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Frazier defends late timeouts for “gassed” players

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Some of his players were alarmed that Leslie Frazier was giving the Redskins time.

But he was trying to give his guys a break, too.

The Vikings coach, who used just 42 players because of injuries that depleted his roster, called a pair of late timeouts as the Redskins were driving for a potential game-tying touchdown.

“I wanted to make sure for one, our guys were getting a little fatigued,” Frazier said, via Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “But also if they were to get a score, I wanted us to have a chance to go back and respond. I didn’t want then to be able to run the clock out and us not have a chance on offense.

“Fortunately for us, because our guys were gassed, they got their breath and made some big stops at the end.”

After the second one, wide receiver Greg Jennings was shown on television to be puzzled by the move, but Frazier said he couldn’t worry about reactions to his decisions.

“I’ve learned in my short time as head coach that you better do it the way you believe in doing it because you don’t have a chance to do this for very long,” Frazier said. “You don’t want to have any regrets. Our players, they’re thinking about what they need to think about. But I need to think about the total picture. So no big deal.”

It wasn’t a big deal because it worked. If his defense didn’t make the stops, it would be one more log on the fire which is smoldering under the chair Frazier sits in.

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24 Responses to “Frazier defends late timeouts for “gassed” players”
  1. gojags says: Nov 8, 2013 7:02 AM

    Why does he need to take the timeout so quickly? That was a dumb movie. He could waited for the ball to be ready to be snapped (Could’ve ran the clock much more before calling timeout, every extra secs taken out of the clock puts much more pressure on the offense) and call the timeout from the sideline just like when coaches wanted to “ice the kicker”. I got puzzled as well when I saw the clock didn’t run.

  2. jpb12 says: Nov 8, 2013 7:20 AM

    Greg Jennings trying to get his coach fired.
    Also blames Aaron Rodgers.

  3. aflightguy says: Nov 8, 2013 7:31 AM

    He learned his clock management skills from Denny Green

  4. Jikky Jax says: Nov 8, 2013 7:31 AM

    After the second one, wide receiver Greg Jennings was shown on television to be puzzled by the move

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    HA! Puzzled! Good one!

  5. anarchopurplism says: Nov 8, 2013 7:33 AM

    Jared Allen looked puzzled. Jennings was hopping mad.

    I don’t buy it. Its probably because he wanted to make sure the play call got in & everyone was on the same page. Make sure same problem in Chicago didn’t happen again.

    Frazier & Alan Williams obviously responded to the criticism (ahem….input) of Robison & Williams. Some blitzes on that final drive.

  6. lightcleric says: Nov 8, 2013 8:31 AM

    I don’t get why the Redskins didn’t take advantage of it with a run play. With the clock stopped at 38 seconds they could have had plenty of time to run it on 3rd and 4th down, something they would have not been able to with a running clock.

    I think Frazier’s poor decision here was saved by the Kyle/Mike Shanahan’s not handing the ball to Alfred Morris who had run for 138 yards to that point but instead calling two dropback passes.

  7. skooter519 says: Nov 8, 2013 9:42 AM

    I thought that he could have let a bit more time run off the clock before calling that timeout.

  8. Suck for the Duck says: Nov 8, 2013 10:22 AM

    Ummm….Leslie, you were leading by seven points. There’s this thing called overtime, you know.

  9. Suck for the Duck says: Nov 8, 2013 10:24 AM

    I have never seen a coach call one, let alone two, timeouts while the other team is out of them and is scrambling to try to score at the end of the game. He may be a genius, because maybe the R-words score if he doesn’t call timeout. We’ll never know. Genius or not, he’s going to be ripped for this for a long time.

  10. Suck for the Duck says: Nov 8, 2013 10:26 AM

    This reminds me of the time Brad Childress called timeout just before Ryan Longwell was about to kick a game-winning field goal against the Giants. Longwell said, “I’ve never been iced by my own coach before.”

  11. tokyosandblaster says: Nov 8, 2013 10:32 AM

    Fortunately for Frazier, RGIII made two bad throws.

    If either one of them is on target, it’s into overtime.

  12. daysend564 says: Nov 8, 2013 10:37 AM

    Jennings was simply puzzled but Dez Bryant was completely out of control? We’ll see how much media time Jenning’s rant gets…

  13. purpleguy says: Nov 8, 2013 10:53 AM

    Cripe, they were down to like 5 D-linemen and no extra CBs, so I understand the need to recover. Still, I don’t buy the “saving the clock” theory on the double timeouts given less than 40 seconds were left on the clock.

  14. fmc651 says: Nov 8, 2013 11:59 AM

    Guys were tired they need more conditioning.
    Having said this if they were gassed good TO.
    Now get on the line defense and run some more sprints.

  15. Send in the Clowney says: Nov 8, 2013 12:02 PM

    Regardless of how it happened, it’s worth mentioning that this is the first time the Vikings have won a Thursday, Sunday, or Monday night prime time game since Brett Favre beat the Packers in Week 4 of 2009. That was 15 straight losses.

