Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 13, 2011 – 12:00 pm

There isn’t as much activity as we typically see at this point in the offseason, but there are still issues to address and questions to answer. That’s why we have the Monday Morning Mailbag.

To submit a comment or question to the mailbag, send an email to me at 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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131 Responses to “Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions”

  1. By shukin on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    How many OL would we need on the roster to make Frederick happy?

  2. By Parody on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    LOL – Nice question Shukin, but I think that’s another one of the many questions that Mike will tell us that he doesn’t have an answer for.

    I would assume that 5-solid starters and 4-backups would be plenty, while we could get by with 3-backups, especially if we kept one or two more guys on the practice squad. With the draft, we can be confident that we already have at least 3-backups in Love, Fusco and DeGeare from the 2010 draft. Cooper and Welch each have been in the league a year, and either one of them could compete for a 4th spot at backup.

    The question then becomes, do we have 5-solid starters? From last year’s results, most people would say not even close. So we might be on the verge of releasing guys like McKinnie and Hererra, and maybe grabbing an improvement or two from free agency.

  3. By Tony P on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    I really like this new stadium proposal that the Vikings and Ramsey County have summed up over the past few months and I hope it gets passed.
    BUT every day and every article I read points me to the fact that it won’t get done because the state of Minnesota doesn’t agree with any of this.
    It annoys me and dives me insane and I can’t help but think that the Vikings might move to L.A if nothing happens. So I encourage every Vikings fan to get in contact and show your support. The Vikings say they need a new home and they should get a new home built right here in MINNESOTA. Not L.A.
    Zygi might get fed up one day because none of these things get passed.
    So my question about this is, is that do you think this new proposal in Arden hills will pass? Thanks.

  4. By Nick on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Safety and defensive tackle in that order remain our greatest needs areas post draft. As soon as the impasse is lifted we should go quickly for DT Ian Williams and Safety DeAndre McDaniel. As undrafted college free agents they would hardly break the bank. Ian Williams is a great run plugger and would be ideal to take over from his namesake Pat. McDaniel doesn’t have great pace but knows how to find his man and bring him down. Both are definitely worth a shot after the experts predicted both guys should have gone in rounds 3-5.

  5. By Parody on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Nick, don’t forget that our roster is still without a number one WR or a Kicker. The new rule for kickers to start kickoffs 5-yards closer to the opposing endzone should give Longwell a few more productive years, but we need to offer him a contract first. Then we need to find a speedy #1 WR, whether that be by re-signing Rice (which I’d prefer) or finding another free agent to take his place.

    Offensive line could also be an area to improve with free agency, but our current roster (assuming that the draft picks are signed) includes ten players that were not on the practice squad last year. So unless we get rid of some overpriced or dead weight (McKinnie, Hererra & possibly Sullivan), it will be hard to make room for any new vets on the line.

  6. By zake ahmed on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    what’s the chance that the vikings could get a gay like tanard jackson from tamba bay in free agency. i think he will be a great fit for our tamba two d
    and he reminds me of packers safty nick collins good hands, comes down with the footbal,l realy fast and his only 25 years old and he wear the same number as nick collins pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee get him

  7. By mark cody on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    i realy agree with zake we do need a good young free safty….skool vikings

  8. By joshK on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    do you know if Sidney Rice wants to be a Viking. he conveniently missed a year on a contract year. i assuming because we wouldnt resign him. my question to you if you think its a matter of us paying money or if he really wants out and money.

  9. By DRS on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Wobschall, will the CBA be a hindrance to the Vikings playing a season this year, or are we to wait for the 2012 season to see a NFL game? Will the NFL owners play replacement players so that we the fans can have something to cheer for our teams? Will the vikings play in the Metrodome until the new stadium is built, that is if the state approves their part of the funding.

  10. By DRS on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Will the Vikings move out of state if they do not get the stadium approved this year?

  11. By DRS on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Every one have a great day. Bye.

  12. By DRS on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    One more question, Will there be bear sold in or around the new stadium? Will it be allowed for tailgating?

    Have to go. See you all soon.

  13. By DRS on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Oops, that should have been beer. Sorry.

  14. By Titus on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    DRS- you never know, bear could be grilled at the tailgating parties.

  15. By Titus on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Of the Chicago variety, that is…

  16. By DRS on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    That is good and I like it. I hear bear is good hot off the grill.

