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Offensive Line Looks To Step Up vs. Eagles

Posted by cjsiewert on December 22, 2010 – 2:06 pm

Since the Vikings have posted only17 points in their last 2 games, a host of different aspects of the offense could be blamed for their current woes. Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier mentioned that the offensive line is one area that is looking to improve in order to have an opportunity to win this Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“We’ll have to play our best game on both sides of the football up front,” Frazier said during his Wednesday press conference. “In particular with our offensive line.”

As Mike mentioned in his “Setting The Table” segment, the Eagles defense is not as stout as other defenses the Vikings have faced this year, ranking 13th overall and 21st in scoring defense, but their front 4 features fluid formations that are always changing from play to play.

“The Eagles have a fast front,” Frazier acknowledged. “They do a great job of moving around and very seldom do they get stuck on the line of scrimmage. They are always moving. So our offensive line will be challenged probably as well as they have been in a game this season.”

The attributes of the Eagles front 4 that Frazier alluded to are obviously a hurdle the offensive line will have to overcome in order to improve, but this will all have to be done without their regular starting guards. Both Anthony Herrera and Steve Hutchinson are on injured reserve, and although the offensive line has been without both of them for 3 weeks now, it is still a struggle to find cohesiveness. Especially for C John Sullivan, who has been working with a different G beside side him since Herrera suffered a season-ending injury against the Packers over a month ago.

“It’s been a little bit tougher for him in some ways,” Frazier said of Sullivan. “But he’s responded quite well. There have been moments where he found himself, and this has been more of late, where he has to take control of our offensive line. More so than he would have if Steve were there or Anthony were there. It’s a different mindset for him, but he’s responded to it and I think that he’s become more confident as time has gone on and this is one of those weeks that he’ll have to become a captain for us on that offensive line.”

Losing an All-Pro player such as Hutchinson to injured reserve has a dramatic impact on the play of the offensive line, but Frazier mentioned that his replacement – rookie Chris DeGeare – has stepped in nicely.

“He’s gotten better,” Frazier said. “There’s been moments where he’s struggled, which we thought he would being a young guy and playing as much as he’s had to play. But overall, we’ve seen some consistency, we’ve seen him not back down to situations and we expect him to get better as time goes on.”

Injury-plagued or not, the Vikings offensive line will have to step up to secure a win against another team vying to clinch its division.


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40 Responses to “Offensive Line Looks To Step Up vs. Eagles”

  1. By LAVikes on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    No QB stands a chance behind our O-line. c u n LA.

  2. By Titus on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    What was that LAVikes– “our” denotes you are a fan of the Minnesota Vikings. You cannot say “our” while pressing for the Minnesota Vikings to change location and name. IT is the Minnesota Vikings, so try again. Rewrite the post without “our,” you can do it.

  3. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Just another example of “California Dreamin’” on such a winter’s day.

  4. By Titus on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Nova— they are just trying to stir the pot and rile the fans because, without Chilly, there is not a lot to argue. We have a heat wave here.

  5. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    L.A. Vikes,you’ll be all right, you guys still have Roller Derby.

  6. By LAVikes on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    And you, my friends, have no clue. The nation mocks you. We have better college stadiums than the chipmunks do. c u n LA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. By LAVikes on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    @Titus How did the Lakers’ get their name? We don’t have a lot of lakes in SoCal.

  8. By Titus on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    LA Vikes, so what? My original post is not in question– there is a Minnesota in front of Vikings. What do you not understand?

  9. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Titus, let him rant. He’s probably posting to the Chargers and Bills too.

  10. By Titus on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    I guess the stereotypes about LA are true— like totally dude, we know it all. Keep rolling the green cigarettes LA Vikes, keep that Californian dreamin gig swirling between your ears. What a life.

  11. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    How did that Ram thing work out?

  12. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    How did that Raider thing work out?

  13. By Titus on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Nova, both those teams met the Terminator.

  14. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    How true, Titus.

  15. By Pete on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    The Offensive line needs to step up, or this is going to be another blow out game.

  16. By Shawn on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Yea I agree Pete, I cant believe our OL gave up 40 points its just ridiculous … and if the OL doesnt play better Eagles will score on every drive … the OL has to be prepared for DeSean Jackson , hes a big play guy and our OL has been giving up big plays all year ….

