The Top 5 Bright Spots Of 2010 Rolls On At #3

Posted by cjsiewert on January 5, 2011 – 11:35 am

Over the course of the week we’ll take a look back at the Top 5 bright spots of the 2010 season and what we can look forward to in 2011. I’ll post what I feel have been the most exciting features of Vikings football during their 50th season, from #5 this past Monday to #1 on Friday.

Here is the 3rd installment – Veteran leaders control the defense
#4 – Adrian Peterson’s ball security
#5 – The impact of the 2010 rookie draft class

Check back tomorrow for #2 on the list.

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86 Responses to “The Top 5 Bright Spots Of 2010 Rolls On At #3”

  1. By OFFENSIVE LINE on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    CJ we need to concentrate on getting Offensive Linemen.

    The d-backs are young, and many were injured, they might come around.

    The defensive line is deep. A star could emerge.

    The Linebackers are still young.

    Special Teams need to improve greatly!

    QB is set with Joe Webb, Tavaris Jackson, and a Veteran
    WRs are set

  2. By OFFENSIVE LINE on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    :) :) :) :) :)

    :) :) :) :) :)

    The Vikings need depth, and quality in the offensive line!!!

  3. By for4nomore on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks for all the highlights, Brett. All that for the low, low price of $20M a year. What a deal!!!

  4. By THIRDandSIX on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Chris Cook didn’t get much of a chance to prove himself with the Vikings this season.

    In 2010, the Vikings did not have ANY cover guys.

    Marcus Sherels could be an answer in this department.

  5. By OFFENSIVE LINE on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Although the offensive line IS the priority for improvement for 2011, I was even more appalled by the defensive backfield.

    Can’t we get anyone who can cover a wide reciever???

  6. By OFFENSIVE LINE on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply


  7. By OFFENSIVE LINE on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply




  8. By THIRDandSIX on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    OFFENSIVE: Settle down, getting mad will not help.

  9. By packerfanfirst on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Highlights? Highlights??? How about, no, not that. What about when, no, that’s no good either. I know, it was the play where favre threw that interception, and, like Desmond bishop ran it back for a touchdown. Wait, that’s not right either Oh, nevermind.

  10. By JWebb Group on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply


    What’s that? You have no mind?

  11. By packerfanfirst on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @JW Packers got the hardware and thats all that counts.

  12. By JWebb Group on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    packers, They didn’t get any hardware. The Bears won the division!

  13. By Frederick Jones on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    The Raiders fired Tom Cable. I do not like the guy because he seems to have a combative attitude.

    However, the 8 wins the Raiders got this year is the most they have had since 2002!!!

    It’s totally crazy in the NFL (Not For Long when you make those kind of mistakes)

  14. By JWebb Group on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    PackersFirst: You do have your own website at

  15. By Saddy on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @packerfan and @fan4nomore – Rewind to the week No 4 played against Cardinals. you will see plenty.

  16. By packerfanfirst on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @JW Hardware refers to SB trophies, of which the Vikings have NONE!

  17. By packerfanfirst on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @Sadly #4 has one highlight from a 17 week season. WOW!

  18. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    packerfanfirst, you finally got your history correct. That may be, but you are not going to the SB this year. You do not have the team for that. Too many better teams in your way, Have fun watching the SB with us at home. Ha, Ha, lol.

  19. By packerfanfirst on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS At least we’re still playing and you are not. We do still have a chance to win the SB and you do not. At least we’ve won SB’s and you have not.

  20. By packersrival on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    I finally figured out, if you can’t beat’em, join ‘em and that is why today I swear off the Vikings and become a Packer fan. It’s a lot more fun to cheer a winner.

  21. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    packerfanfirst, that may be, but you are not going to the SB, so have fun loseing. BTW when are you going to get a new stadium? The NFL is getting tired of suporting your small stadium. LOL. How is that meat packing job doing as well. LOL.

  22. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    LA, packers, Sounds nice to me.

  23. By packerfanfirst on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS Is that all you got? Really? I guess Vikes fans should know about losing though, you’ve done enough of it. There’s only one Titletown and it ain’t in Minniescrotum.

