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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