Tommy, I don't think any of the linebackers had a very good day. Reggie Bush is obviously a difficult matchup for most linebackers but the linebackers, actually the entire defense, just looked a step behind most of the day.
rob, Good points. The Vikings need their o-line to control things and be dominant for the offense to function the way they want. Their built to run the ball and control the clock and that didn't happen Sunday. And yes, their defese relies on the front getting pressure with four. But Detroit had a good plan as far as Stafford getting the ball out quick. Teams have done that before to neutralize the Vikings pass rush.
Hoodie, you're right that Kalil doesn't look like the guy we saw last season. Not sure the exact reasons other than Frazier's comments yesterday about his technique and fundamentals being off. Curious to see if that is a quick fix.
ronny, that's a good question. I have a hard time thinking Frazier would make a change without consulting with Spielman. But the unknown is whether Spielman would resist if Frazier wanted to make that move. Again, Frazier has not indicated that Ponder's play is in jeopardy. But that dynamic between Frazier and Spielman, who drafted Ponder, is certainly interesting if it reaches a point that Frazier feels a change is needed.
Abe, yeah that didn't work out so well. The rollout left on third-and-1 was a real head scratcher. Ponder just doesn't look comfortable in those situations.
Greg, I was wondering how much that played a part in their struggles Sunday. I'm sure it was a factor but it starts up front with the line and they just didn't do enough to give Peterson any room to operate. Ellison actually did a nice job on Peterson's 78-yarder to start the game.
DC, you're right in that they need to be able to run the ball effectively to be successful. They did that last season obviously. Now, can they become more balanced with the addition of Jennings and Patterson and a healthy Simpson? Until Ponder shows that he can utilize that talent and not turn the ball over, we won't know what this offense could be. That's why everyone is so frustrated after Sunday's game.
Brad, Ponder obviously. They will have a hard time beating anyone if he turns the ball over four times.
Brad, Talked to Kevin on Friday and he said he was making progress. In his words, he said he would be shocked if he's not able to play Sunday. We'll find out more tomorrow when the Vikings return to practice. Frazier said he's hopeful that Williams is able to return.
Tommy, that's not really been Frazier's model. He likes to get pressure with the front four, which has been successful for them.