December 4th, 2011
Five questions with Vikings DE Brian Robison
PFW caught up with Vikings DE Brian Robison, who had a strong debut as the new starter opposite Jared Allen. Robison shared a sack with Allen and had a pressure that led to an Antoine Winfield interception in the loss to the Chargers in Week One. Robison talked about the disappointing loss, about his own play and the matchup against the Buccaneers at home on Sunday.
PFW: What was most frustrating defensively as a team about Sunday's loss?
BR: I think there are two things that really stand out. The missed tackles, the opportunities to get off the field on third downs and put our offense back on the field. We didn't take advantage of those opportunities. And then the penalties down the stretch. Those are penalties that you just can't have late in the game. Those were the two most frustrating things going back and watching that game.
PFW: Was your stamina where you wanted it to be by game's end?
BR: I felt like I could play some more. Things are just going to get better as we go throughout the year as we get more game reps. I was very happy with my stamina and conditioning coming off the first game. I just think it will get better as the year goes on.
PFW: That's what everyone asks you, eh? Can he play 60 snaps and can he stop the run, right?
BR: Absolutely. Hopefully, someday I can prove (the doubters) wrong and I'll just keep getting better and maybe get more people on my bandwagon.
PFW: Are you even quicker off the ball this season than before? Seemed like you shot off the line several times on Sunday.
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PFW: Seems like it is a different kind of challenge this week with Josh Freeman, versus going up against a guy in Philip Rivers who usually stays in the pocket. Do you have to slow down your rush a bit against Freeman, knowing he can beat you with his legs some too?
BR: It doesn't necessarily slow your rush down, but you definitely have to be a little more disciplined as far as up-and-under moves. You take good steps to the quarterback. Things like that ... trying not to let him get outside. Of course, there might be some times where we want to let him get outside. We might want him running. You don't necessarily have to slow down (the rush); you just have to be more disciplined as a D-line.
Reports: Cardinals Panthers LB Davis working to reward Panthers' faith_145, TE King agree to deal
The Cardinals reached an agreement with former Panthers TE Jeff King on Tuesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the move.
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The Cardinals drafted TE Rob Housler ive questions with Viki, but are otherwise thin at the position. PFW correspondent and Arizona Republic writer Kent Somers confirmed the deal and wrote that King is the run-blocking tight end the Cardinals have been looking for.
King can sign his contract on Friday.
Falcons add S Sanders
The Falcons agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Patriots S James Sanders Tuesday night Just shy of greatness- Newton quickly becoming a star_128, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.
Sanders' representatives confirmed the deal to PFW correspondent and Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer D. Orlando Ledbetter.
The Patriots cut Sanders on Monday. The veteran played in 84 games in six seasons with the Pats. In 2010 Alpinestars A-10 Air Flo Pants, he started nine games and appeared in 15, recording 58 tackles ucs release MLB McKenzi, six passes defensed and three interceptions. He has eight career picks and has returned two for touchdowns.
Vikings-Panthers matchup of the day: Friday
Here's a key matchup to watch in Sunday's Vikings-Panthers game.
Panthers QB Cam Newton vs. Vikings defense
It will take a strong effort from the entire defense to slow Cam Newton, whose combination of elusive running and accurate passing have made him one of the most dangerous weapons in the league this season.
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The defensive line will have to rush with discipline, whether Newton is passing from the pocket or utilizing his legs in designed QB draws and zone-reads. DEs Jared Allen and Brian Robison love to sprint up the field using the speed rush, but that will create natural running angles. The goal needs to be keeping Newton in the pocket by using simplified pass-rushing angles and slowly collapsing the pocket around him, creating limited opportunities for escape. On draws and zone-reads, maintaining gap discipline and gang-tackling Newton is the best opportunity to limit his outstanding running ability.
When he does get in the open field, LBs Chad Greenway, E.J. Henderson and Erin Henderson will need to tackle well and not allow Newton to turn three-yard gains into 25-yard gains, like he did in the first quarter Sunday against the Redskins Falcons GM Dimitroff says WR Jones not last missing piece_90, making multiple defenders miss on an electrifying run.
Newton has been turnover-prone (nine interceptions) Falcons add S Sanders_52, so preventing the big plays in the running and passing games and forcing him to make rookie mistakes is the best way to stop him.
Bucs release MLB McKenzie
The Buccaneers cut MLB Tyrone McKenzie on Friday. McKenzie is a former third-round pick of the Patriots.
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McKenzie had five tackles in three games last season for the Bucs.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Bay also cut DE Kyle Moore and DT John McCargo.