Vikings Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave
Good morning, still in training camp mode for another day or so until we start thinking about getting on the plane and going up to Buffalo for our second game.
Q: How long did it take you to break down the first team offensive tape after Friday’s game?
A: Yeah, too bad that it worked out that way but we are looking for more work this week like Leslie (Frazier) has talked about. Keep working the preseason and get ready for Detroit.
Q: What was your diagnosis on the
A: We had an issue there with protection. Christian had a couple of different options to throw to, either strong or weak, it just got away from him a little bit and when that happens the receiver is always going to try to catch it. Sometimes it can turn into a tipped ball, which is a gift for the defense. So glad that it happened in August and not in January or February.
Q: What steps do you want to see the first team offense take in these next two weeks?
A: We want to gel, we want to get a rapport with one another, our comfort level, our rhythm and we are doing that at practice but it is different in the game. We will keep working in that direction so we can be real good by Detroit. That’s the whole game, get to Detroit healthy and in rhythm.
Q: Do you anticipate
A: We haven’t talked about our personnel yet. We will. We are still in training camp mode. We will have those meetings and then make a determination in those meetings.
A: We like what they are doing physically. We are not scheming these preseason games we really are running our base offense, our system stuff, whether it applies to the Vikings defense or the Buffalo defense or the Houston defense. That gives us a chance to assess them physically, and physically they are doing their job. They are getting separation, they are blocking when they are supposed to, they are catching the ball and as Stephen did the other night after making the catch he went above and beyond the call of duty and had a good run.
Q: When you put together a two tight end offense what are some of the advantages?
A: You have a little bit more of a run threat when you have two tight ends out there. So it makes us more diverse, hopefully more difficult to defend. We have some versatility in the tight end department on our team and that helps us both be a threat to run it as well as to throw it.
Q: How much did the injury to
A: Well, we had to adapt, that is part of coaching, that is part of life, being able to adapt and adjust and we did. It was good to get John back in September but we definitely missed him in August.
Q: When you have two tight ends that big on the field how does the defensive secondary adjust to that?
A: If they are playing man they usually their third corner, which is their nickel, and the safety on the other guy. In zone you can also try to exploit the linebacker out there in space if you can create that matchup.
Q: What were some of the areas that you critiqued from
A: Yeah there were mistakes made across the board but there were also good things and we try to really emphasis those, try to replicate the good ones and get the other ones out of our system. Cordarrelle is doing a great job. It’s tough to learn a whole new system in a short amount of time. Being a first round draft pick he has got demands on his time. He was sent out there to that rookie photo shoot in L.A., he missed a couple of practices in June, but that just comes with the territory. To his credit he has worked hard in the meetings and really grasped that split end position.
Q: What stood out to you Friday night in his first outing under the lights?
A: He was where he was supposed to be. The quarterbacks want to know that guys are going to be dependable, be at the right depth, come out at the right angle and he was that way. You could see that a bunch of passes that he caught, those balls were thrown early, or anticipatory throws, and quarterbacks are starting to trust him.
Q: What does starting his preseason with a kick return like he had at the beginning game do for his confidence?
A: Well for a player, when you’re out there in a preseason game it is completely real. We have talked about that the record evaporates after August but those games are real. Those guys are out there risking life and limb every time that they step on the field, whether it’s postseason, preseason or the regular season. Confidence comes from demonstrated performance and that is what he did Friday night.