“In-Progress” Offense Poised To Get Back On Track

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 22, 2010 – 6:51 am

In 2009 the Vikings were the best in the NFL at sacking the QB, with the Green Bay Packers being the most frequent target. The Vikings tallied a league-high 48 sacks and got to Packers QB Aaron Rodgers 14 times in 2 games. Green Bay, meanwhile, didn’t register a single sack against the Vikings.

Similar performances from both teams this weekend would be nice to see, as the Vikings head into Lambeau Field for a Sunday night contest. The trend this season doesn’t indicate the Vikings will fare as well, though.

Minnesota has just 6 sacks to this point, tied for 2nd fewest in the NFL, while the Packers have tallied 21 sacks, tied for 2nd most in the NFL. On top of that, the Vikings have allowed 13 sacks in 5 games, which puts them on pace to yield 41 sacks through 16 games – too high of a number.

But while Sunday night’s game represents an opportunity for Green Bay to atone for last season’s significant sack disadvantage, it also gives the Vikings a chance to turn around their performance through the first 5 games, both offensively and defensively.

The offensive line has been a target of much criticism early in the season because of the sacks allowed. Sure, some of the sacks allowed are the responsibility of the offensive line. But many other factors come into play, such as blitz pickup by RBs, the ability of WRs to get open and the QB not holding the ball too long.

A season ago the Vikings had RB Chester Taylor in the mix and part of his value was his ability to pass protect. His departure via free agency has given rookie Toby Gerhart and 2nd-year player Albert Young an opportunity to step in and compete. While Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell did acknowledged there are some growing pains, he also reiterated that issues in pass protection can’t be tossed at the feet of just the RBs or offensive line.

“We’ve had some missed assignments from some of the younger backs as well,” Bevell said. “We’ve mis-declared a couple from the offensive line getting us going in the right direction. I’m not going to pin it all on the running backs. We’ve had different errors from whether it’s a running back, whether it’s a tight end in protection, whether it’s your offensive line and sometimes it’s Brett’s job to get rid of the ball as well. It kind of has been all-encompassing at this point.”

A good sign for Vikings fans, though, is that the offense is not worrying about pointing fingers at each other. Rather, they’re working hard to correct the problems and get back on track.

“We always prepare for pressure,” Bevell explained. “It’s our job to be able to pick it up. We’ve had some struggles. It’s something we’re continuing to work on and try and improve and get it targeted right. A lot goes into it, it’s not always just the offensive line. Sometimes the back’s involved. Sometimes the receiver’s got to shake open and the quarterback’s got to see it. It’s still something that we’re a work in progress with.”

Another good sign is that one of the offense’s best players – RB Adrian Peterson – is eager to get the offense back on track.

“The sky is the limit,” Peterson responded when asked about the potential of his team if they put a complete game together. “I feel like with all of the talent we have offensively, we can be as good as we want. It’s just all about us clicking and starting early, getting that fast start. I feel like we can be very explosive. We have showed signs, like you have seen, but it’s about doing it for four quarters. We haven’t done that yet. We look forward to doing that this Sunday night.”

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37 Responses to ““In-Progress” Offense Poised To Get Back On Track”

  1. By TWVIKE on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly will some how F@<k it up. He should be on the IR.

  2. By rocksalt on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    I am concerned were are still a work in progress, trying to get on track, nad it is week 7

  3. By rocksalt on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    spelling …and it is week 7

  4. By Jake on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    I know not pointing fingers is the right thing to do, but as rocksalt stated it is week 7 and these are professionals, when do you start calling some of the guys out? maybe thats what they need is a public challenge by thier coach to step up!I bet that cheap contract taylor wanted looks pretty good now!

  5. By David on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    only problem with calling somebody out is its the whole frickin team. the wideouts aren’t getting open the line is not blocking at times Bretts not getting rid of it at times and the defense hasn’t been able to take the ball away to give them great field position

  6. By purplerainman on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Hmm. The problem is simple. It’s pass protection all around. Once you have pass protection, you become calm and so does the offense. No more fumbles at the snap, interceptions and etc. And Bevell’s right it, you can’t pinpoint it to one person – They all suck right now <- That's my quote. Until the Vikes wake up one day and have a "no one and I mean no one touches our quarterback" mentality. This will continue to happen. It''s the same reason they get blown out by the Cardinals last year, lose to the Bears and then compete with the Dallas Cowboys and Saints. It seems to me like they play when they want to and lately they haven't been playing. Ziggy paid/pays great money and they can do better and should do better. I'm just saying.

  7. By rick on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Im tired of “work in progress”. Its been that excuse since training camp and the preseason began. There is no way the Vikes would have won if Dallas hadnt had all the penalties last week. No wonder they were booed at the end of the first half last week. Im a big fan, but its getting really old. Kinda like Favre.

  8. By xvike on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    You guys are worrying too much. The offense will get it together. You gotta have faith in the team. They are trying. I would much rather see a team that improves every game going into the season versus a team that does good in the beginning and collapses at the end of the season. Every year is different. You can’t expect that the vikings should b the same team as they were last year. I mean the pretty much are but other teams have changed and adjusted the way they play against us now. I think the reason favre did so well last year was because of peterson. And now this year, i think the reason peterson has played well so far is because of favre. But i believe in this team and i think soon we’ll start to see the same high scoring offense from last year.

  9. By rocksalt on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    I disagree xvike-
    The concerns about this team’s lack of performance, miscues, mistakes, etc are a direct response to what is happening with his team.
    Our team cannot put together a 60 minute effort.
    We have looked like we are still in preseason…..
    If it were not for other teams key mistakes, we might have been blown out of some of the earlier games.
    When do we Click? This week? Next week? Next month?
    Something is not right……..

