After narrowly escaping a 19-17 home win over the winless Detriot Lions on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings claimed not to worry about game calls.
Not Eric Kendricks.
Kendricks didn’t mince his words in his post-game press conference and held his coaches accountable.
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After the Vikings gave up their third 100-yard rushing performance in five games this season on Sunday, Kendricks called his coaches over and said they needed to make more adjustments on the sideline and would not be satisfied with making those changes to make at halftime.
“We have to see how they’re going to attack us,” said Kendricks. “Preferably in the first quarter, then go out with a plan. We don’t want to make these adjustments at halftime. We also have to play clay and make a piece when it’s presented. “
Kendricks admitted that everyone is organizationally responsible for the fighting to stop the run this season.
“It’s a little bit the coaches, but also the players,” he added. “We’re out there. We see things. I am a veteran. I need to know what’s going on out there. We all have to stick together. “
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Star Tribune reporter Andrew Krammer witnessed Kendricks’ honesty at his post-game press conference. He agreed, as Kendricks admitted, that he lacked confidence in the offense on the last drive of the game after a miserable second half with questionable game calls.
Alexander Mattison fumbled the ball in the final two minutes of play, resulting in a late Lions touchdown that nearly cost the Vikings the game. Forced to blow the ball out with 37 seconds remaining in regulation, the Vikings relied on Kirk Cousins to blow the ball out and completed 3 of 3 passes for 46 yards to Greg Joseph’s 54-yard walk-off field Prepare Goal.
“Eric says, ‘Sure, I think I could tell you I’m confident, yes, but we had just given up the score and it was nerve-wracking,'” Krammer said on the Access to Vikings Podcast. “Kendricks kind of alluded to what the coaches wouldn’t say, at least what Mike Zimmer wouldn’t say: ‘No, we didn’t have a lot of confidence there because the season was kind of life there for 30 seconds of support.’ ”
The Vikings are going to need all the confidence to get out of their 2-3 lap with some of the steepest competitions ahead. Your next six opponents have a combined record of 21-9 with five of them losing only one.
“We won’t look lost. I know how we work. It hasn’t changed since I’ve been here, ”said Kendricks. “It’s my seventh year here and we’re just grinding. We watch movies, we are a smart team, we come and do the work and nobody complains. We’ll go back to work and do everything right. “