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Frazier Confident Vikings Can Build Around Peterson

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 20, 2011 – 7:20 am

The schedule Leslie Frazier and the Vikings have run through this year has provided face-to-face meetings with some of the NFL’s best QBs and best passing games. The Vikings have played 6 games against Top 10-rated QBs and they’ve played 8 games against teams ranked 10th or better in passing yards per game.

From two games against Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford to games against Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Matt Ryan, the Vikings schedule has been relentless in terms of facing elite QBs. In total, opponents have completed 69.1% of their passes against the Vikings for an average of 260.4 yards per game and a TD-INT ratio of 31-6, which adds up to a passer rating of 110.8.

With all of that happening, though, Frazier remains steadfast in his commitment to building a winner in Minnesota around Adrian Peterson and a good defense. It’s a plan that’s worked for the Vikings during Frazier’s time in Minnesota, and it’s a plan Frazier intends to execute once again in the near future.

“I really don’t,” Frazier responded on Monday when asked if he hesitates in planning to build an offense around Peterson. “I know we have the best running back in the game and we’ll get to the point where we’ll be a team that can compete with New Orleans and Green Bay better than we have this season. Very, very happy that we have Adrian Peterson as our running back and that we can build our offense around Adrian.”

High-flying passing attacks gain much of the publicity in today’s NFL. Clips of Tom Brady, Brees and Rodgers slicing up opposing defenses dominate the post-game highlight shows. But there are also several teams who rely on a great ground attack to win games. There are 4 teams – Denver, Houston, New Orleans and San Francisco – who are currently leading their divisions and also have a Top 10 rushing attack. Clearly New Orleans is a pass-first team, but Denver ranks 31st in passing, Houston ranks 17th and San Francisco ranks just 29th. The success of those 3 division-leading teams, who have a combined record of 29-13, is proof-positive that you can win in today’s NFL by being a run-first team.

This isn’t to say the Vikings should abandon their attempt to develop a consistent passing game. Take a look at the playoff field year-in and year-out, and you’ll notice that most playoff teams have productive QBs. With 1st-round pick Christian Ponder in the fold, the Vikings have a good start in developing a better passing game.

As is the case with most rookies, Year #1 has been up and down for Ponder. But having Peterson in the backfield is good for the offense in general, and also Ponder specifically.

“It’s going to be good for our team, good for our defense, offense, our special teams, the fact that we have Adrian as our guy and it should help our quarterback,” Frazier said.


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91 Responses to “Frazier Confident Vikings Can Build Around Peterson”

  1. By CA Norwegian on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    When I watch the press conferences, I turn down the sound, and turn on the Hoover, because I can hear the sucking sound live.
    still, I agree, I do not think they can go wrong drafting defense. This Cardinals game troubles me most. Is this game fixed? Why could we blow that team back for Peterson, and no one else? The high point of the season was Rudolph’s one handed catch. The low point was Wobs defending Berrian’s right to be out there as a non deep threat. It seems like reality ls a larger leap the higher up the ladder you go. The lack of quality receiving effected the defensive schemes and that effected the passrush and rungame. Defense, OL and qualtiy tall leaping receivers should be sought with draftr and FA. Otherwise the bags will come out.

  2. By hippster on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    fans not confident team can build around FRAZIER this guy has no clue as ahead coach,if commitment to building a winner means 2-14 every year you can keep that hope and change to yourself,

  3. By Mike B. on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Again Frazier is thinking old school NFL the kind of team he played for. The NFL is beyond that now. The good teams now are passing teams with a decent running game. This is going to kill Frazier in the end and he will be a two season Head Coach. We need to be able to get the ball down field quickly and keep things honest wtih a good running attack. You can’t go back you have to move forward in this league. Someone needs to tell Coach that.

  4. By Mike B. on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    BTW Coach Frazier the teams you just called out beat you using the passing game. GET IT NOW.

  5. By Viking33 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know I think that Frazier realizes what is wrong with the team. He made some mistakes and was dealt some bad cards as well. He is a Rookie head coach with a rookie QB and rookie DC and OC. I had hoped we would be better, but was realistic in thinking that we would make many mistakes. He has made tough decisions this year with personnel, I think it took him a little long to make those calls but they aren’t easy to make, expecially when you have to make them for the first time.

