BBAO: Bill Musgrave gets fired up

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave comes across as your classic mild-mannered schemer, the kind whose brief and measured conversation suggests a man whose mind is always focused on the next play call. But it sounds as if Musgrave and his offensive assistants turned up a verbal assault Monday night on the Vikings' offense, disappointed in its sloppy training camp performance earlier in the day and demanding a better one Tuesday.

By most accounts, Musgrave got what he wanted.

The Vikings had a sharper practice Tuesday and quarterback Christian Ponder offered a glimpse of Musgrave's speech. Via Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune: "He had a great metaphor of lighting a fire. He finds some unique ways of motivating us. But it works. I'm not going to go into details. It might get some people in trouble. … Let's just say it involved a bucket of water, some leaves and some sticks. It was interesting."

It wouldn't be the first time a coach lit into players during a training camp practice, but it's also a fact that the Vikings are under enormous pressure to improve from their dismal 2011 offensive performance. Sometimes, that can lead to, ahem, a fiery mix.

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