Skip to main content

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


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

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Police ask for public's help finding Mpls. woman missing a week

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.


1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.

Minnesota State Fair - main gate day 2021

Minnesota State Fair reestablishes a police department

The fair had been contracting with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

teacher, covid, masks, school

Minnetonka to consider removing middle school mask requirement

The school board has been impressed by vaccination rates among middle school students.

snow, plow

Friday winter storm could hit Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is already monitoring the forecast.

Sauk Rapids Middle School street view, Minnesota - November 2018_

Teen student arrested for threats toward MN middle school

The Sauk Rapids middle school and high school were closed Monday.


Rally for trans child outed during Hastings school board race draws big crowd

Hastings has been in the spotlight since the child's family was featured in a CNN story.

chad davis arradondo flickr

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo to retire next month

He's overseen the MPD since mid-2017, following the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, December 6

The latest from the state health department.