The Vikings have come out on the right end of both their preseason contests so far in 2009, and that is partially due to their ability to be on the right side of QB sacks in both games.
Through 2 preseason games, the Vikings remain the only team to not give up a sack and the defense leads the NFL in collecting sacks, with 9.
Asked to evaluate the play of his offensive line so far this preseason in light of those facts, Childress said: “From that standpoint, pretty good. You have to attribute that to line work, running back work (and) quarterbacks getting the ball out of the hand. There were far too many of those (sacks) last year. As I mentioned to you before, it always doesn’t fall at the feet of the offensive linemen. It usually is somebody not getting open or a guy missing a protection or a technique flaw, or something like that. So they are coming (along) that way.”
On the defensive side, the Vikings have been getting after opposing QBs. It started with a relentless pursuit on one of the league’s top signal callers – Peyton Manning. In the preseason opener, the Vikings sacked Manning 3 times on the opening drive and then went on to tally 3 more sacks throughout the game.
Against Kansas City last week, Vikings defenders notched 3 more sacks to bring their total to 9, just 2 short of last year’s preseason total. With 2 more games to play, the Vikings are on track to improve their sack total from 2008.
The team hopes its propensity to sack the QB in the preseason will translate to sacks in the regular season as well. The Vikings finished the 2008 season ranked 4th with 45 total sacks, and Childress knows cuts at the position following this preseason will be difficult to make.
“God willing, they are tough cuts,” Childress said. “It’s a very violent position, defensive line. You can’t have enough of those guys…We just want guys that are fresh. We want fresh legs in there…So that is why you have the wave. You only have the wave if you feel good about the people that you can wave in there.”
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