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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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11 Responses to “Vikings Coordinators Discuss Bye Week Self-Scouting”

  1. By KevinWI on Nov 13, 2009 | Reply

    That is some insightful stuff from Bevell ….really opened up to the fans….at least Frazier admitted his D need to tackle better…..

    Bevell could have admitted that we need better run blocking….too many no yard or minus yardage runs.

  2. By Jeremy on Nov 13, 2009 | Reply

    You guys should really try the Wildcat. With Peterson, Taylor, Harvin, Tavaris Jackson, Berrian, all of these fast playmakers could really do some damage through the Wildcat. Peterson and Harvin alone could break things through that all the time. I’m hoping that you’re just waiting til the opportune time to use it or something, because there’s no way you could have not thought of this by now.

  3. By kdlisa1469 on Nov 13, 2009 | Reply

    Jeremy tavaris is holding a clip board…the suits didn’t pay 12 mil and get a proven hofame WINNER to try gadget plays that keep BF on the sideline. Vikes are 7-1 and the whole team is jacked up and playin great….go cheer for the dolphins 3-5, if u wanna c the wildcat!!!!!!

  4. By kdlisa1469 on Nov 13, 2009 | Reply

    Kevin. Please honet, Bevell and Childress need a huge bonus 4 gettin favre signed….minus/no yardage plays, 4arve has 16 tds and 3 picks harbin is the rookie of the year, and AP is 2nd leading in yardage…get ur facts before talkin nonsense

  5. By KevinWI on Nov 14, 2009 | Reply

    Kdisa1….I do have the facts…..Peterson is ranked 4th in yardage and that is only because of a few explosive plays….but that’s neither here nor there…I was commenting on the article….Bevell said a whole paragraph of stuff without actually saying anything at all. I’m a fan….I want to know what they are up to…I don’t want to hear them talk just because they are obligated to do so.
    I like Bevell and childress….I just don’t like how they step up to the mike and say absolutely nothing over 15 minutes.

  6. By kdlisa1469 on Nov 14, 2009 | Reply

    Kevin dear to quote the great bparcells, “you are what your record says you are”. The Vikings are on a roll, and I think if you ask AP, he’ll gladly give up a few numbers/stats to have this record so far…with that said, there’ still a lot of football left and i ‘m sure AP’s numbers will be eyepopping, especially in the Detroit game…

  7. By KevinWI on Nov 14, 2009 | Reply

    again…I am commenting on the article and the fact that coaches step up to the mic without saying anything…..where did I write that I’m not satisfied with our record.
    It appears you don’t read well.

  8. By PAVikesFan on Nov 14, 2009 | Reply

    DC Leslie Frazier hit it on the nose…he knows his personnel…simply put, if the tackling does not improve, then there is no way we go deep into the playoffs…I also think that our coverage needs to improve, our safeties need to make big plays every once in a while, too many breakdowns on their part…I look at what teams do during the 2 minute drill in each half, there were a couple of games this year when we let teams drive down the field on us and score…look at the Baltimore game in the 4th, look at the Pittsburgh game at the end of the first half: we were controlling their offesne and all of a sudden they drive down the field and score in a matter of a few plays, BTW, we were winning b4 they scored, that was a huge momentum play in that game…I’ve been saying that one of these games our offense is going to get stopped and our defense is going to have to make plays…they do in the first half’s, but disappear sometimes in second half’s of games…in the big scheme of things, we r in a great position here and with Chicago and Green Bay struggling we can breathe a bit easier, but not too easy.

  9. By kdlisa1469 on Nov 14, 2009 | Reply

    Kevin, I read just fine…bevill could say all the typical things, we got to execute better, cut down on negative plays…blah blah. Every 1 knows this team is well balanced and playin great and will probably go all the way….why don’t u send bevill your observations for his next interview, so you’ll feel better about his comments….as for me I’m ecstatic that bevill fought to to get 4arve under center….he and chili went all in and hit the jackpot….ENOUGH SAID!!!!

  10. By KevinWI on Nov 15, 2009 | Reply

    I should have remembered to never argue with an idiot….you surely made me come down to your level and then beat me with vast experience.

  11. By KevinWI on Nov 15, 2009 | Reply

    PAViking….you got it right! At least Leslie was willing to admit what the issues are and bring it out in the open. Now hopefully they can make steps towards improving…..
    Now if we can get Chili and Bevel to say more than blah, blah, blah “always things to improve on” blah, blah, blah……LOL…heck, bring it out in the open and let everyone know your working on it. It’s not much to ask of a coach.

    Still love where we are as far as record, just need to run block a little better so we don’t have to rely on Favre’s arm as much…sooner or later it will not bail us out and all the naysayers will come out of the woodwork….Go #4!

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