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Childress Expects Berrian’s Opportunities To Increase

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 14, 2009 – 3:34 pm

Vikings WR Bernard Berrian’s status all week leading into Sunday’s season opener was in doubt as he continued to recover from a hamstring injury that was suffered during the team’s 1st preseason game in Indianapolis. Berrian was able to play against the Browns but he wasn’t able to haul in any catches and was only thrown to twice.

But Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Monday that he expects Berrian’s productivity will increase as he works his way back into the fold and develops some synergy with QB Brett Favre.

“He played fifty or fifty-five plays,” Childress said. “He played very well in our run game. He just didn’t have that many opportunities around the ball. I would think that would increase as he spends more time and [develops] a little more stamina…Brett learning him a little better. I didn’t see any ill-effects in terms of the hamstring at all.”

The Vikings head coach also cited Cleveland’s scheme as a reason Berrian, and the rest of the Vikings WRs, weren’t able to fill up the box score.

“He (Favre) had those couple shots…he had the one up to Percy and I think he had one up to Berrian,” Childress recalled. “But there was a lot of soft shell stuff. A lot of fire zone stuff where they kind of had an umbrella-type of coverage with the safeties hanging around. It was going to be hard to throw it past them. So we took what was there and took the shots when we had some bump and run looks that we were able to utilize. It’s kind of how they played their coverage. (Browns Head Coach) Eric’s (Mangini) a back end guy, so everything that they do is mindful of the back end to the front end.”

Another reason to expect Berrian’s opportunities in the passing game to increase is because of Adrian Peterson’s 180-yard, 3-TD output on Sunday against Cleveland. You can be sure the Detroit Lions, the Vikings opponents next week, are studying film from the Vikings-Browns game to try and find a way to slow down the Vikings explosive running game.

Something tells me the Lions won’t be using much umbrella coverage next Sunday.


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Top 10 Qualities of a MVC

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on September 14, 2009 – 3:05 pm

Ever wonder what I am looking for in team members for the MVC?

Here is my top 10 list of qualities I am looking for in an MVC.

1.    Motivated – I am looking for women who are “go-getters”, who take initiative, who aren’t waiting for things to happen, but are making things happen!
2.    Inspiring – Something about them needs to be inspiring.  Their life history or upbringing, their life ambition, their talent level, etc.  When you get to know this woman you are inspired by her and it makes an impact.
3.    Charitable – Compassion is necessary, along with the willingness to donate your time for a cause.  We are very lucky to be so involved in the community and if a team member doesn’t have a passion for giving back it could be a long season for them.
4.    Beautiful – Inside first!  We are looking for women who are beautiful people.  They must be caring, kind, hard working, ethical, etc.
5.    Beauty – Of course, we are also looking for women who take care of themselves and have a natural beauty about them.
6.    Talented – This could be learned talent or natural talent.  You don’t have to be the “STATE CHAMP” but you have to have the basics.
7.    Unselfish – Someone who will be looking for ways to serve the team, her teammates and the community.  We are not looking for someone who wants to be “famous”, to be “cover model for the calendar” or looking to meet their future husband.
8.    Confident – whether in front of a crowd, on-air, at a photo shoot, dancing for the judges, or performing on the sidelines we need confident women.   Now honestly, we can’t always be 100% confident, but you can “fake it till you make it” and be confident in your ability to do well – even when you are nervous.
9.    Organized – our team does many community appearances, calendar sales events, and other events on top of their personal schedule and our practice and game schedule.  You have to have good time management skills and be willing to make some sacrifices during your year as an MVC.
10.    Have a love for the Vikings – it is hard to cheer for hours on end if you don’t have a passion for performing for the purple and gold ?

Tami Krause – MVC Head Coach


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Vikings WRs Find Way To Contribute

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 14, 2009 – 2:42 pm

Although it might not have been in the “receptions” and “receiving yards” columns, Vikings WRs helped fill up the box score on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The WR group combined for just 5 catches and 53 receiving yards, but Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress showered the group with praise for their blocking efforts in the run game.

“All of our wide receivers, when you break runs that long, you see people pressed up,” Childress said. “Percy had guys knocked on the ground. Not coming across the field and knocking somebody down, I’m talking about stalk blocking somebody and putting them on their back. Sidney Rice was involved in the run game. Bernard Berrian was exceptional out there with the ball coming around the edge.”

The blocking efforts by WRs aided RB Adrian Peterson in his 25-carry, 180-yard effort. In fact, Peterson’s longest run of the day, a 64-yarder in the 4th quarter, was sprung not only because of Peterson’s blend of speed and strength, but also because of 2 key blocks from Rice along the sideline on Browns CB Brandon McDonald.

Typically we expect WRs to make a difference in the game by hauling in acrobatic catches and getting into the open field. But it’s pleasing to see the Vikings receiver group giving just as much effort in blocking downfield as they give to catching the ball downfield.


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Monday Morning Mailbag Is Moving!

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 14, 2009 – 12:19 pm

Just wanted to let everyone know that we’ll be switching our weekly mailbag feature from Monday mornings to Fridays for the regular season. It made sense to answer your mail on Mondays during the offseason, but with enough Monday morning QBing going on already, I thought it would be more interesting to answer your mail on Fridays so we can all look forward to the weekend’s big games.

You can submit your question or comment to me at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net. I won’t be able to include every question/comment in the weekly feature, but I will appropriately answer every piece of mail I receive.

Feel free to email questions about anything, whether it’s Vikings-related, NFL-related or anything else that’s on your mind.


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Childress Press Conference at 12:30 Today

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 14, 2009 – 8:42 am

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress will hold his weekly Monday press conference today at approximately 12:30. You can watch the press conference live on vikings.com.

In the meantime, continue to checkout vikings.com for more coverage from yesterday’s 34-20 win over the Cleveland Browns. Click here to watch a replay of Adrian Peterson’s 64-yard TD run and here to watch QB Brett Favre’s press conference immediately following Sunday’s game.

In his press conference, Favre was asked a couple times about playing with Peterson and he showered the superstar RB with praise, saying ““I haven’t played with a running back like that. The guy’s pretty awesome, I guess is an understatement.”


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