VikingBuzz BLOG: 7/31

Leslie Frazier

New defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier brings his own personality to the Vikings, but he also brings something everyone in Minnesota wants...a pair of Super Bowl rings, one as a player and one as a coach.

>Frazier brings different style but has the pedigree
New Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is a different personality-type than Mike Tomlin was, but he isn’t any less qualified.  In fact, Frazier has two Super Bowl rings – one as a player with the 1985 Chicago Bears and one as a coach with the Indianapolis Colts last season.  “Completely different personalities,” head coach Brad Childress said in this AP report.  “Strong.  Silent.  Steady.  I think those are probably some of the things that [Colts coach] Tony [Dungy] saw in him; great body of experience.”

>Peterson hits the ground running
Expectations are high for rookie running back Adrian Peterson, who did little to bring them down as he met with the media on Monday.  Here’s a Pioneer Press, StarTribune and Mankato Free Press report.

>Nickel prospects could be an upgrade
Gone is flamboyant veteran Fred Smoot and now rookie Marcus McCauley and Dovonte Edwards appear to be the frontrunners to take over as the nickel-back role in the Vikings defense.  As Mark Craig of the StarTribune reports, the Vikings might have actually upgraded themselves.

>How will Peterson’s arrival affect Moore?
It would appear that running back Mewelde Moore is the odd man out with the arrival of Peterson, but not so fast.  Childress has praised Moore for his play in training camp so far.  Plus, he remains the team’s more proven and reliable punt returner.  “It's a business, but I'm really happy,” Moore says in this Pioneer Press report.  “It's all about team.  That's my focus, making sure I do everything that I can do to help the team win football games.”

>Kleinsasser happy to be Vikings
Hometown hero (of sorts) Jim Kleinsasser enters his ninth season coming to training camp with the Vikings.  “I’m just excited to be back here,” he says in this Grand Forks Herald story.  “I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”  Kleinsasser acknowledges that his primary role is going to be blocking for the running game, and he praises the athletic ability of newcomer Visanthe Shiancoe.

>Another 2008 mock draft, another QB?
This VERY early mock draft by the Draft Academy has the Vikings picking No. 6 and taking USC quarterback John David Booty.

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