Frazier, Vikings Striving For Improvement In 2-Minute Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 18, 2012 – 6:32 am

Leslie Frazier met with reporters on Monday for his customary day-after-the-game press conference, and he didn’t shy away from the reality that his team just didn’t do enough to get a win against the Colts on Sunday. It was a frustrating loss for the Vikings because this was a game many expected the Vikings to win despite being on the road and it was a game that featured a spirited comeback by the Vikings after they fell behind early.

“We just didn’t play well enough on the road and clean enough as a team to get a road win,” Frazier explained. “We have to go back and go through the tape with our players and talk through some of those situations and try to get better. We have to get better for our next ball game.”

Frazier went on to explain one of those specific situations where he knows his team must improve – two-minute situations. Offensively, the Vikings are actually tied for the third-most points in the final two minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters (17). But defensively, the Vikings haven’t fared as well.

The Vikings are tied for second-last in the NFL with 21 points allowed in the final 2 minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters. In Week 1, the Jaguars scored a TD late in the 4th quarter to take a lead. In Week 2, the Colts scored a TD at the end of the 1st half to increase their lead to 17-6 and then they drove 45 yards in 23 seconds to kick a game-winning FG.

“We’d like to be better in two-minute,” Frazier said of his defense. “We’re not doing very well right now in two minutes, at two minutes before the half, at two minutes at the end of the game. That’s glaring so we have to do better.”

Frazier also made a good point regarding the specific importance of his team’s performance in two-minute situations, saying he expects his young team to be in a lot of close games. Doing the little things right and executing the game plan in those situations, even at the end of the 1st half, can be the difference between a close win – like the win against Jacksonville – and an excruciating loss – like the loss in Indianapolis.

“The way our team is built, we’re going to play a lot of close games,” Frazier explained. “We’ve talked about that all along with our guys and we have to play good two minute offense, good two minute defense, good red zone defense, good red zone offense. Two minutes, yeah, we have to do better in that area.”

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104 Responses to “Frazier, Vikings Striving For Improvement In 2-Minute Defense”

  1. By Bluebird7 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    2 minute Drill? How about the entire game?

  2. By jrich on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    someone just needs to make a huge play early in the game and light a fire under these guys

  3. By tomcat on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    #1-need pressure on opposing qb. #2-safeties cannot get out of position.#3- need to tackle!

  4. By snook on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    need pressure on the quarterback, that takes the heat of the secondary

  5. By habs001 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    This issue along with giving up first downs on third downs regardless of the yardage has been a problem with the vikings for years…

  6. By Parody on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    The reason we have a horrible 2-minute defense is because teams really increase their passing attempts when the clock is nearing zero. I hope Frazier is smart enough to see this. If the passing defense is non-existant, the 2-minute defense is naturally going to suffer!

    Our DBs need to improve their coverage skills, and the defensive coordinator needs to do a better job of calling plays to give them a chance to succeed.

  7. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vikings are to have ANY kind of a chance this Sunday…

    They will need to throw the football 50+ times…A fast paced tempo that you hope grows some rhythm along the way…

    Don’t hold onto that ball to long Ponder !!!…Quick decisions…If the play isn’t there…THROW THE BALL AWAY !!!

    I am not expecting any miracles if they try this…I would also expect Ponder to throw 2 to 4 int’s in a game like that…But Ponder could also put up some big numbers in the pa ssing game and a few TD’s…And pass enough to finally open up running lanes for AP…And I am thinking BIG running lanes late in the game…

    Use the pa ss to set up the run…

    Ponder is not going to learn anything…If you don’t let him try…

    If Ponder starts taking to many hits…Or the game gets ugly…Put Webb in to learn some new things also…Maybe get MBT some time in…

    This is a game nobody in the NFL expects the Vikings to win…

    Why not have some fun playing the game then…And see what happens ???…

  8. By Parkway on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah don’t you think if us lowly fans think our play calling is predictable that NFL coaches who are PAID to study video tape probably know exactly what we are doing?

