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Notes From Divisional Round Games

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 14, 2013 – 2:53 pm

The Divisional round of the playoffs is typically my favorite weekend of NFL football every year. There are two games on both Saturday and Sunday, so basically you’re whole day each day is about football. Plus the 8 teams playing are all legitimately good teams because 4 of them had 1st-round byes and the other 4 have already won a playoff game.

This year’s Divisional round games lived up to the hype. We had a double-overtime upset to start things off on Saturday and then we saw San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick put together a performance for the ages in defeating our rivals (Green Bay) for a nightcap. On Sunday, the action got going right at noon CT with Seattle nearly completing an improbable comeback but then falling short on a last-second FG by Falcons K Matt Bryant. The last game of the weekend was another masterpiece by New England QB Tom Brady as he out-dueled a talented Houston Texans team that just wouldn’t go away.

When all was said and done, this past weekend’s game combined for 276 points, making it the highest scoring postseason weekend in NFL history. I believe it’s great timing for the NFL, too, because my sense is more eyes are on the NFL on Divisional round weekend than any other weekend of the season, barring the Super Bowl and maybe the NFL draft.

Let’s get to a few notes I took while watching each of this weekend’s games…

Baltimore Ravens 38, Denver Broncos 35 (2OT)
– It’s not often when you see a special teams TD and a defensive TD in the same game. But we had both in the 1st quarter of this nail biter, with each team getting in on the action. Denver’s Trindon Holliday took a punt back 90 yards to open the scoring, and then Baltimore CB Corey Graham returned a tipped Peyton Manning pass 39 yards to put the Ravens up 14-7 early in the game. Then to open the 2nd half, Holliday struck again for Denver by racing 104 yards for a kickoff return TD to give the Broncos a 28-21 lead.
— Manning may not throw a great spiral, but he can still fit the ball into tight spaces, and he can do it with consistency. His first 2 TD passes – one to Brandon Stokely and another Knowshon Moreno – were great throws that were put right on the money, with little room for error on both occasions.
— How about the Joe Flacco-to-Torrey Smith connection? Wow, impressive. They kept Baltimore in the game during the 1st half with a pair of long TD connections. I remember the knock on Smith coming out of college was his hands – he would drop routine passes on a consistent basis (a problem for a, you know, wide receiver). And he had the problem even as a rookie. But he’s obviously fixed those issues. It’s also notable that Smith had his success on Saturday against a future Hall of Fame CB in Champ Bailey.
— It’s fair to question John Fox’s decision to try a 52-yard FG with just over a minute to go in the 2nd quarter. Just 3 plays earlier he elected to go for it on 4th down rather than try a long FG, and the decision to try the 52-yarder was after gaining just 3 yards following the 4th-down conversion. The missed FG gave Baltimore possession with great field position, and they would up tying the game before halftime. It’s also fair to question Fox’s decision to kneel on the ball with 31 seconds left in the 4th quarter, the game tied, 2 timeouts at his disposal and Manning on his side. I can see both sides of the coin on this one, but with Manning running the show and 2 timeouts in your pocket, it seems like a reasonable risk to take at that stage in the game.
— Baltimore’s defense may be getting older, but they can still defend the run. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Baltimore had the momentum and I think a large reason why is the way their defense played against the run. Credit also goes to the pass rush for pressuring Manning and forcing a fumble that set up the game-tying TD near the end of the 3rd quarter.
— The classic “throw across your body” INT near the end of the first overtime was obviously a turning point in the game. And it came from one of the greatest QBs to play the game – Manning. Vikings fans are familiar with this mistake because Brett Favre made it during the NFC title game after the 2009 season and Christian Ponder made the same mistake in Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers. Every QB – from young, inexperienced QBs to decorated, veteran QBs – makes this mistake frequently. Most times, the mistake doesn’t result in a turnover, and most times when it does result in a turnover it’s not in as big a spot as Manning was in on Saturday. But this time for Manning, it was in a big spot and it cost the Broncos the game because Baltimore kicked the game-winning FG just a few moments later.