  6. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    “With all of that happening, though, Frazier remains steadfast in his commitment to building a winner in Minnesota around Adrian Peterson and a good defense. It’s a plan that’s worked for the Vikings during Frazier’s time in Minnesota, and it’s a plan Frazier intends to execute once again in the near future.”

    Re-signing Benny Sapp is “building a good defense”???????????????? WOW! He’s really going all out, isn’t he???

  7. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    28 sacks in the last 8 games for our new QB Ponder….Take Kalil with the first round pick in this springs draft…That is where the future is…In protecting the new franchise QB investment…With an OT that should be around protecting Ponder for the next 10 yrs…

  8. By MOshutdown corner 2012 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    No expections to a top-notch cornerback in round one

  9. By MGR4FUN on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    i look for mike singletary to become the “DC” … too bad i like pags and i hope he stays on some how (not likely thou) … either kalil from usc or martin from stanford will look gr8 in purple at left tackle in ’12 … i anticipate the rest of the draft to be directed to the defense to assist jerad / kevin / chad and antione “IF” he returns (i hope he leaves when he wants to leave) … we do need a deep threat wide receiver … however i am not sure that we may already hav him in emmanuel arceneaux time will tell or free agency … pls keep in mind we are the 4th leading rushing team in the nfl … and that “aint” just adrian … toby and percy made huge contributions and the very o-line that everyone wants to throw under the bus week after week did all that blocking!!!

  10. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B

    hippster

    Did you see how KC beat Green Bay? Well I’ll break it down even though Frazier and Wobs already have.

    1- Strong Defense

    2- A running game that chewed up the clock and kept Green Bay off the frield.

  11. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I see Singletary getting the DC job also…Vikes blitz schemes meed to find more ways getting too the QB…Seems like any sacks are recorded from the DE’s…Not enough pressure coming up the gut !!…Pressure from the middle is what drives opposing QB’s nuts….I see new LB’s being an area of need also…Greenway is solid…But the rest of the group looked average at best this season….

  12. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    f you watch a Frazier presser you can hear the guy knows football. hes even willing to look at scheme at the end of the season.

    I still believe in Frazier

  13. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B

    hippster

    2008 SuperBowl Winners – NewYork Giants – #1 rushing team #5 Defense – beat the could of been undefeated Patriots

    So Frazier seems yo know more than you

  14. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    lol typos suck when your trying to be an a**

  15. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B

    hippster

    2006 SuperBowl Winners – Pittsburgh Steeler – #5 rushing team #4 Defense – beat the #3 rushing team Seattle Seahawks who had Shaun Alexander the NFL MVP

    So Frazier seems to know more than you

  16. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I like Frazier also…Only thing that bothers me is Frazier’s personal stamp of approval on McNabb and Berrian this spring ???…This team needs to move forward with an influx of young talent and coaching….Not a head coach looking for old veterans to save a sinking ship…Its time for a new Viking ship and crew…And a captain up for that challenge….

  17. By Carl K on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    No question about it… a good coach or organization should be able to build around AP without a problem!

  18. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B

    hippster

    2003 SuperBowl Winners – Tampa Bay Buccs – #1 Defense #24 Offense – DESTROYED The #1 offense and #1 passing attack in the NFL Raiders

    To break down the Buccs and your theory more … that #24 Bucs Offense was 27th in rushing and 15th in passing

    So Frazier seems to know more than you

  19. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    That Bucs team proved you dont even need offense if your defense is good enough

    Whats the saying ? say it with me Defense wins Championships offense wins games

  20. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B

    hippster

    2001 SuperBowl Winners – Baltimore Ravens – #2 Defense #5 rushing team

    So Frazier seems to know more than you

  21. By Parody on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn – Your relentlessness on the issue is reminding me of Fred! I think everybody gets the point. Give Frazier a chance to show what improvements he can make next year…

