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Leslie Frazier looking to future

Posted on: November 22, 2010 5:12 pm
Leslie Frazier made his debut at the Minnesota news conference today (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If there was a theme going into the Zygi Wilf/Leslie Frazier news conference this afternoon, it must have been, “Um, let’s not talk about the past. Let’s focus instead on the future and, specifically, the Washington Redskins.”

Perhaps that’s why Wilf – who Andy writes shares the blame in this mess – deflected every question about why he decided to fire Brad Childress today, what affect Randy Moss’ release had on his decision and whether Brett Favre would finish the season.

Perhaps that’s why Frazier, named the interim coach in place of Childress today, preferred to talk about how the Vikings need to be good teammates to each other and focus their energies on their next game.

And he’s going to do that by, um, starting Brett Favre.

“There’s no hesitation for me in that regard,” Frazier said.

When Frazier talked to his team – and now it is his team – he focused on the next week of preparation. Even though people are going to write about and discuss the past, look forward, he said. Not backward.

“We can only do what we can do going forward,” said Frazier, who also said he didn’t expect to get his first head coaching job in the NFL in quite this fashion. “Hopefully when we came back on Wednesday, all of our energy and focus will be on the Redskins.

“The one thing I tried to address with our guys is that you want to be a good teammate. That’s part of being successful in our league. We’re going to address a number of different things, but being a good teammate is paramount to having a successful team. In some ways, this is a day of celebration for our team, because we can embrace this moment as a group to focus our energy on the Washington Redskins and not get caught up in anything else.”

While everybody at Minnesota wants to think about the future, we need to talk about the past a little bit, don’t we?

So Zygi Wilf, why fire Childress now?

“There wasn’t one component that factored into this decision,” Wilf said. “We just felt we made the best decision for the organization moving forward. We have high expectations of this team.”

And how upset was Wilf about Childress releasing Moss without telling Wilf about it beforehand?

“That’s in the past. We want to make sure we focus on the future. We want to go forward and have our team forward.”

Did that have any effect on your decision to pink-slip Childress?

“Again, there was no one time when this decision was made,” he said. “We just felt moving forward, this is what was best for the organization.”

OK, since we’re not getting anywhere with this line of questioning, let’s talk about the future. What does Frazier have to accomplish in order for you to hire him for the full-time head coaching job?

“I know he is focused on making this team respond for the rest of the season,” Wilf said. “We will evaluate everything at the end of the season.”

One guy who seemed pretty excited with the change was DE Jared Allen.

"He helped turn this defense into a top ten unit year in and year out," Allen told the team's official website, via our Rapid Reporter Dana Wessel. "Leslie’s great at managing players and coaches, and I know the guys will play hard over the next six weeks."

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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2010 5:41 pm

Leslie Frazier looking to future

Why and how could Leslie Frazier agree to trade a bag of towels let alone Brett Favre?
He was JUST named interim coach, there's NO team that gives an interim coach, even someone like Frazier who has deserved an opportunity for some time now to be a HC in the NFL.
It just doesn't happen, and if this deal was to go down you can bet that this has been in the works for a while and not a hasty decision made out of anger or disappointment after a bad performance, NFL teams & GMs aren't that impulsive.
I also don't see how it would benefit the Titans given that Favre is damaged goods and they have no clear QB plan for next season unless they want to go with Kerry Collins and if that is the case how come they didn't just go that route when Vince had his bout of depression?
I can see Favre LOVING to play for a players coach like Fisher but he'd have to learn a whole new offense, learn new teammates and midseason no less, it all just doesn't add up so I am going to give whatever you heard a HUGE # EPIC FAIL

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 5:19 pm

Leslie Frazier looking to future

Fisher traded Vince Young to Vikings for Favre and a 6th round draft choice  They say Leslie frasier & Fisher both ex Bears are friends and agreed to this last night.

just heard on tennessee radio...

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