Childress Questioned About Pass Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 19, 2009 – 2:29 pm

Those who turned off Sunday’s Vikings-Ravens game after the Vikings scored their early-4th quarter TD to go up 27-10 came away from the game with the impression that the Vikings dominated Baltimore, a team that appeared in the AFC title game last year and is chalk-full of defensive all-stars and productive offensive standouts.

At that point in the game, the Vikings held a 17-point lead and had allowed just 45 yards rushing on 16 carries and only 189 yards passing to QB Joe Flacco.

But as those who didn’t turn the game off after that early-4th quarter TD witnessed, the Ravens would not go away easily. They stormed back and eventually took a 31-30 lead with just 3:37 to play after scoring 21 points in a matter of minutes.

So how did it happen? Put simply, it happened through the air. Although Baltimore’s go-ahead TD was a 33-yard rush by RB Ray Rice, it was Flacco and his bevy of receivers who led the furious 4th quarter comeback.

Flacco completed 10 of 16 passes for 196 yards and 2 scores in the final stanza, taking advantage of a Vikings defense that was without starting CB Antoine Winfield and was using reserve S Husain Abdullah because nickel CB Benny Sapp was dealing with an injury, too.

With the injury to Sapp, 2009 free agent signee Karl Paymah played in Winfield’s stead and the Ravens took advantage of that matchup. Although Paymah seemed to be in good position on several instances, Childress acknowledged on Monday that Baltimore “made some plays” on Paymah.

Aside from some of the injuries the Vikings experienced, Childress also cited a couple of other reasons for the Raven’s passing-game success in the 4th quarter.

“Missed tackles will kill you, particularly in air and space,” Childress said. “A guy like Ray Rice that is able elude and bounce off and keep his pads down low. In a couple of instances we had missed assignments where A) a guy not doing what he should do, or B) a miscommunication where everybody’s doing one thing and somebody else is doing another thing.

“You can’t stop every play. Every defense has a strength and weakness. And it’s just more important for our guys to understand where the strength is and where the weakness is and play to it.”

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32 Responses to “Childress Questioned About Pass Defense”

  1. By Dennis Button on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    sorry to say…this team will go no where in the play offs giving up 300 and 400 yards passing to almost every team they play. They have serious coverage problems!!!!!

  2. By Chris on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    Hopefully Winfield can play, but I believe that we need to look to acquiring an average to good DB via trade to replace Paymah. Ellis Hobbs from the Eagles, Dunta Robinson form the Texans or Fed Smoot might be attainable for mid round picks.

  3. By Chris on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    To replace Paymah & Sapp that is!!!

  4. By Ian Voyles on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    I agree, they need to work on pass coverage especially for Big Ben and the Steelers next week.

  5. By Dave on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    Vikings are the best team in the nfl hands down, everybody has a bad game or fall apart it happens nobody or no team is perfect, the vikes have it all the run the pass and most important brett farve the brain, the vikes give up alot of pass yards I agree but if you look at the whole defense we make up for it in line stabilty and jared allen the animal, The vikings are and will be the team to beat. But I do have to say New Orleans is looking tough as well.

  6. By Terry on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    The Vikes have the best players no doubt, but they make every QB in the league look like all stars and they have for years. This team will go no where with a passing defense like this. You lead the league in sacks but almost (if not) in last place in yards given up????? Offense has to average 31 points a game just to win….. Needs to be fixed..

  7. By jeff schultz on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    Tyrell Johnson cant cover, or tackle!!! We let Darrren Sharper go because Chilly thinks this guy is ready? Please!!! By the way Johnson has played so far he is not worth the Second round pick we spent on him

  8. By purplehorn on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Mike, One of the posts on the Strib mentioned that CBS missed Winfield not being on the field. That was true, it wasn’t until Karl Paymah was getting tested that I noticed #41 on the field. Did anybody notice the jersey number of the guy Rice was victimizing all game? Frank Walker…..#41. I love that kind of obscure, coincidental kind of stuff.

  9. By SkolVikings on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    Our Secondary really needs some work. I don’t know who’s suppose to cover the TE in pass sitautions, but that’s a really big weakness. Guys getting underneath for the mid range passing plays, and blown coverages in the open spaces. MAYBE just MAYBE we shouldn’t rush every play.

  10. By THE PURPLE FLOOD on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply


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  12. By Mr.Vikings on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    I am glad that we can count on Vikings this year to go deep into Playoffs. But we really have to work on those pass defense..Otherwise, we are going to pay for it nicely.

