View Full Version : Propping up pass rush a priority

11-21-2006, 07:15 AM
Posted on Tue, Nov. 21, 2006

Propping up pass rush a priority (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/football/16063232.htm)

Vikings will go after Leinart with vigor

Pioneer Press

11-21-2006, 09:34 AM
That works for me - I want to see our Ends really go after the QB and make his life a living hell for the afternoon. Our pass coverage can't do well just waiting for the ball so the DL may just as well pin their ears back and get after Leinart

11-21-2006, 09:50 AM
About time.
Earlier in the season we pointed out that the Cover 2 defense depends heavily on getting pressure on the QB.
If you give a QB too long in the pocket, he will be able to find the soft spots in the zone.
This is exactly what has happened in three of our past four losses.

It is time we right this ship...

11-21-2006, 11:40 AM
Posted on Tue, Nov. 21, 2006

Propping up pass rush a priority (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/sports/football/16063232.htm)

Vikings will go after Leinart with vigor

Pioneer Press

Excerpt from article:

The Vikings' No. 1-ranked run defense has been the bright spot in an otherwise unsatisfactory season, but is it too good for its own good?

More to the point, in forcing teams to pass, are the Vikings effectively inviting offenses to exploit their biggest weakness?

Coach Brad Childress, whose pass defense ranks 28th among 32 NFL teams, couldn't suppress a smile Monday as he pondered the question.

"I mean, you can only do two things: run it or pass it," he said. "So you know when you force somebody, as they say, to be one-dimensional, I can't see the downside to that."

That's not to say Childress isn't concerned about his pass defense, which was shredded for 254 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-20 loss at Miami.

I looked at our defense last year and here is a summary of passing yds/rushing yds given up.

2005 season
Game 1 : 213 yds, 2 TDs, 146 yds rushing
Game 2 : 337 yds, 3 TDs, 167 yds rushing
Game 3: 199 yds, 1 TD, 114 yds rushing
Game 4: 88 yds, 1 TD, 285 yds rushing
Game 5: 117 yds, 2 TDs, 95 yds rushing
Game 6: 329 yds, 2 TDs, 45 yds rushing
Game 7: 341 yds, 3 TDs, 111 yds rushing
Game 8: 263 yds, 1 TD, 58 yds rushing
Game 9: 291 yds, 1 TD, 124 yds rushing
Game 10: 227 yds, 2 TDs, 21 yds rushing
Game 11: 214 yds, 1 TD, 78 yds rushing
Game 12: 126 yds, 0 TDs, 105 yds rushing
Game 13: 235 yds, 0 TDs, 109 yds rushing
Game 14: 149 yds, 0 TDs, 142 yds rushing
Game 15: 289 yds, 3 TDs, 88 yds rushing
Game 16: 131 yds, 1 TD, 154 yds rushing

It was all over the board with a lot of passing and rushing yds given up in many instances.
As long as the 2006 Vikings maintain the rush defense they can concentrate on the pass defense instead of scratching their heads every game wondering what in the hell they are going to do.

11-21-2006, 05:34 PM
I am not saying Kenechi is a bust, but he has to step up and do it soon!

This is his 3rd year and he hasn't had a single sack all season, and he has not been a factor in any game that I can remember this year.

He missed half of last season with the knee injury and maybe he isn't 100% healthy, but he has to start being a factor in the games.
Look what a dominate rushing DE and can do like Peppers, and we are not seeing that and it is something that we are missing!

He was talking before the season about him and Erasmus racing to see who could get to double digits sacks first, well Kenechi Erasmus might still bet you!

11-21-2006, 05:35 PM
Our pass rush is a joke.