  24. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    packerfanfirs, Is taht all you have as well? Name calling? what are you scared off. I think you you will find minnesota has a very good winning record. The 60′s and 70′s dominated you packs. Bug grant had you # all day long! Time will tell. BTW, LA packers sounds good to me.

  25. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Bud grant won more then he lost to the GB packers, and we will get there once more. Have fun in LA when the packers move in the next few years.

  26. By packerfanfirst on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS 13, yes, 13 NFL Championships including 3 SuperBowls. The Pack has been winning since long before you were even a stain in your daddy’s panties.

  27. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    packerfanfirst, I must be getting under your skin. Name calling by you shows me that you are week, and a joke. The Vikings dominated you in the 60′s and the 70′s. The facts do not lie. We will once more. What happend be for the Vikings became a team isof no inportance.

  28. By Ricefield on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply


    You have your own team’s site to hang out on and pat your p3ckers on the back. Get lost, fudgepacker!

  29. By LAVikes on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS If you think there’s a chance of LA getting an existing team, my advice to you would be to get your but in gear and get that roof fixed that the NFL is going to deem unsafe anyway.

  30. By mr smiff on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply


  31. By packerfanfirst on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @Ricepudding That’s a good one, you really got me there. Did your mommy help you with that or did you think of it all by yourself?

  32. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    packerfanfirst, so long my feind and do not let the door hit your @ss on the way out! Have fun losing this week.

  33. By Ricefield on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Nah, p3ckerandfist, but yours did. Oh by the way, she told me your too old to be playing with that and to remind you that you could go blind.

  34. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    last word, LINEMEN, LINEMEN, LINEMEN! Good day one and all.

  35. By packerfanfirst on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @Licefield I’m rubber, you’re glue and my dad’s bigger than your dad. What are you, like six years old?

  36. By Carl K on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @CJ – nice post, I take back all the bad things I said about the “What to expect out of Joe Webb” story.

    The leader we got to get resigned is GREENWAY. Why are we dragging it out?? I know the CBA! Bullcr@p lets get it done. CJ, tell the boys in the front office to get it done. RESIGN GREENWAY!

    Resign Rice too!

  37. By Titus on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    So Frederick Jones, you are posting under three usernames now? You can fool some of the bloggers, but you cannot fool me. I know your voice. As a writer, I can hear a written voice as easily as people can hear an oral voice.

  38. By Malte on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    it really pathetic that you come in here to talk thrash simply because there is no honor in being a packer fan. You got bear by a 40 year old last year, and this time at home, you had to get help with a touchdown from the ref + an overtuned call from the ref (which they later apologized for, becuase it should have stood) So please the ref got you into the playoff (also when they cheated tempa bay against lions.. So stop talking like your teams that good.. The NFL made you get there..

  39. By packerfanfirst on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    And the #1 brightspot of the 2010 season is………, It’s OVER!!!!!!!!!

  40. By Carl K on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Let show great team leadership and get the year started off right. SIGN SOME PLAYERS

  41. By Malte on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    nah the brightspot number 1 is that even though this season sucked, we still don’t have a cheesehead and look like a bunch of rednecks – and talks like them

  42. By Malte on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    there is a reason packers keep passing the ball. they are affraid of contact, thats why the fall down when they see peterson

  43. By minnie4 on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @Malte Maybe you shouldn’t be criticizing other peoples speech patterns when you can’t use correct sixth grade level grammar.

  44. By Carl K on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Titus – I hope my written voice doesn’t come across too high and pitchy. LOL

  45. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    LAVikes, should not your name be LA Packers? They have an older and smaller stadium the the vikings. BTW no team has ever made a go of it in LA. Just look to your history. LA Rams, LA Raiders, and so on.

  46. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    So long one and all. Bye.

  47. By LAVikes on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS If I thought the Packers might move out here I wouldn’t be spending time on your dopey site. Green Bay is Titletown and the birthplace of the NFL. If you think the Packers move out here before the Vikes, then you’re crazy and I know the Vikes ain’t going to hang out with a bunch of crazies forever.

  48. By Titus on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @ everyone– LAVikes is just looking for attention. We all know the Vikes have a great fanbase in Minnesota– those of us that live in Minneapolis have first-hand knowledge of this. So, why respond to his antics, or hers, maybe LAVikes is a female, I don’t know.

