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    [size=18px]This thread is mostly for archiving the Press Conferences the Morning after the game.[/size]

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    The reason for doing this is so if someone wants to go back and look at his reasoning they can. I don't know where else these are archived.

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    Tice: Well, that was a tough way to finish a day. That really takes a lot out of you when you lose a game on a last-second field goal, especially back-to-back games like that. I've gotten through most of the film with the defensive staff, trying to make sure we can identify, well there's plenty to identify that we can get better at, that's for sure. But we have to clean up some areas there and make sure the guys are in the right spot, and when they're in the right spot and they're afforded a chance to make a play, they have to make more plays on defense. (They're) probably not carrying over the way they're preparing throughout the week because I thought the last two weeks they did prepare really well defensively. (We had) less repeats than we've had throughout the course of the season, and then we're not carrying it all the way over to the field. And I understand some of it's youth, but at this point, 11 weeks into the season, that gets old to me, talking about the youth factor. Daunte (Culpepper) had a big game and really showed a lot of playmaking ability, and Nate Burleson continues to get better for us every week. We're tied, technically. Not really, we're behind Green Bay 5-4 in the race for the NFC North with Chicago making a run now 4-5, and Detroit we have up this week. Four out of our last seven games are NFC North opponents, so there's your season. NFC North opponent games, four of those in the next seven. (We have) seven games left, and really we're just concentrating on this game at home against Detroit, an NFC North opponent. We have to win the game, and we have to find a way to win the game. We have to find a way to make more plays than they make. We don't have any injuries to report, just the normal guys nicked here and there from the game. A couple guys are banged up, but nothing that looks like we'll hold them out, but we'll see as the week progresses if anything pops up. Last week on Tuesday afternoon Onterrio (Smith) came in with a stinger from the fumble on the first play of the game, but he didn't miss any time during the week. But we haven't had anything pop up really this week yet, so we'll see how it goes and see how they wake up in the morning tomorrow.

    Q: Did you see anything to indicate that Derek Ross didn't have possession of the ball?
    A: I didn't. It's tough. I don't know what to say. Unfortunately we didn't get the ball there, but that's just the way the ball bounces sometimes. It didn't bounce right for us there and in a couple other situations.

    Q: Have you looked for another kickoff specialist?
    A: Yeah, I'm looking at a couple guys, and really he had two bad kicks, although he didn't get the ball to the five. It was cold, and the ball is not going to carry that much, but he did kick three kicks over 4.0 to the 10 (yard line), so we're going to continue to evaluate that today. When we brought the six guys in last week, Jose (Cortez) was the most consistent. One of the bad kicks hurt us. The last kick was actually a pretty good kick. It was over 4.0 to the 10. We didn't cover the kick very well until the end when the ball came out, which was a fortunate thing, we thought anyway. We have to look at it, and we will, but that change might not do anything differently. We are inside the next two weeks. Nothing's changed now. It's too early in the day today. Most of that stuff is done on Tuesdays, and we've already identified a couple other guys, and two of them are guys we had in last week that he kicked better than in the two-day tryout. It wasn't like it was a one day, "Let's go kick ten kicks and the best man wins." We actually had him kick two days and he was the most consistent one. We lost our kicker, who was kicking the ball extremely well. It's just how ironic things are; now we miss Aaron Elling and early in the season when we released him we didn't miss him. But that's how the season goes. We have to battle through that stuff. We have to battle through that stuff.

    Q: What's Randy Moss' situation?
    A: Randy's doing really well, and again, when Chuck (Barta) identified the injury, when he felt the pop, Chuck and the medical staff was right on the injury, I believe. They said it was going to be a four to six-week injury until he was 100% healthy. The little bit of work that he did those two games, one week he didn't really do anything. He went out and wanted to keep his streak alive. The next week he worked a little on Friday. He felt like he knew the injury, had identified the injury, he being Randy, that he had played with it, had had the injury before when he was training with Cris Carter 23 miles an hour on the treadmill or something down in Florida. He identified what speed he would be available to us at. Chuck indicated don't expect more than 8 to 12 plays and don't expect the second half to have Randy Moss available. At that point we didn't get in the red zone that game. That was that Giant debacle, and it stiffened up and that's when I believe he realized going on it like that wasn't going to help the team. It was throwing our rhythm off a little bit. So we're right on track for what Chuck said, a four to six week injury, so that could be Jacksonville or that could be Chicago. More than likely it will be Jacksonville. We talked about it the other day. I think Randy is in the mindset if he can practice on a Friday, then he can play. I think at this point we've been down that road before, him practicing on a Friday and trying to play. I'd rather he practice a whole week, and if he can practice a whole week then he can play because we've already been down that path before with "I feel pretty good. I feel pretty good. If I practice Friday I want to play red zone," and it didn't work out very well. I think what we'll do this time is if he can practice all week, he'll be up. Now whether that's Detroit, which I doubt it is, Jacksonville, which is more than likely, then we'll be right at six weeks.

