Help the Fans Name the Stadium!


Hello faithful VFB members.  It has been quite a while since a new blog was created, so hopefully some of you are still visiting from time to time to see if anything new is happening.

In this painfully long offseason, something finally has happened.  Thanks to the recommendation of an unnamed blogger *cough**cough* over at the Daily Norseman, they are starting a movement to get a Fan Name for the Vikings’ new stadium.  This is a great movement, because who wants to talk about US Bank every time they head to a Vikings game?  Over the past few decades, we at least had the Metrodome, (or Metrodump as it later became known) even after that mall bought the naming rights late in its life.  It wasn’t the greatest of names, but at least it wasn’t an unwarranted endorsement to a business that we may or may not want to support.

This movement is being submitted in a 3-part process.  First, (as in right now) they are asking fans to submit ideas of names that they would like to be used.  Then they will have a poll where fans can select the name among the ones submitted that they like best.  Finally, the great reveal, where we will learn the name that we THE FANS selected for our stadium!  So please, head on over to Daily Norseman and help get us a stadium name that we can be proud of!

Hang on to Your Memorabilia!


Day 1 of the draft has ended, and the Vikings have found a new weapon for Teddy Bridgewater.  It wasn’t the odds-on favorite Josh Doctson that the vast majority were predicting.  Instead, it was the receiver that they were all expecting to be picked first!  That’s right, Laquon “YaaYaa” Treadwell is now a Viking, and Treadwater is about to become a thing!

What’s even sweeter about this pick is that it finally justified my refusal to let go of any of my old Vikings memorabilia.  It was announced earlier today that he has chosen the number that he will wear in purple.  In college, he wore #1, but that’s not allowed for receivers in the Pros.  They are limited to numbers between 10-19, and 80-89.  So Treadwell doubled-down and chose #11.  Great news for any of us holding on to an old Culpepper Jersey, as it can now be re-purposed with Treadwell’s name and brought out of the closet for the first time since 2005.

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Okay…so it’s not exactly a great way to honor the man who is about to help us win our first Super Bowl, but at least it gives me a way to say that I got his jersey nice and early!  Now, on to day 2 of the draft!

2016 NFL Mock Draft Round One


The Vikings have a few immediate needs, but will mostly be looking to add some depth and future starters. Will these needs prove to great to put off or will the Vikings target a specific position or person? All will be revealed on Thursday, but for now it is time to mock the mocks and see who may likely be going where in this year’s draft. The first round only has 31 picks as the Patriots lost because of their soft balls. So lets get started boys and girls.

  1. Los Angeles Rams
    Jared Goff, QB, Cal

There is no way the Rams traded up to pick any other position than QB. While there is doubts on who it should be, rumors are circulating that it is Goff. Goff has a ton of potential and paired with the supporting cast of the Rams he could have an impressive rookie year, if they get him a WR.

 

  1. Philadelphia Eagles
    Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota

Wentz is more pro ready than Goff, but many will ding him over playing a lower level of competition. There will be some growing pains as Carson gets used to the speed of the NFL, but with the NFC East being little more than a joke he could actually reach the playoffs his rookie year.

 

  1. San Diego Chargers
    Laremy Tunsil, LT, Ole Miss

The Chargers could go a number of ways, either strengthening their secondary by adding CB/S Ramsey, getting a LB like Jack, or in this case adding an actual OT who can protect Rivers’ blindside. If not for QB needy teams Tunsil would have gone number 1.

 

  1. Dallas Cowboys
    Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Many want the Cowboys to take HB Zeke Elliot, but the need at DE with all the failed drug tests just keeps increasing. The obvious DE pick would be Bosa, but he has also had off the field things, so the Cowboys should go for the cleaner, more explosive Lawson.

 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State

Gus Bradley loves big corners and when one of those big corners is one of the best players in the draft you don’t waste any time running that pick to the podium.

 

  1. Baltimore Ravens
    Ronnie Stanley, LT, Notre Dame

Stanley makes almost too much sense to be the pick here. Ravens love going BPA and he is one of the best players around, he will also help strengthen an OLine that was held together with shoe strings and bubble gum protect Flacco who is coming off a ACL tear.

 

  1. San Francisco 49ers
    DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

The 9ers couldn’t trade up for one of the top QBs, but they land a guy that will make one of them regret being in the NFC East. Buckner has some familiarity with HC Chip Kelly, so more than likely he may be used to the way Kelly coaches.

 

  1. Cleveland Browns
    Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Bosa is a relentless monster and if you are playing the likes of Flacco, Dalton, and Big Ben 6 out of your 16 games you need a guy like that to go QB hunting.

