Tom Powers: Vikings make same old mis...

Tom Powers: Vikings make same old mistakes in playoff loss to E...

There are 37 comments on the story from Jan 4, 2009, titled Tom Powers: Vikings make same old mistakes in playoff loss to E.... In it, reports that:

Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson slaps the ground in disgust after a botched snap was recovered by Eagles defensive end Jaqua Parker late in the fourth quarter Sunday at the Metrodome.

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Since: Dec 06

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#2 Jan 4, 2009
Well, you hit it right on the head Tom;
"Unfortunately, they'll be entering the 2009 season with the same old questions."

Just like 2006, 2007 & 2008.
Poor O-line, no QB, bad pass defense and a coach with no clue.

What in the world are you waiting for Mr. Wilf?

Hawthorne, CA

#3 Jan 4, 2009
Fran the Man wrote:
Well, you hit it right on the head Tom;
"Unfortunately, they'll be entering the 2009 season with the same old questions."
Just like 2006, 2007 & 2008.
Poor O-line, no QB, bad pass defense and a coach with no clue.
What in the world are you waiting for Mr. Wilf?
Good question. But consider this: If Brad Childress went against Wilf in starting TJerk, we may have a new coach soon.

Brad did not make the week 3 change. Wilf did.

I hope Klink bet it all on TJerk and they both leave!

United States

#4 Jan 4, 2009
The fans have spoken loud and clear... give me T-Jack and Chilly??? I'd rather have death.

United States

#5 Jan 4, 2009
i saw wilf was at the game in his nice little box. i hope it was a good enough view to see how poor klink was coaching in the game of his life. two first and fives turn into third and sixes! they were blitzing all day, where was shaincoe, where were the screens? i would take the exact same team next year with E.J. back and sharper anywhere but on the field, as long as klink were not coaching it. bottom line is our team would be a lot better if klink were not our coach. does anyone disagree with me?...anyone? i honestly don't know if i have ever heard anyone say they thought he was doing a good job...
MaVikes Fan

Mashpee, MA

#6 Jan 5, 2009
Another one of our year-long problems that surfaced again on Sunday. Got absolutely nothing on our returns, and coverage teams (especially on punts) were a trainwreck. Kluwe is incredibly over-rated.
Taz in Duluth

Duluth, MN

#7 Jan 5, 2009
Same old mistakes? Well of course, he not only looks like Klink, he acts like him too! Of all the special/changeup/misdirection plays we did this year that worked out great, did you EVER see one repeated? Childress has no business being a head coach, or a coach period.
Hayden Fox

United States

#8 Jan 5, 2009
If Childress isn't fired (but he should be)......then HE should do some firing. Special teams, O-line, WR coaches.

Since: Dec 08

Hastings, MN

#9 Jan 5, 2009
TJack did not look good at the end of the game, but we can't blame it all on him. Nobody was picking up the Eagles blitzes which gave him about 1 second to make his reads and throw the ball. Good luck, we're lucky he didn't throw more picks. Secondly, if they were going to blitz that much, where were the screens to take advantage of it? Bad coaching and an unusually porous Oline contributed greatly to the disaster.
CT Viking fan

Burlington, VT

#10 Jan 5, 2009
Hate to admit it, but I agreed with Childress on giving up the field goal rather than taking the penalty and risking worse at that point in the game.
Barry Burmaster

Schenectady, NY

#11 Jan 5, 2009
Childress is a bum...get rid of him!!!

Bartlesville, OK

#12 Jan 5, 2009
We have 6 players going to the Pro Bowl, so many pieces are in place. Unfortunately the coaching staff has turned Mike Tice's 8-8 team into what...a .500 team (6-10, 8-8, 10-6)?

Maybe the playcalling is bad because they can only do what TJ can figure out. Clock management should be a no brainer at this level but its a consistent problem. As for talent evaluation, they traded UP to get TJ and Ryan Cook.

The reason 50% of season ticket holders did not buy playoff tickets is they saw the poor performance too many times already. Wilf its time to make some changes...