  49. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    LAVikes, I think the bears are older the quackers. Yes we have a great fan base, besides why would any team want to move to the land of shake and bake? I lived in long beach area during the great 6.0 in the 80′s. LA is full of flakes and wet backs. Personaly I would give south CA back to mexico. Too meny flakes and wet backs for my liking. CA is bankrupt so how would they find the money to back a team anyway. Move the Navy to North CA cut the state inhalf and give that dump of a south CA back to mexico!

  50. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    BTW LAVikes, why are you here? too be with the best fans in the NFL?

  51. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Got to go. G*d bless you all. have a great day.

  52. By Malte on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    minnie4 I’m not that great at english because I don’t live in USA. I live in Denmark, and try to spell as great as I can. I know I have some huge flaws, but I hope you get the general idea.
    But I know one thing. I support Minnesota Vikings, and I will not just stand by while some stupid chessehead come in here to do thrash talk. I am for supporting a team, not entering another team’s website just to talk bad about them or their team.

  53. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    “With nearly every throw in his arsenal, with all of the physical and mental assets of a pro quarterback, Luck is certainly smart to be investing some thought into this move. He’ll make “an informed decision,” his father, Oliver, said after the game.

    But with the league moving closer to a rookie slotting system — which is favored by the NFLPA and the owners — that informed decision ultimately will conclude that Luck stands his best chance for a huge payday after this year.”

    The above is from FOXNEWS.COM

    Looks like luck is staying in collage.

  54. By DRS on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    “Swinney believes Bowers would be a top 10 selection if he entered the 2011 NFL Draft. Swinney indicated in previous years Bowers would have an easy decision: forego his senior season after recording 15.5 sacks this fall. But now there are potential complicating factors. Swinney and others believe a rookie salary slotting system will be included in the NFL’s next collective bargaining agreement, which will affect the 2011 class. Such a system would drastically reduce rookie contracts and perhaps allows Clemson a better shot at retaining the Nagurski winner.”

    The above is from

    Will more rookies stay in school?

  55. By Titus on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    We don’t have to get racial or derogatory. I have had many friends from Mexico who are loyal, sincere, hard-working and fun to be around.

  56. By Parody on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    DRS – I think it will encourage players to remain in school, which really isn’t a bad thing. It gives teams one or two extra years of watching a guy in college to base their decisions on a player. Players should be paid for what they do anyways, rather than what a scout thinks that they could “potentially” do.

  57. By Titus on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Stay in school, fool.

  58. By Saddy on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    @packerfanfirst You said he had no highlights and by the by who was under center winning one of your super bowls.

    Good luck packing your bags this week, as a packer fan you must be an expert at it.

    Again We are a vikings fan not because we win or lose it’s because we love our players and franchise.

    Where were you last year, I didn’t see you in this blog, oh well you were packing Rodgers undies after his sorry fumble

  59. By Shawn on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    WOW heres a depressed TJack article ….

  60. By Ricefield on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    p3ckerandfist is an idiot and troll and then he gets uncomfortable when he’s treated with disrespect. He can’t get any traction on his own boards with the unclean and so he thought he’d come here and do some trash talkin’.

    Unfortunately, he didn’t fit in. Oh well, I guess he’s welcome to come back.

  61. By Titus on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Packer fans– you guys had a good year, despite all the injuries and you made the playoffs. Congratulations. Now, be classy about it, act like a winner, and not try to rub your rival in the mud.

  62. By Shawn on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    interesting article about Fraziers hiring ….

  63. By Titus on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Nice, thanks Shawn. I did find an error while reading it, though:

    No coach ever had to play three home games at three different venues because the Teflon roof on his home stadium collapsed.

  64. By PAUL M. on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply


  65. By Titus on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Paul, that’s life, get a grip.

  66. By martin on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    mckinney is saying he will have a personal trainer with him all off season to lose pounds…is he giving back any of his $$$ for not being in shape all year and way under performing

  67. By CaribooBill on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply is reporting that Frazier has removed the QB coach, the O-line coach and the asistant O-line coach. Is this old news??? Anyway, it seems that Frazier agrees about the problems with the O-line. Why the QB coach?????