  22. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hopeful O-line 2012…OT M Kalil,G C Johnson,C Sullivan,G Fusco or Love and RT Loadholt…Maybe mix and Match a few here…But a decent core of players along the O-line for next season with Kalil to anchor the OT spot( if picked in this springs draft )…I expect big things from second year players Fusco and Love next season…Maybe enough to have AP hands down the best RB in football next season…There are some big time maulers waiting for playing time sitting on the Vikings bench this season…An investment that will pay off huge next season…

  23. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Super Bowl defenses …

    2011 – #5 D vs #2 D
    2010 – #18 D vs #24 D ( always an exception )
    2009 – #1 D vs #19 D ( #1 D won )
    2008 – #7 D vs #4 D
    2007 – #21 D vs #5 D ( Peyton Manning carried them )
    2006 – #4 D vs #16 D( #4 D won )
    2005 – #9 D vs #10 D

    OK Im getting bored but if you dont get the point I dont know what else to do … Ive led you to the water … you have to drink it

  24. By ozzinator on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier = McNabb and Berrian, yah he know more than me.

  25. By Purple Reign on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know why Coach Frazier isn’t on the hot seat. One of the worst seasons for Vikings. He gets another year? to what? make us a .500 team maybe? This was not supposed to be a rebuild year, but a playoff push. I thought we would need help this off season on our secondary and o-line, but if feels like we need more help with our Coach and Quarterback more..

  26. By David P on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I agree you have to build a good running game but if opposing defenses put 8 and 9 in the box you cannot run. You have to pass and you need a deep threat to open up more running lanes. To pass the ball you need an OL that can pass block (this OL does not know what those words mean) and a deep threat WR. The vikings have none of that. Get a clue and find some quality players.

  27. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Ozz … McNabb and Berrian are not on this team? O you mean he gave a guy a shot and when they failed he got rid of them?

    So your problem is … ? Anger ? Did Frazier drink all of your milk and you wanted cereal?

    We tried the fire coach thing it seems the problem is bigger than the coach. Maybe Spielman? Fred is making a very good argument … cant fire coaches every year or we will never be good.

  28. By DrinkHeavyVikingsFans on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I’d rather watch a suffocating defense and a dominating running game.

  29. By Rudso on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    IF we assume the Vikings don’t pick ANYONE in FA this year this is how I think our draft should look.

    1st pick used on OT Kalil, not only will he protect Ponder but he should also help open up some holes for AP.

    2nd pick, Mark Barron, I think our safeties are a bigger issue than our Corners, and I’m sure we will have Cook coming back to us and hopefully Winfield.

    3rd pick, use it on the fastest WR left in the draft who has at least has decent hands.

    Another scenario I wouldn’t mind seeing is the Vikings trading down to maybe a Top 15 or late Top 10 if they can, pick Dre Kirkpatrick (assuming Kalil will be picked earlier), Also pick up his team mate Safety Mark Barron, and use the extra low round picks to pick up O lineman and WRs.

    If the Vikings really want to completely restock our secondary, they can do with the first 2 picks. Imagine Dre Kirkpatrick (hard hitter, physical 6’2 corner, very confident) the ball hawking safety Mark Barron (another hard hitter and leads in INTs in college), we have Cook coming back and Winfield. Imagine 2 6’2 corners on the edges, and Winfield as a slot CB and a ball hawking Mark Barron as a safety.

    That would be my dream secondary for next year but our need at OT and WR is too big to not use at least 1 of our top 2 picks on.

  30. By sandiamond on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Rudso I had that dream also!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. By Mike B. on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @ Shawn I am not saying you can’t have a running game, but defense and running game isn’t going to get it done every time. Packers Chiefs game is an example of any given sunday a bad team can win. Esp with a new coach at the helm. Last year GB won the SB on the arm of it’s QB, no running game, and a fair defense. The patriots have been passing their way into the Super Bowl record books. The Rams and Cards with their versions of the greatest show on turf. You have to have the ability to score quickly to be consistant. LOL I love you bring up Bucs and Raiders. Gruden won that game due to the fact he knew what the Raiders were doing the entire game. Even the play by play guys knew it. It was unfortunate for Gannon as he played well that year. Giants had Manning and two great WR the year they went to the Superbowl YOu have to have a passing game in this league. Frazier hasn’t proven he is able to do anything but lose football games.

  32. By sandiamond on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    www walterfootball com/draft2012OLB php…. i guess links are blocked now. sux!

