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 continue running to the football," Willi...