Notes From Pagac Press Conference; Robison, K. Williams Playing Well

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 29, 2011 – 12:44 pm

A lot of you have commented here on the Blog recently that Vikings Defensive Coordinator Fred Pagac does not take a loquacious approach to his weekly press conferences. It’s true, Pagac does tend to hold his cards close to the vest.

But hey, he’s been a successful coach for a long time and you don’t keep at job as an assistant coach at Ohio State University for 23 seasons by divulging secrets and strategies. On top of that, let’s give him credit for not being one who spews out hyperbole just to pass time and give the standard, run-of-the-mill quote.

With all that said, there were a few interesting notes to come out of Pagac’s press conference on Thursday. Here they are…

Not surprised by Robison
There’s always a natural level of concern when a team loses a starter, and that was certainly the case for Vikings fans when DE Ray Edwards left the club via free agency this past offseason. Brian Robison, who had been an important member of the DL rotation since entering the League as a rookie in 2007, was tabbed as the replacement and he was even given a contract extension during the offseason.

Concerns about Robison not being able to replace Edwards have reduced, if not gone away, after the first 3 games. Robison is off to a good start in 2011, having tallied 11 tackles and 1.0 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and 1 pass defensed. He’s gotten to the opposing QB constantly and has 10 QB hits.

Robison’s fast start may surprise some, but it doesn’t surprise his defensive coordinator.

“No, Brian Robison’s a good football player,” Pagac said. “He’s one of our top fifteen, sixteen guys on our football team. We expect those things out of Brian. He’s doing a good job right now.”

Williams right back into the swing of things
Last week marked the return of DT Kevin Williams to the lineup following a two-game suspension to begin the season. It’s no coincidence that the Vikings registered 5 sacks against the Lions in the same game that Williams made his return. When Williams is in the game, opposing offenses generally allocate two blockers to him each play, which gives other defensive linemen one-on-one opportunities. And, Williams was in the game a bit more than Pagac and the Vikings coaching staff expected against Detroit.

“Thought he did well,” Pagac said. “We’re happy to have him back. Obviously we think he’s a great football player, and we expect him to continue to improve as we go on.

“He probably played more than we thought (he would). He probably played probably fifteen, twenty snaps more than we thought he would’ve. But he was in great shape and he was able to go. Whatever he did during his two weeks off, he did a good job of staying in shape and working out.”

Asked if he expects Williams will have any limitations this week because of conditioning after missing the first two games or because of his foot injury, Pagac’s answer was (predictably) simple.

“He’s back to work.”

Encouraged by Everson Griffen
DE Everson Griffen has quickly become one of the Vikings best special teams players. And now he’s also starting to find a niche on defense. The Vikings have experimented with Griffen in a variety of roles on the defense, including standing him up as a LB or sorts.

Griffen was in this role occasionally against Detroit, and Pagac indicated he was satisfied with what he saw, but he’s also expecting improvement.

“I thought Everson did a great job in the game,” Pagac said. “He did a good job of rushing. What he did in the drop part of it was fine. We’ll continue to get better at that. It was one of the first times we did it with live bullets. We expect him to get better and better.”

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28 Responses to “Notes From Pagac Press Conference; Robison, K. Williams Playing Well”

  1. By TheRealDon on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply


  2. By Blake on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s run the ball to AP more.

  3. By New Vike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    I am ready for someone to step up and make a huge play when the Vikes really need it. Say…IN THE 2ND HALF! Take one to the house, pick one off and stop a drive, strip sack, break a long run(give AP the ball in the 2nd half!!!). Jared Allen has been close, dude had 3 sacks last week. Somebody put the team on your back and will your way to a W! It has to happen this week!

  4. By Rogerthevikefan on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    How about blitz with him the sometimes drop him in coverage.

  5. By VA Vike Fan on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    These were THE WORST questions in a press conference of a losing team ever!..WTF?? I was waiting for somebody to ask, “what were you thinking single covering CALVIN JOHNSON?! and in overtime!!” Everybody in the room sounds so intimidated by Pagac when asking questions. Especially you Mike. Everybody involved with this organization needs to stop sugar coating this terrible season. Us fans are tired of the bs week in and week out.

