Originally posted by area49:
but we lost because of conservative play calling, inability to convert on third down, and lack of pass rush.
The pass rush we had going on early in the game was getting our defense burnt. Farve was reading the blitz well and hitting the open recievers. We started blitzing less and had better success after the early 10-0 lead... Would Nolan have made an in-game adjustment? It was not his strength from what I remember.
Now I understand the frutration with the 3rd down conversion rate for the game, and personally I would have called for a rollout pass on 3rd down at the end of the game. I would have given strict instructions to Hill that he was to either hit the open man quickly or take a sack so the clock kept moving. That's just what I would have done though.
The reality is, if a pass was called and Farve had an extra 30 seconds to work with, and the Vikings win, then Singletary takes the heat for giving a HOF QB too much time and not doing the obvious thing which is run the time off the clock and trust the defense that got you this far in the game. It works both ways. It always has, and it always will. When it works, it's smart when it doesn't it's stupid. Good ol' 20/20 hindsight... Remember against the Cards, it worked...
I think it's also worth mentioning that all the blame for the 0/11 on the 3rd downs does not fall on the coaching staff. Let's be real... At some point the players need to be held accountable for not executing the plays. They practice these plays. Down and distance plays are practiced often.
Also, as much as our guys need to be accountable for not executing, how about a little respect for a Vikings defense that did execute in those situations. There was another team on the field Sunday. It just so happened that on that day they were one play better.
I don't think Nolan would have been able to get us out of the half without being down by three scores.