 

San Francisco 49ers 45, Green Bay Packers 31
– You have to give Colin Kaepernick a lot of credit for rebounding the way he did after throwing a pick-6 on the first drive. The game could’ve gone the wrong way very quickly for San Francisco after that interception, but it clearly went the right way. Kaepernick was brilliant, rushing for 181 yards and 2 TDs on 16 carries and going 17 of 31 for 263 yards with 2 more TDs and 1 INT.
— On a similar note, 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh deserves credit, too, because he made the tough call of benching Alex Smith, who had been playing well, for the 2nd-year youngster. It was a much-maligned decision, but it paid dividends down the stretch and it was the reason San Francisco won the game. I have respect for Smith and the way he plays the game and the way San Francisco plays with him under center, but I don’t see the 49ers winning that game without Kaepernick taking the snaps.
— Green Bay’s run defense has been suspect all season, and it killed them in this game. The 49ers had 323 rushing yards on 43 attempts, an average of 7.5 yards per carry.
— The muffed punt by Jeremy Ross was a huge turning point in the game. Ross was effective as a returning against the Vikings in Week 17, so you can understand why Green Bay chose to go with him as their returner as opposed to Randall Cobb, who handled those duties for most of the season. Unfortunately for Ross and for Green Bay, his mistake in the 2nd quarter that gave the 49ers the ball inside the 10 with Green Bay already ahead by a TD turned the game in favor of San Francisco.
— What can you say about San Francisco’s defense? They are good-to-great on every level of the defense, from Aldon Smith and Justin Smith up front, to NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis in the middle to a very talented secondary that includes a top-notch safety tandem in Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner along with Carlos Rogers and Co. at CB. That’s a championship-caliber defense, for sure, and it’ll be fun to watch them battle Atlanta in the NFC title game, the second consecutive NFC title game for this 49ers team.
— I am more and more impressed with Packers WR James Jones the more I see him. I think it’s a widely unknown fact that he led the NFL in receiving TDs this season – not Calvin Johnson, not AJ Green, not one of those Atlanta WRs. It was James Jones, with 14.
— It almost took you aback at the end of the game when the FOX cameras were showing Donald Driver and Greg Jennings sitting helpless on the sidelines. Those two have been staples on good Green Bay teams for many years, and it appears now that they’ve played their final game in those colors. Driver may even retire now, and Jennings appears set to hit free agency in search of another team.

 

Atlanta Falcons 30, Atlanta Falcons 28
– When you lead by 20 points at the start of the 4th quarter, you should not have to drive 41 yards in 23 seconds to attempt a game-winning 49-yard FG. But that’s exactly what happened to Atlanta. Credit their offense and special teams group for getting the job done in the final moments, but you can be sure they’ll take a good, long look at the final 15 minutes to see what went wrong.
— One thing that I thought went wrong was Atlanta’s playcalling. I’m typically not one to question playcalling after a game because there is so much that goes into this part of the game that outsiders have no idea about, but there were times in the final quarter when it was as if Atlanta had forgotten they had a double-digit lead and time was on their side.
— With that being said, Atlanta running the ball so well in the 1st half was an underrated aspect of this game. The highlight was when Jacquizz Rodgers steamrolled through Seattle S Earl Thomas along the way to a 45-yard run at the end of the 1st quarter.
— Atlanta had a great mix of playcalling all 1st half, and perhaps the best illustration was the 50-yard TD pass from Ryan to White just moments after the Falcons defense forced a turnover on downs following Seattle’s ill-fated decision to go for it on 4th and 1. Going for the jugular was a great call by Atlanta, especially because they were in control of the game and had shown an ability to convert on 3rd down the entire 1st half.
— Seattle going for it on 4th and 1 from inside the 15 in the middle of the 2nd quarter was a mistake. Some will point to the decision being Pete Carroll showing confidence in his team, but it’s a 13-0 game in the 1st half and points are clearly at a premium. Why turn down 3 of them, especially when Atlanta has settled for a pair of FGs themselves? It’s always easy to second-guess playcalling decisions after the fact, but even before that snap it was apparent to me that Seattle was making a mistake by turning down a high-percentage FG to go for it on 4th and 1.
— Atlanta’s receivers were so good on the boundary against Seattle. Several tip-toe catches along the sidelines and endlines were impressive. When receivers are able to make those kinds of plays, they are a great weapon for their offense and they can make an already very good QB in Matt Ryan that much better.
— Seattle CB Richard Sherman made two key plays on opening drive, knocking down a pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White on the first snap of the game and then doing so again later in the drive to break up what would’ve been a TD reception by White. Later in the 1st half, Sherman defended yet another deep pass from Ryan to White. It was an impressive first 1.5 quarters for Sherman. Later in the 2nd quarter, though, White got over the top of him and scored a long TD.
— While the Vikings clearly made a great decision in selecting Blair Walsh in last April’s draft and watching him have a historic rookie season, I think Vikings fans will always have a place in their hearts for Ryan Longwell. So it was cool to see him on the Seahawks roster for a playoff game this past weekend.

