Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chemistry Schmemistry

My theories:

Good locker room relationships can carry a team through a losing streak, unforeseen setbacks, and other rough patches; bad locker room relationships can divebomb a team's season to misery if things start going bad independent of those locker room relationships (like losing).


Talent trumps positive locker room relationships. By a lot.

Negative locker room relationships should have little impact for on-the-field execution of professionals.

Winning more often begets positive locker room relationships than the other way around.

But I could be wrong.

I'll add that in the playoff game against the Eagles last season, players on the Viking defense held the Eagle offense to no touchdowns through the first three and a half quarters, while watching Tarvaris Jackson struggle mightily as the Viking offense squandered away any chance of winning the game. I'm just saying.


  1. Anonymous12:53 PM

    Hear, freakin' hear. If the Vikings get decent to good qb play, they likely win 11-12 games, and the chemistry will be great. If the Vikings get mediocre to poor qb play, they likely win 8-9 games, miss the playoffs, and their chemistry will suck. Count on the media meatheads to get the causation precisely backwards, however.

    Frankly, depending on how the special teams shape up over the next couple weeks, I hope they keep all four qbs, because one guy is soon 40, and none of the others has a track record of accomplishment which gives one great confidence.

  2. I think you're right, with the possible exceptions of certain extreme situations (like T.O.). Whether or not we have one of those situation is still up for debate.