At 1-3, Minnesota Vikings are followi...

At 1-3, Minnesota Vikings are following a familiar path

There are 87 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 29, 2008, titled At 1-3, Minnesota Vikings are following a familiar path. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Vikings starting quarterback Gus Frerotte was forced into a bad pass in the fourth quarter by Titans' DE Jacob Ford, as the Vikings were defeated 30-17 by the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, TN, to fall to 1-3, ...

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Mitchell Anderson

Blooming Prairie, MN

#91 Sep 30, 2008
I meant the Twins were chokers tonight and all they had to do was beat KC last week.
bgbdwolf

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#92 Oct 1, 2008
texas viking wrote:
Monday night might be the end of my Viking fandom. They made one change on my "list of demands", which was to try out Gus, and that got them a win. So I hung on another week. Unfortunately, the Titan game showed me the light, clearly and without doubt, that this is a coaching problem. If they somehow win Monday night (a la the Giants game last year) I'll hang with them a little longer. If not, I'm done with them until they make a coaching change. It's just too heartbreaking to have so much hope in the potential, only to see it dashed by terrible coaching: AWFUL play-calling, poor talent-evaluation, questionable draft picks, lousy game management, rigidity, and outdated offensive and defensive schemes. It would be an enormous joke except that it is very NOT funny. As the great philosopher Popeye once said, "I've had all I can takes, I can't takes any more."
VERY WELL SAID!!!
Childress IS THE PROBLEM

Waipahu, HI

#93 Oct 1, 2008
If the younger players are looking to Childress for direction it's because of their inexperience and concern about keeping their jobs and/or remaining on the team. The reality is, Childress has shown that he is a poor manager, definitely not a leader and has this team again going nowhere - again. The players are in place to make this a top tier team in the NFC North and even within the league, the problem is Childress and his staff. His game planning, play calling and desision making is at a high school level at best and is keeping the Vikings from being the team they could be. Sadly, Zygi is ignoring what is staring him in the face - Childress was a bad hire and he won't admit it. Whether through ignorance or pride, if Zygi does not admit and accept where the problem lies this season is a bust. I've been a fan since Joe Kapp was our QB and I have never seen a poorer product on the field than what we've since Childress took the helm. Another painful year for Vikings faithful!

HIVIKE
TorVikeFan

Toronto, Canada

#94 Oct 1, 2008
If the O had merely performed average, the Vikes wouldn't be 1-3, they'd be 3-1. So, what's the problem? Is it the players? I don't think so. Granted, the receivers aren't the greatest, Shiancoe is lousy and Frerotte is so-so. But with a very good O-line and a superb running back, those shortcomings should be surmountable. What, then, is the problem? Coaching, or, rather, the lack thereof. Chilly and Bevell have implemented zone-blocking, which doesn't play to the O-line's strengths. The play-calling is simplistic and entirely predictable. If a defense, even a so-so defense, knows what play is coming, there's little chance the play will suceed. Lastly, the Viking O players seem to have little enthusiasm or energy, pointing to a lack of motivation and leadership from, and lack of confidence in, Chilly and Bevell. That's why Chilly and all the offensive coaches must be canned... now!
ocinnj

Woodbury, NJ

#95 Oct 1, 2008
I have watched this team waste talent for long enough. Since 1969, I have stood by the Vikings. This year, my disgust with poor offensive execution is killing my love for the entire team. The Vikings posses more talent on offense in total than most teams in the league. Yet, high school teams have more consistent offensive balance and execution success. What is the dismall third down conversion percentage? What is the dismall red zone touchdown percentage? Do we even have a two minute drill touchdown? I cant remember!
harry

Milton, ND

#96 Oct 1, 2008
The loss at N.O. will be huge.

A meaningless home win against a terrible Detroit team means nothing.

YET, Childress and the team will be praised for "turning the corner".

Enough BS. Fire Chilly.
cuulhandluk

Sauk Rapids, MN

#97 Oct 2, 2008
Coach has a problem.....His team cannot stay in games if it HAS to rely on the passing game. Today's NFL mandates that teams be able to throw WHEN THEY NEED TO. Chili's team can't do this.... and it will define his coaching career if they don't shore it up. There are not alot of glaring weaknesses on this squad...so a 1-3 start is a major disapointment. The T-Jack experiment has to be graded a failure and this is on Childress. True ...the schedule has been challenging...but the Vikes have a roster full of high priced talent....THEY'VE GOT THE GOODS TO BEAT THESE TEAMS...yet they're not getting it done. The season is far from over...but it may well be if they fall to 1-4.

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