The Minnesota Vikings didn’t have a lot go right on Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles and a lot of that had to do with the secondary.
The Vikings had a massively blown coverage on the first play of the second quarter that resulted in a 53-yard touchdown by Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins.
On this play, it is QQH (quarters on the nearside with cover-2 on the farside) and Dantzler is responsible for carrying Watkins deep. He doesn’t carry the receiver and it makes Bynum look bad on the broadcast when he played this correctly.
At his press conference on Thursday morning, Donatell confirmed that it was Dantzler’s fault.
Ed Donatell clarified that Cam Dantzler was supposed to carry the receiver on the 53-yard TD against the Eagles. It wasn’t on Bynum, who was the closest guy there
— Matthew Coller (@MatthewColler) September 22, 2022
Cody Alexander, who claims to have created match quarters coverage, broke down the play on his Twitter explaining why this is on Dantzler.
I broke down the #Eagles TD from last night
It is a great illustration of how modern offenses read a defense while also highlighting important aspects of the Fangio system
— Cody Alexander (@The_Coach_A) September 20, 2022
Later in the game, Dantzler did have another coverage bust that led to rookie fourth-round pick Akayleb Evans entering the game. Because of Evans’ performance on Monday, Donatell also hinted that he might be getting more playing time moving forward.
Dantzler (bottom of screen) was benched for Akayleb Evans one play after this one: pic.twitter.com/1328r0eyZx
— Nick Olson (@NickOlsonNFL) September 21, 2022
Outside of these two plays, Dantzler did have a good game but you can’t be making these kinds of coverage busts all season. They need to be cleaned up and quickly.