Brett Favre (Stephen Dunn/Getty)
The Vikings had success running a no-huddle offense late in Sunday’s game, prompting suggestions that they do that more often. Plus, Percy Harvin missed practice with a migraine, Sidney Rice’s status is still up in the air and other notes.
The Vikings’ success in the hurry-up offense in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-24 overtime win has fans calling for more of the no-huddle approach.
On the surface, it seems like a good idea, maybe even for the Vikings quarterback running the offense.
"I think every quarterback, especially as you become older and you've been around a long time, would like to have more control,” Brett Favre said. “We always think that the plays we call would be better, just like people sitting at home (are saying), 'I would have called this play' or 'I would have called that play.’”
Favre threw an interception on the Vikings’ first series Sunday that was nearly returned for a touchdown before receiver Greg Camarillo came from behind to punch the ball out the back of the end zone. The Vikings went three-and-out on their next two series to complete a scoreless first quarter.
They were much better at the end of the game, scoring touchdowns on their final two possessions in regulation to send the game to overtime and driving into field goal position for the winning score on their first possession of overtime.
The team spent most of the fourth quarter in the no-huddle offense, but Childress said they have dabbled in it earlier in games previously.
“We’ve fooled around with that earlier in the year and actually last year. I want to say there were a couple of games that we moved down with the no-huddle, but really you have to have every play available in your offense with the personnel grouping that you settle on … we’ve got a menu for that,” he said. “There’s some that (Favre) can call on his own if he catches them in a change. … It’s kind of a muddle huddle that puts the onus on the defense to be ready to play. It is a nice change-up.”
Favre said one of the reasons for the success of the no-huddle is the simplicity of it. The number of plays is limited because the same personnel stay on the field for the duration of the no-huddle.
“I think that's why over the years I've been fairly successful in that type of offense is not only do I feel comfortable but I have a pretty good idea of what we're doing and there's just this comfort level of I don't have to worry where guys are lining up,” Favre said. “Do I have a motion, do I have a protection change? All those things are a part of football, but simplicity sometimes to me is one of the most overlooked things in this game. I would prefer to do it more. But don't get me wrong, I wouldn't think that's a whole lot different than any other veteran quarterback across this league."
HARVIN HAS ANOTHER MIGRAINE
Receiver Percy Harvin missed practice Wednesday because of another migraine headache. Harvin has been struggling with migraines since he was a teenager and the Vikings felt they had a better handle on the headaches since he was diagnosed with sleep apnea in August. He missed one practice on Sept. 22 with a migraine and returned the next day, but it remains to be seen how quickly he returns this time around.
Harvin was one of several players to miss practice on Wednesday because of injury/medical issues.
Joining him were CB Asher Allen (concussion), S Jarmarca Sanford (hamstring) and Favre (ankle/foot/calf). Favre had a calf injury added to his list of ailments while his chin was taken off the injury report.
Also, T Phil Loadholt (knee) and DT Pat Williams (elbow) were limited, while DE Everson Griffen (shoulder), CB Lito Sheppard (hand) and CB Frank Walker (hamstring) were full participants.
For the Bears, C Olin Kreutz (head) didn’t practice while CBs Zackary Bowman (foot), Tim Jennings (knee) and D.J. Moore (head) were limited.
NO DECISION YET ON RICE
The Vikings still haven’t filled their final spot on the active roster, presumably holding out hope that receiver Sidney Rice will be ready to play Sunday in Chicago.
After having hip surgery on Aug. 23, Rice was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list last week and began practicing with the team. Childress continued to say that Rice needs to be able to handle the rigors of a game, but he would likely ease his way back into action, whether that happens this Sunday or next.
“Kind of what the traffic will bear, and every guy is different. He’s been cleared for all activities right now, so when he feels like he can play, he can play,” Childress said.
Favre said he wants Rice to be able to play without hesitation when he does return.
“He wants to be able to play like he did last year. Of course I do, too. I think everyone does,” Favre said. “So, when do you make that choice? 'OK, I can go.' Until he gets hit and things like that, we won't know if his mentality has changed and things like that. I like the progress he's making. I wanted him eight, nine weeks ago. He can't get here soon enough, but I do want it, when he steps on for good, to feel confident that he's not going to look back."
The Vikings signed defensive back Cord Parks to their practice squad after losing safety Colt Anderson to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles signed Anderson to their 53-man roster. Parks, a 5-11, 182-pounder out of Northeastern, was released by Seattle earlier this year.
Childress said the Bears defense is blitzing more this year. “While the structure of the defense is essentially the same, you see a lot more fire zones, the linebackers coming, safeties coming, that type of thing,” Childress said. “More aggressive from that standpoint. That’s a marked difference.”
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