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Sullivan Soldifies Center Of Offensive Line

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 26, 2010 – 8:04 am

It’s hard to get too excited about things coming off an emotional loss to a division opponent. But while others mull over QB Brett Favre’s injured ankle and the game officials’ inability to get crucial calls correct (even with instant replay at their disposal), let’s take a look at the return of C John Sullivan to the starting lineup.

Sullivan has been dealing with a nagging calf injury all throughout training camp, the preseason and into the regular season. He was able to tough it out through the first 2 games of the season but then was injured again on the first play of the Lions game in Week 3. Sullivan was unable to return in that game and he missed the following 2 games – a bye week followed by games at the NY Jets and vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

After a few weeks off and then being active but not playing against the Cowboys, Sullivan returned on Sunday night to start against the Green Bay Packers. And from what I could tell, the offense benefited from his return. Green Bay sacked Favre just once and the Vikings offense generated 196 rushing yards. In the previous 3 games, when the Vikings were without Sullivan, the Lions got to Favre twice, the Jets sacked him 4 times and the Cowboys tallied 3 sacks. And the 196 rushing yards the Vikings gained against Green Bay is 101 better than they gained against Dallas, 100 better than against the Jets and 13 more than the Lions allowed.

On top of those stats, which can be quantified thanks to a box score, Sullivan’s impact on the offense also came in blitz pickup. There were several occasions were the Packers came with a blitz but the Vikings were able to communicate and pickup each blitzing defender to allow Favre time to find the open receiver.

Lastly, I also noticed it was Sullivan who cleared the path for Adrian Peterson’s 1-yard TD plunge in the 2nd quarter, which knotted the game at 14.

Although Sullivan’s return ultimately did not aide the Vikings to victory, it did aide the Vikings offense to improvement and another step forward for both Sullivan and the offense is just what the doctor ordered for this week’s contest against the New England Patriots.


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47 Responses to “Sullivan Soldifies Center Of Offensive Line”

  1. By Robins on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    It is great to have Sullivan back. What a shame though that the officials now say they got the call wrong on the Shiancoe touchdown. We knew it was wrong. So, Sullivan really helped us win, but the refs helped us lose. The packers were given a touchdown that wasn’t and Childress didn’t challenge it. Moss pushed off and instead of points, we got a penalty. Loadholt had a face mask penalty. Percy came down on one instead of two feet, so we didn’t get the touchdown. Brett played like a warrior so hard with two fractures in his foot to try and win and yet he gets blamed for the loss. That is wrong! Everyone should be thanking Brett and our players for playing so hard!

  2. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Brett- THANK YOU, you give 100% and that’s all one could ask !
    Does that mean if they got the shank call wrong the game is now tied at 28 ? NO,
    then who cares ! Brad- go with United Moving Company- they won”t break your high school award trophies !

  3. By Frederick Jones on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings still have 10 games to go. The NFC race is tight. Good things can happen yet.

    It’s a team game, everyone must play well for the Vikings to win.

  4. By Frederick Jones on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Sullivan is likely to get better each week. Antoine Winfield is making a strong comeback from injuries he had last season.

    In the words of Kevin Garnett, “Anything is possible…Annnyyytthhiiiiiinnnngg iiiissss ppppppooooosssssiiiiiiibbbbblllllleeeeee!!!”

  5. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    T.J. & Chill-da-stressed in ne vs tom brady,, might bill b. blitz the heck out of him ?
    I will take the pat’sfor that bet ! On Monday morning the next step for you who’s next list you will be begging for Webb ! neither is going to get you games past the last game of the season vs the lions. THINK ICE FISHING ! n.e. pass vs our corners- ARE YOU KIDDING ME ! Reality check sucks but i like to face the truth !

  6. By Bruce on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Mike, I just wanted to say that I understand why you can’t really find fault with Head Coach Childress, he is up on the totem pole and you value your job. But Childress was WRONG for not trying to score at the end of the first half. I think orginally he had a minute on the clock and 2 or maybe all 3 timeouts. That is plenty of time for Favre to move the ball down the field and score. But Childress came out with a run play right away and I knew he was just going run the clock out once again. Childress has a habit of doing this in the past and it has left many fans frustrated. I’m a retired coach and I have watched all the great quarterbacks in the league over the years and they have all scored running the 1 & 2 minute offense. It’s just not the fact that you want to get as many points as you can going into the half in a close game, it’s sending the message to your players that you trust them and want them to score. It gives them confidence whereas not trying upsets your players and makes them feel like they can’t score or defend the ball. So yes Mike, I think Brad & you are dead wrong as thousands of fans do, as the sports announcers did, as the field reporter did and as Hall of Fame players did.

