DE Allen Confident In Vikings Pass Rush

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 4, 2010 – 1:46 pm

When it comes to sacking QBs, Vikings DE Jared Allen is as good an authority on the matter as any. He’s tallied 30.0 of them over the last 2+ seasons and his 72.0 since entering the league in 2004 are more than any other player during that span.

Vikings fans should take solace, then, in the fact that Allen isn’t concerned that he and his defensive teammates have only come up with 4 of them through 3 games. The relatively low number might be alarming at first sight because the Vikings led the NFL in sacks with 48 last year.

Allen didn’t sound concerned when asked about the issue on Monday after practice.

“I know they come in bunches,” Allen said. “At this point last year I had two, and then they came in bunches. We’re not worried about it up front; I think we’re doing some good things and we’re going to continue to grind.”

The 3-time Pro Bowl DE makes a good point in that sacks often times come in bunches. In 2008 Allen had 2.0 through Week 5 and then went on a tear by registering 6.0 in the next 4 games and 6.5 in Weeks 13-15. In 2009 he had 2.0 through 3 weeks before dumping Packers QB Aaron Rodgers 4.5 times in Week 4 and posting a pair of other multiple-sack efforts.

Allen pointed to another team whose pass rushed had slowed in recent weeks as more evidence that sacks come in bunches. The NY Giants tallied 4 in Week 1 but had just 1 sack in Week 2 and Week 3. Then on Sunday night they got to Chicago Bears QBs 10 times.

“It’s just one of those things where, you look at the game last (Sunday) night, they were talking about how the Giants weren’t doing anything,” Allen said. “They pulled off ten (sacks) in a game. Weird things in the league happen like that.”

Another factor is that opposing teams surely have taken note of the Vikings pass-rushing prowess and therefore take steps to combat that threat. Tactics such as using maximum protection formations and chipping defensive linemen with RBs, FBs and TEs are used against the Vikings frequently.

Ultimately, success for the Vikings defense is not based primarily on sacks; it’s about keeping the opposing offense out of the endzone and off the scoreboard. So far in 2010, Allen and Co. have played well. They’ve allowed just 10.3 points per game and rank as the NFL’s #4 defense in yards allowed per game (276.3).

“The key thing is not to get caught up with that and not to get frustrated,” Allen explained. “We’re playing good defense right now, and that’s the most important thing.”

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22 Responses to “DE Allen Confident In Vikings Pass Rush”

  1. By rocksalt on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Well, it is good to be optimistic, Jared, But you have been manhandled by offensive linemen thus far this season. Some has been mano-a-mano, which is particuarly troubling.
    Better start stepping it up……….
    Vikings D this year is not even close to Baltimore, Pittsburgh, or New Orleans……
    We have the JETS coming up…….time to BRING IT!!!!!!

  2. By rocksalt on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    P.S. Wobbleschall-
    You will aALWAYS look on the bright side………AP not making yards, well it is because of opposing D stacking the box………..tell that to Chris Johnson……do you really believe that D’s facing Tennessee did not stack the box????
    NOW Jared is the focus of other teams…….well, the solution is obvious…..our coaches need to move him around!!!!!!
    Get Real Wobblle……

  3. By London paris xxxxx on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Ha, Rockhead, check out the defensive rankings, the vikings are in the top eight, run defense and pass defense, giving up 14, 14, and 10 points in their first 3 games. There is no one the world talking about how good the Saints defense is, as a matter of fact their horriable at best. The saints are 4 to 5 plays away from
    0-4. What are you talking about? AP is having a great season, leading the NFC in rushing or close to it, close to leading the league in rushing yards. The defenses you have mentioned are good but not so much better than the vikings. What defense in the league has the most pro-bowlers? Pittsburgh, Baltimore, saints, or the Vikings. Let me know I’ll be back to denenstrate your stupidity. Vikings defense rocks, and we have been without key starters.

  4. By steve on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes D needs to win the game for us on Monday night…3 picks, several sacks and a couple of forced fumbles…:)

  5. By London paris xxxxx on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Ok, Rock head, Total defense (ypg) Vikings 4th: Passing (ypg) Vikings 8th:
    Rushing (ypg) Vikings 5th. Get off your medication!!! Your comment on Jared Allen is completly ignorant!!!

  6. By Eugene on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    You must not watch much football rocksalt if you say the SAINTS have a better defense winning by a total of 10 points in 4 games come on now get your head on straight and leave them rocks alone podner. You were better off not saying that ignorant statement for real go learn how to spell football first

  7. By moorevikes on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    i think the point rocksalt was trying to get at is no matter how bad a situation or player is mike wobschall always tries to put a positive spin on it/him. i notice it when it came to talking about our safeties last year. we all know they weren’t the best. as fans we could b@#ch about it and say how bad they were. kinda like now when we talk about our o-line. we all know mckinnie lacks heart, speed, dedication, and skill. mike w. can’t say those things he works for the organization (i think). he would probably have some explaining to do the next day. you notice he doesn’t talk about childress the genius much because there is no positive spin on anything that dude does. the only argument anyone can put up for chilly is he has improved by 2 games each year. his decisions, coaching style, game management, ect. don’t even get me started. CLUELESS! however mike w. informs us fans on almost a daily basis about what is going on with the team and does a great job at it so get off his back rocksalt.

