Grading the Minnesota Vikings against...

Grading the Minnesota Vikings against the New Orleans Saints

There are 13 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Oct 7, 2008, titled Grading the Minnesota Vikings against the New Orleans Saints. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The Vikings' offense came to life when it mattered most, with Gus Frerotte finding Bernard Berrian for some big catches late in the game, including a 33-yard touchdown that tied the score 27-27. Except for a ...

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kdogg

United States

#1 Oct 7, 2008
Specail Teams should probably get a D grade, due to the blocked FG and the onside kick recovery. I agree that they punt/kick return crew is smelly...

“sorry we're out of cheese”

Since: Feb 07

jacksonville beach, FL

#2 Oct 7, 2008
lol... who was #50 of the vikings special teams - damn did he get decleated on punt coverage. not sure how the guy even got up after the hit he took. was quite comical, though.
kdogg

United States

#3 Oct 7, 2008
That would be Erin Henderson and yes he had his bell rungggggggg. Hehehe...
Nick

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Oct 7, 2008
Quit the Zone blocking man on man our line is huge
poor peterson cant get to the line without a lineman in his face Brad did you see how they used Bush ? Go Vikes
40for60

United States

#5 Oct 7, 2008
kdogg wrote:
That would be Erin Henderson and yes he had his bell rungggggggg. Hehehe...
Erin was decleated, but bounced right back up.
Cedric Griffen crushed the tight end, and he took a bit of a dirt nap.
Gardy

Byron, MN

#6 Oct 7, 2008
You grade the coaching above the defense? For that, I grade this column an F.
griddy

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Oct 7, 2008
Coaching = F. Green Chili can't think on his feet - or make necessary adjustments at half-time. No excuse for negative yardage first downs on the ground. Not with these 2 top ten running backs and a v-e-r-y expensive O-Line.
ZygiZag

Steen, MN

#8 Oct 7, 2008
Only 2 positives for the offense. No Turnovers and Gus guts. Many negatives against a weak D. Grade D-.
ZygiZag

Steen, MN

#9 Oct 7, 2008
Nick wrote:
Quit the Zone blocking man on man our line is huge
poor peterson cant get to the line without a lineman in his face Brad did you see how they used Bush ? Go Vikes
I have been saying that since Chilli got here. He seems to make every move possible to limit his players abilities. It is his offense and he forces everyone into even though their skills are deminished by it. IN addition to scrapping the zone blocking he should try a lot of misdirection. AP best runs come from that. I saw none run. I think when Brad finally goes you will be hearing a lot from the players on how they were limited, providing the next coach is not from the current staff. The players say the right things, but have you EVER heard the offensive playes (other than TJ) say that they love this coach, or that they love this offense. Compare to Mike Martz players comments.
Vegas Vic

Las Vegas, NV

#10 Oct 7, 2008
griddy wrote:
Coaching = F. Green Chili can't think on his feet - or make necessary adjustments at half-time. No excuse for negative yardage first downs on the ground. Not with these 2 top ten running backs and a v-e-r-y expensive O-Line.
The offensive adjustments at half were mediocre at best...however, you can only do so much when a team like the saints were as committed to stopping the run as they were. The defensive adjustments with the multiple blitz packages were superb and the best coaching I've seen out the viking unit in a long time.
Just my opinion.
Vegas Vic

Las Vegas, NV

#11 Oct 7, 2008
Nick wrote:
Quit the Zone blocking man on man our line is huge
poor peterson cant get to the line without a lineman in his face Brad did you see how they used Bush ? Go Vikes
you do realize that zone blocking is a philosophy of play and not a specific package/scheme right? I really don't think anyone in their right mind would dramatically alter their philosophy mid-year. Also, the zone blocking scheme worked well for the vikings running game last year and is employed by many good rushing teams...I guess I don't understand why the philosophy in and of itself is that bad?
ZygiZag

Steen, MN

#12 Oct 8, 2008
Vegas Vic wrote:
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you do realize that zone blocking is a philosophy of play and not a specific package/scheme right? I really don't think anyone in their right mind would dramatically alter their philosophy mid-year. Also, the zone blocking scheme worked well for the vikings running game last year and is employed by many good rushing teams...I guess I don't understand why the philosophy in and of itself is that bad?
If your blocking regular you fire right off the ball and get after a person and when you are bigger and stronger than your Defensive guy it is to your advantage to do that. Our left side and center in generally bigger and stronger than the opponents they face. Can you change midseason. Sure can and the whole O line would be all smiles. Ask an O line would it rather pass block or aggressively run-block if they had their choice.
griddy

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Oct 9, 2008
Vegas Vic wrote:
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The offensive adjustments at half were mediocre at best...however, you can only do so much when a team like the saints were as committed to stopping the run as they were. The defensive adjustments with the multiple blitz packages were superb and the best coaching I've seen out the viking unit in a long time.
Just my opinion.
Exactly the point. When the box is loaded, their coaches need to have another dimension to defend. He relies way too much on the kid to bail him out. If AllDay is stopped repeatedly you need to move to plan B - and quickly. His clock and time-out management does not inspire confidence - and I don't know if you've ever played team sports, but it's infectious.

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