Bye Week News And Notes

Posted by cjsiewert on October 1, 2010 – 7:49 am

Whether it comes at a good time or not, the bye week is here. Many Vikings players are taking advantage of their week off while others have stuck around Winter Park to either nurse injuries or get a head start on preparations for the Week 5 Monday night matchup against the New York Jets.

Needless to say, there’s a bit of a lull in news and reports surrounding the Purple so here’s a few notes as food for thought during the seemingly slow-moving bye week.

- With 392 rushing yards on the season, RB Adrian Peterson is 124 yards away from reaching 5,000 career rushing yards. If “All Day” continues the trend he’s set so far this season (130.7 YPG), reaching that achievement will occur during the Vikings next game in New York. Peterson would join RBs Bill Brown, Chuck Foreman and Robert Smith as the only Vikings players to have reached that milestone.

- Future Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre has the opportunity to reach a pair of career milestones next week against the Jets that may never be touched by another QB in the NFL. If Favre throws for 74 yards and 1 TD – which are well within his capabilities – in New York next Monday night, he will become the 1st QB in NFL history to reach 70,000 passing yards and 500 TDs.

- On a much less significant note, the Vikings added TE John Nalbone to the practice squad on Tuesday. To make room for the former Miami Dolphin, the Vikings released CB Marcus Sherels from the same unit.

Here’s the analysis of Nalbone:

Positives: Good size, strength and effort as a blocker. Highly competitive. Surprising athleticism shown in workouts. Catches the ball cleanly and looks to turn it upfield. Can track the ball over his shoulder. Adequate agility to avoid tacklers in the open field, but good strength to run through them.

Negatives: Obvious concerns over his level of competition. Needs to improve his strength to hold up as an inline blocker at the NFL level. Marginal burst out of his breaks to gain separation. Lacks experience in a sophisticated passing offense and will need time to acclimate to a typical route-tree.

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71 Responses to “Bye Week News And Notes”

  1. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    we will get back on track against the Jets and have fun beating the cowboys at home the following week !

  2. By Carl K on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    It is tough to see M. Shuler get cut. I wish him the best.

  3. By Bill on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    Why are some of the players not sticking around? Would one not think childress would require more practice from a “in flux” passing game? We have added new players…what is up with the leadership? I am a Viking fan, have been my entire life. I will always be a Vikings fan but have to question some of the decisions being made. One other question is why not free up Joe Webb to move into WR spot? He has to know the system and is a great player…Just some thoughts.
    GO VIKES!!!

  4. By fire childress on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    i agree,these receivers need more practice time. this is all chillys fault, he doesn’t have enough guts to tell the players practice is mandatory, we really need some extra practice time with all the new and terrible receivers. (Baskett)

  5. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    Did any receiver stick around and watch tape with Farve? Any chance the Vikes will put Logan Payne on the active roster?

  6. By fire childress on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    looks like shank may be hurt pretty bad, why else would they move another tight end to the practice squad.another injury the viks can’t afford

  7. By VIKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    The vikings seem to be always in this position, turmoil and out of sorts. Last year i for sure thought next year is our year but the players seem and i may be wrong (except for favre and peterson) playing for a paycheck. No emotion , no husstle,no urgency when needed all i can say is if they dont get it together fast wrap up the season folks. I have always loved the vikes and anyone else who has knows that this is a broken record.

  8. By reid dorn on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    straiten out our center. keep AP focused, lets work on our snap. its our year people. I hope its vs the saint at Mall Of America lets give em a piece of our victory. im looking at a good stretch of games. lets hope no injury’s and all of are players stay healthy. its on this year fellas.

  9. By fmfan on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    Who is still there? Are they just rehabing, watching films, lifting weights or are they on the practice field? WHAT!!! More info would be nice…

  10. By Oldschool on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    hey what’s the status on sidney’s return

  11. By fire childress on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    vikings always play it real save for bo bo’s, i bet Rice doesn’t return until week 10

  12. By Hilary on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    Let me get this straight, by “some players are sticking around” does that mean practice is OPTIONAL during a bye week? You have got to be kidding me. I was so thankful we HAD a bye week this early. We needed the extra practice to prepare for the Jets. Does anyone even care anymore on the team?!

  13. By fire childress on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, chilly is too conservative. the way they are playing, everyone should be doing 2 a day’s . they don’t practice again until Monday

  14. By Jim on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    They better work on the right side of the offensive line, thats where Favre is getting all of the hits from. If this problem is not resolved, Favre will not last the season!

