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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:34 am    Post subject: special teams requiring special changes...? Reply with quote

The Minnesota Vikings head coach said he had a “long talk” with the team on Monday after squeaking out a 19-13 overtime win at Tampa Bay, despite penalties and other mistakes on special teams that hurt the team in the battle for field position in a close game. Zimmer is considering changes on special teams.

Zimmer: “We had a long talk, me and the team, about some of these things that are causing us to not give them the opportunity to win football games. We will continue to look at it. I think they understand the message pretty clear right now. So, we will see.”

Antone Exum and Jabari Price, both rookies used on about 50 percent of the special teams plays so far this year, are the biggest culprits. Exum has been called for penalties on special teams three times in the last four weeks – for holding twice and once for an illegal blindside block that got him fined. Price has been called for holding twice in the last four weeks on special teams plays. Price’s two penalties not only cost the Vikings 20 yards, but it nullified a combined 61 yards they would have had. A grab of the jersey on a Tampa Bay gunner on Sunday wiped out a 42-yard punt return from Marcus Sherels. Instead of the Vikings having the ball at the Tampa Bay 26-yard line, already well within Blair Walsh’s field goal range in a scoreless game in the second quarter, they were brought back to the Vikings 35-yard line and eventually punted.

http://min.scout.com/story/1473937-penalties-have-zimmer-miffed-at-special-teams
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You wonder if Mike Priefer will be back next year?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exum has been brutal and Sherels has fielded some questionable punts. I'd like to give Thielen a crack at it. Possibly Sherels last year in purple??
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The punter has also been less than stellar....
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2014 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sherels looks like he forgot how to be a punt returner, or at least the basic rules. Perhaps they've green-lit him to field whatever he thinks he can.

That's the only explanation I can think of for why he fields so many punts, with no one around, at the five yard line or deeper.
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PrplChilPill wrote:
The punter has also been less than stellar....

You're awfully kind.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

anyone have any pertinent stats or observations as to how we did on ST in the WASH game?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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anyone have any pertinent stats or observations as to how we did on ST in the WASH game?

bad.
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vike daddy wrote:
anyone have any pertinent stats or observations as to how we did on ST in the WASH game?

bad.

quite the scientific analysis and conclusion there...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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anyone have any pertinent stats or observations as to how we did on ST in the WASH game?


Just something I found:

Special Teams Grade: D
The Vikings’ special teams units really struggled once again. They had just one kick return over 22 yards and one punt return for eight yards. The one punt return would have been for longer, except Robert Blanton committed a block in the back penalty. Punter Jeff Locke was not very good once again. He averaged 40.5 yards per punt in six tries, but each of his last three punts in the game went less than 40 yards, including a 36-yarder that landed in the end zone on the fly in the final seconds. Had he landed it anywhere but the end zone, the Vikings may have been able to run the clock out as they waited for it to stop rolling.
Marcus Sherels was bit of a bright spot for the special teams. He made two open field tackles that kept Andre Roberts from returning those punts.

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/11/03/team-grades-minnesota-vikings-do-enough-to-beat-redskins/
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Top special-teams contributors in WASH game:

Mauti (21 snaps)
Sendejo (21)
Prater (21)
Gray (21)
Thielen (20)
Audie Cole (20)
Sherels (17)
Ellison (15)
Robinson (13)
Asiata (10)
Hodges (10)
Crichton (10)

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/68533/vikings-week-9-playing-time-breakdown
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeff Locke’s numbers are down across the board from his rookie season except for average punt, which has escalated from 44.2 all the way up to 44.3. About the only thing he’s done well at this season is punt in volume without getting hurt. His 50 punts are the second-most in the league behind Jacksonville punter Bryan Anger (52).

In all the key punting metrics, you’ll find Locke’s name quickest if you begin your search at the bottom of the list.

Locke ranks 24th in the NFL in average punt (44.3 yards).
He also ranks 24th in average net punt (38.6 yards).
He’s tied for 24th in the NFL in punts inside the 20-yard line with 11
Locke has five touchbacks this season – tied for third-most in the league and just two behind the league-leader.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/281637371.html
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been a Locke supporter, but we need to bring in some competition next year.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heimdallr wrote:
I've been a Locke supporter, but we need to bring in some competition next year.

Agreed. I thought we got an awesome punter when they drafted him, and even after his first year he looked to be a solid, albeit not game changing, punter. He even looked impressive in Mankato during training camp.

This year he has been brutal.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a sophomore slump.
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