  16. mutantman87 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:16 PM

    Wow, Leslie Frazier actually displayed good coaching strategy. I’m somewhat impressed by this. The Redskins’ offense had moved the ball pretty well all night, with the exception of dropped passes and sacks. So a busted coverage or nonexistent pass rush was really the worst thing they could do on defense. Why not give your defense a short rest so they can be effective and stop the momentum of the offense (legally)? What are you going to do, donate the unused timeouts to charity?

  17. armadaservices says: Nov 8, 2013 12:35 PM

    I don’t have a huge problem with him calling the TO’s; Washington was on the plus 7 with like, 34 seconds left; its unlikely that they wouldn’t have had time to run 2-3 more plays regardless. Why not give yourself 20 seconds to maybe get a PI and kick a FG. My problem was Leslie Frazier taking 3 timeouts into the locker room in the first half. When the Skins had goal to go from the plus and your defense looked confused. Why did he not take a TO there to tell them, “hey, Washington has no TO’s left so even they’re going heavy, you should watch for the play fake.”

  18. ivanpavlov0000 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:41 PM

    Those timeouts were mindblowing. It was like they were trying to give the game to the Skins and they wouldn’t take it.

  19. rabidbillsfan says: Nov 8, 2013 1:35 PM

    I agreed with the TO’s. Here’s why…. The Vikings were able to Sub into their sets by what Washington was putting onto the field. You get the proper call in, and your players get a breather. I’m sorry, but I don’t want a score on the final drive to be determined by a guy who is gassed and out of position. If it is bad defense, then that’s a whole other story. If the Skins score with the TO’s, then they definitely were going to without them. I defend Leslie, except for that bit about conserving time about scoring… He did realize that he would probably have to drive 50+ yards with Matt Cassell in under 20 sec right? Some coaching decisions are mind boggling, like last nights Ore-Stan game. The Ducks should have been in “go for 2″ mode that whole game except their first TD. Why you ask? Well, specifically after the failed second attempt, but, had they gone for 2 and made it 21-26, either way they needed another TD, if they get that TD and make that 2 pt conversion, it’s a 3 pt game and nothing less. A FG doesn’t win it for Stanford. Now, it’s all a moot point, but still, some times coaches over analyze too much.

  20. mediasloppy says: Nov 8, 2013 1:42 PM

    Suck for the Duck says:
    Nov 8, 2013 10:24 AM

    I have never seen a coach call one, let alone two, timeouts while the other team is out of them and is scrambling to try to score at the end of the game. He may be a genius, because maybe the R-words score if he doesn’t call timeout. We’ll never know. Genius or not, he’s going to be ripped for this for a long time.
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    I’ve seen a coach (Frazier) in the exact same spot not use his timeouts and lose games with less than a minute left this year…

  21. jazz11001 says: Nov 8, 2013 3:13 PM

    The truth is that he had learned his lesson. The definition of insanity clause was in play and he had zero confidence in his defence AND they were tired. He was playing for the game winning field goal, not to stop Washington (Three games this year prove the defence can’t stop late losses). Well done Coach Fraizer pure genius and I am sorry that most bloggers here can’t see that genius.

  22. jazz11001 says: Nov 8, 2013 3:19 PM

    rabidbillsfan says:
    Nov 8, 2013 1:35 PM
    I agreed with the TO’s. Here’s why…. The Vikings were able to Sub into their sets by what Washington was putting onto the field. You get the proper call in, and your players get a breather. I’m sorry, but I don’t want a score on the final drive to be determined by a guy who is gassed and out of position. If it is bad defense, then that’s a whole other story. If the Skins score with the TO’s, then they definitely were going to without them. I defend Leslie, except for that bit about conserving time about scoring… He did realize that he would probably have to drive 50+ yards with Matt Cassell in under 20 sec right? Some coaching decisions are mind boggling, like last nights Ore-Stan game. The Ducks should have been in “go for 2″ mode that whole game except their first TD. Why you ask? Well, specifically after the failed second attempt, but, had they gone for 2 and made it 21-26, either way they needed another TD, if they get that TD and make that 2 pt conversion, it’s a 3 pt game and nothing less. A FG doesn’t win it for Stanford. Now, it’s all a moot point, but still, some times coaches over analyze too much.

    I disagree. They weren’t kicking to Patterson all night so if they squibed it we would probably have position around the 35-40 then Cassel really needs about 20-23 yards. Doable even with Ponder, who by the way played his butt off last night.

  23. bfcerdo says: Nov 8, 2013 6:12 PM

    This is the same B.S. we’ve heard from Vikings coaches ever since Denny Green was fired. Taking a time out in this situation is fine; AFTER the offense has gotten up to the line of scrimmage and burned 5-10 seconds off of the clock getting set.

    There is no excuse for the timing of the time outs. Everyone who has watched a Vikings game in the last 10 years knows that, had the Redskins scored a TD on that last drive, even if Sharrif Floyd and/or Marcus Sherels didn’t fumble away the ensuing squib kick, the Vikes would have thrown a screen pass for 2 yards, then kneeled to end regulation anyhow.

  24. bfcerdo says: Nov 8, 2013 6:14 PM

    Also, the Vikings were at home, and the crowd was LOUD. Calling timeouts on defense gives the offense time to get together and make sure they are all on the same page offensively.

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