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Leslie Frazier says he’s ready to lead the Vikings

Leslie Frazier, Brad Childress

New Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier addressed the media today just hours after he replaced the fired Brad Childress, and he said he’s putting all his attention on winning Sunday against the Redskins.

“Whatever was, was,” Frazier said. “We’re going forward.”

Frazier didn’t break much news in the press conference, but he did say he has already made his big decision on his starting quarterback.

“Brett Favre will be our starting quarterback on Sunday,” Frazier said. “Brett Favre is going to get it going, those turnovers are going to come down, and we’re going to get it going as a football team. I really believe that.”

Before Frazier spoke, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf made a brief appearance in which he said he has complete confidence in Frazier and thought the franchise needed a change from Childress. Frazier told reporters that he’s prepared to get the Vikings going in the right direction.

“We’ll be the Minnesota Vikings team that you and so many others in Minnesota expect,” Frazier said.

The Vikings couldn’t fall much shorter of expectations than they already have.

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  1. laxer37 says: Nov 22, 2010 4:21 PM

    “Leslie Frazier says he’s ready to lead the Vikings”

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    I smell a playoff run!!!

  2. debthebusybody says: Nov 22, 2010 4:22 PM

    “Brett Favre will be our starting quarterback on Sunday,” Frazier said.

    No sack.

    He will be out of a job too.

  3. minnesconsin says: Nov 22, 2010 4:22 PM

    leslie frazier loves to finish statements with “PERIOD,” as if to convince the world that his goals will be immediately accomplished. That and the repeated use of the word “irregardless” is driving me crazy. Dude, it’s nonsense. Use “irrespective” if you absolutely NEED a $5-dollar word, otherwise, just “regardless” does the trick.

    still, better than listening to the gravel-speak of Childress.

  4. katmanduu says: Nov 22, 2010 4:23 PM

    They are going to DRILL the Deadskins on Sunday.

  5. conormacleod says: Nov 22, 2010 4:24 PM

    No stupid, confusing comments that make an attempt to prove he’s the smartest man in the room? I like Frazier better than Childress already.

  6. packerrube13 says: Nov 22, 2010 4:24 PM

    Wow. Thing is I believe Frazier. So glad they made the change after the season series was over with my team… Frazier will be the boost that team needs, and the players will wake up and love playing for him. If Favre can get his turnovers down, they will win just enough games to miss out on Luck/Locker/Mallet, which would be ideal.

  7. rockstart42 says: Nov 22, 2010 4:27 PM

    The Saints won!

  8. j0esixpack says: Nov 22, 2010 4:30 PM

    The players just didn’t respect Childress anymore. I’m sure a man named Leslie won’t have to worry about that.

  9. bluestree says: Nov 22, 2010 4:31 PM

    Look for the Vikings to play spoiler, along with the ‘Boys. Both teams will play hard here on out.

  10. bradshawlives says: Nov 22, 2010 4:33 PM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Favre cuts down on his turnovers and plays good enough the rest of the way to convince himself that he’s still got it……and maybe he should give it another go next year?

  11. nathanscottphillips says: Nov 22, 2010 4:36 PM

    Here is a crazy idea. You have arguably the best RB in the league who has gotten little time the last two years. Why not run the effing ball instead of relying on a “has been” 41 yr old throw the ball unless necessary.

  12. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Nov 22, 2010 4:37 PM

    The retention of Brett Favre as starting quarterback is a dreadful opening move by interim coach Leslie Frazier and the Minnesota Vikings. They should be looking forward, not backward, as their playoff prospects are dim, at best. Minnesota would be well-advised to give Tarvaris Jackson a test drive for the remainder of the season. If Jackson’s performance falls short of expectations, then the Vikes would be well-positioned to draft high in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft for a new franchise quarterback.

  13. blackglass3 says: Nov 22, 2010 4:39 PM

    Lead them where? All the way to 3rd place in the NFC North? Cause they ain’t going any further than that.

  14. cusoman says: Nov 22, 2010 4:40 PM

    The Vikes will have a resurrection game just like the Cowboys, and get it done next weekend. Vikings fans like myself will get caught up in it and start talking positively again (though channeling Jim Mora and avoiding the p-word), but the reality is this season is already over, so save your happy go lucky good feelings for next season folks. We’ve got a little position called QB to take care of, and a lot rides on that.