 

New England Patriots 41, Houston Texans 28
– If before the game you would’ve told me that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski would be lost for the remainder of the contest in the early stages of the 1st quarter and Houston would score 28 points in the game, I might have guessed Houston could pull the upset. But it would’ve been a bad, bad guess, and it’s all because of how good Tom Brady is. The 3-time Super Bowl winner put together another classic performances, guiding New England to 41 points while going 25 of 40 for 344 yards with 3 TDs and 0 INTs. My favorite moment of the game came when Brady delivered a pass with pinpoint accuracy to RB Shane Vereen in the front left corner of the end zone for a 33-yard score, giving the Patriots a38-13 lead early in the 4th quarter. There was literally no celebration from Brady as he trotted back to the sidelines. Just a straight-forward, assassin-like approach from Captain Cool as he salted away yet another postseason victory. Brady is now the NFL record-holder for career postseason wins.
— New England got tremendous production from their RBs. Vereen had 124 total yards and 3 TDs while Stevan Ridley had 95 yards and 1 TD.
— A lot of questions have been raised about Matt Schaub’s ability to lead Houston to the ultimate goal – a Super Bowl title. I’m not sure those questions are fair. Is Schaub an elite player? No, not with consistency. But he’s most certainly a “B” level player with consistency, and if you had an entire team of “B” level players you’d win a lot of Super Bowls. So I won’t place the blame for Houston’s lack of Super Bowl titles in recent years entirely on Schaub. Yes, it’s reasonable to want your QB to put the team on his shoulders and win a game by himself for you. But the fact that Schaub hasn’t done that yet doesn’t mean he’s not the right guy in Houston. It just means the players around him also have to play better.
— I’m sure New England is not pleased with the fact that they were unable to put the game away for good after the 33-yard Brady-to-Vereen hookup early in the 4th quarter. Houston responded quickly with a pair of TDs and a 2-point conversion to pull within 10 points at around the 5-minute mark. Obviously the Patriots eventually pulled away and advanced, but that New England made enough mistakes to allow Houston to remain in the game late will be part of Bill Belichick’s coaching/motivating strategy this week. Not something the Baltimore Ravens will be thanking the Houston Texans for on Sunday in the AFC title game.


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76 Responses to “Notes From Divisional Round Games”

  1. By Spencer on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    That Broncos/Ravens game was an instant classic. Truly a World-Class game, cant wait for Ravens/Patriots!

    I want to say Ravens, but I just cant pick against Tom Brady.

  2. By VF209 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    2nd

  3. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    looks like Levitre is doing ok for himself
    http://deadspin.com/5973113/bills-guard-andy-levitre-tweeted-out-a-photo-with-some-inadvertent-side-boob-nsfw+ish

  4. By Parkway on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    With picking up Levitre in FA:

    1st: Patterson (WR)
    2nd: Greene (OLB)
    3rd: Spence (DT)
    4th: Wreh-Wilson (CB)
    4th: Melette (WR)

  5. By vikingfanforlife on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Nose tackle second, line backer or cb third

  6. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    I am picking the Ravens as my upset call of the week.

  7. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Wobschall, your writing is annoying.

    Not something the Baltimore Ravens will be thanking the Houston Texans for on Sunday in the AFC title game.

    REALLY? I don’t think the Ravens care.

  8. By Parkway on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    vffl: Gotta look at the players available

  9. By vikingfanforlife on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Absolutely Parkway and its a good thing this years draft is strong with defensive tackles. I think if we play our cards right, we can get the quality players in the positions of need. A strong nose tackle would free up our line backers. Where you and I want them to land in the draft is only relevant to us.

  10. By RichardA1 on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Who are these little girly teams! I thought I seen a bunch of cheerleaders but then I seen a football! how many days tell we go Berzerk on these girly teams!!

  11. By Carl K on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Wobby- after seeing Kaepernick run all over the packers, can you please tell me why the Vikings didn’t continue using the run option with Webb after having success during the opening drive???

    I really would like to know who was responsible for that bone headed move?
    Webb hasn’t thrown a pass all year, so let’s ask him to stay in the pocket and beat the Pakers with his arm.