 

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

The Bucs land the 2nd best corner in the draft, with the hopes that he can help mitigate the dangerous offenses of the Saints, Falcons, and Panthers. He will likely be burned on more than a few occasions, but given time Hargreaves could be great.

 

  1. New York Giants
    Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

There are growing concerns about Jack’s knee, but the Giants may look past that as they need an immediate play maker on defense. Sure Jack likely will not last past his first contract, but he will dominate while he is on the field.

 

  1. Chicago Bears
    A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

The Bears as said to be in love with Elliot, but they need an anchor for their 3-4 defense. Robinson is a monster who will eat blockers and free up some blitzers, although they will still need to get a rush LB at some point.

 

  1. New Orleans Saints
    Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Ragland is insanely good and the Saints would love to get a great young leader for their defense.

 

  1. Miami Dolphins
    Ezekiel Elliot, HB, Ohio State

The Dolphins would love for Elliot to fall to them, but that likely will not happen (more likely they trade up with the Cowboys). If they can land Elliot they will have a complete back, obviously a threat in the run game, but a solid pass catcher, and amazing in pass protection. Getting someone like that will only help Tannehill grow.

 

  1. Oakland Raiders
    Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

The Raiders may have grab some help for the OLine over the past 2 FA, but they need a long term answer at LT, Conklin will give them that. Pairing him with Osemele and Hudson would solidify Derek Carr’s protection in a way that his older brother never knew was possible.

 

  1. Tennessee Titans
    Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

The Titans could easily go OLine in hopes of finding a RT, but they can usually be found in the later rounds, so they should find a good young corner. Apple has some technical issues, but Dick LeBeau can help him overcome those.

 

  1. Detroit Lions
    Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

The Lions may target a WR after Cal John’s retirement, but doing so at this point would just undermine the big time contract given to Marvin Jones. Instead the Lions should go defense as Durant has left and Levy doesn’t have much in the tank. Floyd would be a nice piece next to Whitehead.

 

  1. Atlanta Falcons
    Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Why WR? Well Matty Ice is at his best when he has a ton of targets. Tread is the most polished WR this draft, but his lack of elite speed may hurt him from becoming a no. 1. This pick would also allow Julius Jones to not be the only guy as he has been beaten into a bruised mess, yet somehow still being able to dominate.

 

  1. Indianapolis Colts
    Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Your franchise QB can’t do a thing if he is not on the field, Decker will make sure that Luck never has internal injuries again.

 

  1. Buffalo Bills
    Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT Mississippi

Rex Ryan is one of the guys everyone says that can get the best out of his defense, so why not pair him with the Nkemdiche the man with all the potential in the world if only he’d use it.

 

  1. New York Jets
    Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky

The Jets may try to move up, but lack the picks to do so. Therefore they are stuck, so maybe they try and land the guy everyone is comparing to Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. Spence likely will not live up to those aspirations, but he could be really good if his head is right.

 

  1. Washington Redskins
    Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

The Redskins landed on of the best CBs, in Josh Norman, so they should grab someone to help him make their secondary a fearsome unit. Joseph is a dangerous play maker and his development will only accelerate if paired with a “lockdown” corner like Norman.

 

  1. Houston Texans
    Will Fuller, WR, Norte Dame

The Texans landed their QB in FA, so they would only help his growth if they find him a good no. 2 WR to go with Hopkins. Fuller will take advantage of the cannon that Osweiler has, although he needs to learn his routes and more importantly how to catch.

 

  1. Minnesota Vikings
    Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Doctson is not afraid to fight for the ball when it is in the air and that is what Teddy needs, someone he can trust to snatch the ball away on the not so good throws. Besides his strong hands Doctson is adept at running routes and has better than average speed. Out of all the WR in this draft Doc has the most potential to develop into a no. 1. (Could see the Vikes trading up to insure they get him.)

 

  1. Cincinnati Bengals
    Corey Colman, WR, Baylor

Colman has speed for days and is pretty good at running routes, his main knock is his lack of size. Since the Bengals lost Jones and Sanu in FA they are hurting for WRs outside of Green, so getting someone like Colman would be the best way to help Dalton as the Bengals try to win their first playoff game in basically forever.

 

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers
    Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

The Steelers no longer have Ike Taylor and the rest of their secondary is pretty bare, so adding someone who is as talented as Alexander may bring their defense back to dominance. Alexander may be smaller than your typical no.1 corner, but his technique is impressive (very similar to Jason Verrett).

