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Vikings LBs Play Well In Season-Opener

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 10, 2010 – 3:15 pm

We heard earlier on the vikings.com Blog from TE Visanthe Shiancoe, who said the Vikings offense left a lot of plays on the field against the New Orleans Saints in Thursday night’s season-opener. While I’m sure the Vikings defense has a handful of plays they’d like to have back as well, one strong-point of the defense’s effort was the play of the LB corps.

Leading the charge was the man in the middle of the Vikings defense – E.J. Henderson. Coming off a severe leg injury that ended his 2009 season early, Henderson aggressively rehabbed all offseason and remained ahead of schedule in his return to the field. The latest step in Henderson’s return was his performance on Thursday night.

Henderson led all tacklers with 12, with 9 of them being unassisted tackles. One play in particular that stood out to me came late in the 2nd quarter when he filled a gap and ran through Saints RB Pierre Thomas to register a tackle for a loss. New Orleans eventually missed a FG to end the drive, eventually allowing Brett Favre to hook up with Visanthe Shiancoe for a 20-yard TD just before halftime.

“I thought E.J. played exceptionally,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said. “He showed up in a lot of different spots. I can think of one or two instances where you’d liked him to play something a little bit differently, but I thought he was very active.”

It wasn’t just Henderson who played well among the Vikings LB corps. Chad Greenway, with 9 tackles, was the game’s 2nd-leading tackler (Antoine Winfield also had 9 stops) and Ben Leber tallied 4 stops and 1 pass break up (PBU). Each of the 3 starting LBs had a tackle for a loss in the game.

“All three of those linebackers, and don’t leave Ben Leber out of the mix, he played very well last night,” Childress said. “Those three guys had an active night among all of them and Ben’s not taking back seat to any of them right now.”

Speaking of Leber, he saw several snaps in the Vikings nickel package and has been rotating in and out of that alignment with Henderson; Greenway is a staple at LB in the nickel package.

Finally, one more LB stood out to me as well, except it wasn’t with a performance on defense. Heath Farwell, a reserve LB who is a leader on special teams, tallied 2 special teams tackles and was a key aspect in the Vikings ability to hold punt returner Reggie Bush in check. Bush had just 7 punt return yards on 3 attempts.


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75 Responses to “Vikings LBs Play Well In Season-Opener”

  1. By Joe on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Gotta admit, defense stood its ground. Don’t know why Johnson didn’t start over abdallah, but hats off to the safeties anyway, they could have done much worse. My only complaint would be allowing too many run yards, but at the end of the game, they hardly had any rest the entire second half and allowing some yards is understandable. Great job guys. (Leslie Frazier should be our head coach)

  2. By surfer boy on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Defense played great, and I was shocked that the secondary did not allow more big plays than they did. Bernard Berrian wasn’t playing hard, and it showed. Favre missed some throws, but he will get into rhythm soon.. no worries there. We need to get a big wide out to fill this last piece that we are missing. If we can fill the void that is open because Sidney isn’t here, we will be in the Super Bowl. Go get Randy Moss… please. This is the year, everyone should actually be encouraged over last nights play with all things considered. Get another good wide out and its on!!!!!

  3. By Eugene on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Yup Promote Leslie Frazier to head coach and go get Randy Moss…but the Defense will carry us this year

  4. By King Viking on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Defense looks good to say we were missing a couple of key players. Our linebacker group is the best or close to the best in this league. If we trade sapp (who was needed yesterday) for camarillio, why didn’t we use him more. He looked good during the preseason. Two thumbs up for the defense.

  5. By Ryan on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Look the fact of the matter is we’re only ONE safety away from have and top 3 defense in the league. When Griffen gets back put Chris Cook at Safety! He has the build, 6’2 212 pounds, and he has the speed. This kid could take our defense to the next level. We need more PICKS!

  6. By Jon from Vegas on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Overall I’m pretty happy about the game, secondary did great. Once cook comes back im excited to see how much better we get. The O line collapsed more than i’d like to see but overall they did alright. Good game, tough loss but we’ll see the team shine against Miami. and Peterson looked great. SKOL VIKINGS.

  7. By Wandrew on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    We have the best defense in the league . But Jarred Allen was not like I expected to be , but in general speaking he will get better in the season. Hey allen we need you to have a sack at least every game!!!!!Favre will have to get used to the new rec corps and the game will get better as well. Vikings we hade a good game could have been worse. Yes indeed I agree with some other posts ,go get RANDY MOSS we need him. SKOL >>>>VIKINGS.

