Evaluating the performances of coaches can be tricky. When a team is losing, it’s easy to criticize game plans and second-guess playcalling. When a team is winning, all of a sudden the game plans look brilliant and the playcalling is perfect. It just goes with the territory of being a coach, in any sport and at every level.
The Vikings have won their last three games, and externally the coaches are receiving a lot of praise. Deservedly so, too, given how dominant the defense has been and how efficient the offense has become. In reflecting on his staff’s performance of late, though, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier doesn’t look at the three-game winning streak. He goes as far back as last February, when the Vikings staff was responsible for coaching the North team.
“When I look back at our experience at the Senior Bowl, as a staff, that was a big deal for us as far as camaraderie and coming together,” Frazier explained. “We didn’t have that rookie camp the year before where we could come together as a staff and work through some things. We had to hit the ground running. But that experience at the Senior Bowl was good for our coaching staff.”
Both Frazier and General Manager Rick Spielman have in the past cited the team’s experience at the Senior Bowl as reasons for feeling so strongly about players such as Harrison Smith and Audie Cole. On Wednesday, though, Frazier talked about how the Senior Bowl experience was also important from a synergy standpoint for the coaching staff.
“Not only what we were able to find out personnel-wise about college players, but that time together that we had, we kind of built on that over the offseason,” Frazier said. “By the time our players got into the building, we were concrete on what we needed to get done and how we wanted to get certain things taught. Having an offseason where we could spend some quality time together and not trying to figure out ‘Are we going to be playing football? Are we not going to be playing football? When are we going to be playing football?’ We could just concentrate on what happened in the past, what we need to fix, personnel-wise as well as scheme, and come together as a group where you can not only work together but trust one another. We’ve had that through an offseason and it’s paid dividends for us.”
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