  15. mean13 says: Nov 22, 2010 4:41 PM

    Well this promotion should please Florio and all the racist supporters of the ridiculous Rooney Rule.

  16. joetoronto says: Nov 22, 2010 4:42 PM

    The stage is set for an epic face plant.

    I hope it doesn’t happen.

  17. porkchopbob says: Nov 22, 2010 4:46 PM

    “We’ll be the Minnesota Vikings team that you and so many others in Minnesota expect,” Frazier said.

    Sorry, Frazier, but what about the 50 years of the franchise makes anyone expect anything else but mayhem and playoff chokes out of the Minnesota Vikings? Do you remember Mike Tice? Do you remember the Atlanta Falcons?

    In other news, in the past two games:

    Packers, 2 – opponent coach’s immediate career, zero

  18. christophergatesmolestscollies says: Nov 22, 2010 4:53 PM

    YES!! BrINT favre is GOD!!! He will get those turnovers under control or I don’t like cookies!

  19. zaggs says: Nov 22, 2010 5:02 PM

    Well what other choice does Leslie have? Jackson? You may as well ask if he’d rather be stabbed in the left arm or the right arm.

  20. jagfanchokesflorio says: Nov 22, 2010 5:04 PM

    I’m pretty sure now that Childress is gone, the Vikings will start playing again for their coach. Who knows about Brett though, he will continue to be the best QB for whoever the opponent is each week.

    No Sterger story? Maybe Frazier could hire her as a sideline watergirl (in a white tshirt)?

  21. heyguru1969 says: Nov 22, 2010 5:04 PM

    They already ARE the Minnesota Vikings team we expected, so it sounds like nothing new is going to come of this, except possibly some alternate angles and blimp shots of Favre’s “junk”

  22. edgy says: Nov 22, 2010 5:06 PM

    minnesconsin says:

    leslie frazier loves to finish statements with “PERIOD,”

    *****************

    Normally, I don’t gig guys on their punctuation, capitalization or their grammar but your diatribe against Frazier just begs for you to submit your work to an English teacher and see how they bitch slap you for your problems.

  23. 1mge says: Nov 22, 2010 5:09 PM

    Way to mortgage your season with Favre!

    Packers 7-3
    Vikings 3-7

  24. charleswoodson says: Nov 22, 2010 5:09 PM

    Great idea: Let’s win more games so we’ll have no chance to draft Locker, Luck & Mallett before they’re picked.

    In other news, Deanna cancelled her Minnesota Winter Visit and returned to MS yesterday — and I know this because her 24/7 Fitness membership was cancelled in Edina because my friend took the call.

  25. The Doctor says: Nov 22, 2010 5:14 PM

    Play Brett until we are mathmatically eliminated from the playoffs…then bench his rear end and let Webb get some reps. Forget about Tavaris, he is, and always will be a backup at best.

  26. stixzidinia says: Nov 22, 2010 5:14 PM

    Sorry Leslie, but you’re the 3rd straight head coach to think he was going to get Favre’s turnovers under control. It hasn’t happened and it won’t happen. Favre sucks and his career will be remembered as being synonymous with the word “turnover”.

  27. ugk612 says: Nov 22, 2010 5:16 PM

    Good luck with the old man #4, I hope they don’t miss out on one of the top Qb prospects that are coming out in the draft this year.

  28. packattack1967 says: Nov 22, 2010 5:16 PM

    I doubt a wild card team comes out of the NFC north and the Pack has beat them twice. rotz a ruck boys

  29. wegogreenbay says: Nov 22, 2010 5:19 PM

    what an awesome meltdown.

  30. rpiotr01 says: Nov 22, 2010 5:21 PM

    “But tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward; upward, not forward; and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!”

    Funny thing is, I can really see them winning 3-4 games the rest of the way. They have the Lions, Redskins and Bills – that’s 3 right there. Then one of the Giants or Bears.

  31. Robert says: Nov 22, 2010 5:24 PM

    Frazier =Garrett

    Vikes will finish strong.