  33. By sandiamond on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Bowl game next week and i can’t wait to reveal the ultimate college OLB 4-3 linebacker. Chad and Erin’s backup the next 6 years!!

  34. By Mike B. on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn you do not do not build your team around a single player or position. and that is what Frazier has said. It shows a lack of understanding Offense. His Defenses have been great against the run until the last couple years but terrible against the pass. So his ability as a defense guy comes to question. These are not other teams stats these are on our team. I am for a GM but I would also clean house and get rid of everything Childress or associated with Childress. I mean clean out the entire coaching staff and personel staff. I don’t think this team will become a winner until that is done.

  35. By Rudso on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    We REALLY need a confident and physical presence in the secondary. We need a CB or a Safety to make some plays to challenge the wrest of the secondary. Winfield used to be that presence but his on the back end of his career. Maybe if our CBs and Safeties see what an Interception looks like, or a hard hit, or any play for that manner they will be motivated to do the same.

    I’m hoping the Vikings sign a big name Safety, OT or a WR so we can take care of at least 1 need via FA. I’m keeping fingers crossed for that Safety from the Redskins. Before this season the Vikings entertained some offers to Safeties but no one worked out. Hopefully this horrible safety play just reinforces and forces the Vikings to go out and get a veteran safety that knows what his doing.

  36. By Mike B. on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn you were saying not just a few months ago to get Randy Moss on the team so even you know how valuable a good WR and passng game is. So don’t come here arguing with me.

  37. By Rudso on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for the link sandiamond, I’m going to check it out.

    I seriously urge all the Viking fans to pay close attention to the BCS championship game. There is a really good chance that a future Viking will be playing in that game on the defensive side.

  38. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier will continue to improve– just relax everyone. A passing game is extremely important– why did we use our first round pick on a quarterback. Vikings are building around Peterson– it does not mean the passing attack is being ignored.

  39. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B … lol thats the only reason I come here is to argue with you :)

    Randy Moss would help this team. Manning , Brees, and Brady have a gift thats not easy to find so those team have built around those guys

    Adrian Peterson has a gift thats not easy to find so Frazier wants to build around that.

    I still believe in Frazier … I am losing faith in whoever is making draft selections though

  40. By vikesince69 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Somewhere Les Steckel is starting to get excited! I hate to relive the horrors of the past but does anyon realize its been sincethe 1976 season since we been to the SB?? I mean weve been in 3 maybe 4 (cant remember) NFC Championship games since but no SB. I started watching the Vikes in 69 and Im now 49 years of age and really see nothing about the future of this franchise. Im just not convinced we have the right strategy in place to turn this team around.

  41. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B … are you saying the Colts did not did not build there team around Peyton Manning?

    of course Peterson needs help and pieces … like an OL … Ponder has shown the ability to make a nice 3rd down throw if he has time. Even with the reciever we have. Percy could be our Steve Smith … who was the Panthers #1 WR the year the Panthers went to the Super Bowl with a power running game … Stephen Davis. Look it up

    Who does Tom Brady have? Wes Welker ( Percy Like? ) and a Great TE (Rudolph Like? ) and ?

    I still believe in Frazier … I am losing faith in whoever is making draft selections though

  42. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I know everyone wants more from the rookies but they are rookies. I also agree that taking players off the field all the time is mind blowing

    Peterson should only leave the field if hes had 5 straight touches or breaks a long run or is injured same with percy same with rudolph … Joe Webb should not break up the flow of a drive. Let him have 2 drives per game but stop taking ponder out when the team is driving

  43. By Matt on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier is a great D coordinator

  44. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    “I agree you have to build a good running game but if opposing defenses put 8 and 9 in the box you cannot run. You have to pass and you need a deep threat to open up more running lanes. To pass the ball you need an OL that can pass block (this OL does not know what those words mean) and a deep threat WR. The vikings have none of that. Get a clue and find some quality players.”

    Don’t you think that if the Oline could protect better, the receivers could get “deeper” down the field before Ponder has to throw?

