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    Re: Patrick Reusse: Vikings desperately need effective 'D'

    From what I've been seeing and the constant improvement in our D, game after game, I think we may just be seeing the Vikings D over shadowing the Bears D in the headlines thru-out the upcoming season.... ;D


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    Re: Patrick Reusse: Vikings desperately need effective 'D'

    [size=13pt]Vikings' line powers defense[/size]

    By Eric Krupka on August 28, 2006 12:51 AM

    When defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin was brought in to institute the "Tampa 2" scheme, media pundits questioned whether or not the Minnesota Vikings ' defense had the talent to make it work. Many believed that the linebackers weren't good enough, and even some questioned if the defensive line could provide a consistent pass rush.

    Sure, the system is predicated upon speedy linebackers that can drop into coverage (Derrick Brooks and Shelton Quarles in Tampa), but the most important aspect of any defense, including the "Tampa 2," is a pass rush from the front four.

    The importance of pass-rushing defensive ends, and even tackles, is less documented than having high-caliber linebackers in the system. However, in Tampa Bay, without All-Pro pass-rushing defensive end Simeon Rice and, up until a couple years ago, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, constantly harassing opposing quarterbacks, there is no questioning that the Buccaneers' defensive prowess wouldn't be there. In fact, it's likely that without them, the number of teams trying to copy their philosophy would be much fewer.

    As for the Vikings, so far, the defense seems to be grasping the new ideology quicker than anticipated. The linebackers seem faster, but more so, seem to be finding themselves in the right position. It's something that seems simple, but execution and being in the right spots has been rare in recent years for the unit collectively.

    During the preseason the Vikings' linebackers have been solid, and maybe more importantly, the defensive line has manhandled opposing offensive lines.

    The domination up front begins with the dynamic duo of defensive ends Erasmus James and Kenechi Udeze. While the two and Tomlin deserve credit for the improvement of both, don't forget to include defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, who has done a fantastic job working with both.

    After talking with New York Giants All-Pro sack-artist Michael Strahan this offseason, Udeze began a new training regiment which he introduced to James. The former first-round picks are becoming forces to be reckoned with.

    In the first preseason game, Aug. 14, both were explosive off the edge, continuously pressuring Oakland Raiders quarterback Aaron Brooks. On more than one occasion James blew past third-year tackle and former second overall pick Robert Gallery.

    Friday's matchup with the Baltimore Ravens pitted the Wisconsin product against a much tougher foe, nine-time Pro Bowler Jonathan Ogden. James easily won the battle again, numerous times putting pressure on the quarterback.

    Not to be outdone by his counterpart, the former USC standout, Udeze, put forth a terrific performance of his own, including a sack.

    The backup defensive ends have also been impressive in the preseason. Rookie Ray Edwards has recorded two sacks and two forced fumbles, and both DeQuincy Scott and Darrion Scott have shown promise.

    Aside from the ends, the defensive tackles have also been stellar. Former first-round pick Kevin Williams is a pass- rushing force, and big 6-foot-3, 317-pound Pat Williams is an elite run-stuffer that has even shown the ability to be an effective pass rusher. Reserve Ross Kolodziej has had a fine preseason showing, making the most of his opportunities.

    When head coach Brad Childress first took the head coaching job, he made it a point that the building ground for any successful team starts up front with the offensive and defensive lines. His Vikings are proving that statement to be spot on.

    "We said before there's three No. 1 draft picks in there [Kevin Williams, Kenechi Udeze and Erasmus James]. I think Pat's playing into shape and, obviously, Pat's very good in there. That's a good front four, when they bring their 'A' game, when their motor is running hot," said Childress.

    That motor's pretty hot so far.

    -Eric Krupka can be contacted at [email protected]

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    [size=13pt]SACK ATTACK[/size]

    A look at where the Vikings rank among NFL teams in total sacks this preseason

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    Re: Patrick Reusse: Vikings desperately need effective 'D'

    Amazing how different people can see such opposite views from the same information and views - then again I guess I shouldn't be surprised with Reusse - the word jerk doesn't cover the guy at all.
    I'm looking forward to see the Vikes make him eat his bad words and then we'll see him try sucking up to the team later in the year
    Time spent annoying a Packer fan is never time wasted...


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