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Vikings OC “not proud” of fact Harvin not involved in red zone

Percy Harvin, Josh Wilson AP

The Vikings were well in last week’s game with Washington, but their good work unraveled thanks in part to their own mistakes in the red zone.

On three trips inside the Redskins’ 20 in the first quarter, they managed just three field goals, but the wound was self-inflicted.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin was on the first for just four of those nine snaps, something offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave admitted was a mistake.

Asked if Harvin was injured at that point, Musgrave said no.

“That was just the way the personnel groups went,” Musgrave said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “That was part of our plan, which we’re not proud of.”

Harvin didn’t touch the ball on any of the plays in which he did participate. Of the team’s seven total trips to the red zone, they got a pair of touchdowns.

“[Washington] did a good job [defending Harvin],” Musgrave said. “We matched him up on a linebacker one time, and we just didn’t have the protection to throw it to him there on the first drive. We’re hoping to use him down there both run game and play-action when he’s in the backfield. We just want to make those plays work better the next time or call them at the right time. . . .

“We didn’t get enough bang out of our buck, for all the work that it takes to get down into the red area seven times and not come away with sevens.”

Having your most dynamic player involved might help that process.

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16 Responses to “Vikings OC “not proud” of fact Harvin not involved in red zone”
  1. tjacks7 says: Oct 19, 2012 12:44 PM

    It’s very clear Musgrave and Frazier have little to no ability to run an NFL offense. It’s like there’s a different play-caller every week.

    Heck, Frazier didn’t even realize what a weapon Harvin was, benching him for something crazy like 45% of the offensive snap last year, until coaches at the senior bowl told him how dangerous Harvin was.

    While they’re heading in the right direction with personnel, the coaching has left a lot to be desired.

  2. vikings28 says: Oct 19, 2012 12:44 PM

    They’ll shore this up. I like what the vikings are doing and I think they’ll continue to grow as they move forward. I like how Ponder just doesn’t quit. It says a lot about him!

  3. notthathand says: Oct 19, 2012 12:44 PM

    Isn’t situational football partly where you abandon your plan in favor of what’s actually going on in the game? Just a thought.

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 19, 2012 12:45 PM

    The whole team is developing this year, including the coaching staff. The results have been beyond everyone’s expectations so I can’t complain too much. This isn’t a Super Bowl season for the Vikings but they’re building toward one, maybe next year.

  5. joeyashwi says: Oct 19, 2012 12:54 PM

    They look great when they execute their gameplan. The problem I see with the coaching is that they are worried too much about the other team’s plan and lose sight of what they should be doing. Instead of making the other team adapt, they are always the ones outthinking themselves.

  6. bdoubleoey says: Oct 19, 2012 12:58 PM

    Musgrave is the problem. Frazier is a defensive coach, so I think he leaves the offense to Musgrave, which is a bad decision. For once I wish the Vikes would hire the great OC that made a bad Head Coach but a great OC, instead of these “next great coach” guys that don’t pan out. But I suppose those r cheaper, maybe that’s why. but play calling was terrible last week. I have an idea, its 3rd and 4 in the redone, lets hand it to Tobby, STUPID idea. figure it out Musgrave.

  7. luvmnsports2012 says: Oct 19, 2012 1:08 PM

    @ bdoubleoey, u couldn’t have said it any better! the playcalling is the downside of our offense!! its like as soon as we get down to the redzone things fall apart and we stall. step it up Muscrave……………..

  8. whatjusthapped says: Oct 19, 2012 1:12 PM

    When starting a list of things the Vikings are not proud of, not involving Percy Harvin in the red zone isn’t even in the top 10, a number coincidentally that equals the IQ of Musgrave.

  9. thetokyosandblaster says: Oct 19, 2012 1:13 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Oct 19, 2012 12:45 PM
    The whole team is developing this year, including the coaching staff. The results have been beyond everyone’s expectations so I can’t complain too much. This isn’t a Super Bowl season for the Vikings but they’re building toward one, maybe next year.

    It does look a lot like the last time they won the Super Bowl.

    You’re about 10 years away.

    Sorry.

  10. mcg8569 says: Oct 19, 2012 1:16 PM

    All the other play callers in the NFL have these massive play cards with all kinds of options on them.

    Musgrave has a 3×5 notecard….

    coincidence?

  11. purpleguy says: Oct 19, 2012 1:33 PM

    Musgrave’s use of Harvin is just fine other than maybe red-zone usage. With no other decent WR’s, AP coming off ACL surgery, a second year QB and a rebuilt O-line, to expect more from the O-coordinator would be about as stupid as the comments made by tokoyosandpounder (whose Super Bowl projected team is only .500 six games into the season).

  12. getadealdonealready says: Oct 19, 2012 1:45 PM

    I have a bigger issue with AP not being on the field for 70% of the plays in the Red Zone last week. I’m not saying you have to give it to him every time, but his blocking and pass catching have improved drastically, he needs to be on the field to keep the D honest.

  13. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 19, 2012 1:48 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:Oct 19, 2012 1:13 PM

    It does look a lot like the last time they won the Super Bowl.

    You’re about 10 years away.

    Sorry.
    ________

    Four weeks ago you said we were about 10 years away from having a winning season. As it turns out, things change fast in the NFL, even for the Vikings…and the Packers.

  14. vikingsgohard says: Oct 19, 2012 2:51 PM

    Another thing that bothered me was 4th and goal on the 2 an we kick a field goal …then same quarter the skins are 4th 1 or 2 on the 40 an go for it … Sometimes u gotta take chances … Worst case u give them the ball on there own 2yd line ..and as its been stated AP & P.Harvin are on the sideline …it just feels real B.Childerss-ish lol

  15. packhawk04 says: Oct 19, 2012 4:13 PM

    “Four weeks ago you said the vikings were 10 years away from a winning season. How fast things change in the nfl for the vikings and packers.”

    Wow… the season is over!? How long was i asleep? What year is it?

  16. bleedinpurple says: Oct 19, 2012 6:53 PM

    Remember how amazing our 09 offense was when Favre was calling the plays?

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