  68. By Titus on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds like Frazier is serious about taking care of business. That is good news.

  69. By Arrow86 on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    With Vince Young getting the door from Tennessee today, (not official until 2/18) does anyone see him having a one hour special on ESPN where he wears a table cloth shirt and talks about all the places that are exciting to end it with….” I’m going to take my talents to the frozen shores of Lake Minnetonka!”

  70. By Arrow86 on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    CaribooBill: Thanks for that update. I had a great holiday, but that may have been my best present I received. It’ll take time, and I’m sure it’s tough to fire people that Frazier has a personal working relationship with, but it has to be team first and keeping our eye on the big prize a Super Bowl. We don’t want to keep getting by and getting to the playoffs, we have to build it for the long haul.

  71. By Titus on Jan 5, 2011 | Reply

    Arrow, I think a lot of people are fooled by Frazier’s easy-going and calm demeanor– he has great interpersonal skills, but that is what they are– part of the skill sets of a larger, holistic qualification — he is very focused and knows what needs to be done, and he will do it. This is very exciting- now he is the true head coach and a new season is upon us— I can only say one thing:
    Okay, that was two.

  72. By Parody on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    @CaribooBill – I would wager that the decision based on getting rid of the QB coach had to do with the fact that Jackson was still on the team and had not panned out to what was expected of him. I’d bet that the QB coach deserved a good part of the blame for betting that Jackson would be the team’s future. The fact that Jackson didn’t improve enough to be a solid starter is a good case for the argument that the QB coach is not doing his job well enough.

    All in all, I think it’s safe to say that the man was too closely connected with some poor performers on the team who also are being cut (or at least not being offered a chance to re-sign with the team).

  73. By Parody on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    I just checked out that article on Jackson, and one line of his caught my eye: “I was kind of disappointed last year that I didn’t have a chance to be unrestricted.”

    Sounds like he wanted to leave the team a year ago! He just didn’t get the chance because no other team thought he was worth a second round pick to steal him away from us…too bad huh?

  74. By Parody on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Titus – I think that the line doesn’t have an error, but the way that it was written misleads you to think that it was an error.

    We did play 3 consecutive home games in 3 different stadiums. The collapse of the roof after the first game is what caused the location of the other two to be moved. The misdirection is that the first venue was the same as all the previous home games, and the collapse added 2 new venues to the list to make it 3.

  75. By CaribooBill on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Is it possible that the new QB coach will be Favre – nah.

  76. By mr smiff on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Anything is possible, CaribooBill.

  77. By Derek on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Winfield is great, Griffen is very good when he’s in there. And I like Sanford playing saftey. Abdullah is okay, not the greatest.

  78. By Parody on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Abdullah is young and has been showing improvement. Let’s not forget that Frazier was a DB himself, so if he sees something in this kid and trusts him to be the guy in 2011, I’ll trust that jugement.

  79. By xvike on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Abdullah is the best safety we have. He had 3 ints this year and could’ve had 5. When was the last time any of our safeties even got an int? When sharper was still here? He’s not the greatest but at least he can catch the ball when thrown to him unlike tyrell and madeiu. He’s young so it was a little hard for him to read the offense and cover receivers. And at least he can tackle. He’s not very big so he cant hit hard but at least he understands and knows how to wrap people up so they don’t pick up extra yards.

  80. By Titus on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, you are right. Technically, the sentence is correct, but it seems to make an issue that Coach had to play in three different venues, when in fact one of the home games, Buffalo, was at the normal home stadium. Sometimes I read too critically– I work with a lot of ESL students, and I think that has made me too literal.
    I still believe I would have written that differently.

  81. By xvike on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Johnson and Williams cant cover nor tackle either. At least abdullah can catch and tackle. He’ll get better at covering recievers with more experience.

  82. By SmileyStar on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Is it possible for Brett Favre to return to the Vikings as the QB Coach and be the #2 QB?

  83. By DRS on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, I do not mind any one being here in the U.S.A legally, in fact I think they can be Americas best, it is them you come here illegally that get to me, being I live in New Mexico, it is a problem here and in CA.

  84. By DRS on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    That should be them who, not them you. Soorry.

  85. By DRS on Jan 6, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry if I offended anyone, it is a big issue with many.

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