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Continued: Souhan: Mondays might not be as fun for critical Vikings fans

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 5, 2014 - 11:58 AM

Blaming coordinators as a default position is mindless.

Blaming coordinators when they mismanage personnel is reasonable.

Second-guessing Bill Musgrave last year when he couldn’t figure out how to get Cordarrelle Patterson on the field was on-point.

Brad Childress became the Vikings’ coach in 2006. Vikings fans celebrated his arrival, and kept celebrating until they realized they could predict what play he would call.

Childress became a punch line. Fans began dressing like him in the Metrodome, imitating him by holding a laminated play chart in front of their lips as they yelled, “Chester Taylor left!”

Know what? Childress wound up running very good offenses in Minnesota. He ran the ball when a powerful running back and offensive line were his strengths. He was able to get big plays out of Tarvaris Jackson and Gus Frerotte. His offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, coaxed a career year out of Brett Favre at the age of 38.

Childress eventually got fired because he lost support throughout the building, not because of play-calling.

Blaming coordinators and play-calling is usually silly. Coaches spend dozens of hours breaking down films and charting opponents’ tendencies while formulating a game plan. Just because a play doesn’t work doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good idea.

Last year, Musgrave failed because he refused to put his best players in position to succeed, and Williams simply was overmatched.

This year, if the Vikings fail, it won’t be because of play-calling or preparation. It will be because they weren’t good enough.

That won’t be nearly as much fun to talk about on Monday mornings.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. @SouhanStribjsouhan@startribune.com

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