EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has been taking a close look at his team while is has lost three of its past four games, and one aspect in particular is troubling the coach.
Frazier hardly recognizes the team's once stout-run defense, a defense he coordinated before becoming coach.
Minnesota has long taken pride in having one of the NFL's top run defenses. That standing took a hit last year when the Vikings slipped to 11th in the league. But through five games this season, they seemed to recapture their status. Now, for the past month, the run defense hasn't been the unit Frazier has been able to rely on for years.
"Defensively, our run defense is not even, doesn't even resemble the type of run defense we're capable of playing and we have to go back to the drawing board and come up with some ways to defend the run better than we're doing," Frazier said. "And we've got to look at some things and try to get some things corrected, and really almost start ...