Coordinator Darrell Bevell got his first opportunity of the season to call plays for the offense. See what Bevell and head coach Brad Childress had to say about the efforts, and get more than two dozen notes from the morning practice session.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell called most of the plays during the Minnesota Vikings
' preseason opener against St. Louis, but coach Brad Childress didn't completely relinquish those duties.
"I made some suggestions," Childress said.
Last season, Bevell was the first-year coordinator, but Childress, the first-year head coach, called the plays on game day. It was the same setup used when Childress was the coordinator under coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia.
Bevell said he thought the communication with Childress and quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers went well Friday. Bevell, taking opinions from Childress, sends the play to quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers, who then communicates with the quarterback.
"I thought it went well," Bevell said. "I thought we had great communication in the press box, from the guys on the field. Obviously Coach has a lot of input. They see things down there on the field, we see things up in the box, but I thought the communication was the thing that went the best."
Bevell said the offense is the same, but his personality is different from that of Childress, which means he may see different things and call different plays.
"The key is it's the same offense so it's the same plays, but the difference may be personalities – where, hey, what am I going to do in this situation? Am I a guy that is going to take a shot, you going to run it? I wouldn't call the same things he would call, he wouldn't call the same things that I would call, and you wouldn't call the same things the two of us would call," Bevell said. "It's just your personality and what you feel at that moment, how comfortable you are with what guys are doing on the field. Whether I'm seeing this matchup out here, I know this guy can't hang. I'm seeing our line coming off the ball and I just feel like we are getting a good push, hey, I'm going to just keep running the ball. It's just a feel thing and what you're seeing."
On the practice field Tuesday, the offense struggled in full-team drills against the defense. During one period, Ray Edwards
made a pair of sacks and Pat Williams
Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe
dropped a couple of passes, as did Todd Lowber
"It's important to keep these guys focused the last couple of days in camp," Bevell said. "We don't want any senior-itis when you get close to getting out of here."
Linebacker Jason Glenn
retired Tuesday, unable to overcome a knee injury that has plagued him this summer. Glenn re-injured the surgically repaired knee early in camp and Childress said that Glenn, a seven-year veteran who joined the Vikings last season, spoke to the team Monday night to announce his decision.
Glenn spent four years with the New York Jets
and one with Miami. He played in seven games last season on special teams before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
"He said his body couldn't take it anymore," said Childress, who left open the option that Glenn could un-retire during the season if the Vikings had a need and Glenn was willing.
The Vikings signed two linebackers Tuesday, adding George Hall and Cameron Siskowic. Hall, who played at Purdue, was with the Vikings for six weeks during the offseason. Siskowic was waived last week by Cincinnati.
Running back Wendell Mathis
(back) was placed on waived-injured and could reach an injury settlement with the Vikings if no other team claims him.
Cornerback Chad Johnson has missed the last two days of practice to be with his mother, who is having surgery in Louisiana. Childress expects Johnson to return Wednesday or Thursday.
On one play, Childress lined up in the backfield, took a handoff from Tarvaris Jackson and placed the ball down after a couple of yards, setting up a "last-minute" field goal attempt.
The best catch of the morning came from Cortez Hankton, who jumped high to snag a pass from Bollinger. The defensive highlight was provided by cornerback Marcus McCauley. A high pass in the corner of the end zone was intended for Sidney Rice, but McCauley timed his leap and deflected the ball to safety Patrick Body.
The Vikings signed linebackers Cameron Siskowic and George Hall, placing RB Wendell Mathis on waived-injured and accepting the retirement of LB Jason Glenn. In true rookie fashion, Hall was carrying the shoulder pads and jersey of LB Chad Greenway to the locker room after practice.
Offensive linemen Artis Hicks and Anthony Herrera continue to rotate at right guard, but the Vikings are also preparing for times of injury. Ryan Cook, who normally starts at right tackle, played a few snaps at center, and Hicks was also moved to right tackle for a short time.
CB Antoine Winfield made an impressive pass defensed on a throw intended for WR Troy Williamson deep down the right sideline. Winfield looked like he was about to intercept a different pass in the middle of the field later in practice, but WR Billy McMullen went high and snatched the ball away from the cornerback. Winfield also knocked a pass away that was intended for RB Adrian Peterson.
S Tank Williams had an interception after Tarvaris Jackson scrambled out of the pocket and to his left while trying to get a pass to Bobby Wade. Jackson didn't get enough on the pass and Williams had the easy interception. On the next play, Jackson played it conservatively and scrambled for a short gain after his pocket broke down, but on the third play of the series he rolled out right and threw a perfect pass on the move to TE Braden Jones.
Ryan Longwell missed two of nine field goals, with both of the misses coming from about 40 yards out. One drifted just wide right and the other was an ugly kick that went far left. However, the Vikings were using QB Brooks Bollinger as the holder to prepare him in case of injury to regular holder Chris Kluwe. Head coach Brad Childress said later that the badly missed kick was the result of the laces not being spun away from Longwell's foot. He also made two from about 40 yards and five others from inside of 40.
CB Charles Gordon just missed an interception when he undercut a route, but the ball went right through his hands.
S Patrick Body threw WR Aundrae Allison to the ground after some hard contact from Allison, but the two avoided a confrontation.
That wasn't the case later in practice when Chester Taylor took exception to goal-line hit from S Greg Blue. Taylor came back at Blue, but teammates quickly interceded before any punches were thrown.
Tackle Marcus Johnson appears to be struggling with an injury to his left knee and he has been sporting a brace on it.
QB Brooks Bollinger was sacked twice in a row while running the second-team offense against the first-team defense.
WR Todd Lowber let one pass go through his hands and bounce off his shoulder pads on a crossing route. The offense struggled for a good portion of full-team work with numerous dropped passes.
CB Ronyell Whitaker, who recently returned to practice after recovering from an ankle sprain, deflected one pass away from intended receiver Wade.
DE Brian Robison appeared to get poked in the right eye but continued on with practice.
DE Ray Edwards stopped Peterson in his tracks on one play right at the line of scrimmage. A short time later, LB Chad Greenway did the same thing on the other side of the field.
TE Richard Owens went prone for an impressive diving catch in the middle of the field.
WR Martin Nance had a touchdown catch in the back of the end zone from Bollinger.
WR Paris Hamilton, just signed to the team last week, grabbed the ball away from CB Jerron Wishom, but then Hamilton fumbled the ball a few steps later and Greenway popped it loose from behind.
TE Jim Kleinsasser had one false start on a hard count.
RB Adrian Peterson got some reps with the first-team offense.
During 7-on-7 work, LB Ben Leber knocked a pass away that was intended for Peterson.
The defensive line was busy working on the timing and execution of their stunts.
Jackson just barely overthrew a deep pass down the right sideline intended for Rice.
During 9-on-7 goal-line work, Mewelde Moore scored two touchdowns. A short time later, Kyle Cook and Brooks Bollinger fumbled the snap and the newly signed Siskowic picked up the loose ball.
During individual drills, WR Justin Surrency had a long catch down the left sideline.
Troy Williamson, Chandler Williams and Aundrae Allison were all returning kicks during the special teams portion of practice.