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Frazier Pleased With Griffin’s Play, Sees Good Things Ahead For Him

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 27, 2011 – 6:02 am

Cedric Griffin has been a much-maligned member of the Vikings defense recently, and his season may have reached a low point about two weeks ago when he was benched during the Vikings Week 14 game in Detroit and then did not start or play much at all in the Vikings Week 15 game at home against the New Orleans Saints.

But Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier has since had a chat with Griffin, and it appears the soft-spoken but ultra-competitive CB has responded well. A quick glance at the stat sheet from Saturday’s game against the Redskins will not reveal gaudy statistics for Griffin, but a longer look at the game tape apparently didn’t reveal many errors, either. Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier couldn’t say enough positive things about the game Griffin played on Christmas Eve Day.

“Cedric played well,” Frazier explained. “He was active. He was really into it, in all areas. He did a really good job. I’m really proud of the way he played, the way he approached things throughout the week in practice. He had his best week of practice and it showed in the way he played on Saturday. He was very competitive, he played smart, executed the techniques that we asked of him, repeatedly. So, that’s really, really encouraging and it’ll be great to see that again this Sunday against Chicago. I was really encouraged by his play and his attitude and his effort as well.”

When he plays well, Griffin is a big asset for the Vikings defense because he has the size to battle with some of the NFL’s best and biggest WRs. This season, though, Frazier has indicated that he wants Griffin to execute basic techniques of the CB position better and also play with more confidence.

“It would have been very, very difficult to walk off that field with a win yesterday if he didn’t play the way he played,” Frazier said. “He played well enough to give us a chance to win that football game. It was very, very encouraging to see his play.

“I haven’t lost my confidence in Cedric along the way. What I’ve tried to do is encourage him to regain his confidence, because I believe that he can do certain things that he has to believe he can do. Saturday, he executed some of those things without any inhibitions, without any concerns. He just played freely. If we get that out of him, which I expect us to going forward, there are good things ahead for him.”


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39 Responses to “Frazier Pleased With Griffin’s Play, Sees Good Things Ahead For Him”

  1. By Carl K on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Griffin would be a greater asset at safety.
    Draft a corner in round 1 or 2.

  2. By Carl K on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Cedric Griffin is a warrior. To come back from 2 torn ACLs and still be one of our leading tacklers is a tall order.

    Has he lost a step? Maybe. Is he over payed? Maybe, but I hope Frazier and Cedric can work things out. I think he can still help our defense. Nice game Cedric!

  3. By Carl K on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    paid – sorry

  4. By Dave on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    I was really impressed with his play against the skins as well. I was pretty impressed with Sherels play as well. I hope Raymond and sherels can excel in the offseason and be ready to play next year. WE NEED TURNOVERS!!!!

  5. By sandiamond on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    M.Barkley returning back to school next year has shuffled up the top ten for the draft

    check it out at walterfootball dec 26 update, can’t post the link

    I told you guys we could still get a secondary sweepstakes

  6. By sandiamond on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    #5 Jonathan Martin left tackle

    #22 Alfonzo Dennard cornerback

    #35 Mohamed Sanu wide receiver or Kelechi Osemele guard

    a trade with cleveland and everybody is happy!

  7. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Have the draft experts figured out the draft slot for the Vikings if they win against the Bears…And tie the other teams with 4 win records ???…Browns,Bucs, and Jags all might end up with a 4-12 season with the Vikings if they win…Where do all the teams slot in the draft if that happens with the system used to determine draft positions ???…Anyone know ???…

  8. By saddy on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, vikings will be 6th if they win this weekend

  9. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Oh wow…Huge difference !!!…Thanks saddy !!…Much appreciated…

  10. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/12/25/vikings-closing-in-on-deal-for-new-stadium-in-minnesota/

  11. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2011/12/25/2661158/minnesota-vikings-stadium-deal-now-reportedly-a-matter-of-when-rather

  12. By Twoodsnvikes on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    What crack is anyone smoking who thinks griffin is competent football player? He is terrible

  13. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/345175/

  14. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    The year is over, only one game to go, put in the rookies to see what you have, time to start thinking about the new stadium, draft, and the free agency; Time to get rid of the dead wood from the top to the bottom. Have a great new year as well.

    God bless U-All.

  15. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/345274/

  16. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.kare11.com/news/article/952260/203/Ramsey-Co-solicits-architects-for-Vikings-stadium

  17. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hire a GM as well.