  15. By Rich Devanna on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    It seems to me that Favre sent out a call when he said he was staying to watch
    film and that if anybody wanted to join him they could or should. He admitted
    he is playing poorly and that does fall on him but also the receiving core. What
    an opportunity to get things together. Let me tell you this…the Jets will put 8
    in the box and bottle up AP and make Favre throw and with Revis chomping
    at the bit you can bet your arse Favre will be under pressure and Revis will
    just be waiting for one of his forced throws to make something happen. If
    somehow they can get to 4-4 at the halfway point they could make a run.
    10-6 could win the division!

  16. By chadviking on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    I think vikes should put Joe Webb as punt returner or receiver and maybe kickoff return. What are we saving him for? Everyone can see he’s a great athlete. What’s the deal he can’t catch or what? I also think the O-line could block alot better.

  17. By Old School on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    This team needs to go off and think about some things….like …How are we going to get this done !

  18. By Old School on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply



  19. By fire childress on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    old school has a fan, the real one does anyway

  20. By Carl K on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    fire childress – I don’t think shank is hurt. We pick up a TE because we cut TE M Shuler to make room for WR H Basket.

  21. By wants moss back on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    they need to get Bomb da moss ! ,, .lol seriously should a effort for him while the pats dangel carrots , favre , moss ,.as intened

  22. By fire childress on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    i think moss will finish his contract for New England this year, BUT next year he will be looking for a team, unless he gets a huge raise from New England. that would be great to see him as a Viking again, not too many players come back to a team they left, but you never know

  23. By Ken on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    If we straighten out follg. things we should be fine offensively,
    (a) Give Favre the protection – we are not doing good job there. One of the reasons why Favre throws interception.
    (b) Start Joe Webb as a WR. (Is the leadership that dump not seeing this, as the vikings fans are seeing it and crying for it ???) Hmmm…
    (c) Hv. Percy H. to do the Punt receive job often.

    So far 2 good things still intact,
    Defence and Running game.

  24. By fire childress on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    i heard percy has trouble catching the ball when he punt returns, their is a different rotation on the ball on punt returns vs kickoff returns

  25. By fire childress on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    lets trade BB and chilly even up to the Chargers for V. Jackson

  26. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    How about the coaches and players get their heads right and work on the problems and not use the bye week as a vacation. Lets see if you have a job and the work at getting done what do you… wait for it. you work over time to get the job done.

  27. By fire childress on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    most of the players left the state for vacation. when you think of football as a job, then the team is in trouble

  28. By Hilary on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    Let’s keep Percy away from the punt returns. I think Camarillo is our man for that by what I’ve seen. I also like the idea someone offered above to activate Webb as a WR and let him try a few returns. He’s big and fast. Seems like a no brainer.

  29. By Duane N on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    Why isn’t the bye week something like weeks 7 thru 10?
    Would be much more fair. Is the schedule really that complicated that they have to start the bye this early?

  30. By fire childress on Oct 1, 2010 | Reply

    they rotate the byes. the Vikings had a late one in week 8 last year. so we get a early one this year. it’s fair for everyone

  31. By Loren on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    Well they bring in guys like Baskett because they know the system.It is kind of funny Favre putting the blame on himself.Mostly because it plays into the hands of all the trash talkin haters.We need recievers that are going to be in the right spot and catch the ball when Favre throws it there.What happend to Loadholt?

  32. By fire childress on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    yes, it’s too bad we didn’t get V. Jackson. he would of been eligible to play in the Dallas game. we will struggle until Rice returns in week 10. he might not even be 100 percent either..

  33. By fire childress on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    they need to promote webb from 3rd string to 2nd string, that way he can do a couple wildcat plays then go out again. as long as he is 3rd string, he can’t go in the game for a couple of plays, he has to play rest of game

  34. By Skol_Vikings on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    uhh about the bye week … its the players only week off for at least 6 months. For a lot of these guys its just a chance to go home and rest up. Teams never (or almost never) workout during BYE weeks in the season. The Post season is a little different. Don’t rip on Chili for following protocol.

  35. By Old School on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    Would anyone agree with me that next weeks Monday night football game against the Jets in New York is already a must win and could be the turn around for our season or the stake in the heart for our season?!

    I think that , if we can go into New York, on Monday night football…on national t.v., and beat the Jets at home….a team that all the so called experts have going to the SuperBowl, it could be a win that will give this team the kick that they will need to go on a run….WHICH THEY WILL HAVE TO DO, if they want to go to the playoffs and even compete for their division.

    Anyone agree with that statement?

  36. By fire childress on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    i agree that next week is a must win, i don’t think they could climb out of a 1-3 hole, especially with Green Bay in our division. i think at some point the Vikings will string some wins together, i just hope it happens sooner rather then later

  37. By CarterMossReed on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    So far the lucky bears are division leaders, we have some catching up to do and hope the bears and idiot packers keep losing.

