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Leslie Frazier has had to deal with plenty of adversity in his past, dating back to the career-ending knee injury he sustained while playing for the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. So what Frazier has encountered during a 1-4 start this season with the Vikings is not necessarily out of the ordinary. It's in times like these, Frazier says, where he leans on his faith the most.
Frazier told Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he often goes back to a Bible verse he recalled while laying in a hospital bed after his knee injury -- Romans 8:28 -- and relies on it heavily during times like these. His future as the Vikings' coach could be in jeopardy, considering the team decided to pick up his 2014 option instead of offer him a long-term extension after a playoff run in 2012. The Vikings could have their third starting quarterback of the season by Monday's game against the New York Giants, and the team is coming off an embarrassing 35-10 home loss to the Carolina Panthers. Frazier's method of dealing with adversity, he says, is to lean on Scripture and focus on what he can control.
"What I do in that situation is concentrate on that one particular week and what you have to get done with your football team,” Frazier said. “You really can’t look ahead or, like I told our team, you can’t look back either. I can’t control what upper management is thinking or how they’re thinking or what they’re reading or what they’re hearing. But I can have an effect on our team.”
Here are some other Vikings stories of note:
We took a deeper look at Josh Robinson's struggles in the secondary, and revisited the role of the cornerback -- and other Vikings defensive backs -- in Brandon LaFell's 79-yard touchdown on Sunday.
Retired Florida State coach Bobby Bowden still believes Christian Ponder will be a successful NFL quarterback, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Matt Cassel didn't have much success on throws of longer than 10 yards, Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com found in a film review of Sunday's game.