EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he plans to talk to the team on Monday amid mounting frustration after a fourth straight loss.
And the week ahead will add to the challenges facing the downtrodden team, with a rash of injuries and just three days to repair for Thursday's game against Washington.
Several veterans, including Kevin Williams and Brian Robison, criticized the offensive and defensive coordinators after the Vikings lost 27-23 at Dallas on Sunday. It was the most overt sign yet that seven losses in eight games to start the season is starting to affect the team.
Frazier has taken pride in his ability to keep his teams focused and together in the toughest of times.
He says he will talk to the players about staying committed to the game plans and trusting the coaches to make the right calls.
While addressing the media Monday Frazier told reporters that tight end Kyle Rudolph, one of quarterback Christian Ponder's favorite targets, will miss a significant amount of time with a fracture in his foot. Also missing workouts Monday due to injury were fullback Rhett Ellison, defensive linemen Letroy Guyon and Fred Evans, offensive linemen Charley Johnson and Phil Loadholt, and defensive back Jamarca Sanford.
As is characteristic of his personality, Frazier tried to be upbeat, saying that a number of positive things came out of yesterday's last minute loss to the Cowboys.
"As dire as it may seem when you're staring at our record (1-7) at the midpoint, there were some positives that came out of that ballgame yesterday that we can build on."
Among them, Frazier insisted, was an improved performance by the beleaguered Vikings defense, especially on third down. He also pointed to the ability of quarterback Christian Ponder to bounce back from a potentially backbreaking fumble to start the second half that led directly to a Dallas touchdown.
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