Minnesota Vikings coach: 'We need to get up to speed in a heck of a hurry'
After missing so many important players for so much of the offseason and the preseason, the 2010 Minnesota Vikings were bound to be a test case for the importance of training camp.
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Saints running back Pierre Thomas goes airborne for more yardage against the Minnesota Vikings in the Louisiana Superdome Thursday September 9, 2010.
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Their first-game performance suggested they needed more practice.
After a sluggish 14-9 defeat at the hands of the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings returned home with a mix of frustration and confidence. Their biggest concern has to be the offense, which was able to move the ball remarkably well in the second quarter to take a halftime lead but stalled after that once they strayed from the run.
"There's no way we're up to the warp speed of an 18th game of the season," Coach Brad Childress said Friday afternoon. He added: "It's a work in progress on offense. It's from a number of different spots, just getting your center back, your wideouts or your quarterback. We need to get up to speed in a heck of a hurry. I believe we will."
The missing-from-action list last month was no secret, and it was long. Brett Favre gave in to the begging and came back for his quarterback job, but not until Aug. 17.
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