It’s impossible to get a pulse on 90 players in training camp and 53 during the season, even with a large coaching staff.
However, Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier is building a communication chain so he can know what’s going on with his team.
He’s looking for leaders, players that not only get the attention of their peers, they help them develop.
He also wants them to be able to work with him in keeping an even balance and understanding exactly what’s going on with the team.
"You know if some guy is talking to a teammate, and that teammate is walking away, not respecting him, that guy might not have the leadership qualities you're looking for," Frazier said, via Ben Goessling of TwinCities.com.
"But if people will listen, if you have the ability to influence -- and that's what leaders are -- that's probably a guy you want on that committee."
"The dynamics will change because we have had some changes on our roster," Frazier said. "So you kind of have to observe and see how guys handle themselves in certain situations. We will need some other guys to step up and be a part of the ones who can talk to me about our team and what we are trying to get accomplished."
"Our young guys are going to have to step up and assume a bigger leadership role than maybe they would have assumed at this point in their career," linebacker Chad Greenway said. "So it'll be a group effort. But at the same point, your leaders who have been around need to step up, and we'll certainly be capable of doing that."