Berrian, Winfield Limited; Everyone Else Practices In Full

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 13, 2009 – 3:38 pm

WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring) and CB Antoine Winfield (foot) were limited in practice on Friday but all other players on the injury report practiced in full as the Vikings begin to put the finishing touches on their preparations for Sunday’s divisional game against Detroit.

The team will work again tomorrow but today’s practice is typically considered the final gauge for players on the injury report.

Berrian is listed as questionable for Sunday and Winfield has been ruled out.

LB Jasper Brinkley (hamstring), QB Brett Favre (hip/groin), LB E.J. Henderson (knee) and WR Darius Reynaud (hamstring) are all listed as probably after practicing in full.

For the Lions, LB Ernie Sims (hamstring) was ruled out while LBs Jordan Dizon (neck) and Larry Foote (knee) as well as DE Dewayne White (toe) are questionable. DT Joe Cohen (ankle), FB Jerome Felton (ankle), DT Sammie Hill (toe), DE Jason Hunter (knee), DT Grady Jackson (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (knee) and QB Matthew Stafford (knee) are all probable.

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Vikings Coordinators Discuss Bye Week Self-Scouting

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 13, 2009 – 9:46 am

All 3 Vikings coordinators met with reporters on Thursday and the 1st question each of them were asked was along the lines of “What did you notice about your group while self-scouting over the bye week?”

Here is what each of the Vikings coordinators had to say in response:

Assistant Head Coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier: “Probably for us on defense the biggest thing is being better tacklers. We are really concerned about our first-half of the season tackling. We had far too many missed tackles and it really led to some explosive plays that we want to cut down on going into the second half of the season. That’s probably the number one area that we want to improve on. If we can do that we’ll achieve a lot of our goals. We are doing some good things with our run defense. We think that is headed in the right direction, but our pass defense has to improve, in particular being able to tackle after people make a five-yard, say, check-down; limiting the yards after the catch. That is the one thing that we kept harping on.”

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell: “We try to break ourselves down in every possible way we can. Obviously there are a lot of good things going on, we are scoring points, we are converting third downs and we are doing pretty well in the red zone. Obviously we want to see those things continue. There are some tendencies we feel like we had to change up somewhere. Sometimes it’s easy to do in a game and sometimes it’s not. It doesn’t end up being part of the game plan. You have a tendency and you can end up breaking it because that is not what your plan is that week. There are some things that we can take a look at. There are some things that we continue to do well and things that we obviously want to improve on.”

Special teams coordinator Brian Murphy: “It’s pretty similar to what the offense and defense does; make sure that you’re not caught in a rut in terms of what you do scheme-wise. I think special teams, a lot of it has to do, too, with where you place your personnel throughout the scheme. So we try to take a look at that and make sure that we are not predictable in terms of where guys are aligned all the time.”

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Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 13, 2009 – 8:42 am

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