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Leslie Frazier: Lions’ special teams flaws were “obvious,” now fixed

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When the Lions and Vikings met in Week Four, Minnesota’s Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and Marcus Sherels later returned a punt for a touchdown on the way to a 20-13 win. When the Lions and Vikings meet again on Sunday, Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier doesn’t expect to win the special teams battle so convincingly.

Frazier said this week that he and his staff identified problems in the Lions’ kick coverage that they expected to be able to exploit when they met in Week Four.

“I remember in our first special teams kickoff return meeting we saw some things, and we pointed out that if everybody held their blocks, Percy’s going to score,” Frazier said. “I mean, it was obvious. There are some things that we saw if we just held our blocks and our guys did it. They leveraged the football. They got where they needed to be and Percy did the rest.”

It doesn’t speak well for the Lions’ coaching staff that they had “obvious” flaws in their kick coverage, especially considering that the Lions had just lost to the Titans the week before in a game in which they also gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown. But Frazier said that in watching more recent film of the Lions, it was clear that those flaws have been fixed.

“They’re much improved,” Frazier said. “They’re not even the same special teams by any means. They’ve changed personnel, they’re playing so, so much better as a group across the board. It’s a different special teams unit than we faced earlier this season. They’ve made some dramatic changes that have worked out well for them.”

It’s obvious that the Lions can’t afford to give up two more kick return touchdowns to the Vikings on Sunday.

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11 Responses to “Leslie Frazier: Lions’ special teams flaws were “obvious,” now fixed”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 7, 2012 7:53 PM

    Agreed.

    I labeled Danny Crossman as one of the top goats of the team for the first chunk of our season, but he has made some legitimate adjustments and improved several of the key fundamental problems. There’s still a lot of room for improvement though in some areas and Logan has got to get his head on straight because he is not making much of an effort to contribute lately. Danny has to get into his head and make him work.

  2. mt99808 says: Nov 7, 2012 8:11 PM

    It’s obvious that the Lions can’t afford to give up two more kick return touchdowns to the Vikings on Sunday.
    ____________________

    Actually they probably could. This is going to be the revenge game of the year. Ponder’s going to be getting boo’d off the field by half time.

    And while the Lions may have fixed their kick cover ST’s they sure as hell haven’t fixed the kick return teams. Logan is the biggest joke going in the NFL right now.

  3. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 7, 2012 8:45 PM

    mt99808 says “Logan is the biggest joke going in the NFL right now”.

    Id say second biggest. Id put that crybaby Jim Harbaugh as the biggest joke.

  4. joeyashwi says: Nov 7, 2012 9:14 PM

    I would say that the Lions can see some obvious flaws in the Vikings QB and will be able to exploit them. Those haven’t been fixed and are getting worse. Under or over 100 yards passing this week for Ponder? Poor Adrian and Percy. Tarvaris Jackson was terrible but at least looked like he wanted to win! There is nothing but fear and self doubt in Ponder’s eyes.

  5. bla bla bla says: Nov 7, 2012 9:18 PM

    They “leveraged the football” huh? That doesn’t even make sense in coach-speak.

  6. johnnycash19 says: Nov 7, 2012 9:46 PM

    lionsdraftguy says: Nov 7, 2012 8:45 PM

    mt99808 says “Logan is the biggest joke going in the NFL right now”.

    Id say second biggest. Id put that crybaby Jim Harbaugh as the biggest joke

    That’s some gobble gobble turkey jive gobble gobble!

  7. staffordsyear says: Nov 7, 2012 10:24 PM

    Uh oh…

  8. ndnut says: Nov 7, 2012 10:29 PM

    Don’t knock Stefan Logan. He went to the University of South Dakota, when they were a mediocre team, instead of the terrible team they are now!

  9. coolzog says: Nov 7, 2012 10:32 PM

    Now, if Frazier could only spot the obvious flaws on his own team, and then do something about it…

  10. jmacphee9 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:17 AM

    ndnut says:
    Nov 7, 2012 10:29 PM
    Don’t knock Stefan Logan. He went to the University of South Dakota, when they were a mediocre team, instead of the terrible team they are now!
    what the hell does that have to do with anything?

  11. metzgerf says: Nov 8, 2012 10:01 AM

    I would be surprised if Logan returns any kicks/punts against the Vikings. I mean, if I were Schwartz, I would want to make sure that our special teams was very different from the special teams that the Vikes saw earlier this year. Why not throw in a returner that the Vikes haven’t been able to watch any film on?

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