Call is applauded; result is regretted

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 25, 2011 - 11:48 PM

The Lions plugged the line and stuffed Toby Gerhart on a key fourth-and-1 play that even workhorse Adrian Peterson endorsed.

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yamiletmooreSep. 26, 1112:33 AM

Im sorry but when you have 4TH and 1 you give it to your stud which is Peterson NOT Gerhart. When the Lions needed a play down the stretch they gave the ball to Johnson not Burleson or the other tier WR. I really feel bad for our Defense because they are taking the heat for the losses but our offensive play calling in the second half is just killing us. We need to keep giving the ball to Peterson if that means 6-8 carries in a row oh well. Our identity is gonna be to run the football. We just don't have the Line or WR to be a good passing team. Another big problem is Kleinsasser is a great blocker but to have him run seam routes is crazy because Rudolph should be the TE to be the guy to run the seam routes. Last but not least lets atleast go get Moss and cut Berrian. Berrian can't get deep and thats the one thing that Moss can do.

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poknyvikingSep. 26, 11 1:03 AM

yamiletmoore...But who's gonna get the ball to Moss? McNabb is done!

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chichedareSep. 26, 11 1:48 AM

yamiletmoore, you make great sense....too bad that means that the vmen will do the opposite.

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butchie57Sep. 26, 11 3:41 AM

It was a bad call, you have the best back in football not touching the ball, and what do you except Peterson to say, undermind the coach and we have another good guy, bad guy story. Agains, IT WAS A BAD CALL!!!!

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Doctork777Sep. 26, 11 5:46 AM

The play should have been a fake to Peterson up the middle and bootleg McNabb. First down!

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fogmanSep. 26, 11 6:56 AM

Right call, right personnel to make it happen either way. This team couldn't win even is it was a mistake. It's in their heads now....no matter how much the half time lead is they KNOW THEY WILL BLOW IT in the second half. It is going to get worse....it all stems from the offense which is OFFENSIVE in the second halfs of these games. Blame coaches, players, ref.s waterboys, crowds, anything....it just won't happen.

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jimroberts1Sep. 26, 11 7:10 AM

Brilliant - use your best player as a decoy in the most important play of the game.

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podman64Sep. 26, 11 8:10 AM

Most conclude the ball should go to AP, the best runner, but even a 1st down doesn't mean a future TD. With all the 2nd half scoring problems, why not just take the field goal?

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bsfieldSep. 26, 11 8:23 AM

It wasn't just that call. First three possessions of the second half it was 3 and out. On the second possession it was 3rd and 1 yard and Musgrave calls a pass instead of bashing 28. Musgraves play calling in the second half just sucks, no rythm tempo or surprises. And throwing to Kliensauser who is a good player by the TE with hands is Shiancoe and the Rookie. 6 yards in the 3rd quarter, are you kidding me. Like the Captain said in Cool Hand Luke, this is what he wants so he gets it"....that is you Zig.

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ranger1873Sep. 26, 11 9:57 AM

This is what happens when you let the inmates run the asylum. Going for it in that situation was simply wrong, wrong, wrong. The points were there for the taking. The question that should be asked is why Frazier was willing to trust the defense with a three-point lead but not a six-point lead. This was simply bonehead head coaching. Nothing more and certainly nothing less.

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