    Our offensive coaching staff is brilliant!

  12. By H.M.G. on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    By Carl K on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Draft WR Cordarrelle Patterson with the 23 pick.

    Trade Harvin to the Patriots for their late 1st round pick and take ILB Kevin Minter.

    Trade up in the second round for a stud DT, safety or OLB.

    Oh… and bring in Mike Mularkey as an offensive assistant to jump start our 31st ranked pass offense!!!!
    _______________________________________________________________

    How about Trading Harvin and a 2nd to the Broncos for Eric Decker and their 1st?

  13. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Brian Billlick interviewed with the Eagles. We should bring him back here as OC and he could provide advice to Frazier.

  14. By H.M.G. on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    By Carl K on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Combine and draft time is my favorite time of the year.
    Here are 5 mid round guys that will rise up draft boards at the NFL combine.

    WR Quinton Patton- CB Johnthan Banks said he is the best WR he has played against.

    WR Kenny Stills- Should show off good quickness, hands and body control. 204 career receptions 2594 yards and 24 tds.

    DT Bennie Logan- Good length and frame at 6-3. Solid run stopper that flashed in the chick-a-filet bowl. Should showcase good quickness and strength.

    CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson- Big corner with solid speed… scouts will take a closer look at his game tape and see he is a solid tackler with a nose for the ball.

    OLB Jamie Collins- A former defensive back who has sucessfully made the move to linebacker. Jamie is a long armed,muscular defender with goo lower body movement that can also use his hands well. He will get noticed at the combine.
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    Patton is my favorite WR and is a borderline 2nd round guy. Great route runner and reliable hands with good speed. Could be Ponder’s go to guy. Many have compared him to Reggie Wayne.
    Wreh-Wilson could be good depth possible starter in the future and likely a late 3rd- early 4th round guy. He is 6’2 and a bit faster than Cook and just as physical.
    Since Logan declared people have him as a 2nd round guy who could move into the 1st.
    Stills is viewed primarily as a slot WR. Although I like him somewhat.
    Don’t know much about Collins.

  15. By H.M.G. on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Patton will get a huge draft stock boost next week during the Senior Bowl when he shows off his hands and route running.
    Spielman and Fraizer tend to like guys who play at the Senior Bowl and I am hoping they take a real liking to him.
    Great route running and great hands are why CC was so great. Used his route running ability to get open then showed off the best hands the league has ever seen. Yes better than Jerry Rice.

  16. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    On Monday, he put those words into action. Wilson was not available to speak to the media during the team’s locker room session because he was watching film for the 2014 season, according to John Boyle of the Everett Herald.

    i bet Ponder isn’t watching game film right now

  17. By H.M.G. on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    By Parkway on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    With picking up Levitre in FA:

    1st: Patterson (WR)
    2nd: Greene (OLB)
    3rd: Spence (DT)
    4th: Wreh-Wilson (CB)
    4th: Melette (WR)
    _____________________________________________________________
    Like it minus Spence. I see him many as a decent run stuffer but others are better. Replace him with NT Brandon Williams 6’3 330 lbs. He not only stuffs the run but can get penetration which would force a QB into the arms of B-Rob, Griffen, or Allen.

  18. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like the government forced Lance into a confession.

  19. By Carl K on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Wobby- here are my notes from the Vikings Packers match ups.

    In the first 2 regular season match ups AP averaged 27 carries for 204 yards.
    Ponder averaged 4 carries and 26 p a s s attempts in those 2 games.

    In the playoff matchup with a rusty Joe Webb at QB, AP only ran 22 times and Webb only ran 7 times…. Webb attempts to throw 30 times.

    in the final 5 games of the season, Ponder only threw 30 times in 1 of those games.

    Again I ask, who is responsible for the playoff game plan???

    A strong running game beats the Packers!!

    Isn’t that what we do best? Manage the game and run the b a l l.

    Why would we ask Webb to throw 30 time, and only feed the rock to AP 22 times in a playoff game?

    Somebody needs to take responsibility for that game plan!

  20. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    green bay had 11 guys in the box, that’s why. green bay wasn’t worried about the pass because webb can’t throw. he threw 30 times and every single receiver had one on one coverage. any other qb could of had a hay day

  21. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    get used to the vikings watching the playoffs on tv unless the qb situation gets resolved

  22. By 1vikingsfan on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Peterson tops Manning for MVP, Comeback Player in two player polls

  23. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    vikings rule, this sentence makes utterly no sense at all.

    any other qb could of had a hay day

  24. By Carl K on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings rule- AP averaged 4.5 yards per carry and Webb averages 9.7 yards per carry… 9 men in the box wasn’t stopping us!

