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Childress Addresses Vikings Safety Position

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 25, 2010 – 4:01 pm

If you’ve been following Mock Madness on vikings.com or are paying attention to any other sort of pre-draft speculation, you’ve surely noticed that safety is a popular pick among draft prognosticators.

There are a few 1st-round caliber safeties in this year’s draft-eligible class and the sentiment I gather from fans is that many are unhappy with the performance of starting safeties Tyrell Johnson and Madieu Williams, so the projections make sense.

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress has not publicly shared that same sentiment about his safeties and in speaking with Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune at this week’s NFL owners’ meetings he even said Johnson and Williams played well in the Vikings pair of playoff games.

But he also told Zulgad that the Vikings will continue to add good players to the roster, regardless of position.

“I thought [they] played really well in the playoffs,” Childress said of Johnson and Williams. “With that said, you continue to add good players. Jamarca (Sanford) will have had that one trip around the block and none of them are…they are never going to step away from competing and competition makes your team better as opposed to guys that say, ‘Hey, I’ve got mine, you guys go ahead and get yours.’

“We’ve always identified and promoted guys that if there’s a move it’s with merit, it’s not just because he’s a good competitor…[Jamarca] learned things about our defense and he will play that much faster this year.”

If the Vikings do select a safety in this year’s draft, it’ll mark the 3rd consecutive year they’ve done so. In 2008, Johnson was the team’s 2nd round pick and then Sanford was chosen in the 7th round of the 2009 draft.


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A Thousand Thanks After 1,000 Entries

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 25, 2010 – 2:10 pm

We’ve reached a milestone here on the vikings.com Blog – our 1,000th entry. But before we get to the 1,001st entry, we want to thank you for being here to share the first 1,000.

The vikings.com Blog as we now know it was born when vikings.com was re-launched last summer. The 1,000 entries that we’ve posted since that point are evidence of our intentions to deliver you the most accurate and comprehensive Vikings coverage possible. But the more than 11,000 comments that have been posted after those entries is a clear indication of your passion for the Vikings and interest in the NFL.

There’s a lot to look forward to on the vikings.com Blog this offseason, from draft coverage  to speculation about Brett Favre’s status for 2010 to periodic glances around the NFC North, so please continue visiting us.

Whether you’re a long-time reader of the vikings.com Blog or a new visitor to the site, we’d like to say “thank you” for your readership and support. We promise to continue improving our product and we look forward to the next 1,000 entries.


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Mock Madness And March Madness On The Same Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 25, 2010 – 7:14 am

March Madness resumes this evening as half of the remaining field takes the court for Sweet 16 action. But before you start thinking about settling in to watch some hoops, check out vikings.com’s Mock Madness.

For the 3rd straight year, vikings.com is feeding off the hype of March Madness and doing a weekly feature called Mock Madness, which tracks the draft projections of several national football observers, such as Pat Kirwan of NFL.com and both Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay of ESPN.

The feature began last week with Mock Madness 1.0 and this week’s edition has also been posted. Be sure to follow along each week and keep up with all of the draft speculation.

Mock Madness 1.0
Mock Madness 2.0


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