  32. cometkazie says: Nov 22, 2010 5:29 PM

    ” . . .the Vikings [like the Cowboys] will start playing again for their coach.”

    What kind of professionals are these? Will they return their pay for when they weren’t up to speed?

    The NFL is a business for the owners, the players, and the bookies, and it keeps getting cheaper.

    My two cents, anyway.

  33. darthvincent says: Nov 22, 2010 5:49 PM

    Good Luck Leslie…. last time I checked the sideline feud between Ray Edwards and Chris Cook was your responsibility, being the D-Coordinator in charge at the time.

    my guess, the Vikqueens keep losing because they have the same coach the Defense wasn’t playing for already, so promoting Frazier hasn’t changed anything.

    waiting to be proved wrong…. and the Vikes winning a few more games against bottom dwellers doesn’t prove me wrong, either. They were a favored SB team before the season started.

  34. pervyharvin says: Nov 22, 2010 6:14 PM

    I like Frazier but he is not the answer. He is just putting a band aid on the bleeding wound. Ziggy is looking beyond Frazier as we speak. We WILL have a new coach starting next season….a big name.

  35. arnoldziffel says: Nov 22, 2010 6:19 PM

    Does Chilly’s younger brother get to keep his gig riding that rented scooter around the metrodump?

    If le dump actually had a parking lot, then maybe that unkempt critter wouldn’t have run over Favre’s foot in the tunnel … which is REALLY how he hurt it to begin with.

    Sometimes hiring the relatives can have a real downside.

  36. trickbunny says: Nov 22, 2010 6:21 PM

    “Brett Favre will be our starting quarterback on Sunday,” Frazier said. “Brett Favre is going to get it going, those turnovers are going to come down, and we’re going to get it going as a football team. I really believe that.”

    Aw, isn’t that cute? He really believes it :)

    The Vikings are so done.

  37. jimmy1smith says: Nov 22, 2010 7:05 PM

    If Frazier starts Favre, that means nothing is going to change. Part of me hopes that the Vikings reel off 5 or 6 wins to close the season, spend the spring and summer begging Favre to return only to sink their 2011 season.

    That’s the MN Vikings that I know, always messing up when they are on the verge.

  38. 25seasonsticketholder says: Nov 22, 2010 7:46 PM

    It’s amazing reading the obvious Packer fan posts that consuming rubbing alcohol, sterno and Everclear can cause an IQ to increase 75 points.

    Yep, from an IQ average of 5 to 80, what a jump for the most drunk state in the union, WI, Sconnieland.

    Wait until Rodgers comes out of the closet, that send the swilling bunch across the river into a year long stupor.

  39. satanicxhellxcreature says: Nov 22, 2010 7:53 PM

    charleswoodson says: Nov 22, 2010 5:09 PM

    Great idea: Let’s win more games so we’ll have no chance to draft Locker, Luck & Mallett before they’re picked.

    In other news, Deanna cancelled her Minnesota Winter Visit and returned to MS yesterday — and I know this because her 24/7 Fitness membership was cancelled in Edina because my friend took the call.
    ——————————————————

    Only a loser of the greatest measure would intentionally lose a contest in hopes of getting a higher draft pick. I don’t believe the Packers as an organization have ever thought like this, so I don’t understand where some of their fans have such a loser mentality.

  40. commandercornpone says: Nov 22, 2010 8:10 PM

    well the bears… or the pack… could be a wild card out of the north.

    not the vikes. they will be lucky to squeak by daytwa.

    vikes will probly finish 7-9… where they were expected to slip to.

    they might as well play favre. cause t-jack really blows.

    and as someone else pointed out earlier today – t-jack’s biggest booster done left the complex.

    the closest favre will come to playing next year is by pulling a barry (sanders). they will tell everyone he is coming back and plan accordingly. then he will tell them in august – no dice.

    then rag arm jeff garcia will come in. and it will be like that year garcia spent in daytwa.

  41. pervyharvin says: Nov 22, 2010 8:16 PM

    jimmy1smith???? LMAO….you get booted doucher ??

