Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 26, 2010 – 5:20 pm

The Vikings got their 1st win of the 2010 regular season. RB Adrian Peterson blew up for 160 yards and 2 TDs. CBs Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin made their returns to the lineup. The defense dominated again and allowed just 1 TD. And the Vikings have their bye week coming up.

Yes, there’s a lot to talk about. Good thing tomorrow is Monday morning.

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70 Responses to “Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions”

  1. By James on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    I was wondering why we didn’t go after brees the same way we went after hill I wish we could of knocked down brees the same way we played lions, we better go after aaron rodgers with killer instincts.

  2. By Deanie on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply


  3. By rocksalt on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Where is Jared Allen???? Haven’t seen him assert himself………

  4. By Hawaii for now on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    When are you going to pay your best player. Offer Peterson what he deserves. 3 games, no fumbles, allot of yards.

  5. By guiliano on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    our defense is playong great dont look now but we have a top 8 pass defense….next time with a big lead in the 4th i hope we sit favre we need him for the entire season! NICELY DONE MR> PETERSON!

  6. By Vernon on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Howdy Mike W.
    Looking at this Season in Quarter standards, with week 4 a bye, we are watching the Vikings get an A for Effort but resulting in D+ for failing passing offense, and only the defense is holding this grade up away form the dreaded F-. I’m a true fan and would like to see more coheasiveness amongst our QB and recievers. It shows u can’t miss training camp and come in and have the same type of year(favre) that had happened last year, and expect the same results against much better teams. Maybe I’m just nervous about this Year but I personally view this years schedule as BRUTALLY TOUGH. If the Vikings are having troubles opening up with the Airial Assualt, why not stick with what works and stack up extra TE’s more often and pound the ball with AP and TG?? Balance well create itself through positive run plays that lead to more successful play action passing. Favre said last year he thought he’d come in hand the ball off more then passing and do what he had to win. Now is the time to let that mentality work! He needs Sydney Rice back to open up more for Visanthe and Percy. MORE Run plays!! This year AP should get 1800+

  7. By shaquille edwards on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Yea i was wondering are there any signs of peterson getting the ball more. lets say 25 to 34 carries untill sidney rice comes back really good and ready to play. i mean like adrian peterson would surely try his hardest to carry his team.

  8. By K'net on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    You’re facing a staunch defense from the Jets coming off the bye week, will Sullivan and Shiancoe be at 100% by then? Will Gerhart have an opportunity to redeem himself from his fumble this past game?

  9. By mary todd on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    I remember the “purple people eaters” Could we have “purple people eaters #2″ Our defense looks good and we should play the song for them now and then

  10. By WOW... on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Why do people keep bringing up Favre. It is not his fault the scrubs BB, and the eagles rejects cannot catch the ball.

  11. By Spencer Washington on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    How do you think our rookie cornerback Chris Cook did in his first NFL game against Calvin Johnson.

  12. By Lao on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    I felt that Ryan Cook gave us a better push in the running game than John Sullivan. Is this a result of Sullivan’s injury since preseason or is Ryan Cook actually stronger? If Cook plays like he did, we should keep him in to help Peterson break off those big plays.

  13. By Lito on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Defense playing well. Bret knows what he and the receiving corp need to do to catch up. Get some offensive line help and get some good field positions. It would be nice to have a cornerback/return specialist.

  14. By vikings012 on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    When it’s 4th down and 1 or 4th and short why don’t the vikings try a wildcat offense with Peterson? It works great for the dolphins and Peterson is a great physical runner and I bet it would work and he’d get the yardage they need.

  15. By Kevin on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Do you you know if there has been anything brewing about trading for Kevin kolb or any other trades? I saw we bring back moss!

  16. By fmfan on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Every game AP has been running great but in the second half (late in the game) we seem to pass more than run. WHY? After APs big run in the 3rd quarter we had 11 pass plays and 6 run plays (AP only 4 runs plays). Who calls the plays?

  17. By cory brandhagen on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Is joe webb a receiver or a quarter back? if hes a receiver why arent you utilizing his GREAT ABILITY?

  18. By Neal on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Why aren’t we using Webb? He is an talented receiver and overall excellent athlete. The Vikes should put in a few packages just for him right?

