lengthy, on Frazier. he and/or Spielman did make the tough calls last year on McKinnie and Berrian, we will see this year on MLB and other positions.
I'm impressed/surprised? Frazier lobbied for a GM, of course it does give him an out at times, "well the GM says".......
Also a list of some games he might want back from last year. you got to win the close ones this season Les!
At this stage, Frazier does not need to win over the locker room. And, to date, all indications are his relationship with General Manager Rick Spielman is as harmonious as it could possibly be.
There's not the constant dysfunction that existed when Brad Childress was coach and Spielman was still in the role of vice president of player personnel, forced to cede authority on roster moves and often failing to soften Childress' stubbornness.
Now, such friction has dissipated. In fact, before being promoted to head coach in November 2010, Frazier told Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf that, ultimately, he needed a general manager in place to succeed.
"I had seen what that vacuum had done here in Minnesota," Frazier said. "It created problems. You need that hierarchy."
Then, when Spielman finally was promoted this January, Frazier immediately went about syncing his vision with the GM and Vikings scouts. He called lengthy meetings to discuss the kind of roster he wanted. He went position by position, delivering detailed instructions on what skills and traits he needed at each spot to make his systems work.
"We would talk about that in the past," Frazier said, "but never as detailed as we did this time around where we'd spend two, three, four hours on one position. That was just to make sure the scouts understood that, for what we do, this is what fits."
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