  10. By fire childress on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    maybe since the offense is taking so long to gel, extend practice 1 hour per day. alot of this is chillys fault also

  11. By VAvikefan on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    @xvike…well soon betta hurry up and come else we’ll be out of the playoff race SOON! we need to go on like a 4 or 5 game win streak starting this week and then play competive 4 quarter football thru february! SKOL VIKES!!!

  12. By VAvikefan on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    @firechildress…your right. He has this “We’ll get em next time” and “work in progress” attitude week in and week out. smh instead of taking a stand with the team and saying THIS is the week we go out and do what we do! He needs to stop WAITING for it to just click and go DO SUMTHIN ABOUT IT!!

  13. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Like you guys said if they continue to wait they will be dead in the water. Some one needs to stand up and yell OUR TIME IS NOW GET OF YOUR FRICKIN AS $ES AND DO WHAT YOUR PAYED TO DO

  14. By fire childress on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    yes, i can’t stand watching Chillys press coverage. he doesn’t answer 1/2 the questions, or they are smart-alic in nature. nobody is laughing but him

  15. By desmond on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    I agree chilly was better in philly….but then he was only a cordinator not a head coach.There is a differnce and some people never fully make the transition. I think our present defensive cordinator fraizer will get his chance if the VIKES don’t win the superbowl he will get chilly’s job. If Minny wins the Lombardi trophy Frazier will be head coach else where……Go VIKES

  16. By plaxico on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    i agreee. extra laps in practice, pushups, or even fines should be the penalty for our lard feet offensive linemen. QB is getting killed. if the starters dont get it done, bench them for some hungry blockers. there is no accountability for hits on the quaterback. its like shrugg your shoulders and go on to the next play! Block d&mmut!! Breeze , Brady, and Manning have all day to just stand back there and throw. our QB deserves that too!!!!!! what are we paying these guys to do??????????

  17. By desmond on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Mike Tomlin was only a defensive cordinator under Chilly but when he got to the Steelers he became a Superbowl winner as a head coach. It might be your turn Leslie my man ……hmmm Ziggy food for thought no?……..Go VIKES

  18. By desmond on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Plaxico you have made some very valid points. And this sort of discipline has to be instilled by the head coach …….oh by the way that is you Chilly…..Go VIKES

  19. By rocksalt on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    A work in progress???? C’mon now…this is wekk 7 ..MAN UP or PUT ON A SKIRT………JEZUS………

  20. By rocksalt on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    week 7…dang keyboard….

  21. By rocksalt on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    yes, this all points to the head honcho……Major Dad, Colonel Klink, Kilroy, etc……

  22. By TWVIKE on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly is not even a work in progress. He would fail wearing a dress in the window of Macys. He could not even coach himself during a wetdream.

  23. By rocksalt on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t know about Macy’s but I suspect thier shoppers come back because they can get a good bargain. Value for the money.
    So far this season, can we say the same for our team? THE FANS DESERVE MORE!!!!!

  24. By Lito on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes, wake up! Bench the underperformers! It is time to dominate.

  25. By desmond on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    Minny’s recipe for success in the 2nd half of the season is Moss+ Rice…..imagine a defensive cordinator trying to figure out who to double team. And even if you double team both there is also Percy and Schiancoe . Oh by the way there is that running back named Peterson ….choose your poison. When Cooke comes back to solidfy the secondary you are going to be out of excuses Chilly……..Go VIKES

  26. By soldier1986 on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    you guys need to realize that rice wont be coming back any time soon. and when he does come back, you honestly think he will be performing like he did last year? i thnk not. he will be rusty as nails and may not even be a factor til playoffs. (if we make it). we have the best reciever back and they still have not performed like they are capable of doing. but i blame the o line for that. but we need to wake up and realize that its going to be a while before rice comes back.

  27. By Susan on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    OK, Vikes, the time is upon us! It’s time for that kick @ss, razzle dazzle, breakout performance that will turn us in the right “we-goin’-to-the-top: direction! What better game to do it? #4 will be booed louder than ever, Sunday night in Green Bay, and there’s only one way to shut them up…shove the football down their throats. If everyone does their job, G@y-Rod and his playmates will whimper off to the locker room at the end of the game with their tails between their legs. Packer fans will file out of Lambeau Field in shock and disbelief, at a loss for words, shaking their heads, heading for the nearest gin mill, wondering what hit ‘em. The Vikings can be a POWER HOUSE, if they want to be! What did Brett say to Adrian on the sidelines (on the NFL Network)? “The only one who can stop you…is YOU.” This applies to the whole team! Come on, guys! Get off your duffs and get with the program! It’s now or never! To each of you, do your own job and do it well, keep Brett off his back, and we will see you at the Super Bowl! Go, Vikings!!

  28. By desmond on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    Rice should be back in 3 weeks , 4 tops and as for rust that is what practice is for. A couple of sessions catcing misiles from #4 willl burn the rust away .Muscle memory……… this receiver and qb have unique chemistry……Go VIKES

  29. By rocksalt on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    right on soldier1986=
    If our Oline does not protect Favre or open holes for AP, then they are as useless as titsonabull………

  30. By rocksalt on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    In progess my As$

  31. By rocksalt on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply


  32. By TWVIKE on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    Simple, Boring Brad Childress.

  33. By rocksalt on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    I think you are right………

  34. By rocksalt on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    12 men in the huddle brad childress

  35. By UBRETT-CHA on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s kick butt at Lambeau. SKOL, VIKINGS! Lots of memories for you, Brett. Have a great game!

  36. By Stoney on Oct 23, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Vikes, how about showing up for a game this season. 5 Gutless, half a$$ed games in a row.

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