Reviewing Sunday’s Developments

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 6, 2010 – 9:18 am

With the Vikings opening the season on a Thursday night, the team’s schedule – and, consequently, our coverage of the team – leading up to Game 1 is a bit unusual. Yesterday’s (Sunday’s) schedule was just like a regular Wednesday schedule and today is just like a Thursday. On top of that, it’s Labor Day Weekend.

So over the past couple of days and into today it’ll be easy for aspects regarding the Vikings and their preparation for Thursday night’s season-opener to fall through the cracks for fans. To avoid that, let’s review what happened on Sunday…

The Vikings announced a 7-member practice squad. We’ll have more details regarding the Vikings practice squad shortly, so stay tuned.

– The Star Tribune quoted WR Percy Harvin as saying “I’m ready to play ball.” That’s a positive sign for Vikings fans.

– Speaking of Harvin, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress indicated to reporters that Harvin will assume kick return duties and that Harvin, Bernard Berrian, Greg Camarillo and others will take looks at the punt return role.

– While meeting with the media following his team’s practice, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress addressed the backup QB situation. He explained that Tarvaris Jackson gives the Vikings the best chance to win, citing his knowledge of the offensive system and development during the offseason and training camp. Childress also said: “I think you have to understand that the guy that started with the first group (Jackson) got to play 8 snaps in the St. Louis game. The second guy (Sage Rosenfels) got 36 attempts and was 24 of 36 or something. 8 snaps – 36 snaps. The guys that they played. The guys that he played. It’s a completely different set of circumstances. I would hope that if Tarvaris was in there going with the two’s (2nd-team), that he would have been able to light it up that same way.”

– When asked about the team’s interest in free agent WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, whom the Vikings took a look at in free agency a year ago before Seattle signed him, Childress said “Right now, I’d be more prone to see if we could find a younger guy or somebody that’s been around in a West Coast offense.”

– One thing that is easily lost when looking back on last year’s NFC Championship Game between the Vikings and the Saints is how dominant Adrian Peterson was that night. Unfortunately, his fumbles overshadowed his production. Peterson ran for 122 yards and 3 TDs on 25 carries, an effort that Saints Head Coach Sean Payton hasn’t forgotten: “They’re one of the best rushing teams in the league. When you look at a guy like Adrian Peterson, and what they do as a front, they’re a team that each week is a handful rushing the football. I think as you prepare to play them you have to start with defending the run, defending a great halfback and a great offensive line like they have. And now defending a quarterback like Brett Favre. They kind of threaten you on a lot of fronts. That’s a big challenge.”

– When asked what was the most important position to add depth at this point, Childress said “Right now casting a gaze towards offensive lineman. I don’t think they are quite finished hammering through.”

– Childress indicated that the trade compensation for Sage Rosenfels was a 5th round pick and for Darius Reynaud it was “possibly a 7th” round pick.

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22 Responses to “Reviewing Sunday’s Developments”

  1. By Maurice on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    How about James Hardy, cut by Buffalo. He’s big and can catch. Don’t know how fast he is, but he can catch anything in the vicinity.

  2. By fmfan on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    If Webb is 3rd QB why not let him play a little WR.

  3. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Just remember how you felt leaving the field last year at N.O. and take it out on them Thursday ! It is Brees turn to HURT BAD ! set switch to kill mode boys and go after them !

  4. By dee expacker fan on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Please, please shore up your offensive line. And if we protect Brett and don’t turn the ball over we should win this one Thurs. night and many others!!
    It’s just a no brainer guys!!!! Go Vikes….

  5. By UBRETT-CHA on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Talk about season-opener jitters!!! LET’S GO, VIKINGS!!

  6. By Rogerthevikefan on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Tell the dline to kill kill kill at will. Send the house break their spirit and then destroy the left overs.

  7. By Vinnie on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    I love my Vikings but I can see how this season is gonna go…we got the worst coaching staff in the world…we only have FOUR receivers?!?! Berrian cant catch anything he is horrible that pass against the seahawks hit him in the #s and he dropped it…he does that allt he time…we will NOT win with this receiving corps…Childress is a moron keeping T-Joke should show you that I’m already prepared for an embarassing season…oh yeah the o-line sucks too and injuries in our d-backfield will killl us….we’ll blow it against the saints im just hoping it isnt embarassing theres gona be 8-9 man fronts all night im lookin forward to the 2011 draft

  8. By Devo on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    have to agree with Vinnie… this was a horrible off season, the vikings did nothing at all…. they could have done a lot more with the receiving corp, they knew Rice was hurt and did nothing cept get camarillo, which is better than nothing, but if all you do is better than nothing that isn’t saying much. Chilly is a bald moron who should never coach again…. TJ is a freaking wet dream for this guy, for some reason…. we could have picked up housh or leinart …why do nothing, this is kind of the last straw isn’t it?