  19. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Are any of our coaches looking for Kevin Kolb? It seems that he wouldn’t provide enough value over TJack to take the chance on him. I think we’re probably more likely to wait until after the NFL and the players union works things out and then picking up McNabb from free agency. As it lies right now, the media doesn’t expect him to re-sign with Washington, and you just KNOW that Childress is wetting himself over the possibility of getting his most successful project back under his wing.

  20. By Howie on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    The biggest problem this team has is
    standing on the side lines, and it is
    called BRAD CHILDRESS.!!!!!
    Bottom Line.!!!

  21. By Ryan on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Why are people complaining about the offense I thought they played well they did a lot of run after catch type stuff. The only thing is favre needs to limit down turnovers, I don’t see anything wrong with the offense today, yeah the last two games the offense was pathetic run run throw run run throw today it was actually getting the receivers involved plus the mix of ap man he’s a fun running back to watch. Penalties need to be down the defense played fast and solid. If they want to beat the jets they have to play better and spread the ball around on offense and give ap the ball he’s a madman that is going to get his thousand yards or more again this season.

  22. By Dustin on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    What are your thoughts on the return of Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin? Also whats the status of Shiancoe?

  23. By Dustin on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Why haven’t we seen much of Greg Camarillo on the field? He seems to do alright when he’s playing but he hasn’t been playing much. Usually Favre is in jeopardy when no one is open and it risks a sack but Greg recognizes different coverage schemes and often avoids them and is open.

  24. By Tate on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Are the Vikings considering bringing in a new O-lineman due to the injury to Sullivan and the sub-par pass protection ( especially against Miami and Detroit)? Also is the receiver position fairly settled until Rice comes back or is that position still in flux?

  25. By Richard R. on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    With the nagging hip, what are your thoughts on the Vikings taking a risk at keeping Percy Harvin as their kick returner? And do you feel they should explore other options (via free Agency)? Especially since they traded their only other KR/PR threat darius reynaud to the giants, the Vikings have no other player who could give Percy a breather or provide a explosive play…….

  26. By Bruce on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    When will they fix the protection issue? Letting speed rushers get around our tackles so easily is recipe for tipped b a l l s, fumbles and interceptions.

  27. By Bruce on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Wouldn’t it create competition if receivers were told that if they can’t be consistant in their playing that someone else will be in that Number #1 or #2 spot?

  28. By mike on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    why did we draft tyrell with a second round pick and bench on the season he’s suppose to break out in we all know last year was his first at getting full action so the mistakes should’ve be expected.Our scouts had to see something in him that led to him getting picked so early we past on players like deasean jackson for a person we benched on his third year why?

  29. By Du du on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey ryan cook was the man today that guys a beast at the center position he did a good job on the lions front four that had success so far and his original position was center in college so will we keep him their? I think our o line was solid with him out their.

  30. By rino on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    A great win for the vikings they needed it , but come on its the lions. Defense looks great. AP awesome as always. I believe that the vikings still need a lot of work to get back to where they were last year. they have to figure away to get some balance on offense. Dont get me wrong rice is a huge part of our passing game but we have good receivers but they need to hold on to the ball. besides Harvin and Shancoe the rest of the receiving look like the former number one draft pick troy williamson but even he had less drops in his first three games. A bit Harsh yeah I know. Catch the ball receivers and you guys will be fine. GO VIKES

  31. By Du du on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    when are we going to give jamarca sanford or tyrell johnson a chance at safety? Husain Abdullah gets tackles every now and then but he’s consistently late on pass plays making our corners look bad and he reacts late on run plays give jamarca sanford a chance or tyrell we thought he improved a lot during preseason madiu williams is doing a good job to..

  32. By sally on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    I’m still very pessimistic about 2 things regarding the 2010 Vikings. 1-The absence of Chester Taylor without an adequate replacement. 2-The absence of a star receiving corp. I see no discussion to resolve the first issue. Gerhardt is a fumbler that doesn’t catch. Kleinsausser doesn’t run. The addition of Camarillo and Basket seems like a team B set of additions. Sorry to break the news.

  33. By Alex Lawson on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Mike, I was wondering what you think of Abdullah’s play so far as SS. Also what did you think of Chris Cook and Cedrick Griffen’s debut?

  34. By Chris on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    I was wondering why they do not bench Phil Loadholt? He has played terrible football in the past 2 weeks. He had the missed block that allowed the Dolphins to score that touchdown. Then against detroit he had two big penalties and let another defender hit Favre’s arm again causing a interception. There has to be someone on the roster who can play better than that. Right?