    Q: What is your experience with guys coming back from hamstring injuries?
    A: The problem you have with these soft-tissue injuries is that you have to rely on a lot of what the player's telling you. The MRIs and everything show you bleeding and fluid; the different colors of it show you where the bleeding is and the fluid and the water and all that stuff, but you really have to rely on the player, what he's telling you, what he's communicating to you with the groin injuries, the hamstring injuries, all the pulls. It's not like a broken bone or a chipped bone where an x-ray can tell you this has to heal. So you rely on a lot of what the player's communicating to you. I've seen nothing but 100% recovery. Look at Marcus Robinson. We held him out two weeks in training camp and he had a mild strain, a mild strain, a very mild strain. We held him out two weeks because he kept trying to come back. "I feel good. I feel good." He'd go out in practice and he wouldn't make it through the whole practice, so we have a little bit of background with the same type injury with one of our own players this year at training camp. So I think it's when the player can get through everything that we'll announce that Randy is close to being 100%. I don't even know that he'll be 100% in six weeks, but he should be pretty close to it.

    Q: Will he get another MRI?
    A: Yeah, I think he should now that he realized the MRI helped him identify that he was hurt. I think he had the notion that, "I've played through everything in my career, and I can play through this because I know what level I can perform at with this injury." But really, having Randy Moss out there as a decoy doesn't really bring much to the table after a couple of plays. I think having Randy Moss back as Randy Moss is a lot better for us, I believe. I think the MRI that he'll get is kind of a moot point if he's able to practice. If he's able to make it through a whole practice, then obviously he's healed up pretty good.

    Q: You wanted to get the running game going again. It turned out to be the same numbers as the week before.
    A: Well we got behind, so that's what happens. The runs I thought we did attempt were pretty solid, and I thought both running backs, I think they had equal carries with five. I thought it was pretty solid. We had planned on using both running backs. Mike (Bennett) got a lot of work in practice last week, and I thought he looked pretty explosive. That's why we decided to start him. It was really a moot point. They both were going to get about the same carries. I thought they both ran the ball hard. They only had four or five carries, five carries I think. When you get behind that way, it's tough to really sustain that running game, and our quarterback was making a lot of plays too. He got in a rhythm pretty good when we went to the shotgun.

    Q: Would you like to have one of them emerge?
    A: Yeah, you'd really like to have one guy carry the load each week and have the other guy be the spell guy, if you will, and you kind of look at a lot of things. How is the guy hitting it during the week? Is he hitting the holes really quick during the week? Does he have a good feel for what our plan is based on the defensive front? With that said, even though Onterrio didn't miss any practice time last week, I didn't think he looked as explosive as Mike did. I thought Mike had a really good week last week. I really did. Yeah, you would like to see that.

    Q: Can you talk about Nate Burleson?
    A: Yeah, he's such a great athlete. I think he once told everybody he can jump higher than any athlete in the Twin Cities. I know he's got a 40-inch plus vertical. He's just a pleasure to have around because he works so hard, and he wants to be identified as a playmaker for the Vikings. I think he's going out and proving each week that he's a reliable guy. He has a drop here and there, and there are certain balls that look like to me he seems to have a little problem with, but I'll tell you he continues to get better every week. He's a very good blocker too, and he's just great to have on the team. I love having him around. He has a great name too. Nate, that's my son's name.

