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Lack of effort was Berrian's undoing

Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:01 am
BerrianPosted by Josh Katzowitz

When Leslie Frazier met with former Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian earlier this week, before the team ultimately released him, Berrian tried to convince his coach that he wanted to help the team win. But as 1500 ESPN reports, Frazier simply wasn’t willing to believe him.

Though Berrian made some memorable gaffes this year (engaging in a Twitter war with a Minnesota state legislator who is a veteran without legs; missing meetings to get himself deactivated), that ultimately wasn’t what led to his dismissal from Minnesota.

Instead, Berrian wasn’t trying to help the team or make himself better, and he wasn’t even giving the effort to pretend like he was. That’s ultimately why the team rid itself of him.

"The thing you have to be concerned about is, if he's a starter, how is he producing? And then, what's the attitude?" Frazier told reporters Thursday. "If he's not producing, but he's practicing hard, playing hard, doing everything you ask -- you've just got to find ways to try to help that guy be a productive player for you. But if the production isn't there, the attitude isn't right, then you've got to say, 'OK, is he giving us anything in the locker room?'"

Berrian's Attitude
The Vikings determined Berrian was not. Especially since, as Pelissero writes, the aloof Berrian might have been more concerned with fashion than football. As one teammate said, it was unclear whether Berrian knew some of his fellow Vikings’ names.

"He stands by his word," receiver Greg Camarillo said, referring to Frazier. "He's always said we're going to have not necessarily the 53 most talented football players, but we're going to have the best 53 people for this team. And he stood by that. If you're not a team-oriented guy, you won't be here."

And now, Berrian is not.

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Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2011 1:10 pm

Lack of effort was Berrian's undoing

Although Frazier is still unproven with the X's and O's, he demands respect for the team first and accountability for those who don't follow.  Good move, now the team can identify WR as a weak spot and there are a couple nice WRs at the top of next year's draft.  With a talented WR to pair with Percy, Rudolph and the best RB in football, at least the Vikes would have solid guys in the skill positions next year.

Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: October 28, 2011 12:59 pm
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Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:40 am

Lack of effort was Berrian's undoing

A lack of effort should not have been in Berrians vocabulary. Signed him to that HUGE contract and it turned out to be one of the worst free agent signings in Viking history. Coach Frazier just made his best call of the year

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