  35. By Woodboat on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply

    Just a note to all of you fans that want to bash Favre… these turnovers aren’t all his fault, folks. He shouldn’t have thrown the first one with Gerhart smashed into the line like he was… if toby had been a few steps back of his blockers, sure, but not when the D line had the play sniffed out and all over him like a cheap suit. The second one was our boy Loadholt not doing his job…again. Out of the 6 TOs that Favre has had in the last 2 games, 3 were arguably his fault (although I’d have liked to see BB at least make an attempt on the ball on 2 of them).

  36. By Gozz on Sep 26, 2010 | Reply


  37. By CA Norwegian on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    This Basket Case guy… Why?: We should just play more TE’s. I am not so certain that the hits and pressures that Favre is receiving are all earned. Our protection blockers, these are the biggest guys who perhaps suffer the most through training camp. Favre skips it, and garners all the glory and attention from the team efforts. Media guys stop salivating over Favre and give the blockers the glory. Coach try putting in T-jack and I bet the protection improves immediately. Someone should step in for a play of two when Favre gets hammered.

  38. By ebrug on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Bench Favre, start Jackson. He can’t do any worse. Favre is done, and Jackson showed great improvement two years ago except for the playoff game against Philly. At least Jackson has youth and can run. Favre is an old man pretending like he can still hang with real athletes. He played horribly today against one of the most pathetic defenses in the league. If he can’t do it against the Lions who can he do it against? He pulled it off last year, but now his age really shows. The only chance the Vikings have for another division title is with Favre on the bench. Winners take risks and respect present reality while forgeting the past. Do the right thing Childress.

  39. By fmfan on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Mike do you think if we had a QB that could run that the DL would be less agressive to get to the spot 7 yards behind center and more toward containing the QB? Would that give the QB more time and make our OL better?

  40. By fmfan on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    We have a 6’4″ 220 lb. athlete we drafted in the 6th round as a WR sitting on the bench holding a clipboard as the 3rd string reserve QB (Joe Webb) why not use him as a wr like we drafted him for?

  41. By Bruce on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    fmfan, you shouldn’t have to find a more mobile quarterback to get our guards to stay on their block.

  42. By Bruce on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    ebrug, I disagree with you on Favre. One interception was his fault because the defender cut in front of the RB. The other interception was NOT his fault because it was a tipped ball and as usual it was because our guards can’t block well enough. The receivers (won’t mention names) have NOT run their routes right consistantly and if you know football you can look at the tape and see that. Favre isn’t playing perfect, but he isn’t playing as bad as some of these other players!

  43. By Bruce on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    And Phil Loadholt should be moved inside to guard because he can’t move fast enough and is CONSTANTLY letting guys get around him to Fave! HOW COME BRAD DOESN’T SEE THIS?

  44. By Linda on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    The O line was okay last year. This year they are getting Favre killed. Is it a matter of D lines selling out to get Favre – back not being able to pick up the blitzes – receivers not getting separation- not enough recievers in the pattern as we have to keep too many people in to protect. Without an up grade Brett will not last the year.

  45. By Ismael Salinas on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    The defense is playing great and Peterson is giving them the lift.Do you think having Sydney Rice would make a difference or is Brett Favre getting old?

  46. By Jason on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Without Sideny Rice, Favre is looking old and the passing game anemic. What do you think about benching Favre and bringing T-Jack in, he is not Favre, but i believe his athletisicm better compliments the offense at this time. He is a carbon copy of Vick and we have all seen whats happening in Philly right now. Could T-Jack really be our best chance to win? I think T-Jack has looked just as good or better in preseason running the offense than Favre has since he came back.

  47. By Ted on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    The MN “D” is playing superbly these first few games, as expected. Rather than always focusing on the sometimes hot, sometimes cold offense why don’t we ever hear from our defensive players during the post-game interviews. Let’s let them know we appreciate what they do and give those guys the recognition for these wins that they deserve as well!! Skol VIkes!!!

