On Monday night at the Metrodome, a pair of teams who are very familiar with one another will renew their rivalry. For the 7th time since becoming head coach of the Vikings, Brad Childress will face NFC North rival Green Bay.
In the 7 games Childress and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have coached against one another since 2006, each man and his staff has gotten familiar with the opposing personnel. But there’s an added twist for each team in their preparations for this season’s pair of games.
The Packers defense will go to work against a man who led the Green Bay offense for 16 seasons – Brett Favre.
“I’m curious to see what he’s doing, what they’re asking him to do, how he’s playing with the new skill-position players that he’s with,” McCarthy said, according to Packers.com.
On the Vikings side of things, Childress and his offensive staff will have to deal with learning how Green Bay runs their new 3-4 defense. Previously, the Packers employed the 4-3 as their base defense. But with Dom Capers added during the offseason as defensive coordinator, Green Bay made the switch to the 3-4.
Although the Vikings faced 3 preseason opponents who run the 3-4 as well as 2 regular season opponents who also run the scheme (Cleveland and San Francisco), there is still learning to be done because each team runs the 3-4 a little bit differently.
“The most interesting thing is to see how Dom (Capers) is playing his version of the 3-4,” Childress said when addressing his team’s preparation strategy for Monday’s game. “He is a little bit out of the Pittsburgh mold in terms of his fire storm stuff. He and Dick LeBeau worked together before and so he was up close and personal when it first started. I am anxious to get in there and look at it.
“From that standpoint there is no familiarity, just because it is a completely different scheme. The personnel, some are the same. (Aaron) Kampman is playing a different position, playing standing up. You are familiar with the guy, but not what they are asking him to do right now.”
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