Scoggins: Be very careful about changing what's working

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 24, 2012 - 7:35 AM

Stretching the field with Jerome Simpson won't hurt, but Percy Harvin and Kyle Rudolph already are reliable.

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tmrichardsonSep. 23, 12 8:37 PM

Can't agree unless Ponder gets bomb happy and starts tossing up long ball INT's when Simpson arrives. Don't forget that Percy has been doing his thing against double coverage on many pass attempts. And that the old duffer with no speed on the other side--who's been single covered and thrown to a lot--isn't catching many of those balls tossed his way, and when he does is not doing anything after the catch. That dynamic all changes with Simpson. By sheer talent alone he will draw more attention than Jenkins. And that will mean more single coverage for Harvin. Or...fewer men to stop the run for AP and company. It's all better with the arrival of Simpson, just avoid the temptation to toss up downrange freebies and the offense just became more dangerous.

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stanbobSep. 23, 12 9:08 PM

Good point chipper, lets put Simpson on the inactive list for a couple of weeks. Do you write under the name lavelle during baseball season?

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vikeforlifeSep. 23, 12 9:34 PM

Vikes do not need to throw long balls if they play like they did today. Can't say enough about the way the O line played today. Ponder looked much more comfortable today and much of that has to do with the O line play. Ponder is starting to show the smarts that the Vikes saw when they drafted him. I too thought the Vikes should try to stretch the field more in the first two games but I really don't know if they need to if they can move the chains. Ponder will not have to throw the 50 yds down field for Simpson the be effective he is like Percy, just get him the ball and let him run with it. Ponder,Percy,AP,and Rudolf have been playing lights out. If the O line continues to gel and Simpson comes back and Carlson isn't a complete bust, this team could be very exciting to watch.

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Tinye67Sep. 23, 1210:45 PM

Easy Chip.....it sounds like you're suggesting that bringing in Simpson would be an embarrassment of riches. The correct answer is, this receiving corp could stand an upgrade.

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gadflySep. 23, 1211:04 PM

Just a note: from what I understand, the title of an article is rarely written by the author, (not sure how it works with blog posts, though). So I will agree with the tenor of the article (i.e., that the passing game has been pretty good by sticking with high-percentage passes to Harvin and Rudolph) and assume that the ridiculous title was put together by someone who was more concerned about how it would fit on the page than with accurately summarizing the article itself.

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atlantatwinsSep. 23, 1211:48 PM

Well done CP, well done Vikings!

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jimbo92107Sep. 24, 1212:41 AM

I think I saw Harvin sweeping up the stadium after the game. Pretty much he does it all.

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joejoe1Sep. 24, 12 1:44 AM

I hear you Boss Scogg -- I changed my fantasy team after the draft, and holy crap they're bad now... thanks a lot Romo!

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callmestupidSep. 24, 12 5:07 AM

big difference in the this game was both lines played much better than they did against Indy

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vor2vorSep. 24, 12 5:23 AM

And you consider yourself a football 'analyst'? The team NEEDS Simpson, and everything he'll bring to the table. Do you want to wear down Harvin and company before mid-season? I'm sure everyone on the team will be very excited to add Simpson to the mix. GO VIKINGS!!! P.S. Hey, Musgrave... glad to see you finally figured out how to START an NFL football game! Good Game! Keep It Up!! 1 TD/Quarter!! GO VIKINGS!!!

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