  9. By joe on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    fraizer is so getting fired at the end of the year

  10. By iaVIKE on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    This Ponder bashing is gettin out of hand dude. He could go 26-26 with 400 yards and 4TDs and one of you clowns would say he didn’t do something right. This past Sunday was his 13th game in the league, RELAX. His recievers (except Percy) are not getting open. On the last drive of the game against Indy he went deep to Jenkins, put the ball right where it needed to be, hit Jenkins in the hands and he dropped it…would you trust him and throw deep to him after that?? If Musgrave is callin for a WR screen then he throws the WR screen, that’s what you do, you run the play that the coaches send in. Peyton Manning threw 3 pics in the first quarter last night, Ponder hasn’t thrown one so far. I personally wuld rather have a QB that takes care of the ball and puts up steady numbers than one who throws 1 TD and 3 pics every game. Give him time

  11. By iaVIKE on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    OTK – Well put as usual, good sir

  12. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    I know we could never win a game like I mentioned above…

    Because if the Vikings did have fun and play loose the whole game…And had a lead going into the 4th quarter…

    Frazier would the get scared if actually had a chance to win the game…Then go into a full consevative game plan…And play not to lose…

    And then get totally predictable again running the ball on offense…And go with the prevent defense on the other side of the ball…

    But a fan can always dream…

  13. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply



    Nice point on Jenkins…That was a nice touch pass from Ponder…

    Another was the touch pass Ponder layed up for Rudolf…Hit Rudolf right in the hands…We got lucky on the deflection though when Burton caught the tip…

    But that was another well thrown pass…

  14. By Parkway on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Who’s bashing Ponder? Seems like most everyone is saying the same thing that it’s the play calling that is really bogging us down and Ponder isn’t even getting a chance to open it up (not that our O line really gives him any time to)

  15. By iaVIKE on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway – Look at the last two threads….

  16. By vikingology1 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    “The way our team is built, we’re going to play a lot of close games,” Quote from Frazier.

    IT DOES NOT have to be this way in every game. OTKalil, you are right-we should throw the ball 3 out of four times in the 49er game, but we all know whats coming, and so do the 49ers-run, run, pass, down by a few scores early, get in panic mode, throw the ball around when SF is expecting it…face it, our coaching staff is the worst in the league.

  17. By sandiamond on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    ia you might want to watch replay on the jenkins play

  18. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes have a good chance on Sunday to win.

  19. By odark30 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Here is some good news despite the loss on Sunday. Ponder getting some well deserved attention with 75% completion. Our power ranking isnt as bad as I thought it would be. Check it out.

  20. By tomcat on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    next thing you know people will be hollerin for webb again!!

  21. By Troutdaddy on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Nice call out about no Ponder-bashing. He is not the problem. In fact, how about we let week 3 happen and see what the 49er’s give us before anyone bashes anyone? Wouldn’t it be lovely if we (the impatient fans) actually let this team gel a little bit? I include my self in that mix as I too can be so critical of everything and everyone because I want them to WIN NOW! I am sure they want to as well, but that does not change the fact that some players are still Padawan younglings and not the Jedi Masters we want them to be. If only Yoda could be the coach……regardless, I will be cheering very loud this week as all my family are 49er fans so I am prepared to take a beating myself, but I am hoping for a surprise win to totally rub their faces in it. I am prepared either way, but wouldn’t it be awesome!

  22. By Frederick Jones on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply


    Your game plan is on the money. Throw 50+ times against the 49ers.

    Actually the jones boy has been saying this since week #1. He thinks that we need to start throwing the ball just as soon as we step off the bus.

    Trouble is…we need to have a Pro Set offense with two good receiving backs. We don’t have that, and don’t do it.

    But you’re right whipping the ball the way we have to will result in some ints.

    We need to get a few of our own…cover somebody…get Sherels in the game!!!

  23. By Frederick Jones on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Beyond Belief is one of my favorite Petra songs!!!

