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Coordinator provided ‘kick in the pants'

Alan Williams (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)

Defensive coordinator Alan Williams heard about his play-calling all week. At halftime, his defensive players heard it from him and stepped up with a much-improved second-half performance.

Alan Williams took the Sunday sermon from his defensive players and shrugged it off earlier this week. Payback, however, proved worthwhile. After a porous first half from his defense Thursday night, Williams had enough. Schemes can only do so much. Eventually, his players had to make plays, something that wasn't consistent enough in previous weeks. "He was more fired up than I've ever seen him... Recommended Stories