Submit Your Question For Bieniemy To Answer On “Vikings GamePlan”

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on August 24, 2010 – 8:03 am

With the 2010 season certainly upon us, it’s time once again for several Vikings-related things to roll back into action, including the television show “Vikings GamePlan.”  During the regular season, fans will have the chance to submit their questions for Head Coach Brad Childress to potentially answer on the show.  During the preseason however, the Vikings coordinators and assistant coaches will get their crack at answering your submissions.

For this week’s episode, Assistant Head Coach – Offense and Running Backs coach Eric Bieniemy will answer 1 fan question.  So, if you have a question for Bieniemy, submit it via the comments section of this post, along with your first name and your hometown, and it could be answered on this week’s program.

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53 Responses to “Submit Your Question For Bieniemy To Answer On “Vikings GamePlan””

  1. By Thomas Wernet on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Eric, playing arm chair QB, I see issues in the protecting scheme of the O-line. How do you get your guys ready to fill in the cracks and still put together a regiment that will make them more productive, getting yards, rather than blocking. It has to be hard, most players have some kind of performance bonus in there contracts, what do you tell them when your emphasis is on a blocking scheme because they need to pick up some of the slack…Lack of blocking?

  2. By Lucas Leddy on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    After watching last season and looking at Adrians running style, I was wondering if we could have AP run out of bounds once 90% of his forward motion has been stoped? I appears to me that one man can’t stop him so they
    wrap him up and two more defenders keep him upright while they try to strip the ball. If AP can get to the out of bounds he might draw a few late hit calls as well. 9-0 at home!!!!!!

  3. By Walter on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hey coach EB what are defenses doing differently now to stop AP seems like they can put AP on check more often than not in his rookie year he was running like a mad lion that just got out of its cage. Do you think telling AP to be patient is a wrong thing to do since his vision and speed is his game. Are you guys changing his running style or letting him be free to hit the homerun on every down. I noticed AP breaks his big runs when the ball is in his hands a lot when he gets in a rhythm he keeps it going. Do you think passing and running affects his rhythm because he is on a roll then suddenly he doesn’t get the ball until couple more drives. Coach EB make sure you tell AP to relax and play fast don’t make him too patient of a runner he will become stagnant and lose that nasty beast in him.

  4. By Kyle Webb on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, will the vikes, go after another wide out ?

  5. By Daniel El-Maguid on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Since we’ve drafted Toby. He doesn’t look like he can be the 3rd down back but more of a goal line sub for AP. Who do you think is going to be our 3rd down back? I think Albert Young is the logical choice since he has shown great improvement and Toby has not shown what it takes yet to be the Vikes 3rd down back yet.

  6. By Matt on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Will the Vikings look into Chargers WR Vincent Jackson? Since Rice might be down for a few games. Jackson the type of WR that Favre could use for a target.

  7. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, how much is your gameplan going to change now that Rice isn’t going to be a part of it for half the season? Which recievers will be stepping in and filling the void, and how much of a change in production do you foresee with these personnel adjustments?

  8. By GO VIKES on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    What is chris johnson doing right and adrian not doing right..? It seems like chris johnson is picking up bigger holes to expode through but is patient on waiting until they open…..No offense to adrian because i think he can be better than CJ

  9. By Ricky on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    I just do not see any production out of Albert Young. seems timid. Is there a reason for that? or am I just not seeing the bigger picture, and that he has not had a quality first string offense to work with?

    Will Darious R be switched back to WR?

  10. By Lito on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, opposing teams will relentlessly go after Favre. Why not have another 6’6″ offensive center or right offensive guard to protect Favre and/or create holes for AP, AY, TG and company. Also, does J. Walker still have the “juice” left in his tank to score touchdowns and yardage?

  11. By Ben Pierson on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Joe Webb has shown that he can be a threat. Will the vikings keep him on the roster as a QB? If not, how do they find a way to keep him on the roster? Also, what do you expect the QB depth chart to look like at the start of the season? Will both Sage and Tarvaris still be on that list? Or will we trade one of them as we probably should?

  12. By Brett on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, WHY WON’T the Vikes pursue getting Vincent Jackson WR from SD to help the WR corps so they won’t be putting 50-people in the box to stop AP?? If this is your Super Bowl push you would think the front office would exhaust all options to make sure we have all positions covered. You will NOT WIN having second rate WRs. Fact. AP can only do so much.

    With the latest Rice news FANS are in an uproar to make a move, NOW!

  13. By Earl - San Ramon, CA on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Adrian Peterson must have left
    300-400 yards on the field by not taking correct angles to the blocking scheme straight out of the backfield. During the off season, what “tweeks” have you made with Adrian’s running style to make him more efficient, compact and explosive?

  14. By AL on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone RELAX!!!!
    use this blog to ask productive questions, Rice wasnt anything last year until Brett got there, give them some time to figure this out. The Vikings have good coaches and a SUPERSTAR QB they will figure this out have faith in the coaches and Brett. This is a game of adjustments and they will.

