Souhan: Frazier's calm voice has Vikings on right path

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 18, 2012 - 9:06 PM

 His team is in the thick of a playoff race, and that is a tribute to Leslie Frazier's ability to navigate his way through stormy waters.

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garykhansonDec. 18, 12 8:53 PM

Teams reflect the personalities of their coaches. Pittsburgh under Tomlin and the Vikings under Grant and Frazier were and are credible and stable.

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abemntocalDec. 18, 12 9:14 PM

Les has done a really nice job, is a class act, and deserves an extension. And while many on these comment boards wish he was more emotional, having grown up with Mr. Grant as head coach I actually like the calm and confident type.

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jsimple3Dec. 18, 12 9:18 PM

Sign him to an extension. The players seem to like and play hard for him, and more importantly to me, I would rather root for a good person than a jerk coach. I hope the Vikes make the playoffs and make it a no-brainer decision.

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bruisedupDec. 18, 12 9:19 PM

He is a Viking head coach who shows no emotion regardless of how his team is playing and his team is tireless with a grind it out effort that is conservative but contributions come from all the units and all players. Players know that a big play can change the outcome of the game and you can see big plays come from different players. He coaches a Vikes team that needs good quarterback play but the team is not dependent on a quarterback to carry the team. Up to this time the only Viking head coach to fit that description was Bud Grant. Not any more.

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dch6859Dec. 18, 12 9:30 PM

So here we go again, heaping praise on a Head Coach because he's a nice guy and is calm. Tony Dungy was soo OVERATED. He had arguably the greatest QB of all time and won only 1 SB.Now mentioning Fraizer for Coach of the Year? Take away AP and this team is pathetic. Ponder is all Fraziers fault and are there 2 worse Offensive Coordinator/QB coach than the Vikings 2 clowns hand picked by him? He signed McNabb last year to Tudor Ponder. He's no better than Tice or Chilly.

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ginobambinoDec. 18, 12 9:41 PM

Couldn't disagree more. Without AP, this is a 5 win team this year. While he may be a nice guy, fans have been calling for his dismissal after the second season. What changed? Beating a few more dismal teams than most thought? This team has NO direction at all.

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walker8084Dec. 18, 1210:50 PM

I'd like to see him beat the Packers at least ONCE before giving him an unnecessarily premature contract extension. I like Les and maybe he will be a good coach, but his running back is the only reason this team isn't 3-13 again.

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bredpathDec. 18, 1210:53 PM

You can say "so and so team wouldn't be here without (star player)" about lots of teams. I suppose Belichick and McCarthy aren't really good coaches, they just happen to have great QB's. The fact is that Frazier has improved this team from last season and he deserves an extension.

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prplchumpDec. 18, 1211:22 PM

Jim, we will see how much of a professional caliber coach Frazier really is now that he is forced to beat two Division opponents back to back and one of them on the road to make the last seed in the NFC playoffs. In order to accomplish winning the 6th and last seed in the NFC playoff picture Frazier must do a number of things in these last two games that he has NEVER done in his two and a half years as head coach. Here we go; first he has to beat a division winning team (hou, GB), he must beat a division winning team on the road (Hou), he must beat the GB Packers and lastly he must beat any one of these two division winning teams(Hou, GB)twice in a single season and back to back to boot!!! When the vikings get destroyed in Houston it will not be all Frazier's fault, first of all this club does not have the talent on either side of the ball to beat both GB and Houston back to back. Secondly, Ponder is a complete joke and the vikings have no passing game whatsoever and Frazier does not have the coaching talent to guide any club past an 8-8 season because he is not a playoff caliber coach. The ONLY reason this club was able to even win 8 games this season is because of their extremely "soft" schedule at the beginning of the year (Jax, Tenn, AZ, Det twice) and even with that this club managed to get beaten by three rookie QBs this season in an eight week stretch.

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zatawayDec. 18, 1211:52 PM

This is one of the most disciplined Vikings teams in a long time. There is no drama off the field or on, and players have total team mentality. The defense continues to improve and is creating turnovers. Special Teams is outstanding in every phase. And while Adrian is amazing, he's also getting great blocking without players jumping offsides or holding. This team has beaten the teams it was supposed to, but also beat teams it was supposed to lose to, such as the SF and the Bears. The team, not just Adrian, has overachieved thus far - and that's a result of coaching. Frazier, while somewhat soft-spoken on the sideline or at the podium, is a true old-school defensive-minded coach. I'll take him any day.

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