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He's quite a catch


He's quite a catch
Bernard Berrian, a guy who claims he never dwells on the past, took a moment to reflect on what could have been.


If the Bears had been anywhere near the six-year, $42 million deal Berrian received from the Vikings -- and if Rex Grossman had been designated the starting quarterback -- there is no doubt which team Berrian would have played for this season.

"Yes, I would have stayed in Chicago," Berrian said, referring to the money situation and his previously stated affinity for the great on-field "chemistry" he had with Grossman.

"I wanted to stay there. [The Bears] had the opportunity to do it. They didn't want to do it. But I know the business. I know how it goes. You have to move on."

Berrian got the last laugh, at least for now.

The Vikings won the NFC North title and earned a playoff home game against the Eagles on Sunday thanks in large part to Berrian. Sure, he caught a pedestrian 48 passes this season, but his 20.1 yards-per-catch average led the league. He finished with career highs in receiving yards (964) and touchdowns (seven).

"I see running backs with 60 catches, and I wonder where I'd be if I caught 15 or 20 more passes," Berrian said. "But I don't try to focus on that too much. I try to focus on making the passes I do get count."

Berrian had 12 catches for 25-plus yards, including the 99-yard touchdown against Charles Tillman and his ex-teammates in November.

"Explosion. That's what he has brought to this team," quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said. "When he's one on one against guys on the outside, we just have to make sure we get him the ball and let him make plays."

Berrian had four scoring plays of 41-plus yards in three of the final five games, helping the Vikings stave off the Bears' late push. It gave Berrian even more reason to gloat.

"I'm not a vengeful person, so I wouldn't do that," he said. "We could have left the door open for the Bears, but we didn't. I'm not going to sit here and say, 'I wish the Bears could have made it.' No, I don't, because if they would have made it, we would have been sitting at home. I'm just happy where we stand."

Berrian's Bears roots still run deep. He has a house in Gurnee with no immediate plans to sell it. He still talks to friends Rashied Davis, Devin Hester, Lance Briggs and Tommie Harris on a regular basis. And he still credits receivers coach Darryl Drake for his development.

"He just helped me knowing the game, route running," Berrian said. "When I first came there, I really couldn't control my speed. He helped me out a lot with that."

Now Berrian is able to fine-tune his skills for a team that made him a top priority. It has been well documented how Vikings owner Zygi Wilf flew Berrian to Minneapolis from California on a private jet during free agency. The love hasn't faded.

"I see the people higher up a lot more here with the Vikings," Berrian said. "I have more conversations with them.

"Did that bother me in Chicago? No, it didn't. But if you ask for a difference, that's the biggest difference between the organizations. I'm not going to cry about [the process in Chicago]. It's just different."

And in Minnesota, Berrian is a difference-maker.

Sunday's playoff game provides another opportunity for him to prove his worth. The Eagles are relentless with their blitz, meaning Berrian could see his share of head-to-head matchups against cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Asante Samuel. Brown is the more physical of the two, and there are those who think Berrian has trouble against those types of defensive backs.

"I really don't know where that comes from because most of my big plays come against press coverage," Berrian said. "Continue to say it. I'm going to keep getting down the field."

*The Vikings avoided a local blackout by selling 20,000 tickets within the last six days, making the playoff game a sellout. The league gave them an extension to meet the deadline.

vxmcclure@tribune.com



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Added: January 4, 2009

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