    You are right that a better QB could have had a hay day, But that is no excuse to ask a QB like Joe Webb that did not attempt a p a s s all year to win the game with his arm.

    Musgrave needs to step down!

  25. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    even so, he is still a professional qb right? a pro qb should be able to throw a pass that’s not in the ground. he looked like mc nabb out there, only worse

  26. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Carl, you hit the nail squarely and accurately. The playoff game was lost due to coaching, not Webb. Any good coaching staff would analyze the game from the opponent’s strategy. Any intelligent student of strategy, whether war, football, or chess, would know that Green Bay would do everything to stop AP from another 200 yard game. Did Frazier and Musgrave look like that ever crossed their mind?

  27. By Carl K on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    You are correct… But why ask him to keep throwing the b a l l in the dirt or up for grabs when AP is knocking off 4.5 yards per carry and Joe Webb is running for 9.7 yard per carry??

    RUN THE DARN THING AND WIN THE GAME.

    Yes, it was that simple!

  28. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    san fran crushes green bay, the vikings have alot of work to do to keep up with the power house teams

  29. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    only problem is, musgrave never got fired

  30. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings manhandled San Fran. San Fran whooped the Patriots. So what?

  31. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Colin Kaepernick never played in that game, that’s what

  32. By Carl K on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    We beat 3 power house teams! Green Bay, San Fran and Houston.

    How? running the b a l l.

    Why did we change our bread and butter with Webb in at QB?

    I disagree that we need to do a lot of work to keep up with the big dogs.
    We just need coaches that understand the skill set and strengths of our players verses the weakness of the opponents and… find creative ways to create match ups that will allow our players to make plays and be successful.

  33. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    harvin played too

  34. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    than they should of fired frazier and cleaned house, that never happened. you need a head coach that’s offense strong, Frazier is not

  35. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    BPA

  36. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    PAY PERCY

  37. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    STOP — again, this makes utterly zero sense. What are you trying to write?

    By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply
    than they should of fired frazier and cleaned house,

  38. By Spike on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Is it April yet?

  39. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Jim Harbaugh is a offensive minded coach, he turned alex Smith, a below average qb, into a above average qb. he turned Colin Kaepernick, a 36th pick in the draft into a superstar. who did san fran have before Harbaugh come over? that’s right, a defensive minded coach like Frazier!

  40. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    san fran did nothing while Singletary was there

  41. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    If not an offensive minded head coach then a REAL offensive coordinator.

  42. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Quick lesson if you want to show you have any education.

    OF is NOT a verb. The phrases, could of, should of, and would of ARE WRONG!

    OF IS NOT A VERB. It is should HAVE. Could HAVE. Would HAVE.

  43. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Belichick is a defensive minded coach.

  44. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    absolutely, the vikings are already in trouble with the coaching staff they have

  45. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    No their offense is in trouble with the offensive coordinator we have

  46. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Belichick has a qb that doesn’t need polishing though

  47. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Belichick also has a great qb coach

  48. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Even the great Tom Brady was a rookie at one point in his NFL career.

  49. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Exactly Frazier is not the problem. We need improvement in our offensive coaching. Musgrave needs to go.

  50. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    when Drew Bledsoe went down, Brady come in and threw 2 touchdowns and won the game

  51. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    great qb coaching

  52. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    he never got fired, vikings suffer another year

  53. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    Belichick’s entire staff is excellent

  54. By vikings rule on Jan 14, 2013 | Reply

    more than likely Ponder will be let go after next year, and it won’t be all his fault

  55. By TheRealDon on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Fire Bill Musgrave..

  56. By Ricefield on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Titus,

    I love you bro, but you have to lay off the grammar nazi schtick. This is a blog not a term paper or Harvard entrance exam. Yes, using of instead of have is wrong but most people “read around” mistakes and get the point of the message without making an @ss out of themselves.

    We’re not applying for jobs at a newspaper or even this site so just chill out and let folks get their points across. If you can’t read these blogs without pointing out mistakes made by other posters, then maybe you should just stop reading it.

