MANKATO, Minn. One of Alan Williams' plans since taking over as the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator has been to implement a rotation along the defensive line, keeping the group fresh throughout a long season and ready to attack within games.
Williams has referenced the sports culture in Minnesota, likening the rotation to a hockey lineup with the ability to change players on the fly.
"Keep them fresh, keep them running so they can make plays," Williams said. "When we're at the end of the ballgame and the game is on the line, we have to close it out. It's just that at the end, we want the guys fresh and we want to close it out. That is game-specific and season-specific, so at the end of the year we don't have a guy that has 1,000 reps under his belt. We want guys to be fresh so that we when playoffs come down the line, we're ready to hunt."
One person who still wants his 1,000 reps is Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen, and he said Wednesday he hasn't heard from coaches ...