Things had to change. So was the mantra. Patterson will see more time in Week 2. He did. He saw six plays. But, seeing as the Vikings ran 64 plays, that equated to an identical 9 percent of offensive snaps.
On Monday, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said things are going to change.
"We're going to get that rectified," Frazier said. "He definitely deserves to be on the field more. He's showed that in the few snaps he's gotten in the first two ballgames. Hopefully, everything being equal, that should not be a part of the conversation next week. We want to get him on the field. He's one of our explosive players for sure. We see what he does when he gets the ball in his hands so we have to get him on the field."
The strange part of that exchange with the local media was that he made a similar comment the week before. Time for the VU I-Team to wake up and start earning its dingy Frogtown loft on the company dime.
In Week 1, Patterson played on 9 percent of the snaps. He repeated that in Week 2. How did the others do?
Greg Jennings: 85 percent of offensive snaps in Week 1; 84 percent of snaps in Week 2
Jerome Simpson: 76-69
Jarius Wright: 49-45
Joe Webb: 11-11
Wait…what? The VU I-Team is a little sketchy, but, if you factor in the plays increased by John Carlson (whose play percentage numbers were the only to rise from Week 1 to 2) you may find the culprit.
At Detroit, Carlson was on the field for 13 plays (24 percent of the offensive snaps). He was targeted once and didn't catch the pass. At Chicago, he was on the field for 20 snaps (31 percent). He was targeted twice and caught one pass for seven yards.
Given the eerie similarities between the Week 1 and Week 2 numbers for the wide receivers, it would seem that offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is calling the shots as to who is on the field and when they're in playmaking position. If it needs to be "rectified," who needs the rectify it? The head coach?
When pressed with a follow-up question as to how Patterson apparently got lost in the shuffle after starting the game with a 105-yard kickoff return, Frazier got a touch indignant, effectively repeating what he had said initially.
"He doesn't get lost," Frazier said. "We're well aware of his talents, even on the smoke screen when we threw it out and he got 14 yards. We're well aware of his talents. He doesn't get lost. We'll get it rectified."
To rectify something, almost by definition, means to make right something that is wrong. Musgrave has his idea of how playing time should be distributed. Frazier, as head coach, has his own interpretation. General manager Rick Spielman has his. In the current version of the Tripod of Offensive Authority, who will win out?
We'll find out Sunday.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.