Minnesota Vikings' fans ought to be used to losing games like Sunday's last second loss to the Chicago Bears. Even with a number of big plays, the Vikings still managed to lose somehow.
Jared Allen's sack and forced fumble of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler led to Brian Robison scooping up the fumble and racing down the field to score a touchdown. What a great play. Almost as good as Carl Eller and Jim Marshall of the old Purple People Eaters.
Letroy Guion's stripping the football off Bears running back Matt Forte was another awesome play. Cordarelle Patterson's 105 yard kickoff return to start the game was magnificent. Harrison Smith's interception of a Cutler pass was a thing of beauty, as he leaped into the air and snared the ball in front of the receiver. Just like Bobby Bryant and Paul Krause used to do.
Yet the Vikings still lost the game. Head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters afterwards, “That last two-minute sequence I could have done some things different. I told
our players after the game, as a staff I don’t think we could have asked for any
better preparation, any better fight from our team. But personally I have to do
a better job in guiding our team in that last sequence and I wanted them to know
that. At the end of the day, there were some things that I
didn’t do in my role that could have helped our football team."
declined to get into specifics, but he said the personnel on the field for the
Bears’ last meaningful drive wasn’t the problem.
“There were some things
we could have done differently strategically and that’s my fault,” Frazier said.
The thing I'll never understand is, with a team like the Vikings, they have 23 assistant coaches. They practice and prepare for a week. Then on game day the coaches don't make the right decisions? Maybe having 23 assistant coaches is too many. What are all these guys doing? Maybe there's so many X's and O' floating around out there that everyone is too confused to act.