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Frazier Lauds Defensive Depth, Credits Vikings Scouting

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 2, 2012 – 10:53 am

This season the Vikings defense has committed to more of a rotation during games with their defensive line, has a starting linebacker who has missed two complete games and a starting safety who has missed the past 7 quarters of action.

Through it all, the Vikings defense has performed well and has demonstrated a significant improvement from a season ago. Over the past two weeks, in fact, the Vikings have allowed just 26 total points and they’re yielding only 3.3 yards per rush (5th in the NFL) and 6.5 yards per pass attempt (6th) for the season.

Frazier explained to reporters on Monday that he’s not surprised his defense has been able to perform well despite a few adverse circumstances.

“Not completely because that was one of the goals,” Frazier said. “I know when Rick (Spielman) and the personnel department talked about what we were trying to get accomplished from a roster standpoint, that was one of the major conversations, improving our depth.”

Perhaps the best example of the Vikings defensive depth paying dividends is S Jamarca Sanford. He replaced an injured Mistral Raymond in Week 3 against San Francisco and then started the Vikings Week 4 game at Detroit. In those two games, Sanford collected 10 tackles, 1 pass defensed, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. He was also involved in a play with fellow safety Harrison Smith where the Vikings defenders caused Lions WR Calvin Johnson to drop a TD pass.

Other examples of the Vikings depth coming through include DE Everson Griffen, who has 8 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and 1 forced fumble, and LB Marvin Mitchell, who has filled in capably for an injured Erin Henderson.

“We know we’re going to have some injuries,” Frazier said. “We’ve experienced injuries here in the past couple of years, in the secondary in particular, so that was a point of emphasis, to improve our depth, to upgrade it to the point where if there was an injury, there wouldn’t be such a big drop-off that we’ve witnessed here in the past.

“And I credit our scouting department for doing a good job in that area so now when we rotate defensive linemen, you don’t feel as handcuffed as you would in the past. You lose a guy at linebacker, you don’t feel as strained as you do in the past and the same is true in our secondary.”

The Vikings have had success on defense thanks to standout performances from starters such as DE Jared Allen, (10 QB hits, 2.0 sacks), LB Chad Greenway (team-high 55 tackles) and CB Antoine Winfield (DBs-leading 34 tackles). But depth has played an important role, too. And, as Frazier pointed out, the nature of the game of football is such that injuries will happen and teams have to be able to adapt.

“You hope that you don’t have injuries,” Frazier said. “But they do occur, and depending on where that injury occurs, it could really have a major impact on your team if you don’t have quality depth. Fortunately for us, I think we have pretty good depth.”


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53 Responses to “Frazier Lauds Defensive Depth, Credits Vikings Scouting”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Who was asking for the new “Power rankins”…

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/nfl-power-rankings-vikings-continue-march-toward-top-074800482–nfl.html

  2. By BlueBird7 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Just keep the petal to the metal, guys. Doing great so far…

  3. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    *rankings…

  4. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I have been more than a little down, on the offensive play calling so far this season…And I still am…

    But Frazier does have this Viking “team” playing football at a high level !!!…

    Congrats Les !!!…Keep up the good work…

  5. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Since Winfield had that “all hands on deck” locker room team meeting speech…This defense has found a certain swagger about them…

    I hope they keep all season long !!!…GO VIKINGS !!!

  6. By Troutdaddy on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    It was great to see our Defense step it up. Especially Sanford. I agree with OTKalil- our offensive play calling has still been predictable and too Horizontal, BUT they are using more people in the mix and things are looking way better each week. The 49er game was a good example of mixing things up. Looking back ot the Lions game, just as things seemd to get going on offense, it stalled. We saw some great plays but getting into the red zone was tough all day. Don’t know whether to credit Detroit’s Defense or chalk it up to people not getting open down-field. Walsh is still the man. Now that he had his first miss, he doesn’t have to worry about it any more. He can just go out and take his best shots. All-in-all I am giddy about being 3 and 1. Ponder is playing very heads up and we have a lto to look forward to this year. Let’s keep the momentum boys. Peterson, Harvin and Siimpson are machines. Lets hope they keep rolling strong!

  7. By NO WORRIES ! on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    YAH ! WHAT HE SAID,

    GO VIKINGS !!!

  8. By Homerunhank on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Speaking about the Vikings game there is an 11 year old who writes on all of the games and gives his fantasy football sleeper picks.

    http://www.homerunhank.wordpress.com

  9. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    9th!

  10. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    There are some ridiculous misunderstanding concerning Joe Webb.

    First…anyone at any time can get injured in the NFL. That person’s career could be over in a single play.

    We need Joe Webb. Putting him down gets us no where!

    We need to get behind this young man, and build him up!!!

  11. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    @Kalil,

    Why would you cut down a man’s ability to run and jump. Being able to run and jump are valuble skills to have when you are being chased by 290 pounders!!!

  12. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    You act as if Ponder cannot get injured. Let me tell you honey, he has been injured for parts of the last two seasons now.