    Now, don’t get all angry because its only the grammar nazi stuff you write I can’t stand. When you’re not doing that, you’re a pretty cool guy. lol

  57. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Why did Musgrave called for 30 pass attempts from Webb ???…

    Because the Packers defense was not allowing the Vikings to run…

    The reason their stratigy WORKED this time around…Was for the simple reason…They did not try to rush the passer !!…They stayed at the line of scrimmage…And played ONLY the run…The DE’s did not rush at all…They just stayed where they were…And waited for AP (or Webb) to come to them…

    Fans have to quit blaming Musgrave and Frazier for their game planning and execution…Because of what they had to work with for players this season…And that was a GREAT running back in AP…A young QB that is still devoloping…And a POOR receiving core from the very start….

    That situation got much worse after Harvin went out mid season…And earlier with Simpson getting hurt jumping over a cheerleaders head…Simpson never had a decent season because of that little problem…And never did get back full speed…

    To win 10 games without a decent WR core…I think is almost amazingly good coaching !!!…

    And for Ponder to keep defenses off balance enough to keep AP running wild…With a poor receiving core..Was also very good work at QB….
    Because you saw with Webb…What happens when you DO NOT have to worry about the passing game at all !!!….

    This was a VERY GOOD season…For the coaching staff and Ponder !!!…

    Wait until next season…When Frazier,Musgrave, and Ponder have WAY more weapons at WR and another G to help along the O-line !!!…THIS TEAM IS GOING TO BE SCARY !!!!….

    GO VIKINGS !!!…GO DRAFT !!!!…

  58. By Carl K on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    OTK – I agree the coaching staff did a great job this year getting 10 wins in the regular season. However, in the playoff game Greenbay did NOT take away the run.
    AP and Webb ran 29 times for 167… that is almost 6 yards a pop. No need to throw the b a l l.

    Speilman is always looking for available players that will be a good fit that can improve the roster.

    So why is it NOT ok for me to talk about available offensive coaches like Mike Mularkey that could be a good fit with Musgrave and Frazier… that could also help improve our 31st ranked pass offense????

  59. By PAY PERCY on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Just do it already

  60. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    PAY PERCY PAY PERCY PAY PERCY PAY PERCY PAY PERCY PAY PERCY

  61. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    I am just saying to give Musgrave credit…Not criticism he doesn’t deserve…Or Frazier…

    Percy was the only receiver worth his salt the first 9 games of the season…And was the best receiver in football while he was playing…Because Musgrave was calling plays to fit Harvins talents into the the Vikings offensive scheme…And Ponder did a good job of getting him the ball…

    If a WR is leading the league in receptions and yardage…The play design and execution is WORKING !!!…

    Simpson got hurt…After already sitting out with a suspension for the first 2 games of the season…And never did regain his speed afterwards…

    That is not Ponder or Musgraves fault…Wright and Rudolf did okay after Harvin went down…Even Jenkins played better for some reason ???…After Harvin got hurt…

    But the rest of the receiving core being Aroma and Burton was terrible !!!…

    As far as Webb goes…I don’t think Webb knows the playbook…I don’t think he ever has, outside of about 20 plays or so…I think he knows which plays are run and pass…But has no idea beyond a certain amount of plays where any receiver is going to be ???…And also can not read any kind of defense…

    So if you are wondering “why” they didn’t call more option plays ??…I just don’t think Webb knew anymore…Than what was called already…

    Joe Webb is not a good QB…
    Option or not…
    Sun in his eyes…
    Had a little bit of a cold coming on that day…Whatever…

    Webb had his big chance…And it didn’t work out…

  62. By BTW on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    OTKalil2012 Lay off the Joe Webb bashing>. Your friend kalil was not so hot eirher, failing to protect Webb more then once. Kaeperwick was doing the same thing webb does. why not bash him too? I hope your worthless frazier and mustgravy run this team into the ground, superbowl bound? hahahahaha

  63. By BTW on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    OTKalil666 Go find something else to bitich about you worthless dog

  64. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    BTW Suck eggs !!…Cheesehead…

    Kalil drove your precious Matthews into the ground !!!….It was Webb who tripped over your blond haired girly boy…Giving Matthews a sack…

    Don’t expect any gift sacks next season !!!…
    When we kick your @ss twice !!!…

  65. By Carl K on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    OTK- I agree Musgrave/Frazier/Speilman deserve credit for guiding us to solid 10 win season and a playoff berth. 2 thumbs up!

    I love how Percy Harvin fits into the Vikings system… it is fun to watch AP, Harvin, Rudolph, Wright and Ponder. I hope we can build on that foundation.