  7. By Bruce on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    UPDATE MIKE….Just watched Childress’s press conference from yesterday and he admitted he should have been more agressive and gone for some points before the half ended. Let’s hope he maintains that attitude in the future because that attitude rubs off on the players and also wins games.

  8. By Woodboat on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    I dislike saying this, but put Jackson in. I want there to be no excuse for coach when he gets called on the carpet at the end of the year. Let him go down with his guy at the helm… Maybe we can see Cowher or Gruden stalking our sidelines next year.

    It would bre one thing if this team looked good in their losses, but they look overmatched each week. No confidence, no swagger… its a hard thing to sit and watch them like this for 3 hours a week.

  9. By arahn on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    It’s not too late for Frazier to take the helm this year

  10. By Rick on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    I totally agree woodboat, and some urgency would be nice

  11. By Frederick Jones on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Well why would you watch them for 3 hours if the games were not close? The Vikings have been competive every week this year. I think they have been within a touchdown in all of their games this year.

    It would be nice to see the Vikings start winning. There have been signs of that happening EVERY week.

  12. By Bruce on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    I JUST WISH THAT SOMEONE WOULD LIGHT A FIRE UNDER CHILDRESS BECAUSE THE GUY IS WAY TO RESERVED AND LAID BACK. HE NEEDS TO SHOW SOME EXCITEMENT AND PUMP THESE GUYS UP. HE NEEDS A CHEER LEADING COURSE PERHAPS.

  13. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    chilly Soldified a 2-4 record for us all by himself, he didn’t even need any help to do this !

  14. By Jeff B on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Too bad Loadholt and Mckinnie aren’t consistent like Sullivan. On 3rd down both Loadholt and Mckinnie can’t stop the pass rush which resulted in Favre’s injury and decisions to make a play out of nothing and resulted to INTS. Everyone knows if you blitz and pressure Favre on 3rd down, he will make mistakes. This has happened with him his entire career. As for Leslie Frasier taking over as coach is a bad idea, he can’t even get this defense going. Frasier was lucky the defensive line created all the sacks and turnovers last year as our secondary is terrible last year and this year except Winfield. The linebackers is the key to the defense this year and the play calling by Frasier to have the linebackers to drop back and cover the receivers and tight ends is terrible. That’s why we have the secondary to do their job not the linebackers. The linebackers need to help the D line to stop the run and pressure the quarterback. On 3rd down we need to blitz, not cover 2. Bring the heat, that’s what the opposing teams are doing to Favre and it worked.

  15. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    why can’t Chilly man up and admit his mistakes? a total coward and loser !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. By IronmanTen on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Totally agree with Jeff B,
    and take farve out i mean the partriots are gonna take advantage of his injury and attack his legs and farve will be done for the season just put T jackson out there and hope for the best…against one of the best teams in the nfl

  17. By peterk on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    After twice not throwing the red flags, our terrible leader Chilly starts pointing fingers at Brett Favre after the game. Leaders Do Not Do That- Period.

  18. By VAvikefan on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    He pointed fingers because it was Brett Favre’s fault. He threw three picks at crucial points in the game one went to the house for 6. EVERYONE else played well except favre. I wanted favre benched back at the Jets game when he was throwing that one away! Put Tarvaris in and lets see what we have in him. Brett is now LOSING us ball games and nothing can be worse than that!

  19. By Bruce on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    VAvikefan, you sure don’t hear the Saints Fans calling for Brees to be benched and Brees who was last years Superbowl MVP threw FOUR interceptions to Favre’s 3. And Brees is also tied with Favre with 10 total interceptions and the Saints don’t have a winning record. But I guess the Saints have more class than some Viking fans who turn on their quarterback.

  20. By Ajeeth on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    I accept with bruce. The blame for vikings loss should be taken by Brad childress and his puzzling tactics. He is not aggressive and he doesn’t use his time outs and challenges well. He gave away free touchdown to packers. It was so bad to see the way he run out the time before half where we should have gone for Hail Mary pass. Vikings have a great team with a bad coach. The elixir for the problem is find a aggressive coach like Todd Haley(Great play caller) or Sean Payton.

