Skip to main content

Frazier postgame: 'Our guys were determined to win this game'

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Here's something new.

It's Leslie Frazier speaking to us after a win, rather than a loss.

The coach was in visibly better spirits after looking beaten down after each of the last few losses.

Here's what he had to say about Minnesota's second W of the season.

"I'm sure, like myself, you guys are happy the Minnesota Vikings got a win on a Thursday night. It's a lot more fun when you get wins in our league, they're hard to come by."

"There were times where the guys could've said 'oh no, here we go again,' but they didn't. Extremely proud of every guy that dresses for us."

On Ponder: "It's a dislocated shoulder, we'll learn more about it in the days to come. Hopefully it won't keep him out, but we'll see. It's his non-throwing shoulder, but time will tell."

On Kevin Williams two-and-a-half sack performance: "He was very focused throughout the week, determined to come back and help our team get a win. You could see he was on edge throughout the week."

"Our coaches really got after the guys (in the locker room at halftime) about their performance. Alan Williams was really on the defense about tackling, we made a few adjustments, our guys responded. He (Williams) was more fired up than I've ever seen him."

"Christian has really grown as a leader, he never got shaken even after that interception, that did not cause him to have self-doubt, he came back and played some of his best football."

On Ponder's injury: "Next man up, you feel bad for Christian, but you have a capable backup in Matt (Cassel) who came in and did a good job."

On the use of timeouts late in the second half: "Wanted to make sure that our guys weren't a little fatigued, and I wanted our offense to have the chance if they did score to come back and respond."

On injuries coming into the game: "It was hard, but you have to credit our guys, they were determined to win this game. They were going to figure out a way to win."

On John Carlson: "Great to see him step up and play the way he did, we needed it. It increases our confidence in him."

On quarterbacks for next game: "We'll talk about that when we get back, just want to bask in the glory of this win a little bit."

To clarify on Cassel: "When I said he wasn't in the mix, that was as a starter. You'll notice Matt was our number two tonight, it was a different set of circumstances. Now we'll reevaluate."

Concerned about players reactions to timeouts on sidelines? "Not at all, I've learned being a coach you better do it the way you believe in doing it. You don't have a chance to do this very long, so you don't want to have any regrets."

On forcing the first punt in quite some time at the Metrodome: "I was saying hooray, hooray, hooray. We're going to make people punt the second half of the season."

If you'd like to see the entire Frazier presser, here it is.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-06-29 at 12.22.08 PM

Man shot inside Oakdale movie theater expected to survive

The 23-year-old victim underwent surgery and is recovering at the hospital.

monkeypox

Minnesota confirms second case of monkeypox virus

More cases are expected in the coming days and weeks, the health department says.

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, June 29

One of the newly reported deaths was a person aged 15-19 from Yellow Medicine County.

Screen Shot 2022-06-29 at 10.19.37 AM

Drone drops bag of candy near kids fishing

A black SUV quickly left the area afterwards.

FLickr - AL Franken 2016 - Lorie Shaull

Al Franken to bring comedy tour to Minneapolis

Acme Comedy is hosting the former senator in late August.

Alabama

Alabama replaces Toby Keith as headliner at MN music festival

The Lakefront Music Festival is set to take place in Prior Lake on July 8-9.

16362 County Rd 81, Maple Grove, Minnesota - October 2021 (4)

2-year-old who died in Maple Grove crash identified

The crash happened last Thursday on County Road 81 in Maple Grove.

Image from iOS

Shooting inside Oakdale movie theater: Suspect on the run

A 23-year-old was shot while inside theater 17 around 10 p.m.

Gov. Tim Walz and Scott Jensen.

Walz, Jensen clash over 'extreme' abortion views

The two clashed over the topic on Tuesday, following the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 12.24.27 PM

Movie filming brings memorable day for MN teen with leukemia

Ayotzin Limon-Millard was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last year.

Screen Shot 2022-06-28 at 1.25.30 PM

Police trying to ID 'Playboy bandit' and 'no-pants raider' suspect

Police are calling the unidentified man "the Playboy bandit" and the "no-pants raider."

Related