EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — With media rumors swirling after an ugly Monday Night Football loss to the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced that he would be giving himself the nod at quarterback this week over the newly acquired Josh Freeman and veteran signal callers Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel.
“We just haven’t been executing as a team this season, and you can’t blame any one player for that, even your quarterback,” Frazier said, as he jogged off the field in shoulder pads following a strenuous throwing session. “As head coach, I have to take the blame for my team’s shortcomings. So I figured, if I’m already going to get the blame for our poor play, why not get under center so we’ll be 100 percent sure it’s my fault, and not our terrible quarterback play?”
According to beat reporters who covered the Vikings practice, Frazier looked at least as good as any of the quarterbacks Minnesota had put on the field this season, if not better. He was active in the pocket, and drew cheers when he hit receiver Greg Jennings on a deep crossing route to end a drill.
Although Vikings receivers have every right to be upset about having to build chemistry with their fourth starting quarterback in seven games, the players said all the right things about their new quarterback-coach.
“Coach Frazier is a proven winner, plain and simple,” said receiver Jerome Simpson. “The 1985 Bears were one of the greatest teams ever, and Coach Frazier [who played cornerback and safety for the team] was a key contributor for them.”
“At the end of the day, it’s all about the ring,” Simpson continued. “Not whether you’ve played quarterback at any point in your life or if you’re 54 years old or whatever — the Super Bowl experience really resonates with us in the locker room.”
At press time, reports indicated that Tim Tebow could still be seen wandering around the Metrodome hallways with his resume and a headset.