  24. By JE on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is doing just fine. I think getting JSimpson back is really going to help him alot. The more games he gets under his belt the more we can ask out of him. As for now i give him an A-. I no thats a high grade but with only 13 starts under his belt and not having Simpson i think hes done a very good job.

  25. By odark30 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder has a sixth place passer rating just above Cam Newton.

  26. By odark30 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ponders completion percentage of 75.8% is the best in the league so far.

  27. By odark30 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    @JE———-I agree. He does not even have a single full season under his belt and is sporting a sixth place passer rating.. Sounds good to me. Best part is that he claims his mistakes instead of making excuses. He is smart and down to earth. I am willing to bet that he does great things in his career.

  28. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings need to protect Ponder from himself this Sunday also…If need be…

    49ers are an attacking defense…Quick and as hard hitting as they come…

    Frazier and Musgrave have to rag on Ponder this week, not to hold onto the football to long !!!…Or try to run around on this defense…This defense will eat Ponder alive if he does…Worse yet…Ponder will get injured…

    Would I love to see Ponder throw the ball all over the place…Sure…

    But be smart and throw the ball away…If the plays are not there…Live to play another down…

    Only thing I have seen that has me concerned about Ponder this season so far…

    Ponder has been holding onto that ball…Just a little bit too long…And in the NFL…That is going to end up getting you hurt…

    Especially against a team like the 49ers…

    Play loose…

    But…play smart !!!…

  29. By SoCalVike on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    49ers favored by +7? It should be more like +14….We are about to get a lesson on how to play defense & how to tackle….Moss is going to get revenge on us with at least 2 touchdowns…Get ready for a top 5 pick next year if we don’t get our act together!

  30. By sandiamond on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings release WR Tori Gurley

  31. By BuffaloVikings on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    FIRE Frazier and the TAMPA TWO DEFENSE

  32. By BuffaloVikings on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Someone needs to light a fire under Frazier.

  33. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Gurley gone ???…Was he a Ted Thompson spy ???… :/

  34. By BuffaloVikings on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    New Stadium, New Coach. Gruden, Cowher, Billick, Someone that has some intensity, Frazier has none, and it leaks down to the players

  35. By sandiamond on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply


    Vikings have waived WR Tori Gurley from practice squad and signed tackle Troy Kopog.

    OTK no explanation yet other than we knew they were looking for more O line depth

  36. By Parkway on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Moss likes the catering

  37. By dieseldog on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    The 49er game would be a game Bud Grant would win by being innovative, unpredictable, cunninging and doing the unexpected. If Frazier thinks he can get the ball down field to Jenkins and Aroumashadu then we can forget about being innovative, unpredictable, cunnining or doing the unexpected.

  38. By dieseldog on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    waiving Gurley and not dumping Jenkins or Aromashadu? I guess one of thrm will go when Simpson comesback.

  39. By dieseldog on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Gruden, Cower or Billick?……there is hope for next year!

  40. By sandiamond on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    hopefully this is not another player w injury issues but instead a nice pick-up from the Titans that had too much depth on the O line

  41. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well Frazier would want to keep Summers no matter what on the practice squad…

    Summers came from the Bears…

  42. By sandiamond on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply


    Gurley had great size but, from the early portions of practice I saw, seemed to struggle with body control, footwork.

    just an opinion but the media should get an answer from the coaches later on

  43. By Spencer on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    ….Time to call up Bobby Felder.

  44. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    It didn’t take long for the team to make a decision on Gurley…

    Maybe they just liked what they have been seeing from Summers…

    Summers is an inch taller than Gurley at 6′-5″ anyways… ; )

  45. By Spencer on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Cant believe Frazier actually said this.
    They are referring to Reggie Wayne here.

    Frazier said the coaches were confident enough in Henderson’s ability to track the veteran wide receiver they weren’t worried about a mismatch in speed.