    We will get to the Superbowl 2011 !!!!

  8. By CarterMossReed on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    The game was a nightmare and is stuck in my head until we learn how to win and play smart. Chilly we like the way you want to be aggressive and throw the ball but when they can’t stop the run why show mercy. Plan each game accordingly play what the defense gives us. Get camarillo more involved why waste talent and put him on the sideline makes no sense. Why bother getting camarillo if you are just going to make him stand on the sidelines.

  9. By HBvikesfan on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Frazier is awful. Dropping DL into coverage and rushing LB? Jared Allen gets 10M a year to rush the QB not to get beat dropping into coverage. Turn on your DVR and watch when there is no pressure on the QB and a big play down field. Last night it was Ray Edwards getting burned by Reggie Bush. Leslie, they are defensive lineman you are not fooling anyone in the NFL, just bloggers eager to hate on Chilly.

  10. By kambi jones on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I honestly still think that dewayne miles could preform better than half the players. He was cut after most of preseason if you want yards thats the player! And frazier is aweful.

  11. By fmfan on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Mike you mixed up EJs and Chads stats.

  12. By Joe on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Newsflash, we’re a head coach factory. Frazier is just gonna be another Mike Tomlin. Can’t believe he hasn’t left already.

  13. By nathan on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    HBvikesfan: One play in particular, Jared Allen was dropped into coverage and Greenway rushed the opposite side and that play resulted in a sack. Frazier is a great D coordinator. I wouldn’t criticize him for anything they did yesterday.

  14. By paul on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Defense played great? What game were you watching, two missed FG, drop pass in the endzone easy should have been 13 more points for the Saints.
    What happen to the #2 ranked defense against the run..

    All Day should have at least 25 carries per game

  15. By canadian viking on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I thought ej was amazing. Tough to play your first game in that building.

  16. By TWVIKE on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    paul- I could not agree more. We need secondary help now! We need a go to wide-out, now! What happend to AP in the second half? Favre has no confidence in his wide-outs. I have no confidence in Childress. We need to get our heads out of our BUTTS NOW!

  17. By rexxika on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I am huge Saint fan but not here to stir up trouble or even gloat.

  18. By rexxika on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    secret to Saints success is leadership from qb and coach. Vikes have a Qb recently addicted to self-indulging attention and a coach who does not see eye to eye with him. Favre as great as he is can not come in at 40 yrs old, miss camp, and expect to be a peak performance. He looked off last night throwing at guys feet or too high. Your coach did not even attempt a run in whole 4th qtr. They looked like a team behind multiple tds instead of just 5 points. Peterson was chewing us up, why did your coach abandon the run? On other hand, we ran just 3 time in first half but ran exclusively in second half eating up clock. We had that game plan in place regardless of halftime score.
    Players like Vilma and Sharper (though injured) are club house leaders. Brees, Pierre, Reggie, Colston . . . these guys dont care about stats and they dont provoke opponents with guarantee of win. AP predicted an outright win and said he would top 2,500 yard for the season. Hey Brett, AP, Childress – this is a team sport.

  19. By drew on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    It wasn’t a total loss. Brett miss his best receiver. Once sydney comes back we will be OK. We need to start Greg Camarillo, he’s a good sub for Sydney Rice. When we play the Dolphins next week, we better be prepared, they do a lot of tricks plays.

  20. By RUN AP on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    I love how every one just keeps saying go get Moss. Yeah like its that easy, give it up just becaues Moss is mad about his contract he is not getting traded.

    If AP does not get over 25 touches a game this team will not win many games. Hey Chilly he is only one of the best players in the game you might want to try letting him play. One more thing how is A.Young even on a NFL roster?

  21. By Rogerthevikefan on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Walker was released so he will resign and be payed weekly for it.(saving money while trying to win a super bowl stupid) Farve had trust in him something he doesn’t seem to have with bb. Why did they stop running it was working so why on earth did they stop? Why was GC only played in the 4th? Possesion receivers need to be on the field to help.

  22. By Robins on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Coaches, get creative and surprise us! Get Camarillo in the whole game for Brett and points! Adrian, and the Vikings didn’t have any fumbles! Great! Beat the Dolphins.

  23. By vikingpat on Sep 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey we play saints at home we win .Get camrillo in for drops berrain and run ap all 2nd half we win last night game going away!!!

