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Frazier: Jared Allen Key To Vikings Improving Pass Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 14, 2010 – 11:36 am

Fans have become accustomed to seeing DE Jared Allen pile up sacks, as he’s recorded back-to-back 14.5-sack seasons since being traded here before the 2008 season. But Allen’s traditional calf-roping celebration after sacks has only been seen once this season because the 7-year veteran has been shut out of 3 of the Vikings first 4 games.

While at first glance this might cause one to conclude that Allen’s performance on the field isn’t up to par, that actually isn’t the case according to Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

“He’s playing well,” Frazier explained. “What’s happening with Jared is he’s still getting a lot of situations where there are backs chipping or tight ends to his side. What it does is it helps other guys, it helps our pass defense. Our pass defense has really improved, primarily because of the types of blocks that we’re getting from offenses right now.”

Statistics show that Frazier’s explanation is not mere hyperbole. In 2009 the Vikings pass defense ranked 19th and allowed 218.4 yards per contest; that was with 14.5 sacks from Allen. But so far this season, the Vikings pass defense ranks 6th in the NFL and is allowing just 185.0 yards per contest.

But the Vikings, and Frazier specifically, aren’t content with where they’re at so far in 2010. An ideal situation would be for Allen to grab a few sacks, have that pass defense continue to improve and then also see others along the defensive line benefit from the blocking schemes Allen is dictating.

“He’s going to have a bust-out game and hopefully it’ll be this weekend,” Frazier said. “But he’s not a disappointment by any means, whether it’s in our run defense or pass rush. It’s just people pay a great deal of attention to him. We’ve just got to get other guys who are getting one-on-ones to step up and help us in those areas.”

One player in particular who stands to benefit from the attention Allen sees is DE Ray Edwards. It was Edwards who caused Dallas QB Tony Romo the most headache in last year’s NFC Divisional Round playoff game. Romo was sacked 3 times by Edwards, a Vikings single-game record in the postseason.


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16 Responses to “Frazier: Jared Allen Key To Vikings Improving Pass Defense”

  1. By James on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Seems like this could be because teams are running on the Vikings when they get the lead, instead of passing to catch up as they were all last year.

  2. By rocksalt on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    OK our pass D ranks 6th in YPG, but we still are not able to pressure opposing QBs……..seems like opposing QBs have plenty of time to create plays.

  3. By Fontana Al on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings still have a great run defense,the problem is when your offense keeps you on the field because of turnovers(Favre 7int’s 3 fumbles)after a while you get winded or tired.Heaven forbid we mention Favre in a bad light.

  4. By chaos on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings have the best defense in the leauge. look at the point totals in the first three games. 14,14, 10. and the jets only scored only one offensive touchdown. plus the jets started in our territiory 4 times, and they made 5 field goals. so the jets had 100+ yards, it happens to everybody.

  5. By vikingsniper205 on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    They need to bench favre,and play jackson……sometime youth and agility is better than experience and age…are we going to wait until we have no chance for the play offs…,come on

  6. By Garrett on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with you Chaos… The D has great so far, and along with that what Fontana is PARTLY true. Honestly the NFL needs to come up with a better interceptions stat. To say that Favre has 7 ints is stupid. Many of those were not his fault… WRs not catching the ball or just running the wrong routes isn’t Favre’s fault so why should he look bad for it. But he has thrown a few on his own accord that is obvious. I think this is a good article, because so many people will just look at a player and completely judge their performance on a couple stats. That is just ignorant. Yeah Jared got shut out for 3 games, but you have to look deeper into the situation if you’re going to be speculating. Just my opinion.

  7. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Doug Free equals many many sacks

  8. By evalu8er on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Our defense, including Jared Allen, have been doing a FANTASTIC job this season. Very few touchdowns have been scored. I am not sure how Tomlinson was able to run so much last week, but I think the team was excited about Brett’s 500th TD and then Tomilson just took a run for it. Frazier is a great coach and our D is full of talent. He is saying since Allen is being cdoubled up on, that is fewer people for the rest of the dline. Is there any “surprise’ play that could be planned so the other teams says about 69 — “Where did he come from???”

  9. By Fontana Al on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    To Garrett:I understand your defense of Favre, chemistry is built thru practice, and training camp.Its funny I never hear of Manning ,Big Ben, Brady or Brees missing training camp and they have pretty much won all the Super Bowl this decade.Let us not forget the interceptions that were his fault 2007&2009 NFC Championship game and last Monday.It’s a running joke that’s not so funny, good defenses always feel they can get a big interception off him at some crucial point in the game and he unfortunately delivers.I am a diehard Viking fan
    so I roll with whomever is on the team.But I see a iceberg and Favre is the Captain.

  10. By Fontana Al on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    P.S. What about those Favre fumbles Garrett?

  11. By Lito on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Lots of negative publicity on the Vikings. What will it take for them to play as a “winner”? Maybe they need to pray and put God in their lives. If they don’t start winning, I think there won’t be a new stadium, fans will ask for a new coach, and perhaps Vikes will get out of Minnesota.

  12. By 58viking on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    I believe Vikes had a turning point second half last week,and will contiue to improve on offense week in and week out. Any informatoin on Sidney`s re-hab?Hope it`s going well as Rice,Moss wide would be SICK.

  13. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    I am SICK TO DEATH of hearing how “FANTASTIC” the VIKINGS defense is doing this year, they are NOT. The opposing QB’s have been missing WIDE OPEN receivers on a REGULAR basis, and it’s NOT because of “PRESSURE”, we’ve had NONE. IN FACT in welll over 45 years of watching (and playing) football, I don’t EVER remember it being SOOO BAAAAD !!!! Starting witth Brees in the 1st game, and on till now !! And be real people, CHILDRESS SUCKS!!!! His “communlction” skills (sic) are the polar opposite of the Jets coach, he couldn’t motivate a cheerleader !!!! See ya all in L.A. !!!! And to all you CLOWNS who FILL UP LITERALLY HUNDRED’S of pages on “e-bay” selling your tickets, you ALL MAKE ME SICK AS A LIFETIME VIKES FAN!!!!You don’t deserve a team !!!! SKOL !!!

  14. By Rooster on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    celticvike, have another beer dude. WOW

    The problem with the Vikes O is chemistry. Favre was not in camp, Percy missed a bunch of time, Sidney Rice did not participate, AP missed a quite a bit of time and Toby is no Chester Taylor. You put this all together and you get a desperate head coach who sucks when he’s comfortable with his team. He’s not comfortable with this offensive unit and he has NO CLUE what to do about it. He makes the situation worse. Sad but TRUE!

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