Hartman: Even Frazier had to be a bit surprised

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 16, 2013 - 6:41 AM

The Vikings coach thought the team had a chance to win but knew it would be awfully tough with all the injuries.

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fuzzypilgrimDec. 16, 1312:34 AM

I'm surprised Frazier still has a job.

kevinalaskaDec. 16, 13 1:47 AM

Once again Spielman is spouting off like he even has one single clue to what is actually going on. Time to demolish the GM and coaches and give real people a chance to show just what this team could do. Send Ponder to any team that will give up an empty beer keg and a hot dog for him!

comment229Dec. 16, 13 4:38 AM

We should never ever hear the phrase, "Ponder gives us the best chance to win." In another comment section, someone posted "there goes out chance for a high draft choice!" True; but, yesterday, without drafting anyone, we found a more than competent quarterback, AND also found a corner who wants to play football, Prater. Most teams in the NFL would find that to be a highly successful draft... and the draft, is yet to come.

comment229Dec. 16, 13 4:40 AM

Hate to be negative, but there was one glaring failure yesterday, much like in the NBA.... When somebody is going to make "monster dunk" you don't want to be anywhere near it on defense and in that picture for eternity. Yesterday, most times there was a touchdown scored by the Eagles, there was one glaring purple number in the picture... number 36. It would be a different story if he was even close to defending the pass, but he wasn't within three/four yards of the receiver.

comment229Dec. 16, 13 4:43 AM

And finally, I did get a little nervous towards the end of the game, when we had a pretty good lead, got the ball back, and twice, we went back to the same old play calling... run, run, pass. It failed both times. I will give someone credit though, for realizing that you could not sit on this lead and started passing the ball on first down in the second half.... I suspect, it was all audibles from Cassel.

tessssDec. 16, 13 5:38 AM

Mr. Speilmen. "the coaches and players didn't quit", and thats something to brag about? Even the lowest paid player on the team makes much more than the average fan-shouldn't they play and work hard? If the average Joe doesn't work hard at his job they usually send them packing. Please don't give me the line of not quiting.

u4775Dec. 16, 13 6:24 AM

What all the naysayers seem to overlook is few coaches/gm's could win a game like that. It is a testament to the coaching and more importantly the depth of this Viking team. This is a playoff caliber team right down to the last man.....who also played in yesterdays game I think. Also overlooked is that the Vikings gave up their season average off 30 points and that is why they are not in the playoffs this year. They have two of the best returners in the league, the best running back, and probably the best rookie. Do you people really think this is all an accident? What yesterdays game showed is the Vikings have the depth to go all the way with an upgraded defense, and it also showed Robert Blanton is slowwww, but he is playing out of position too, he is really a safety.

geezeDec. 16, 13 6:25 AM

Where is Freeman?

michaelfossumDec. 16, 13 6:30 AM

"'Didn't Quit!'" What kind of statement is that? Spielman has no clue and this should be his last year here, along with the whole coaching staff. Just because thay had one good game doesn't make up for the fact that they have been miserable and very inconsistent all year.

mythologerDec. 16, 13 7:23 AM

I was one calling for a complete coaching overhaul, but maybe we just need to tweak a few things. These coaches have been able to get the team close enough to win most games. With some end-of-game tweaking, they could be sitting at 9 wins now, leading the division. Stop getting conservative so soon, on both offense and defense. Some coaching changes are necessary, but maybe we shouldn't start over from scratch.


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