Vikes vets clicking with new defensive coordinator

By Dave Campbell

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, center, scrambles between Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison, second from left, and defensive end Jared Allen (69) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Minneapolis.

Genevieve Ross, Associated Press

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The day after Minnesota's only defeat of the season, defensive coordinator Alan Williams met with the elders of his unit.

This wasn't some scream-a-thon, though. The veterans weren't stubbornly complaining about the new guy's strategy, either. The talk, by all accounts, was more of a respectful give-and-take about how to avoid the same mistakes and become a stronger group.

Considering how the Vikings have played on defense since then, that conversation was sure productive.

Defensive end Brian Robison says the team appreciates Williams for his openness to feedback.

Williams was hired over the winter after 10 seasons as an assistant coach for the Indianapolis Colts.

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