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The Minnesota Vikings' Cover-2 scheme has come under some heat this season, with critics pointing to its relative simplicity as a reason the team is back to having one of the worst defenses in the league. But while the Vikings don't play as much strict Cover-2 as they used to, and coach Leslie Frazier admitted to Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune the Vikings have become predictable in some cases, the coach still thinks personnel is the biggest factor for a team's success.
"Give me the personnel any day,” Frazier told Craig. “All great teams, it’s the personnel. Even when a coach makes a bad call, if you got the right personnel, they make it right.”
That could be perceived as a suggestion from Frazier he doesn't have what he needs on defense to be successful, but one could certainly make that case for the coach. The Vikings' experiment with a number of young defenders, like cornerback Josh Robinson, hasn't turned out well, and the result has been plenty of occasions where the Vikings aren't able to execute their defense.
"Part of that is guys learning what we’re asking them to do," Frazier said. "The lack of experience sometimes shows up."
Here are today's other Vikings stories of note:
Before Tuesday's trade deadline, we made the case for the Vikings moving Jared Allen. And once no deal emerged, we looked at what Allen remaining with the Vikings means for Everson Griffen.
The Associated Press had the tragic news that running back Matt Asiata's father was killed in a bus crash.
The AP also reported Joseph Patterson, who has been charged with second-degree murder after the death of Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son this month, is out of jail on $75,000 bond.
Count Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press among those who isn't terribly impressed with the Vikings' plan at the moment.
Greg Jennings still didn't have much to say at a charity event about his chat with Aaron Rodgers on Sunday night, according to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, but said the two are fine.