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While Childress occasionally clashed with some of the team’s biggest stars, Frazier has worked hard to form a tight relationship with his team leaders. He and Peterson are particularly close, and the two are often seen exchanging long hugs after victories.
“I’m not the type of person that I really talk a lot about what’s going on with me,” Peterson said. “He’s the kind of person that I can give bits and pieces to and I know that he’s not going to judge. He’s going to give me some great advice. He’s going to shoot it to you straight. I can’t help but respect a guy and love him for that.”
Developing that trust has also helped Frazier make sure the veterans on the team’s leadership council — Peterson, Greenway, Jared Allen, Antoine Winfield, Charlie Johnson — continue to do work for him in the locker room long after the coach has left.
“Sometimes it doesn’t matter what I say if they’re not repeating the same message in the locker room,” Frazier said. “To their credit, I told each one of them I’m very thankful for the leadership they’ve provided throughout the season.”
Frazier has one more season left on his contract, and after improving by at least six wins over his first full season is expected to soon receive an extension. As usual, Frazier isn’t spending too much time worrying about that right now.
“He’s pretty much the same day-in and day-out,” defensive tackle Kevin Williams said. “Even in his angriest moments, you don’t really realize it. He’s been steady with us, preaching the same thing, telling the guys the same message so we won’t get off track. It’s been good for us.”