Frazier challenges defense to give Allen a hand

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 16, 2011 - 10:20 PM

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier essentially issued a public challenge to all defensive players not named Jared Allen to start making some head-turning plays.

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vikeforlifeNov. 16, 1110:43 PM

Good move by Coach Frazier calling out the entire D instead of throwing individuals under the bus. He is stuck with the team he has right now so there is no reason to ruin anyone's confidence further. In regard to Raymond,if he is as promising as the staff say he is, play him at free saftey its not like Sanford is playing lights out. This season still does not have to be a total loss if someone like Raymond,Ballard.Love,Fausco,or one of the Burtons could step in and be ready start next season. Only 7 rounds in the draft and capped out so if there is someone on the roster who can start next year they should find them now.

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bobzilla333Nov. 17, 11 1:51 AM

At least Allen's great play gave Lambeau something to boo about. Too bad that can't said for the rest of the team.

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vikingchampsNov. 17, 11 4:59 AM

Don't know why it took him over half the season to challenge the defense and while he was at it he should have gotten after the offense as well especially the O-line. Nevertheless it maybe to little to late to preserve his job.

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whiteclawNov. 17, 11 8:50 AM

Williams has gone 23 games without a sack? Wow. Another bad player on a bad team.

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norsegodlokiNov. 17, 11 8:58 AM

No mention of Greenway? I have scarcely heard his named called & for someone that had signed a blockbuster, break the bank, contract before the season-I would expect to see him playing much better & hearing his name called out often, but I am not sure why he would have his name called out when he spends so much time on his hinnie during the course of play.

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txcakeeaterNov. 17, 11 9:39 AM

Good start by Frazier calling some guys out. Unfortunately for the Vikings, they've got a whole lotta players (mostly on defense) living off their All-Pro laurels from past years. Overpriced and on the downside now. Ol' Les and team will have some tough decisions this offseason to get this team back in shape.

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joek1948Nov. 17, 1110:02 AM

Why not start some others in the secondary or at least play them to see if and what you have for next year. They have no secondary or haven't all year long. Griffen is the only player beside Winfield that in the past was any good at all and I think with all their injuries they are just now trying to just finish their football careers, playing not to get hurt anymore so being complacent just to playing touch football and at least just getting a hand on the receiver they are guarding. Also I like Frazier but their is only one Tony D. and he and his style was well established, and please no more Chilli the dictator, but this team needs a motorvator on the field as well as off. Someone with a high speed motor to light a fire under the whole team. You only have about 2 or 3 players who have that on the team left anymore and that cancer is spreading fast. I feel bad for the only 2 players on this team that are trying to motovate the team and really want to play but with no cooperation from anyone else, from coaching staff or players. One player from each side (offense and defense) cannot do everything. Allen and Petersen are the only real players on this team and really is the only reason to watch this team. Harvin is very good and has heart, Jenkins is trying, Ponder is just starting and willing and these guys show sparks. They should send McNabb home to his rocking chair instead of sulking on the sidelines. He should at least raise up and take the roll of a cheerleader and encourage the team. Every time the cameras focus on this moping statue all his expression and attitude is sulking. McNabb please save that pose for Philly but even they won't put at statue up after you hang it up, after this year. Even with Farve if he didn't do anything else he motivated his team mates from the side line and you could at least see some inter excitement and motovation for football and the team in general. Sadsack sticks on the sidelines do not do any good to motovate anyone. These players won't even rise above any expectations, it just drags even the good players down. This team is expected to lose, they are confident they are going to lose and have given up period. This team is way past, just the tweeking stage and contrary to the statement after last season, they need an overall, complete rebuild. Ziggy admit it rebuild, REBUILD, and move on.

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sinks88Nov. 17, 1111:28 AM

I hope it works (because on a lighter note, my buddy who Im going to the game with Sunday just picked up Palmer off FF waivers for this game, and I play him as well we are both 5-5 and on the bubble) and I would absolutly love to watch the Vikes D tear the Raiders up, and watch his face as I not only beat him in FF but also get a much needed viking win! GO GUYS, LETS SEE SOME WORK!

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oneyedvikeNov. 17, 1111:31 AM

this team needs a gm. some cuts should have been trades. and some cuts still need to be made. the coach can still have your back when the mean ol gm is doing the trimming. coaches coach and gm's do the dirty work.

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jascotxNov. 17, 1112:06 PM

When your head coach calls out your whole defense, isn't that like calling out your D-Coordinator too?! While we're are at it, can we just read between the lines and say Spielman has no idea how to identify, acquire, or retain football talent.

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