Bennie Sapp addresses the current state of the Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are in unfamiliar territory-facing their first TV blackout in 14 years and tied with the St. Louis Rams for the second-worst record in the NFC at 2-9.

Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports that cornerback Bennie Sapp, who played with the Vikings in the 2009 NFC Championship game and re-signed with the team 12 days ago, believes the team lacks trust in the coaching staff.

“You just have to buy in,” Sapp said. “That’s one thing I feel as a team we lack a little bit, just buying in and believing in what the coaches are telling us to do and going out there and playing within ourselves and within the scheme and not have no out-of-body experiences and just play ball.”

The team has some excellent building blocks to form a winning team around such as Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder, Percy Harvin, Chad Greenway, and Jared Allen.  Everyone else is likely fighting for a job in 2012 and needs to get on the same page with the coaches.  Sapp says the Vikings can still be dangerous this year once the team buys into the program.  “People, fans might look at it as, ‘Oh, the Minnesota Vikings suck, suck, suck,’ ” Sapp said. “Everybody has their down time. Right now, it’s just the Minnesota Vikings’ down time, you don’t just go down and stay down. This team, we’re going to get up. Trust me, we’re going to get up. Trust me.”

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5 Responses to “Bennie Sapp addresses the current state of the Vikings”

  1. Lost Viking says:

    My unofficial tabulation has Ram and Viking with exactly same Strength of Schedule at this point.

    Ram have had easier schedule so far and will be playing tougher end schedule: 49’er x2, Pitt, Cinci, Seahawg.

    Viking have more home games left and teams in decline: Detroit, Chicago, Redskin

  2. Lost Viking says:

    One reporter started telling Bill Belichick that he wouldn’t be able to judge his team based on how they play against a bad opponent like the Colt,

    “I don’t agree with that,” Belichick said. “So, you can go ahead on your soliloquy about that, but I just don’t agree with that. You don’t think you can gauge a team based on how a player blocks Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis? I mean, who else would you gauge it against? What? Are you kidding me? Covering Reggie Wayne, [Austin] Collie, and [Pierre] Garcon — you don’t think you can gauge your coverage based on those players? I don’t care what their record is. You don’t think there’s better receivers around than them? Better pass rushers than Freeney and Mathis? I mean, I’m not sure what games you’re watching here.”

  3. SDViking says:

    Uh yeah…K Bennie, how long have you been with the team this year?


  4. CalVkg says:

    he’s jus tryin to curry favor. poor guy will be back on the couch soon enough

  5. moses says:


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