  24. By Rogerthevikefan on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    They should see if the chargers would take bb and a 2nd round pick for 6’3 vincent jackson. Like chilli once said a receivers job is to catch the ball. (only thing he said that wasn’t complete garbage) GIVE FRAZIER THE HC JOB ALREADY!!!

  25. By Bruce on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    A team is only as good as it’s coach! Why Childress gets rid of Walker but hangs on to a subpar player like Berrian is beyond me! And Childress is the most conservative coach in the league. So trade Berrian and resign Walker or some other great receiver because Berrian SUCKS!!!

  26. By Bruce on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    BERRIAN DIDN’T PLAY WELL LAST YEAR AND HE’S NOT PLAYING WELL THIS YEAR AGAIN! HE’S A BUST CHILDRESS, TRADE HIM!!!

  27. By martin on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    if there ever was a season to load up with impact players and go for it it was this season…instead management has made the wrong decisions on players …this is not a rebuilding team or a team that is one or two years away from sb contention…with the roster we had if we added 4-5 impact players we would have been clear cut sb favourites…this team should be at a higher level and not at a level where we are satisfied that we kept the score close in new orleans…again i hope i am wrong but i have a feeling we will look back in a few years to this team and regret the mistakes that management made along with childress in the mishandling of the teams roster and play strategy..management has not made this team stronger from last year it looks like they made it weaker..opportunities like we had this year dont come along regularly in the nfl and it looks like we have fumbled it …

  28. By rocksalt on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings Report Card
    Coaching: D
    Defense:B-
    Offense: D
    Special Teams:B

  29. By vikes2superbowl on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    You guys keep on forgeting, we are the best home team in the league. We’ve won all home games for the last two years! Our team just doesn’t play the same away. You also need to relax. 0-1 isn’t so bad losing to the Superbowl Champs. Yeah the offense struggled but we all knew it would. The Defense suprised me and I think Brett will get better as year goes on and I think our Defense will definitely do well easily taking #1! We don’t play the Saints every week. This game the Vikings played well. I’d like to see them run a little more against the Dolphins and to convert on third down. We do those two things, our Defense will hold and we’ll have an easy win!

  30. By TWVIKE on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    0-1 isnt so bad? EVERY GAME COUNTS! Do you realize we play GB twice,Pats,Cowboys,Jets,Giants,Eagles,etc.? Yeah we play good at home, but Champions play good everywhere. There are no gimmy games for us, we always seem at times to play to the level of our opponents.

  31. By Derek on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    @Vikes2superbowl. Its not that we are upset about the 0-1. I’m alright with it. I’m more upset of how the entire game was played. Obviously it’s going to be different when you are watching the tv. But I firmly believe that if you are a coach in the league, you should be able to make the same decisions as if you were watching it from the couch. The conservative approach was actually working…Run run run. We stopped why? They weren’t three touchdowns ahead of us..They knew we would throw the ball not run, especially after we threw every down. Berrian should not play next week. He didn’t want to be there. Camarillo was the standout receiver on Thursday.

  32. By Stafnbui on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    I think that people should view it as a 27-9 game for the saints. They fumbled away clear scoring positions so its misleading to think that the defence held the saints down to a low scoring. Actually they where pretty much in second threw the whole game. The Saints O-line where far stronger then the vikings D-line. Pushed them around a lot.

    More so – there where commenst made that the vikings was the better team last time but fumbled away the victory and a SB spot. Now was the time to set the record straight – however as it seemed the vikings unfortunately degraded where the saints made some improvments on the defence at this point.

    I wonder what observers think about the D-line that, with its depth, was supposed to put the pressure on the saints QB and where pushed around more often than not.

  33. By xmasboy on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t worry guys! We’re bringing in Vincent Jackson to air this @*%$ out!!!!

  34. By MrBill on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s package Brian Robison and next years 3rd for Randy Moss. He still has a couple of years left in him. NE needs DE help. I like Robison but he do seem to have a nice corp of D-linemen. Moss is gone from NE after this year. This would give them 2 quality players, One immediately and one next year.

  35. By Bruce on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    BERRIAN DIDN’T PLAY WELL LAST YEAR AND HE’S NOT PLAYING WELL THIS YEAR AGAIN! HE’S A BUST CHILDRESS, TRADE HIM!