    Q: You talked last week about getting defensive playmakers on the field. Do you think you have them out there?
    A: I'm frustrated with that really right now. I don't see the carryover from the week of work on the field on Sundays with the same consistency I'm seeing during the week. We have to continue to work hard as a staff to look at how we're practicing, how we're installing things. Again I don't want to go back to the young thing because it sounds like an excuse, but with young guys you might have to tweak how you're installing things. I was just meeting with the defensive staff. I've been with the defensive staff, which seems like a daily ritual now over the last couple of weeks. But maybe we have to do more walk-throughs later in the week. Maybe instead of Saturday night watching tape and reviewing things, maybe we have to walk-through in the ballroom of the hotel. I'm not trying to make jokes here. We have to look at why we're not carrying over what we're doing during the week all the way to Sunday, and once these guys get more consistency in how they're lined up and how the calls are made, how they take on blocks and simple things like how they're turning the shoulders and running and over-running plays, then we'll be better. Until we do that we won't be better. We'll look really good on a couple of plays, and then we're going to give up a big run when we should have a guy in the hole. So we have to play with more consistency and certainly we can identify, I think all of us who watched the game can identify we have to play with more consistency at the linebacker position.

    Q: What happened this week with lacking rhythm on both sides in the first half?
    A: I didn't see that. We scored on the first drive of the game. We had some nice drives. I'd have to look at how many three-and-outs we had. I thought we only had one, maybe two. I thought we had pretty good rhythm offensively. There were a couple plays that we didn't quite make to keep drives going, but I thought we moved the ball pretty good throughout the team. I know you asked that yesterday, but I didn't really see it that way. Defensively, again it's a consistency thing. We have to have the guys play the calls the way they're designed to be played. Every single time the call is made, there is a reason for a call. I'll give you an example. There's a beautiful under four call inside the 10 (yard line), and coaches are yelling, "Watch for the swap boot." I mean yelling it. Then they get a motion; we don't carry the motion over, and we should have a particular player on the motion. That should be a no play, should be a no play. Instead it's a touchdown. Now all week in practice that guy was getting blown up. Every time he caught it, I don't remember if it was Butchie Wallace or whoever it was, he was getting blown up. Larry Ned or whoever it was. But in that particular case we let the guy catch the ball and run in for a touchdown. Why are we not carrying over? That's what we have to continue to look at as coaches, and no matter what it takes we have to get that fixed. Like I said, if it's more walk-throughs, if it's more film time and less meeting time, who knows? We're just going to have to continue to look at that because we have to get it rectified. It has to be rectified.

    Q: Do you feel you're at a point where you need to challenge your players?
    A: I challenge them every week. They all make fun of me about, "It is what it is," and that comes from pointing out reality. The films don't lie. You can sit there and say, "I didn't say that," but if it's on film they can say, "Well do you want to see the clip," and you said it and you went, "Oh, okay." Films don't lie. We say the same thing in sports. When we watch the tape and we show the team particular plays and a guy is misaligned. "No, no, no, I was in a five," but then meanwhile the guy is in the three, that's an alignment term, the film doesn't lie. It is what it is. That's a constant with us, with the Vikings. We want to point out how we can get better. It's not a demeaning thing. We want to point out how we can get better, and then the players, we're lucky to have players that want to get better. Some teams don't have players that accept coaching. We're very blessed as coaches to have players that want to get better, and if you have that as a coach, you have a lot going for you if you have players that want to get better.

    Q: How big is this Lions game?
    A: Well it's big. We lost three games in a row, and losing stinks. It opens up a lot of windows for everybody to second-guess what you're doing. You want to make sure you stay the course and believe in the way we're doing things because when we were 5-1 and we were doing things the right way and now we've lost three in a row, and it's easy to second-guess what you're doing and say, "Maybe we're not doing this right," because of something someone says. I really believe our guys want to get better. They don't want to fail. They don't want to fail for each other. We're a close team. I don't think they want to fail for their coaches. But losing is tough. It makes things rough. I'm not going to sit here and say losing feels good. I like to have fun and joke around with you guys, but it's hard to do when you're losing. I think I'm a guy that cares, and when you lose it's hard not to let some things bother you that are said because it hurts. That's just if you're a man that has character, I think it should hurt. Maybe that's how I get sometimes, but if I get that way sometimes I certainly don't mean anything personal, but a lack of sleep and trying to fix things does that to you sometimes.

