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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Eden Prairie, MN – It’s never easy for these Minnesota Vikings but they did walk away from Mall of America Field with the victory on Sunday afternoon against the Bears.
As the team prepares to turn their attention away from the Bears and onto their week 14 opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Leslie Frazier took some time on Monday afternoon to put to bed some of the issues that popped up yesterday on the field.
The Quarterback Carousel is Spinning Again…
After sharing his excitement last week in not having to sweat out the starting quarterback situation, Leslie and the Vikings coaching staff are back to square one as Christian Ponder, who hadn’t played very well, left Sunday’s game with a concussion and backup Matt Cassel took the helm and led the Vikings to victory.
Frazier and his staff normally sit down with the quarterbacks on Tuesday morning to go over the initial gameplan for the upcoming week. That expedited time frame would put some sort of a behind the scenes decision on the docket this afternoon or tomorrow morning.
“I think it would be wise for us to talk this one through,” Frazier explained. “There’s no reason at this point, Monday at 12:40pm, why we have to make a decision.”
Rhett Ellison’s Penalty…
While he joked about pretending like the first game-winning field goal didn’t happen, Coach Frazier said that he did go back and look at the tape to see what exactly happened with halfback Rhett Ellison when he was flagged and the FG was called of.
“It was a good call,” Frazier said of the facemask penalty. “He held on to the facemask. Maybe if he lets it go, they might not call it, but he held that facemask too long. It was a good call, the right call.
Conversations Coming With Cook Following First-Half Ejection…
Though he had not had an opportunity to do it before we chatted with him on Monday, Coach Frazier said that he does have intentions to sit down with cornerback Chris Cook in the afternoon to discuss the events of Sunday’s game. The message, “Poise and composure.”
“You have to be able to do that,” Frazier explained. “You’re going to get beat in the NFL as a corner, even the best do. You’ve got to be able to handle it the right way.”
Past Experiences Left Vikings Gun Shy at End of Regulation…
You may have noticed a bit of confusion on the Vikings’ sidelines as Robbie Gould and the Bears lined up to attempt a 66-yard field goal at the end of regulation. You had players were waving at the coaches and coaches directing the players, it was haphazard at best. Monday, Frazier explained why there was confusion and what led up to that moment of chaos.
“We’ve been in a situation before where we had something negative happen when we thought they were going to kick the field goal,” Frazier said referencing the fake FG touchdown from the Browns in week three. “We just wanted to cross our Ts and dot our Is.”
The Vikings ended up sending Cordarrelle Patterson back deep to return the kick that fell a yard short. Patterson did his best “Iron Bowl” impression but came up short at the Vikings 20-yard line.
Heavy Pressure on QBs a Concern Going Forward…
The Minnesota Vikings offensive line has allowed 11 sacks over the past two weeks and Leslie Frazier is worried.
“It’s a concern,” Frazier said. “Anytime you get hit it causes problems for [the quarterback] where it he’s not careful he’s going to get happy feet and not going through his progressions. It’s important that we protect the quarterback and keep those hits off of him. There’s some things that we’ve got to get corrected.”
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