Higher safety for pigskin? | By Lindsey Younger
Ask anybody among the many Vikings teaching employees or locker room, and so they’ll emphasize – and re-emphasize – one main factor that is harm them within the first two video games: Ball safety. Ball safety. Ball safety.
Minnesota fell 20-17 to Tampa Bay in Week 1, then 34-28 at Philadelphia in final week’s Thursday Night time Soccer matchup. By these two contests, the Vikings are minus-6 in turnover differential – having misplaced the ball seven instances whereas taking it away simply as soon as, an interception of Jalen Hurts. There is definitely frustration relating to self-inflicted wounds and missed alternatives. However, in a bizarre manner, there’s additionally a way of optimism.
Kirk Cousins spoke to media members Wednesday and stated the next:
“When you’d have informed me that after two weeks, we might be minus-6, I might let you know we might be 0-2. So do not actually have to have a look at a lot else. That just about tells the story. That being stated, we’re in these video games, it comes all the way down to the final couple performs, and there is one thing encouraging to take from that, however solely a lot. Sooner or later the underside line is, you’ve got gotta win.”
Vikings Head Coach Kevin O’Connell stated the “silver lining” is that the staff’s misplaced two video games by solely a mixed 9 factors.
“That tells me there nonetheless is plenty of optimism available so far as, if we are able to make the enhancements – and that is an ‘if’ as a result of we have now to cease speaking about it and we have now to make it a focus for our staff,” he stated Wednesday.
O’Connell famous the Vikings “do issues daily” to deal with ball safety and even elevated that for this week.
“We’ll do some issues to include new features, to perhaps assist with a number of the issues that we have seen on tape,” O’Connell stated. “We’ll coach it onerous. It was a serious message on Monday, main message [Wednesday]so far as what I feel it will take to win the sport for our staff.
“And now, we have performed sufficient speaking about it,” he added. “We have to come back out right here at apply and put together to attempt to be on the hunt to get our turnover margin again to zero as quick as doable.”