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How would you grade
-- Cody H.
I agree with everything Cody included in his question. In my view, Cassel should receive high marks from his coaches for the performance. I was particularly pleased with his drop back footwork, timing and habit of stepping up into the pocket to make throws. The best example of this was the second touchdown pass to
Another aspect of Cassel’s performance that is interesting and encouraging to me is that it coincided with other parts of the offense putting forth their best outings of the season, too. The Vikings offensive line was tremendous in paving the way for
Great game by our backup quarterback, Matt Cassel. Do you think he secured the starting role after the win? Or will
South Milwaukee, WI
That’s a decision that will be made by the Vikings in the coming days. There will be several factors that go into it, and at the top of the list may be the health of Ponder’s ribs. Fortunately, I’ve never had a severe rib injury but we’re all aware they can be painful and there are also ancillary health risks associated with playing with a rib injury.
But that’s not the real issue at hand, I get it. The real question is whether Cassel’s performance on Sunday in the win over Pittsburgh was enough to convince the Vikings to replace Ponder. I don’t know the answer, and all we can do is wait and see how Frazier responds to that very question as time goes on.
Great to get a win! Proud of all three units, but I'd like to praise the defense specifically. There were plenty of plays that could have derailed our momentum – a couple instances of holding against our defensive players not called by the officials,
-- Luis L.
I appreciated this email particularly because most of the comments I’ve received from fans regarding the defense have pointed to flaws or mistakes. While I’m sure the defensive coaching staff and the defensive players will find plenty to correct when they review this game, the bottom line is the defense did enough to win the game, in conjunction with the offense and special teams. As Luis mentions, there was a fair amount of adversity for the defense to overcome and then the defense presented Pittsburgh’s offense with more adversity than it could handle.
Surrendering 434 net yards, 29 1st downs, 27 points and an eight of 15 (53%) 3rd-down conversion rate is a bit much for my taste. But again, the Vikings defense made enough plays to win the game and came up big in the game’s biggest moment, with
In the Vikings 0-3 start, it seemed like the offensive line was getting blown off the ball and looked less physical, yet in the game versus the Steelers, the Vikings won at the line of scrimmage, which gives Cassel a pocket to throw from and opens holes for AP to run through. Would you account for this improvement as the offensive line being more physical and having that sense of urgency, or just matchup problems for the Steelers?
A little of both. My sense is the offensive line started coming together in Chicago, took a step forward against Cleveland and has now taken a giant step forward against the Steelers. I’m encouraged by their progress, particularly because of their slow start during the preseason and even into the early stages of the regular season. The offensive line we saw on Sunday in London is a group of guys that’s easy to believe in and be excited about. With