Treating 6-0 Like 0-6

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 21, 2009 – 1:48 pm

I wrote earlier in the week about how this Vikings team, although 6-0, won’t have a problem with being over-confident or with keeping its focus because of the laundry list of things that could use improvement. The biggest area of concern manifested itself in the Ravens furious late-game comeback last Sunday, where they quickly erased a 27-10 deficit and turned it into a 31-30 lead before finally losing 33-31 on a missed FG as time expired.

While there isn’t a singular defensive deficiency that can be cited for the Ravens ability to come back from such a large deficit, one deficiency that was mentioned to Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress today during his press conference was poor tackling. There were several instances, especially in the 4th quarter, where Ravens ball carriers were able to extend plays and even get into the endzone because of poor tackling by the Vikings.

On one particular play, Ravens RB Ray Rice got by 4 potential Vikings tacklers before reaching the endzone.

So how do you get the defense to improve its tackling at a point in the season where practicing tackling during the week would be more counter-productive than productive because teammates would be tackling their own teammates?

“They’re not going to come out here and go through a meat grinder or anything like that today,” Childress said of his team. “But you can have tackling drills, whether you have pads on or you don’t. Whether you’re fitting versus bags, whether you’re putting your head across the bow or wrapping. Those fundamental points of emphasis which you usually bridge back to. They’ll be important this week as well.”

Childress, though fully acknowledging the need to improve in this area, sounded confident in his team’s ability to improve in this area. He also said it’s common for teams to revisit even the most fundamental aspects of the game, even at this point (Week 7) of the season.

“You treat 6-0 like 0-6,” Childress explained. “You always go back to fundamentals. If there’s an area you didn’t do well in, you go back to fundamentals. Whether it’s the quarterback and footwork, or a running back and footwork, or a lineman and footwork. In this case you’re talking about tackling. Getting them on the ground is important. Understanding whether you’re the last line of defense or you’ve got help coming…that’s what you talk about when you talk about responsibility.”

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6 Responses to “Treating 6-0 Like 0-6”

  1. By purplehorn on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    Meat grinding is reserved for game days, and the purple need to be running the grinder. The game plan should include a steady diet of swings, screens, and draw plays to neutralize the rush of Harrison. Harrison is the Steelers point man,. draw behind his up field rush. I don’t believe that Polamalu is 100%, but he will bring it also. Play where they were.

    Defense will sack Big Ben. He’ll be in the shotgun all day, trying to do the exact same thing our offense is trying to do. Watch out for the occasional big pass play.

    He who is more physical wins this game. Do the Vikings believe they can match the Steelers in intensity? I believe. Hit somebody.

  2. By Vikings Fan from Afar on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    Here’s what the Vikings should do on 1st and goal. Adrian Peterson, Shiancoe, and Sidney Rice should be present for each play, as each represents a key threat.

    1st down. Running formation. Run the ball.

    2nd down. Running formation. Pass the ball.

    3rd down. Running formation. Run the ball.

    4th down. Field goal, or if going for it, take passing formation. Run the ball.

    Please, no more run, run, pass. It’s too obvious. The key here is to pass on second down and run on third down.

  3. By VIKING FAN FROM NY on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    I cannot agree more with Viking fan from afar! Last week my Mom could have coached the game better than Childress and that is not good! I understand the point of running out the clock and being conservative because you don’t want to make a mistake and cause a turnover that turns into 6points but seriously! If they continue to run the ball when they have the lead teams are going to beat them on comebacks because field goals don’t win games! TD’s do… Last week for Ravens so many times I wanted BF to throw the ball and score another TD! We could have done what the Patriots did to the Titans and then some! So then the defense wouldn’t have to be good because our offense would be! If the play calling continues to suck this much we are never going to compete with the Saints and I can guarantee you that the road to the SB will be thru them! GO VIKINGS and Brad please start trusting BF to make plays! Don’t run it when it is so obvious! Also defense I could tackle better than you and I’m a Ballet dancer/ex football player.

  4. By purple08 on Oct 21, 2009 | Reply

    i love it when people complain about play calling when a team is 6-0. pretty easy to call a game from your couch isn’t it. the play calling has gotten better as the tam has grown. every week it should get better, stop your whining.

  5. By Favre Backer former Packer on Oct 22, 2009 | Reply

    6-0 could have very well turned into 3-3 the Packers got to within 7 points not to mention coming from behind against the 9ers and winning barely against a team that was no match for the Vikes. I want to see a game coache dto win instead of coached to hold on to a slim lead that the coach has let dwindle because of terrible conservative playcalling. This team should be destroying people with their amount of talent but instead of sheer and utter confidence there are all of these questions. I prefer confidence over questions.

  6. By TheGreatPurpleOne on Oct 22, 2009 | Reply

    I totally agree with purple08 enough sayed Stop your b****ing

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