It's official: Bevell will call Vikings plays this season

  • Article by: KEVIN SEIFERT and JUDD ZULGAD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 28, 2007 - 12:26 AM

Coach Brad Childress made another news item official on a busy Monday at Winter Park: Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will be the Vikings' primary playcaller when the regular season begins Sept. 9 against Atlanta.

Bevell has worked in that capacity throughout the summer, and Childress said, "I'm pretty comfortable with it right now."

Childress called plays last season while Bevell provided in-game observations and suggestions. The operation essentially will reverse this season, with Bevell making most of the calls from the coaches' box.

Bevell typically calls plays in to quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, who then relays them to quarterback Tarvaris Jackson.

Childress and Bevell have been associated for more than 18 years. Bevell has said the two have stylistic differences but maintained the offense will not change.

The biggest benefit, Childress said, is that he has been able to "look at the game differently" during the preseason when not encumbered by playcalling.

"You just see how [opponents] are playing you," Childress said. "We're running this scheme, [and I can see] what they're doing to take it away. Not that Darrell's not looking at it that way, but as a playcaller you're thinking about what's next. I'm just looking at more of the broad-based [issues], like how they are playing you."

Udeze to start

Kenechi Udeze has beaten out Darrion Scott in the battle for the starting spot at left defensive end.

"Right now if you look at our roster, KU is the guy," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. "I don't foresee that changing between now and [the Vikings' season opener]."

Scott will still get time at left end, as well as inside in passing situations.

Roster moves

Receiver Todd Lowber, who had never played football before signing with the Vikings in the spring, was among eight players cut Monday. Also jettisoned: quarterback Drew Henson; defensive tackles Joe Bradley and Alex Guerrero; guard Josh Day; linebacker John Kerr; punter Alex Reyes; and cornerback Jerron Wishom. Tight end Braden Jones (thigh) was waived/injured, meaning he won't count against the roster total.

Rosters must be cut to 75 by 3 p.m. today and to the regular-season limit of 53 by Saturday afternoon. The Vikings have 79 players, but guard Seppo Evwaraye has an exemption because he's part of the NFL's International Development practice squad program. Lowber also is a practice squad candidate.


• Starters will play for one series in Thursday's preseason finale vs. Dallas.

• Childress said his decision to start Anthony Herrera at right guard Saturday in Seattle instead of Artis Hicks was so the staff could get a look at Herrera with the first unit. "I'm still letting those guys play it out," Childress said.

• Scott and safety Tank Williams did not practice Monday. Childress would only say the two were "nicked up a little bit." Also out were receiver Bobby Wade (ankle); safety Mike Doss (calf); cornerback Mike Hawkins (ribs); and linebackers Vinny Ciurciu (finger) and Cameron Siskowic (neck). Tight end Richard Owens (knee/ankle) returned to practice.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Atlanta 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Chicago Cubs 1
Washington - J. Zimmermann 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - A. Burnett
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi 6:05 PM
Cleveland - C. Kluber
NY Yankees - H. Kuroda 6:05 PM
Baltimore - M. Gonzalez
Pittsburgh - J. Locke 6:10 PM
Cincinnati - M. Latos
Miami - H. Alvarez 6:10 PM
NY Mets - Z. Wheeler
Toronto - M. Buehrle 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - C. Archer
LA Angels - G. Richards 7:05 PM
Texas - N. Tepesch
St. Louis - J. Kelly 7:10 PM
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo
Boston - J. Lackey 7:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Detroit - A. Sanchez 7:10 PM
Kansas City - D. Duffy
Minnesota - K. Johnson 7:40 PM
Colorado - J. De La Rosa
San Diego - J. Hahn 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - D. Haren
Oakland - J. Samardzija 9:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
Arizona - M. Bolsinger 9:15 PM
San Francisco - T. Lincecum
D.C. 10:00 PM
San Jose
Winnipeg 6:00 PM
Ottawa 9:00 PM
Calgary 7/12/14 5:30 PM
Brt Columbia 7/12/14 8:30 PM
Edmonton 7/17/14 7:30 PM
Toronto 7/18/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton 7/18/14 9:00 PM
Montreal 7/19/14 6:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Los Angeles 6:30 PM
New York
Seattle 7:00 PM
San Antonio
Phoenix 7:30 PM
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters



Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon




question of the day

Poll: Which local pro team are you most excited about?

Weekly Question