  6. By VA Vike Fan on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply


  7. By TheRealDon on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    are corners are really slow..we get so caught up on not getting beat deep..we get picked apart in the middle..are blitz schemes are ugly..everybody just runs in the middle..we need somebody that can run this team at QB and mcnabb is not the answer..

  8. By New Vike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Va Vike is on to something. Who is going to step up and be the beast? I knew Leslie was kind of a players guy, but he seems down right soft! I admire AP for taking the high road on some questions, but somebody show some fire, take a stand and say “NO MORE!” Love him or hate him #4 was always willing to put his teams on his back and at least try to will the way to the win! Sometimes it worked sometimes it didnt, but not for lack of trying…

  9. By VegasVike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    If Favre was with us we’d be 2-1 at worst

  10. By TheRealDon on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    why would a coach let his star qb go to a team in the same division..they knew mcnabb was done..sorry but its the truth

  11. By Parody on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    @TheRealDon – Not that I completely disagree with you, but that coach had 3 QBs on the team at that point, all of whom are starters now (Vick still in Philly, Kolb with the Cardinals, and McNabb over here). The Eagles had to make a choice on which way to go, and they took the smart route, keeping the two younger players to give them the best chance for the long term.

    I haven’t cared for McNabb’s performance thus far, but I think if someone were to light a fire in his pants, he could turn things around and start performing like a pro bowl vet again.

  12. By Parody on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    VegasVike – I agree with you. If Favre were still with us, he’d have broken his back while throwing an interception to lose the first game, Ponder would have gotten a little experience to close it out and then he would have done just enough in the next two games to bring us to that 2-1 record.

  13. By TheRealDon on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Parody..I can’t lie right now im just an anger fan..but mcnabb does not look in shape to me the second half

  14. By TheRealDon on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply


  15. By Parody on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    If your rear is on fire, it doesn’t matter how well in shape you are. You’ll do anything you can to put it out. We just need a coach who has the guts to pull out a match…

  16. By New Vike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    No offense Parody but if a 36 year old Vet doesnt have a fire lit under him when they are the qb of an 0-3 football team, nothing a coach says or does will matter. He has to man up and do it for his pride. He isnt the McNabb from Philly that carried those teams, but he has got to be more dynamic than he has been. Take some chances, trust your arm. Throw into coverage every now and then and give your WR a chance to make a play for you. Nobody is going to catch the ball that lands 5 yds in front of them or that high over their head…

  17. By VegasVike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Hyperbole… I like that

  18. By VegasVike on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    How many retread QB’s have we employed? Let’s compile a list and then figure out a success ratio.
    Johnson (2nd time)
    Wilson (?)
    Who am I missing?

  19. By Rocksalt on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply


  20. By Rocksalt on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    Bench McNABB!

  21. By TheRealDon on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    i think mcnabb should play the first half..ponder play 3rd and bring mcnabb back in the 4th

  22. By Rocksalt on Sep 29, 2011 | Reply

    bench mcnabb for ever………..

  23. By Dave on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    The only reason we should start ponder is if we are 0-8. We paid money to get him here so use him. If its halfway through the season and still no W; bench Mcnabbs a$$. Mcnabb still has a chance in my opinion.

  24. By Purple Paint Chips on Sep 30, 2011 | Reply

    We had the best run stuffing in the league when the diuretics were playing.
    The best help against Megatron might be someone around 6-5 with world class speed and can really jump. Anyone like that on the team? :)

  25. By glennisi on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    Last time I saw a good team play this bad was last year…same team…our issue is we over think how to use all of our stars instead of challeging them to make plays…if this were high school, we would all be embarrased to wear our jerseys on fridays…these guys…other then ap nd jared…have little to no pride.

  26. By glennisi on Oct 1, 2011 | Reply

    I emailed the vikes this week to hire tony robbins to talk to this team…we need to hypnotize these guys into thinking that the second half is the first at half time…so we can shutout teams…they need mojo…we have lost our mojo

  27. By PaulMax1957 on Oct 2, 2011 | Reply

    anyone seen Musgrave’s presser?? “we are pleased with Bernard (Berrian)”. “we are pleased with our players”. My God!! get rid of this guy already!!

  28. By sandiamond on Oct 2, 2011 | Reply

    That’s some list VV . Vikings need to apply an age limit to vet QB’S. Today the retreading continues while we are STILL in the wildcard hunt. Next 3 games are winnable so no Ponder yet

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