  45. By CaribooBill on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    It seems to me that we should be building our offensive team around Peterson AND Ponder. Shawn has provided valuable insight into rookie QBs’ stats to show that Ponder is, at least, going to be a competent QB. We need a pa*ssing attack and a running attack if he is only competent. We could (possibly) get away with just a running attack or just a pa*ssing attack if we had a completely dominant OL or a Peyton-like QB. I think we have to strengthen our weak areas (OL, secondary) first and foremost to as*sess our remaining weaknesses (WR, ?). We HAVE TO protect our QB to properly as*sess our offence. I firmly believe that Ponder will be our QB of the future and that he will be GREAT, not just competent.

  46. By Deertracks on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    People who think they know everything, are very irritating to those of us who do…

    Remind you of anybody on this site??

  47. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Deertracks … I would answer that question but since I know everything I’ll allow someone else an opportunity to get this one right :)

  48. By Deertracks on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn…You were not the one I had in mind, but you came in a close 2nd….

    That picture of you at the end of your comment shows you need a haircut…

  49. By Rudso on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, I agree on leaving our best players on the sideline. You can’t have Ponder build a flow in a drive by putting Webb in for the 1st and 2nd down and switch out Ponder for a 3rd and 15 and expect him to get a first down.

    I’m SHOCKED when we sit our best players in the most crucial times. How do you leave Peterson, Harvin and Rudolph sitting on the side line in the red zone?!?! There should be more passing plays for Rudolph, I don’t think I’ve seen him drop a single ball.

    I just don’t understand the thinking that goes thru the coaches heads when they leave out our best players.

  50. By Deertracks on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Also, why are you grining like a Saints Linebacker that just ate the Quarterback?

  51. By David P on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    If the line protected yes maybe but in the games I have watched the only WR that has ben able to get seperation is Harvin and defenses are making sure he is well covered. And with the clueless bunch of coaches that the vikings have they do not have a plan to get anyone else open. Another blogger brought up the fact the vikings should have used screens to AP to get him more involved. OL needs help, but the vikings also need a deepthreat that can get seperation. Also, I do not care who they draft. I just hope they can draft some players THAT CAN PLAY FUNDAMENTAL FOOTBALL. That aspect of the game left the vikings a long time ago. Another thing: Bad teams find wasy to llok bad and lose. Exceptions do exit when the other teams does not show up (GB vs KC).

  52. By Deertracks on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Rudso, I was wondering the same thing…

    Do any of the coachs ever read the Playbook, or do they just use it for toliet paper…

  53. By LBJ1 on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Terrible season for the following reasons.
    Special teams – sucks
    OL – sucks
    DL – sucks
    Secondary – sucks
    Coaching and play calling – sucks

    This equals downright bad which amounts to a lot of rebuilding. With this management team – good luck with that.

    Hats off to the stout hearted players, Jared Allen, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Steve Hutchinson, Toby Gerhart, Shiancoe and Kyle Rudolph. These come to play hard each and every week. The other average and I mean average players should follow their example.

    Good luck to Allen, Peterson, Harvin and Hutchinson to the pro bowl for which you received my votes. You truly deserve to go.

  54. By Mike B. on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @deetracks You don’t need to know everything. Just read and watch what’s going on. That will give you enough information for the rest.

  55. By Bill on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with LBJ1. Everyone sucks!!!

  56. By Deertracks on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B…Thats what I have you, and Shawn for…

    I am certain that the both of you will direct your brain waves my way…

  57. By chris on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    We suck and are going to suck until we change things. Frazier wont change anything till he is somewhere else. We are in for a long haul. Worst team in the history of our franchise hands down and someone explain to me what this staff has done or going to do to change anything. Look at all the players we have lost and have absolutly nothing in return thats on this staff. Someone help me understand.

  58. By Dueyz on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @ MGR4FUN

    You like Pagac? His pressers remind me of the guy from Office Space with the red stapler. I think he’s gonna burn the stadium down.