  17. By DRS on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Have a great day Titus.

  18. By Frederick Jones on May 13, 2011 | Reply


    Were you just shukin it?

    That was a funny line you wrote !

    What would make me happy is if the Vikings hired Mike Ditka.
    He could be the Packers all by himself, with one hand tied behind his back.
    And remember he’s in his 60′s now.

  19. By Frederick Jones on May 13, 2011 | Reply


    You just keep grammerizing and writing. We could all use a little of it.

    Frederickly, If people do not like what somebody writes, they don’t have to read it.

  20. By Frederick Jones on May 13, 2011 | Reply


    What is the rule for using commas after the word and? I already know most ands get a comma. When do they not get one?

  21. By Frederick Jones on May 13, 2011 | Reply


    Thanks for the website addresses. Sometimes they provide interesting info.

    How do you post a website on vikings. com?

  22. By Shawn on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    I did it :) … thanx Fred, I always used the equal sign smilley face

  23. By DRS on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick Jones, you high light it, then you copy it to the note book, and then you past it to the comment area where you write your comment, then you submit by pushing the submit comment. At least that is how I am able to do it.

  24. By dave on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    How likely do you think it is we’d get vince young? VY and AP would be pretty good!!

  25. By Frederick Jones on May 13, 2011 | Reply


    May you have many :) days !

  26. By Frederick Jones on May 13, 2011 | Reply


    I may have to bookmark this page. That’s alot of steps to advertise a website.
    Thank you for do it.

  27. By Frederick Jones on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    I wonder what the percentage of fans who would want Vince Young would be, on

    If Frazier trusts him, I would be okay with it.

    I doubt Musgrave would be for it. He seems to be more of a traditional type coordinator.

  28. By Frederick Jones on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry about that first sentence. lol

  29. By Titus on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    What progress has there been in the CBA of late? Anyone have any idea if there will be a season? Or will we have two years of blogging for football? YIKES!

  30. By joshK on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    i would approve of VY at least competing with Ponder.

    Frazier says he wants to run more, VY would probly make it easier on AP than Ponder would. im not really sold on Ponder and Mcnabb is lazy and out of shape. marc bulger would be nice. Bernard Berrian and a 2nd or 3rd round pick for kevin kolb maybe/.

  31. By Parody on May 13, 2011 | Reply

    Kolb is no better an option than Webb or Ponder. He has yet to show the world that he has the skills to be consistantly successful in the NFL. If we’re going to get any veteran, it should be one who is much closer to the twighlight of his career so that he has plenty of knowledge to pass on to our 1st round QB. We need a mentor for the young QBs who are already on the roster. It won’t help to throw in one more guy who will be only focused on beating out the other two for the starting role.

    But, if you really want Kolb, he has yet to show me that he is worth anything more than Berrian straight up…maybe throw in Madieu Williams just to help get him off the payroll at the same time.

  32. By Nick on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    How about a QB trio of McNabb, Ponder and Pat Devlin?

  33. By CP7 on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    Orton, Ponder and Bomar. Move Webb to WR.

  34. By no1vikingsfan on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    Mike: I really liked what I seen at the Arden Hills site for a new stadium, I am sure this question has been asked before, but I will ask anyways. As far as the retractable roof is concerned. There is lots of controversy among some of us older fans that been to games at the old Met Stadium who would love to see outdoor football again. Exactly how would the retractable roof play in to this? Even with the roof would we ever see football played in snow in Minnesota again?

  35. By PURPLEHAZE on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    For a team that has a lot of talent, we still need an awful lot. I agree with all that say #1wr, dback, dtackle, oline, etc. The more I hear about Ponder, the more I understand the pick but would still like to see a veteran qb on this team whether he starts or not. Obviously guys like McNabb, Orton, Kolb would expect to start and be more expensive. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings to see a smart, manage the game type veteran with lots of playing time under their belts such as Pennington or Bulger come to this team. Doesn’t really matter who as I believe Ponder will be the starter opening day. Whichever direction the vikes decide to go is ok with me. I’m going to root for them no matter what but please “JUST SAY NO!” to Vince Young.

  36. By Frederick Jones on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    Running Vote on acquiring Vince Young:

    Yes: 2 No: 2

    50% are for obtaining the QB Vince Young.

  37. By PURPLEHAZE on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    Can I vote again?

  38. By beastin blake on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    are we gonna resign sidney ricce????????

  39. By Frederick Jones on May 14, 2011 | Reply


    Let’s see how people really feel about Vince Young. Thank you for voting.

