Vikings coach Brad Childress reads the stories written about his team, and he had some fun Monday with one of the themes that emerged from Sunday's 27-13 win at Detroit: The Vikings aren't throwing enough deep balls.
Brett Favre's longest completion of the game went for 13 yards, and the Vikings didn't take any shots down the field until the third quarter.
"The West Coast (offense) can, in fact, go up the field," Childress cracked. "Yes, it has that capability."
A combination of factors kept the Vikings from doing that on Sunday, ranging from a need for better pass protection — and not just from the offensive linemen — to the Lions protecting against big pass plays.
The Vikings are 2-0, but their passing offense ranks last in the NFL, averaging just 119 yards a game. Still, Childress said he's happy with the way Favre is playing within the offense.
"He is playing the way we need him to play to win," Childress said. "Are we looking for balls up the field? We are; we are looking for balls up the field. We just haven't had that many yet. We've had throws up the field, but those throws are long foul balls until they are completed down the field, so he's being efficient with it. I guess you could talk to him about where he's at. But he's being very efficient within the scope of things."
The Vikings won both games by 14 points, at Cleveland and Detroit. But they haven't done so well in terms of style points.
"I always find it interesting when you win and people are going to tell you how you should win," Childress said.