  38. By Carl K on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    Old School – Beating the Jet in New York would be a big time win. But the must win games are the divisional games agianst the Packers, Bears and Lions. We can lose to the Saints, Dolpins, Jets, and Patriots if we win agianst the Giants, Eagles, and Cowboys. I think the Viking will string 6 to 8 wins in a row at the end of the year. Yes, I think the Viking can turn things around even if they go 1-3 to start the season. A lose to the Jets is not the end of the world.

  39. By fire childress on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    it’s not the end of the world, but it would not look good. over 90 percent of teams win the game after their bye week. i hope we don’t change those odds

  40. By Petey on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    I hope Chilly and Bevell are spending the bye week looking at ways to open up the offense with some 4-5 wide receiver sets and some wild cat formations with Joe Webb. They better do something. I guarantee you that the Jets will put 8 in the box to stop AP and put the game on Favre’s shoulders. With our lame @ss wide receivers and with Revis and Cromartie playing press coverage it looks to be a long night in the big apple.

  41. By fire childress on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    yes, looks like Revis will be good to go for the game, even though he’s sitting out this week, he’s just about ready to go now. he will do 1 on 1 with percey and that will allow them to play 8 men in the box

  42. By UBRETT-CHA on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    I would like to see Joe run a few routes at WR. All Viking fans need to stay positive right now. Keep that good energy going and send it to the team!!! Our guys need it now more than ever. Stop blaming Brett for everything, saying he’s too old, blah,blah,blah!!! Brett, if you ever read these blogs, just know this: you have the heart and soul of a true Viking and we are proud and honored to have you on our team. We love you! SKOL!! Having said that, I hope that somebody steps up and starts making plays, and becomes the go-to-guy. Let’s go VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!

  43. By DAVID4VIKINGSEVER on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    GOOD Luck Vikings, go get them,do the best you can thats all we ask take no prisoners and kick some @ss. SKOL, GO VIKINGS

  44. By purple08 on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Rich Devanna! Did you say 10-6 could win the division? You are dreaming my friend. The Bears could and should be 4-0 after tomorrow and the Pack will be right behind them. The Vikes will need at least 12 wins to take the division and 11 for the wild card. Wait and we shall see. Can you guys beleive it? I made a post without saying how much I hate Brett Favre. OOPS!

  45. By DAVID4VIKINGSEVER on Oct 2, 2010 | Reply

    purple08, dont be surprised when the bears lose to the giants,after playibg monday night then traveling away most teams lose there next game do to the short week, besides i dont really think the bears are that good they really lost that game to the lions in week 1 just and they were at home and they got licky against the packers even know i did enjoy the bears beating them.

  46. By purple08 on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    Good point David. I do think the Bears have been lucky and I am more worried about the Packers for sure. I think the Giants are in trouble this year though. Julius Peppers is going to be all over Eli and I would like to see Chester Taylor have a nice game. However, although I will be hoping for a Giants victory to help the Vikings out… I really don’t hate the Bears anywhere close to how much I hate the Packers or Cowboys.

  47. By gatoraide on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    The ‘bye week gives me another chance to re-watch the games we have played and it shows we lost on a couple of flukes. Percy’s juggle-turned- interception was a touhdown going in and…all else being equal, we win the game. Next…same with the Dolphin game on a fluke we miss a score. Now, with that behind us, we make the turn and clip the very much improved Lions who are going clean the Packer clocks quicker and bigger than the Bears did. That will start the bloated GB braggards on the way to the Division cellar where they belong with Bagman Murphy, Big Eyes TT and Porky, “choo-choo” McC. Go Vikes!

  48. By TwinsFan28 on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    It seems that alot of fans would want the vikings to practice 14 days. Remember its a bye week then we play Monday Night. I would say 95% of all football players will say Football games are awesome, but Football practice sucks.If you want Chilly to lose the locker room make the bye week mandatory practice. The bye week is for healing and gives the coaches extra time to prepare. Remember a regular week players get monday off and satuday is travel so they usually only practice 4 days anyways. The people that need to be there is most likely there.

  49. By Old School on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    Go Lions!

  50. By rocksalt on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    I would agree with that except Favre, Harvin, and the other new receivers have not had enough practice time, which has been painfully evident in our offense……it seems to me they need all the frikkin’ practice they can get!

  51. By rocksalt on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    If I were coach, I would rest the players who have played like they mean it, and work the a-s-s-e-s off the ones who have not ……..McKinnie, Loadholt, Berrian, Favre,…….

  52. By TWVIKE on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply


  53. By TWVIKE on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    cobalt& old fool- lets get rid of chilly, find a big bodied deep threat at wide out,& lets kick some ASS! we all ready have AP. Lets go VIKINGS!

  54. By fmfan on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    TWVIKE, would a 6’4″ 220# wr big enough! We have one sitting on the bench holding a clipboard. JOE WEBB was drafted as a wr because of his size and speed but our coaches won’t use him because they think he might be able to be a QB.

