#61 Oct 2, 2010
Vikings are 21st in the NFL for third down efficiency. Last year, they were fifth. Clearly, the Minnesota's inability to convert on third down has stifled its offense.
Col. Klink and his playcalling
This year, passing play each time he has been faced with more than two yards to go on third downs, with a conversion rate of only 18%. Moreover, he has ordered a running play with less than two yards to go on third downs, converting 4 of 5.
With 2 exceptions
(1) unadvisedly tried to ram it into the end zone at the end of the loss to the Dolphins and
(2) unsuccessfully tried to run out the clock at the end of the win against the lowly Lions.
Vikings are 1-2 thus far, 29th in scoring,
16th in total offense,
6th in rushing.
Last year, they finished with 12-4, ranking second in scoring, fifth in total offense, eighth in passing and 13th in rushing.
Bernard Berrian has showed his uninspired play last year was not due to just injury. Before the season, they traded for the Dolphins receiver Greg Camarillo, who has yet to learn the playbook. The remaining receivers, Greg Lewis and Hank Baskett, are rejects from Childress’ former Eagles team.
Farve's favorite receivers are now Adrian Peterson, who leads the team in catches, and tight end Visante Shiancoe, who leads the team in receiving yards. The lack of surehanded wideouts has necessiated Favre's overreliance on Peterson and Shiancoe.
Vikings can’t overcome the predictable play calling of Klink on pass plays, especially crucial third downs, because they don't have superior talent at wide receiver to get separation against defenses dropping seven and eight defenders into coverage or rushing the quarterback.
This may come as a total shock to Childress, but NFL teams actually do try to disguise whether they will run or pass on all downs, including crucial third downs, so defenses can’t gain an advantage on both pass and run plays.
#62 Oct 2, 2010
Oh and looked this up
Football 101 says “offenses need to mix running and passing plays to avoid tipping defenses off with tendencies they can take advantage of…. This balanced attack can keep the defense guessing and allows for more varied play calling depending on the game situation.”
other playcallers try to maintain at least some balance on third downs between run and pass. They pass at least 27 percent of the plays when needing less than two yards and run 11 to 24 percent of the plays when needing more than two yards.
#63 Oct 2, 2010
Think about this also,
Harvin as a scat back, which many other teams have found useful on third and longs.
#64 Oct 2, 2010
LOL with the golden horseshoe quote. He does look kinda constipated when he's on the sidelines, interview room etc. Favre is going to wish he never came back when he faces the Bears and Packers, OUCH!!
#65 Oct 2, 2010
No sense in asking Viking fans for trophy polish, they dont even know what it looks like!!!!
“Blue collar in paradise”
Since: Mar 10
I did NOT miss a spot
#66 Oct 2, 2010
I like this idea. And for cripessakes STOP using Berrian as a kick returner! The numbskull can't even CATCH the FRIGGIN BALL!
#67 Oct 2, 2010
Don't ask the Viking Fans for anything Turkey..They won't even give you the time of the day ..The only thing they will give you is a hard time...Lets see how you do with the Giants..Chris Williams and Major Wright are both out...You might want to wait until the end of the game before you start cackling..
#68 Oct 2, 2010
Yawn..wake me up when you get a brain.....zzzzzzz.
#69 Oct 3, 2010
I think we aim to hurt Mr. catch every ball cammarilo now because he makes berrian look bad and doesn't know how to suck and just collect a paycheck
Harvin should be able to carry the load if he can just get over the stupid migraines smoke weed and have farve do his drug tests for him
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