  36. By Woodboat on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    What are we gonna get for Berrian? Do you think nobody else watches tape on the guy? We are stuck with him for the moment, but that doesn’t mean he has to be the number 1 or 2 receiver. Put Harvin and Camarillo in at 1 and 2, with packages for Berrian. He’s not really a deep threat if he can’t catch the ball, so his speed is moot. Reminds me of Troy Williamson sometimes.

    And please stop witht he Randy Moss, Vincent Jackson stuff. They aren’t coming. “YOu know what, we should trade 2 practice squad guys for Larry Fitxgerald and Andre Johnson…” Get real guys.

  37. By Woodboat on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    I think our D line did ok vs the Saints. The Saints regularly pass blocked with 6 or even 7, while we typically rushed only the 4 down lineman. Frazier didn’t want to expose his weak DB corps any more than he had to, so as I recall the Vikes didn’t blitz much. Coincidentally, the weak DB play was why they Saints were able to establish the run later in the game, because the LBs had to play way off the line to help with pass coverage. If the DBs don’t improve dramatically, we are in trouble.

  38. By Keith on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Why did Childress stop giving the ball to Adrian??????????????? We were only 1 possesion behind the whole game so there should have been no super aggressive air-it-out offensive style, especially with our top wr out and our 2nd in pain from migraines.
    Adrian was averaging like 5-6 a carry and Chilldress stops giving it to him in the middle of the third!!!!!!! and he didnt even fumble!!!!!!!
    what is wrong with Childress!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????

  39. By Woodboat on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    I actually would defend the roster, Martin. Where were we weak last year? Right side of the O Line was suspect, we weren’t strong at DB. EVERY other postion we were strong at. ALL the skill positisions on offense were very good, except maybe Berrian, but not many teams have 3 probowl caliber receivers on the squad. On D, they drafted Chris Cook to be the 3rd CB, and fill Griffens shoes while he is out (and maybe after he heals). They let Chester go, but salary cap may have been an issue there… he probably wanted to get a long term deal, and as a third down back, he isn’t worth big money (he is worth it i you use him enough, which the Vikes didn’t). They could have went after some help at S, I grant you that. Wipe out the injuries to our #1 WR and our 2 CBs, and get Farve in camp earlier, and this is a strong club. Right now we look like an 8-8 team with our schedule. Heal, Vikes, HEAL LIKE THE WIND!!!! :)

  40. By Woodboat on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Someone please correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe Harvin just started geting migraines since training camp started. If I recall, he missed games last year because of migraines and still got offensive rookie of the year. Please, media and fans, stop with the Ooooh, Harvin has migraines, he won’t be able to play. He has played with them his whole life. If he has one, he sits out. If not, he’s fine, period.

    Yes, we were running the ball well, but that only lasts as long as there is the threat of the pass. You have to throw the ball some to keep the D honest. That being said, we shouldn’t have abandoned it completely. I also was really excited that Childress wasn’t going 4 downs on our last possession. THere wasn’t much chance we were gonna get the ball back after that punt. SHould have figured on 2 plays to get the 11 yards on that last 3rd and 11. Childress….

  41. By Memorycreator on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    FYI we let Taylor go for a couple different reasons. One was he wanted a more prominent role with a club that would give him a better oppurtunity and 2) Playoff teams last year could not sign any free agents unless they lost a player due to free agency. Taylor was only possible free agent on the roster so we let him go in hopes of making other signings….So the idea of signing 5 impact players was out of question not only due to salary cap but league restrictions to to impending lockout if they don’t come to new collective bargaining agreement.

  42. By Bob Caroll on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Vincent Jackson will likely be traded by the Chargers for a third round pick after its determined whether he’ll get a 3 game or 6 game suspension. With this guy in the fold Minnesota will once again be an elite team in the NFC.

  43. By soldier1986 on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    im tired of these saints and packer fans coming on here talking smack. why are you here? you won now shut up and move on. seriously. its funny cuz there blaming the loss on favre. yeah everything was favre’s fault. he wasn’t awesome but the loss wasn’t his fault. it takes a team to lose. don’t mention that berrian couldn’t catch a pass if his life depended on it. harvin ran the wrong route a few times. the o line made so many penalties. yeah the game was favre’s fault. lol morons

  44. By 4eversteve on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    It will pretty easy for teams to game plan against the Vikings with no real deep threat until Rice returns. When The TE leads our team in deep receptions that a dead give-away that team can stack the line of scrimmage against Peterson effectively eliminating the running. Better go get Vincent Jackson before we wined up 0-3 going into the bye week!

