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Continued: Hartman: Claeys' faith in Gophers players is rewarded with victory

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 20, 2013 - 12:08 AM

Frazier was asked how that happens.

“There are so many factors,” he said. “I mean it’s a new roster [this season] in a lot of ways, a lot of different people playing now. You see the situation that we have at quarterback; there are a lot of factors involved. It’s a new team. It really is a new team.”

He was hesitant to say that the same thing that happened to the team in 2010 is happening again this year.

“Ask me about that [situation] at the end of the season, my friend,” Frazier said. “We’re going to get it turned around and you’re going to say, ‘How in the heck did they turn that around?’ Just like they said, ‘How in the heck did they go from 3-13 to 10-6?’ We’re going to turn it around.”

Still, when pressed about the question of how a team such as the 2010 Vikings go from being maybe the second-best team in the NFL to having their coach fired 10 games into the season, Frazier said that there are often factors away from the field that can impact a team’s performance.

“There were a lot of things leading up to that season that I can’t talk about,” he said. “There was a lot of stuff. You know what it happens a lot in our league.”

Now the Vikings and General Manager Rick Spielman will hope that newly signed quarterback Josh Freeman can lead the team back to success after it has again stumbled out of the gate.

SID’s JOTTINGS
• Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown 15 interceptions this season, including two in each of New York’s first two possessions vs. the Bears in a 27-21 loss in Week 6. The 15 interceptions put him on a pace to challenge the NFL record of 42 set by George Blanda in 1962. But how will Manning do against the leaky Vikings pass defense?

• The Vikings have given up 308 passing yards per game, 29th in the NFL, with only the Cowboys, Eagles and the Broncos ranking worse. And the Vikings have only 10 sacks this year, ahead of only the Bears, Steelers and Giants. One plus for the Vikings is that they have intercepted seven passes in five games.

• The just-released 2018 and ’19 Big Ten football schedules have the Gophers closing the season against Wisconsin both years, continuing a tradition of the past. The Gophers and Badgers haven’t finished the season against each other since 2007, but they will do so each of the next six years.

• Former Gophers assistants Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M and Tony Levine at Houston are having good seasons, but both coaches suffered shootout losses Saturday. Levine, who also played for the Gophers and was an assistant to Sumlin at Houston, was unbeaten before losing 47-46 to BYU. Sumlin’s Aggies fell to Auburn 45-41.

• If you recall the Gophers paid North Carolina $800,000 last year to get out of a home-and-home football series. Well, the Tar Heels are 1-5 this year. However on Thursday, unbeaten Miami had to score with 16 seconds left to beat them 27-23.

• Lefthander Craig Breslow was with the Twins in 2008 and ’09 and posted a 1-4 record with a 2.89 ERA in 59 games. Now he is with Boston and was 5-2 with a 1.81 ERA in the regular season, and going into Saturday he had pitched six shutout innings with five strikeouts this postseason.

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