06-09-2011, 04:44 PM #1
Frazier not buying lockout will cripple vikes
Frazier joined KFAN in Minneapolis to talk about just how frustrating it’s been for him to not be able to get to work with his team following the encouraging finish to last season, if he agrees that teams like the Vikings and others around the league that are implementing new schemes and breaking in new coaches will be the one’s most affected by the lockout, if there’s a cutoff date in his mind where a normal training camp away from Minneapolis would be in serious jeopardy, why he thinks there’s limited value to players-only voluntary workouts during the lockout, why he’s still thrilled that his guys are trying to stay busy and active throughout the labor impasse, why he’s impressed but not surprised that rookie first round QB Christian Ponder tried to get a group together in his native Florida, how the Vikings aren’t interested in signing a veteran free agent QB that would arrive thinking they had the No. 1 job locked up, how that philosophy is a reflection of the confidence he has in Ponder and Joe Webb, how the complimentary parts around whoever wins the QB competition are dangerous enough to make Minnesota a contender in the NFC North, why he doesn’t believe Ray Edwards’ future in Minnesota is necessarily coming to an end despite Edwards’ recent comments, and how he hopes that he and his coaching staff can get away soon after putting in some hard work recently getting prepared for all types of different scenarios for training camp and the 2011 season.“What takes a quarterback to the next level is not arm strength or mobility or any of that stuff. It’s the ability to play on critical downs. Manage third downs, or red zones or four-minute or two-minute situations"
06-09-2011, 04:57 PM #2
Re: Frazier not buying lockout will cripple vikesWithout naming names, is it accurate to say that based on his quotes this offseason, it doesn’t appear that he’s interested in bringing in a veteran QB that would arrive thinking they’d be the No. 1 QB in 2011 without having to fight for it:
“That’s exactly how I’m looking at it. I want to give Christian and Joe Webb — along with Rhett [Bomar] — every opportunity to compete for that starting job. And any veteran, were we to go that route, that signed with us, he’d have to understand that. That’s the approach we want to take. We want to make sure we do it right and do right by our young guys. That’s the approach that I’d like to be able to take.”
06-09-2011, 05:41 PM #3
Re: Frazier not buying lockout will cripple vikesOriginally Posted by "tastywaves" #1098577
06-09-2011, 06:55 PM #4
Re: Frazier not buying lockout will cripple vikesOriginally Posted by "seaniemck7" #1098580
06-09-2011, 09:04 PM #5
Re: Frazier not buying lockout will cripple vikesOriginally Posted by "tastywaves" #1098583
After all, McNabb won't come here to "compete"...that let's us know that Leslie isn't looking at Donovan. I doubt that Hasselback would want to "compete" either...sort of leaves him out too. And Carson Palmer - if Cinci finally lets him walk - certainly won't want to compete.
So, essentially, Leslie is eliminating proven starters from his list...which may bite him in the ass, much as it bit Chiller.
As of right now, there are a handful of UFA QB's with starting experience who aren't necessarily 1st string material anymore. We'll see how things shake out once the labor dispute ends, but it will be interesting to see if Leslie brings in a viable talent to push Ponder, or if he sandbags it like Chiller did with Jackson.
06-10-2011, 01:25 AM #6
Re: Frazier not buying lockout will cripple vikesOriginally Posted by "Caine" #1098585
His quotes regarding bringing in a vet have been confusing at best.
He would like to play a young guy, and always remembers to mention Webb when talking about Ponder. But would also like to bring in a vet to compete.
Is he lieing to himself or does he think he is going to spark some great QB competition?
I would rather he bring in a starting vet for Ponder and Webb to learn under for a year or two, or alternatively, set the QB position up as a competition between Ponder and Webb, and say we are bringing in a vet to back them up.
What he says about the QB position is just confusing.
The other thing in this thread; the head coach has no say, that's funny.“What takes a quarterback to the next level is not arm strength or mobility or any of that stuff. It’s the ability to play on critical downs. Manage third downs, or red zones or four-minute or two-minute situations"
06-10-2011, 03:24 AM #7
Re: Frazier not buying lockout will cripple vikesFrazier not buying lockout will cripple Vikes
New playbook, that few have seen.
A rookie QB with zero playing/practice experience with his team.
No veteran QB with considerable game experience on the roster.
Possibly no minicamps or training camps prior to the start of the season.
Rice & an underated Leber more than likely gone.
There's a lot of work to be done before we can be serious contenders.
Anybody who thinks that these issues won't cripple us for the beginning of the season needs to remove the purple shades, Frazier included.
"If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"
06-10-2011, 04:15 AM #8
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Re: Frazier not buying lockout will cripple vikesOriginally Posted by "singersp" #1098591
But be careful. posts like that are gonna get you labeled as a 'negative nancy'.
How dare you not speak perfectly about the Vikings!?
06-10-2011, 07:39 AM #9
Re: Frazier not buying lockout will cripple vikesOriginally Posted by "i_bleed_purple" #1098598
06-10-2011, 12:40 PM #10
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