Winfield’s Influence Not Lost On Alan Williams, Teammates

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 18, 2012 – 11:16 am

Vikings CB Antoine Winfield missed 11 games in 2011 due to injury. The Vikings defense finished the season ranked last in passer rating allowed, third-last in points allowed, 28th in passing yards allowed and 21st in total defense.

Winfield has played in every game this season. The Vikings defense has made significant improvement in each of those categories, jumping up 17 spots in points allowed and passer rating allowed, 13 spots in yards allowed and 12 spots in passing yards allowed.

It’s no coincidence that the improvement corresponded with Winfield’s return. Certainly other factors have contributed to the defense’s improvement, such as an infusion of youth into the group, a defensive line rotation that is keeping starters fresh through the game, LB Chad Greenway leading the League in tackling, plus more. But Winfield’s presence in the lineup ranks up near the top when it comes to reasons the Vikings defense has improved this season.

Through 6 games, Winfield is 2nd on the team with 50 tackles, 3rd in pass breakups and 1st in both tackles for loss (7.0) and INTs (2). His best performance of the season came last week in Washington, where he led the team with 9 tackles, had 3.0 TFLs and registered an INT.

While meeting with reporters on Thursday, Vikings Defensive Coordinator Alan Williams said that’s “as good as I’ve seen anyone play in a long time.”

As mentioned above, a big reason for the Vikings big improvement on defense this season has been the play of younger players. Williams pointed out that Winfield has made a positive impact on those young players.

“It has a huge impact,” Williams said of Winfield’s leadership on the defense. “It’s good because he’s an older guy that comes out to practice, the way he prepares, the way he practices, the way he goes about his business, you look at him and say, ‘You know what? That’s what a professional looks like. That’s how a professional prepares. And these are the results of the way a guy prepares.’ I think it has an impact, not just on the young guys, but the older guys, too.”

What They Say
Williams pointed out that both young and veteran players respect Winfield as a leader. A pair of defensive starters supported Williams’ assertion.

After the team’s Week 2 loss to Indianapolis, Winfield felt compelled to speak to the team. His message was heard loud and clear.

“He’s one of the leaders on the team, the oldest guy on the team, so what he had to say was very pertinent,” DE Jared Allen said. “We’ll leave it at that. What’s said in that team room is for our ears only. But it was good.”

Rookie S Harrison Smith spoke about his respect for the 14-year veteran, too.

“There’s not one guy on this team who doesn’t respect Antoine and look to him for how he does things,” Smith said. “So when he tells us what he sees, we’re going to listen with the understanding that he knows best.”

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42 Responses to “Winfield’s Influence Not Lost On Alan Williams, Teammates”

  1. By demflyboyz on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Winfield has been a big influence on Josh robinson.. he is becoming a very good tackler now.

  2. By demflyboyz on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    If antoine could help chris cook get bettee at a lot of things then we wuld have a very good secondary

  3. By Titus the Great Pretender on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s go out on a really long limb and pretend the Vikings won a Superbowl. Would their fans be over the top pretenders or would they act like normal NFL fans? I guess we’ll never know, literally.

  4. By Parkway on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Cook has been lost since his little legal issue. We just need one of our corners to shut down Larry and that should about do it. Allen should get 3-4 sacks this game

  5. By mac on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    the vikings have to get better play out of there linebackers, the 76 yard run by griffin was a missed assignment by either greenway or brinkley.. on the double a gap…. i hear them before the week saying gap assignment is important… hopefully this is fixed this game ….otherwise i like what there doing .. they got alot of room to grow… i still can’t figure out why they haven’t played jarius wright at all …

  6. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Allen will have 6 sacks this game– you heard it here first.

  7. By H.M.G. on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Worst OLine in the NFL should equal the DLine and LBs to have a field day. Kill Skelton.

  8. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    When will the Bears do their famous meltdown? Soon? Or after thanksgiving?

  9. By RichardA1 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    They have to play like they did in the first 10 minutes of the Skins game, before they gave the Skins a early Christmas present! Cards have or have had the worst offensive blocking line in the leaque, I won’t be getting excited about 1 sack, we should have 5-10!

  10. By missed the boat on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    the Vikings can only play good at home. Ponder looks like a 4th string qb on the road. we need homefield advantage in the playoffs to do anything, heck, they may not even make it to the playoffs

  11. By Spencer on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    APs ankle is more sorer than last week, time for Toby.

  12. By Ozzinator on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    How come I don’t hear any one talking about Mistral Raymond?

  13. By Spencer on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    ^^ Why are you constantly trolling?

  14. By BlueBird7 on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I seem to have a bit of a problem with one of the bloggers on this site.
    He seems to think I am one of his arch enemies..iaVIKE thinks that just because I have the same views as another poster deertracks, that he and I are the same person.

    Spencer thinks very highly of Chris Cook. So do I..Does that mean Spencer and I are the same person? That appears to be iaVIKES type of determination.

    I want to do what all of you are trying to do and that is talk football and suggest how we can help the Vikings improve the team.

    iaVIKE thinks he is like Titus..Wrong. Titus has class, iaVIkE, none!!

  15. By Titus the Great Pretender on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    To catch little fish like you. I’m just messin’ with you guys so don’t go crying on me Spencer. It’s always fun to rib Viking fans because they take the smallest things personally. Pretenders!

