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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Since arriving during the offseason as the Minnesota Vikings' new defensive coordinator, Alan Williams has preached one basic tenant to his defense: aggressively run to the football.
This season is Williams' first coordinating an NFL defense, and he's tried to simplify the team's approach with the intent of having players able to react more than think in game situations. He's said repeatedly he wants players running to the football. On the outside, the philosophy suited Minnesota during a fast start in which they were among the league's top run defenses, turning teams one-dimensional so the top-notch pass rush could do its job.
But in the past four weeks, the run defense has slipped. The Vikings also aren't generating the takeways they did during their 4-1 start and Williams has a good idea why.
"(Turnovers) come from running to the ball, and that's one thing we talked to the guys about was that we want to make sure we con...
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I know, I know. Halloween was LAST week, you moron, why are we still talking about Minnesota Vikings players dressing up in costume? Well, it's because Kyle Rudolph, Chad Greenway, and John Sullivan are all wearing ballerina outfits, that's why. Listen, understand one thing around here. If a Vikings player is shirtless, that's some breaking news. If a Vikings player is...
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Standout size and huge hands led the Minnesota Vikings to rave about their second-year tight end Kyle Rudolph and mention how he could be thrown the ball even when he's seemingly covered.
Early this season, they seemed right as all 6-foot-6, 256 pounds of Rudolph was among the league leaders in receiving touchdowns and a key threat in the red zone. Lately...
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was held out of practice for a third straight day and listed Friday as doubtful for Sunday's game against Detroit. Harvin suffered an ankle injury last week and was on crutches afterward. But ESPN reported that coach Leslie Frazier is hoping Harvin could play against the Lions. "He still has a little less than 48 hours to...
Former Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian settled his lawsuit with a couple who found his Blackberry in Las Vegas and allegedly threatened to sell its contents.
Percy Harvin (ankle) is a long shot to play in Week 10. Percy Harvin's headaches are no loner an issue and he has managed to not only stay on the field this year, but become one of the top fantasy football WRs. He's dynamic and the Vikings have made it a priority to find ways to get the ball in his hands. Well, not for week 10, so prepare accordingly.
Jared Allen was the Viking nominated for the second annual NFL Salute to Service Award as the Vikings prepare to honor military veterans Sunday.
Chris Kluwe has no desire to get involved in politics as a career, but he was happy to be part of the process that helped defeat an amendment to redefine marriage in Minnesota. Kluwe talked about an eventful couple months for him and his desire to return to relative anonymity.
Lions beat writer Dave Birkett is reporting that in a conference call Vikings coach Leslie Frazier thinks Percy Harvin's ankle is much improved and he is day-to-day.Fantasy Spin:Despite all Harvin's injuries over the years, he's missed just three games. Still, it's a long shot that Harvin plays this week and fantasy owners should prepare for him to be inactive.
Two NFC North rivals and playoff contenders meet Sunday afternoon when the Detroit Lions take on the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis.
Here are five storylines to follow:
1. The last time these teams faced each other -- Sept. 30 in Detroit -- the Lions special teams were in total disarray. The difference in the Vikings 20-13 victory was a touchdown on a...
Everything is About to Get Ugly: Are you people ready for this? The season is about to implode. When we eventually lose this second division game against the Detroit Lions, we'll be 5-5 on the year (a respectable .500 though?) and *GASP* last place in the division. Uhm .... "Our division is so hard! Like, probably the best division in the NFL! Every team is .500 or above...