The Vikings made a roster move on Tuesday, signing QB Rhett Bomar from the Giants practice squad.
To make room for Bomar, the Vikings waived QB R.J. Archer.
Bomar was a 5th-round pick of the Giants in 2009 and played college football at both the University of Oklahoma and Sam Houston State.
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Fans can now submit their question for Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier to answer on this week’s episode of Vikings GamePlan. To submit your question for Coach Frazier, click here.
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There was much discussion regarding the condition of the playing surface at TCF Bank Stadium in the days leading up to the Vikings-Bears game on Monday night. The stadium, which hosts home University of Minnesota Golden Gopher games, had been winterized following the conclusion of the Gophers season.
But with the collapse of the Metrodome roof a couple weeks ago, Monday night’s game was moved to TCF Bank Stadium and weather conditions, including multiple heavy snowfalls, were not helping the cause. Crews from the University of Minnesota, the Vikings and the NFL worked diligently around the clock to ready the field and judging by comments from coaches and players after the game, everything turned out well.
“I want to first of all thank the University of Minnesota, along with the NFL and the Vikings organization for getting things in place for us to be able to play in front of our home fans,” Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier said after the game. “I thought the conditions were fine. None of the players complained. It didn’t create any problems for them with footing. It seemed like both teams performed without any problems with the field.”
Here’s what a few other Vikings players had to say about the field and game conditions…
Kevin Williams: “It was a great atmosphere. It started out great when our offense went out and scored and we just got some bad breaks after that. We kind of got the crowd out when we got behind. But it was a great crowd and a great atmosphere.”
Jared Allen: “The atmosphere was cool. The fans came out and I think they enjoyed it. But I thought the crowd was good and energetic and it was loud. We’re just sorry we disappointed.”
Toby Gerhart: “I think it was actually pretty good. I can’t remember slipping. I don’t think too many people slipped and like I said earlier, credit to the facilities people that got that field ready to go and it turned out really well.”
Chad Greenway: “To be honest with you, I had a lot of fun out there. Obviously, the score is not indicative of what we wanted it to be or any place we wanted to be at the end of the game. Just the conditions and the crowd, that first quarter was so fun. Then things just turned on us. But it was a fun atmosphere and conditions were Minnesotan.
“We do appreciate everything the fans have done to support us. These last couple weeks have been rough for them. We were supposed to have two home games at the Metrodome and we didn’t get that. We were sure happy the way they came out tonight.”
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Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier has not hesitated in stating his belief that hometown fans contribute significantly to home-field advantage in the NFL. In the weeks since being promoted to his current post, Frazier has frequently mentioned how his players feed off of energy from Vikings.
In fact, Frazier explained during his post-game press conference that the Vikings fast start on Monday night against the Bears was at least partially a result of a wired-up crowd pumped up to watch outdoor football in Minnesota.
“I thought the energy of our fans was great. It really made a difference early in the ball game,” Frazier said. “The fact that our guys came out and opened up with a touchdown drive and the defense ends up going back and getting off the field, I think a lot of that had to be attributed to the fact that we were playing in Minnesota in front of our fans.”
The Vikings won the toss and elected to receive, which allowed Brett Favre and Co. to put together a quick 6-play, 60 yard drive that was capped by a 23-yard catch-and-run for a TD by Percy Harvin. The Vikings defense responded by forcing a punt on Chicago’s first series, and the stage was set for an old-fashioned Vikings-Bears showdown.
But the Vikings lost their zip from that point on, as Favre was knocked out of the game and the Bears scored 27 straight points following the early Vikings TD.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t maintain it and continue the success we had early,” Frazier said. “Really disappointed that we couldn’t bring a win to our fans. Just the fact that they showed up tonight and really tried to give us that boost that they’ve given us so many times at Mall of America Field.”
Chicago came away with a 40-14 dismantling of the Vikings, which allowed the Bears to clinch the NFC North title. The Vikings had been back-to-back division champs of the NFC North and it was certainly painful to know that Chicago claimed the crown in the city that held it for 2 straight seasons. Hopefully that will be just another motivating factor for the Vikings as they move forward and look to the 2011 season.
“Give credit to the Chicago Bears,” Frazier said. “They did exactly what they needed to do to come in here and get a win. We’ve got some things that we’ve got to try to correct in order to get back to the NFC North Championship.”
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