  48. By James on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    T-jackson is the not hope. you all are good at riding people down, i am a former soldier, i love what brett favre stands for. he takes hits, does his best. bring in joe webb as a receiver, bring in javon walker at least he knows how to run the routes and can physically show the receivers what brett is looking for. bring in the wr rookies on the practice squad, it’s obvious the vet receivers can’t do much, give them a shot like the colts did garcon and colllie last year. use tahi as a full back or a blocking back. you take out Brett, the season is over. Adrian will get his carries, but the whole season is not contingent on sidney rice, someone has to step up. and if the wide receivers aren’t put some rookies in that will.

    soldier on

  49. By Mr. Viking on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    How is Sidney progressing and when do you think he will be back?

  50. By Eric on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Please make a call to SF and trade for Brian Westbrook. We need solid 3rd down back that Favre can trust, who can catch out of the backfield. The Stanford kid isn’t ready… Adrian can’t continue to carry the team all season.

  51. By 4Vikes on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone keeps commenting that the offense is struggling cuz Favre skipped training camp. Did you forget that he had ankle surgery and wouldn’t have been able to play? I think there has to be different approaches to camps when the player is the age Favre is. Guys in their 20’s and 30’s should be there if healthy, but 40? – it’s a long season and you’ve got to be careful. I still think the receivers need to get healthy and hang onto the ball, and our O line has to protect better. Agree I’d like to see the defense go after these opposing QB’s more, and keep using the game plan that’s working. Hoping for a strong finish with a really tough schedule! Go Vikings……….

  52. By arahn on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    It is a wild stretch to call T-Jack a “carbon copy of Vick” maybe in practice and in athletic abilities they match-up — but not on game day. As for Favre, it should be obvious that he isn’t the “problem”, poor O-line protections and pitiful receivers (BB should be giving back some of those BIG BUCKS he’s getting paid) are making Favre look bad — if you can’t see that then you aren’t looking. I sure hope they can fix those issues during bye week.
    Gotta love that Defense though!!!!!!
    For the Question part, are Vikes still looking for some talent to bring on board. I hope Baskett isn’t it — seems they’d have been better-off bringing Walker back. Please tell me Baskett is just off to a slow start and will be ready after the bye week.

  53. By JT on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Why the fascination with the “Wildcat”? One of the “newer” plays doing well is the Gun Option. One of the variations is with a flex or wing man getting a pitch after the QB has faked to the RB. The QB fakes the handoff, the H comes around and gets the pitch. Looks like Harvin could play that pretty well. The zone blocking concepts look simple. Don’t think you can run this exclusively in the pros, but as a trick play it can be usefull. Youtube it if you haven’t seen this play in person.

  54. By Dreamteam on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    I thought our defense did a great job against Detroit but our defense line still need more help to put pressure on QB. They are good but double team will slow them down and a great QB does not need much time. Hill, Henning, Brees were too comfortable in the pocket. We need to pressure opposing QB before he can make his best decision.

    I like the way we use short pass on big target across the middle this week. Jeff Dugan and Basket should be involved more in the passing game to give Favre the quick option specially against the aggressive Jets defense. If we can control the ball, big play will open for our speedy RB and WRs then we have the chance.

    I know it is easy to talk than execute it. But Favre’s body can effort to take so many hits to wait for receiver get open down the field. Everyone will target to minimize AP and Farve. Our receivers corp. are still learning the route, we can not expect AP carry all the load every down and win game against those great team coming up. If offense can put together long drives will give defense physically fresh and mentally toughness specially on the road. Until the offense get ready, more short pass and run after the catch, control the clock are the effective ways to stay competency and hope good thing will come.

  55. By Mike on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Childress is the problem. We need receiver help and O line help, but he keeps bringing in Philly rejects. Thats what he has done since he got here. Get rid of him and maybe someone will get the players we need.

  56. By Bruce on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply


  57. By Rileyt on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Westbrook would help immeasurably, Giving the two big tackles a rest is a great idea. Cook really performed well. And why not bring back Walker? You could move Harvin back to the slot where he’s comfortable. Doesn’t Camarillo know the plays yet? They’ve got 2 weeks to get some things fixed. As far as the schedule, do you really think other teams are looking at the Vikings as a cakewalk win? They all know what this team is capable of…..

  58. By A true viking fan on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    What is wrong with all of u supposed to be viking fans, someone said bench favre, are u stupid? Bench the greatest Qb ever give the team and the coaches some credit they know what there doing, quit being scared little whine bags, they will be there deep into the playoffs.

