Training Camp Just Around The Corner

With training camp just around the corner, the 2014 football season is just about to kick into gear. The tradition of holding practices at Mankato State University continues strong, with large venues for the public to come watch, get a glimpse of things to hope for in the upcoming season, and maybe even get an autograph or two.

Players are expected to report to camp on Thursday, and begin work on Friday. This year’s camp will be very important, as the team will be coming together to learn an all new system, offensively and defensively under the new coaching staff. Some players are showing up to hone their skills and improve their craft in an effort to turn things around for this team, others are coming to determine their place on the depth chart, and others still are coming to fight for a chance to be a part of the team. Rookies will be meeting and learning from vets. Old friends will be reunited and new friendships will be made. In the end, it comes down to determining how to get the best possible product on the field for the beginning of the season. I can’t wait for the fun to begin!

104 comments on “Training Camp Just Around The Corner

    • I find it so odd that all the “experts” place us rank us near 27 out of all 32 teams. After we win six or seven of our first nine games, they will all be whoopin’ and hollerin’ about “those” Vikings.

      • No “they” will say it is a fluke.
        The Vikings will get no credit even if they go undefeated and win the SB.
        Why, because the “experts” love the taste of the Packers nonexistent nut-sack and therefore believe no matter how good the Vikings are it is just luck.

  1. You mentioned James Garner and I just wanted to let you know tha I also thought he was great. I have a suggested movie for you and the others.

    The movie “Streets of Larado” is one of the BEST acting I ever seen him do.
    This movie was a sequel to the Lonesome Dove series, Even tho James didn’t act in the Dove Series, he sure made up for it in Larado.

    I just finished watching it again on my VHS tape I made when CBS showed it on 18 November 1995. Amust see for anyone who enjoyed James Garner.

    May he rest in Peace…………….

    • They’re getting paid to play and win, not be soft. Ever see Rocky when he went to train in the Russian wilderness so he could become strong? These players should sleep on the floor the whole season and pull trucks up mountains to train– with their teeth. Then we might win the Super Bowl that has eluded us all these decades.

  2. Awesome! With that deal, we have all of our sure-fire starters locked up for at least another 2 years. Sanford may or may not be a starter, no big loss there, and I’m sure most of us are hoping we have an ILB better than Brinkley on the roster. Then there’s Loeffler, but how hard can it be to find a new long snapper? Here’s a list of contracts that expire after this season:

    Name – POS – AGE – EXP – LEN – TOT SAL – AVG SAL – GUARANTEED – FA YEAR
    Christian Ponder QB 26 3 4 yr $10,150,000 $2,537,500 $10,150,000 2015
    Jamarca Sanford S 28 5 2 yr $5,000,000 $2,500,000 $500,000 2015
    Cullen Loeffler LS 33 10 3 yr $3,295,000 $1,098,333 $500,000 2015
    Mistral Raymond S 26 3 4 yr $2,137,932 $534,483 $117,932 2015
    Brandon Fusco G 26 3 4 yr $2,134,224 $533,556 $104,585 2015
    Larry Dean OLB 25 3 2 yr $2,000,000 $1,000,000 $400,000 2015
    Corey Wootton DT 27 4 1 yr $1,500,000 $1,500,000 $400,000 2015
    Justin Trattou S 25 3 2 yr $1,050,000 $525,000 $0 2015
    Fred Evans DT 30 8 1 yr $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 2015
    Jerome Simpson WR 28 6 1 yr $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $0 2015
    Joe Berger C 32 9 1 yr $920,000 $920,000 $65,000 2015
    Joe Banyard RB 25 1 2 yr $900,000 $450,000 $0 2015
    Chase Ford TE 24 1 2 yr $900,000 $450,000 $0 2015
    Kurt Coleman S 26 4 1 yr $900,000 $900,000 $0 2015
    Mike Remmers LT 25 1 2 yr $900,000 $450,000 $0 2015
    Chase Baker DT 26 1 2 yr $900,000 $450,000 $0 2015
    Tom Johnson DE 29 2 1 yr $845,000 $845,000 $50,000 2015
    Jasper Brinkley ILB 29 5 1 yr $830,000 $830,000 $25,000 2015
    Vladimir Ducasse G 26 4 1 yr $795,000 $795,000 $65,000 2015
    Derek Cox CB 27 5 1 yr $780,000 $780,000 $0 2015
    Allen Reisner TE 25 3 1 yr $645,000 $645,000 $0 2015
    Lestar Jean WR 26 3 1 yr $635,000 $635,000 $10,000 2015
    Josh Cooper WR 25 2 1 yr $570,000 $570,000 $0 2015
    Matt Asiata FB 27 2 1 yr $570,000 $570,000 $0 2015
    Dom DeCicco ILB 25 2 1 yr $570,000 $570,000 $0 2015
    Josh Samuda C 25 2 1 yr $495,000 $495,000 $0 2015

