Posted on: December 21, 2009 4:06 pm
Edited on: December 21, 2009 4:11 pm

Replace Childress Now

Sunday night, Minnesota Vikings head ciach Brad Childress attempted toi bench Brett Favre.

Key word? Attempted.

And failed.

How does a head coach fail to bench a player? I do not care if it is Brett Half of the Posters Here Think He is God Favre. Childress is still the coach. Favre is still the player. The coach tells the player what to do and the player does it.

Childress can never tell a player on the Vikings to do anything ever again.

Childress has allowed Favre to neuter him right in front of the team.

Some people are calling for Childress to be fired for daring to bench Brett Those People Think He is God Favre.

No, he shouldn't be fired because he wanted to bench Favre. He should be fired for not being able to do so!
Category: NFL
Posted on: November 3, 2008 8:27 am
Edited on: November 3, 2008 1:54 pm

Houston Hangover: Vikings 28 Texans 21

The Houston Texans came into this game with a lot of hope, really thinking they had a good chance at this game. “We felt like we could go out and beat that team. They were a very good football team, a very good defense. We were up to the test, but we just turned the ball over at certain times,” Texans' wide receiver Andre Johnson said after the game.

On the evry first play of the game, Vikings' quarterback Gus Frerotte connected with wide receiver Bernard Berrian for a 55 yard gain to the Texans' 11 yard line. From there, Adrian Peterson would go in from a yard out to give the Vikings a quick 7-0 lead with 12:48 left in the first quarter.

The Texans would open their first offensive series by converting one third down before a sack ended that drive and forced the Texans' to punt.

A false start penalty would put the Vikings' in a 2nd and 14 and then Jacques Reeves would pick off a Frerotte pass and take it 44 yards for a touchdown to tie the game with 8:38 left in the first quarter.

The teams would trade punts, with the Vikings getting the better end of the field position and, in the second quarter, the Vikings would take the lead for good, completeing a 13-play, 47-yard drive that saw the Vikings convert three times on third down and one time on fourth down. Frerotte passed to Sidney Rice for an 8 yard score on 3rd and 7 and the Vikings led 14-7 with 14:07 left in the half.

Matt Schaub would drive the Texans from their own 21 to the Vikings 19, looking to tie the game, but then he was picked off at the Vkings5 yard line, as the first of three scoring opportunities went to waste via a turnover.

The Vkings went three and out and the Texans took over at their own 37 yard line. Schaub connected with Kevin Walter for 28 yards and the Texans had the ball on the Vkings 35 yard line. But, on the very next play, Schaub was sacked, fumbled the ball and the Vikings recovered on their own 44.

The Vikings needed just three plays to stretch their lead as Frerotte connected with Berrian on a 49 yard touchdown pass to give the Vikings a 21-7 lead with 6:09 left in the first half.

The teams traded punts after that and then the Texans ran out the clock and went into halftime trailing 21-7.

The Vikings had shut down Andre Johnson, the AFC Offensive Player of the Month in October as Johnson had 1 catch for 4 yards in the first half. “They played him a ton of two-deep, a very aggressive Cover 2. Again at the line of scrimmage, we did a little bit of everything, but give them credit. They did a good job and rushed the passer incredibly well,” Texans' head coach Gary Kubiak said after the game.

To start the second half, Sage Rosenfels replaced Matt Schaub at quarterback as Schaub was done for the day with an injured knee.  “He was convinced he could stay. I watched as he worked through that second quarter, he still made a couple of plays.  But when he came in at halftime, the knee had swelled. It had obviously stiffened up when I watched him come out in the second half and try to drop back. After what the doctors had told me and what I saw, it made no sense. I thought Sage gave us the best chance,” Kubiak said.  

Rosenfels came out and the Texans' offense took the opening kickoff right down the field and scored to cut the lead to 21-14 with 9:28 remaining in the third quarter. The drive took 10 plays to cover 72 yards and ended with Rosenfles connecting with David Anderson on a 3 yard score.

After a Vikings punt, the Texans had their opportunity to tie the game as Rosenfles drove them from their own 25 to the Vikings 18. Then, according to Kubiak, the Texans thought they were facing a 1st and 10, but in actuality it was a third and short. “What happened was that the communication was that we had a first down on the play before. So, (I) thought we had a first down. Then all of a sudden, I look up and the official says, “No, it’s third-and-short.” And the clock’s under 15 seconds when you can’t talk to your quarterback. Sage made a call, which we instruct him to do. You know, we give him things to go through. Hindsight is 20-20. I wish I had burned a timeout. We had already burned one, but I sure as heck wish I had burned another one right there.” Instead, Rosenfels threw for the endzone and was intercepted, the third time in the game the Texans turned the ball over in scoring range.

