Due to injuries, the Vikings didn't suit up the allotted 46 players they're allowed. Frazier defended his decision to take the timeouts, saying he needed to give his depleted defense a chance to regroup.
"I wanted to make sure for one, our guys were getting a little fatigued," Frazier said, per The Star Tribune. "But also if they were to get a score, I wanted us to have a chance to go back and respond. I didn't want then to be able to run the clock out and us not have a chance on offense. Fortunately for us, because our guys were gassed, they got their breath and made some big stops at the end."
"I've learned in my short time as head coach that you better do it the way you believe in doing it because you don't have a chance to do this for very long," Frazier said. "You don't want to have any regrets. Our players, they're thinking about what they need to think about. But I need to think about the total picture. So no big deal."
Frazier's seat has been hot much of this season. He knows that if he goes down in Minnesota, he's going down on his terms. Fortunately, this time, his terms got the win.