i was watching the nfl matchup show and JAWS pointed out a very good point. viking offense does not have a sense of timing and rhythm. he pointed out one example of it in the pack game. daunte drops back to pass and is in the pocket for over 4 seconds and has not thrown the ball. N8 was knocked to the ground on the play and daunte made one of his fantastic plays eventually to N8 for a nice gain.
On the play i saw that he could have thrown the ball to any one of the rest of his receivers and did not. his unwillingness to dump the ball off and take what the defense gives him may be what is really ailing the vikes.
i am not saying that daunte always does this, but he does do it at critical times in the game. in the early part of the season he did a much better job at taking what is given. and sticking to it. not so much in the losses that they have had.
can this be translated directly into the losses? am i grasping at straws or does daunte need a lot more maturation at QB? isnt there some kind of rite of passage that all qb's have to go through and get over these obstacles before you can reach for the golden ring? like young was getting by dallas and montana, favres' monkey was SF, mcnabbs seems to be the champ game, so on and so forth. but some qb's seem to have all the pieces in place and cruise ala tom brady, big ben(so far). it seems to me we have a good piece of the puzzle together and we definitely should be better than we are even with all the injuries. if the o line we have now can block that long for daunte, receivers are open, the d does draw a line in the sand where does the accountability fall?
it is true that the O some times lacks the sense of timing when it comes to putting teams away, keeping drives alive?
so knowing all of this why do we pass 70% of the time? that seems too much to me, sounds like mike martz is coaching this team.
we need more balance.