Mark Craig's Sunday Insider: Big years by Patterson, Sherels become moot

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2013 - 8:30 AM

Splashy returns on special teams are almost moot for a Vikings team with glaring defensive issues.

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u4775Dec. 29, 13 8:55 AM

Well this article really puts the futility of the Vikings defense.....and offense into perspective. IOW they need a record setting 2000 yard running season to even compete effectively. I do know they have one of, if not the best, special teams coaches in the league and while I like Leslie Frazier a lot, I am now wondering if wholesale changes might be necessary....like his whole staff except for special teams. Chris Doleman has some interesting commentary regarding coaching in today's NFL. He said Singletary failed in San Francisco because today's NFL players will not play when coaches get in their face like the old days, they are way too soft and will not put out the effort required of players in the old days. Who do we have at linebackers coach but Singletary? The one thing going for Frazier is that his players play an entire 60 minutes for him and that is not to be dismissed lightly. But for his staff, that is another story.

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equal4all55Dec. 29, 13 9:42 AM

It is amazing how bad our defense has become. That is a bigger problem than our QB problem (which is also a big problem) I hope we draft D in the first round and find a sleeper QB in the second or third round, Many first round QB's fail in the NFL while many more later round QB's excell.

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