  8. By Carl K on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    I need my daily fix of Wobschall positive spin! Keep writing Mike.

  9. By rocksalt on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Paris Hilton-
    Are you seriously saying that Viking D is better than Baltimore or Pittsburgh? Based upon overall stats? How many sacks have the Vikes had this year? Pro Bowlers? That was from last year. What have our pro bolwers done this year? Limited a lethargic Saints offense to 14 points, Ditto for Miami. How many Sacks? QB pressures?
    Yes, AP is having a very good start, no thanks to Vikes O line, as he has done most of his work on his own.
    Paris Hilton it is you who demonstrates (denenstrate) his stupidity.

  10. By fire childress on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    i hope they added in a few wildcat plays to the offense, it is so predictable, i call the plays over 90 percent of the time during games

  11. By Lito on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes defense will rank very high at the end. Lots of depth up front and the linebacker crew. The secondary also has improved. Management should help the Offense and Special Teams units. Get another humongous offensive lineman who can both protect Bret and make holes for AP and TG. It be nice also to have good field positions by getting a return specialist.

  12. By Karl on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    I also agree that rocksalt is the dumb one. Our O-Line is under rated. A.P. is the best in the league but you have to give credit to the O-Line, and for as much as everyone likes to rag on Mckinnie he has played really well lately.

    As for the defense thing, I don’t know what you are on. you make it sound like sacks are the only stat that matters. In that case STATISTICALLY we have the best defense in the league coming into this season. 48 sacks. You look at us this year and half the points scored on us have came after stupid turnovers. I can really only think of one really bad drive, and that was the first drive of the season. Our defense is playing the best I have ever seen them and I am in the group that they are as good as the Steelers, and better than the Ravens. I think we have better depth at defense too. SKOL VIKES!

  13. By rocksalt on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    Statistically with sacks THIS YEAR, which is what I have been saying…..NOT LAST YEAR, OR LAST 3 YEARS>>>>>>>>GET IT?

  14. By Cal on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    This defense has kept us in every game collectively this year. Some of the 3-1 teams cant say that about their defense.They have put the offense in position to win these games. Look at the ppg. Even with the offense giving away points, they still have a chance to win. Not giving up points is always more important than ind. stats and sacks.

  15. By huskervikesfan on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    Yea he has been improving by 2 wins each year but look at the players he has had around him all he needed is to hand if off to AP i could call those plays and he has a great defense behind him thanks to Frazier. I think if he doesnt find a way to make it to the playoffs this year we let him go and give Leslie Frazier a chance.

  16. By desmond on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    The secondary with the return of Griffin the addition of Cook and a finally healthy Winfield will give Sanchez fits. The pass rush will get to him too once we stop the run ….go VIKES

  17. By CA Norwegian on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    Statistics are misleading, it is troublesome to find comments that attribute Favre’s fumble in the endzone, as something that our defense gave up. (2 TD vs Miami) As enemic and error prone as our offense has been, we have actually scored more TDs than the opponents offenses, factor in the burning up the clock game against Detriot and it could be worse. 5 vs 4. Our D is looking very good. Excepting scoring and turnovers, punt count by the opponent is the most important D stat. It shows our D is out playing the opponents while minimizing penalties. If we pinned our ears back and tried to win games with sacks on every play, then teams will exploit that. We stuffed Best. The QBs are throwing it away and they are punting. If our O puts more points up, the D will probably find more sacks too.

  18. By jc on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    you people that say our O line is doing a good job are sniffing glue!!!! ask Brett he’ll tell you through his ear hole they are doing a good Job – Brett is on his back every pass play and Peterson has many runs of negative yards due to them missing a block – they better do what they are paid to do against the Jets or Brett might not be playing to long – Bryant the highway cone Mckinney and Phil not much of a loadholt

  19. By purplehorn on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    Allen doesn’t need to get sacks on every down. The defense is playing good POSITION football. Some people that comment at times make me wonder if they really know anything about football. Allen gets the LT and either a tight end of HB to chip on nearly every down. The Dolphins had Jake Long on him. Long was a number one in the first round- he better be able to block Allen! Jared plays good position football. The defense is playing well… worries.

  20. By com on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    that is bs who is crying over this oh it must be greenbay . moss is coming back to vikies

  21. By TWVIKE on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    Our D is playing fine. My hat is off to them, they are tired, they spend to much time on the field! Randy is coming, just what #4 needs. With Moss home, the other wide-outs will be open. Maybe Berrian can even catch one!

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