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Pagac Anticipates DT Guion Making Impact In 2011

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 23, 2011 – 3:51 pm

Marcus Sherels’ 64-yard INT return for a TD was the premier defensive highlight in last Saturday’s 20-7 preseason victory over the Seattle Seahawks. But the turning point in the game may have actually occurred on the following Seattle offensive series.

The Seahawks offense responded well to Sherels’ pick 6, driving the ball from their own 27-yardline to the Vikings 2 in 10 plays, setting up a 1st-and-goal situation just six feet from the endzone. But that’s where the Vikings defense bowed up and stopped Seattle RB Justin Forsett on four consecutive runs.

DT Letroy Guion was credited with 2 tackles on those four plays but his impact was even greater. He was a disruptive force in that series of plays and it did not go unnoticed by the Vikings coaching staff.

“One guy in particular, Letroy Guion, he lit it up in that situation,” Vikings Defensive Coordinator Fred Pagac said on Tuesday. “He did a nice job for us.”

Pagac is a true throwback and is not one to shower praise on his players. But he made a point to specifically mention Guion’s role in the goal-line stand and he also indicated Guion is expected to make an impact on the Vikings defense this season.

“We think Letroy is going to be a heck of a football player for us,” Pagac commented. “We’re anticipating him being a big part of our defense this year. He’s coming along and he has the athletic ability. He’s strong, has quickness and has toughness.”

Guion stands at 6-4, 303 pounds and plays primarily the 3-technique behind starter Kevin Williams in the Vikings defense. The Vikings drafted him in the 5th round (#152 overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and he was inactive for 15 of the Vikings 17 games that season. But in 2009 he took a step forward by playing in 7 games and then he became a regular in the DT rotation last year.

Speaking of the rotation, Pagac was asked if he took extra pride in the goal line stand from Saturday because it was his second-team defense that was in the game taking on Seattle’s first-team offense. As I said earlier, Pagac is a throwback and is not one to provide much hyperbole. He made it clear that while the goal line stand was a feather in the defense’s cap, it’s also something that he expects his players to accomplish.

“Again, as far as our front’s concerned,” Pagac said, “we’re planning on rolling those guys all year long, so in my mind they’re a part of our ones so they’ve got to play hard all the time, too.”


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11 Responses to “Pagac Anticipates DT Guion Making Impact In 2011”

  1. By Parody on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    That’s good to hear about Guion. How’s his durability? Depending on the severity of Kevin’s injury, and the result of the pending suspension, he could be missing the first 3 or more games. If that happens, Letroy will need to participate in a lot more plays, and I just hope he can withstand the extra gametime.

  2. By Vikings4Life on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    Let ballard and guion do the inside wreck.

  3. By Frederick Jones on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    We’ve been hearing a lot about Guion. He may be a good one.

  4. By Arrow86 on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    I’m happy with Guion and impressed with Ballard. How’s Ayodele doing? I just saw how the Giants lost one of their starters for the season in the Bears game.

  5. By Arrow86 on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    I really like our Coordinators this season. They aren’t trying to smooth things over. They seem pretty honest.

  6. By PBizzle on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    Pagac is my boy. Gotta love the dip mouth and he doesn’t need a spit bottle. If that isn’t dip I apologize.

  7. By mikebrown on Aug 23, 2011 | Reply

    two wrods “brian robison”

  8. By Kenny on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    Guion has looked good. He will be fine. He is not as good as Pat Williams was against the run but he is solid and is better than Pat was against the pass. So he should be just fine. I really love our D line and LBs and the depth. I also think our secondary will be just fine IF and thats a big IF we put the right combination on the field. I really wished we would move Winfield to Saftey. He is a great hitter and tackler which is what safeties need to be. We have better cover corners on roster than Winfield. I know its only pre season but Sherels has been around the ball often and Tony Carter last week was always around the ball. Then we can bring either of those 2 or cook in on nickel and dime packages. And you heard it from me 1st Addulah will be a pro bowler this yr. he had a solid season last yr and it got lost in our bad season and bad record but it was his 1st season starting and he was solid over 75 tackles and 3 ints

  9. By Rocksalt on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s hope Guion can have an impact……we are in trouble if we allow teams to have the ball on offense for 13 minutes in a quarter like last week. Our defense needs to be able to stop the opposition’s offense and not allow sustained drives that keep our offense off the field.
    Our defense simply has to step it up to shut down teams on 3rd down……..

  10. By Bettye on Aug 24, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s not forget Fred Evans, he has stepped up and is showing the Vikes that he is strong inside and he did a lot to push that defense forward. Guion is doing well but Fred was the one out there holding off two to three three hundred pound offenders at one time. Watch for Fred Evans to do big things this season………….

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