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A Look At The Vikings CB Situation

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 11, 2010 – 8:42 am

The position that will receive maximum attention this offseason for the Vikings is QB, with most of the talk centered on whether or not Brett Favre will return for a 20th NFL season.

But as important as Favre’s return or non-return is to the Vikings, let’s not forget that, as is the case for all 32 teams in the league, there are several other questions the Purple must answer before the 2010 season arrives.

Other areas of the Vikings roster that will remain in the offseason spotlight include DT, where Pat Williams may or may not be back in 2010, as well as LB E.J Henderson’s return from injury and the free agent status of RB Chester Taylor.

In this NFL Network video, Michael Lombardi and Charles Davis do a nice job of talking about a few of these offseason storylines. But there’s another position that I think deserves as much or perhaps even more consideration this offseason – CB.

The guys touched on it a little bit at the end of the video, but I wanted to go into more detail here on vikings.com. Click this link to read more about the Vikings CB position this offseason, including how the health of Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield will impact the way the Vikings address the depth chart at CB…


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31 Responses to “A Look At The Vikings CB Situation”

  1. By Zach on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    What ever happened to Charles Gorden? I know he broke his leg pretty bad the last season he played for the Vikings, but it has been 2 years. He played extremely well as a nickel corner for us.

  2. By Rick on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    Keep Chester!!!!! you will regret it

  3. By Canadian Viking on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    Your link is gone Mike!!

  4. By David on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    I hope the Vikes go after Dunta Robinson.

  5. By Jason on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    we need chester he is a huge part of the offense and we at least need another solid corner if cedric isn’t able to be ready for the season

  6. By Lance on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    Please excuse my lack of knowledge but does anybody know if there will be some really good veteran cornerbacks available in free agency???

  7. By Bruce on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings need to hire a NEW Offensive line coach and draft some better lineman. You can’t count on McKinnie it seems and if you don’t have a GREAT O-line you are just cutting down on yards per carry for the RB and putting too much pressure on the QB! Favre was pressured way too much, our O-line needs better coaching on BOTH run blocking and pass blocking! THIS IS THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED!!! Then I would say work on the secondary after that. ARE YOU LISTENING VIKINGS ORGANIZATION???

  8. By Robin S. on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    Bruce, you said it all!!! We need to be able to protect Brett so he can throw the ball and doesn’t get killed. Get him some help! We want to win the Super Bowl!

  9. By Nick on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    ok this is what we have to do, trade up to the mid teens in the draft and get a cornerback or saftey pick up tebow and a offensive lineman in the second round. tebow would be PERFECT for wildcat situation plus tebow has a great chemistry with harvin who will most likely burst out even more this season if favre comes back and stays healthy. also we should get some decent free agent conerbacks.

  10. By franck on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings need to get Nnamdi Asomugha this off season most of our defense is getting old our d line is good we need some conerback …………..

  11. By franck on Feb 11, 2010 | Reply

    the viking need to get Nnamdi Asomugha shut down corner

  12. By GW on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    This may be unpopular with many out there but, I would keep Cedric Taylor, trade AP before his fumbling reduces his trade value. I would then bring in a young franchise QB. This may not put us in the immediate position to win the super bowl next year but it could pay dividends for years to come. I love AP, but if he continues to fumble he will continue to be a detriment to the team.

  13. By kyweaver on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    cedric taylor? wow you know what your talking about don’t you?

  14. By PAVikesFan on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    No doubt corner is a key need. Winfield is getting older, I think his best years are behind him. Griffin is coming off a major knee injury, he wont be the same this season. It usually takes 12 months for someone to come back from an ACL tear to be back to what they were before the surgery (I tore mine years ago)….But, that is what we should address this off-season, not only corner, but safety as well. This is going to be a good draft for safties, there are about 5 who can go in the first 2 rounds, so hopefully we can grab a good one at the end of the first round. This is now officially a passing league, so, if we cant get to the QB via apass rush then we need a deep stock in corners. Ifyou look at New Orleans, they were very deep at the corner position. When Porter and Greer were injured, they had some depth to fill in. We dont have that luxury. When Winfield got injured, we had some issues filling in for him, though Benny Sapp did a pretty good job overall. But, that’s what Sapp is, he’s a good fill-in, he’s not a starter for a 16 game season. We need to look at some play-making corners. Thay guy who is a risk-taker, who may turn a pass intnded for his target into 6 points the other way. Sometimes if you play it safe, u dont get any rewards.I understand if you take risks, u will get bur-ned here and there, but u will also be a momentum-stealer and those kind of players are hard to come by. That’s what we need, play-makers on defense

  15. By GW on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    kyjelly…Ok Chester ahole…nm

  16. By TW VIKE on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    GW- kyjelly went to your brain ! We keep A.P. ! The 2 best backs in the N.F.L. wear #28,we have 1 & the Titans the other ! Lets keep #28 & #29 in our backfield !

  17. By matt on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    trad ap have u lost ur mind. he one of main reason favre had such good season. everyone was gunning for ap and its going to continue. and if d’s stop ap will remind them real quik what a mistake that is. vikings please keep chester. he great teamplayer. i really hope fave comes back it was great fun to watch, i just wish we would find out before the draft. if favre wants to win superbowl again u think he let team know before draft so we can get what we need. all i can say go vikes.