  59. By hippster on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @ shawn sorry it took so long to get back to you my little liberal buddy. your right frazier knows more than me ,he knows more about losing I;ve never gone 2 and 12 on anything .he;s such a smart guy ,he found a way to let brees have one of the best days for a QB in NFL HISTORY shawn.keep on defending hope and change ,mabe one day when were all equal every one gets a superbowl trophy.ah socialism vis;nt great

  60. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @hippster … hmm thats a little twisted. but ok if you say so

    I still believe in Frazier … I am losing faith in whoever is making draft selections though

  61. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Deertracks … 2nd? if Im second that means i was wrong and i dont know everything :( great now you have blown my whole self image. how will i live with myself

    Deertracks I speak sarcasm dont take my attemt at comedy too seriously :)

  62. By Shawn on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Hippster … Asher Allen is our 4th string corner. He got hurt in the first quarter. Which means we had our 5th and 6th and 7th best guys defending Drew Brees

    Jamarca Sanford is our 2nd safety ( Abdullah ) Mistral Raymond is our 4th Safety …

    tough to defend top 5 QB missing 5 DBs when the Saints dont give up sacks

    Just saying … Im not one for excuses but I still believe in Frazier … I am losing faith in whoever is making draft selections though

  63. By DraftKalil on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    DRAFT KALIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HE is what Peterson and Ponder need to become the best! Without Kalil, our offensive line will suck yet again!

    DRAFT KALIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. By sandiamond on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn maybe we are seeing the big picture here… allen,sanford and raymond all late round picks gaining valuable play exp. Add to this more secondary help as expected and we finally are in business!

  65. By Parody on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    I;ve never gone 2 and 12 on anything

    Hippster – Even if that is true, all it really means is that you’ve never given yourself a truly difficult challenge before. I guarantee you, there are many competitions in which, if you and I faced off, I would beat you 12 times out of 14, just as I’m sure the opposite is true for things that you are good at. Heck, I’ve lost 12-consecutive hands of Blackjack before even though I was playing it by the odds; it just wasn’t in the cards.

    Give Frazier an honest chance to show us that he can improve.

  66. By sandiamond on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Kalil and Claiborne ? hmmmmm

    well now we are drafting close to #1
    these players may not be worth the pick
    trade down and look at d.kirkpatrick and j. martin imo

  67. By sandiamond on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    also Brandon Burton CB let him start the next two games Leslie!

  68. By Regfan on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Why doesn’t he build around Asher Allen?

  69. By Garrett on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    If we had to pick a CB would you like to have Claiborne or Mathieu???

  70. By dryes on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    CUT DOWN ON THE PU55Y-A55 ZONE DEFENSE AND GET SOME REAL DEFENDERS

  71. By Deertracks on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn..I know that, the only three things I take seriosly are:

    Winning the PowerBall

    The Vikings filling up the holes on the team,

    An Santa bringiong Frazier and his Elfs new brains to work with…

  72. By Deertracks on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    sigh..bringing…

  73. By dryes on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    CUT DOWN ON THE WEAK ZONE DEFENSE AND GET SOME REAL DEFENDERS

  74. By Deertracks on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    oops, missed another…seriously…

  75. By Frederick Jones on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    LBJ1,

    I don’t believe the whole Vikings team is bad!

    HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER!!!

  76. By Frederick Jones on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    To my fine feathered friends,

    Tarvaris Jackson is 235 of 387 (60.8%) 2706 yards 12 tds, 12 ints., and he plays for the hopeless SeaHawks!

    Jackson may yet be a great QB in this league.
    The Vikings should have kept him, along with S. Rice.

    HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER!!!

  77. By TheRealDon on Dec 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn..Please don’t say no more if they don’t understand anything you said..We have a rookie Qb Rookie Coach..Worse Oline..No db’s..What the H’ell did you think our season would look like..

  78. By xvike on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Seriously tjack??? I probably would’ve became a packer fan if i had to watch one more season of tjack. That or kill myself. Keep in mind that he has the same offensive coordinator that he had here in minnesota at seattle. So he’s been pretty much running the same plays that he has been his entire nfl career in seattle. Little 3-5 yard dump offs to his rb’s/recievers. That’s why his completion % is so high… And you can credit marshawn lynch for seattle’s recent success. Tjack has been nothing more than average during this little run that they have had. O yeah and rice has been injured for most of the season too. And he hasn’t done a whole lot when healthy either. And No to joe! WEBB!