  16. By Titus the Great Pretender on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings are typically an underachieving team. The game against the 49ers was a fluke. Kind of like when the Browns beat the Pats last year. The reason why many other NFL fans can’t stand Viking fans is because they act like they act like the Vikings are the best thing since sliced bread everytime they get a first down, then they rub it in the other fans faces. The Vikings are like the kid that is terrible at sports and Viking fans are like the foolish parents that tell their kid he’s so great and brag to other parents how great he is. Pretenders!

  17. By vikes or die on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    We laid an egg last week. BFD. It Happens. RG3 is a special talent and we shot ourselves in the foot 4 times in the red zone. Plus we had to many penalties and two turnovers that the Skins turned into 14 pts. In that game the skins did what we didnt and they got the “W”. Thats ok though. We are young and have a ton of room for growth. I like our chances the next two games at home. 6 – 2 sounds pretty good to me. Go Vikes!!!!

  18. By SmileyStar on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Last week was payback for Webb defeating the skins last year. And we lost because Ponder’s only real skill is handing the ball off.

  19. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, we beat the Redskins the past two years at their place– it was due for them to finally pay us back— the positive is they did not injure AP again. We should still be at 7-3 at the BYE– my prediction before the season. What happens after though may not be so pretty– 3-3 probably is our best chance after the BYE. Still, though, we should be in the playoffs consistently the next 5-8 years.

  20. By vikes or die on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is fine. He is growing and learning with the rest of our young team. We are 4-2!! Do you really expect us to be 6 and 0?

  21. By HEAD on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes will win the rest of their games.

  22. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I suspect the Packers may win more than I thought– although I think the Texans were not as good as people thought.

  23. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply


  24. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Cutler will never make the big time.

  25. By Parkway on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully all this work in the redzone they have been doing they can score nothing but TDs this weekend.

  26. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    How do you know they are doing work in the redzone, Parkway?

  27. By vegasvike on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Titus, the planets are aligning. Pack is sneaking up and Bears will slip down. Here’s here we hold our own, there’s plenty of football left.

  28. By vegasvike on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    ***here’s HOPE

  29. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas — did you like my joke about the hummus?

  30. By Parkway on Oct 18, 2012 | Reply Titus

  31. By vegasvike on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Yes Titus I did, I just didn’t know if you we’re serious or not. I had to look up the ingredients of hummus. And double check my spelling.

  32. By sandiamond on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply


    Adrian Peterson and Jared Allen were both on the field for Friday’s #Vikings practice, as expected. Jerome Simpson practicing too.

    Cardinals D: Darnell Dockett DE should be back but i wonder if he will be 100% CB Toler and S Rhodes question marks at this point

  33. By sandiamond on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

  34. By tomcat on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    It is great to see the vikes with a competent secondary, especially after what we witnessed the last few years. H.Smith is already our best safety since R. Griffith or maybe even J.Browner. Winny is a little long in tooth but still one of the best tacklers in the N.F.L. Cookie is improved, and J.Rob has Pro bowl potential. That being said, we should adress the c.b.position further in next draft, partly because of our division. We could end up with premier secondary in league.

  35. By sandiamond on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply Ponder

  36. By demflyboyz on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    I think that our defense is as good as the Seahawks.. we jus need jasper brinkley to start playing smart and lights out.. he has the speed… and send erin henderson in on more blitzs…

    I like the way that seahawks corners play.. only if we cn get chris cook, and josh robinson to play like that we wuld be a very good defense.. our defensive back need to get the better at play physical.

  37. By demflyboyz on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    This is how the draft should look for the vikings in there first 4picks in the draft.

    1st round pick.- 6″4 218 pounds reciever with 4.3 speed (Cordelle Patterson)

    2nd round pick- 6″3 211 pound corner back with 4.3 speed and very physical at the line of scrimmage, ball hawk corer and tackle very well

    Trade down to get another pic in the 2nd round and draft a inside lineback with 4.4 speed and very athletic and a great tackler

    4round pick get a defensive tackle that rush the passer very well and wit good strenght

  38. By sandiamond on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    Marvin M i t c h e l l get this this guy in! play it all game long w/ 4 linebackers working somehow in the rotation 4-3 keep up with the nfc north Williams!

  39. By tomcat on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    demflyboyz- Looks like a Superbowl recipe to me.We`ll be a team that nobody wants to play. Skol!!

  40. By sandiamond on Oct 19, 2012 | Reply

    take it or leave it?

  41. By Dueyz on Oct 20, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t say enough good things about Winfield. I know his days are short in the NFL; he deserves a lot of respect. To play his position is challenging. To play it well, is rare. To play it into a 14th season, is amazing. To do it at his size AND continue to deliver consistent results, is EXCEPTIONAL! The guy is a heat seeking missle when the ball (or whomever has it) is white hot. Now he’s sharing all of this and more with our new players, and quietly giving back once again. Add to that a character most of us TRY to aspire to….I love to hear the folks in the NFL community talk of him, and I hope to see him put on the gold jacket while he’s still around to wear it.

    Thank you for all you’ve contributed so selflessly, Winfield.

  42. By rory from n.w.ark on Oct 21, 2012 | Reply

    Our defense is night and day better than last year ,it feels like were so much more balanced which is what we have to have ,this team has all the weapons we need ,just hope Christian keeps improving ,he is what is going to take us as far as were gonna go ,also weve thus far been very blessed on the injury side,but getting younger has helped that,Go Vikes this is a big game ,a statement game ,must not lose at home this year and we will be playoff bound, gonna get tougher though, but this team is gonna win out at home and that my friends is how we get to the playoffs…..

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