Childress, Vikings Preparing For Aggressive Rams Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 7, 2009 – 10:51 am

Coming off an exciting win over division rival Green Bay that improved them to 4-0 and with a trio of intriguing matchups against the Baltimore Ravens (10/18), Pittsburgh Steelers (10/25) and Packers (11/1) coming up in the next few weeks, one might be able to see how this week’s contest against a winless team averaging just 6 points per game might be overlooked.

But Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress clearly indicated on Tuesday that he and the Vikings are not overlooking the St. Louis Rams, who will host the Vikings on Sunday.

“I understand what their record is,” Childress said, “but I know what (Rams Head Coach) Steve (Spagnuolo) is teaching and you have only to go back and look at his defensive scheme against the Packers in the NFC championship game or last year against us against the Giants. He is in the first year of that program but you see similarities in terms of what he is throwing at you, and that’s always been a very aggressive defense. So (your) hands (are) full anytime you go on the road.”

If you go beyond the surface level of the Rams points for/against ratio, which is 24-108, you’ll see that the Rams defense is not playing as poorly as that statistic would indicate. The offense has struggled this season, ranking last in scoring, 30th in passing yards per game and 27th in total yards per game. That means the Rams opponents are getting lots of possessions and their opponents are also benefiting from good field position – Rams opponents’ average staring field position is the 31-yardline, which ranks them just 24th in the NFL.

So the Vikings offensive coaching staff will be challenged this week to scheme against a defense that is playing better than the statistics indicate.

Aside from the head coach knowing his hands will be full this week, Vikings fans can also take solace in the fact that the players realize no team can be taken lightly, either.

“We’ve got a good bunch of veteran leaders in there that understand that dynamic that anybody beats anybody,” Childress explained. “Particularly when you travel and go to someone else’s house, in this case a domed environment. That team is dangerous from the standpoint that they are scrapping. They have a new coach. They are trying to do things the right way. They are playing with younger guys, so all those things are dynamics.”

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9 Responses to “Childress, Vikings Preparing For Aggressive Rams Defense”

  1. By PackCat on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    Vikes need spies against the screens and better tackling after the catch. If they start doing this well, then everything else will take care of itself.

  2. By purplehorn on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    The Rams are rebuilding but they are still a professional team that can jump up and surprise those that take a win for granted. Chilli is right about Spagnuolo. He is a very good coach, similar to Belichik. He will turn the Rams around. This stretch of the season will be a true test of the Vikings. If they play like they did on Monday Night, they can’t be beaten.

    That’s the trick….maintaining a high level of consistency over the long haul while avoiding the injury bugaboo that is a total roll of the dice.

  3. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    Hopefully we can jump on the Rams, get a big lead, and rest some of our vets.

  4. By jared on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    no such thing of a big lead with the vikings, everytime they get a comfortable lead there defense goes home early and nearly blows the game, like they did against greenbay.

  5. By mikewobschall on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    Every time, Jared? What about the games against Cleveland and Detroit? Against Cleveland, the Vikings scored 24 of the final 31 points and won by 2 TDs. In Detroit, the Vikings outscored Detroit 10-3 in the 4th quarter and also scored 27 of the last 30 points to win by 2 TDs.

  6. By Viking-ology on Oct 7, 2009 | Reply

    It was good to see the defense dominate against GB. I think they will be all over the Rams as well. I also think Peterson will have a big game.

  7. By purple08 on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    don’t mean to look past the rams this week but… Baltimore is going to be a huge game. the win against GB confirmed that we are a real good team, if we can beat a team like the ravens we are a true contender. it would be nice to show matt birk that he made a mistake by leaving Minny. i am starting to believe in Favre, he showed me i was wrong to doubt him. Wow! he looked good monday night. misssion acomplished, defenses have to respect our passing game now. i don’t think AP will get shut down like that very often. again, Baltimore will be huge in measuring how good we really are, they should have beaten the Pats last week, they are an awesome team.

  8. By HornedHelm on Oct 8, 2009 | Reply

    So far so good. Missed takles caost us some points, Why do we call schemes that leave the middle of the field so wide open for opposing receivers? I’m still al little concerned about the run game. Hutches back? and playing against the 34 defense has slowed us a bit. Farvres game on Monday will help out a lot, give the defensive coordinatoers something to think about. Rams are always fast, Laurenitus is great. Watched him all thru Ohio State.. Ravens will be the truest test, Steelers still are toughtoo..

  9. By PackCat on Oct 9, 2009 | Reply

    Off topic, but… Don’t you think it would be cool if NFL properties & “Inside the NFL” made Kevin Conway, (Voice of Control) the narrator from the lastest versions of “The Outer Limits”, the voiceover of game highlights. He is the only one I can think of to match the bravado of Harry Kalas. Of course you would have to live through his philosophical “meaning of life” analysis at the end of each game highlight. LOL

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