  18. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/05/sports/football/fiscal-worries-cloud-vikings-push-for-publicly-financed-stadium.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

  19. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2011/12/26/2662271/vikings-draft-pick-could-be-as-high-as-second-as-low-as-sixth

  20. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.kansasviking.com/draft.html

  21. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2011/4/18/2119128/minnesota-vikings-best-draft-picks-carl-eller-hall-of-fame

  22. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/992978-minnesota-vikings-2012-draft-round-by-round-predictions-v10

  23. By OTKalil2012 on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Why play Gerhart this Sunday ??…Frazier knows he can handle the job starting next season…But who will back him up if AP is still mending ??…Is Booker or King worth keeping around to back up Gerhart ??…Or just taking up space on a 53 man roster because they have not played enough to evaluate them…Why not have Booker and King play this Sunday ???…And make sure you have a healthy Gerhart starting at RB next fall…Play the young talent…See what borderline players are worth keeping around next season…I truly believe Frazier does not give his young players enough reps…Sometimes he doesn’t even give his veterans enough playing time in certain situations…Frazier claims to be playing Ponder for that reason if he is healthy enough to play…Why not the rest of the rookie class and younger players ???…

  24. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.spotrac.com/free-agents/nfl/2012/minnesota-vikings/

  25. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    http://nfltraderumors.co/2012-nfl-free-agents/

  26. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Have a great day.

  27. By sandiamond on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    DRS this guy from Bleacher has put together a very good analysis on the upcoming vikings draft and it sounds like he is a fan also!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/992978-minnesota-vikings-2012-draft-round-by-round-predictions-v10

  28. By Mike R. on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    sandiamond

    thanks for the link to that possible Vikings draft scenario. The author seemed to steal my thunder on some of those players. But some others, not so sure.

  29. By 61vikings on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Ced Griffen has had an off year and I believe is still on the mends from (2) ACL’s!! If we draft a corner, which we need to do, I would move Griffen to another position or just use him on nickel packages!! You have to have alot of heart to come back from (2) ACL injuries!!

  30. By DRS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    sandiamond, saw that as well.

    Have a great day.

  31. By sandiamond on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    ATTN: everybody that enjoys DEFENSE tune in tonight for the Belk Bowl on ESPN at 7CT

    NC STATE leads the nation in forced turnovers

    # 1 David Amerson CB leads the nation in INT’s ( sop honey badger 2 )
    # 42 Audie Cole LB projected pick 80-90 in the draft ( clay matthews look alike)
    # 35 Terrell Manning LB my personal favorite linbacker in the nation

    # 6 T.J. Graham WR projected 4th rounder ( deep threat / kick returner )

  32. By Mike R. on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks sandiamond!

    On the other side of the ball,Louisville has one possible late draft or UDFA

    #46 Dexter Heyman LB

    83 tackles, 4 sacks, and 3 INT

  33. By sandiamond on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Okay ill check him out. Looked at Louisville too but they start like a dozen freshman

  34. By VegasVike on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    What happened to Frederick?
    Did he get banned?
    Implode?
    Frederick?

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  36. By KLAWZ on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    C. Griff gets burned everyday of the week!

  37. By hippster on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    this team is broken,it;s time to pull out the scaple and cut loose the dead weight that holds this team down .what is a franchise to do ? bad coaching ,bad tackling,bad coverage ,bad blocking ,bad statium,bad players ,beatup players ,bad head office ,worst start in team history,10 division loses in a row , on and on and on and on, somebody step up and stop the madness please.we the life long fans of this team deserve more than this .

  38. By Dueyz on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    Griffin has to be replaced as soon as possible. We have so many positions in need of replacement, I’ll understand if he’s here next year while we rebuild. Sigh….we are not going to improve to a serious level of play if we continue to make excuses for things that don’t work. This attitude of loooooong term patience as a justification for keeping underachieving players is what brought our franchise to it’s current position; ON IT’S KNEES.

  39. By Dueyz on Dec 28, 2011 | Reply

    I appreciate Griffin’s hard work, dedication, injury recovery, and good attitude. But these things don’t mean that he’s what we need at that position. I see so many T-Jack experiments on this team, and that way of thinking needs to stop in order for us to improve. I understand that the attitude of “get rid of him” gets thrown around too often in conversations about managers, coaches, and players. But I also understand that we have to do our best to recognize what does not work as soon as possible and change it.

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