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Frazier Cites Senior Bowl Experience As Turning Point For Coaching Staff

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 26, 2012 – 12:11 pm

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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32 Responses to “Frazier Cites Senior Bowl Experience As Turning Point For Coaching Staff”

  1. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    first

  2. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I miss Percy :(

  3. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Pay Loadholt

  4. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Peterson for MVP

  5. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier for Coach of the Year

  6. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Destroy Green Bay

  7. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    DWayne Bowe

  8. By JE on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wow the coaching staff got that much out of the senior bowl!! I guess thats why Harbaugh and Carroll are having so much success in SFran and Seattle because they no these young players coming out of college…There is something to be said about hiring a good college coach to run your NFL team!!

  9. By goldeneagle on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good group of young players——-now let’s stop the Packs 5 game winning streak against us. Win!

  10. By Parkway on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    If Percy really wants out we should see if the Rams want to give us those two first rounders they have this year.

  11. By MuskyFever on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I too miss Percy :-(

  12. By Spencer on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I miss Benard Berrian :(

  13. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Spencer … BB responded to me on Twitter … I asked him where he got a quote and he told me … nothing special … if he only knew

  14. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think BB and Simpson are the same guy …

  15. By MuskyFever on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I definitely do NOT miss Bernard Berrian ;-P

  16. By MuskyFever on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I do miss Sydeny Rice

  17. By MuskyFever on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I miss 3 DEEP. Jake Reed, Randy Moss and Chris Carter!!! Now there is a group of talented WRs

  18. By Immure on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I miss Jake Reed. He was my favorite of the three.

  19. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Its nice to see Korey Stringer is remembered … I miss Korey Stringer :(

  20. By Immure on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I miss Steve Hutchinson. Yea his playing ability was on the decline but he is still better the Johnson.

  21. By Immure on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    then Johnson*

  22. By Spencer on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn I sent a tweet to Berrian once…he blocked me LOL.

  23. By BlueBird7 on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn
    Musky

    I too, miss those guys. I watched them for years. Great, each & Everyone.

    I still feel sad about Korey Stringer. A Really nice person. Both on & off the field.

  24. By Immure on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I miss having a dominant O-Line.

  25. By Spencer on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Come back home

  26. By Immure on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I’m with you on that one Spencer. Come Back Home… Gus Frerotte!!!

  27. By Spencer on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ha Ha!

  28. By Parkway on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes getting 0 love from the national media

  29. By MuskyFever on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting debte going on in my office right now.

    What has there been more of???

    Bust QB’s drafted in the first round, OR top 5 QB’s draft in rounds 3 – 7?????

    I say there have been far more busts, than top 5s, but there are some good arguments for either… ANY THOUGHTS?????

  30. By Smith22DMVP on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    I have not done ANY research on it, but my gut says there have been more busts.

  31. By MTfan on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Alhough we have been winning, I am still frustrated with the playcalling. No praise here. We should be using much more play action. Instead, the defense always knows if its a pass or a run… Why not use.play-action pass on first down, especially in the Red Zone. Then hand off to Adrian on second down. Instead, we show run and run on first and second down, then show pass and pass on third down(usually for 5 yards shy of the first down marker. Result: Two many field goals and three-and-outs.

  32. By MTfan on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Release Loadholt like he releases D-Ends. “right away”

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