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Simplifying things paying dividends for Vikings D

Kevin Williams AP

Sometimes when you have an edge in talent, you just have to let those players play.

That’s why a pair of Vikings defensive linemen went to coaches, asking them to simplify things after a Week Two loss at Indianapolis.

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams and defensive end Jared Allen said the results are clear, with the Vikings since beating 2011 playoff teams in the 49ers and Lions.

We just stopped trying to make a call for everything,” Williams said, via Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. “The defensive front has been successful the last few years. We didn’t do a lot of trick ‘em stuff. We just lined up and went after people, and that’s basically what we were trying to get ‘em to do.

“Just take the reins off and let us go. We can take care of the rush. We don’t need to design stuff for the rush. Just let the guys go. We’ve all pretty much had experience rushing the quarterback and playing this defense. Just basically, let us go and we can handle it. We don’t need plays or schemes to handle what we’re doing up front.”

After the loss to the Colts, Williams and Allen went to defensive coordinator Alan Williams and defensive line coach Brendan Daly with the suggestion. Since then, they had five sacks against the Lions, and three against the 49ers, without much blitzing.

“It’s huge for our players, for the coaches, to be able to generate that type of pressure without having to put the secondary under adverse situations,” head coach Leslie Frazier said.

Coaches, by nature, tend to overcomplicate things sometimes. And sometimes when you have players the caliber of Williams and Allen, the best thing to do is turn them loose.

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22 Responses to “Simplifying things paying dividends for Vikings D”
  1. purpleguy says: Oct 5, 2012 4:41 PM

    So did I beat that Tokyo guy who’s a fan of a team with a worse record and that has nothing better to do than make lame comments on Viking posts?

  2. btwicey says: Oct 5, 2012 5:02 PM

    So good to see the vikes doing well again, last year was tough to watch.

  3. vikingsvoice says: Oct 5, 2012 5:05 PM

    Kudos to Jared and Kevin speaking up before it was too late and to Les and Alan for actually listening.

    Then again considering Frazier was the previous DC, it’s a wonder why he didn’t already know this.

    Come on Darin, you’re always supposed to take the jab when you can, just ask Florio.

  4. squared80 says: Oct 5, 2012 5:21 PM

    Coaches are only as good as their players. Belichick wouldn’t even be in the league anymore if Brady didn’t come along. Take a look at his time in Cleveland for proof of that.

  5. mazblast says: Oct 5, 2012 5:26 PM

    In sports as in business, sometimes people make things complicated just to try to show they’re important. Congratulations to the Vikings defenders for finally telling their bosses, “We know what to do, just let us do it!”

  6. oneandonlyramsfaninpa says: Oct 5, 2012 5:37 PM

    this shows how good the coaching staff really is in my opinion. watch out for the vikings d now, I say things will only get better from the sounds of it

  7. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 5, 2012 5:42 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Oct 5, 2012 4:41 PM
    So did I beat that Tokyo guy who’s a fan of a team with a worse record and that has nothing better to do than make lame comments on Viking posts?

    —-

    Aww. So cute. I have a stalker! Who has nothing better to do than make lame comments on Vikings posts.

    Beyond you and your sorry fan base, my thoughts:

    Playing teams with no offense has paid great dividends for the Vikings.

    Stick to your better record* while you have it. It will be gone soon and then you’ll be even more jealous of me and the Packers…if that’s possible…

  8. pmgfootball says: Oct 5, 2012 6:03 PM

    Calm yourself Tokyo, I don’t think you know what a stalker is. Calling you out in a post online is not stalking. And if I’m not mistaken the Lions have a pretty elite offense and the 9ers made your Packers look pretty bad so you just sound like a fool with that comment

  9. 7ransponder says: Oct 5, 2012 6:08 PM

    Quite the opposite, tokyo – it appears *you* are the one stalking Vikings fans and posts about their team.

