Can the Vikings beat the defending NFC champs? Will the Vikings have any sort of running game? Is Bradford going to be able to repeat his performance from last week?
The Vikings face off against their long-time rivals from across the border Sunday night. All eyes and ears are straining to find out who will be under center. Veteran Shaun Hill protected the ball, made some nice throws, and contributed to a win in game 1 against the Titans. He also, however, badly overthrew a wide-open Diggs streaking toward the endzone, and badly missed Johnson on a post. His limited ability to stretch the field allowed the Titans’ defense to stack the box and stifle (an albeit rusty) Adrian Peterson. The Packers will provide much stiffer competition than the Titans did, and the Vikings defense can’t be counted on for 2 TDs every week.
Newly acquired Sam Bradford has been taking every waking opportunity to digest the Vikings’ playbook…….even to the point of waking up QB coach Scott Turner in the middle of the night to ask questions. Bradford has had 2 weeks to become familiar with the offense – could it be sufficient to surplant Hill at the most important position on the field?
It was leaked through Twitter that Bradford took ALL the first team reps during Thursday’s practice, giving valid weight to the speculation that he will debut against the Packers. At this point, a more accurate and stronger arm may be able to offset inexperience with the playbook, and tip things in Bradford’s favor. The big worry, of course, is a repeat of the MNF fiasco that was Josh Freeman, who was rushed into the lineup LOOOOONG before he should have been.
Could we be headed for embarrassment, or vindication? Worst-case scenario, start Bradford and if things go sour, Hill is more than willing to step back on the field.
Tonight at 7 CT the Vikings will be taking on the LA Rams. They are more than likely going to be starting the game with Jared Goff at QB, who has been anything but consistent this preseason. Will the Vikings backup defense have a feeding frenzy on the young QB or will he show some improvement? The Vikings will be taking a long look at QBs Joel Stave and Brad Sorensen to see who will be backing up Shaun Hill, while Taylor Heinicke recovers from his moronic injury (kicking in a glass door while drunk) that will likely keep him out for about 3 more weeks. There are also some interesting position battles that will be decided tonight.
Safeties: With Exum’s move to IR the remaining back up safeties are Jayron Kearse, Michael Griffin, and Anthony Harris. While Kearse has played well as he has come away with a couple picks, it will take a strong outing for him to overtake Griffin as Sendejo’s primary backup.
Linebackers: The Vikings are absolutely stacked at LB with the likes of Edmond Robinson, Emmanuel Lamur, and Brandon Watts battling out to back up Barr and Greenway. It would seem as though Lamur has the edge to be Greenway’s backup as he has more experience, is solid in pass coverage, but is in need of growth in the run game. Robinson will likely be backing up Barr and Watts will continue to be a special team specialist. Audie Cole and Kentrell Brothers will be facing off to see who will be Kendricks backup, with Cole likely being the winner and Brothers finding a spot on the PS.
DE: The Vikings have an embarrassment of riches along the DLine with the likes of Hunter and Trattou backing up Griffen and Robison and the developing talent of Stephen Weatherly. The question is can Weatherly overtake Trattou or is he destined for the PS?
HB: Will Matt Asiata continue to be the 3rd running back or can the youngster Ham beat him out?
WR: With Diggs, Treadwell, and Johnson at the top of the depth chart the Vikings have an intense battle going on between Patty and Theilen with Wright bringing up the rear. Wright likely will lose out to Patty as “Flash” is a stud kick returner. Böhringer is a major question as he hasn’t really done anything, although that is to be expected for a guy who has never played even close to the level of competition he is facing. He likely will be at the top of the PS list, hopefully no one steals him before he has a chance to develop.
There are other interesting battles at backup TE and OLine, with Clemmings earning extra reps with Kalil being dinged up. There is some bad blood between the Vikings and the Rams after S Joyner took a shot at Teddy’s head.
Also very important the VFB FF league draft is set for Friday, Sep 2, 2016 at 5:00pm CDT
Today at 9pm CT the Vikings will be taking on Seattle. The team they should have beat in the playoffs, if not for a broken play going Wilson’s way and a botched FG. Anyways, the Vikings starting offense will be looking to show continued improvement from last week’s 2nd drive.
Can Bridgewater continue to show that he has enough arm when needed? Will the starting OLine, mainly Kalil, keep Teddy safe? Are the Vikings WRs going to play big in the preseason, only to peter out when the regular season begins (Charlie Johnson)?
As for the defense will they continue to do what they did last year and play shitty against the run? Will Mack and Waynes continue to show development?
Do you guys want the Vikings to dump Jarius Wright, if so why? He is very consistent and doesn’t really cost that much.
Is everyone still interested in the VFB fantasy football league? When is a good time for the draft?
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!
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.
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!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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?
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:
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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.
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