  42. footballrulz says: Nov 22, 2010 8:25 PM

    Just beat the Bears. Not asking for much, just beat the Bears.

    Thanx

    ‘rulz

  43. goldsteel says: Nov 22, 2010 8:34 PM

    I believe that Leslie Frazier will be a fine coach. And the owner won’t have to worry about the Rooney rule. We’ll see if there has been any immediate change this weekend. I see Farve will be starting. There’s nothing like a good beheading to get everyone’s attention.

    Fire Goodell.

  44. ArcticEdge says: Nov 22, 2010 9:46 PM

    Frazier will do just fine if he sticks to the defense and lets Favre run the offense.

  45. rgledz says: Nov 22, 2010 11:30 PM

    @ rhodeislandpatriotsfan

    Newsflash…..Tarvaris played two full seasons. I’m pretty sure they don’t need anymore of a test drive. They know exactly what they have which is why they pursued Favre! He’s a back up QB. End of story. It would make no sense for Frazier to start T Jack. He wants to show that he can win with this team and retain a head coaching job, not solidify that T Jack isn’t a starter for the next head coach.

  46. Lisa (VikesPrincess) says: Nov 22, 2010 11:44 PM

    Best of luck to Leslie Frazier. Skol!

  47. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Nov 22, 2010 11:52 PM

    If Frazier does not work out, theres always Matt Millen willing to lend a hand? I hear he is salivating and on his way to apply…lots of experience, doncha know.

  48. pigpenrapeswomen says: Nov 23, 2010 12:05 AM

    I smell a playoff run….

    ….NEXT year, with a healthy Sidney Rice, a real quarterback, and a decent coach.

    Btw, I guess Pervy’s departure didn’t last long ha ha ha.

  49. pigpenrapeswomen says: Nov 23, 2010 12:06 AM

    Oh and Leslie, if you ever read these comments, please stop using the word “irregardless.” The word is actually “regardless.” AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

  50. chino0411 says: Nov 23, 2010 3:01 AM

    i hate this as a cowboys fan. i really wanted dallas to make a run at making frazier tis off season. i hope he does gets the job in minnesota long term and with the exception of when he plays dallas i hope he has a lot of success.

  51. thetooloftools says: Nov 23, 2010 3:51 AM

    Brett Favre’s streak will have an asterisk* next to it in my eyes. He’s not effective, he’s just milking past glory to continue in a job he clearly is no longer capable of doing. Missing training camp got the coach fired Brett. I hope your happy. I used to think you being a stupid hick was a front. Now your just an overpaid stupid hick.

  52. jimmysee says: Nov 23, 2010 3:52 AM

    “vikes will probly finish 7-9… where they were expected to slip to.

    Well, the Vikes are 3-7 now. To get to 7-9, they have to finish the season 4-2.

    Anyone really believe that will happen?

    I see 4-12 with a win vs Buffalo.

    Joe Webb should be starting at QB, not Brett.

  53. ybo1 says: Nov 23, 2010 2:43 PM

    What are these guys going to say? That he sucked and was an a-hole? Get real. Sounds like they wish him the best and good luck to ya… and yes I do agree with another poster here, the quote from Allen told it all… respect. This team lost all respect for Chili. I don’t blame Favre or the D or O line for the problems nor was it all the coach, it was a combination of all of that, but mostly it was very bad call playing for the most part, and missing key plays like not throwing the flag for the touchdown the Vikes didn’t get credit for at the GB game that would’ve won it. As far as the D line goes, there are not that many teams that would be successful for long if they had to start on their own 40 or 50 yard line all the time. The beginning of the year they were decent, until the turnovers started up and they constantly had a short field to defend. Also the rookies at corners along with the injuries didn’t help. I do think the right thing was done because we have let too many coaches walk away from this team to go on and win a superbowl. I do believe there will be some rebuilding, but there is a good core and they can come back. Yes, they will need a QB and that should be their #1 priority next season. And just because Favre is starting this game doesn’t mean he will end it. Unlike Chili I believe Frasier will pull him before he does too much damage. Favre is just playing for stats now. The one stat he doesn’t need more of is turnovers. And if he decides to retire, then goodbye Brett and thanks for last year!

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