Craig: Harvin and the bubble screen a perfect match

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 10, 2012 - 6:53 AM

The Vikings are getting a lot of mileage out of the bubble screen with the elusive, sure-handed Percy Harvin as the key component.

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bredpathOct. 10, 12 7:18 AM

It's almost comical how much they run this play. Ponder will learn to check out of it once he gets pick-sixed on it, which should've happened a couple times already.

nowilfare3Oct. 10, 12 7:50 AM

They run that play 6 times a game and the last few games we've seen even really bad defenses get hit in the chest by throws out of a one step drop... Musgrave might have to invest in some 4x6 notecards instead of his 3x5 one that he typically calls plays off of because teams are on to his calls.

kenmarkOct. 10, 12 8:04 AM

Once he is healthy the Gophers should take a page out of the Vikings play book and utilize Gray's natural ability in a similar manner.

siouxchampOct. 10, 12 9:15 AM

Opposing Defenses will start to take away Ponder's short pass game. Once that happens, Ponder better show he can throw down field. Something he has YET to prove in the NFL. KFAN/Barreiro said the exact same thing yesterday on his program. Ponder averages 4-5 yards per pass. Let's see what he can do.

rodeoratOct. 10, 1210:55 AM

I'm sorry but I'm re-watching the game again right now. Ponder made several excellent throws, beyond 10 yards, including a perfect drop into Harvin's hands for 40 yard, all prior to his 2 picks. Stats get skewed, which is why they're to be taken with a grain of salt. With a 5 yard drop, a 10 yard gain is actually a 15 yard pass, for example. I too would like to see a little less bubble screen action, but it does get the ball in Harvin's hands while not subjecting him to hits over the middle. The Lions adjusted to Harvin in the 2nd half, and you didn't see bubble screens from that point. They'll use them while they work. Side Note: QBs who "should have had" multiple picks this weekend include Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, RGIII, A Rodgers, Drew Brees, etc.

fuzzypilgrimOct. 10, 1211:41 AM

ONe cannot milk a play all the time... I suspect defenders will intercepting this play soon.

walshjpOct. 10, 1211:48 AM

A simple play fits a simple football axiom: For all you "geniuses" out there (in my best Sid Hartman voice), you run a play until they prove they can stop it. They haven't stopped it. When they do, it will be time to move on.

macmac911Oct. 10, 1212:08 PM

Nothing wrong with the short game as long as it is moving the ball, and your controlling the game. How many super bowls did we win with the deep ball to Moss?

hitch22Oct. 10, 12 1:29 PM

rodeorat- Ponder's numbers are actually more skewed than most because he has a very high completion percentage so his average yards per completion isn't being sandbagged by dropped passes but by passes that are caught for no gains or losses... in other words he throws the vast majority of his passes within 10 yards of the LOS. When he does throw the ball downfield he tends to hug the sideline and play it safe.

shadjcOct. 10, 12 2:43 PM

Ponder has done just/only what he has needed to do to win in each game. He even did it at the end of the Indianapolis game, but the rest of the team (the defense) let him down. I think people are underestimating the kid. I think he has a lot more in the tank in terms of playmaking ability (scrambling, short, and long passes) than what he has shown so far this year, because he hasn't needed to do everything himself. I think we have gotten leads and he has just sat back, played conservative to protect the ball to ensure we win the games. I think he could put more points on the board if he really had to! The few times when we absolutely needed scores he took charge and converted. He (and the kicker) won a game for us with 14 seconds left! Even in the Indianapolis game he ultimately got us in position to win, but the defense didn't stop Luck after Ponder scored. I mean honestly, he put 30 on the board with his 'B game' in the last game!


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