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Frazier: Past Road Woes Are Controllable

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By: Aj Mansour |

Minneapolis, MNSince he took over the reigns as full-time head coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 2011, Leslie Frazier has worked his way towards a measly 5-11 record away from Mall of America Field. The theories surrounding road team’s struggles are endless stemming all the way from crowd noise to elevation changes. Wednesday afternoon, Frazier took to the podium to debunk those thoughts and lay it out plain and simple.

“It doesn’t matter,” Frazier said of all the variables. “You’ve got to be good enough talent wise and understand what it takes to win, and you’ll win on the road.”

With a week two match up against the Chicago Bears in the Windy City, the topic of struggles on the road continue to be at the forefront. To date, those struggles are legit. Despite the fact that Vikings have only won five road games under Frazier, the coach implies that most of their eleven losses came at the hands of their own players, not the unexpected variables of playing on the road.

“When you turn the ball over four times in a ball game, it’ ain’t about the crowd noise,” Frazier explained. “If you do things to shoot yourself in the foot, whether it’s offense, defense or special teams, you’re not going to win on the road.”

Sunday afternoon against the Lions was a full fledged failure for the Vikings, but their efforts weren’t helped any by the three interceptions and one fumble stemming from the play of their third year quarterback.

Looking at the stats, Ponder took a step forward from what has become his regular statistical line. 236 yards and a touchdown would likely register as Ponder’s sixth best game. But it’s tough to get past the turnovers that too regularly give the opposition a short field.

“We need consistent, good quarterback play in order for our offense to thrive and for our team to be successful,” Frazier said. “Our margin for error is small. If we’re turning the ball over, it shrinks our opportunities to win.”

Despite all the frustrations, Frazier did take time to point out that the team still has faith in Ponder’s ability to lead this team. At the end of the day, the moral of the story remains that the outcome of the game is within their own hands whether playing at home or on the road.

“We know how to win on the road,” Frazier said. “We proved that at the end of the season last year.”

Aj Mansour covers Minnesota Sports for Feel free to leave comments and questions regarding this post in the space provided below. For Vikings updates and breaking Vikings news, follow Aj on Twitter. @AjKFAN


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