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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7 Responses to “Childress Expects Berrian’s Opportunities To Increase”

  1. By vikingfan1955 on Sep 14, 2009 | Reply

    Favre and the recievers will be fine.I think the long wait to get to camp is whats hurting him with the recievers.We have a very good group off them and by week 4 they should be in sinc.Berrian will be great with harin and rice will also show why he was some team tout there duo of recievers we will be able to say our trio.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 15, 2009 | Reply

    I’d argue it one step back, that we have a lot of decent receivers. We have no big standouts yet like Moss, or Jennings or Calvin Johnson. You might argue that Berrian is in that group, but I don’t think that his skills are quit up there. Rice has the potential with his speed, and Favre seemed to like throwing it his way, but he needs to start completing the catches to prove his value. Harvin as well has yet to prove that he is worthy of the 1st round pick, but I have high hopes. Each of them is a solid choice as a #2 receiver, so I definately agree that they create a great trio, and Favre just needs to start connecting with them to make our team look amazing.

  3. By ibleedpurple on Sep 15, 2009 | Reply

    I agree we have a great trio with incredible potential, but Favre is not going to be able to get the ball to them if he is not afforded the time. Our line has got to do a better job of protecting him than they did in this game. All in all, I was very pleased, but there is definitely room for improvement in our passing game. I do foresee great things to come. Go VIKINGS!!

  4. By ibleedpurple on Sep 15, 2009 | Reply

    By the way…I loved Favre’s decision making. He didn’t turn the ball over once by throwing it away. He saw the hit coming and chose to take it rather than dump it off and risk turning it over in the process. Well done Brett.

  5. By purple08 on Sep 16, 2009 | Reply

    i think 157 all purpose yards and a TD in his first NFL game is reason enough to think that Harvin was worthy of a first round pick!!!! He looke awesome!

  6. By purple08 on Sep 16, 2009 | Reply

    looked awesome!

  7. By BLEEDPURPLE011 on Sep 20, 2009 | Reply


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