  55. By Stephanie on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    rocksalt…you think Favre hasn’t played like he’s meant it? yeah, lets overwork the 41 year old during the bye week, that’s a good idea. Harvin was out most of the preseason and didn’t get time to practice much or play in the games. Sydney Rice is out for the first half of the season. those are Favre’s top two receivers from last year. Berrien hasn’t played that well. Camarillo looks promising but he’s new and learning the offense. Hank Baskett–he’s new and I”m not sure what to think of him yet, although he dropped a pass in the endzone he should have caught. and the offensive line looks good at times and awful at others. Favre stayed during the bye to study more film when he could have gone home and relaxed for the week. I have no idea why you think Brett is slacking off. there’s a lot more to what’s going on with the offense than just the QB. it’s pretty obvious you hate Brett.

  56. By DAVID4VIKINGSEVER on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply


  57. By james on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    You summed it up Stephanie. Brett is not the problem. He is doing fine. His receiving corps is not getting seperation. Shank and Percy are it for him. Kleinsasser is a better receiver than BB in my opinion and Jimmy is one of the best blocking tight ends in the NFL, not a true receiving TE. I think the Vikes will come on strong. There is a lot of talent on this team and I agree with others in why aren’t we giving Webb a shot at WR. He is a future star. Let him shine. Try it Chilli. He is built like Sidney and has the athletic ability to go up
    and get the ball like Sidney can.

  58. By David on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with you Stephanie.. Too many favre haters on this site..

  59. By fmfan on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    I think there are to many Favre lovers (non-vikings fan before Favre) on our Vikings site.

  60. By Dave Barker on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    The vikes need to start thinking about a new QB. This is Farve’ s last year and TJ has had 3 years to get it done. They never should have let Sage go!

  61. By martin on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    unless the d or special teams score i believe we will not score more than 14 points vs the jets……this game will come down to who wants the win more…

  62. By fire childress on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    nfl network just declared the N.Y. Jets as the best team in the league. guess were going to see how good the vikings are next week

  63. By purple08 on Oct 3, 2010 | Reply

    Great comment fmfan! I couldn’t agree with you more. Man, the Bears looked terrible on MNF. Absolutely pathetic.

  64. By fire childress on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    we knew the bears were not as good as their record, Green Bay is the team to worry about. Bears will be lucky to go 8-8

  65. By rodney on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Can someone tell me way we would not bring cris carter in for a WR coach ..Look what he did for Moss.and Rice..Did you know he works with rice in the off season

  66. By Rick James on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    Why would Chris Carter leave ESPN to be a WR coach? There is far less prestige in that and less pay…

  67. By fire childress on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    yes, thats right. then he would have to sweat, and he could not sit on stage on cut down the vikings anymore

  68. By wezo on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    u vike fans r so 2faced.Its no wonder this team hasn’t won a superbowl.farve can do no wrong an if so blame the wr’s or the o-line, anything but the washedup so called legend.If not mistakin T-Jack had the same o-line without loadholt, with the same wr’s but no percy.Incomplete pass or int by T-jack everyone rips his head off. All the talk was that this team only needed a QB an we win the superbowl, check the history blogs(excuse makers 4 farve)Am I a farve hater,100% right.He’s nothin but a pre-madonna who when its said & done will have done more damage to this team than any good. Personally from his big ego an being forced too leave the packers.All this team needs is ah QB they said these so called blogger analyst, 1 season with farve no trophy, 2 seasons with farve? lets wait an see.

  69. By Pharewynd on Oct 4, 2010 | Reply

    NONE of the teams who were doing great last yr. are playing very well this yr. i.e. Vikings,Saints,Packers,Indy,Cardinals. AND the ones who are currently 3-1 have BARELY squeaked by to get there. There is NO dominant team at this point in the season(other than KC 3-0). Many injuries on all teams have really taken its toll on the teams that all people thought would make it to the top. The Vikes have only played (3) games thus far and actually lost,at most by 9pts.Granted, they certainly need to get their receiving corps in check ASAP. We know the Packers/Bears can be beat in our division. Hopefully, we can hold it together for 4-6 games more but even though Rice will be returning, there is no guarantee that he’ll be playing at/close to 100%. There needs to be more cohesiveness in the O-line as many have suggested already. And yes; receivers need to know their routes and get open in order for Brett to get the ball to them. AP cannot hold up the whole team on his shoulders. The team needs to rejuvinate themselves and start acting like the 2009 team did! SKOL VIKINGS/VIKES FANS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  70. By purple08 on Oct 5, 2010 | Reply

    wezo: obviously you haven’t read any of my posts over the last 2 years!

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