Leslie Frazier seems like a perfectly nice guy. He is in his second season as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings and, after a very surprisingly successful start to the 2012 NFL season, it is now looking as if Frazier is afraid of success. He is either afraid of success for both the Vikings as well as Adrian Peterson, or he just has no idea as to how momentum and football both go together.
Never was that more evident than in yesterday’s 30-20 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
In the first half, Peterson was running as well as he has in quite some time. It should come as no surprise, as he is one of the most gifted running backs to play the game in quite some time. Sure, he tore up multiple ligaments in his knee last year, only to return quicker and faster and stronger than most would have believed, but Peterson is a freak of nature.
And I mean that in the most complimentary of ways. I don’t know many people who could do what Peterson has done in such a short recovery time. This man is clearly blessed from an athletic standpoint.
Why is Frazier the only person struggling with this concept?
Peterson had 12 carries that he turned in for 144 yards and two touchdowns… in the first quarter and a half. At the end of the first half, the Vikings trailed the Seahawks 20-17. They were playing well in a hostile road environment, and it appeared as if it would be a great second half to watch.
Then Frazier had to step in and ruin those plans.
Peterson received just five more carries throughout the rest of the game. He finished with 17 carries for 182 yards. That means that while the majority of his stats came in the first half, he still put up numbers that were more than respectable in the second half, rushing for 38 more yards on just five carries.
So, tell me why this man did not touch the ball at least 25 times on Sunday?
I understand that Peterson is dinged up. Not just from last season’s major injury, but as well as from hits this season. This is the National Football League. It is Week 9 of the season. Every player is dinged up at this point. It is not as if it has hindered Peterson on the field. In fact, he only seems to get better each week.
But Frazier and the Vikings’ offensive play callers continue to take the ball out of his hands. Even worse, that means that they put the ball in the hands of Christian Ponder. That is clearly not a recipe for success.
More like a recipe for disaster.
Sunday was no different, as Ponder completed 11 of 22 passes for a measly 62 yards and an interception. Percy Harvin struggled through various injuries, and he was clearly not his usual explosive self, but Minnesota once again failed to get their other top receiving option in Kyle Rudolph into the game plan. This is three or four straight weeks now.
The Vikings were not expected to be a very good football tam this season, which is good, because they have not resembled one for the past month. Thanks to Frazier, that should not change in the near future.