    As for Webb, if he only knows a small portion of the playbook at this time in his career – he should not have been given the #2 QB position over a proven veteran like Sage.

    OTK- I love your support for the Vikings, but as a fan, I think I have a right to seek answers, expect improvement and demand accountability from the players and the organization in these key areas.

    Why did we shut down AP in a playoff game?
    The Percy Harvin situation… (Doing nothing is not the answer! PUP and IR is unacceptable)
    Our 31st ranked pass offense needs to improve.

  66. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Carl K…

    True enough…Things need to improve…I just think most concern stems from the receiving our WR core this last season…

    Improve the WR talent…And that gives Musgrave and Ponder much more options to improve on that 31st ranked pass offense…

    I just don’t see the play calling or execution being the problem…Just injury and lack of talent at WR…Being the main problem this last season….

  67. By 32frank12 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Off season wish list
    Sign OG Levrite
    RD 1=Olgetree MLB
    Rd 2= Patton or Patterson WR might need to move up to grab one of them
    Rd 3 = Best DT left on Board
    Rd 4= pick 1- Wreh-WilsonCB (think he will be a good one) 2nd pick- Elam S (doubt he will drop this far but if so grab him)
    Rd 5-7=BPA each pick

    Just imagine our defense lining up like this in the next couple years

    H. Smith Elam
    C. Cook J. Robsion Wreh-Wilson/ Winfield
    Greenway Olgetree A. Cole

    J. Allen best DT Kwill B. Robison/ Giffen

  68. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    I think everyone thinks I am wanting Percy Harvin traded ???…
    When I am actually sick about it !!!…

    Harvin is a very good WR…But Harvin is a trouble maker…And doesn’t like head coaches…History of injury…etc…

    With a problem player such as Harvin…A franchise gets “one chance” to get value for that player…You don’t get a second chances in these situations…

    Because if you spend “franchise player” money on Harvin…And it doesn’t work out…That team is then stuck with that problem…Or loses a TON of money…And a lot draft pick value trying to get rid of that problem child later on…

    Chad Johnson is a perfect example…Big mouth…Bengals could have gotten 2 first round draft picks for him…

    Instead they gave Johnson a huge contract…Johnson became more mouthy…Caused Marvin Lewis a ton of problems…And set the franchise back years in trying to develop a super bowl caliber team…

    Because they were paying a WR to much cap money…And he frankly was not worth that kind of money…Not to mention his bad attitude to go with it…

    Harvin needs to go some place he can be happy…And the Vikings need to get draft compensation for him…While they still can…And pay players money who want to be here…

  69. By 32frank12 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    …………………………H. Smith….M. Elam……………………………..

    C. Cook………………………………………………………….Wreh-Wilson/Winfield…

    …………………Greenway….Olgetree…….A. Cole……………………

    ……………J. Allen…Best DT…..KWill…..Robison/Griffen……………

  70. By 32frank12 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Offense side of the ball

    Patton/Patterson..Harvin…..Kalil.Levrite..Sullivan..Love..Loadholt..Rudy…….Wright
    ………………………………………………………Ponder……………………………………….
    ……………………………………………………….Felton………………………………………….
    ………………………………………………………..AD…………………………………………….

  71. By BTW on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    The ONLY one on here that has a BIG MOUTH is you, you fat, giberish, ponder ass kissing, frazier loving, comeball’ our team will keep pounding yours 4 ever.

  72. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    By BTW on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    The ONLY one on here that has a BIG MOUTH is you, you fat, giberish, ponder ass kissing, frazier loving, comeball’ our team will keep pounding yours 4 ever.

    _____________________________

    You are going to lose Jennings…By far your best receiver…You are going to have to pay (panzy) Matthews a huge contract…He will get suspended after signing…For going back a roids this last season again…

    Sharon Rodgers isn’t that good, Packer backer…
    So why don’t you go back to your own site, and stick one of your cheese
    wed-gees where the sun don’t shine !!!

  73. By Carl K on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    32Frank12- IMO Ogletree is more suited to play outside linebacker than A Cole is.

  74. By Carl K on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Ogletree would be a good draft pick because he can play inside or outside and in nickle packages.

  75. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    new bog up..

  76. By BTW on Jan 15, 2013 | Reply

    Ya, and you will tell all and everybody that you know everything and can fix all the things wrong with your chaochless , no quarterback team.

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