    Some pretty bold predictions by a fan of a team who has been winning and losing games by the skin of their teeth.

  10. vikingsimmortality says: Oct 5, 2012 6:38 PM

    pmgfootball says:Oct 5, 2012 6:03 PM

    Calm yourself Tokyo, I don’t think you know what a stalker is. Calling you out in a post online is not stalking. And if I’m not mistaken the Lions have a pretty elite offense and the 9ers made your Packers look pretty bad so you just sound like a fool with that comment
    ———————————————————-

    That’s wassup! Tokyo, at least your thumbs up/down numbers assure you that your comment was well thought out/accurate…

  11. barroomhero80 says: Oct 5, 2012 6:43 PM

    thetokyosandblaster bullies grade school
    Kids before he goes home and gets it. That’s the trolling way

  12. dobberdubinsky says: Oct 5, 2012 7:11 PM

    Vikes D has been playing well, not lights out, but pretty good. I would still like to see them pick off a few more balls for one, and also when you’ve got a two TD lead, please don’t go into a prevent defense. As soon as they did that last week, the Lions started catching up. Why not continue playing the same D that Stafford was having zero success against for the first 3 quarters and let the Lions TRY to make the adjustments. With all due respect coach Frazier, this isn’t the 1980s, the prevent defense is deader than Elvis.

  13. RUAHORNH8R says: Oct 5, 2012 7:40 PM

    Tokyo, you love being a toolbox! As a true Viking & football fan, I actually enjoy watching the Packers when my squad isn’t playing! The only time I don’t enjoy watching them is when my squad sucks, which has been for 2 years out of the past 15……… Fun year, since the games can go either way, the packers are not at all scary this year! Look forward to the games! You guys are lucky not to be 1-3 right now!

  14. mediasloppy says: Oct 5, 2012 9:15 PM

    The most complicated coach in Vikings history was Childress. Good luck with him as your OC Cleveland…

  15. whatjusthapped says: Oct 6, 2012 11:35 AM

    It helps not to complicate things when your players aren’t that smart to begin with, sort of like the fan base.

  16. chubrock50 says: Oct 6, 2012 2:26 PM

    squared80 says: Oct 5, 2012 5:21 PM

    Coaches are only as good as their players. Belichick wouldn’t even be in the league anymore if Brady didn’t come along. Take a look at his time in Cleveland for proof of that.

    ——————————————————
    Love people who have no clue when they post. Actually Belichick led the Browns to the playoffs while he was there. So to say he would be out of the league is totally ridiculous. For someone to take the Browns to the playoffs says something.

  17. chubrock50 says: Oct 6, 2012 2:31 PM

    He only coached them for 5 years and was only fired because of the move by Art Modell and his total revamp of the franchise. He led them to the playoffs in 94 and actually won a playoff game that year as well.

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 6, 2012 7:01 PM

    Good lesson to be learned here. I’m convinced many egg head coaches are making things so complicated that players are thinking so much they can’t react and make a play.

    Many of their players aren’t that bright but they are athletic.

  19. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 6, 2012 11:09 PM

    Interesting.

    1. I never see you call each other out for posting on Packer boards. I guess you don’t mind trolls if their on your side.

    2. Thumbs up doesn’t mean “accurate.” It means “I want to lick this person’s mud whistle.”

    3. Your tears taste like sweet candy. Give me some more, inferior team worshippers!

  20. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 6, 2012 11:12 PM

    *they’re

  21. guruvious says: Oct 7, 2012 9:37 AM

    Anyone who reads a story about a rival team then hangs out in the comments really, really needs to get a set of balls and a life.

  22. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 7, 2012 11:38 AM

    guruvious says:
    Oct 7, 2012 9:37 AM
    Anyone who reads a story about a rival team then hangs out in the comments really, really needs to get a set of balls and a life.

    Anyone who tries to be an internet tough guy really isn’t.

    I check back once a day.

    Get over yourself.

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