  59. By Nebraskaviking on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Im with A true viking fan. All teams have room to improve. Who else loved it when Allen threw their QB to the ground during that scuffle? hahaha

  60. By Vegas Viking on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    To the genius who said put T-Jack in because he can do the same thing Vick can do, come on man, that’s the same type of racist statement we always here about Larry Bird everytime another good tall white player with a jumper comes out of the college ranks. Michael Vick is a special player, lest we forget, he was a 3 time all-pro before he decided to go all jihad on pitbulls. Has another quarterback in the history of Vikings football ever had a better overall year than Favre had last year? I don’t think so, so hold on and wait, things are just getting turned around, you’ll see, the man hates to lose, its why he has so many more wins to his record than loses, look it up! GB in the 70’s and 80’s was HORRIBLE, at least every year except maybe 2 with Favre, they were in the playoffs or just missed them by a game or two at the most.

  61. By Vegas Viking on Sep 27, 2010 | Reply

    Oh, to all you packer trolls on our site, LOL, guess what, you’re only a game ahead of us now.

  62. By Percy on Sep 28, 2010 | Reply

    For the people who are commenting on Hank Baskett, I think needs to be patient. Yes he missed a ball that probably anyone can catch, but it sometimes happens. I think with his height, we have an advantage. They need to also place joe webb in as a receiver, Imagine what will happen when rice returns. you have 2 receivers that are 6’4 and a 6’2 receiver, along with 5’11 percy harvin. no defense will no who to cover because they can all be threats with Brett Favre as QB. They put two guys on sydney rice or Hank Baskett, Percy Harvin is more than likely going to be left with a mediocre defender because their going to stick the best defenders on rice and either webb or baskett, and we have our edge back. Then they could also use webb and peterson in the same kind of play the chiefs used to score over the 49ers. we have so much potential if the people in charge of all this thought outside the box and actually watched film.

  63. By Purple Nurple on Sep 28, 2010 | Reply

    Percy….you’re on CRACK! NOBODY would be silly enough to double a retread turd like waste baskett…so for God’s sake stop yapping about that.Rice may not come back this season, so what we need/needed to do …is SOMETHING else.

  64. By Percy on Sep 28, 2010 | Reply

    If you have Joe Webb, Sidney Rice, and Hank Baskett on the field, all taller than most defenders, some one is going to get double covered, more than likely sidney rice, leaving baskett open. Baskett hasn’t even played enough this season to say anything about his skill NOW. Rice already commented that he believes he’ll be ready when his PUP is up. If he doesn’t play; our best hope is use joe webb as a receiver because thats what we drafted him for, get rid of gerhart, bring back walker, and use percy harvin as a back up for peterson and a wide receiver, but put him back at the position he’s comfortable with.

  65. By Michael G on Sep 29, 2010 | Reply

    Even though the Vikes receivers are struggling and All-Day is performing like the AP we all love to see run, do you think the Vikes should consider making a run at Marshawn Lynch to compliment AP in the backfield? I like the string runs that Gerhart has made, but he does not do enough to spell AP to keep him fresh and seems to be struggling mightily in the passing game. Acquiring Marshawn would give the Vikes their 1-2 punch and allow Gerhart to develop throughout the year.

  66. By Josh806 on Sep 29, 2010 | Reply

    Hey im 6’2 at 180 and in HS I ran the 40 in less
    than 4 so if your going to sign anyone who is tall than where do I sign because come on I am struggling to see what is seen with Hank the guy should invest in some duct tape gloves.

  67. By Bill on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    What ever happened to Earsell Mackbee @ Rip (Ross Copper) Hawkins. They just seemed to drop out of football with no record of why they left football.


  68. By Bill on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    Please let me know about Earsell & Rip!

  69. By wildmc on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    i wanted to know if te talks are true for randy moss might be thinking about coming back to minnesota? this is what the blogs are saying because randy fired his agent he said he knows what his job is and didnt comment on the rather it was true or not..i know that if childress is thinking about this randy better have his head on straight and not come back with his head heald higher then then we can throw him moss is a good player but sure can make an ass out of himself…vikings dont need that again. why doesnt childress ever let jackson pull some of the strings when it comes to our quarterback let jackson play once in a wile farve is not pulling his part maybe he shouldnt of brought him back. dont get me wrong i love farve but farve is affraid of the bet down again and cant play straight.

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