  13. By hank on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply


  14. By the horned norseman on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    can anyone say “l u c k y”? as in the vikes are lucky the raven’s kicker SHANKED that field goal!!??? wwwhhheeeew!!! WTF’s the deal with the p@ss defence!!??…missin sharper f’sure!!

  15. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    Tyrell Johnson didn’t have his best game yesterday, but it wasn’t terrible either. He is not making the same mistake over and over. He is learning.

    We saw only one catch by a tight end over the middle yesterday. Todd Heap caught one. There were 3 Vikings right there to prevent YAC, including #25 Tyrell Johnson.

    Madieu Williams had a huge pass defensed yesterday, knocking a ball away in the end zone.

    Sharper was apparently not giving 100% effort last year. He just doesn’t like playing in the Cover 2. It was good that he left.

    Tyrell and Madieu are good players. If they practice hard and keep learning, they’re going to be great.

    I’d like to see 5 tackles and 1 pass defensed from both Tyrell and Madieu against the Steelers.

    The Steelers’ offensive line is not as good as the Ravens’. If the Vikings can contain Rothlisberger in the pocket and then collapse the pocket, the defense will hold its own against the pass.

  16. By Canadian vikes fan on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    I’m happy at all the optimism, but what I saw from the Vikings defence in the second half yesterday disgusted me. On Ray Rice’s 60 yard catch and run, I saw 5 Vikings that could have had him but couldn’t rap him up. And then on Ray Rice’s TD to take the league, he wasn’t even close to being touched by a Vikings defender. I’ve rarely seen a defence fall apart like that, especially at home in a big game like that. In the Green Bay game you could see it too, as soon as the Vikings get a comfortable lead they ease off and give up points in numbers.
    The offence is playing amazing right now (thanks to Brett) which is why they’re winning, but now if the D steps and doesn’t make every QB look like the best in the league, then this team can really do things. Pittsburgh at their house will be a good test.

  17. By jared on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    the only reason guys don’t run on us for 100 yard games is, its way easier to pass Vikings Secondary SUCKS

  18. By Redrider on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    Fans tend to react to situations in huge dramatic conclusions…either wayyy positive or wayyy negative. The Vikings are a very good team compared to the vast majority in the league. They have huge playmakers on both sides of the ball. To call for a trade for pass defense is silly. Could the pass defense be better? Sure it could, but to disrupt team chemistry at this point of the season signals desperation, and is silly. We have a very good defense, and went up against a very good team that doesnt quit, and granted we were admittedly lucky to have walked away with that win, we played with them. Hec, both defenses were somewhat of a letdown for each team during that entire game. But we stayed with them no matter what, that is what is most important to me. It proved to me we can play with anyone that is a “good team”. It proved to me that we are not a “paper tiger”. Granted, come playoff time, a D letdown like that will cost us the post season, however six games into the season Im not worried about it. I sense something different with this team that I’ve not sensed in years and years. I dont know what it is, I dont know if its Favre, I dont know if its sheer confidence, dont know what it is, but there is something with this team that this team has not had since 98, and Im happy with that. I wish them the best, and look for great games ahead!

  19. By purplegang61 on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    Sure is getting old watching the Vikes pass D get shredded year in and year out. I can’t imagine how many yards they’d give up to Brees and the Saints right now. Seems like they have pro bowl D linemen every year but the pass D ranks at or near the bottom on a consistant basis. Seems like the last really good secondary they had was in the late 80′s with Joey Browner and Carl Lee back there. I can still see Atlanta passing the ball right down the field on their last drive in regulation during ’99 NFC championship…

  20. By Bubba on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    WHY???????? Can’t the team just play a whole game?????? It seems like we get a decent lead and ALL OF A SUDDEN, we start with the “safe” plays and prevent defense??????? It’s killing us…. let them go……………..

  21. By Bruce on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    One BIG MISTAKE that Brad Childress did was call for 3 succesive running plays in the red zone when they were behind one point. Favre was playing at the top of his game and had already passed for 3 touchdowns. Brad was WRONG for setting up just for a field goal and just a two point lead! If the Ravens had not missed the field goal the Vikings would have lost.

    They should have passed on the 2nd down at least and then if they scored, went for the 2 point conversion. Either way, the Ravens would have had to score a touchdown to win or tie and not just get within field goal range to win. This was BAD play calling by Childress!