    TICK TICK TICK TICK (clocking Fraziers time left as head coach)

  46. By sandiamond on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Erin did cover Wayne until the 5 yard line when he turned to try and make an interception. Nice effort but Henderson is no jumping jack

  47. By iaVIKE on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Read an article in the paper this morn that quoted Henderson as saying “I hope some QB’s see that play and think they can get that completion on me in the future, cause i’ll have a nice little surprise for them”

  48. By LarsonFamily on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve been assoicated with the Vikings ever since the summer training camp. The team we have are incredible good and they are the youngest teams in NFL. They are playing really hard and I dont understand why you vikings fans are so angry with the lost we had against the Colts. We are number 1 at being the youngest teams and we beat the Jaguars. We almost came back and beat the Colts but we were 12 seconds short. I can not fathom of the facts that its the coachings fault, players fault. There is no fault in that it is just every single players are new to their offense schemes and defense schemes except for few players such as Jared Allen, and whoever is on the team the last several years.

    The truth is, it is not Ponder’s fault. It is not Defense’s fault, or Offensive Lines fault.

    Number 1. I’ve watched where the WRs goes and they couldn’t even get open. Why? Harvin has been doubled which is one from CB, one is from SS and the FS has his eyes on Harvin. Ponder knew throwing deep will get him INT immediately. He is playing safe so he did tried to throw to other WR such as Jenkins, Amsourandu. Now here is the problem with these two, Jenkins is slow and the linebackers is already on to him along with the CB. Amsourandu always get the wrong routes and when Ponder sees that he runs out of bounds. So would you prefer him to throw the ball to these two anyway and knowing he’ll get INT? No!. Ponder has already committed to have at least 70 percent complete passing and he has done that for the last 2 games. He is better than Peyton Manning which he has got 3 int in 1st Quarter. Ponder is also better than Tom Brady which he has 46 percent passing with his bad throw that got him an INT. Again Tom Brady does not have a good WRs and he is not going to have a good year. Ponder is playing better than Tom Brady because we also don’t have good WRs like Tom Brady has. Ponder is smarter than Tom Brady because hes trying to play safe and Tom is not. He is just throwing the ball whether his WRs open or not.

    Number 2. Jared Allen has been doubled way to much because of what happened last year. He had 22 sacks and every other teams studied the way Jared does during the game and that made every other teams gets better at blocking him. Of course you can’t expect Jared to get 22 sacks every year. Nobody has and even Strahnan, the DE from New York Giants couldn’t even get over 10 sacks when he first got his 22 sacks. After he got the 22 sacks he went down to 8 sacks. That is because every team stuided him and it made it harder for him to repeat it. Now its Jared Allen, you think nobody is gonna find a way to block him? Of course they will because they want to protect their QBs. Now you are saying you want to trade him? Dont be a such an fool he is still good. The reason Ed Griffen got it because nobody thought he could escape and get the QB because the OFFLINE were to busy paying attention to Jared and Robinson. Of course someone from our Defense Line is gonna come out and get the QB. They dont care much about that but the only thing they cared is Jared Allen and Robinson. So hats off to these 2 teams that got it figured out how to stop Jared and Robinson.

    Number 3. Our Defense back are extremely young and they are not used to fast players in NFL level like they do in College. Chris Cook only allowed 11 yards with 2 catches, and Harrison Smith is trying to fit in the defense schemes we have. He is not used to our defense but he is getting it. I predicted him to be Ed Reed in few years. Our DBs are doing okay but not great. I give them a 5 from 1 to 10. They are playing way better than last year first 2 games to tell you the truth.

