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Defensive meeting helped set Vikings' path

Alan Williams (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)

A meeting of the veteran defenders with coordinator Alan Williams helped open the lines of communication with a healthy exchange of ideas on how to set up players to their strengths. It appears to have worked, as the Vikings are playing as good of defense as they have in years and rank seventh in the league. Defenders talked about the philosophy and their appreciation for Williams' approach.

Despite a win in the regular-season opener, Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams saw a need for a change in defensive philosophy. The defensive linemen were being asked to keep a more balanced rushing attack and Williams felt it took away from his aggressiveness. One week later, several Vikings veterans were meeting with defensive coordinator Alan Williams and discussing what they were...

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