Craig: Frazier well-versed in handling adversity

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 16, 2013 - 10:14 AM

It’s late January, 1986, and Leslie Frazier is lying in a hospital bed with shredded knee ligaments suffered during a punt return in the Bears’ 46-10 victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XX.

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blowvikesOct. 15, 13 8:41 PM

Mark, obviously Frazier's way of "handling adversity" is not by winning!!! Mark, why do you embarrass yourself with these "planted" articles trying to be nice to Frazier when we all know he is incapable of being a head coach at the NFL level. No need to divert attention away from the ever dwindling number of purple homers, the season is over and everyone knows now that the vikings have been exposed (again) for the frauds that the entire organization is from the top down!!!

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megalacOct. 15, 13 8:53 PM

Appreciate the article. He knows that God can and will bring him through anything. He realizes that all things work out a certain way for a reason. That is not to say I think he should continue to be the coach or that he will help turn this season around. I share that same faith that he has; and it can only come from God.

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elyite28Oct. 15, 13 9:06 PM

Not even Sid thinks Frazier's job is safe, not sure if thats what you were implying Mark? We all know Ziggy is bringing in a new coach at the end of the season, however I believe Speilman is staying. We deserve to get an ESTABLISHED Head Coach, not an assistant who is promoted, not a college coach, how about giving us a PROVEN HEAD COACH WITH A SUPER BOWL RING!! Cowher 14 seasons with the Steelers:161-81-1, 8 Division Titles, 2 Super Bowl Appearances and 1 Super Bowl Victory....Brian Billick, 6 seasons with the Ravens: 80-62, 2 AFC Championship Games and Won the Super Bowl in 2000......Mariucci, 5 seasons with San Fran, 76-57, 2 NFC Championships, including 14-2 in 1997 and 12-4 in 98.....There are plenty more, Gruden? Schotenheimer? as a fan for about 40 years, I really feel this is as bad as we have ever been, so please Ziggy give us a real coach. GO VIKES!!

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zeldacOct. 15, 13 9:09 PM

I want Frazier to be successful, however he is the big league now, and winning is most important. He needs to be more animated both on the sidelines and in front of the cameras even though it is not his personality. By being quiet, he looks confused and without answers. I am afraid he is in over his head and if being a head coach is his desire, it probably will be at a lower level.

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myteamOct. 15, 13 9:20 PM

Frazier should collect his next paycheck from God, or STOP using God to justify his poor job.

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George72Oct. 15, 13 9:28 PM

He totally seems like a high quality person, just not cut out to be an NFL head coach. It's not a nice guy type of job. He looked ill on Sunday out there..tough to watch.

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SHLOct. 15, 13 9:29 PM

Fans well-versed in handling adversity!

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mn2niceOct. 15, 13 9:45 PM

myteam, you said what I was about to say. I would hope that he would rely on something more rational to guide him, because whatever he is using doesn't seem to be working too well. Either that or God's phone is busy. In any event, we need a coach who does more than just stand there on the sidelines with his head hung low. We need a coach who interacts assertively with the players during the game and shows some emotion, some passion. Not just stand there with a blank face. We need a coach who is deeply and actively involved in the game. One whose gamecard is bigger than a pack of smokes. There is no sense of thinking outside the box, no variety in the play calling. Its like watching slo-mo TV for 3 hours. I am shocked he still has a job.

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deadaheadOct. 15, 13 9:48 PM

Is he well versed in finding a new job.

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keepinupOct. 15, 1310:20 PM

The most telling line, "I can't put my finger on why we didn't play better". Isn't that the coaches job? Another way to put it, "I'm clueless"

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