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After Sunday night’s game, is there some concern in the building regarding the first team offense’s performance? We all know
-- Derek T.
Certainly the first team offense didn’t begin the game how you’d like to begin a game, going three-and-out on the first three possessions of the game and ending the first series with a lost fumble. I will say, though, there were some good things that happened after that, including a one-yard touchdown pass from
It’s also important to remember that the first team offense didn’t have Peterson for the first two games and they didn’t have him for the majority of the time in San Francisco. Additionally, the first team offense didn’t have fullback
I feel the offense will come around at the start of the season. I like what I saw from Ponder and the wide receiver corps. I am concerned about the offensive line. They looked out of sync and were not playing their best football. Can you explain why this is occurring? I understand preseason is about evaluating the new players, so I’m trying to keep my expectations in check. I loved that catch by Joe Webb in the end zone.
-- Mike B.
It’s not something I can adequately explain. But as I wrote in the five takeaways piece following Sunday night’s game, it’s prudent to be measured in our criticism of the offensive line because A) it’s an area of the team most of us know little about, especially relative to how much we discuss and observe the skill positions, and B) we have to keep in mind the offensive line is not blocking for Peterson and they didn’t have Felton lowering the boom behind them. But for a group that represented one of the strongest areas of last season’s team, it’s odd to see such up and down moments in the preseason. The good news is this is the best offensive line in the division and all five starters are returning, so it’s fair to expect massive improvement from this group once the regular season begins.
Is there any chance
I actually received quite a few emails regarding Kalil this week, and it caught me a bit by surprise. Granted, he did give up a sack on the first snap against Buffalo last week and then he had the two penalties in San Francisco, which Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier explained after the game is not something the team is interested in seeing much of going forward. But I am not concerned in the least about Kalil. He was a Pro Bowler last season as a rookie, and some of those personal foul penalties, while ultimately hurtful because they back the offense up, I actually view them as Kalil demonstrating a nasty attitude that I like in an offensive linemen. Kalil will be better-served to harness that nastiness and keep it between the lines and between the whistles, but I’d rather have to rein a guy in than try and get him going.
I'm a huge Adrian Peterson fan (who isn't?). Ever since his rookie season, announcers and players alike have raved about his patented hand shake and how firm it is. I'm sure you have shaken his hand multiple times. Can you describe it in words how hard it is? Or does the reigning MVP take it easy on you?
-- Jared J.
No, the reigning MVP has not taken it easy on me when it comes to the handshake. I can attest, it’s as strong as advertised. I have moved on to the fist bump with him as to avoid any unfortunate injury to my hand.
Do you think the Vikings defense will run more exotic blitzes(or at least be more aggressive) this year? I like when we are aggressive, especially now when I feel we have the right personnel.
-- Darius F.
One trait of Frazier’s that I admire is his ability to remain true to himself, and that personality trait carries through to his football team. In a pass-happy league, for example, coach Frazier remains committed to being a team that prides itself on running the football on offense and stopping the run on defense. With that in mind, I expect the Vikings defense to remain true to its roots, where it relies on four down linemen to create pressure on the quarterback, rather than bringing extra defenders to rush the passer to create that pressure. I will say, though, Defensive Coordinator Alan Williams, while coming from the same coaching tree as Frazier, may have a fiber or two in his body that likes to get aggressive in terms of dialing up pressures (linebacker rushes) and blitzes (defensive back rushes). The key, in my mind, is having players who can be relied upon in man coverage, because often times when you send an extra rusher or two to the quarterback you fall back into man defense. The addition of