  9. By Devo on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    can’t wait for Thursday, last year I was at the game in NO, this year I decided not to go… wanna see it on TV, hopefully it is as good as that game, but different outcome… I am for some reason a little confident… the o line will step up because favre will call them out and the d line will be looking for some ankles to take out too…. brees may not be the QB to make it out of the game healthy

  10. By Joe on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    I think that the thinking is that Joe Webb will be utilized as a receiver/QB, or in other words an athlete, which mitigated Chilly’s need for a WR at this moment. Also, this shows that our defense has a lot of depth and we will throw some exotic packages, including fresh legs in late games, against the opposing offense in order to create havoc late and easy turnover opportunities for the somewhat average secondary for the Vikes.

  11. By Joe on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    We all talk trash about Chilly, including myself, but he has done nothing but make this team better every year he has been here. Yes, I agree that his conservative playcalling is annoying and that he makes decisions that we can’t even fathom, but remember that he has taken risks in the draft and free agency that has paid off for us. AP was not a need but he saw the talent and did not pass him up. Chilly brought in Favre and made many other moves that has made sense. Let’s trust in what we have now and hope for the best. Barring major injuries and other similar setbacks, our offense and defense should not miss a beat from last year. Our competition this year is much harder than last, but I’m confident the Vikings will get out with a playoff seed secured and another roll at the Super Bowl.

  12. By Joe on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    We all talk about if Favre goes down this, or if Favre goes down that, but other teams are in the same situation as us. If Peyton Manning goes down, Curtis Painter is not going to get the job accomplished. We all saw what happened to the “mighty” Patriots when Brady went down. Same with Carson Palmer for the Bengals a few years back. And what is the Saints without Drew Brees; Madden curse anyone? Let’s hope that Favre can stay healthy and that our somewhat underproven right side of the offenseive line will protect to their best abilities our starting QB. Also, TJ is not the worst option in the world. TJack shows that he is willing to practice and get better (much better attitude than Leinart) and he has taken criticism and a benching rather well (again compared to Leinart). We have a backup QB that can service our offense and do some things right for us if he is ever needed. Also, Joe Webb, as well all saw, is a heck of an athlete that can bring thunder to Percy Harvin’s lightening, assuming Chilly knows how to do such a thing that is.

  13. By paul hale on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Letting OT Patrick Brown loose to the Jets was a MAJOR MISTAKE–He had a solid pre-season–Look out Brett!!!

  14. By Nick on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    The offencive line is actaully one of the best in the nfl. most of the hits taken by farve were due to a safty blitz which there was no one in the backfield to block. If they send those bliztes this year favre is gonna tear em up. Greg camarillo is a stud. T jack has thrown 9td vs 2 int the last year he played in regular season games. Just relaxe and enjoy the ride. PS the vikings cannot win without fan support so quite being little pukes and start supporting the vikings. the reason they did so well last year was the fan support. if the fans are gonna bail on a team because of some BACKUP players you have no right even likeing football

  15. By Nick on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Head coach Brad Chilldress will go to the hall of fame one day.

  16. By JMANN612 on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

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  17. By nola on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    Vinnie and Devo you two have have nailed it. I have been watching Post after Post on your site. Your Vikings have an excellent nucleus of a Team. But as I have replied in other Blogs……Until The Wilf Family does something about Childress, like firing him your Fall and Winter will be long and bleak.
    And just to set the record straight Your “Coaching Staff” by not noticing too many players on the field in the latter of the 4th Quarter resulted in the INT. of Favre’s by our D-Man “Tracy (seal da’ deal) Porter”.
    The WHODATNATION wishes your team good luck throughout the season.

  18. By purple08 on Sep 6, 2010 | Reply

    blow me Nola. You know that was a garbage win.

  19. By nicholas on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    In reponse to Joe…Brad Childress in the Hall?…are you nuts? Instead of trading with the Giants who’ll probably eat us alive with Sage knowing our playbook,why not Buffalo…with 3 tailbacks Lynch could be the odd man out and would be a great fit in purple…Gerhart’s too green to back up AP…and it would also be nice to see a stay at home fullback to protect Favre a little from those safety Blitz’s but Chilly likes to leave out QB high and dry…we need to run more screens and should stretch the defence a bit more…Housh would’ve been great to watch, high in the post…just a few thoughts from a die hard fan who goes back to ’68…go Vikes

  20. By Jake on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply

    I cant say much about the moves this weekend. whats done is done, I think the basic tools are there to get the job done. I really hope the vikes go down to the big easy and let AP ram that ball down the saints throat all nite long. One game at a time. with all the hype on #4, our powerhouse running game is coming in low on the radar.PERFECT!!!! TIME TO DROP THE A-BOMB!!!!! GO VIKES!!!!! would anyone else like to see a couple wildcat formations with Webb at the helm??? He is fun to watch!

  21. By Jake on Sep 7, 2010 | Reply


  22. By Purplenurple on Sep 8, 2010 | Reply

    Yo,Vinnie! Enuf chicken little-the sky is falling-the sky is falling. The Vikings are still loaded with talent.They still are hungry.God willing ALL the coaches may have a few surprises for the Saints-i.e. Webb lined up WR 1st play of our possesion.Viking D “accidently flies into Nola’s D coach with a devastating helmet to noggin’ hit!

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