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Jan 5, 2009
buddy grant

Mississauga, Canada

#14 Jan 5, 2009
CT Viking fan wrote:
Hate to admit it, but I agreed with Childress on giving up the field goal rather than taking the penalty and risking worse at that point in the game.
Wrong. Playing not to lose and assuming your D will give up a 19 yard play for a first down is defeatist football. Akers was kicking it through from 60 yards in practice so a 43 yard FG was a piece of cake. At that point in the game we were all over them on D so why not let Allen lose on McNabb and try for a sack or a fumble and think of a positive result? Once again Childress gets outcoached and proves he doesn't belong in this league.

De Soto, WI

#15 Jan 5, 2009
Even Joe can see that our coach is irrational and clueless. Last week Joe heard on the Dan Patrick show that when asked off the record, many Vikings admit to disliking the Chillmeister. They don't like the him, as a man, as a coach. The why is irrelevant, since it could be anything from his mustache to his inability to coach. They just don't like him, period. Fans don't like him because of the obvious "psycho-babble" he tries to pass off as explanations for his coaching lapses, beginning with going into the season with a QB friends of mine still call a "rookie" despite Tavaris's three years in the league. At crunchtime, Tavaris still makes elementary mistakes. Looking off, Tavaris, it's called looking off. Even the game's announcers noticed and commented on the play calling. "Looks like the coaching staff is easing him into the game," were their comments. Wrong answer if you want to win. And so, I hope the Zygmeister at least tells the Chillmeister to find a real quarterback, one we can hang our hat on. TJ is not it, and showed it against a real team (not those teams who had nothing to play for.) Or, maybe the Zygman can find a real coach to go along with a real NFL caliber QB.


#16 Jan 5, 2009
Ziggy, you've lost us...the fans. As long as Chilly & TJack are there...I'm not watching & I've been watching for 43 years! Too much talent to have no leadership at head coach & QB. 2 ways to fix problem: promote Leslie to head coach. We will keep our consistancy and not lose another qualified coach. Or, bring in a big name defensive minded coach that can hire a good offensive coordinator. Have some guts like Bowlen, do this & you get the fans back & hopefully your stadium along with it!

New York, NY

#17 Jan 5, 2009
Weekly World News broke this story: Tarvaris Jackson is actually descended from vikings!
Vikes in LA

Monroe, NC

#18 Jan 5, 2009
QB, MOre WR depth, better secondary coverage, and a new I wrong or the Minnesotans allowing the Vikes to leave, is the end near? I have been a 29 year fan from NC and I stay current with Vikings news and I get the sense the community understands the team is leaving for LA in 2 seasons. Will anybody confirm this suspicion.
purple pride

Aberdeen, SD

#19 Jan 5, 2009
Was there any off the field problems this year, 6-10, 8-8, 10-6 isn't that improvement? Win your division isn't that improvement? Jackson did suck yes but I bet you I know who will be there next year two 1's for McNabb yes McNabb. and then super bowl bound! Maybe they should move to LA and then all these negative Viking fans can just think of what was what joke !!!!

Youngstown, OH

#20 Jan 5, 2009
Agree with CT Vikings Fan. The FG decision did not lose the game. Remember, the Iggles still run a play after accepting the penalty, so they'll get 5-10 yards on the play against a prevent defense, because the goal at that point is to prevent a first down. Philly kicks the FG either way and it's just 3 points. The pick for the TD and the defense on B West's screen was the difference. It's execution not coaching. Not that I care about Childress, but those 2 plays were not his fault.

Toronto, Canada

#21 Jan 5, 2009
I agree that those two calls were brain dead. However I found the incredibly conservative play-calling in the 3rd and early 4th quarters to be even worse. The Vikes were down by 2, the defense was pretty much holding up but the offense seemed to have no game plan for getting the ball down the field. It was those 3 and outs that killed them. This season was a totally wasted opportunity. It is a tough time to be a Viking fan - even more so than usual.

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