  18. By TW VIKE on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    matt- I agree, trading AP is like trading your left nut. He is our BEST PLAYER. Our O-line has to do their job better. We definitely need secondary help. Too many INTs bounced off our hands, not enough picks this year. If Big Pat retires well need to fill that HUGE VOID ! We also need to find a young QB for our future. I dont know who, but it would be nice to get one, so when Favre comes back he can learn from one the BEST !

  19. By mikillerko on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings need a lot of help at a lot of positions on defense. If it wasn’t for the defensive line, we wouldnt of won a lot of those games. First off, our linebackers, they we’re out of position in a lot of plays, especially Jasper Brinkley and Chad Greenway. those 2 guys didnt really fill their holes in run situations, and we’re no where to be found in passing situations. Everyone knows our corner position has been annihilated this season, i still dont know why we have Karl Paymah. and our safeties are not playing agressive as i would like. I want safeties to take chances, not just play far back every down. An we played a lot of cover 2 which is something i really dont understand. A veteran QB can demolish that all day.

  20. By Puckersux on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    move winfield to safety use sapp in nickel. throw tyrell Johnson to trash heap or backup spec teams.
    get a 2or3 for mckinney get future Olinemen save $.
    Keep taylor draft corner sign dunta Rob.

  21. By Stephen Brown on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    We also need someone who can kick the ball into the end zone. Far too many run backs hurt us……………………

  22. By Thor on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    Somehow I doubt we’re going to get a second kicker. So long as Longwell can still boot the ball accurately, he isn’t going anywhere. There were a lot of kickers last season that were missing gimme shots, and we don’t want to end up signing someone like that in place of a guy as solid as Longwell.

    I hate to lose Chester, but I think our best bet is to make a reasonable to semi-low ball offer, and let him decide what kind of team he’d rather play for: one that has a great shot at a title next year, or one that is going to make him their starter.

    Beyond that, I agree that we should move Winfield back to Safety and bring in a veteran at CB if there is a good one out there. Then the rest of the offseason should be focused on shoring up the offensive line, whether that be with new players or coaches. It was amazing that we were the #2 overall scoring offense, when it seemed as if the line collapsed at the beginning of every play.

    I don’t think we need any help at the linebacker positions, espescially if E.J. starts showing good progress. Leber is quiet but solid, Greenway was a first round pick for a good reason, and the rookie that filled in for E.J. did well up against the playoff teams.

  23. By frye on Feb 13, 2010 | Reply

    I think Chester Taylor gets a bad wrap! He deserves way more respect. Adrian is great no doubt, but Chester is a grade A back and should be used much more. Think if he’d of played the Saints rather than Butterfingers Adrian.

    CT was a 1000 yds rusher before AP vcame along.

    Keep CT!!

  24. By GW on Feb 14, 2010 | Reply

    Guy’s… I love AP. But if he does not learn to hold on to the ball be will continue to see the same results in the big games. I just hope and pray that the fumbling problem can be resolved.

  25. By TW VIKE on Feb 14, 2010 | Reply

    GW-AMEN !

  26. By Travis on Feb 14, 2010 | Reply

    Agreed, to the guy thats said keep “cedric taylor” :S and trade ap is ridiculous. If thats your solution u better find another team to route for cuz ap is the face of our franchise and is the best running back in the league. Also i am 100% with Nick, we need to trade up to get taylor mays or berry, otherwise take the best corner available which should be the #2 corner coming out this year or a guard to get rid of herrara, then pick up tebow to reunite with percy and be the winner and leader he has always been. Plus a year to study under favre theres no one that will work harder than tebow wants he gets to the nfl.

  27. By Travis on Feb 14, 2010 | Reply

    “butterfingers” adrian might have the most fumbles in the league since hes been here but he also has the most tds…the games he supposedly cost us could have been blamed on other things just as well as him but he takes the bullet cuz he the star…it is a problem he knows he needs to work on and he will work hard to correct it this offseason…i can guarantee you if guys play him next season like they did this season tackling the ball first instead of him he will have his best year to date breaking the 2000 yd mark in 2010

  28. By Alex Lawson on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    I really like the idea of trying do take Kyle Wilson, Cb from Boise St. with our first round pick. What do you think about this, is he worth the value or will he be available during this pick? Also, what do you think about switching our blocking scheme from zone to man blocking?

  29. By TW VIKE on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    Travis- I agree,KEEP A.P. He & the Titans #28 are the best in the NFL. His fumbles VS the Saints didnt help or cost us the game. Our whole offense had a hand in it.(Along with a couple missed or non-calls). We still took them to O.T. We were & are the best team in the NFL !

  30. By Chris on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    What is the likely hood the vikes might try to get Cromartie?

  31. By Lloyd on Feb 28, 2010 | Reply

    I think the vikes should go after antonio cromartie…that would solidify and deepen their depth at the corner position…cromartie is a big tall physical corner, who can shut down his side of the field…he and cedric griffin could lock down the outside and let winfeld control the slot receivers…we could then use that first round pick to either draft a linebacker or a d-tackle…and with brett favre coming back, we can get ready to pack our bags for the superbowl next year!!!!

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