  15. By Kelly Mangin on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Mr. Bieniemy (a.k.a. Future Head Coach),

    Darius Reynaud seems to be an explosive playmaker. Will he be a more integral part of our offense this year? I love Toby as a RB2. I think he has what it takes to be a very effective running back. However, I don’t see much from Albert young that really impresses me. Will you be conciously trying to get Reynaud involved more because of his playmaking ability?


  16. By John-Karl on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach: why for the last 3yrs you say Jackson is inproving but on Game day
    He Does Nothing on the field?
    Would’nt Minnesota be Better to let Jackson Go and Keep Favre, Rosenfields, & Webb as QB’s?

  17. By Wayne on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Joe Webb is exciting to watch but as a rookie who will probably not throw a game day pass and to get him into the game this year wouldnt he make a great replacement for Sidney Rice as a reciever for now?

  18. By Daka Lee on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach EB, my question to you is did you guys change the run blocking schemes for the O-line or what? It seems like AD isn’t dropping those 30-40 yard runs all the time like he did his 1st and 2nd year. As a HUGE Adrian fan I want other people to know why HE’s the NUMBER 1 back in the NFL

  19. By matt from the pittsburgh on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hey coach eb thanks for not choosing to go with lane kiffin to usc and sticking with ap and the vikes. why was moats released today? i think he remined me alot of chester taylor and im not confident albert young is a better option and do you think of yourself of a head coach in the nfl someday? maybe the steelers???

  20. By Dustin on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    If you could name the top three things you look for in a RB when you’re looking at draft prospects and possible trade situations with other teams. That would be great.

  21. By Verlin Goodyk on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach do you ever have conversations with trainers concerning players with medical conitions such as Percy Harvin. There is a 100% fruit juice that takes a lot of antioxins from the body and it has helped many people with conditions like his. It might not get rid of the migrains comletely but if it lessens it quite abit it might help him playing. Mona-Vie is the drink. Just go to Mona- to get more info. It helps with energy levels alot also. Thanks for your time.

  22. By Mike Dodge on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    coach, have you considered moving joe webb back to wr with the injury to rice? He has amazing speed and could move into the wild cat from time to time. I think He is a better asset to the team at reciever than sitting on the bench as a 3rd qb. he has amazing athletic ability and needs to be utilized.

    thank you

  23. By Zack on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    What will happen with the quarterback crew will they get rid of Sage or move Joe Webb?

  24. By Brennen on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, what’s the plan at WR, rice is down for a bit and harvin will always be questionable. So there goes two outta your top three receivers, will we look into trading for a quality WR or looking into free agency?

  25. By Randy Shanofsky on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Will Adrian be experimenting going with and without gloves like he did last season?

  26. By lars on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Curiouse,,Without percy harvin, and now there main reciever rice, out for half the season, and offence not protecting brett all that well, What hope have we of even coming close to last season???? plus AD, always fumbling the ball,,, Do you think, bretts thinking he should have stayed on the farm????

  27. By Rick Olson on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    I guess I dont understand why Rice waits till training camp to do surgery? Kind a like the field goal attemp at the end of the game confussion. Unbelieveable

  28. By drew on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Question? Why don’t use let Adrain run from the sides/ When we run up the middle he get gang tackled. Why not have the run style Mike Shannahan had when he coach the Broncos. Even running in Denver during them times, got well over a 1000yrs each. Why not get Tiki Barber to work with Adrain so he won’t fumble as much.

  29. By Jim on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with Wayne, put Joe Webb at WR.

  30. By Carl K on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with Jim put Joe Webb at WR.

  31. By Jesse G on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Question? Now that the Vikings have signed WR Javon Walker, do you believe Walker and Favre can get on the same page they were on when they played for Green Bay?

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  33. By Leah from Albert Lea on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Coach Bienemy, I am a die hard Vikings fan who would love to see Favre win us a Super Bowl this year. But to my question; Adrian has obviously has had problems with holding onto the ball. I know having him carry around a heavier football has been a part of his training regime. However, I wonder that when he gets into a game, the normal/lighter game ball will be much lighter to him and therefore will cause him to flail it around more. Why not have him work more on holding the ball against his body? I also wonder why the Vikes didn’t really press toward signing Brian Westbrook. He’s an older veteran but he has better hands and blocking abilities than both Peterson and Gerhardt.

    Thanks for your time.

  34. By sheldon on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Why did we not pursue terrrel owens or brandon marschall? Yes both are real head cases, but two of the best in the NFL. I guess general Brad can’t deal with egos that match his. Sometimes as a coach I think you have to realize that if you can’t play you coach. Big question, with his years of coaching, how many super bowl rings does bad brad have? I think zero. This team will never go to the big dance with this guy as coach, trust me.

  35. By jimbo92107 on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    EB, does it look like Toby Gerhart will do some blocking for AP, or will he mostly be used as an alternative RB?

  36. By Terry on Aug 24, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Bieniemy with the ONLY flaw with AP is the fumble issue what type of drills and changes have you made to the RB workouts to address the issue?

  37. By Erik Stenholm on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, how has the team prepared for the tough run through Green Bay and the AFC and NFC East and how can the offense solve the turnover issues we saw in New Orleans?