  40. By Frederick Jones on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    Goodell is right about a couple of things.

    1. It is the lawyers that benefit most from a long strike.
    2. Getting rid of the draft is a bad idea for the fans.

    (Imagine college players being able to go anywhere!!!)

    Why don’t they just go back to the old CBA, with a couple minor changes.
    If it’s not broke why fix it? Last year was one of the best years’ in NFL history!

  41. By Frederick Jones on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    There aren’t many players drafted that say, “Sorry, I don’t want to play.”

    The NFLPA and NFL should look at the last baseball strike. Maybe it would
    “scare them straight.”

  42. By Frederick Jones on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    The Seattle Seahawks are rumored to desire the acquisition of Tarvaris Jackson.

    Adam Schefter and Trent Dilfer believe that because of Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell, Jackson will know the offense. He will be able to push Charlie Whitehurst for the starting job.

    Chris Boynton gives a good explanation of why TJack might not be a
    consistent passer, but also makes some ridiculous remarks. “TJack is to tall and skinny, with long forearms, and hands that are too big.”

    First off, TJack is 6’2″ 226′. What part of that is too skinny? Usually one of the requirements for a quarterback is that he have huge hands !

    You heard it here first, TJack will make an opening day roster in 2011.

    Blast away apemen…

  43. By Carl K on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    @purplehaze- Chad Pennington might have been a good choice for the Vikings, unfortunately he tore his ACL in March playing pick up basketball. His career is probably over.

    I vote no for Vince Young.
    That makes it – Yes: 2 No: 3

  44. By Frederick Jones on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K.,

    I put my last blog in at 4 p.m. It’s now 7:15 p.m.

    Gee, do you think this blog is slow! I even wrote about TJack and no one followed with a nasy remark to me. That’s slow.

    The Vince Young Vote is now

    Yes: 2 No: 3

    …. meaning 40% of bloggers vote for Vince Young to be acquired by the Vikings.

  45. By Shawn on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    VY …. NO , NO, NO , NO


  46. By Shawn on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    We have Joe Webb and Chris’tian Ponder best QB tandem in the league

  47. By Shawn on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    Fred I think you may have misunderstood the TJack point most of us were making … whis is that he is a solid back up, so of course he will make a roster

  48. By Shawn on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    which not whis

  49. By Frederick Jones on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    Should the Vikings pick up Vince Young?

    Yes: 2 No: 4

  50. By Frederick Jones on May 14, 2011 | Reply


    Several people said he wouldn’t make a roster. Perhaps you were not one of them. I would estimate that about 95%of Vikings bloggers do not want TJack back next year.

    I was expecting a backlash for even mentioning his name on !


  51. By Shawn on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred you might be right , I have argued Tjack is not a starter but a solid back up … i must say i dont pay attention to everything said on here :)

    can I vote know again?

  52. By Shawn on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    lol no not know …. wheres titus when you need him im using the wrong words and misspelling everything

  53. By ripteflon on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    ya we need more players but what we need most is a gm so these stupid coaches have some1 to answer to its chili all over again its clear frazier has no idea what he doing!!!!!!!!!!GET A GM LIKE PARCELLS!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. By ripteflon on May 14, 2011 | Reply


  55. By ripteflon on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    THIS IS WHY WE HAVE ——-NO RINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. By Shawn on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    @ripteflon … your either a blog regular incognito trying to stir up sh!t , a divisional opponent fan trying to stir up sh!t, or a complete idiot …. Frazier is doing things right , and he doesnt have the ego Chilly had

  57. By ripteflon on May 14, 2011 | Reply


  58. By ripteflon on May 14, 2011 | Reply


  59. By ripteflon on May 14, 2011 | Reply


  60. By Titus on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, you are right– ripteflon has a familiar voice. Sounds like someone needs a hug and a big cookie with a smiley face. Take it easy.

  61. By Titus on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    I smell Superbowl within three years.

  62. By Shawn on May 14, 2011 | Reply

    lol ripteflon … your such a tough guy

  63. By ripteflon on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    i smell something its 1 round pick next year

  64. By ripteflon on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    and shawn and titus when u get off each other and wipe ur mouths off answer this 50 years NO RINGS?????????????WHERE ARE THEY bad choices learn football

  65. By no1vikingsfan on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    @ riptflon: Let’s see, 50 years and no rings, why could this have happen? during our Super Bowl runs of 69 and the 70′s, who was our coach? ohh yea! Bud Grant, no bad choice there! I could go on forever with the numerous quality players the Vikings had in those years and whomever assembled that team really made a lot of good choices, so I really would like to know how bad choices fit in with those Super Bowl loses. I would say players didn’t play to there level, they did not play good enough, anyways! I just don’t get your comment about bad choices have led to 0 rings for the Vikings.