    Number 4. I watched and hears alot of staff complaining about our Linebackers. These folks are not doing their jobs which they missed tackles, they blitz when they weren’t supposed to and they never really help the DB when it is a passing game. Chad Greenway needs to step up little more even though he is a great tacklers but he needs to be out there helping with the DB more so when any QB sees the Mid field all clogged up it puts more pressures on them. It never happened and the QB sees alot of empty spots on the middle field because all of our LBS are to busy blitzing or going the wrong routes. QB sees that and it became huge advatange for them. That is the reason why Luck got the 40 yards so quick in less than 50 seconds. LBs should be out there helping the DB and not worrying about helping the DLINE. Brinkley does okay and Henderson should be the one that blitz because he can’t read pass plays. Chad Greenway can and he should be out there covering the middle field so that dbs can focus on their WRs. The defense I’ve been watching they used 4 linebackers, 2 for blitzes and 2 for running with the WRs routes to clogged up the field. Peyton Manning got 3 ints because of that. Even 49ers has done it too and they became a powerful defense already because of the way they use the LBS.

    Number 5. Dont give up on the Vikings they are doing the best they can and they are working their butt off to get better. I still have faith and even if they do lose they will learn the mistakes and they will go back in the room and study the plays of what they do wrong. They have been working days and night learning all the different plays, defenses and offenses they used and they are improving slowly.

    Think POSITIVE! They will do fine. Trust me.

  49. By sandiamond on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    see it here at 1:06 turned the wrong way plus no safety help

  50. By LarsonFamily on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Also I got to add something..

    Last year Overall NFL Rankings in first 2 games.

    Passing Yards 28th, Rushing Yards 8th, OPP Passing Yards 26th OPP Rushing Yards 4th.

    This year Overall NFL Rankings in first 2 games.

    Passing Yards 13th, Rushing Yards 14th, OPP Passing Yards 10th OPP Rushing Yards 12th.

    The Passing has improved alot from last year first 2 games. Rushing usually always the same because we have Adrian Peterson and he will get us top 10 at the end of the season for sure so I am not worried at all about our runningback.

    Look at the defense we’ve had this year compared to last year. Imgaine how young these players are and how good they are this year to last year. They improved alot from OPP Passing yards 26th rank to 10th. Our Defense Backs did their jobs and they are getting better every game they played in. Now you can see our OPP Rushing Yards went from 4th to 14th. Its all because they doubled team Jared Allen and Robinson. I am not really so worried about running against our defense line but the most important key I am concerned about is our Linebackers. You know Erin Hendreson is in 3rd for Defensivie Leader in tackles. He is a brillant linebackers but he is only good for blitzing, or get the RB down. He is still confused when it goes to passing game. Chad Greenway is supposed to be up there helping the DB so it cuts off their passing game. I know we still managed to keep the passing yards close to 200 or under than we were last year.

    Again we will be fine. Have faith and things will go in our way. Plus I am not saying we will beat the 49ers but you never know. As long Randy Moss dont get a Touchdown on our turf I will be happy. Otherwise it should be a good game even though there is alot of veterans on their team than we have on our team. If its a close game then it should be no excuse for the 49ers because we have bunch of young players on our team right? Be happy we are as competitive as they are even though we have such a young players.

    49ers 31 Vikings 24. Ponder will get 2 touchdown in the game. I predict Jared will get his first sack of the game.

    Final notes. When we get Jerome Simpson off of his supsensions, he will be a great addition to our team. He is a threat and we will have 2 WRs. That will slow down their defense LBs and they will start leaving the middle field open for Jenkins or Randuloph to be open because they will be watching Harvin and Simpson the whole game.

    Good luck folks.

  51. By Spencer on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Nice thesis paper Larson.

    Nobody’s going to read that.

  52. By TheRealDon on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Run on 1st, Run on 2nd, Throw on 3rd, Punt .. That’s the way we do it around here..

  53. By Parkway on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    @Don: Sometimes punt on 3rd down, just to throw them off

  54. By TheRealDon on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    @Parkway..Yea so now when they watch the tape on us they don’t know what will come..

  55. By Parkway on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Exactly, that’s the “west coast” way of being unpredictable

  56. By 61Vikings on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Steve Sabol passed away!! He and his father Ed were responsible for helping build the NFL to what it is today with NFL FILMS!!! Still love watching those old NFL films from the ’60’s and ’70’s!! Hope someone still has the vision to carry on with NFL films!! RIP Steve Sabol!!!