  38. By VegasVkng on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    Coach thru out the years there have been some outstanding players at RB-Walter Payton comes to mind,Barry Sanders,Emmitt Smith and Tony D,John Riggins and of course Jim Brown…Did any of these great players have a problem holding on to the ball and do you think that AP(with a little help from his friends) can be mentioned in this list of superstars someday.

  39. By Jim Freundschuh on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    OK … you are thin at the WR position. Joe Webb. Maybe he”ll be a good QB someday, but for the love of God, do the right thing. put Joe Webb into the WR mode. Mr. Childress, I know you’re a stubborn man. I am too, but for god’s sakes, do the right thing.

  40. By Jeff Cambell on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    Hi who is better

    Darian Hagen or Kordell Stewart

  41. By MGR4FUN on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    first of all coach E B i admire and respect the way in which you handled the USC gig … i know was a difficult decision … however you leadin by example for the purple is just what the doctor ordered … thanks for representin coach … my question is … do we hav a clear cut #2 runnin back as of yet … i am very excited about young mr gerhart and i hav not neccessarily been all that impressed with mr young’s preseason to date … however i know there are things you as the new assistant head coach see at practice and even in game action that i as a mere mortal fan am probibly unaware of … where do we stand with our #2 man???

  42. By jj on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    coach, first off id like to thank you for staying with the vikes. my question is-with joe webbs ability have the vikes considered a widcat formation to run to keep the opposing defenses off guard planning against favre?

  43. By Dean on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    During Adrian’s tenure we and he have had the luxury of the double threat (Peterson/Taylor). Teams had to respect the run when either back was in the game. Who do you see stepping into Taylor’s role? Also, last season Adrian’s production was obviously down. While sitting in the stands or at home watching on TV, I could predict 9 times out of 10 if Adrian was on the field if the pay was going to him. Are there going to be changes to the offensive schemes to disguise plays to Adrian or use him more as bait to open up to things? If I can see it, the other team already knows before theplay starts.

  44. By Chuck on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, I have been a Vikings fan for 40 years and am still waiting for us to get back to the Superbowl and win it. I really believe that we have the talent this year but the one thing that I see that really bothers me is the play calling.Case in point last year on the final drive against the Saints we were moving the ball through the passing game but when we got down to their 40 we decided to run the ball twice instead of pass?? This put us in an obvious passing down on third down and resulted in the famous interception that killed our Superbowl dream. I have always wondered why we do not pass more on first and second downs.Our offense is too predictable.We need some new ideas.I do not know how much of this is in your control but I hope that the play calling is a big issue this year. We have the players , we just need the right plays.One last thing is the kick coverage, we need to do a better job there and have for for years.Bobby April was availabe this year and Chilly should have pulled the trigger to get him.

  45. By Derick on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    Coach Bienemey this is a two part question. First wit the shiftiness of Darius Reynaud do you think it will be possible to see him back with Peterson in split RB backfield to catch unbalanced defenses off gaurd. Second is there plans to have Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson and Joe Webb running some form of Wildcat/Wishbone/Reverse misdirection wrinkles? Lets encourage Darrel Bevel and H.C. Childress to get unpredictable and creative with all these weapons.

  46. By Derick on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    One last question. Who is a better running back, Ian Johnson or Albert Young?

  47. By Derick on Aug 25, 2010 | Reply

    hometown Bloomington

  48. By K. Kenyon on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply


    What’s the future hold for Ian Johnson at running back? Does he have a shot at making the roster or possibly going back to the practice sqaud again this year? I like what I’ve seen of him with the limited playing time he’s had…


  49. By riley on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Eric, When 4 was with Green Bay they ran a formation called U71. Lining up a 340 pound reserve offensive lineman as tight end on the right side of the line. Ahmad Green became the best fouth down back in the league, and the Packers offensive line became the best 4th down line in the league. Could the vikings put this in their playbook?

  50. By Doug on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    Coach, Wouldn’t an all pro center be an upgrade from what have missing blocks and assignments? Is Kevin Mawiah still unsinged?

  51. By Tom Diffley on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    Can somebody, ANYBODY, explain to me why in the world do the Vikings
    CHOOSE to run Adrian Peterson to the SHORT SIDE of the field.
    The hash marks divide the field into thirds. The officials usually put the ball on the hash marks. So when you have a SPEED BACK like Adrian Peterson, why in the heck do you call a play that only gives him a THIRD of the field to turn the corner instead of TWO-THIRDS of the field. We all know that Adrian can out run most if not ALL of the defensive ends in the league. We all know Adrian can out run most if not ALL the linebackers in the league. WHY DON’T YOU LET HIM!!!
    If, on the end around runs, you made sure to use the LONG SIDE of the field, the defense would not get the help of the sidelines so early!!!!
    p.s.there are a lot of coaches that make this same MISTAKE! Tom Diffley

  52. By mike on Aug 27, 2010 | Reply

    we need another rb albert young is not the answer peterson and gerhart are good but not for third down peterson must stay healthy and gerhart can rest him the third down back has to give us something different like chester taylor did.ive seen a lot of good running backs that might get cut or waived

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