  66. By ripteflon on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    lets see players who didnt play to thier level and coaches who kick field goals and miss when they have the best offense ever and you dont seee how bad choices led to this please stop lying to yourself

  67. By ripteflon on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    i bleed purple if u dont see it thats ur prob

  68. By no1vikingsfan on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    When talking about missed field goals, you must be talking about the 98 Vikings, I don’t think any coach had anything to do with Anderson missing a sure thing and I don’t think any coach had anything to do with the teams sudden lack of performance that performed with excellence all the way through the regular season right to the big game, perhaps a good choice would had been to bench all the starters and play all 2nd stringers in those big games, I don’t know! Just can’t see how bad choices led to the Vikes fate of not winning any of those big games, 2 of the biggest bad decisions I ever seen the Vikings make was making Les Steckel head coach and the Hershall Walker trade, but none of those decisions kept the Vikes from winning a Super Bowl

  69. By Frederick Jones on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus and Shawn,

    Ripteflon should not call people names, and I certainly do not agree with everything he said lol.

    He is right that we need a GM. It could be someone currently on staff, but we need a different administrative structure.

    When the Vikings went to the four super bowls, they always had a GM.

    Jim Finks was named Executive of the Year when he was the Vikings GM.

    We do not want a 3-headed monster like we did last year.

  70. By Purple Nurple on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Just one important monday ?-How many
    lead paint chips did Ripteflon eat as a hungry toddler?You know what doesn’t stick to ripteflon-LOGIC!Good luck with the whole special olympics field trials this year Rip,go get ‘um champ!

  71. By Purple Nurple on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    P.S. where a helmet sport!

  72. By DRS on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Ramsey County officials said the stadium would cost $1.057 billion. The financing would be covered by:
    • $407 million from the Vikings
    • $300 million from the state of Minnesota
    • $350 million from Ramsey County, financed by a half-cent sales tax increase.
    The Vikings were set to hold a news conference on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the news.
    The new stadium would be built on the site of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant.

  73. By DRS on May 15, 2011 | Reply

  74. By DRS on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    But there are issues with the new stadium. Dayton and state lawmakers question the cost of road improvements needed around the site. Lanning also said he wants to make sure that the football stadium is used for more than NFL games.

    “This is a facility for the whole state,” Lanning said. “It’s not just a facility for the Vikings. People keep referring to this as a Vikings stadium. Yeah the Vikings will be there hopefully. That’s why we’re trying to move this forward but this is a stadium for a whole lot of other needs as the state of Minnesota.”
    Lanning said he won’t hold a hearing on the bill until some of those concerns are addressed. He said he has a Monday meeting with Dayton to discuss the stadium.

  75. By Mike B on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS This it the key for the stadium to go through that the facility must be more than just the home of the Vikings. It must be a showplace for Minneasota. It must be multiuse. If you don’t add those two things, I can’t see how it will pass the state legislature. I think it’s a money gold mine for MN. It can host a multitude of events along with Vikings games. Construction around that area is going to boom. It’s has so many pluses that the Legislature would be foolish to turn it down. But it has to be top notch and multiuse. Have a great day.

  76. By Frederick Jones on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Ripteflon took the same approach I did when talking about obtaining offensive linemen. Sometimes you do have to stir up trouble to make a point on You have to wake people up.

    He is right about one thing…WE NEED A GENERAL MANAGER.

  77. By Mike B on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    I still don’t believe you Fred so you haven’t convinced everyone bud.

  78. By Shawn on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    yea i dont think we need a GM …. besides as far as i can tell Spielman is the GM, with a differant title because he makes decisions based on coaches input rather than his own personal opinion

    dripteflon and fred your both wrong in the ” NEED ” part or your opinion

  79. By Shawn on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    New England Patriots ….

    4 Super Bowls 3 Super Bowl wins since 2000 ….. NO GM

    Lions, Browns, Jags, Texans …. all have GMs and no Super Bowl appearances.

