winning streak for the the next 11 games. Doesn’t matter who’s QB as long as we keep dominating like we usually do.

  16. By Thai on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, there is a lot of whining when this article is about Allen. However this is the 3rd article about Jared in the last week and we must complain about other issues because those issues are not being addressed. Alot of talk about Mcnabbs mechanics and being almost dead last in passing and yet no blogs here. Read espn and get the real truth. Or complain about them here because the Vikings are ignoring them.

  17. By teamkillin on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Preferably draft picks, since you see what happened in Philly after a free agency shopping spree.

  18. By DRS on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    With the Metrodome lease expiring after the 2011 season, Bagley said the Vikings refuse to extend the lease absent a plan for a new venue. And if the lease expires absent a plan for a new venue, all sorts of things could happen.

    Most significantly, Bagley said that “more than one community” has contacted the team about a possible move. Though Bagley declined to identify the communities involved, he believes that the efforts will become public if/when the lease expires.

  19. By andrew neighbors on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    all you vikings fans out there vikings will beat bears ass and you can take that to bank

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