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|Following their loss to the Buccaneers, the Vikings take a seat in the examination room.|
Coach Leslie Frazier’s explanation for not using a timeout on the Buccaneers’ final possession was admirable but didn’t really make sense. Frazier said he considered using one of his three timeouts with about a minute remaining but decided against it. "I really thought we were going to stop them on defense," Frazier said, either through a turnover or by forcing the Bucs to kick a field goal. There’s nothing wrong with confidence, but in this case Frazier needed to hedge his bet. You’re not sending players a bad message by calling a timeout. You’re telling them you will stop at nothing to ensure the team has its best chance to win. Not calling a timeout in that situation ultimately cost the Vikings at least 30 seconds when they regained possession. They didn’t have enough time to take one timeout, let alone three. Frazier didn't equip his team as well as he could have for that regrettable but necessary possession.