Childress Confident in Special Teams Improvement

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 3, 2009 – 4:59 pm

At 1st glance, there may be only 2 sides to a figurative football – the offensive side and the defensive side. But any football coach worth his salt will tell you there are actually 3 sides to a (figurative) football.

The special teams unit comprises that 3rd side, and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said after Monday’s afternoon practice that he is confident his special teams unit will improve from last year, when the Vikings ranked near the bottom in some statistical categories.

“I am confident that it’s going to be improved,” Childress told reporters. “I think that our guys, throughout the offseason, have spent a lot of time on what we’re doing schematically and the understanding of what we’re trying to do.”

After Paul Ferraro left his post as special teams coordinator to join the St. Louis Rams as LBs coach, Childress decided to promote Brian Murphy, who served under Ferraro, to the position. Other changes to the special teams unit include the return of special teams ace LB Heath Farwell and an influx of young talent battling for a limited number of roster spots.

“I think Murph has done a great job of putting good drill work with it and making them understand and see some things,” Childress explained. “I think there’s some enthusiasm. I also think that younger athletes have all bought in and jumped in at an early age. When you have competition for roster spots like we’re going to have, then that tends to elevate (their special teams play) as well.”

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