  22. By CA Norwegian on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    We may need someone else back there, but the Saints have carved up everyone in that sense. I read about guys not wanting Rice that we shoulda traded for somebody’s malcontent – like in Cinci. The talent and chemistry of the team is clear, but not consistent. The good news is that Coach did get them to burn those timeouts. When the D pushed guys out of bounds on that last drive is what was the larger error. Relax and let the guys who are on the inside decide if these guys can develop intime, or if we must trade. Griffin’s absence showed how important his leadership and skills are out there. Is there a good enough step up out there to make a move??? We’ll see…

  23. By John on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply


  24. By Okie93 on Oct 19, 2009 | Reply

    I get the concern but I think the haters out thereneed to chill out! Be happy the Vikes are 6-0! We have a roster full of crazy awesome players and I can’t wait for next week!!

  25. By PAVikesFan on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Here’s what I’ve been saying on here all year long…our safeties stink, they put themselves in poor position and arm tackle air…we don’t sub enough, so by the time the 4th quarter comes, our guys are tired and doing our defense no good, it nullifies any pa-ss rush, b/c we cant get one b/c they are so tired…this means we have to outscore every team, and you cant win big football games like that, not if you wan to win in Decmeber and January/February…

  26. By wdnemesis on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    We need to see our mistakes and correct them before we face off with green bay again. I think we need to have a well rounded defense with unpredictable blitzes.Also blitz teams with a quarterback that has a good passing record and needs to be rushed and sacked early. I also would watch teams with explosive runners as they all watch our Adrian Peterson. The passing and blitz game is awesome and needs to continue along with some unpredictable runs from Adrian Peterson. I know he runs his best game when he is not used all the time. Lets be a double threat and be more unpredictable.

  27. By govikings on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Vikes pass D will always give up bloated yard stats. This is due to the fact that we do a good job stopping the run and so far we’ve been leading at the end of the game. What I like to see is more key 3rd down stops and plays. I think we suffered when we lost winfield. He is the key to that secondary. The safties are young but have talent. T. Johnson displayed his range against the hapless rams a few weeks ago. Yes, they miss tackles that they should’ve made. Thank the lucky north stars that we won. Im sure chilly and the coaches will be working on making the adjustments and tighen up the loose ends. 6-0 and still no perfect game. There is room to grow for this team. Stay healthy and keep it rolling.

  28. By vikingsfanster1 on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    The “prevent defense is the worst thing invented in the NFL”! I’m wondering if it’s a conspiracy to make the game more exciting for TV and frustrating for fans of the game. Why not bury a team offensively and keep defensive pressure that has worked the entire game? Think of the confidence it would give players and fans. Not to mention the cudos a coaching staff would receive!

  29. By Craig on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Childress conservative play calling in the second half was the worst I have ever seen. It shows he doesnt have confidence in how good the team really is? Need a Billicheck mentality and put teams away. This was evident after the first quarter. It’s like he thought, well we are up 14-0, now lets slow it down???? Maybe see what the ravens do now??? I’ll never bet on them again….what a nightmare. Note to Childress, show some guts, you have a good team. LET THEM PLAY!!!!!~!~!~!~! Same every week….WHY LET TEAMS BACK IN THE GAME CHILDRESS???????? STUPID< YOU SHOULD ANIALATE TEAMS, AND STEP ON THERE THROATS….DONT PURPOSELY EASE OFF, AND KEEP IT CLOSE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TOO MUCH ESTROGEN IN YOUR SYSTEM…

  30. By Scott on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    Please Trade for Rhonde Barber and Sign Chris Mccalister… let Paymah go…2 weeks in a row that he not only got burned but torched!! HE gets to turned around and can’t get his body in play! Asher Allen needs to start over him if need be….atleast the rookie would be getting experience!!

  31. By Derek on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    The game was intense to listen to on KFAN. On the way up to the cities, it seemed like this was a blow out and I knew that the Steelers would be just as easy. But to give Flacco, a 2nd year back, 385 yards passing, almost half of which came from the last 10 minutes of play, worries me some. Big Ben is no chump QB, and the Steelers have a more talented receiving core. The Vikes secondary needs to get it together when we have a lead. When this happens, they are a force to be reckoned with. New Orleans would be a challenge, but I believe we have a better team than them. They really only have Drew Brees on offense that makes it happen. We have Brett Favre, AP, and Chester Taylor. GO VIKES! Go stomp on some terrible towels.

  32. By Jason V-Fan on Oct 20, 2009 | Reply

    We all know the issue. All QB’s the vikings have play have thrown for mutilple hundreds. This is due to teams have to score. The only difference in the games have been is Winfield not on the field. If the players could just mimic his tackling ability we the Vikes and Fans would be sitting pretty. with migh have been a 31 – 17 victory over the Revans. Just imagine if the Vikes had a Reed or Troy. That is the biggest difference the team need. We are missing the one other super star defensive player.!

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