  57. By sandiamond on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    highlights video went to private mode rather quickly, oh well

  58. By TheRealDon on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    R.I.P Steve Sabol

  59. By THE SGT. on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    IIM DONE! When they fired Childress they should have clean house and not hire his clone. We were a rams loss from getting RG the 3rd. Ponder is not the answer and schematics has alot to do with winning. We have talent we just dont no how to use it.

  60. By MTfan on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    We have explosive offensive weapons, but play calling shows a “playing not to lose” attitude. We don’t get aggressive until we are down by 2 touchdowns. Then we revert, if we again catch up. We could be blowing teams out in the first half, but it seems like the coaches prefer to keep it close. Everyone would be happier and have more fun if we opened up the offense right away and played aggressively like a college team.

  61. By THE SGT. on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Your exactly right MTfan,, when Bret Favre was here things were exciting even if we lost,.Favre would fire that ball no matter who the receiver was.

  62. By 61Vikings on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    You nailed it with the run on the first two downs, throw on third down and punt!! Won’t be able to get away with that with the 49ers because there really good against the run, so we will need to open it up on offense and not be so predictable or we’ll get our butts kicked!!
    Our defense needs to become more aggressive and bliltz more!! Our pass rush has been nonexistent!!

  63. By THE SGT. on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Whens the last time we had a interception or even close. We were DEAD last in the league in interceptions last year and we will be there again. Its all about Schematics and we have coaches who shouldn’t be coaches. We should have gone after the Harbough brothers or Brian Billick.

  64. By TheRealDon on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    61Vikings.. Right.. We can’t depend on our Dline to get to the Qb everytime..Throw some blitzs in..I’m sorry but after this season I hope westcoast offense goes and the Tampa 2

  65. By THE SGT. on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    I really miss the 98 & 2009 Vikings.

  66. By TheRealDon on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Clean house next season.. We need real coaches..

  67. By TheRealDon on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    I just stopped and really read the title of this blog.. I just thought they meant the offense the whole time.. No they need to work on the whole game when it comes to this D

  68. By VegasVike on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is probably thinking to himself … “run again?” when the call comes in. Let the guy throw the ball!!

  69. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Want to change the head coach…Okay…

    But no Bill Cowher…He would want total control of EVERYTHING…No more dictatorships !!…

    Spielman is doing a fine job at GM…

    Gruden would be okay…As long as Gruden is okay having Spielman running the show and having final say on player personal…

    Now for my pick…Brian Billick…Not a players coach…But a “gentlemans-gentleman”…I believe Spielman and Billick would feed off of each others knowledge of the game very well…

    Billick would be my pick…

  70. By MTfan on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’m on board with Billick. Wanted him to replace Childress.

  71. By MTfan on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Gotta get off of this “keep it close” mentality.

  72. By sandiamond on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    nada not going to happen with Cowher. Hes happy living here in the south without coaching!

  73. By Spencer on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Everytime Moss steps out on that field I want Cook on him…period! Wherever Moss goes Cook should go, its just that simple. Winfield and Robinson have no business guarding him.

    This will be Cooks 15th game played in the National Football League, and he has clearly earned the privileged to shadow the future Hall-Of-Famer.

  74. By dieseldog on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with MTfan…..”keep it close”….for what? Maybe get lucky, or so we can lose on the last drive of the game?

  75. By Ronzie on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    I think that the Vikes did not do enough in the off season to purchase some quality defensive players especially cornerback.

  76. By rory from n.w.ark on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    My God last week we couldnt have beat a college team due to penalty after penalty,funny Colts had so few but that is what these refs are going to do to any team that is so obvious,only thing was the colts hid there infractions a little better than we did ,get off everyones back other than stupid penalties we got caught at we out played them look at the stats, Secondary well I still havent figured out yet looks like last year big play after big play if that dont change we are in BIG Trouble…..