    Q: Is that what happened last night with the email question?
    A: Yeah, but Joe (Schmit) and I have fun on the show, and we talked about it during the commercial what was going to come up. It's like Dan (Barriero) and I doing a show. A lot of times we'll talk in between about what's coming up, and at the same time you want ratings to be good. At the same time I'm going to make sure that I don't hide from any question. I want to make sure I address everything, and if someone hits a good point and I screwed up, then I screwed up. If somebody hits a point that I disagree with, then sometimes I have to say I disagree. I wasn't in a wonderful mood last night.

    Q: Was it light-hearted or was it from the heart?
    A: I had fun. We laughed about it during the commercial. Joe said, "Good thing we didn't have worse questions than that tonight." But I do believe what I said about that particular thing. Yeah, I would have loved to score with 12 seconds to go, but we have to tie the game. First and foremost we have to tie the game to send it to overtime. That's the first thing, and I laugh about it a little bit. Really there's nothing to laugh about right now, but last week I'm doing just the opposite. I'm trying to make sure Peyton (Manning) doesn't get the ball back before the end of the half, and last week I blew the clock management. This week I score too early, so that's what I said, when you lose it opens up a whole lot of stuff for everybody. Then I try to say, "Well I didn't want to try for a touchdown because too many bad things can happen," one of which was a rule, an obscure rule, which I either explained in the wrong way or whatever, but my point is last night they went for it with 8 seconds to go, and if Brian Williams catches the ball. They get greedy, but he didn't catch the ball. And they had a timeout left because they had clocked the ball, so it was a little bit of a different situation, but anyway, you just have to do what you believe is right for your team to win. Sometimes it works out for the best, hopefully most of the time, and sometimes it doesn't. That's just life in the big leagues.

    Q: Is one of your hot buttons when people ask you about last year?
    A: Well it is, but I've kind of gotten off of that because I think anybody that's looking at it, it's not a hot button anymore because you lose two games on the road to really good teams, really good offenses, on a last second field goal. It's hard for me to think that anybody that really follows it or follows the team, including my wife Diane, who got off that and said last night, "It's not the same team. I agree with you." I've won her over, so that's a start, and she's tougher than all you guys put together. It's not. It really is not. We lost two games on last-second field goals. Last year I believe if we got down like we did in those games it would have turned into a semi-debacle, and it would have snowballed and gotten a little worse. I don't see that with this team, so it's a different time. Like I said on TV last night, how can you compare Kansas City's team last year to Kansas City's team this year? You can't. How can you compare Carolina's team last year to Carolina's team this year, who played in the Super Bowl? You can compare some things on our football team or some players, but it's not the same team. It's not the same chemistry. It's not the same character, if you will. It's not the same grittiness. Did we win those games? No, we didn't win those games. We didn't make enough plays. I think it's hard 100% to compare both teams, and I think that's what we're doing when we talk about it. Is it a coincidence that we lost a game and lost a couple more in a row after we lost to the Giants? I hope it is because otherwise if we ever play the Giants again I might hide. I'm hoping it's a coincidence, but losing those two tough games like that I don't think is anything to be embarrassed about. We don't want to lose them. We don't want to be 5-4; we'd rather be 6-3 with a two-game lead, but we're not, and we have seven games to go starting this week with Detroit. We have to win some games. We're at home in front of our fans the next two weeks, and that helps a lot. That helps a lot.

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    I had heard that Tice went off on some fans during his show. I was wondering what he had said.
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    he said they got screwed and packer fans are still jackasses

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    Makes sense to me. That he would say that, at least.
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    no but he did tell the fans to "shove it" after all the negativity about the team in the town

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    :-) Nothing like a coach alienating your fans, hey, skogs?
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    About feckin time! :cussing:


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    Actually he was on a sports show he does every sunday night and he got a stupid question via email and it set him off. The question was did he think Moe Williams scored to early??? you know when we scored with like 1 minute and then some left in the game. Tice kind of gave a look like what kind of f***king question is this. He said someone who would ask that kind of question has no clue about football or is an idiot. He then went on to say what would you have Moe do take a knee.. then he told the guy he could take his question and shove it somewhere he was a little testy but that is one of the reasons I like him he tells it like it is.... It was a stupid question after a tough loss. Maybe not the classiest thing to do but oh well can't take it back now.

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    Oh, I was wondering what it was about. I had only heard innuendo (not like the stuff on the other threads) about it.
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