 

  1. Seattle Seahawks
    Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

The Seahawks lost Bruce Irvin, even though he didn’t live up to his potential in Seattle, so finding a replacement may be the way to go. Lee is great in coverage and while he may never overpower blockers, but that is not as much of a problem with the Seahawks DLine freeing him up to kill QBs.

 

  1. Green Bay Packers
    Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

B.J. Raji is gone, so finding a replacement could be the way to go. Reed is a dominate run defender and may eat up blockers setting their rush LBs to do what they do.

 

  1. Kansas City Chiefs
    William Jackson III, CB, Houston

The Chiefs may have landed a stud CB in Marcus Peters during last year’s draft, but they need someone to play opposite of him since Sean Smith left in FA.

 

  1. Arizona Cardinals
    Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

The Cardz are pretty solid all around, so it is possible they try and find a QB of the Future. Palmer would be a great mentor for Lynch.

 

  1. Carolina Panthers
    Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

Most would scream that a corner to replace the loss of Norman is a must, but grabbing someone for the sake of taking a guy at that position is moronic and could very well be a waste of a pick. Instead the Panthers will try to improve their OLine by adding a guy who can play all three of the interior positions along it if needed.

 

  1. Denver Broncos
    Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State

The Broncos have everything they need to repeat except a QB, but again adding a person of a position of need without having faith in the guy will only hurt the team. Now the question is why a rush LB, and the answer is simple: as in just in case things don’t work out with Von Miller. Finding an OT to replace the recently traded away Clady is an option as well.

Greenway’s Back!


The Vikings’ free agency has finally concluded with almost exactly a month to go until the draft. They started out strong with some promising additions to the offensive line, brought back just about every significant contributor to 2015’s division winning roster, and brought in a couple of defenders with high upside to compete for playing time. But one thing remained unsettled until earlier this afternoon. Chad Greenway, the team’s first round draft pick from 2006, was still looking to get one more single year contract before retiring. He hinted to the media that he would be willing to go to another team in order to make it happen, but we all knew better.

Having grown up in Mt Vernon, South Dakota, Chad’s been a Viking his entire life. He’s a great professional on and off the field. He’s been voted to the Pro Bowl twice, led the team in tackles numerous times, never had a season where he recorded less than 93 tackles, and is always providing a great example to the other players around him. Off the field he has personally funded charities and been named the Vikings’ man of the year multiple times, as well as receiving a nomination for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Still, things dragged on for a while as fans waited anxiously hoping that the Vikings’ front office wouldn’t turn their backs on such a great leader for the team.

Apparently, all it took was a song written by some dedicated fans who wanted the local hero to sign on to one final year with the only team he’s played for his entire career before he retires. Say what you want about the Backstreet Boys. You may hate them and their music all you want, but they provided the song that turned out to be the incentive to convince the team and player to find common grounds.

Welcome back Chad! Now go out there and win us a Super Bowl in our new stadium!
http://www.startribune.com/chad-greenway-will-return-to-vikings/374186581/

Free Agency or Draft?


The Vikings have some glaring needs along the OLine, Wr, and Safety, should we try to fill atleast one of them in FA? Is there a big named FA who would solve all our problems? Doubtful, but maybe we should pick up some mid level guys that Zimmer and company are familiar with in hopes of transitioning the younger guys into more important roles.

A list of some of these players: http://espn.go.com/blog/minnesota-vikings/post/_/id/18149/mike-zimmers-former-players-could-make-sense-for-vikings-in-free-agency

What are your thoughts? Is there a player you guys want? Or should we build through the draft, while relying on the support structure currently in place?

You Hired Him For What!?


Recently the Vikings have made a couple of changes to their coaching staff.  The beginning of it all started when Jeff Davidson, the offensive line coach and last remaining remnant of Frazier’s staff was not resigned.  To replace him, Zimmer went out and hired Tony Sparano, who was most recently tight ends coach with the 49ers, but has served in many different roles in colleges and the NFL over the years, including a few years as a Head Coach following some successful stints as an offensive line coach:

Sparano’s Coaching Background:

Year Age Level Employer Role
1984 23 College New Haven Offensive Line
1985 24 College New Haven Offensive Line
1986 25 College New Haven Offensive Line
1987 26 College New Haven Offensive Line
1988 27 College Boston University Offensive Line
1989 28 College Boston University Offensive Line
1990 29 College Boston University Offensive Coordinator
1991 30 College Boston University Offensive Coordinator
1992 31 College Boston University Offensive Coordinator
1993 32 College Boston University Offensive Coordinator
1994 33 College New Haven Head Coach
1995 34 College New Haven Head Coach
1996 35 College New Haven Head Coach
1997 36 College New Haven Head Coach
1998 37 College New Haven Head Coach
1999 38 NFL Cleveland Browns Offensive Quality Control
2000 39 NFL Cleveland Browns Offensive Line
2001 40 NFL Washington Redskins Tight Ends
2002 41 NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Tight Ends
2003 42 NFL Dallas Cowboys Tight Ends
2004 43 NFL Dallas Cowboys Tight Ends
2005 44 NFL Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator
2006 45 NFL Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line/Running Game Coordinator
2007 46 NFL Dallas Cowboys Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Line
2008 47 NFL Miami Dolphins Head Coach
2009 48 NFL Miami Dolphins Head Coach
2010 49 NFL Miami Dolphins Head Coach
2011 50 NFL Miami Dolphins Head Coach
2012 51 NFL New York Jets Offensive Coordinator
2013 52 NFL Oakland Raiders Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Line
2014 53 NFL Oakland Raiders Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Line/Interim Head Coach
2015 54 NFL San Francisco 49ers Tight Ends

 

Then news arose recently about Pat Shurmur signing as an undisclosed coach with the Vikings.  The name was vaguely familiar to me, but I didn’t know much about him, so I looked up his coaching history.  He turns out to be another former head coach (making 3 of those on Zimmer’s staff now, in case you’re counting) who has had a handful of successful stints as a QB coach and offensive coordinator where he was able to help significantly improve the offense’s output, and improve the performance of young QBs such as Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Nick Foles.  This led me to the following hypothetical conversation that I’m sure we all expect has occurred:

Q:Norv’s not on his way out, is he?  He hasn’t had much success in his first two years here, but I don’t get the impression that Zimmer is ready to give up on him yet.
A:No, Norv’s keeping his job as our offensive coordinator for at least another year.
Q:That’s good, I suppose.  So Shurmur’s going to be our new QB coach then?
A:Well, no.  Norv’s kid, Scott Turner apparently doesn’t want to give up that job.
Q:Well, our RB coach just signed with the Browns, so that spot’s still open.  Is that where he’s going?
A:No, we thought our TE coach would make more sense as the new RB coach.
Q:Then who’s going to be the TE coach?
A:THAT’S where we’re placing Shurmur!!
Q:BUT HE HASN’T DONE ANYTHING LIKE THAT SINCE 2001!

And I think that conversation goes on to reassure the questionable minds that this is really more of a token position for Zimmer’s 3rd former head coach on the offense to help improve their performance.  I get the impression he’s going to have a lot to say in the QB meetings, and offensive game plans to help improve one of the least productive passing games in the NFL.  Sure, his job will “start” with the TEs, but Teddy’s going to be getting a lot of help from the guy too.  And, if Scott Turner’s not a complete buffoon, he will pay attention and start learning what he’s been doing wrong the past couple of years at the same time.

Shurmur’s Coaching Background:

Year Age Level Employer Role
1990 25 College Michigan State Tight Ends
1991 26 College Michigan State Tight Ends
1992 27 College Michigan State Tight Ends
1993 28 College Michigan State Tight Ends
1994 29 College Michigan State Tight Ends
1995 30 College Michigan State Tight Ends
1996 31 College Michigan State Tight Ends
1997 32 College Michigan State Tight Ends
1998 33 College Stanford Offensive Line
1999 34 NFL Philadelphia Eagles TE/OL Coach
2000 35 NFL Philadelphia Eagles TE/OL Coach
2001 36 NFL Philadelphia Eagles TE/OL Coach
2002 37 NFL Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks
2003 38 NFL Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks
2004 39 NFL Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks
2005 40 NFL Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks
2006 41 NFL Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks
2007 42 NFL Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks
2008 43 NFL Philadelphia Eagles Quarterbacks
2009 44 NFL St. Louis Rams Offensive Coordinator
2010 45 NFL St. Louis Rams Offensive Coordinator
2011 46 NFL Cleveland Browns Head Coach
2012 47 NFL Cleveland Browns Head Coach
2013 48 NFL Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator
2014 49 NFL Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Coordinator
2015 50 NFL Philadelphia Eagles OC/Interim Head Coach

It’s all Blair Walsh’s fault?


I have now had a couple of days to digest the latest heartbreak in my Vikings fandom.  I see the outrage over the miss by Walsh and people saying that now Gary Anderson can finally breath a sigh of relief.  Someone has to bear the cross for this loss.  It is Blair Walsh who is the one doing this, he picked up the cross by himself and put it on his own shoulder.