On the very next play, Adrian Peterson would break off a 40 yard run, but the Texans' defense would tighten up and, with 14:13 left in the game, the Texans took over at their own 10, still trailing 21-14.

The Texans would drive to the Vikings 48, before a false start penalty on Ephraim Salaam would put them in a 2nd and 15. They would not recover and punted back to the Vikings.

Peterson would then break off runs of 21 and 22 yards as the Vkings would complete a 7 play, 84 yard drive to take a 28-21 lead with just 6:26 to go in the game. Frerotte would complete the drive by completing a 25 yard TD pass to Visanthe Shiancoe as the Texans were braced for more of the Peterson assault. “We couldn’t stop him all day. We knew that. It was a matter of containing him, and hopefully he didn’t get off to too many big runs. I think he had a couple of them. I thought our defense for the most part our defense held him in check and gave us a chance as a football team to get it done. We didn’t get it done," Kubiak said. 

The Texans answered with a 10 play, 67 yard drive that ended with Rosenfels connecting with Johnson from 14 yards out with just 2:58 to go in the game to cut the vkings lead to 28-21.

The Vikings recovered the onside kick but went three and out and the Texans took over at their own 10 with 1:57 to go in the game. But Rosenfels took sacks on third and fourth downs and the Texans chance to win was gone.

“We have been playing some good football. We knew we would have to come in here and play clean. We talked last night about winning the turnover battle – that’s something if our team does, we are pretty hard to beat. We didn’t do that today. Our defense kept us in the game in the second half. We moved the ball. (They’re) a very good football team,” Kubiak said.

"The turnovers killed us. We had two in a red zone, and you’re not going to win football games doing that," said Schaub.

“Our effort was tremendous. Our guys played hard. They were ready to play; played for 60 minutes across the board. But eventually they got dinged by a couple of mistakes and turnovers, which has hurt this football team before," said Kubiak.

“Whether win or lose, we have to go back to work. We are at home next week against another tough team. We’ve got to come out and play hard again. We’ve got to eliminate the mistakes. It seems like whenever we are losing, we’re turning the ball over in crucial situations and really just killing ourselves. If we can learn to stop doing that, we’ll be alright," said Owen Daniels.

(sources: CBS Sportsline, houstontexans.com)

Category: NFL
Tags: Texans, Vikings
Posted on: November 2, 2008 4:20 pm

Texan Generosity Costly

The Houston Texans fell back to Earth today, falling to the Minnesota Vikings 28-21, as once again, the dreaded turnover reared its ugly head. The Texans tossed two redzone interceptions and lost a fumble on the Vikings side of the ball, effectively blowing three scoring chances in a game they lost by one touchdown.

Except for an early interception the Texans took to the house, the game came down to the Vikings doing the little things better: protecting the football, protecting their quarterback, not committing killer simplistic penalties. On the other hand, the Texans lost the turnover battle 3-3, committed a pair of false start penalties in the second half, and ended their last possession of the game by taking back to back sacks on third and fourth down.

The Texans are still not mentally ready to move to the next level yet. The talent is there but now they have to start thinking they can play like champions. After all, according to John Madden, 90% of the game is half mental.

Andre Johnson's streaks ended as he had just 4 receptions for 62 yards, although he did catch a late TD pass. Owen Daniels was in double digits in receptions and topped 100 yards as the Texans did show they can spread the ball around. Daniels was really key on the Texans' first two possessions in the second half.

Matt Schaub left the game at halftime with a knee injury. Sage Rosenfels came in and played very well in the third quarter, but threw an interception in the end zone with the Texans trailing 21-14. That turnover was a key play as the momentum shifted to the Vikings again after that.

Gary Kubiak needs to decide on who will be the left tackle. The Texans were hurt by two false start penalties, one on Ephraim Salaam and one on Duane Brown and that might have been contributed to they platooning of these two players causing them an inability to get into the flow and speed of the game.

The Texans fell to 3-5 on the season and now need a 6-2 second half to finish with a winning record for the first time in their history. They also fell to 0-4 on the road this season, showing yet another weakness keeping them from moving up to that next level. 

Category: NFL
Tags: Texans, Vikings
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