Tomlinson Talks Vikings

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 11, 2010 – 9:41 am

During the University of Minnesota’s pro day on Wednesday, both Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress and VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman spoke with reporters, primarily about the prospects of signing free agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson.

By Thursday evening, Childress and Spielman had moved on from the Gophers’ pro day and centered their attention of Tomlinson, as the 5-time Pro Bowler arrived in Minnesota to begin his visit with Vikings officials.

According to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, Thursday evening’s activities included a dinner at a Minneapolis steakhouse where Tomlinson met with a bevy of Vikings representatives, including Childress, Spielman and even DT Pat Williams. Zulgad also caught up with LT to pick his brain about the idea of joining the Vikings.

Here is Zulgad’s Q&A with Tomlinson.

A few highlights of the Q&A include…

– Tomlinson said the Vikings are “right there” in terms of being on the verge of a Super Bowl, something that has eluded the future Hall of Famer, and that he thinks the Vikings have a good mix of veterans and young players in the locker room along with a great coaching staff and supportive environment.

– Although he was happy with what he’d heard to that point of his visit, Tomlinson indicated that today was also important because his decision on whether or not to sign with the Vikings was based on a feeling as much as what he heard.

– There have been questions as to whether Tomlinson would embrace his role on the Vikings as a complement to Adrian Peterson, but LT assuaged any concerns about that issue by saying he’s looking forward to that role.

– Tomlinson said that he can identify with what Peterson is going through as a young star in the NFL and that he could help him get through some of those issues “without any headaches.” He described the chance to play with QB Brett Favre as “unbelievable” and “incredible,” saying “Imagining him just throwing the ball to me out of the backfield or something like that, it would be something I can always remember and also tell my kids about.”

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29 Responses to “Tomlinson Talks Vikings”

  1. By purplehorn on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I’ve harped about this before, but the Vikings need to have some plays with Tahi pulled and both running backs playing on the same down together. This spreads the defense so they have to play Peterson inside the tackles and (hopefully) LT in the flat. Good luck with that.

  2. By apalldayvikes on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I concur. The vikings have done really nothing on the running side to keep the defenses guessing. One RB on the field, gee I wonder who might get the ball…

  3. By mikewobschall on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Are you guys serious? Adrian had the 3rd best single-season rushing total in Vikings history last season and he also had 18 TDs. Seems like defenses were guessing quite a bit to me.

  4. By Seth on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Adrian overall had a great year but LT would be an incredible guy to teach him ball handling skills and keep the defense guessing even more than they already are. LT has been one of the best ball-handling RB’s in the history of the game and still has some capabilities if he can play a full season healthy. He’s not what he used to be but will still cause major concerns for defenses if both him and AP are on the field at the same time. When we talk about how “BAD” of a year AP had, we need to keep in mind that he is still the second best running back in the game behind Chris Johnson… not bad if you ask me!!!

  5. By PurpleNurple on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Chris Johnson beat AP in yardage last year, but I wouldn’t say that stat alone puts him ahead of AP. AP is a fighter, and knowing that people are starting to judge CJ as better than him is going to make him do what it takes to prove people wrong in 2010. AP wants to be the best there ever was. At the beginning of the year every sports professional was saying that he IS the best football player on the field. Now with that reputation tarnished, he is going to do everything he can to put it back in place.

  6. By Craig on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    You are seriously not a true vikings fan. If you think about it getting LT is a big help. LT is good in the whole and flats. AP knows when and where to put the ball as well as LT. With Lt as another factor to the vikings running game, we can have any defence trying to guess on our plays at that point.

  7. By Alex on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    what’s the difference between joining here r the jets???? the jets shouldn’t have even been in the playoffs last year

  8. By T.Brown on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I think the vikings can bypass LT and increase Percy Harvin’s role. I believe what we need on offense is already in the locker room

  9. By Arrowhead on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    He wont visit the jets because he is going to sign with the vikings!!!!!

  10. By tj. on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    i’m sick of this, i now could care less if he signs with the vikings or not

  11. By Bruce on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    That will be a nightmare for any defense of any team with BOTH AP & LT in the backfield at the same time. 2 future HOF running backs with a HOF quarterback. What wil Favre do….. Hand it off to AP? Hand it off to LT, Pass to AP? Pass to LT? Pass to the receivers? What a NIGHTMARE for other teams!

  12. By Bruce on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Mike, I think you meant “By Wednesday evening” not Thursday lol

  13. By JRD on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s the only formation we will ever need–split back, three man spread. What are we going to do next? Win the SB, that’s what! Okay, so maybe not the only formation we’ll need, but check this out and plan a defense!

