Tag:Leslie Frazier
Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:38 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 2:28 pm

Frazier says Favre doubtful, but you never know

Posted by Andy BenoitB. Favre (US Presswire)

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. ET: Ed Werder is reporting that Favre and his teammates believe the streak will end tonight. If the streak ends, it's likely that we've already seen the final play of Favre's career.

It’s against international law for a sports media outlet to go more than 24 hours without a new Brett Favre story. So, here’s the latest out of Minnesota, err, Detroit: Favre is still skeptical that he’ll be able to extend his consecutive starts streak to 298. On Monday morning, his head coach sounded only slightly less skeptical.

Leslie Frazier was somewhat optimistic about Favre’s chances in a conference call Sunday. He said the extra 30 or so hours of recovery/prep time that the snowstorm and Metrodome roof collapse afforded Favre would be helpful. But with roughly half of those hours now gone, Frazier’s optimism seems to have waned a bit.

Asked what Favre’s status is for the Giants game (kickoff 7:20 ET), Frazier replied, "Doubtful, but sometimes you never know with him."

Tarvaris Jackson took virtually all of the reps in practice this week. Still, expect to see Favre test his injured shoulder in pregame warmups. The Vikings must declare their eight inactive players 90 minutes before kickoff.

And because this awesome footage can't be viewed enough, here's a reminder as to why Favre and the Vikings got a 30-hour extension on the game:

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 2:54 pm

Favre says he 'does not think he can play' Monday

Posted by Will Brinson

The temporary issue with the Vikings-Giants game (aka "WHERE") is solved, as the teams will square off in Detroit Monday night at Ford Field (and tickets are free!). So what then, will happen with Brett Favre, who said he couldn't have played Sunday.

Well, it appears his consecutive games streak will end at 297, if the reports currently circulating hold true.

Favre texted Jonny Saraceno of USA Today on Sunday about his status.

"I doubt it, but [the Metrodome collapsing] does buy a little time," Favre texted. "This is unbelievable!"

He was referring to the Metrodome, of course, but for all we know he means his chance at playing Monday night against the Giants.

According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, Favre is also telling "friends and associates he does not think he can play" Monday.

In other words, right now, he's "doubtful" at best, and it seems as if Tavaris Jackson will get the starting nod for the Vikings on Monday night in Ford Field.

But, this is Brett Favre we're talking about folks, and there's no reason to firmly believe he's going to miss the opening snap of the game until you actually see the ball in Tavaris' hands on the first play from scrimmage.

Until then, there'll be plenty of speculation surrounding Favre's status, and there's always a chance he wakes up on Monday, feels great, gets dressed and leads the Vikings to a miraculous win (or embarrassing loss). There's also a chance he suits up and gets injured, although Leslie Frazier has indicated he won't play Favre early and pull him just to keep the streak rolling.

If Favre doesn't play, though, there's a very good chance we've seen him take his last snap in the NFL -- once "the streak" is broken, it doesn't seem like he's got a whole lot come back and play for in the final three weeks of the season.

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Posted on: December 10, 2010 10:10 pm

Vikings should end Cook's season

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The St. Paul Pioneer Press writes that the Vikings are considering shutting down rookie CB Chris Cook for the rest of the season because he’s having knee problems.

Cook, a second-round draft pick, has torn the meniscus in both of his knees – allowing him only to play six games – and in the past few weeks, his knees have been sore.

"He's a guy we think has a great future with our football team," interim coach Leslie Frazier said. "We're going through some different scenarios and trying to do what's best for him and the team as well."

Cook has looked good at times and seems capable of becoming one of Minnesota’s better defenders. With that, it probably makes sense to sit him down for the rest of the season and start focusing on next year. That’s especially true considering the Vikings season will end in four games.

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:37 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 1:53 pm

Dey Took Er Jobs: It's time for Tavaris Jackson

Posted by Will Brinson

Brad Childress' departure from the Minnesota Vikings organization certainly doesn't mean that Wednesdays aren't FavreDays still -- and so it's now Leslie Frazier handling the press conference questions of reporters while every network in the world livestreams his answers regardless of what else in the world is happening.

Frazier, who's immensely more enjoyable to listen to for 20 minutes than Chilly, said that there hasn't been a decision made on whether Brett Favre will start Sunday. In fact, he said that a decision probably won't come until Sunday, as the Vikings try to figure out if No. 4 can play. He also said that Favre won't start just to keep his streak alive.

"No, I don't think we approach it that way," Frazier said. "Either he can go or he can't go. And when he goes in there, we're of the expectation that he can play for four quarters. That would be the plan. So we wouldn't go into it, get a start, get a couple reps and get out, no."

So, even though Favre hasn't thrown a ball this week and even though he can't lift his arm very far and even though the Vikings offense went ballistic on the Bills once Tavaris Jackson entered the game on Sunday, Favre still gives Minnesota the "best chance to win." Presumably.

But does he?

The upside of Tavaris is that he's extremely mobile, he has a cannon arm and he's absolutely fresh right now. The downside of Tavaris is that he's inexperienced and he frequently makes terrible, inexcusable mistakes.

