Leslie Frazier is known as a players’ coach, but at least one Vikings player isn’t happy with the man in charge after some critical comments aimed at the defensive line. On Monday Frazier went after his entire D-line for not being physical enough in Sunday’s blowout loss to the Bears. On Friday, defensive tackle Kevin Williams took issue with Frazier’s lump-everyone-together approach, saying “If you want to call somebody out, call who you’re talking about out.”
Williams continued, “Don’t say the whole group got out-physicaled. I don’t believe that at all. I saw that on the news and I was like, ‘You show a play where two guys are double-teaming me, of course you’re going to get out-physicaled if you’re getting double-teamed on a run block. One guy’s trying to hold me up and the other guy’s trying to take a run at my side … If you want to call somebody out, you can do that. A couple of guys might have gotten pushed off the ball, but the whole group, no.”
I guess I get Williams’ point. He’s not happy about being lumped in with a couple of other guys who didn’t exactly bring it on Sunday night (Letroy Guion I’m looking at you). But I just don’t know what good can come out of calling out your coach in public at this time. I guess maybe Kevin felt like he was called out, at least by association, so he could feel free to do the same. But is Kevin really showing leadership here or is he behaving selfishly?
I’m inclined to give Kevin a pass, since it’s not his habit to make incendiary public remarks. Chalk this one up to a moment of frustration from a player whose last couple of seasons haven’t gone the way he planned. But if things go wrong again against the Packers on Sunday and more stuff gets thrown around in public? This could get ugly.