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    "hovan" wrote:
    WE ARE THE ONLY TEAM WITHOUT AN INT. JUST NOT RIGHT.
    <<<<<<<<<I'm sure the legendary #22 would agree!
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    Defensive Aggression

    Since everyone loves to bring up Patriot examples I'd just like to point out that they aren't a flashy team. They don't really beat you deep. They don't really have an "explosive" offense they are just fundementaly on the same page. But the huge stat that has been credited to their success is the turnover ratio. They don't turn the ball over and they average 2.5 take aways a game.

    Not that those are always interceptions but if we want to get to the dance we need to be able to get a few more turnovers.

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    Of course all of that stuff, like turnovers, few mistakes, fundamentally sound football is mostly the doing of Belicheck and his staff. They have turned that team into a smart, mature squad.

    The Vikings easily have the talent to go on a winning streak like that if our coaches can get the team to not make so many costly mistakes and play smarter.
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    If Tice is not blowing smoke up our skirts (well some of you), then we should see a more agressive D this week like we were seeing in preseason!

    It would be nice to get to a point that when we play a team that they fear our D as much as they fear our O.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    "josdin00" wrote:
    I'm sure that this article comes as a bit of relief for a bunch of us. I've read a number of posts this week that cry out for a bit more aggression when it comes to getting to the QB. It sounds like Tice wants Cottrell to blitz more, and to play some tighter coverage. This seems like great news to me.

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    [size=18px]Defensive Aggression To Increase[/size]

    [size=9px]Scout.com Staff - VikingUpdate.com
    October 14, 2004 at 9:01am ET[/size]

    After reviewing the film earlier this week, head coach Mike Tice has decided that his defense wasn't as aggressive as he thought it would be heading into the season. That could change.

    Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell was asked Monday if he had any thoughts on the NFC North race. He had none, for good reason.

    "To be honest, I've been too busy with this team," Cottrell said with a laugh. "I've got my own things to work on."

    The Vikings' pass defense ranks last in the NFL (293.8 ) after giving up 288 yards passing after halftime in last week's near total collapse in Houston. The Vikings led 21-0 in the third quarter when the Texans abandoned the run, lined up with four wideouts and torched the Vikings' nickel defense.

    Andre Johnson caught 12 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. David Carr completed 27 of 43 passes for 372 yards, three touchdowns and a 113.7 passer rating.

    Head coach Mike Tice looked at his defense closely Monday and Tuesday and determined Cottrell's approach wasn't as aggressive as he thought it was during training camp.

    "I think we have to learn as we progress to have a little bit more of a killer instinct," Tice said of the defense. Although we got after (Carr) pretty good with our front four, I think we also have to be a little more aggressive in some of the things we call and get after them a little bit more. At the same time, we have to go out there and challenge receivers throughout the course of the game and be closer in coverage."

    Up front, the Vikings rarely brought a fifth pass rusher. The front four produced four sacks, but most of the pass plays resulted in Houston's five offensive linemen stuffing the Vikings' four pass rushers.

    The Vikings need to send a linebacker or an occasional cornerback off the end to juice up the pass rush.

    The Vikings also need to play tighter pass coverage and consider shadowing the opponent's top receiver with Antoine Winfield , the cornerback they paid $35 million for in free agency.

    Like a lot of teams, the Vikings don't believe in shadowing the top receiver with one player. Sunday, Johnson got too many of his catches and both touchdowns against nickel corner Terrence Shaw, who wasn't even with the team at the start of the season.

    Shaw isn't a bad player, but he's not as good as Winfield or Brian Williams . He had good coverage on one of Johnson's touchdowns, but he gave up the other after Johnson lulled him into thinking the play was over.

    The Vikings got away with poor pass defense this time. But they can't count on the offense bailing them out every time they get in trouble.



    It took him 5 games to realize all this!!!

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    Yeah I really dont care about INTs, even though they are cool to watch. We could use some forced turnovers, but I would just like to see our guys lay some hits and play with more spark. I think were going to see some helmits crackin on Sunday night!

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    I think that the game against Indy will be decided with turnovers. Face it, both teams have a potent offensive and a porus defense. It should be a shoot out! If we can stop Manning's drives with a INT or fumble recovery, I think we will win!

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    Well I have screamed for Tice's head and blamed last season's melt down and the loss to the Eagles this year on coaching. Some things never change I guess.
    can we clone Bud Grant?

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    "muchluv4moss" wrote:
    "josdin00" wrote:
    I'm sure that this article comes as a bit of relief for a bunch of us. I've read a number of posts this week that cry out for a bit more aggression when it comes to getting to the QB. It sounds like Tice wants Cottrell to blitz more, and to play some tighter coverage. This seems like great news to me.

    "VU" wrote:
    [size=18px]Defensive Aggression To Increase[/size]

    [size=9px]Scout.com Staff - VikingUpdate.com
    October 14, 2004 at 9:01am ET[/size]

    After reviewing the film earlier this week, head coach Mike Tice has decided that his defense wasn't as aggressive as he thought it would be heading into the season. That could change.

    Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell was asked Monday if he had any thoughts on the NFC North race. He had none, for good reason.

    "To be honest, I've been too busy with this team," Cottrell said with a laugh. "I've got my own things to work on."

    The Vikings' pass defense ranks last in the NFL (293.8 ) after giving up 288 yards passing after halftime in last week's near total collapse in Houston. The Vikings led 21-0 in the third quarter when the Texans abandoned the run, lined up with four wideouts and torched the Vikings' nickel defense.

    Andre Johnson caught 12 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns. David Carr completed 27 of 43 passes for 372 yards, three touchdowns and a 113.7 passer rating.

    Head coach Mike Tice looked at his defense closely Monday and Tuesday and determined Cottrell's approach wasn't as aggressive as he thought it was during training camp.

    "I think we have to learn as we progress to have a little bit more of a killer instinct," Tice said of the defense. Although we got after (Carr) pretty good with our front four, I think we also have to be a little more aggressive in some of the things we call and get after them a little bit more. At the same time, we have to go out there and challenge receivers throughout the course of the game and be closer in coverage."

    Up front, the Vikings rarely brought a fifth pass rusher. The front four produced four sacks, but most of the pass plays resulted in Houston's five offensive linemen stuffing the Vikings' four pass rushers.

    The Vikings need to send a linebacker or an occasional cornerback off the end to juice up the pass rush.

    The Vikings also need to play tighter pass coverage and consider shadowing the opponent's top receiver with Antoine Winfield , the cornerback they paid $35 million for in free agency.

    Like a lot of teams, the Vikings don't believe in shadowing the top receiver with one player. Sunday, Johnson got too many of his catches and both touchdowns against nickel corner Terrence Shaw, who wasn't even with the team at the start of the season.

    Shaw isn't a bad player, but he's not as good as Winfield or Brian Williams . He had good coverage on one of Johnson's touchdowns, but he gave up the other after Johnson lulled him into thinking the play was over.

    The Vikings got away with poor pass defense this time. But they can't count on the offense bailing them out every time they get in trouble.



    It took him 5 games to realize all this!!!
    Better late then never right??? :wink: :roll: :lol:
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    say more of an agressive D in the 2nd half but not enough blitzing in the first half.

    Our DB's were playing a lot tighter most of the game which was good to see!

    The D has to stop letting teams have 12, 13 play drives for a TD right after we score. Need to go in and shut them down and keep the momentum going!
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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