Cover 2 is hit-and-miss for Vikings

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 27, 2013 - 2:41 AM

The Vikings once again struggled in their base defense.

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WaterBunkerDec. 24, 1310:08 PM

Coaches caught in the past seldom succeed. Look at the surprise teams in the last couple years. AZ, Indy, and Philadelphia have new creative coaches and unproven QB's. MN, Detroit, Dallas don't. If you do not have a superstar QB, you better have a coach. The Vikings don't and haven't had either a star QB or super coach except for the Favre year. Tampa 2 won't cut it. Time to find a creative coach...not a retread.

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bombo52Dec. 24, 1311:41 PM

Predictability will get you beat.

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fuzzypilgrimDec. 25, 1312:58 AM

Been saying it all along. The Cover-2 cannot work without all 3 facets working consistently: a great front four pass rush, 3 speedy coverage linebackers, and great ballhawking man-to-man coverage cornerbacks and safeties. We have neither of any of that. Its aging, slow, and consistently getting burnt.

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bredpathDec. 25, 13 2:19 AM

Well, at least we know the offseason will be full of activity.

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bredpathDec. 25, 13 3:45 AM

Sometimes I wonder if anyone on defense knows how to tackle. Far too many arm tackles and just "throwing a shoulder" at somebody happening all season.

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bruisedupDec. 25, 13 4:20 AM

This is a big reason why Frazier could not step down to be the defensive coordinator. He would install this same defense. Both Alan Williams and Bill Musgrave had problems adjusting to the players they worked with. We saw too much of their systems that failed over and over again.

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comment229Dec. 25, 13 4:40 AM

And then there is the anti Tampa 2 that the vikings faced all year with Ponder at QB. Simply, single coverage of the one or maybe two wide outs, since Peterson has a blocking back, that takes out one more possible receiver, and two tight ends that are also single covered at best. Add that all to Ponder's lack of ability to anticipate the open man, and his ability to throw the ball too late, and you have the "recipe." Then to make all this worse, the defense dares Ponder to throw deep, but bringing up not one, but BOTH safeties for run support; linebackers don't drop, they come full speed ahead on a run blitz and everybody stays in their lanes... but don't believe me on this. Listen to the documentary special done on the game in England, and listen to the Pittsburgh defensive players talking about it..... It is a completely different defensive philosophy designed to stop a one dimensional, predictable offense, with arguably, THE worst QB in the NFL and the best running back in the NFL.... The worst part of it all, is that we see it week after week, and yet there is no change... no screens, no draws, just hand off, hand off, pull Peterson, and pass..... and usually, the receiver runs a four yard out, on third and eight.... Sorry... my rant is over....

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vikesdynastyDec. 25, 13 4:41 AM

Why is Harrison Smith even playing? Let your turf toe injury heal. Its crap like this that makes the guys in charge look foolish. Your BEST def. player playing in the most meaningless 3 games in franchise history.

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vikesdynastyDec. 25, 13 4:42 AM

Cover 2 better be gone after this year too

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stanbobDec. 25, 13 5:43 AM

Adapt the system to your personnel not the personnel to the system... Another reson for wholesale changes at winter park.

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