    Its not about a GM its about the people …. Chilly was an idiot ( ASK MOSS ) thats why it didnt work with him …. FRAZIER APPEARS TO MAKING GOOD DECISIONS WITH SPIELMAN

  80. By Frederick Jones on May 15, 2011 | Reply


    Nobody is wrong with their opinion.

    It is their opinion ! ! !

    I don’t know if it is true that NE has no GM. Perhaps it’s true because Krafty has to make all the decisions.

    The Vikings administrative system is not working. The coach should also be the GM, with many of the daily administrative tasks run by someone else.

  81. By Titus on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    The more I think about it, a GM is a level of accountability to keep the head coach in check– check and balance. You don’t have a non-profit organization without oversight– sure, the leaders (coaches) may be top notch, but everyone needs accountability to ensure a higher level of excellence. Have to agree with Fred on this one.

  82. By Frederick Jones on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, Mike B., and bloggers,

    Why are we arguing? You cannot possibly compare the Patriots front office to the Vikings.

    The Wilfs divide up the leadership among themselves. They do not have a president, or a gm. They have SIX vice presidents !

    The Patriots have Robert Kraft. Period ! (Well his SON is the President and they do have a Director of Player Personnel. But obviously it’s Krafty and Billichicky in charge in Foxboro ! ! !

    Who is in charge in Minnesota? Exactly, the Vikings can’t not never ever make a quick decision because ALL OF THEM must confer before a decision can be made.

    It’s generally best if the coach has the final say on personnel matters, and I doubt that is the case in Minnesota. That might even be why the Vikings failed to get a great offensive lineman.

  83. By Frederick Jones on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    People can rip Frederick Jones all they want, and they will.

    Consider this though, you have to give your opinions before anybody can rip you. There has to be some material there.

    Most bloggers are AFRAID to be ripped, so they keep quiet.

    All of that is okay because is for FUN. ! ! !

  84. By Titus on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    HA HA– love it Fred– this is a forum for fun! Also a forum to get ripped.

  85. By Titus on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Remember when the Vikes had about 16 owners?– I don’t remember how many, but it was a lot. That was up till Red McCombs bought the Vikes in 98 or thereabouts. Talk about a lack of leadership and decision making. Wilfs need to be careful to not spread the love too much– get a tough GM in here like Parcells.

  86. By Shawn on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred … do you realize you just said the patriots and the vikings use the same footba’ll formula ….

    Owner …. Kraft / Wilf

    VP of Player Personal Kraft son / Spielman

    Coach Bellichik / Frazier

    So it does, in your own words, work without a GM …. There are good GMs but there are more bad ones ( see Matt Millen )

    So like I said you are wrong in the ” NEED ” part of your opinion :)

  87. By Titus on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, you make a logical argument. However, teams are like families– there are generalities common to all, but they all have varied dynamics that are unique dude to their personalities. Kraft and Belichek are very different from the Wilfs and Frazier– what works for one, may not be the best formula for the other. I like the idea of having a strong knowledgeable GM to make things happen.

  88. By Titus on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    But one thing we need more than a GM is a season.

  89. By Frederick Jones on May 15, 2011 | Reply


    That’s your opinion.

  90. By Titus on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick, you’re on a roll. Every perform at the comedy club?

  91. By Titus on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    * Ever

  92. By Frederick Jones on May 15, 2011 | Reply


    Please look at your NE Patriots website again.

    The Patriots have one person in charge of Player Personnel, and it is not a Kraft.

    They also have a President. The Vikings do not!

    My point is that the Patriots have a chain of command. The Vikings do not !

    And you KNOW Belichick, and Robert Kraft are in charge in Foxboro, MA.

  93. By Ekolu on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Mike, I would like to send Leslie Frazier, Roger Goodell, and DeMaurice Smith emails to express my satifaction and dissatisfaction, how can I get that info?

  94. By Vikecodin on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    I truely dont know what to do as a fan this off season no league means no news update or workout videos just annyoying twitter feeds. So in this desparate time what do you sugest a viking fan do untill a seaon is decided
    Greenville SC

  95. By Frederick Jones on May 15, 2011 | Reply


    Come on to and argue with the rest of us ! ! !

    What do you think of Vince Young?

    So far fans have voted

    Yes: 2 No: 4

    to get V Young on the Vikings.

  96. By DRS on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    One yes vote for v-long. Any vet to back up Ponder.

