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Leslie Frazier on holding minicamp next weekend: “It doesn’t look good”

Leslie Frazier

Leslie Frazier was planning to hold his first minicamp as Vikings head coach starting next weekend, Friday April 8.

Yeah, that’s probably not going to go off as scheduled.

“We’re getting to that point now . . . where it’s going to be real hard to pull something together by the time we had wanted to do it, which would’ve been this next weekend coming up,” Frazier told espn1500′s Jess Myers Saturday.   “So, Monday we’re going to make a decision and it doesn’t look good right now.”

That’s a rather large understatement, but we admire the optimism with which Frazier approached the decision.  Seeing NFL players on the field before the end of May would seem like a minor miracle at this point, much less the end of next week.

During most offseasons, new head coaches get to hold an extra minicamp.   The next CBA may not allow for that.

In the end, Frazier is a lot more likely to hold no minicamps this offseason than the two minicamps he originally planned on.

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14 Responses to “Leslie Frazier on holding minicamp next weekend: “It doesn’t look good””
  1. FinFan68 says: Apr 2, 2011 3:28 PM

    When/if this season starts, the teams with the best/most experienced coaches will have an advantage with a shortened off-season. The lone exception would by Indy because Manning does so much on his own pre-snap.

  2. fatfreddystubbs says: Apr 2, 2011 3:43 PM

    Wow, Leslie learned a lot from his former boss Andy Reid when it comes to being a master of the obvious.

    Leslie Frazier on Japan Earthquake: “It’s pretty bad”.

  3. cusoman says: Apr 2, 2011 3:53 PM

    Good to see he’s at least keeping his head on the game and chomping at the bit to get the process moving. This lockout situation has got to be the most difficult for the newly hired coaches who have plans for shaping their team.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Apr 2, 2011 4:25 PM

    Too bad. You should have convinced your players to agree to play under the old CBA or accept the owners’ offer when their union* walked out knowing that if they did they would be locked out.

  5. macdaddyspeed says: Apr 2, 2011 4:49 PM

    Coaches should still show up and run a bunch of ghost players through drills. A little comic relief here and there would be a nice change of pace.

  6. JimmySmith says: Apr 2, 2011 4:54 PM

    Looking at the bright side of things, at least Leslie won’t be forced to watch T Jack Off and Joe Webb overthrow their receivers. He also has more time to plan on which three players he is going to send to Mississippi during training camp and help the Viking fans raise some more money to purchase billboards, both efforts to resolve the QB situation.

    I was thinking 6-10 again but maybe 4-12 is optimistic.

  7. 2011to2020lions says: Apr 2, 2011 6:05 PM

    Sorry Leslie Frazier, but you won’t get a chance to start this whole coaching thing, til you can get your players off their tail ends, and back to the bargaining table. We are all in the same sad boat. A little boat on a big ocean with a little hole, and we are all getting thirsty

  8. vetdana says: Apr 3, 2011 7:41 AM

    A little boat on a big ocean with a little hole, and we are all getting thirsty

    A great potential exits for the NFL boat To sink along with the RESPECT the fans had for the game !

  9. kingpitvinny says: Apr 3, 2011 9:59 AM

    Hey FinFan68, your right about the teams with the most experience having a major advantage this season cause of no offseason. I think Favre owes it to the Vikes to come back and give it his all for 1 more year. He should play for a modest salary too. I mean I think he plays football because he loves it and not so much for the money. He should show it. We gave him a ton of money the last 2 seasons and it would be cool to see an NFL player show that hes just playing cause he loves the game, especially in these times of lockout. I mean does anyone really think were going anywhere this year with a rookie QB? Please dont waste AP. We have to win a championship now while AP is in his prime. Like it or not, Favre is the Vikes ONLY chance of winning this year. Besides i know there is exceptions, but having a rookie QB watch for a season is still the best way. And now that Favre really is close to retiring I think he would help teach a rookie. Also this would be a great slap in the face to Packer fans! Lets Git R Done.

  10. deeppurple23 says: Apr 3, 2011 10:05 AM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Apr 2, 2011 4:25 PM
    Too bad. You should have convinced your players to agree to play under the old CBA or accept the owners’ offer when their union* walked out knowing that if they did they would be locked out.

    DP23: It’s interesting that you say this as the players wanted to just renew the existing CBA and the owners took that as a sign that they could get more money if they “locked out” the players. This is not a “strike”

  11. deeppurple23 says: Apr 3, 2011 10:08 AM

    Since there is no “union” any more and the owners are talking about replacement players, I don’t see where there’s an issue of the some guys getting together to have “beers” over the weekend and talk a little football…:)

  12. stellarperformance says: Apr 3, 2011 10:41 AM

    At least his optimism sounds legitimate, unlike Childress when he expressed his arrogant gratitude to the Vikings for preventing the necessity of visiting with the Packers (thank God!) Hell, Childress simply took the first job that was offered to him…he knew deep down he was in over his head. Frazier at least sounds like a motivated guy with a lot to prove…instead of being handed a SuperBowl on a silver tray (personnel-wise.) Childress’ desperation hit an all-time high with his groveling to get Favre. Frazier at least can start with a clean slate and although under very trying circumstances (lock-out, team chemistry in shambles, no place to call home, unknown roster,) he seems to want to hold himself accountable. Childress conversely took the Vikings to the cleaners with a contract extension he owes entirely to Favre the (One)der Horse.

  13. stellarperformance says: Apr 3, 2011 4:44 PM

    kingpitvinny says: Apr 3, 2011 9:59 AM
    Like it or not, Favre is the Vikes ONLY chance of winning this year. Besides i know there is exceptions, but having a rookie QB watch for a season is still the best way. And now that Favre really is close to retiring I think he would help teach a rookie. Also this would be a great slap in the face to Packer fans!
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    Or, another way of saying the same thing:…”Let’s hit ourselves over the head with a hammer until we’ve convinced ourselves that it feels good, even if the whole world is telling us not to do it. Any rookie watching from the sidelines can be left to learn on his own how a QB needs to be self-centered and arrogant in order to win the big one. That will show those Packer fans how to win a SuperBowl.”

  14. goombar2 says: Apr 4, 2011 3:21 AM

    Favre coming back a “slap to the face”? More like knee slap humor from out west for Packer fans to enjoy and mock.

    Hey, if you’re collecting for the Favre billboard I’m more than willing to donate. Bet Jimmy will too and a bunch of other Packer fans.

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