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Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 26, 2011 – 4:02 pm

The NFL Scouting Combine is in full flux, the Collective Bargaining Agreement issue still lingers and the Vikings have a roster to build and improve this offseason. With all of that going on, I bet you have questions.

If so, you’ve come to the right place because the Monday Morning Mailbag has answers.

To submit a comment or question to the mailbag, send an email to me at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net. You can also submit your comment or question in the comments section below this entry.

Remember to include your name and town on the email. We can’t post every comment and question, but we’ll try to answer each question.


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46 Responses to “Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions”

  1. By DRS on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, with all going on in the NFL, who in your opinion is the best player available?

  2. By DRS on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Should the vikings get a QB first or a O-line first?

  3. By DRS on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Why not get rid of overtime games during the regular season. if you cannot win in the time allotted it should end in a tie.

  4. By DRS on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Got to go, G0D bless you all.

  5. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier said that they have offered a contract to Rice according to Star Tribune. So how close is Rice to signing?

  6. By Parody on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    DRS – Regular season games can still end in a tie, but they allow for 1 extra quarter to give the teams a chance to avoid that. But I sort of agree with you, if one team cannot take the lead when the clock turns zero, why should they get an extra 15 minutes to try? If a game can end in a tie, then every game should be allotted the same amount of time regardless of what the scoreboard reads at the end of regulation.

  7. By Brad on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    I was just wondering on why they don’t try building a new stadium around Hinckley which would be a half way mark for a lot of fans?

  8. By Parody on Feb 25, 2011 | Reply

    umm…because that would be moving the stadium 3 hours away from the Twin Cities which comprises over 55% of the state poluation. Meanwhile, Duluth, which is about 5 hours away from the current stadium comprises about 17% of the population.

    So what’s worse? Having 17% drive an extra 3 hours to get to the stadium (Twin Cities versus Hinckley), or having 55% drive an extra 3 hours to get to the one in Hinckley? It seems pretty cut and dry that there would be much more support if the stadium remained in the Twin Cities. You’re only going to be making around 17% of the fans happier while pïssing off at least 55% of the other fans. Not a good idea.

  9. By Stevin from Sacramento on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    With Farve now really expected to retire, and having Webb and T. Jackson, will the Vikes go after a college Qb or try to find a Veteran? PLEASE get a QB. you can’t turn the club back over to Jackson, as you gave him every chance in the world to win the job, and bought in Farve for more production and a better chance to win. That’s all we fans want – a better chance to win!

  10. By Shawn on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    Mike.

    I was wondering how Sidney Rice’s health is ? Is he working out yet? I know last offseason Cris Carter was critical of him and it turned out nobody knew he was injured. So Im really concerned if and when we get a CBA will he be ready to play come gameday?

    Shawn

  11. By Shawn on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    I know who will be ready to play …. Randy Moss because Moss doesnt miss games.

  12. By Craig on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    Are the Vikings considering trading their number 1 pick this year, to package two number one picks for next year to move up and grab Stanford QB Luck?

  13. By Craig on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    It seems every year that we are right back to where we were the year before….needing a QB. I don’t think this QB class is good enough for the NFL. Cameron reminds me of a Vince Young, and after him, there are a bunch of probable back-ups. I don’t think Cameron is the answer, and some team will jump at him too early before we pick anyway. Please consider trading your #1 this year to package two for next year or grab a corner to help Winfield out…so we can man up and bring more pressure.

  14. By Parody on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    Cook and Griffin returning to the lineup should be plenty to help Winfield out. Remember that the majority of last season Asher Allen was the #2 CB on the team due to injuries, with the 3 and 4 men drafted off the streets, and had only enough talent to really be considered special teams personnel on most teams.

    As far as the QB class goes, I can’t judge that well, since I hardly ever watch a college game. However, I’ve seen Mallett play a couple of games last year and I didn’t like all the INTs I was seeing from him, but our coaching staff is deep with knowledge, so if they decide on a QB in the first round – whoever he is – I’m supporting the decision 100%. After all, I am in the market for a new Jersey this year!

  15. By Brad on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    Hinckley is not 3 hours away from the twin cities at most 30 minutes to 1 hour (at the most). It don’t even take 3 hours from Duluth to get to the cities it only takes about 1 1/2 hours. Where do you get 3 hours from to get from the cities to Hinckley? Besides it takes about 4 hours to get from the bottom state border to Duluth. The reason why I know that is because it usually drive it at least once a year coming from California.

  16. By Parody on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry, I messed up. I was looking at it on Map quest quickly and interpreted the two different routes (one of them 1h24m the other 1h31m) and combined them as if they were two portions of the same route.

    Your still moving the team an hour and a half away from at least 55% of its fanbase. This isn’t including the population that lies South and/or West of the TC area that will be driving a further distance to get to games as well. It just doesn’t make sense, and the argument remains valid. Keep the team in the center of, by far and large, the highest concentration of its fanbase.

