Key Vikings express frustration with loss

Jared Allen (Jon Dahlin/Viking Update)

As the losses stack up, so does the frustration with a few key players on offense and defense.

The Minnesota Vikings have been accustomed to losing this season. Far too accustomed to it. Yet, Sunday's 42-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints was the first time some players admitted that the Vikings as a team aren't on par with the rest of the league.

They weren't last year. They definitely aren't this year. But the players generally seem to consistently spout the company line – we win as a team, we lose as a team, etc. Sunday was different.

In the span of two questions following the loss to the Saints, Chad Greenway used the phrase "we're not good enough" a total of five times.

Asked about his frustration with only having 10 carries Sunday, Adrian Peterson said in his response, "I don't know what goes through the coaches' mind."

In discussing the frustration and fatigue associated with Sunday's game, when the Saints engineered a 19-play drive that ate up more than 10½ minutes of the game clock, Jared Allen said the Vikings have "enough issues that are glaring" and "a lot of people are probably going to get fired at this point anyways."

It would be one thing if these were disgruntled players heading out the door. But these are three of the team's leaders. They're as frustrated as anyone in the locker room because all three were key components of the Vikings' magical run in 2009 and have seen the team go from the heights of success to the depths of despair in two short years.

Last week, team owner Zygi Wilf said head coach Leslie Frazier's job was safe. With a report from 1500 ESPN that some defensive backs ignored defensive calls in previous weeks, it would seem something has to give. The last thing a franchise should do is get accustomed to losing and, under the current regime, it would seem losing is becoming too commonplace to be coincidence.

MONDAY NOTES

  • For those who were penciling in Saturday's game at Washington as an automatic win, apparently so did the Giants. The Redskins dominated the Giants all day in an upset win that now leaves Dallas alone atop the NFC East, a game ahead of the rest of the division.

  • History was made with two Week 15 matchups. The last undefeated team and the last winless team both saw their streaks end, as the Packers lost and the Colts won – now leaving Indianapolis just one game behind the Vikings. It was the third time in NFL history that an undefeated team and winless team both had their streaks ended on the same day at least 11 games into a season.

  • The Rams continued to lose and joined the Vikings at 2-12 with a home loss to Cincinnati.

  • The Vikings' two wins have come against two teams on a late-season upturn. The Panthers improved to 5-9 Sunday with a road win over AFC South champion Houston and the Arizona Cardinals won their fourth straight and six of the last seven to come back from a six-game losing streak early to even their record at 7-7 on the season.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.


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