This differentiates him from Favre in that, um, he's not experienced. Oh, and that he won't be publicly upset if he can't start his 299th consecutive game.

That is to say, if the Vikings were playing to win, they would start Tavaris over Favre. And, actually, if they're playing to make sure that Favre doesn't get literally killed on Sunday, they'll start Tavaris -- the Giants pass rush isn't just formidable, it's terrifying, and they're going to get their hands on the Vikings quarterback, whoever it is.

If it's someone who's mobile instead of someone who's got unbelievable genes and an Iron Man body gripping his extremities by strings -- not to mention a busted foot and/or feet and/or ankles -- they'll stand a better chance of succeeding against a scary defense.

Look, some of Tavaris' success on Sunday came from two things: having Adrian Peterson and having Sidney Rice. Because they played the Bills, Peterson was able to soften up the defense and make Jackson's job easier. And because Rice is as stud, some of the throws Jackson made went from jump-balls to big gains.

But, hey, that's not so different from Favre being under center anyway.

So, this Cardinals quarterback situation is just a total nightmare isn't it? It's terrible for the fans and it's probably worse for Ken Wisenhunt, who absolutely knows that there's nothing he can do in order to improve his team's chances of winning over the next couple of weeks -- either he starts raw rookie John Skelton, or he keeps throwing Derek Anderson to the wolves.

There's a sound argument to be made from the perspective of "Skelton CAN'T be worse than Anderson -- just play him!" But there's also a sound argument to be made for the other side, as well. Because, you know, if you start Skelton and he gets hurt or stinks the joint up, you're wasting money on Anderson on the bench and getting the same result, with the possibility of hurting Skelton's development long term.

In hindsight, the team shouldn't have been so cheap that they weren't willing to pay Marc Bulger as well (we learned recently that Whiz and the Cards wanted to go after Bulger but didn't want to wait for the Rams to release him) and, instead, ended up with two rookies backing up their de facto starter in Anderson.

The moral of the story? You should always sneak into Kurt Warner's and do your best God voice to convince him to rejoin the team regardless of how morally corrupt that is make sure you have reasonably viable options at quarterback.

The notion of a "starting running back" is a little outdated in this two-back world we live in, but it still prominently exists. Look no further than the Giants situation where Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs have flopped several times as the "starter." Jacobs, who regained the role recently, will continue to start "at this point," according to Tom Coughlin.

The bottom line is that Coughlin's going to keep going with the hot hand, he's going to pound both of these guys with his wide receiver corps banged up, and he'll use the "starter" thing as motivation for both Bradshaw and Jacobs.

And that, right there, is something that deserves a ton of praise -- Coughlin hasn't been scared to make change and motivate these guys in 2010, and that's why the Giants, instead of continually skidding after losses to Philadelphia and Dallas, are tied with the Eagles for the NFC East lead.


There's been some clamoring for Tim Tebow in Denver. After all, Josh McDaniels is gone and let's see what we've got, people! Unleash the Tebow!!! (Sorry, got excited there for a second.) This is silly.

Eric Studesville needs to win and he needs to win quickly and he needs to do it in a fashion that shows he can win next year as well (with Kyle Orton and his motley crue of wideouts), if he hopes to have a shot at the Broncos gig in 2011. It seems unlikely that he gets that job anyway, but not less likely than Tebow blossoming into a starting NFL quarterback over the next three weeks. So: upside is you have a guy who's not as good as Orton (yet). Downside: Studesville kills any chance of being a candidate in Denver and simultaneously sinks Tebow's trade value even further for next year.

Pants on Fire! (You see, because we examine hot seats)

John Fox: He's gone. His house, according to people I talked to recently, has been on the market for months. The only question is whether or not Frazier and Jason Garrett in Dallas can lose their jobs in the next three weeks to present attractive openings for a new gig.

Mike Singletary: MUnless the Niners rip off a miracle run, he's toast. And he clearly knows that. Why else would he make the flip-flopping of Troy Smith and Alex Smith "week-to-week"?

Jeff Fisher: Seems kind of crazy, but at this point, if you're Fisher, why would you stay? Your crazy old boss clearly prefers a guy like Vince Young to you (the guy who's been there, winning, for 17 years!) and walking out now, even with the Titans struggling mightily, would mean an easy opportunity to land another head coaching job.

Norv Turner: Once upon about two weeks ago, Turner might have had a shot at running the table and making an argument for COY award. Instead, the Chargers came out completely flat against Oakland, at home, as 13.5-point favorites. If the same thing happens (only with a 7.5 line) against KC, Norv better watch out.

Marvin Lewis: He's hanging out in John Fox's billiards room, obviously.

Gary Kubiak: Primetime struggles against Baltimore (at home, on Monday night) could make things awkward for Kubes. Fortunately, that Denver job's open, so he could potentially "leave" Houston for a "homecoming" and just work something out with Texans ownership where they don't fire him. (And then hire Fisher! The drama! The hatred! DO IT!)