  17. By DRS on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    QB Tim Tebow’s future may not be with the Broncos. Adam Schein discusses this and other Combine buzz

    http://www.msn.com/

    Why not get Tebow if he becomes available?

  18. By DRS on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    Viking quest

    Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says he really likes the overall depth at quarterback in this draft. Don’t be surprised to see the Vikings add a veteran quarterback in free agency or via a trade and then pick one outside the first round.

    And as important, and maybe even more important for the franchise, the Vikings need a new stadium in the worst way.

  19. By DRS on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    The site of my last is,

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/NFL-Scouting-Combine-buzz-analysis-updates-022611

  20. By DRS on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, how is the new stadium talks going? Got to go, G0D bless you all.

  21. By viking joe on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    Duluth is only 21/2 hours from the twin cities

  22. By Frederick Jones on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody,

    Ryan Kaepernick, QB out of Nevada 6’6″ 225′ sounds like an interesting project QB if the Vikings can pick him up in the later rounds.

    Does he have a down side?

  23. By chilly dip on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    @Frederick Jones

    It’s Colin Kaepernick, and he is a very studly man.

  24. By Titus on Feb 26, 2011 | Reply

    What’s all this crazy talk about Hinckley and Duluth? That is craaaazzzzzy!!!!
    Never happen. Much of the attraction of an NFL team/stadium is the revenue generated for the city– there is no where in Minnesota better suited than the Twin Cities for the team. Where did that nonsense begin? I scrolled through the posts and don’t see where it started– was it in the paper or news?
    Parody, where do you live? I thought you were in Minneapolis. Everyone in the cities knows Duluth is two hours, maybe 2.5 on a week-end in a construction zone, from Minneapolis.

  25. By Parody on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Titus – No, I’m in St Cloud actually. But like I said, it was a stupid mistake. I’ve made the trip from Minneapolis to Duluth a number of times before so I should have known better. It still doesn’t make any sense to move the team an hour and a hlaf away from the central location of its fanbase.

  26. By Dave Warren on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hi Mike,
    The N.F.l. has become a “passing “‘ league,and even with A.P., the vikes have to protect the Q.B.better,whoever that Q.B. might turn out to be. Also,there is a need to put more pressure on the opposing Q.B as well.When teams do those two things, their chance of success go up. With that in mind,I would like to see the Vikes draft a defensive lineman in the first round, then maybe a Q.B. in the second round.Help for the offensive line can come in the later rounds. What do you think?
    Dave in Manitoba

  27. By Titus on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    That’s cool Parody– I just read the 5 hour trip to Duluth part. No, it makes no sense at all– but where did that idea originate? Was it in the paper? When I was in college in Ohio, I discovered lots of Vikings fans– since they are nationwide, why not put the stadium in Kansas– equidistant for everyone?

  28. By Brennen on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Everyone keeps on talking about ray edwards not coming back to minnesota, i feel he is a great asset to our team because him and jared allen are two good de’s when playing by each other. Why would we not push for keeping ray edwards back?

  29. By Parody on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Edwards has made it clear that he only cares about getting paid. Thanks, but no thanks.

  30. By Parody on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Titus – as far as I know, the idea just originated from one nutjob that wants to try to justify dropping the team in the middle of a farm.

  31. By Rogerthevikefan on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Pat Devlin for Qb in 2nd or later. Then draft the Te from USC Jordan Cameron in the 4th. Best Tackle in the first or trade for more picks later on.

  32. By DRS on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    12. MIN: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, UNC*
    The Vikings should be looking to add depth along the defensive line, but this pick is as much about value as anything. Quinn sat out last year as part of the numerous suspensions handed down to the UNC football squad, so his work at the combine and elsewhere this offseason will be crucial. A touch undersized, Quinn’s non-stop motor led him to racking up 11 and force six fumbles in 2009

    http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/2011/2011-nfl-mock-draft.cfm?writer=19

  33. By Parody on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Yea I read that stuff about Quinn. People were expecting him to be among the elite rookies coming into the draft this year until that whole debacle went down. He’d probably be a steal at #12, but that’s before learning anything about his personality, which is a big factor in the decisions. A team will become a lot better when the personalities of its players are complimentary to one another. That’s why I like the idea of Jordan. Maybe he’s not worth the #12 pick though, so we can trade back a few places and improve other draft positions while still grabbing his talent and personality.

  34. By #1Vikingfanofalltime on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Hey guys. Huge Vikings fn. First time on here. how is it going guys?

  35. By #1Vikingfanofalltime on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    So who do you guys think we should get as a Qb in the draft? I wonder if we can aquire Newton? And by the way, I HATE the fudge packers!!!!

