"If you want to call somebody out, call who you're talking about out," the six-time Pro Bowler said today. "Don't say the whole group got out-physicaled. I don't believe that at all. I saw that on the news and I was like, 'You show a play where two guys are double-teaming me, of course you're going to get out-physicaled if you're getting double-teamed on a run block. One guy's trying to hold me up and the other guy's trying to take a run at my side ... If you want to call somebody out, you can do that. A couple of guys might have gotten pushed off the ball, but the whole group, no."
Any guesses as to whom that quote belongs? Well that would be our very own Kevin Williams. This was in response to Leslie Frazier's post game comments about how he felt that the Vikings offensive and defensive lines were not very physical on Sunday night. Hard to argue against the man. Adrian Peterson was bottled up all night. McNabb was sacked 5 times. And the Chinless one was kept upright for most of the night.
Should we be concerned that one of our vets has taken exception to comments made by the Head Coach in the wake of last Sunday's beat down? Well these comments by themselves, no I don't think I would be concerned. Obviously Kevin Williams is very frustrated. I'm sure that there's not one member of the Vikings organization who isn't frustrated right now. But coupled with these comments from Jared Allen after hearing that McNabb was being benched in favor of Ponder:
I don’t know. Honestly, I thought Christian did some good things at the end of the (Chicago) game. Everybody has been ragging on Donovan, but he’s not turning the ball over and that’s huge. I mean, you see last year the uphill battle we had. All respect to Brett (Favre) but when a quarterback is throwing picks and you’ve got defensive touchdowns going the other way, that’s tough. Sometimes, the drive stalls. Bottom line is, we’re keeping possession of the ball. We can win like that, and we expect to win like that. Until this last game, we scored at least 20 points in every game and that should be enough to win. Seventeen points or more should win with this defense. I don’t look at it like it’s his fault. Granted, we haven’t had the spectacular big plays but we’re built offensively to grind it out. We have the best running back in the league. We should be able to run the ball 40 times a game, get 17 to 25 points and, with the capabilities of our defense when we play up to the status quo, we should win games. Yeah, (McNabb is) going to take some heat. That’s not my decision to make, but I wouldn’t say (McNabb) is why we’re losing. If they feel Christian is the answer, then go with it. But I don’t feel it’s time to give up on 2011 yet.
...and I call that a pattern of discontent. But they should be discontented right? Wait is discontented a word? They are 1-5 right now and the disappointment is understandable. But are these small ripples on the surface a sign of a serious undertow?