  77. By Ozzinator on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Cook is a no show! How come nobody is talking about Mistrall Raymond?

  78. By Ozzinator on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hee hee…………

  79. By odark30 on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Someone needs to slip a shock collar on Musgrave to keep his arse awake.

  80. By sandiamond on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ozz that is a good thing!!

  81. By chris_b on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Can someone tell me one free agent we picked up this offseason that has done anything. One catch one tackle one play on o line and some people think spielman is doing his job. The door needs to hit his AS too.

  82. By QB on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    MTfan, I agree with you. Frazier always thinks every game is gonna come down to the last drive. I remember another lousy coach Dennis Green many years ago, interviewed right before a MNF game saying this game is gonna be low scoring and lots of field goals. They were playing the bears, and guess what we lost 14 to 12. We had 4 feild goals they had two touchdowns. He got what he preached to his team about all week…. feild goals. I say why not go into everygame that we are gonna kick the dog $hit out of em early, then put our foot on their throat in the second half.

  83. By South Carolina Troy on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder has played very well in the first 2 games. On defence it is the same old tune. In crunch time the D always comes up small. Vikings have no playmakers at LB or secondary. When is. the last time we had a pick to seal the deal. Can someone on D make a fr##king play allready.

  84. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings will win this game, I am sure.

  85. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Brian Billick would no doubt be one of the best coaches we could ever get. Wow, I would be so excited, but I don’t think he wants the headache of being a coach again.

  86. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Larsonfamily is right on the money for most of his posts.

  87. By MTfan on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    QB, glad you agree. I like your style. Lets take over this team and show em how its done! Do you think the Giants, Patriots, Packers, Saints, or Cowboys worry about limiting possesions or time of possesion?

  88. By Awesome Beyond Belief on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    I cannot wait for this game– maybe the best of the season outside of the Packer games. This will be a keeper. Beating the best team in the league!

  89. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings 34, Niners, 21

  90. By VikeNasty on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    You can blame playcalling all you want but the vikes win that game outright if Winfield doesn’t give up the deep ball, and the penalties were cut down. Peterson was running great throughout the first half. It was the penalties that made for long 3rd downs as well as saving Indy’s drives.

  91. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings moved the ball well the first half except for the last drive of the half. Then the Colts only scored 6 points in the whole second half while we scored 14– this is the opposite of last year. We are definitely moving in the right direction.

  92. By Meekay on Sep 18, 2012 | Reply

    Improve the 2-minute defense?! What about the 60-minute defense?!

  93. By animal26 on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings, I really hope you keep an eye on this Kid named Kelvin Taylor, who is getting ready to enter his first season of collage football next season. He could be a great replacement for when, Adrian Peterson calls it a career. If this kid keeps progressing in collage. He might be just as good as Peterson and maybe a little bit better. I may sound crazy for saying it, but if you watch this kid play, it doesn’t seem so farfetched. just might be me, but there is a little bit of Peterson in his running style. The kid also has the genes of Fred Taylor and they say, this kid is better then Fred Taylor was at 18 years old. Cant wait to see this kid continue to progress. Just hope the Vikings are able to nab this potential franchise Runningback.

  94. By Matthias on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    @ animal26, at the moment he is way slower than Peterson was during his senior year. He might be good, but he has ways to go before can be compared with Peterson.

  95. By Mule Gas on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    Mr T. I do believe you left a number out of the 49ers score.
    try Vikings 34, 49ers 121. sounds better?