Does he have the full responsiblily for this loss?  NO!  Should he take some blame?  YES!  Can we also please look at the whole game to spread some of this blame all around?  I personally am happy with our season.  Before the season no one thought that we would finish 11-5.  People had us finishing somewhere between 6-10 and 9-7.  11-5 is a great season for us!  We finished 5-1 in the conference and were NFCN Champs!  I am proud of our Vikings and excited by the way we are trending upwards with such a young team and many budding stars.

OK on to the blame game.  First off the gjallarhorn broke before the game and we had no backup plan in place.  Ok now that that’s out of the way on to some truths.  How about our offensive line not making any holes for AP to run through or giving Teddy any time to throw?  Speaking of AP, if there is a hole, don’t keep dancing in it and don’t fumble the football!  Andrew Sendejo will NEVER have an easier INT opportunity.  HOLD ON T IT ANDREW.  When Wilson had the ball sail over his head then fell on to the ground, got up, and threw that pass…YUCK.  Our D-line has to take advantage of that opportunity and get the world’s easiest sack.  So, how about on the same play our D-backs cover someone?  Teddy can you please throw the ball in the endzone for a TD this game?  AP  you know that Walsh likes to kick from the right hash mark.  Maybe our long snapper ( I forgot his name) could have snapped the ball a little better for Locke?  Maybe Locke could have, you know, turned the laces a little?  And finally thank you Walsh for scoring the only points we had this game but maybe make the kick next time!

Blame falls all around, not just on the shoulders of one man on one play. So, once again, thank you Vikings for a wonderful season and I am so excited to see what next year brings us.  My hopes are VERY high…SUPERBOWL anyone?

By tampavike

No Chance


Sooooo……..Every major site and most “experts” give our beloved Vikings no chance at winning this Sunday’s rematch with the Seahawks.  It seems like have fought that battle all year long.  Can’t win in prime time, can’t beat a team with a winning record, No way can the Vikings take the division title.  We have proven every one of those statements wrong!

 

I know that we were recently blown out by the team from the west but we are a different and better team now.  All I have to say is

 

By tampavike
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Weasel Stomping Day!


Happy New Year Vikings fans! This season, the Vikings’ first game of the new year also gets the recognition of being declared Weasel Stomping Day for the season.

What is Weasel Stomping Day you ask? I don’t blame you if you don’t remember. This is only the third year of its implementation on VFB, and I think I might have forgot to announce it last year. WSD marks the game in which the opponent deserves to be crushed senseless due to recent weasel-like actions that they took against the team.

What better game for this year’s holiday than the one against the weasels of the Packers organization? They started the first game of the season by getting refs to penalize our guys for breathing. It was a big enough statement that our guys had checked out by half time. Those weasels also paid the refs off in the game against Detroit, ensuring that a bogus facemask penalty got called as time expired, giving them another shot at winning the game. Had that not worked, the refs still had plenty of flags in their pockets to keep the game going until a play did work.

These weasels have also been atop the division for far too long. Their weaselly fans have gotten so arrogant, that they need to have their spines stomped out of them repeatedly for many, many years until they finally recede back into the annals of their local KMart, peering out on rare occasions with putrid hopes that they have been able to put something close to what resembles an NFL team back together.

So let’s all put our Vikings helmets on and go cheer for our team to decimate the Weasels in Wisconsin, taking our rightful place atop the division back for this year, and preparing to rule it far into the future!

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Final Home Game at TCF


This is it.  The regular season in TCF is coming to a close.  The Vikings will be transferring banks after tonight’s game.  And tonight’s game just may prove to be meaningless.

Should the Packers lose to the Cardinals this afternoon – which is very possible as the Cards are the better team – then it will not matter who wins in the Giants-Vikings game.   With either result, the division would be decided in Green Bay next Sunday.

It almost makes you want to root for the Packers, doesn’t it?  Just so you know that this game will mean enough to the Vikings for them to give it their all.  ALMOST.

It’s not quite that bleak though.  The Giants are out of the playoff race for the fourth consecutive year.  Rumors are beginning that Tom Coughlin’s going to be out of a job before the next season begins.  Plus the Giants are coming off a big media circus due to their young wide receiver losing his composure last week against the Panthers, and getting himself suspended for tonight’s game.

The Vikings meanwhile are likely to return all three of their defensive stars who have been dealing with injuries over the past few weeks, but are all listed as probable.  Assuming, of course, that rumors of Zimmer deciding to rest them one more week if the game holds no meaning are just rumors that have been created by the media.

Whichever way it goes, rest assured that I am going to be sitting there tonight, right at the 50-yard line screaming my frozen ass off and supporting the team in what very likely may be the last last outdoors Vikings home game of my lifetime.

SKOL!