    • # Name Term Regular season Post season Achievements Ref(s)
      GC W L T Win% GC W L Win%
      1 Norm Van Brocklin 1961–1966 84 29 51 4 .363 – – – – [3]
      2 Bud Grant *†[a] 1967–1983* 243 151 87 5 .635 22 10 12 .455 AP Coach of the Year (1969)[34]
      Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (1969)[34]
      Sporting News Coach of the Year (1969)[34]
      UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1969)[34]
      NFL Championship (1969)
      3 NFC Championships (1973, 1974, 1976) [4]
      3 Les Steckel* 1984 16 3 13 0 .188 – – – – [6]
      – Bud Grant*†[a] 1985* 16 7 9 0 .438 – – – – [4]
      4 Jerry Burns* 1986–1991 95 52 43 0 .547 6 3 3 .500 [23]
      5 Dennis Green[b] 1992–2001 159 97 62 0 .610 12 4 8 .333 UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1992)[34] [27]
      6 Mike Tice*[b] 2001–2005 65 32 33 0 .492 2 1 1 .500 [8]
      7 Brad Childress*[c] 2006–2010 74 39 35 0 .527 3 1 2 .333 [32]
      8 Leslie Frazier*[c] 2010–2013 54 21 32 1 .396 1 0 1 .000 [35]
      9 Mike Zimmer* 2014– 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000

      • In the 3 years that he was the head coach for the entire season, Frazier led the team to 2 of its worst 4 results since the league moved to a 16-game schedule (1978). You have to go back to 1967 (Bud Grant Year 1) for the last time the team won fewer than 5 games before the 16-game schedule.

        From the perspective of the team since it began in 1961, in their first 7-seasons the Vikings had 4 seasons at or below 31.25% wins, and 4 more seasons at or below 31.25% wins since then. Frazier coached two of those seasons in just 3 years. While he’s responsible for only 5.7% of the team’s records, he’s been responsible for 25% of their worst seasons.

        So Frazier may have been a likable guy, but arguably the worst head coach we’ve had since the first few seasons of the team’s inception.

        • Very debatable, indeed. Frazier inherited Chilly’s team, in a free fall, collapsing so badly, that even the stadium caved in. He was given two inept quarterbacks, thanks to Spielman and a very weak offensive line. In a way, Frazier had a team similar to a new franchise– give the guy a break. He did get us to a playoff with Ponder.

          • You can get hypothetical like that with anyone. Even Childress was able to get us to the playoffs with Tarvaris Jackson, who was arguably worse than Ponder. Good coaches figure out how to get wins with mediocre players. Frazier had a lot more than just mediocre players at his disposal and still could only even sneak into to the playoffs once. His specialty is defense and yet he had the worst defense in the league in his last year. That speaks volumes against him.

          • BTW – I hate that mentality of “he inherited a bad situation”. It’s a horrible excuse to not perform. It’s the same excuse that’s thrown around far too often for Presidents such as Obama.

            Good leaders throw the excuses aside and succeed in spite of the hand they’re dealt. Frazier couldn’t pull it off.

  3. No matter what anyone says about Frazier I’m just glad it’s over and the Vikes have moved forward-in a big way. Everyone senses the energy with the new coaching staff, from the players to the fans.
    It WILL be sooner rather than later that the Vikings win the Super bowl.

  4. I sat next to this packer fan (fucking surprise) at football today. The guy was obnoxious enough to wear a packer jersey to a rugby league game. This asshole was bragging about flying to Minnesota to watch the Packers flog us last season and to top it off he couldn’t hold back his laughter as he told me him and his buddies went to the university of minnesota to spit on goldy the gopher.

    Let this fuel ur hatred. We must beat the packers.

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