More Defensive Backfield Changes

Overhaul is the word that keeps popping up around Winter Park. It's the word used to describe the Vikings' defensive backfield, with three "new" starters in place for Monday night.

The Vikings did what many thought they would following two humbling losses -- made some wholesale changes, but not where many thought they would.

The Vikings told VU Thursday that the secondary will have a vastly different look Monday against the Giants. Dale Carter moves into the starting lineup at corner and, in something of a surprise, starter Kenny Wright fell all the way down to dime back. Eric Kelly will shift sides at corner, but remain a starter, and, when the Giants go to three-receiver sets, Robert Tate will come in as the nickel back at right corner. Wright will move in only in dime situations -- at least to start the game.

Another big announcement was that Robert Griffith will also start. However, instead of keeping Orlando Thomas at his free safety spot, he'll be on the sidelines, giving way to Tyrone Carter in the starting lineup.

The message is clear -- the Vikings are looking to make the needed changes to forget the last two games and the changes may continue -- next on the defensive front.

FRIDAY NOTES
* Green confirmed to VU Thursday that offensive linemen Brad Badger and Corbin Lacina and defensive lineman Winfield Garnett will all be inactive Monday. None of the three took part in the team's full-pads practice Thursday.

* Guard Calvin Collins was fined $5,000 for taunting in Sunday's game, a surprising penalty, much less a fine. At the time of the alleged taunt, the Vikings were down by 24 points and it's unlikely that Collins was getting up in anyone's grill under the circumstances. He said Thursday that he will likely appeal the fine.

* While the Giants are expected to try to use the same pass offense to dissect the Vikings, a VU source with the Giants said to expect a healthy dose of running backs Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne. Word around the Giants training facility is that both can expect to get 15-20 carries Monday if the Giants get an early lead.

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