    Harvin T G C G T Shiancoe Berrian


    LT AP

    Man, that’s nasty good!

  14. By JRD on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Okay, the formatting and centering didn’t hold up, but you get the drift…

  15. By Judson on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Lol how bout we put Rice in there for Berrian. Would seem like a better fit for your awesome scheme.

  16. By mike on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    look AP hand problems holding on to the ball this season with a guy who is already a hall of fame player like LT the vikings have a chance he can also help AP and with out chester taylor on third downs we we need a guy with skills like his

  17. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Has anyone thought of this… if L.T. were to sign, and I think he will, the possibilities that this offense can explore will be limitless…but….to develop that type of offense and throw in a lot of wrinkles for opposing defenses…you will need to work on those plays in the off season, i.e. Mini-camps and pre-season to get the timing right and to develop the chemistry needed! We will not get that because our QB, if he returns, will not be participating in any of those before mentioned items! I don’t think we will ever see the full potential of this offense because of that simple point!

  18. By the horned norseman on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    S I G N H I M A L R E A D Y ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  19. By Joe on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with you totally oldschool. If he wants to come back, say it now and go through training camp like everyone else. Work on all the plays and possibilities that you have if you sign LT. Personally I would like to see the wildcat more with percy taking the snaps. You gotta work on that kinda stuff WITH YOUR QB. Anyway, hope they sign LT.

  20. By Cooley on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    i’m starting to like the idea of LT in the backfield more and more but his presence on this team doesn’t automatically take us to the big game….we are still waiting on the big fish and that could be a big factor this season. But yea, even with Jackson or Rosenfels, LT would improve the offense

  21. By ThunderDavid on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    This is assuming Bret Favre comes back for the 2010 season. If he does and they sign LT, they should be able to compete with anyone.

  22. By TW VIKE on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    We need help in our secondary ! Last I looked LT does not play safety or DB.

  23. By PurpleNurple on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    Don’t forget how good our coaching staff has been in acquiring talent through the draft. Safeties and DBs are plentiful in this year’s draft class, so we could very likely fill these needs well in the first couple rounds.

  24. By Vikesfan on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    LT is no spring chicken. I think we should let him go to the jets and have AP learn to catch a pass on third down. How hard can it be? See ball catch ball.

  25. By marcus on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    ok! people don’t get caught in the hype of things! if LT don’t come? there or still some back that are productive in free agents!!!such as brian west brook,ronnie brown,justin fargas,willie parker? and you still got drafts and throw trades in as well! major focus should be is the LT,G,andCB and even another MLB just in case henderson not at a 100%! only way brett coming back he got feel safe back there? bottom line address the oline needs first and he will come! P.S…patch up the secondary to many holes!!! go vikes

  26. By Paul on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I”m not a big fan of the wildcat. Especially the way Bevell has devised it. Putting the quarterback out in the flat to block linebackers and safeties. YIKES! Favre’s season could have ended in Houston in pre-season last year thanks to that type of thinking. If you run the wildcat with Percy, Favre doesn’t need to be in mini camp to watch him run like %*!!. Their is so much to look forward to. Days like today, the possibility of picking up another hall of fame performer can help veteran players re-charge after ending with a bad taste in their mouth’s. MOTIVATION! The thought of an even better product, makes it easier in tough times for all of us to reach for our wallets.

  27. By Paul on Mar 11, 2010 | Reply

    I didn’t realize Willie Parker is available. I really like what he can do. For some reason he reminds me of what Terry Allen did in a Viking uniform. Marcus gives us all some viable options to think about.

  28. By rob anthony on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    i think it would help ap if lt would come to vikings he dont loose the rock and lt would help ap. and would give favre another receiver that might evan help with the offense now what the vikings need to do is work on there defence secondary they were bad at the end of season it might help if e.j. is healthy

  29. By Favreking on Mar 13, 2010 | Reply

    LT would be a great addition to our Vikes. He is not only the most prolific back of the millenium, but he is hungry for his 1st super bowl, and I hear he is a man of great character. If he chooses not to sign, Brian Westbrook may be an even better acquisition. I really think we need to amp up the offensive line too, because Brett was getting his ass handed to him much to frequently. Favre is tough as nails, but without better protection I can’t imagine him surviving another year of crunching hits by freakin’ Julius Peppers. I winced when the Bears picked him up. I was hoping we would, but i’m sure he was way too expensive. Could you imagine Jared Allen on one end and Peppers on the other! A couple of good D-backs would really round things out for our Super Bowl run. Antoine Winfield may be a feared tackler, but his pass coverage was really lacking in our playoff run.

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