September 21, 2010 by staff
Vincent Jackson, The coming days will give a fascinating example of how the 0-2 Minnesota Vikings view their home. After another out of his punchless offense, the Vikings will push the panic button and give up a draft choice for rental premium San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson for 12 games? Or if they determine that their problems are too large for a Pro Bowl receiver to fix, and instead of returning to work with the list of talent that already possess?
I do not know if the Vikings will agree with me, but I’m on the side of the latter strategy. To be clear, I do not think there’s any doubt that Sidney Rice will miss his Pro Bowl receiver injured. In the 14-10 loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins, two of the three quarterback Brett Favre interceptions came in the difficult steps that often develops Rice last season. Like Rice, Jackson is a receiver with great ball skills strong.
But Jackson or rice may have made a block of the third quarter, the Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake, who blew past tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and right tackle Phil Loadholt to sack Favre? (Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi resulting recovered the fumble for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.)
Could Jackson have helped rice or running back Adrian Peterson in the end zone on a fourth-down play with 2 minutes, 21 seconds remaining? (Peterson, who had rushed for 145 yards and then, was stopped cold by linebacker Karlos Dansby Dolphins.)
Could Vikings coach Brad Childress has been more inclined to kick a field goal from 43 yards at the end of the first possession of your computer instead of pushing hard for a quarter-2 conversion and the 26-yard line of the Dolphins? (Childress, said it was “attempting to be aggressive,” and “send a message to our team,” making that call. Thread of Favre was batting for the Dolphins defensive lineman Randy Starks.)
Jackson would the Vikings a better team. But is he good enough to make a difference to change the season? That’s the question the Vikings must respond before the deadline on Wednesday to raise their current four-game suspension to six games.
I doubt anyone in the locker room Vikings would oppose the arrival of Jackson, but when I listened to the players who have existed for a long time, he realized that there is no magic elixir. Defensive tackle Kevin Williams, meanwhile, hinted the Vikings would have taken too much for granted when the season started.
“You have to play the game,” Williams said on Sunday. “You can not show, no matter how many people who have returned, which is the quarterback, which is on the defensive line, which is in the corridor. Do not fricking matter. You have to play the game. When we realize that we will be much better. We can not reach and I think we will win games. ”
I do not think Williams was questioning the efforts of the Vikings as much as his way of thinking. Childress agreed that the urgency “definitely pick up” now that are 0-2 Vikings. As noted above, only 13 percent of teams that have started 0-2 in the last 20 years have made the playoffs. Jackson Is it good enough to help them overcome an obstacle that 87 percent of the equipment in that period, no?
Frankly, I do not know about that. But I will say this: The Vikings played Sunday as if they thought Jackson (or rice) was on the field.
Favre had four turnovers, a fumble and three interceptions. One of the interceptions came on a pass behind Percy Harvin on the line in the second quarter, but the other two came in the steps to Bernard Berrian when Favre, as Childress said, “threw the ball in an effort to make kids do … some plays. ”
In its best moments, Berrian is a speed merchant and a good open field runner. His 6-foot-1 frame is not ideal to shoot jump-ball or win a physical battle against the corner, but that’s precisely what Favre was asking him to do twice in the second half.
The first came with 3:01 remaining in the third quarter. In the second attempt from the line of 13 yards for the Dolphins, Favre fired what he hopes is a copy of the shoulders moving to Berrian, in charge of one-on-one down the left cornerback Jason Allen. At the finish line, Allen turned and was in perfect position to make the intervention.
Rice and Jackson might have found a way to maneuver the ball, but that is not the force of Berrian. Compounding the game was almost immediate realization that Favre was open tight end Shiancoe on the other side of the field for a touchdown.
Asked if the ball should have been classified differently for Berrian, Favre said cryptically: “It depends who you are as a trainer. “He added:” I put it where I wanted, and although he lamented that he missed Shiancoe, Favre did not take back the decision.
“I’ve done a lot of balls to my receiver or third child,” he said, “when the other could have been opened. I just play off instincts. … I have to make decisions, decisions that arise from time-past form and try to make accurate shots. I felt like for the most part I did that today. ”
That is a moot point, especially when retrieves the fourth-quarter interception Favre threw into play with Berrian running a deep post pattern from double coverage. I could rattle off three or four times when Rice made the catch against a similar appearance last season, but never found an opportunity Berrian would come down with it.
“We are running basically the same plays,” Harvin said. “It’s just sometimes when you have a 6-5 receiver can throw to him if you are covered or not, and he can make a play. From that standpoint, we will not be able to fix that or find another receiver to replace it. We just have to reach different schemes to try to get people free. ”
I mostly agree with that sentiment. The acquisition of Jackson and putting such pressure on him is unrealistic, especially knowing that would have to learn a new offense and get himself in shape of football after missing the entire camp. No, if the Vikings are out of this 0-2 hole, they will need more than that. Is it too much to ask Favre to recalibrate their thinking with the skills of the receivers you have? Broaching the subject on Sunday, Favre said he did not expect to change more than he expected Peterson to agree to be more patient in the line of scrimmage.
“We will not tell Adrian to do that,” Favre said. “Maybe the coach that way, but Adrian is who he is. He’s pretty good at making those decisions in a split second.”
In their first two games, at least, the Vikings offense did not have the horses to support that approach. Jackson Could this be changed? Wow. That’s a lot to ask anyone.
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