Everything Gets Offseason Evaluation

The Vikings' loss to Green Bay continued to point out weaknesses the team needs to address in the offseason, and they aren't all personnel-related.

The Vikings' playoff hopes officially ended with Thursday night's 9-6 loss to Green Bay and now coach Brad Childress and Co. can begin looking to 2007 and what needs to change with this team.

There is plenty of work to be done.

The Vikings will get one more look at rookie quarterback Tarvaris Jackson before heading into the offseason. The second-round pick will start again a week from Sunday when Minnesota plays host to the St. Louis Rams in its regular-season finale.

Jackson didn't wow anybody on Thursday night, making his first career NFL start in place of benched veteran Brad Johnson. Jackson completed 10 of 20 passes for 50 yards with one interception, no touchdowns, three sacks and a 35.4 quarterback rating.

The Vikings managed a franchise single-game low three first downs and Minnesota had an embarrassing 27 net yards passing. This certainly wasn't all Jackson's fault but his presence, instead of Johnson's, showed just how much work is necessary to turn this offense around.

Childress, though, says he hasn't lost confidence in his West Coast system. "You know, I know it's a kick ass offense when it's executed properly and it's been done with all different levels of people and personnel," he said. "But I'm not shaken. It's a system, it's a multiple system. You can run it just as easily as you can throw it and we need to become better at it. That's my job."

Among the many offseason needs will be help at receiver. The Vikings clearly don't have a No. 1 wide out; Troy Williamson dropped another deep pass Thursday and right now the seventh-overall pick in the 2005 draft must be considered a complete bust.

Childress' play calling also must be examined and critiqued. His conservative nature continued with Jackson running the show and iat this point it matters little who is playing quarterback for Minnesota. Childress simply isn't putting that person in a situation that he can succeed.

Childress made it clear he will look at all areas of the offense, including the play calling. "I think you go back and evaluate that," he said. "You pull everything apart, football-wise, from training camp on, to how you prepare for a game, to short weeks, long weeks, to your game process. Really there is nothing under the spectrum that is not something you're going to pull apart.


  • Vikings nose tackle Pat Williams on his team's 9-7 loss to Green Bay that featured only three Minnesota first downs: "It was just the same old thing as always. Nobody beats us. We kill our own self. We beat ourselves, and it ends up in a loss."

  • Tight end Jermaine Wiggins on Tarvaris Jackson's first NFL start: "He did all right. As an offense we didn't do nothing so you can't really say how somebody did because we didn't do nothing. I don't know how many total yards we had [104], but it wasn't a lot."

  • NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when asked for his opinion of the job first-year Vikings coach Brad Childress has done: "I'm very impressed with Coach Childress. I think he's got a very clear vision of how to win and how he wants this team to represent the Vikings and the community. I think he's absolutely going in the right direction."

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