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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: where have we improved? where have we regressed? Reply with quote

improvement #1:

the Vikings have held a halftime lead four times this season and are unbeaten in those games. That's quite a departure from the first month of 2011 when blown leads were the norm.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/175524431.html?refer=y
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Improvement #2

Defensive secondary

Improvement #3

Offensive line (especially left side)

Regression #1

Tight ends??
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pass Defense

We havent played against the best competition yet, but the guys we have played have not done that well against us. We already have more passes defensed this season then last and our dbs just look more disruptive and active before the receivers make the catch.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

improvement #4

I don't have the numbers but Blair Walsh has been much more proficient than Ryan Longwell when it comes to kicking touchbacks.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

improvement #5

i don't have the numbers either, but we must be racking up fewer penalty yards. are we punting less?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

milanb wrote:
improvement #4

I don't have the numbers but Blair Walsh has been much more proficient than Ryan Longwell when it comes to kicking touchbacks.


Blair Walsh has already kicked more touchbacks than Longwell did all of last season.

Longwell all of 2011 - 19
Walsh through 7 games - 27

Regression #1:

It's hard to say that we've regressed anywhere, but if there is anywhere, it's the play of Jenkins and Aromashodu. They weren't all that great last year, but it seems that they've even regressed from that.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Improvement #6

Our run defense is doing much better then last season.
Props to the front 7 + Winfield.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking at the entire 2011 season vs. now, I think we've improved anywhere. Not that amazing, seeing as how there was little room left to regress at that point.

I can only think of a few players that seem to have regressed:

Jared Allen, not quite as dominant as in previous years. Not just the stats, but the impact as well.

Toby Gerhart, though I don't think he's really regressed as a player, but he just isn't being used to his strenghts. Giving him a snap here and there doesn't work, he needs bulk carries to be effective.

I'd argue every position group, as a whole, is stronger now than previous years.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Improved:

Ponder

Percy Harvin

Offenisve Line besides Charlie Johnson

Phil Loadholt

Run Defense and DT play

Pass Defense

Safety Play

Special Teams

Coaching All Around

Regressed:

Chris Kluwe
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

since72 wrote:
Improvement #2

Defensive secondary

Improvement #3

Offensive line (especially left side)

Regression #1

Tight ends??


Just to give an overall sense on how much our oline has improved,

Run blocking:
2011: Adj. Line yards 4.05, stuffed 23% - ranked 18th in run blocking
2012: Adj. Line yards 4.35, stuffed 20% - ranked 7th in run blocking

Pass blocking:
2011: sacks 49 (3.1 per game), Adj. Sack rate 9.8% - ranked 32nd in pass blocking
2012: sacks 16 (2.3 per game), Adj. Sack rate 7.6% - ranked 23rd in pass blocking

http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/ol
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