Jared Allen vents for some answers

Jared Allen had three sacks on Matthew Stafford, but that wasn't enough for the Vikings to hold a 20-0 halftime lead. Allen said things like he was ready for the slaughter of questions, stunned and frustrated. See what else he had to say after an emotional loss.

Seemingly resigned to his fate and the fate of his team, as Jared Allen rose from his locker to face the media following Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to Detroit, he said, "Let the slaughter begin."

It should have been different. Allen recorded three sacks Sunday against Matthew Stafford, who hadn't been sacked at all in the first two games of the season. Instead, Allen was facing a media gauntlet that was looking for answers that, try as he would, Allen simply couldn't provide.

Allen spent the next several minutes fielding questions that, even with the best of his ability, he didn't know how to answer. As Allen put it, he knows the axiom, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." But, asked the rhetorical question, "Fool me three times? I don't even know what the saying is for that."

It has been that kind of start for the Vikings, who have seen halftime leads of 10, 17 and 20 points vanish in the second half and, as much as they try to make the needed adjustments, Allen remained at a loss to figure out how or why it keeps happening.

"Stunned doesn't cover it," Allen said. "The bottom line is we've got such a good team. We're the best first-half team in football. We're shutting people out in the first half. Something doesn't click. Something doesn't transfer over (into the second half). It ain't a lack of effort. I will play any snap and any down with these guys. We have to figure it out. Three weeks in a row this crap has happened and at different point margins. I don't know what the answer is. It's not from a lack of practice. It's not from a lack of effort."

Allen said he believed up until the very end that the Vikings could hold on to win the game and, after forcing the Lions to kick three second-half field goals, thought the team would get the job done.

"We expected we would have to weather some storms and I thought we did that pretty well," Allen said.
Allen refused to point fingers at an offense that once again sputtered in the second half and failed to take advantage of a huge halftime edge. He said that, at the time, he was in favor of going on fourth down deep in Detroit territory – and wasn't about to second-guess the decision after the fact.

"You get that first down, now you're going for the jugular," Allen said. "I like that kind of football. Hell, I'm willing to bet my paycheck that these guys could get one yard. We have Adrian Peterson."

The Vikings, instead, went to Toby Gerhart and he was struffed.

Allen said the 180-degree turn in the fortunes of the team from the first half to the second half has been something he can't figure out. If players were giving a half-hearted effort, he wouldn't like it but he could understand the results. However, he said that simply isn't the case.

"It's just frustrating," Allen said. "I look at these guys' face every day in the locker room and, to a man, they give it all. We've got to figure out where the letdown is."

With his team at 0-3 and in a hole deep enough to require a rope to pull themselves out of, Allen had to be philosophical, shrugging his shoulders and figuring what doesn't kill the Vikings can only make them stronger.

"You know what?" Allen asked with a sigh. "After adversity comes great things. There's a lot of football left. We have to find a way to finish games. It ain't over ‘til it's over."


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