  17. By Titus on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Shawn, you mean the defensive line?

  18. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    I think Shawn was being a tad sarcastic.

  19. By Shawn on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    lol no , just felt very sarcastic … and thats what came out, and Ive always been a fan of defense …. and I know the ravens have been to the super bowl scoring not much more than 14 points a game … AND THE FACT MADIEU WILLIAMS PLAYS FOR US … sarcastic frusteration , thats all

  20. By Shawn on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    I miss having a big time safety … Joey Browner, Todd Scott , Robert Griffith, Darren Sharper … to these group of clowns we have played the last 2 years

  21. By Shawn on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    hahah thanx Nova

  22. By NovaScotiaVike on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Shawn, “The Sarcastic Banana” would be a great name for a rock band!

  23. By Titus on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Joey Browner, the Karate kid.

  24. By Shawn on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    you better patent that Nova , fill in the rest later

  25. By Shawn on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    i meant THIS group of clowns

  26. By Shawn on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Orlando Thomas

  27. By Titus on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Well, I better get a bike ride in.

  28. By paul on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    COME-ON Hutchinson suck it up and play.

  29. By Titus on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    anybody home

  30. By Arrow86 on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    I’m home Titus: If you biked off the frustration of this team the last few games, you probably smoked the tires right off the rims. Great safeties, you guys touched on them all. Browner, had the team had the success of the Niners more people would be talking about he and Ronnie Lott. Orlando Thomas could lay the lumber to people. The other night the Bear safety gave support to the run and stopped Gerhart on 3rd and 2 with a 1 yard gain. Our current safeties A) take horrible angles and allow the receiver to get behind them and B) Seem like they are undersized. At this point, I’d almost try Antoine at safety.

  31. By Arrow86 on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Paully: Quit bustin’ Hutch’s b-a-l-l-s. The guy is not a wuss. We have line problems, but he’s not the problem. All-pro in Seattle, All-pro in Minny! He’s always been consistent.

  32. By pc on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    The last 6 games last year, especially the NFC championship game made it very apparent we needed to upgrade the O-Line in the offseason. When we did absolutely nothing I knew it was going to be our downfall this year which it was. You guys got it correct, no QB could play well with the way that line has played this year, including Hutch. The man can run block but he’s terrible in space when pass blocking. Him and McKinney have been absolute SIVS this year. At least Hutch looks like he’s trying which is more then I can say about McKinnie. I never see him without his hands on his hips looking like he could care less that he just let some rookie run around him and knock out a future hall of famer for the last time. I can’t believe the Vikings did not see this weakness after watching Favre get absolutely pummled for 60 minutes against the Saints.

  33. By Stephanie on Dec 22, 2010 | Reply

    As much as the o-line hasn’t played well this season, part of the problem has been the injuries. there have been 3 different centers this season and other guys have had to shift to fill in at different times. so that hasn’t helped. there hasn’t been any consistency on the line and that makes it hard to play well as a group. that being said, you’d think they could still protect the QB just a little bit?

  34. By DRS on Dec 23, 2010 | Reply

    LAVikes did your mother drop you on your head when you were a wee baby? For you do not know your history well do you. Where did the Lakers come from, Minnesota I thinks. (10,000 lakes)

  35. By SmileyStar on Dec 23, 2010 | Reply

    PC – When the media asked Childress earlier this season about all the hits Favre was taking: Childress stated, That’s what happens when you don’t get rid of the ball. He (Favre) needs to get the ball of his hands quicker.

  36. By mr smiff on Dec 23, 2010 | Reply

    Smiley, Favre gets hit whether he gets rid of the ball or not. And Childress is wrong. That’s what happens when you don’t protect your qb.

  37. By mr smiff on Dec 23, 2010 | Reply

    Smiley, Favre gets hit whether he gets rid of the b@ll or not. And Childress is wrong. That’s what happens when you don’t protect your qb.

  38. By mr smiff on Dec 23, 2010 | Reply

    Stupid double post.

  39. By NO O'Line on Dec 23, 2010 | Reply

    The oline is terrible. I know they have had injuries, but they weren’t blocking very well when everyone was healthy. This team is in need of a major overhaul. The vikings will not even be in the last two games. Philly will Kill them and the Lions will also win.

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