  96. By borgiskhaan on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    i think frazier is aware how bad the pass defense looked, ithink winfield needs special packages, the ace or wild or bandit if you will. in the nfl now SIZE and SPEED is a must in the defensive passing game. what’s going on is the routes being run against us is giving recievers the best oppurtunity to turn defender’s around in other words make defenders take extra steps. every pass play of 20+ the defender has had their legs crossed.the other thing in the defensive line middle, the line is a pass rushing line pretty good at stopping the need someone to demand double teams, not because of talent as a stradegy, what i mean is to plan to absorb the center and a guard or guard and tackle every play. if the football is a rock make that dt the place in which the rock comes from

  97. By Jack on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    I really think the problem with this team is the headcoach and his staff. Frazier stands on the sidelines on game day with no expressions at all. Next the offensive coordinator has no imagiation at all. As your headcoach and coaching staff goes so goes the team. When Mike Tice had the team it had more fire and desire to it than Frazier!!! It’s time to quit hiring cheap coaches and spend some money on a high quality coach. This should be Fraziers last season as head coach of this team period. I know their rebuilding and can except that but we as fans also expect improvement each year and Frazier has not done that!! Hire someone like Gruden, Cowher someone to put some fire under these players and help them succeed.

  98. By animal26 on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    Matthias: He’s got very good speed. He’s a 4.48 40 runner. and has very good cutting ability. he keeps progressing in collage, he could be better then AP.

  99. By texvike on Sep 19, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman doing a fine job? ha ha ha ha ha ha…. that’s rich!!! look at the standings… and then go look at how the Lions did when he was there…

    I agree with all a ya, tho… clean house!!! No big loss!! problem is, we need proactive, intelligent, concerned, informed ownership. don’t got it. won’t get good football from the Wilfs. They are pure businessmen, not fans of the game. So, we as fans of the Vikes are pretty much stuck with the steaming, fetid bucket of sewage we call the Vikings, for the foreseeable future. And Frazier is playing for draft position next year.. cuz that’s what spielman wants him to do… Vikes won’t win more than 4 games this year, cuz they need another top five draft spot…

  100. By viking181164 on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    vikes should play more prevent dee in the last 2 minutes..lmao kidding play regular dee and throw blitz packages

  101. By vikes or die on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    Defense? Is that actually a word that can be uttered. Or do we have to bow down to the All Mighty offense? F- That give me a defense to kick the 49ers ass!!!! Lets go Frazier. you use to play football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  102. By DrinkHeavy on Sep 20, 2012 | Reply

    On paper, besides RB, the Vikings don’t match up anywhere with the Niners – OL/Niners, DL/Niners, TE/Niners, WRs/Niners, LBs/Niners, DBs/Niners. At QB you have to give a slight edge to Smith. Nuf said.. it will take a miracle for the Vikes to win (hey come to think of it, anybody remember that Tommy Kramer comeback vs the Niners?). A miracle win aside, I just want to see our team hit those eff’in 49ers as hard as they can on every play. Didn’t Frazier and Singletary play on maybe the best and nastiest defense ever? So coach, where is that attitude on this team? Stop teaching them to play like a bunch of librarians and start showing them how to deliver punishment – that goes for those big guys on the OL too. So work on your ‘tude in this week everybody that we may not win many games, but your gonna know we’ve been on the field. GO VIKES!

  103. By sliver on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    I was encouraged throughout most of the game, however, as we had caught up to Indy, the time management in the last approximately 8 minutes was terrible…there was no expediency to get set up…almost like, ‘we got here, that’s good enough’… If WE would have had another minute or two at the end…there’s a chance we could have done the same as Indy did… Why didn’t the coach get involved and tell the team to pick it up? I also felt, the wide receivers were not involved in the game, and the secondary needs to be putting overtime in….Indy picked us apart…. AP can’t be effective, if he is our only offensive punch, and how long will he last, without another injury? Go back to basics…if there is not performance from someone, put someone in who wants, and needs, a chance to perform…I am not saying the coaches have to be overly active on the sideline, I would like to see some ‘excitement’, expressions of disappointment, and or of achievements….get life! VIKES, believe in yourselves…you can wake up the sports world, and yourselves, this weekend! FIRE UP! GOOD LUCK!!

  104. By No Name! on Sep 21, 2012 | Reply

    @sliver. If you are trying to get some sort of action from the deadpan coachs on the sideline, you would get more action from a tree stump.

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