  45. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    soldier 1986, have you ever seen the fudge packer blog site? There are 2 comments on an entire blog page.That’s why packer turds come to our site.

  46. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Consilation:after the game was over “taint” fans still had to dodge beggars,have their head on a swivel at stop lights,and lock their barred windows when the got home—-cause Harry Conick Jr. aint the only thing walking the streets of Norlan’s after dark.

  47. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    ConSOlation…& they,sorry ,educated in Louisiana

  48. By Bruce on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    BOTTOM LINE, If the owners want their first Championship they need to TELL CHILDRESS to get a star receiver until Rice is back. What good is Rice coming back after 8-10 games if we have lost 6-8 games already? I would make Greg the Number#2 receiver and put Berrian on the practice squad if no team wants him!

  49. By Bruce on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe the fans should go to the practice facility with signs saying “Trade Berrian and sign a top receiver” Maybe Childress would get the message.

  50. By Bruce on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    And Berrian sucks at punt returning!

  51. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    No one has EVER escaped from Stalag 13!Give Childress some well earned credit!

  52. By purplenurple on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    Come on guys…to much negetivity.No one has EVER escaped from Stalag 13,Give Chilly credit were credit is due!

  53. By Austin on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    EJ didnt even look that good

  54. By Duane N on Sep 11, 2010 | Reply

    I think it’s time to stop saying how good the rush defense is. They used to be very good, doesn’t mean they still are.

    Not saying they are bad.

  55. By Bigfan1 on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Great job guys, EJ is back! The Vikes need to pick up a 6’5″ veteran WR.

  56. By purplehorn on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Mike, Greenway did lead all tackles on defense, not E.J. I’m not the most observant guy in the world, but I think I see some things. E.J. on pass plays is having trouble on planting that atrophied right leg. I’m not bagging on him, I think the guy is amazing to be on the field, but if I see it- you can bet other teams do. Frazier didn’t dial up the blitz and it cost the Vikings. It’s a huge gamble with Brees, but he will cut you to pieces if you don’t bring it on delayed up the middle. Jackson isn’t the answer at wideout. That’s all we need, another guy brought in that doesn’t know the playbook. For those of you that don’t get Chili’s not playing Camarillo….wake up. Same goes for Harvin not playing the slot and mistakenly settling down in the seams on a route he and Favre missed. The offense has made some major adjustments through injury and now needs to make some major effort in practice to get up to speed. The season is just getting started and I really like our Vikings still- even with the adversity.

  57. By WTF on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    So what’s the status on Griffin and Cook? If we can get our corps of corners back up and healthy, it will free up these top-notch LBs to blitz much more often and really showcase how good Frazier’s defense can be.

  58. By RickyRM on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Can’t wait to play the Vikings in the championship game, so I can listen to the fans cry again, sorry excuses…Man Up, quit making excuses evertime the Vilings lose…

  59. By vikesfan#1 on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Rice needs 2 get back quick or well fall bhind the pack

  60. By fmfan on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Who called all pass plays in the 4th quarter?

  61. By fmfan on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    ? for mailbag. Why didn’t we run AP in the 4th quarter. also the above comment.

  62. By Rogerthevikefan on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    What about 6’4 Revell Martin? Some one said he and 3 others will workout on monday or tuesday. Who are the others? What are the odds of Martin joining the vikes if he looks good?

  63. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Mike, I just saw you foir the first time on Vikings GamePlan. You made some good observations there, and hopefully the offense will start coming together quickly.

    d: Take it easy “Wobby” :P

  64. By purple08 on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Derek, you say Camarillo was the standout receiver of the game? What about Shiancoe? Are you serious or delerious? All you people who say go out and get Moss… did you see his interview today? He is a total Jack-a s s! You want that guy on our team? Can you say cancer in the locker room? Hey Cowboy Fans! Nice play by Romo to end the first half! Cost them the game! Ha! Hey Soldier, I agree it takes a team to lose and maybe it wasn’t only Favre’s fault but… remember that it’s a two way street. When we win it is not only because of Favre either. It takes a team to win or lose and I think that is forgotten at times when Lord Farve is concerned.

  65. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    I just came across this post in a news article on the site:

    ” Childress said Camarillo will probably be more involved as the season progresses. The Vikings host his former team, the Miami Dolphins, on Sept. 19 in their next game. Camarillo could also replace Berrian as the punt returner, after an unimpressive performance in that role.”