  13. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    From Dan Wiederer Stib chat room…I like this opinion a lot Dan W…

    Comment From Big Frank
    the defense,special teams and Adrian bailed-out Ponder last week, I was calling for Webb to spark the team on the road, Dan were you ever tempted to do the same….?

    Dan Wiederer:
    Asi nine. Refer to my answer above about Ponder. He was doing what they asked him to do. And they really turned heavily to the run when they got the 14-point lead. Ponder’s 2011 benching in Detroit? Justified. Had they done the same thing Sunday? I’d have put Frazier and Musgrave into a straitjacket and rushed them to the asylum…

  14. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Webb may become one of the best quarterbacks of all time!!!

  15. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    @Kalil,

    Yeah, but what if Ponder gets injured?

  16. By MontanaViking on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I take back what I said in my last blog two weeks ago. The energy that was missing in the first two games has seemed to be in place from the start in both the 49ers and Lions games. Now it appears that the Vikings are: FOCUSED + INSPIRED + TALENTED = SUCCESSFUL. Great to see!!

  17. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s call for Joe Webb to be ready when we need him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Inspiration has nothing to do with it. Winning is a great deodorant and inspires men.

    NFL players are like the rest of us, they get discouraged at times!

  19. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Energy has nothing to do with it. I guarantee they always play with energy.

  20. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Success breeds success!

  21. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    That just bugs jones when someone says they have to play harder, or play with more energy or enthusiasm.

    Baloney. NFL players play hard!

  22. By Frederick Jones on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Jones thinks TEAMWORK matters in football. I guess jones is crazy!!!

  23. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Fred…

    Joe has the experience over MBT…So at this time Webb is very much needed for this contending team…

    But, My personal choice for QB’s to back up Ponder would have been Sage and MBT…

    If Webb plays…I will cheer for him…

    He is after all, a VIKING !!…And a good person…

  24. By Parkway on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    First place is the division what whattttt. Even though I HATE the bears, can we adopt their philosophy they used last night that when they are up by two scores they keep trying to score?

  25. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    You guys should read that chat room column Dan W had on the Strib site today…

    Dan is very openly opinionated…He lets go how he feels about a healthy scratch J Wright sitting on the bench last Sunday against the Lions…And Jenkins getting the start instead ???…

    Fun reading…I would post it…But been having trouble getting the Strib links to post here??…They used too..But not anymore…

  26. By Spencer on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Kenny Britt vs Cook
    Kendell Wright vs J-Rob
    Nate Washington vs Winfield

    Lets Go.

  27. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway…

    I agree…To slow down your offense, is to take them out of rhythm…

    And if the team slows down to early…The opposing defense will target the running game…Exposing RB players to injury concerns…Having that defense focusing on the run…And selling “all out” to stopping it…

    And also defenses trying to stand up the RB in hoping to strip the ball free…Which ends up twisting RB’s in half many times…Causing injury to key players…

    Yes..I also hate..”The play not to lose” conservative offense…

    Not just the only reason of it letting other teams back into games late (like it always does for the Vikings)…

    It can end up injuring key players also…Because teams still know they have a chance and plenty of time to win games…

  28. By Christian on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    MBT is our future backup— maybe even starter one day. Just Say No to Webb.

  29. By Spencer on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    MBT is a scrub, Webb is a proven winner.

  30. By Parkway on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Not sure why we are talking QBs right now, but I’m more excited about MBT for sure right now. Obviously management sees something in him too to ax sage for him.

  31. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    So Wobby is a great journalist that is wonderful news if only it was not total BULLSH!T!

  32. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I would be fine with blogging on here without complaining if only we could say Christian, BA LLS, and other footb all terms. Plus Wobschall apologizing for lieing about the timeouts and his utter DBaggyness.

  33. By H.M.G. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    The D does seem to step up when closeing in on the redzone.

  34. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Trivia question…

    What is the difference between Webb,T Jack and McNabb ??

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    *

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    That’s right !!!…Nothing…

  35. By RichardA1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Webb should be a recevier, or a 2nd string qb that never plays! I’m getting close,,,,,,,Purple Munch, huh huh huh, what do you think? do you get it? purple people eaters-purple munchers? he he. Do you feel the momentum swaying toward Coach Frazier, he is gaining alot of respect. I say we get the purple people eaters the D from 98, the team that lost to New Orleans, line up the present D for the Vikes and have them slap there face, kick there ass, tell them to start eating the opponets alive, play purple football.

  36. By Parkway on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    That’s a little harsh OTK, Webb is a much better athlete than both of them combined. I just don’t think he has the accuracy or pocket presence to make it as a big time QB in this league and accuracy is really the #1 problem since you really can’t teach it and it’s hard to improve if you haven’t figured it out by this point in your career.

    I really liked Webb when I first saw him and thought we should give him a chance. After his 3rd year in the league now, he really hasn’t made a lot of improvement. He has provide a real spark and has managed to win some games, but I think I would attribute a lot of that to the fact that those teams weren’t really preparing for a running QB and if Webb was our full time starter it would be a much different story as to how effective Webb could be.

  37. By Purple Polar Bear Power on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Let me see– McNabb is a hall of famer. Webb is a future hall of famer. And TJack will be a future back up forever.

