What hasn't gone wrong during this 2001 season for the Minnesota Vikings? Todd Bouman gets an opportunity to start at quarterback because of an unfortunate injury to Daunte Culpepper, and in his first start Bouman is named the Miller Lite Player of the Week. He comes out the next game against Detroit, injures the thumb on his throwing hand in the second quarter, makes an adjustment in the second half and plays great. Then, starting against Jacksonville, he injures the same thumb on his second pass of the game. So, up steps Spergon Wynn for his first opportunity of the 2001 season.
Wynn starts out by completing his first six passes to six different receivers. With results like that, you can understand why Vikings coach Dennis Green refers to his offensive system as quarterback-friendly. The comfort level of a Vikings quarterback — or anybody playing for Green — was shown on Wynn's last play of the game, an interception. The result doesn't reflect the comfort level. You see, the few remaining fans in the Metrodome were cheering for Cris Carter, knowing that this was his last home game as a member of the Vikings. Wynn had enough confidence in his performance and a comfort zone with Coach Green that he might have forced the throw just a tad while trying to get that ball to Carter for his final touchdown in the Metrodome as a Viking as fans cheered "C.C." repeatedly.
When a player has the confidence and backing of a coach to play at a comfortable mental level, his natural athletic ability will always shine through. Trust me, not many coaches project this type of professional relationship with their players.
As for the final result, a 33-3 loss, the Vikings actually got it handed to them. Both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, for some unknown reason, just didn't get it done. There is no way an offense should average only 2 yards per carry, or a defense give up 5.8 yards per rush. On the defensive side, there were gaping holes, as players looked to be more concerned about filling their gap rather than realizing that a defense merely sets them up and positions them for the snap of the ball. Upon the snap, it's time to read and react and let your natural instincts take over. It just comes down to playing good, hard-nosed football. The Vikings have been inconsistent this year, but Sunday's performance against Jacksonville seemed to go one step below that. But, like I said, it's just one of those years where nothing is going right. VU
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