Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Culpepper or Coldpepper?

This NFL season thus far has brought on some fairly big surprises but none bigger than Daunte Culpepper who is...get this...43 of 70 for 469 yards, 0 TD, 8 INT and has been sacked 5 times.

Has the loss of Randy Moss been this much of a factor, or is there other reasons for this kind of a start?

Your thoughts on Culpepper and whether or not he can bounce back from it?


Blogger Steve said...

I'll wait to hear some comments about this but I am sure people are going to place a high emphasis on the loss of Randy Moss as the primary reason for Culpeppers performance thus far this season.

I don't believe that - there are so many factors besides Moss as the reason in my opinion.

1st and foremost - have you seen that offensive line block? That is absolutely rediculous!!! Culpepper doesn't have any time to throw, make good solid reads, heck, they don't even have a running game which make that offense a very unbalanced squad.

Sure Moss gives that team a deep threat, but I think Robinson or Burleson are potential deep threats; Culpepper just needs time to have an opportunity to throw it deep.

Play calling has been mighty pathetic as well - hell, their leading rusher has only rushed 9 times for 35 yards in 2 games. As a team, they had a total of 29 rushes for 110 yards - how can you possibly run an offense with those types of numbers creating an unbalanced attack?

Most teams rush the ball 29 times in a game...the Vikings have a lot of work to do, they need to take the pressure off of Culpepper and let him settle down in that offense.

This is what we are looking at right now...the Chicago Bears, with rookie QB Kyle Orton are in 1st place in that division. Green Bay has a tough schedule coming up, and since they are 0-2 all ready, they could really go into a deep hole. The Vikings are obviously in trouble and Joey Harrington haven't done enough to impress me the slightest bit thus far this season.

1:46 PM  
Blogger RED said...

I gotta agree with you Steve that the problem isn't all about moss not being on the team. I also agree about the line blocking and the shortage of the running game as well. it really comes down to coaching man... I think Tyce needs to lose his job.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

I think Tice is now on the hot seat for sure - if the Vikings drop another game or two, especially in a row, look for a coaching change!

Tice has had enough weapons both offensively and defensively to do something special up there and hasn't gotten it done.

fitting image there Red - that has been the look of Culpepper thus far this season.

2:21 PM  
Blogger RED said...

It's also really funny how much Moss and Culpepper have in common this game being 0-2 thus far and all and most to be explained by bad coaching. What was with Moss not getting a pass thrown to him for the final 17 minutes of the game VS. the Chiefs?

3:13 PM  
Anonymous JohnnySox said...

Peyton Manning also put up poor numbers this Sunday, not in the Coldpepper category but devastating if you are holding him in Fantasy! It looks like this may be the year of the defense, last year was the year of great running attacks. I thought the Dever-KC matchup would be a shootout and did you see the Miami-Jets score? That used to be a 35-31 contest a few years back. Philly, Atlanta, Washington, Chicago, Indy , Jags, Dallas, G-Men, Jets, Chiefs, Bengals, Tampa, Buffalo, Pittsburger, Carolina are all playing very tough D this year and other perennial "D"s like Patriots, Ravens and San Diego may come around. Easy points may be tough to come by, all the games I have watched resulted in running backs struggling for every yard and serious pass pressure on the QB's !

1:42 PM  
Blogger RED said...

Yeah there are some very tough D's this year so far. I am very interested to see if the tight ends will have the strong impact that they did last season as well. The Bears either looked really good last week or the Lions are just a shitty team on a week to week cold streak. The team that looks the best and at the same time scares the ever living shit out of me is the Cincinnati Bengals. Watch out for them Cats cause the connection between Palmer and Johnson looks unstoppable.

4:52 PM  
Anonymous JethroTull said...

Moore like Culpooper if you ask me.

9:37 PM  
Anonymous JohnnySox said...

Yes Red,
The Bengals look great, the offense is for real, if they get any D they will challenge Pitt for the division and maybe even a BYE week, time will tell. And we need to watch the Chiefs, but Cinncy has better receivers. Bengals have the big 3 much like Dallas of the 90's and the current Colts team.

9:44 AM  
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