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.
Alan, I don't think it will have any bearing on the football operations. Players and coaches just worry about the football part.
jargo, that question came up a lot after Ponder was drafted. Can you improve a quarterback's accuracy? Coaches will tell you yes with improved fundamentals, experience, etc. But I'm not sure that's always the case because there are so many factors that go into it.
Brad, I think the plan last year avoided taking those shots because of Ponder's inexperience and their talent issues at wide receiver. That shouldn't be the case this year. Jennings, Simpson and Patterson all can provide that vertical threat. They took a few chances Sunday -- Simpson had a 44-yard catch and 47-yarder. They need to continue to look for those opportunities to take pressure off the running game.
Bowling, Reggie Bush is a tough matchup for linebackers. He's so good as a receiver that it's tough for linebackers to handle his speed. Bush had them so off-balanced as a runner too that the Vikings defense just looked like it was on its heels all game.
I have some time here so we'll keep going if you have more questions.
Brad, I wouldn't surprised if they reached out to Antoine. Why not? If Winfield does stay retired, he should teach tackling at youth levels. He was a perfect tackler. Imagine him teaching kids the proper way to tackle. Heck, he could teach college and NFL players too.
Doleman, I agree. Ponder always says that Rudolph is open even when he's covered because he's such a big target. I was surprised they only targeted him 4 times Sunday.
Denny, the Ponder effect. I wouldn't say their defense gets a pass because they didn't play well enough to win. But Ponder obviously was the biggest question coming into the season so the spotlight shines brightest on him. And again, four turnovers by the QB won't win many games.
Don, I saw a report that he will be fined but not suspended. The league typically announces punishment on Fridays but that could be different in this case. I'm guessing he gets a pretty significant fine.
Bleeds, I'll rewatch that play, but I believe Ponder dropped back and then scrambled to his left because of pressure. I'll double check that though. Either way, he has to know he can't make that play. Forte will be a tough matchup but I don't think he's as elusive as Bush as a receiver in space.
jargo, yeah we said in the press box that it's a waste of time even sending a returner back on kickoffs. The league pretty much took that play out of the game as a safety measure. I understand their logic because of those violent collisons. Patterson had five straight touchbacks and then brought one out eight yards deep.
BGD, good points. They were so focused on preventing the big play with Calvin Johnson that they did a poor job containing the underneath stuff and the run. That's not an excuse for Greenway or the linebackers or entire defense. They just were't good enough in those situations. They'll be the first to admit that.
Billy, good question. I disagree with some fans and reporters on this subject. I just don't think the injury risk in preseason is worth giving starters and key players a lot of work. If you say you want Ponder to play, that means you need the first-tean line and wide receivers to play too. I just wouldn't feel comfortable putting them out there and risking a significant injury for a game that doesn't matter.
Alan, I'm not sure the exact changes but they certainly worked. Walsh makes 50-yarders look so routine.
OK everyone. I'm going to wrap up for today. I really appreciate you joining me and let's do this again next week. Have a great rest of your week.