  97. By DRS on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Oops, v-young, sorry for the spelling. LOL.

  98. By DRS on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Are we having fun yet?

  99. By DRS on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune (where an ever-growing list of names is receiving express credit for Vikings stadium stories), Governor Mark Dayton doesn’t care much for the proposed deal, which would put the stadium at the site of an abandoned ammunition plant.

  100. By sandiamond on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    @ yes I guess

  101. By DRS on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    May 15, 2011
    Vikings lobby for stadium in letter to Dayton, lawmakers


    The owners of the Minnesota Vikings sent a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton and all 201 state lawmakers Saturday, saying that the cost of road improvements near a new football stadium in Arden Hills shouldn’t prevent it getting approved. Zygi and Mark Wilf stated that the team waited patiently while lawmakers approved other stadiums.

  102. By DRS on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with Zygi and Mark Wilf that the Vikings have waited patiently while lawmakers approved other stadiums. I am starting to wonder if Minnesota wants the Vikings to stay. New Mexico needs a team if Minnesota does not want one. LA is a bad idea for the reason that no NFL team has ever made a go of it there, and CA may be underwater someday soon.

  103. By Parody on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Fred – Up until we drafted a QB with our 1st round pick, I would have voted yes for V.Young. He has personality issues, but also has a lot of potential to improve the team. He is too young to bring in as a veteran mentor for Ponder and Webb though. He’ll want a long contract and he’ll want to be the franchise guy. Chances are that he won’t be doing much to set a good example for the other guys on the team as well, so my vote is No.

  104. By sandiamond on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    nice summary parody on V. Young. he has only played for Tenn so the potential of a turn around future is possible imo. might be like stealing a draft pick best case?

  105. By Frederick Jones on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Vince Young Vote:

    Yes: 3 No: 5

    I voted yes on this, but like many of you I have my doubts. I have only seen the guy play like twice for about 3 minutes or so.

    Vince would have a great attitude, as long as he is starting. In addition he has had some rifts with the law. Then again, so did Tommy Kramer, and others.
    That’s why I want know how people feel on

  106. By Frederick Jones on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Please vote just once. lol

  107. By Titus on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Did anyone watch the Vikings’ Weekly? Grant was so excited, I think he reverted back about 10-15 years– maybe he could coach again.

  108. By Titus on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    Grant certainly has a passion for football– he probably could outcoach some of the coaches out there–

  109. By Titus on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    If the legislature and governor stall on the Arden Hills site, I have a proposal the Wilfs might suggest to light a fire under their rear ends and get them to pass the bill. It just came to me a little while ago– it is a bit hard core, but it would definitely get more attention on the stadium. It is even a bit crazy of an idea– I have not thought it through, so I cannot say it is feasible– but it is interesting.

  110. By Mike B on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    I vote no on V Young. He ssems to be another player more interested in his hype than playing football. On the stadium issue of course some of the politicians don’t want to see the Vikings moved from downtown Minneapolis. They already have the infrastructor to handle the traffic and public transportation to the downtown location. I like the arden hills area as there can be true tailgating near the stadium site not spread out over the spotty pay parking downtown. There will be a lot more construction other than the stadium built there. Hotels and Resturants will relocate to that area. State is seeing dollar signs on how to support that growth. I still say it’s a money mine ready for the state to take advantage of. The upfront cost are going to be small compared to the return. I am hoping this stadium gets built. Vikings need to stay in MN. Have a great week.

  111. By Mike B on May 15, 2011 | Reply

    On how many OL would be need to keep Fred happy I am not sure that would be a real number. He won’t qualify his positon on what OL players are doing poorly. I think he’s scared they just might play well this year and he will be wrong again. His prediction average isn’t so good. Fred’s a good guy though he has passion for the team and stands by his opinion. Have a great week.

  112. By Rocksalt on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    no vince young not the right fit in vikes system

  113. By ripteflon on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    who has a name like purlpe nurlpe you must really sukkk alot with a name like that oh ya wipe your mouth you got a titus stain

  114. By PURPLEHAZE on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    @Carl K

    Saw Pennington on an interview on local tv here probably 30 minutes after I made that post. He’s pretty upbeat about rehab and coming back but it ain’t happening anytime soon and his window is closing. He’s just one choice though.

  115. By Bubba on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    No to Vince Young.

  116. By Titus on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Parody makes an excellent point concerning Young– we already have several young QBs (no pun intended) and adding Young would only confuse their egos. If we bring in another QB, let it be a seasoned veteran (just not too seasoned, i.e. Favre). So, with the current roster, I vote no.

