VikingBuzz BLOG: 10/19

Leslie Frazier

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Frazier continues to receive praise

The star of Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier appears to be rising.  This is the second national piece in as many days putting him on a short list of top assistant coaches around the league.

Most insiders agree that Frazier got a bit of a raw deal when he was the defensive coordinator in Cincinnati.  His career appears to be very much back on track once again.  In fact, he could eventually emerge as a hot head-coaching candidate in the not-too-distant future.

Smith might need to sit

Veteran safety Dwight Smith has been trying to work through a hamstring injury since the team’s week two game at Detroit.  He hasn’t been ruled out of Sunday’s game at Dallas, but for right now it appears to be more important that he receive treatment for the injury than practice.

Smith looked bad on a couple plays against the Bears last weekend, but the veteran safety makes no excuses.  Still, the persistent hammy might have affected the spring in his step.

Fortunately, the Vikings are deep at safety with Tank Williams and Mike Doss in reserve.  Either could get his first start if Smith is unable to go.

Double-teaming has kept Williams quiet

All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams has gone quiet since his impact performance in Week One against Atlanta.  But a closer look at his work in the trenches each week indicates that he’s still been very much a key factor in the success of the defense, particularly against the run.

The main thing you see upon further review is the amount of time more than one blocker is assigned to him.  He receives consistent double-teaming.

It should also be noted that much of the success middle linebacker E.J. Henderson is enjoying this season is because both Kevin and Pat Williams are occupying blockers in the interior of the defensive line and giving him more free lanes into the opponents’ backfield.

The result is that Henderson is already in double-digits in tackles-for-loss this season with 10.

Extra Points

It’s a sure bet that Mewelde Moore will be up this week with fullback Naufahu Tahi missing practice so far this week with a sprained MCL.

Linebacker Vinny Ciurciu did not practice Wednesday and is unlikely to play Sunday because of a high ankle sprain.

Running back Wendell Mathis was officially waived off injured reserve with an injury settlement recently.

They are both very different teams now, but historically the Vikings have never lost a regular-season game at Texas Stadium.  And they’ve won the last five games overall in the series against the Cowboys.

A new nickname for Adrian Peterson making the rounds in the blog community is “Purple Jesus.”  Perhaps a bit much, but there’s no question he’s been a savior for the organization on a worldly level.

Most ridiculous post:  That the Vikings are purposely limiting Adrian Peterson’s carries so he will not achieve certain contract incentives that owner Zygi Wilf would then have to pay.

Ex-Viking Koren Robinson has been activated to Green Bay’s active roster already since having his league-imposed suspension lifted.

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>What to expect from the Cowboys’ 3-4 defense
>Peterson eyes record season
>NFL Live breaks down Peterson (video)
>Vikings notebook
>Offensive line helps create cutback lanes for Peterson
>Scouting report:  Cowboys vs. Vikings
>Peterson clearly top rookie so far
>Believe the hype about Peterson
>Peterson the kid who saved the Vikings?

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