Vikings five-team All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams took exception to head coach Leslie Frazier’s comments on Monday that the front four was “not nearly as physical” as the Bears during last week’s 39-10 humiliation at Soldier Field according to Jeremey Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
“If you want to call somebody out, call who you’re talking about out,” the six-time Pro Bowler said on Friday. “Don’t say the whole group got out-physicaled. I don’t believe that at all. I saw that on the news and I was like, ‘You show a play where two guys are double-teaming me, of course you’re going to get out-physicaled if you’re getting double-teamed on a run block. One guy’s trying to hold me up and the other guy’s trying to take a run at my side. If you want to call somebody out, you can do that. A couple of guys might have gotten pushed off the ball, but the whole group, no.”
A day following the Vikings defense surrendering 251 passing yards through three quarters and 377 total yards for the contest, Frazier called the club’s play in the trenches on both sides “unexplainable.” Offensively, quarterback Donovan McNabb was sacked on a season-high five (16 times on the season) occasions.
“That’s what we kind of pride ourselves on, our O-line and our D-line, particularly our defensive line really being the force to drive our defense,” said Frazier on Monday. “We were not the most physical group out there last night. And that’s a concern.”
Frazier’s comment also got the attention of NFL sack-leader (9.5) Jared Allen, who said Monday: “I take some offense to it. But it’s his job to motivate us, and I guess that’s his way of doing it.”
Can you blame Williams for being frustrated?
Look at his production this season: four games, five tackles, zero sacks.
Furthermore, his team is last in the NFC North at 1-5, already preparing for the future with Ponder.