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Friday, December 28, 2007

Vikings played into Redskins' hand

Interesting article in the Washington Post today.

In it, In developing his scheme for the Vikings, Washington Redskins assistant head coach (defense) Gregg Williams unveiled a unique game plan that often included five linemen or four linebackers.

Vikings coach Brad Childress lamented that his team stuck with the run too long, a point Williams backed up.

The Vikings "cooperated on what they played," Williams told the Post.

"They played the packages that allowed us to play a couple of new packages... I thought our defensive line and our linebackers and our safeties did a really good job on not giving [them] a chance to get their running game started," Williams said. "We didn't allow the space they wanted to have those great backs cut back on us, be able to juke us in the open field. We made the young quarterback have to beat us."

Of course, that didn't happen, with Tarvaris Jackson struggling. The Vikings can expect more of the same in Denver on Sunday.

2 Comments:

Blogger JT said...

Big Shocker - Childress took too long to adjust his play calling. I think that everyone (except for Chilly of course) knew that the Vikes should be throwing a quick slant to back off the defense.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Let's see, how long does it take a good head coach to make an adjustment. One series, two series, one quarter, one half? Most good coaches would have made the adjustment after a few series, rather than after halftime when you're behind two or more touchdowns. Childress needs to look at more game film and make adjustments to defenses. When AP is in the game, they stack the line knowing he is going to run. So, throw some slants, outs or ups, or even screens on first down. Get them out of that 1st down run defense when AP is in there, and then, the defense will be guessing run or pass.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to make adjustments - maybe Childress is thinking about it too much?

7:23 PM  

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