    Hopefully it’s true in both regards. I’d even like to see him take Berrian’s spot on the offense after seeing the throws that BB couldn’t catch. Although this will be very unrealistic for a good month at least, simply because Camarillo is unfamiliar with the playbook. But I still have a feeling that we’d be better served if he were put in the #2 spot where Harvin was playing on Thursday, and move Harvin back to the slot. I just don’t think Harvin has the size to contend along the sidelines effectively enough. He’s so much better in the middle of the field, earning the yards after the catch.

  66. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 12, 2010 | Reply

    purple08 – I loved seeing that play too, Romo was a complete moron to even think that throw could do his team any good with zero on the clock. But I think the penalties cost them the game more than anything else. Just about every time the Cowboys had a big play there was a bright yellow flag pulling it back. The last play of the game for example. Romo threw a TD which would have won the game pending a successful PAT, but it was called back because of a hold, and the clock had run out!

  67. By Bruce on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    I just don’t get it, one game Childress is calling 4 run plays in a row in the red zone and turns the ball over on downs and then the next game when the pass isn’t working because the receivers cant get separation he doesn’t use the run plays. I just don’t get it. USE WHAT WORKS, IT’S JUST THAT SIMPLE! If you are moving the ball down the field by Brett passing, then continue that all the way to the end zone with a couple of run plays. If the passing game won’t open up, then have AP pound the ball and run a pass play once in awhile to your tight end just to keep them honest. IT’S JUST THAT SIMPLE BRAD!

  68. By Jake on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    It sucks to have great players, but terrible management. I’m sure most of us wouldn’t complain if we just had a bad team all together, but all of us fans know our team is better than this, and the management really hasn’t been effective.

  69. By CA Norwegian on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    Vick almost beat GB fort us yesterday! You can see what a scrambler does is slows down the pass rush defense and buys a little more time for the patterns. I say we should have considered letting The QBs in training camp get some reps and see what happens; You want Brett there for the playoffs, but he is like a turbine engine and is going to take some time to get going. Use Web on the end around option pass. I understand not just pounding Adrian forever because you want to keep the defense honest and you do not want him worn out or broken come playoff time. Most times you have to give Brett credit, but this time we have to consider blame – The pinpoint passing just wasn’t there. Lets trade for
    Vincent Jackson! He is what Brett is looking for another over the top or fade pass that is unlikely to be an Int. With S. Rice, V. Jackson coming into the mix- for the playoff run, we would be looking a very different team and Brett would like to put it up there and give those tall guys a chance.

  70. By CaliViking on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    BB has to go ASAP…

    Trade him for any veteran with decent stats and ability…or even draft picks!

    Harvin should be returning punts, not BB. Why did Chilly move Harvin around?

    Chester Taylor still hasn’t been replaced, and it shows! We need a backup RB.

    Favre should be a true team player and work on getting in SHAPE so he can finish games. It would also help if he volunteered to give up some of his bonus/incentive money to help sign free agents or make much needed trades.

    Management needs to make key personnel adjustments now, before it’s too late. The O needs a sense of urgency on the field and must pick up the pace. The play calling could also be much better, with better second half adjustments.

    The Vikings probably would have won the Saints game if T-Jack played the second half (or at least the fourth quarter), instead of Favre. If Brett had T-Jack’s scrambling ability, he would have won the game with his legs rather than his arm. The Saints contained Favre and denied his receivers separation.

    Now all of the other teams will study this game in preparation against the Vikes!

  71. By SAINTS#1 on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    If…If….If
    Chilly is an idiot. PERIOD.
    Your city deserves more.

  72. By fmfan on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    It is amazing that they think putting the ball in Bretts hands was the best thing to do in the 4th quarter. In the 3rd quarter Brett was 0-4 and AP had 6 carries for 30 yards (5 yard average) and it was better to do only pass plays. That thinking was stupid at best!

  73. By fmfan on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    Possitive notes: AP on 19 carries had 87 yards for a 4.6 yard average. Shiancoe and Camarillo made some great catches on ball that were high and wide (off target). Brett did um, um, I quess I’m done.

  74. By rocksalt on Sep 13, 2010 | Reply

    trade Berrian? for what? I say cut him……also our D did not play all that well…….

  75. By Vike-N Ike on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    couldn’t agree with you more purple horn! I am so sick of people complaining about our coaches! They never can do anything to please you! Everyone was flipping out when Sage got traded instead of TJak! And now you want TJak to start! Some of you people truly do amaze me.

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