  117. By Nick on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    i’d go with Vince Young, he seems to operate best with a strong running game around him, he is also mobile enough himself to escape a frequently collapsing pocket whilst big enough to take some hits. He possesses a strong arm and above all is desperate to prove a point. Sign him up, he’s the best guy available out there, oh and did I mention his impressive won-lost record?

  118. By Frederick Jones on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Okay Vince Young Vote is now

    Yes : 4

    No: 8

  119. By Frederick Jones on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B.,

    Perhaps you missed the blog where I wrote that I try not to say anything bad about anybody. (Besides, those are big dudes !)

    And you are right, I am afraid that the Offensive Line will do well. I am also afraid they won’t do well. Either way, I have to root for them.

    So, if we obtain the next Ron Yary, I am probably off the hook.

  120. By Ekolu on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Mike, Ive been a Vikings fan since I was 4 years old, that’s 41 years and I bleed Purple. I remember hoping that we would not lose 4 different coordinators to other teams, they were Tony Dungy, Brian Billiick, Mike Tomlin, and Leslie Frazier. I am absolutely convinced that he is in that class of individuals, do you agree?

  121. By Ekolu on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Mike, I look for the Vikings running game to be absolutely unstoppable this year and I’ll tell you why I believe this. First, is that I believe that Leslie Frazier will commit to run first mentality. Second, I expect Adrian Peterson to have a better year than last year, and he could be on the verge of a 2000 yard season. Third, Toby Gerhart will have a full year of experience and will see an increase in carries and average per carry, He also has good hands and his blocking will be vastly improved as will his confidence. Also, Frazier promises to get Percy Harvin more involved in the running game while decreasing his role as a kick returner. Fourth, a rookie QB will require an increase in running plays. And finally, Musgrave loves the 2 tight end sets, with Kleinsasser, Shiancoe, and Rudolph demanding attention, this will make for one heck of a ground attack, anything else you can add?

  122. By Frederick Jones on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    Uh, well since you asked…

    T H E O F F E N S I V E L I N E. How will it improve over last year?

    2– 6th round draft choices, and loss of weight by two offensive tackles?

    Face the facts, we are standing still in the offensive line department.


    Now I can sit back, and wait for the bloggers to tell me that all is well with the offensive line because….New Coach, Healthy Offensive Linemen, better attitudes.


  123. By Steve on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    The issue with the roads in Arden Hills is such a joke, they are not that bad, go to other stadiums around the country like the Bills stadium in Orcherd Park- no freeways near by just regular roads and 80,000 fans get in and out without much problem, Green Bay doesn’t have any freeways near the stadium, when TCF Stadium was built back on campus, the roads and parking is terrible, no one complained about that !! BUILD the stadium, so we can get out of the Dumpdome- it makes the Twin Cities look like a bush league town. !!

  124. By PAUL M. on May 16, 2011 | Reply



  125. By Frederick Jones on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    @Paul M.,

    OF Course, you are talking about tailgating, souveniers, and perhaps other extras that not everyone would buy.


  126. By Titus on May 16, 2011 | Reply

    I think Paul is including gas prices.

  127. By Jeff on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I vote ‘no’ on V Young. I’m curious if we can obtain McNabb to help with the development of Ponders. I’m not looking for a savior, but looking at our history, we’ve done well getting players from the Philly roster.

  128. By PAUL M. on May 17, 2011 | Reply



  129. By Purple Nurple on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    In answer to your question PAUL M,whatever the public is willing to pay these spoiled-out of touch-pukes and owners.
    That’s exactly how much.

  130. By Purple Nurple on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    These are hard working common men.They just want what’s fair!I mean the poor guys couldn’t even write off the “love boat” adventure on their taxes!Do you have any idea what a set of sweet rims on an escalade cost? How about a night at the club “makin’ it rain”-not cheap my friends.So if you have to pay $450 for jr. to see game 1 in Oct.-it will be well worth it-and just think what it teaches your young lads.Sidney Rice-luv my man -nothin’ but love.

  131. By robbnar on May 18, 2011 | Reply

    We keep hearing about Player Organized Practice, is it completely run by players, or do they hire retired/unemployed coaches to run them? I ask because I think it’s great Ponder is trying to organize some things, but he’s never been through training camp to know what drills they should be running.

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