  36. By Cali on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    LOSERS!!!!

  37. By BRING BACK FAVRE!!!! on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    WHY THE VIKINGS TANKED IN 2010
    It didn’t have to be this way. Just 2 years ago the Minnesota Vikings were one of the best teams in the NFL. This season they were tipped by ESPN analyst Chris Berman to “go-all-the-way”. To put it mildly, it didn’t happen. In just one year they went from one of the best teams in the league to one of the worst. And now they are faced with a 6-10 record, dead last in the division, a new coach, a gloomy outlook and just to rub it in, the d@mn P3ckers winning the Superbowl. Now everybody- the team, the league, the fans, the media- are wondering, what happened? How did the Vikings get here? Ther’s been a lot of explanations and exuses being bandied about by pundits, players, fans and haters. I’m not going to list them. I’ll just say that while a lot of them sound quite plausible, for the most part they are just factors. Variables. Symptoms of the real problem. And what was the real problem? One word: AMNESIA.
    Confused? Let me explain. In our almost-making the Superbowl and during the offseason that followed, the Vikings forgot some very key things. They knew that they had one of the best defenses in the league, and with the arrival of Favre, the drafting of Harvin, the emergence of Rice and the always-reliable AP, they also had one of the best offenses. They knew they were contenders. They knew they capable of winning and winning it all.
    But here’s the thing: over the course of the season, it was wondered aloud how the Vikings could be so bad despite basically having the same roster the year before. It wasn’t a question of HOW, but a matter of WHY. That’s where they forgot. They forgot they were back-to-back NFC North champs. They forgot that as hard as it was to win the title, it would be even harder to keep it and to do so, they would have to work harder, be smarter, be stronger, and be better than they were last year. They forgot that as NFC North champs they had targets on their backs, and other teams, especially those in the same division, would build their rosters with the specific purpose of beating the Vikings, because the Vikings stood in the way of their ultimate goal, which is, of course, making the Superbowl and winning it.
    So, because the Vikings forgot all those things, they allowed laziness and complacency to set into what was once a very good team. They took things for granted. They did not make the necessary preparations or adjustments that is so crucial to any team’s continued success in this competitive league. They did not cut or trade players that weren’t perfoming as expected, didn’t really use that much, or didn’t really fit in. They did not take full advantage of the draft or the free agency market, like the Lions. They did not stack their roster with depth and quality at every position, like the P3ckers. They did not make key changes to their coaching staff, like the Bears. They did not reevaluate their playbook, like everybody else. Instead of setting the tone at training camp, they got distracted by whether or not Favre was coming back. And they let Rice go all that time without surgey, and only scrambled to find a replacement when it was too late.
    And the result? You already know. Inferior backups replacing injured starters. Bad, phoned-in performances. Too many silly mistakes made, both on and off the field. Failures in the secondary and the offensive line leading to other team’s quarterbacks having success and our own quarterback struggling. No Rice for most of the season. Predictable, stale playcalling, leaving no surprises for the oppostiton and causing his players to lose faith in the coach. Defenses no longer stopping the run or sacking the quarterback at will. AP having to rely mostly on brute force to gain yards. The list goes on. And on. And on. But just to recap, it was amnesia that led the Minnesota Vikings to the stunning freefall of a season in 2010. Let’s just hope that such an affliction does not reoccur in 2011, or ever again for that matter.

  38. By Cali on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Wow bring back the old guy, all that talk for nothing. You know vikings fans are illiterate and stupid.

  39. By Cali on Feb 27, 2011 | Reply

    Besides, Favre was your only chance. Now that he’s gone, so to is your future!!!

  40. By NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    IS THE NFL LIKE THE US GOVERNMENT
    Players get paid millions and owners make billions but do they care about the fans who pays for it all who work hard just to watch a bunch of greedy people fight on how to split billions of dollars is dumb. Have they thought about the little businesses that depend on
    them to make a living to support their families NO they havent. there are a few people in the NFL that cares but not enough. The NFL is Like the US government they dont care about the people who support them they just care about how much money they can make.. DO U AGREE VIKING FANS. IF YOUR A PLAYER RESPONDING FORMER OR PRESENT IM LISTENING WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE TRUE BIG MONEY

  41. By NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    IS THE NFL LIKE THE US GOVERNMENT
    Players get paid millions and owners make billions but do they care about the fans who pays for it all who work hard just to watch a bunch of greedy people fight on how to split billions of dollars is dumb. Have they thought about the little businesses that depend on
    them to make a living to support their families NO they havent. there are a few people in the NFL that cares but not enough. The NFL is Like the US government they dont care about the people who support them they just care about how much money they can make.. DO U AGREE VIKING FANS. IF YOUR A PLAYER RESPONDING FORMER OR PRESENT IM LISTENING WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE TRUTH BIG MONEY

  42. By rino on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    The Truth for president I agree 100%

  43. By jason k on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    wow thats hard but you got a valid point

  44. By fred on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    the truth u wrong man its a business and that how it is done people just need to back off

  45. By NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH on Feb 28, 2011 | Reply

    THE TRUTH HURTS

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