Jared Allen succinctly and I would say accurately summed up the cruddiness of Sunday night’s defensive performance by the Vikings, in a statement that was never meant for the ears of the general public. “This is the worst defense I’ve ever played on in my life,” Allen proclaimed to offensive guard Charlie Johnson on the sideline during the fourth quarter of last evening’s debacle at the Metrodome.
Had it not been for the TV camera trained on Jared’s face at that exact moment, we never would’ve known the extent of Jared’s frustration. Lip readers across America immediately seized on the footage and were able to translate.
Jared knows from bad defense, having played on the Vikings’ horrifying defensive unit of 2011. Yes the 2013 Vikings are worse. In fact they are currently on pace to break the NFL record for most points allowed in a single season.
Maybe Jared isn’t the guy who should’ve been talking last night, given the way he was shut down by Packers rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari.
The main problem for Minnesota has been third down defense. The Packers were able to convert on third down at a frightening rate last evening, mostly thanks to Aaron Rodgers and his pinpoint accuracy. It didn’t help throwing different looks at Rodgers either. The biggest offensive play of the evening came when Chad Greenway ended up in one-on-one coverage with Jordy Nelson during a zone blitz.
Rodgers recognized the zone dog so quickly, you felt like he must have been living right inside Alan Williams’ head. Speaking of Williams, if anyone is going to take the fall for last night’s debacle, it will probably be the defensive coordinator, who has clearly run out of answers.
Williams doesn’t really deserve the blame of course. The Vikings are simply outmanned right now, and that’s on Rick Spielman. It’s also on Jared Allen who is currently eating up a huge chunk of the Vikings’ salary cap and isn’t producing at a level commensurate with such rich compensation.
Jared may not have much longer to suffer. The Vikings are reportedly shopping the defensive end ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, with the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos being mentioned as possible buyers.