  38. By Purple Polar Bear Power on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer — Webb is not going to be here next season.

  39. By Purple Polar Bear Power on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings will demolish the Titans– this will be the biggest margin of victory in years– at least three touchdowns.

  40. By Parkway on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    @PPBP: It better be. Get a lead. Increase the lead. That should be our game plan

  41. By Purple Polar Bear Power on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Parkway, I feel like a PBJ when you talk to me like that.

  42. By vikings on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Why don’t they use Webb at all? I thought they wuld use him a little like on jets Sanchez n tebow confuse the defense. Especially if we r struggling in scoring. Look at the 49ers with the backup QB, he ran for a TD. Why cnt Vikings do that? Vikings should at least give it a try.

  43. By DeerTracks on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Purple Polar Bar Pete….Webb won’t be here next year? You must have been talking to OTKalil again. Who reads your tea leaves? Give him a chance!!!!!

  44. By RichardA1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Will, I would like to see play called because the Vikes actually turn into purple people eaters, or purple munchers, they start to fight over which chunk of opponet each player gets!!!!!!!

  45. By iaVIKE on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Lookout, vikings, or I will be calling you deertacks, spencer, or anybody else that comes to mind…I guess that will be OK, as long as you don’t call me late for dinner.

  46. By billbobagons1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I watch the games to enjoy them and realize this is a young team that will have some growing pains. Mike all negative I read In stead of complaining the Vikings did not score a touchdown against the Kitty’s be happy the D and special teams looked great. We can win and not have a great passing game.Give the Kitty’s some credit they are a playoff teams from a year ago and have some great players on D and looks like had a great plan for Harvin. This is a year the we should just enjoy it when the win and know that next year could be something special. They play as a team and are focus like I have not seen for a long time. We could have a QB trowing IT’s or a player like Dez that can not run the right pattern or catch the ball and they have to babysit him. Or we could have a couch like Schwartz that is a hot head and undisciplined and the team follows. Ya a lot of good in this Viking team from the top to the bottom. Great owner, Great General Manager with building a team the right way with high character people and a couch that is even tempered and the players know what to expect.

  47. By caliviking88 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    man i cant wait for them to get rid of joe webb…….#1 underrated player on the team (Brandon Fusco)

  48. By JP on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I’m really impressed with the Vikings defense so far. I know this is only at the beginning of the season, but wow we are doing great. I still think there are a few spots that need to be filled in the D to have it more solidified. I do agree with Kalil in that we need another great WR to complete this team. Also I hope we continue to keep Simpson past this year. I still don’t know why the Bengals let him go.

  49. By Vikings#1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I read this n its dumb how we r winning n u still complain! We win! Finally I can say we hve a bright future. All u guys should stop n realize that. I really don’t care of the #2 QB if we hve our future QB ponder. If we won without a good offense imagine how talented we are. Now we can compete against any team. Stop commenting negative stuff for ones n b happy they r winning. Just gets me mad. Be happy we r finally winning!!

  50. By Vikings#1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I read this n its dumb how we r winning n u still complain! We win! Finally I can say we hve a bright future. All u guys should stop n realize that. I really don’t care of the #2 QB if we hve our future QB ponder. If we won without a good offense imagine how talented we are. Now we can compete against any team. Stop commenting negative stuff for ones n b happy they r winning. Just gets me mad. Be happy we r finally winning!!!

  51. By Vikings#1 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I read this n its dumb how we r winning n u still complain! We win! Finally I can say we have a bright future. All u guys should stop n realize that. I really don’t care of the #2 QB if we have our future QB ponder. If we won without a good offense imagine how talented we are. Now we can compete against any team. Stop commenting negative stuff for ones n b happy they r winning. Just gets me mad. Be happy we r finally winning!!!

  52. By JASunderpar on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    I’m a bit on the fence. Happy and surprised we are 3-1 and have a lot to be happy about… especially the defense. Nice to finally see games where we don’t have to watch opponents find wide open receivers all day. The defense is keeping us in all games regardless who we play. the passing offense does concern me. I know the idea is to eliminate mistakes by play-calling everything ultra conservative but it seems to me we could open up things a little. Sometimes i feel that our entire offense is contained within 4 yards. If it can sustain first downs and control the clock, fine, but there are still too many 3 and outs. Since the opposing defense sees no threat to a middle range to deep passing attack, they stay boxed in and it gets more difficult to move the ball. The defense and special teams won that game this past week. Had those returned not happened, i’m not so sure our offense could’ve stepped up and won that game. My real concern is just that we need to sustain drives better or we’re going to tire out the defense. The defense should’nt be the ones who have to win games. The offense needs to move the ball to give the defense a rest and we need to score more offensive TD’s. But kudos and game ball to the defense and special teams. How ’bout a game ball for the offense next week and give the defense a break. Vikes!

  53. By vikes or die on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    I like Webb. He is a great athlete and a Gamer for sure. He is still developing and thats ok. It just takes some people longer to work there craft. But If we were to put Webb in with the first string offense you would probably see some fire works.

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