  21. By xvike on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    The saints do have a winning record. Yes brees is tied with brett for 10 ints but brees has also thrown 14 td’s. Meanwhile brett has thrown 10 ints and only 7 tds. I would say let Favre play but with his recent injury? that would put the team at risk. If he cant even move around in the pocket, y let him play? But the truth is both the defense and offense has played well so far this season and brett hasn’t been playing well at all. I hate to blame brett, but it is his poor play that has cost us games this year. But if brett can play on sunday, then by all means let him play. If he can’t then let jackson have his shot. Playing brett favre while he’s hurt is only going to hurt himself and the team. I know his streak is on the line but c’mon, we need to win more than he needs to extend his ridiculous streak. Everyone knows that he is incredible for playing so many consecutive games. If he can’t play effectively and efficiently because of his ankle then don’t play him. He should know if he can or if he can’t.

  22. By xvike on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey firechildress, u don’t seem as upset as usual. Did you just finish eating your bottle?

  23. By TWVIKE on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Brad lost the 1st half by not challenging the GB TD and letting the 1st half expire. Have you ever heard of Hail Mary? Half cant end on D penalty. Favre lost 2nd half, 3 INTs, no need to explain. So Brain-Dead Brad, what do you plan to do against Brady and the Patriots? SOS Im sure.

  24. By wisconsinvikesfan on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    What could we possibly lose if we put T-jack in I would not be suprized if he even did well. You All are way to pesemistic.

  25. By Old School on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    PRO-BOWL VOTING NOW OPEN…………………? WHAT THE F$%^?

    A.P. & PERCY…..THAT’S IT!

  26. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    xvike, i bet chilly is your brother.tell your brother to leave the state

  27. By larry2 on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    @Fire Chilldress
    How are you able to post so many comments? I can’t get one to post! lol

  28. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    too bad Chilly only got a 35,000 dollar fine. if he would of coached the game properly, he wouldn’t have to blame the refs. he might of been able to keep his job also, instaed of having 1 foot out the door already. never had a problem posting

  29. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Brett will play and will get seriously because of Big Mac and Loadholt are playing like morons. Soon TJack will be playing and getting hurt/losing. Followed by Joe Webb who will excite fans but Chilly’s coaching will lead to him getting hurt.

  30. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Chillys coaching will lea the team all the way to the city of angels, LA.. thanks Chilly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    chilly presser<<<>>>><<< well….um……. we lost a tough game out there last night..Brett was playing like a idiot and the refs were doing their job like a bunch of drunks…i had take a leak, so missed the packers touchdown with the dropped ball… to bad Matt Birk left a few years ago…he went to the Ravens for less money, moved the whole family over there….come to find out he left because he didn't like me…and i always thought the players liked me……….

  32. By Lito on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes look good on paper. Unmotivated and underperforming. Seems like a coaching problem. What will it take for this team to play their hearts out?

  33. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    chilly presser<<>>> well…ummmmm… we didn’t need Matt Birk anyway…. we have no need for a 5 time pro-bowler who never missed games and never got hurt and opened up holes for ap the size of grand canyons anyway……

  34. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    chilly presser<<<>>> ummmmm–well… we will probably lose Leber and Moss and a bunch of other players next year….because these people want to win a super bowl…i don’t think were capable of doing that…. especially with me coaching…….

  35. By Robins on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Brett seems to be fighting so hard for our team to win and Childress just throws him under the bus. There have been a lot of interceptions this year but the others don’t get thrown under. We need a new coach. Cower would be perfect! He should be thanking his players, including Brett for fighting so hard. It was the refs that gave the game away, not Brett.

  36. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    Gruden would be a good coach for us also, players always liked him too, and he can fire any team up too. and he actually plays when the players practice, he was a good qb in his day

  37. By purple08 on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    I can’t wait until Lord Favre is gone so all of you “temporary Vikings fans” can crawl back into the woodwork where you belong. Even if we lose with T-Jack it will be better than losing with Favre. I won’t have to read how you think Favre is some kind of heroic warrior who slays dragons and has the heart of a lion etc.. etc… etc… He gets paid 10 million dollars to play a game that we would play for the fun of it. He doesn’t give a s hit about you or your kids or honor or any of that BS you pretend to hold so high up on your list of what makes a man great. Stick your hero worship up your as s. Favre is no Viking…he is a Packer. Always has been and always will be. I hope he never plays another game for the Vikings. If the Vikings lose with T-Jack you will all be so predictable. You will come on here and whine (as usual) about how much better Favre is. If by some chance the Vikings win…it will not be because of T-Jack. You will find some other reason for the victory. This is why I feel Jackson is doomed. He will not get any credit and will take all the blame. Up yours Favre lovers. You call yourselves true Vikings fans but you are wrong. You are Favre fans. If Favre went back to Green Bay tomorrow, you can bet your a ss you would all be cheering for the Pack to destroy the Vikes. Bite Me you bunch of hipocrites.

