Vikings Defensive Coordinator Alan Williams and Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave met with reporters on Monday morning following the team’s walk-through, and in some respects they set the stage a bit as we count down to the team’s next preseason game – a title with the 49ers in San Francisco on Sunday night.
The Sunday night date on the exhibition calendar affords the Vikings an opportunity to simulate as much as they reasonably can a regular season schedule in the middle of the preseason. The team held a light workout on Sunday, will practice again on Monday before a day off on Tuesday, and then will begin preparations for San Francisco in earnest on Wednesday. A light practice early in the week followed by a day off on Tuesday and then an intense practice on Wednesday is precisely the type of schedule Leslie Frazier prefers for his team during the regular season, so this week will have that regular season feel for the Vikings.
Musgrave commented that it’ll be a positive from his standpoint to go through a regular season-type of week in preparing for an opponent, while Williams echoed those sentiments and also echoed what Frazier said on Sunday in terms of preparing for San Francisco’s read-option attack. Typically defenses don’t scout and scheme an opponent in the preseason, but it sounds like the Vikings will do that this week because they view facing the read-option in the preseason as something that can aide them in the regular season with a few read-option teams on the schedule.
Here are a few other notes from the coordinator press conferences today…
-- Musgrave refused to use the absence of Peterson from the lineup as an excuse for some of the offensive inefficiencies the team has seen to date. He said it is not difficult to judge other components of the offense just because Peterson is not in the game. You have to admire Musgrave’s willingness to be held accountable, but it’s only fair to give the offense a slight break to this point with Peterson not in on the action. Defenses will play the Vikings much differently with No. 28 in the game, and I’m looking forward to watching
-- Williams indicated that there might be some “spot duty” with the first team defense on Sunday night for some reserve defenders so that the coaching staff can get a better feel for those reserves. The topic came up after Williams was asked about linebacker
-- With fullback
-- With defensive tackle