Tony Sparano: There are so many coaches getting canned or sitting squarely on the heater that Sparano gets overlooked, but following up a blowout of Oakland with a terrible loss to Cleveland means he has to beat Buffalo and Detroit at home to close out the season at 8-8, as the Fins travel to the Jets and the Pats as well in the next four weeks. Losing one of those has the makings of a canning.

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:25 am

Vikes, Frazier 'hoping' Favre can play on Sunday

Posted by Will Brinson

Even Leslie Frazier's brilliant start with the Minnesota Vikings (2-0! A win against the Bills! And one against the Redskins!) couldn't possibly be derailed by Brett Favre's on- and off-field issues -- when Favre went down, the Vikings went up, shredding through Buffalo with Tavaris Jackson at the helm.

Favre's dealing with another injury (this time a separated shoulder) for the first time in his career, but just because he's hurt every body part he's got at this point doesn't mean you should expect him to sit. Because the Vikings don't.

"He probably won't practice tomorrow, but we'll get a chance to see how he looks on Thursday and just try to make a determination based on that, you know, how things will look for Sunday," Frazier said Tuesday in a radio interview. "But we're all hoping that he'll be healthy enough to play. He's still a great quarterback and if he's able to play it gives us a great chance to win against New York."

Now, Frazier has to say something like that -- unlike Brad Childress, he already seems to grasp that keeping a hold on the Vikings head coaching job is much easier if you please No. 4.

That being said, he and Minnesota won't go so far out of their way that they risk losing a game to please Favre; if he physically can't go, they won't force him on the field just to keep his consecutive games starting streak alive.

Or, at minimum, they'll put him out there against the Giants and let someone on the offensive line "miss" a block in the first quarter that leads to more of what you see above. Seriously: if Favre tries to go against the G-Men's pass rush, they're going to end up killing him. 

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 2:07 pm

The latest on Brett Favre

Posted by Andy BenoitB. Favre (US Presswire)

It’s Monday afternoon, which means time for a Brett Favre injury update. The injury Favre suffered Sunday against the Bills was to his right shoulder. It’s a different shoulder injury than the one that has bothered him at times earlier this season.

So what’s the latest? Favre’s shoulder is sprained. Interim head coach Leslie Frazier is not sure what degree of sprain (or he’s not saying), but the decision of whether Favre plays Sunday against the Giants will be made by…Favre (which is par for the course in Minnesota). The team doctors will get to at least chime in. And we’re not sure in what capacity, but ESPN’s Ed Werder figures to be involved somehow.

Frazier said after the Vikings’ win on Sunday that even though he thought Tarvaris Jackson played well, there is no quarterback controversy in Minnesota; if Favre can play, he’s the starter. Frazier also said in his Monday press conference that he was surprised Favre didn’t make it back in the game.

What does all this mean? Likely another few days of Favre speculation ending with the consecutive starts streak (approaching 298) staying alive.

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Posted on: December 5, 2010 4:49 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2010 4:54 pm

Frazier: Favre remains Vikings starter

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After Brett Favre left the game early in the first quarter with a shoulder injury, Vikings backup QB Tarvaris Jackson played a big part in Minnesota’s 24-point win against the Bills today – although RB Adrian Peterson was OK (107 rushing yards, three TDs), Jackson went 15 of 22 for 187 yards, two TDs and three picks.

Still, coach Leslie Frazier has not changed his mind.

He told reporters after the game that Favre, as long as he’s healthy enough to play, will remain his starting quarterback.

Frazier also said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Favre has a shoulder sprain but he’s not sure how severe the injury is. As long as he’s ready to play next week vs. the Giants, Frazier said he’ll start Favre.

Favre said, though X-rays were negative, he couldn’t throw the ball and the only way he could have helped the team today was to hand off left-handed. He said it’s a sprained sternum-clavicle joint.

Surprisingly, Favre has never had one of those before.

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 1:55 pm

Childress speaks, defends himself

Brad Childress got the chance to defend himself this week. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For the past few weeks, everybody in the Vikings organization – and everybody outside of it, for that matter – has weighed in on former coach Brad Childress, his coaching style, his relationship with the players on his team, and his general demeanor.

Until the St. Paul Pioneer Press tracked him down this week at his home in Bonita Springs, Fla., Childress has stayed silent. But in his first interview since owner Zygi Wilf hired him and replaced him with interim coach Leslie Frazier, Childress didn’t come out swinging.

Instead, he calmly defended his actions and got a chance to stick up for himself. In fact, he came off kind of classy.

A few choice quotes before you click on the link to get the full story, including which players called him to console him after Wilf fired him.

On whether he was surprised to get pink-slipped:

"I don't know if it's shocking. All you have to do is look around the league to know this happens. I didn't do everything perfectly, but I felt I coached my way. I left that job in a lot better shape than we were in (in 2006)."

On his relationship with the Vikings locker room:

"If you pull a couple of quotes from a locker room, it all gets exacerbated a bit. By and large, I know the support I had. It's a good group of guys in that locker room."

On whether Childress, who’s still owed about $5 million from the Vikings, will coach again:

"I didn't all of a sudden forget what I knew. I don't think you can slam the door on anything."

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