  38. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    no, sorry, t-jack will never play. we will get Vic or Mc Nabb next year. we win with a different coach. we would be 0-6 with T-jack as qb

  39. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    purple08, nobody would pay you to play, because YOU CAN’T PLAY. you would be knocked out of game in 1st play of game, you would be laughed out of the stadium

  40. By fire childress on Oct 26, 2010 | Reply

    another acticle says even AP is upset with Chilly with the playcalling !!

  41. By xvike on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hey u are funny firechildress. But i guess u havent realized yet but let me point something out for u. U can cry, complain, whine forever about how childress sucks and the vikings organization won’t do anything about it to make u happy. But please keep posting your complaints if it makes u happy. It makes you look like a cry baby moron, but i’m sure alot of ppl probably know that u are one.

  42. By Bruce on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    purple08, why don’t you bite yourself! I would rather be a Favre lover than a Favre Hater any day of the week! At least Favre tries and makes up for his mistakes and puts us within a score of winning the game. 3 of our losses have been lost by 5 points or less. And when the head coach makes a mistake, it’s like pulling teeth to get him to admit to it and he certainly doesn’t try and make up for it like Favre does. Another thing that bugs me about you Favre critics is that we have players on this team that keep making the same mistake OVER and OVER and OVER again which some of those mistakes leads to Favre being hurried and under pressure, so he ends up making a bad decision once in awhile. But so does the best of the quarterbacks in this league. And you try reading the defense, scanning the field, calling an audible and watching your blind side and backside and then making a throw all in the time fram of a few seconds. IT’S NOT EASY! Especially when pass protection is mediocre at best. So why don’t you try supporting ALL of your players and be a TRUE FAN instead of a childish Favre Hater.

  43. By ad not in 3rd down on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    understand you want to get toby some action
    but if ad is in the defence has to account for him way more than toby
    you want to win this thing he has to be on the field 98 percent of the time
    outlet to ap way more effective than toby
    dont get me wrong toby solid player but does not have the explosiveness as ap !!
    Also favre not playing good happens to the best hopefully he pulls through it
    But this defence that is so good Wheres the pass rush<IF you dont rush these pro qbs you have to pressure (Not jump up and down like little leagers to block a extra point because they arnt allowed to rush the kicker)Stupid
    viking have not really stopped anyone rogers threw 2 ints it was on him or they could have scored 40 pts he looked bad too

    WE HAVE TO GO AFTER QBS LIKE EVERYONE COMES AFTER BRETT
    AND AD NEEDS TO BE IN ALL THE TIME unless he wants out for a play or 2

  44. By VAvikefan on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    for real bruce, F all of that. You said it yourself…3 losses have been because of 5 points or less. and in those games favre is throwing pick 6s. now yes, alot of this is brad’s inability to be an effective coach, but also PLAYERS play the game. im not a favre hater at all. im a lover of any qb that gives us the best chance to win and right now it aint favre…HE’S THROWING GAMES AWAY! why cant you see this??

  45. By Bruce on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    VAvikefan, he’s not throwing the games away. GET REAL! If Favre had prooper protection he wouldn’t be hurried so much and making split second decisions which sometimes are costly. So I blame protection just as much as Favre. And you could say the defense is throwing the games away because they let the other team score those points that beat us by 5 or more points. And there is POOR coaching that costs us games as well. This is a team effort and everyone is making their share of mistakes so quit jumping on just one guy!

  46. By purplehaze on Oct 27, 2010 | Reply

    NOW SULLIVAN GO TELL YOUR O-LINE TEAM MATES YOU ALL GOTTA PROTECT THE s*** OUT OF WHOEVER THE H*** THE QUARTERBACK IS. BLOCK MAN BLOCK!, PICK UP WHATEVER BLITZ IS COMING AT YOU ALL.

    EITHER WITH A GIMP QB OR T-MAN, THEIR COMIN’ TO PROVE A POINT AND KNOCK US OUT…

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