soldier field.. on the road in a tuff environment, a HUGE game, extra time off to rest up people, plan, and prepare.. the stage was set for a Viking upset, and miracle season to continue being just that.. miracle!!
we didn't execute.. that's pretty much what it all boils down to.
sure you can #!$%# and moan to hand it to AP more, but then why should we even have play action in the playbook? on the td pass. it was play action that got Rudy to open. ALL of the D keyed in on stopping AP.
WRs. when your job is to catch.. you should do ALL you can to catch the ball. if it hits you on the chest.. well for !@#%!%#$ sake..
there was sooo much hype that the bears Oline is garbage, like swiss cheese holes everywhere. really? they did some things to cover that up. quick passes, Cutler got away from some big hits, sacks. we were 1/2 step to late on 5 different passes i saw. the preasure was there, but never enouf to stop the play. congrats to Cutler for sticking in there, making time when he dind't have any, and making his throws.
Oline.. well.. they're like any other part of the team, growing, improving, and making mistakes. there was some dirty plays going on in there. like. DT's knocking away the LT so the DE could get free inside.. that's creativity!! kudos to the bears for doing what they had to to win.
AP.. he is a beast, he is the best, but he cannot do it alone. we NEED to use the playaction.. without it we will be stuck in the kitty land for as many years as we have AP. (this is for all you who second guess when a play doesn't work becuase it wasn't in AP's hands.) what if one of those passing plays worked? the wr caught the pass and we get the 1st, or TD.. you'd be singing a diferent tune.. ok. we didn't execute..
7 other teams have lost to the bears, and some by much larger scores. did we really expect the Vikes, in the 2nd year of a franchise rebuild to be nfc leaders? we probably have the hardest division in the NFC if not the NFL..
we go to GB next, who really do have oline issues, who are without many players, and coming off an embarassing loss. again. on the road, tuff environment.. and here's hoping we execute,
You also need to retain the good players you have. Those are FA signings too, if you haven't locked them down prior to their rookie contract expiring. If you continually lose your veterans to FA & have to replace then with draft picks that may or may not pan out, then you may have not improved your team.
Even teams like GB, who build thru the draft, have brought in players like Woodson, Saturday & Benson to name a few.
Ideally, IMO, you eventually get to the point where you have damn good backups that can slide right in if you lose the starter to FA or have cap space issues, without greatly impacting the position.
I wonder if Wilf could check google and see if there are any cyber Monday sales on quality NFL GMs that he could pull the trigger on to build this team because it is clear the team today looks much like the team has for probably 8 years now.
If anyone thinks this staff and this roster is somehow going to look different with more time well good luck with that.
How many times over the past 42 years have I seen this? A big game in which the Vikings have a chance to make a move and get in the division race with a win. But it's outdoors, on grass, on the road against a good division team. And we fall flat on our asses. I spared myself the total humiliation. After the first play sack and a Simpson dropped pass for a sure first down the writing was on the wall. I turned it off before the half. This team is not built to come from behind as we have no big play passing game and our receivers can't catch the ball. I am not impressed with Musgrave at all and would love to see him gone.
I can see what guys like Singer are saying about giving Ponder the year to make his case and then deciding after that what to do with him but I would like to add that he is not the only one being evaluated and I think it is only fair to at least give Webb or Hyphenated man a shot with the same group of players to see how the team works with a different trigger man.
The coaches are also evaluating the line, the WR's etc and only having Ponders play determine whether those groups are performing might not give a true test. If we put Webb in there and everything else looks the same then we can know that either it is not all the QB's fault. If we put Webb in there and all of a sudden some of the problems go away and we start to move the ball then we might be more comfortable about some on the roster that don't look real good right now.
At this point i don't think it is going to hurt anything to bring in Webb for a few quarters to see what the team looks like with a different trigger man. I wouldn't just stick him in for a few random plays though. I would want quality time and a decent amount of series to see if things look different.
After 40 yrs of being a Viking fan, I was so thoroughly disgusted that I actually walk away in the 3rd quarter! Never done that before, not even in the Les Steckle era.....I am sick of our various Owners giving us cut-rate training wheel coaches. The last Top Grade Coach we have ever had was Bud Grant for Chrissakes!!! Frazier is a moron, or on the take.....He completly wasted AP, down by 3 scores and he doesnt take the points with a field goal?? And he throws yet again instead of using the leagues best RB...He is either a moron or corrupt.....AP is wasting his talents on this sad excuse of a team...I hope he leaves..he deserves better.