Dear Leslie Frazier,
Congratulations on being elevated to the position of interim coach of the Vikings. You follow in a long line of successful men who have guided this storied franchise — Bud Grant, Dennis Green and Les Steckel. Taking over a franchise can be a daunting task, but here is some advice to not only help you adjust to your new role, but help fantasy enthusiasts as well.
First, introduce yourself to RB Adrian Peterson. Your team was doing a pretty good job of getting the ball to him earlier in the season, but Peterson has not topped 20 attempts since Week 8. After conversing with NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks, I understand that defensive coaches typically like to run the ball a lot. I mean a whole lot. Go with that instinct, Leslie. Budget 20 to 25 carries for Peterson, along with a number a swing passes, too.
Also, see that bruising back over there, rookie RB Toby Gerhart? Yeah, let’s end this experiment where he’s given attempts at certain points of the game. Gerhart got only one attempt against the Packers — thankfully because you guys had fallen behind so much — but that was one attempt too many.
Remember, Peterson’s nickname is A.D. As in “all day.” Not as in “all day except for the times Gerhart is in the lineup.” Seriously, if you want to mix things up, get the ball in the hands of WR Percy Harvin. That makes sense. This Gerhart thing does not.
And finally, maybe it’s time to end this Brett Favre nonsense. Maybe you can gather Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson and that kicker, go over to Favre’s apartment and offer to drive him to the airport to send him back home to Mississippi. Leslie, there is no fault in romanticizing the past. For instance, I will always remember Jessica Simpson from her “Newlyweds/Dukes of Hazzard” days. But once the mom jeans, or in this instance the Wranglers, come on, it is time to turn the page.
Oh, and did I mention that you need to get the ball to Peterson? I only bring it up again because it is rather important. However, I trust that you will do the right thing.