Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress met with reporters for his usual day-after-the-game press conference on Monday and it was clear his focus was on finding a way to get his team to play better, especially with another NFC North game on the docket this weekend.
The Vikings didn’t play well in Sunday’s loss to the Bears, a 27-13 decision at Soldier Field that included 4 turnovers, and Childress said his team’s intention this week is to fix the mistakes that plagued them during the loss.
“Our sole view is on corrections and what we need to do to improve, on offense, defense and special teams,” Childress said. “And that’s the tact I’ll take with the team here in just a little short time (at the 1:00 team meeting). There were opportunities, obviously we didn’t follow through on those opportunities.
“There’s a lot, a lot of football left to play here. It’s important that we get these things corrected sooner than later. And we will.”
Childress wouldn’t identify specific aspects of his team’s performance that need to be corrected and instead spread responsibility out to the entire team.
“You’ve got to paint with a broad brush,” Childress said when asked to put his finger on what factors are causing his team to play poorly. “You can’t just say one thing. We’re doing it all together, so we’re just not playing [well] enough. We’re not doing the things…you can talk about converting third downs, you can talk about turnovers, you can talk about getting off the field. It’s all encompassing and typically that’s the way it is. There’s not one stand-alone factor.”
The loss on Sunday dropped the Vikings to 3-6 on the season, less than a year removed from a 12-4 effort that led to an appearance in the NFC Championship team. The underperforming Vikings are disappointing to fans and football followers, but there’s no doubt that Childress and his players are more disappointed than anyone.
“I expect to win every week we go out; all weeks individually,” Childress said. “I’m not surprised (that his team is 3-6) based on the way that we’ve played. I am surprised from the standpoint that every week we go out, Green Bay included, I expect to win this game.”
– Childress said QB Brett Favre was sore on Monday but that he anticipates Favre will resume practice on Thursday and be ready to go for Sunday’s tilt against Green Bay.
– Percy Harvin injured his ankle during the Bears game but Childress said he’ll receive treatment on the injury over the next few days and will make the push to play this weekend.
– On whether or not his sees his players playing hard, Childress said, “I see guys playing hard. I don’t see us executing particularly well right now, and it’s a given that if you don’t execute particularly well on offense, defense and special teams you’re probably going to get your rear end handed to you.”
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