Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier
It was another terrific afternoon here at Winter Park. It feels good to be back in this environment. Our guys came out today we had a relatively short practice but our guys were really into it and the minds were in the right place. I think we got better with the work we were able to get done. We were able to go back and review some things that are going to be key to our being able to put together a good football team and I thought the guys used the time wisely. We had a chance to watch the tape with the players. There were definitely some things that we’ve got to get better at across the board but I think we have the right guys to continue to work (as) hard as we can to keep trying to improve. That Friday night game should be one of those that will help us down the road and I think our guys will approach it the right way. Injury wise we have a few guys that are a little banged up. We got
Q: Is Matt Kalil’s knee something to be concerned about?
A: No, I think it’s just a little bit of soreness and he’ll be ready to go when we come back on Wednesday when we start practicing in earnest on Wednesday.
Q: What was Christian Ballard’s spot on the team before?
A: Well he’s one of those guys that we are counting on to be a part of our rotation. He did a very good job for us a season ago and we are hoping that he’ll be able to help us this year as well. He’s one of those defensive tackles that we’d like to have in the rotation.
Q: How important was it to see a read-option quarterback in the preseason give the number of times you’ll see one in the regular season?
A: I think it’s very valuable because I think there are about four or five teams on our schedule that we know that are going to run that offense or some form of it. So to get that this early in the preseason, we are hoping that it’s going to pay dividends for us down the road. Even the up-tempo offense, we are going to see that some this season as well so we think all of that should help us.
Q: Will you prepare for this game like it’s a regular season game?
A: We will do more this game in preparation for sure than we did for Buffalo. We were concentrating more on our self going into the Buffalo game but this game we will put in some sort of game plan but not to the extent that we would if we were getting ready to play San Francisco during the (regular) season. So it’ll be a little different.
Q: When you said that Ballard left the squad, did he leave without getting approval?
A: No, we talked prior to his leaving so I was well aware, so not without approval.
Q: Do you notice a little bit of urgency after watching tape that there are some things that need cleaned up?
A: I think all of our players understand where we are in the preseason and what we have to get done and what the process is. You keep trying to show them things to help them to improve and I think that tape from that ballgame should be one of those things that will help us to improve.
Q: Why was
A: We held Sharrif out. His knee was bothering him a little bit, he was sore so yeah the same one that he hurt in the first preseason game. He was a little banged up so they are going to take a look at it and I’ll know more about tomorrow as well.
Q: Does Jarius Wright’s concussion affect your decision at all on who to keep at the wide receiver spot?
A: Not today as we speak. It’s not a factor as we speak. Now we’ll see how things go if this becomes something that lingers, but right now no.
Q: Is it a good sign for you that he was out here running on the sidelines?
A: It is. We think he should be fine over time.
Q: Will you hold him out this week?
A: I’m not sure about that. We’ll see how it goes as the week goes on.
Q: With Adrian sitting out the first two games, how much of an offensive balance do you need to see on Sunday to give you a sense of where you’ll be in September?
A: We’re going to get him in the ball game Sunday night and we want to be a balanced offense, but as anyone that follows us knows, our offense is going to be ran through number 28, through Adrian. Yeah, we want to be balanced for sure and we are doing everything we can to help our passing game to improve. But part of what will help our passing game be improved is having Adrian at full strength and having another super year like he’s had. We want to be balanced, but we’ll see how things go.
Q: How did his absence of Friday impact what you guys were not able to do?
Q: Do you think Buffalo wouldn’t have been able to tee-off as much as they were if Adrian had played?
A: I think every team that we play, they better have plan for Adrian Peterson when we line up. That’s all I’ll say about that.
Q: Do you at least expect to play him into the third quarter?
A: I don’t expect to play him into the third quarter.
Q: With things like the shotgun snaps, are you okay with that stuff happening during the preseason so you could fix it?
A: No. You don’t want to see balls snapped over your quarterback’s head anytime of the year, practice or games, preseason or regular season. To answer your question, no, we don’t want to see that.
Q: What happened on that on in particular? Was
A: We were trying to give a cadence and we snapped it a little sooner than we probably should have. Some of those things we have to iron out. We’ll be on the road to open the season so if there is a time for it to happen, to answer the previous question, this would be the time. If it’s going to happen, this would be the time for it to happen on the road because we’ll be on the road to open the season.
Q: Did you reach out to Chris Ault or any other read option college coaches to try to get a handle on the offense?
A: I talked with Chris back in the spring. We did sit down and talk about that offense and how it derived. He gave me a little bit of the history and we talked about some things, yes we did.
Q: Can you count on Jerome Felton for opening day?
A: I think so, from what the doctors are telling me. It’s a two-week recovery, that means we should be able to get some work out of him for sure after the Tennessee ball game and maybe the week of Tennessee, although that’s a very short week, but for sure after that ball game we should be able to get some work.
A: He’s working as hard as he’s always worked. He’s a guy that’s vying for a roster spot. He’s a scrappy guy who seems to find a way so we’re anxious to continue to watch him play.
Q: Does he have a good chance to make it again?
A: Yeah, he has a good chance. He has to keep making plays like all the guys that are fighting for roster spots, but he has a chance. Marcus is one of those guys who is very reliable and works extremely hard and we’re counting on him to be a solid player that he’s been.
Q: Talk about your schedule, it seems like the toughest schedule you’ve had in a long time?
A: Yeah, we play one game at home at Mall of America Field in the month of September, but from our standpoint we can’t get caught up in the schedule. We have to play every game, one game at a time and we have absolutely no control over the schedule so we’ll be ready to go when the time comes.
Q: What is the plan for Adrian on Sunday?
A: We have some set things in place that we want to see from him in the lineup. Not ready to divulge what they are right now, but we do have plan for Adrian on Sunday night.
Q: How long can Christian Ballard be on this list until you have to make a decision?
A: As far as I know, there’s no time table. We don’t have to do anything at this point. Once we get to the 53, then things change a little bit, but we this point we’re pretty good.
Q: At what point would he need to come back to be on the 53-man roster?
A: I don’t know, as we speak today, that I know when that is. I’d have to talk with him and get a better feel for where he’d be at that time, whenever that time is.
Q: How important is this week for the bubble guys on the roster?
A: This week along with the following week. Every day, when you’re a guy who’s trying to make the club, is very important. Every practice, every snap you take, every chance you get a chance to play in a ball game is important so this is a very, very important time for those guys trying to make our roster.