  79. By Bill on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Bring back Bud Grant!!!!

  80. By hippster on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    sorry for my lack of faith in frazier but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then you have to call it for what it is a duck our duck just happens to be spinless and can;t fly this guy is no head coach ,

  81. By TYCHEE on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Make sure we get the #1 pick in the draft, Im thinking Colts win another game.. Vikes draft Andrew Luck and use Ponder for trade… That would be perfect!

  82. By Mike B. on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe I know nothing about building a good football team, but it’s obvious to me that Frazier doesn’t either. He kept the same weak players from last year and cut others without consideration for good replacements. I don’t think our OL would be as bad if we kept McKinney. Would it be great no but not as bad either. Rice decision may have been the right one to make, but it wasn’t good not to have a like WR in position to take his place. Frazier thought Berrian would pick up that slack and he’s not the same type of WR as Rice. Specifically after the two previous years Berrian had. The team decision making some one call learning the position, but I see it as lack of understanding the position. Coach Frazier may have a great defensive mind set, but he’s no head coach. It sounds that from what the Wilf’s have said recently the guarantee of Fraizer’s return is not as likely as it was a couple of weeks ago. It’s getting warm in the Front office in Minnie

  83. By hippster on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    right you are MIKE B.

  84. By greatirishpotatofamine on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Id like a good idea on the talent difference between kalil and martin cause the vikes could really use some extra picks

  85. By vikesince69 on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    What do yall think the odds are on Frazier’s return?? I say 50% at this point and if the Bears blow us out last game in the dome I think Leslie maybe giving u-haul a call.

  86. By vikesince69 on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Les Steckel did not survive 3-13 how can Frazier survive 2-14 and officially own the worst record in Franchise History??

  87. By indyvike84 on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    Can build an offense around AP, but the defense has to stop somebody and they have not done that this year. Should they happen to end up with the first draft pick, it would be a great idea to draft DBs with some size who won’t break and OL who can protect the QB and open holes for AP. There are so many holes right now that one draft won’t do it, but I still believe in coach Frazier.
    Coach Frazier still has had to deal with the fallout from Chilly and his second year is going to be a huge step to see if he can get things turned around.

  88. By ny.viking on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    yeah u can build around AP but what happens when he goes down in the middle of the season for 4 weeks or more?why cant they run a two back offence?get some o line help and dbacks and if u dont plan on throwing the ball down the field build an outdoor stadium or rip the roof off the dome and play football instead of inviting your warm weather teams there and turning up the heat.The vikes used to be a once proud and tough football team get back to that take a look at the teams that year in and year out are in the playoff hunt they play in cold weather outside just saying

  89. By CanadianVF on Dec 21, 2011 | Reply

    You know I really wanted to see this coaching staff do well, but as this season has unfolded it has become clear to me that this group is not going to get it done at the NFL level. The decision making in the games, offensive play calling, defensive backs ignoring defensive signals and calling their own, halftime adjustments, inability to challenge controversial plays on a regular basis, sound game plans for the team they are facing each week, the dazed and confused pass defense that never seems to get fixed, motivating the players( see Shiancoes comments about certain players giving up in the Saints game), the lack of discipline and stupid penalties cries out to me that coaching is a huge problem on this team. The inmates are running the asylum. We get these lame excuses that we have injuries and we hope Frazier will improve as a head coach and maybe we should let Singletary take over the defense and really scr ew things up. No we need to clean house and bring in a proven coach with a proven track record. Steve Fisher anyone? For crying out loud how bad does it have to get? What are we at 5-14 ? with Frazier. How far down do we continue to go , will 5-25 be bad enough ? It won’t matter who we draft and who we pick up in free agency if we do not get some coaches that have the respect of the players. Stop going on the cheap and hoping that these diamonds in the rough that we keep trying to make into NFL coaches will someday actually work out. It all starts at the top so lets start there.

  90. By Shep on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know what other people think but as far as I’m concerned the reason why we’re so bad at defending the pass year after year could have something to do with the pathetic thing called the Tampa 2. We got a good defense they just need to be used in the right system and we’ve been failing in this one for too long.

  91. By 25yearsaviking on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Way to bail out Frazier and try to make him sound like he knows what he’s talking about Mke.

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