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Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 8, 2011 – 10:06 am

What’s on your minds, Vikings fans? Let us know by submitting a comment or question to the Monday Morning Mailbag.

To submit a comment or question, 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 comment/email. We can’t post every comment/question, but we’ll try to answer each question.


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67 Responses to “Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions”

  1. By Frederick Jones on Jul 8, 2011 | Reply

    What happened to our number one need for 2011?

    No wonder AD thinks he is a slave. He has to stay in Minnesota and play with a second-rate offensive line.

    I hope Frazier and the boys are considering some Free Agent offensive linemen when the CBA breaks !

    If not, expect 8-8 or worse this year Viking fans.

  2. By Frederick Jones on Jul 8, 2011 | Reply

    This is boring?

    Well, so is losing !

  3. By Frederick Jones on Jul 8, 2011 | Reply

    “Hear me now, and believe me later.”

  4. By Mm on Jul 8, 2011 | Reply

    What if I took over as head coach? I would find my own players, so the cost would be less. Something to think about. This would save millions and are chances of winning might be greater. Mm

  5. By Chilly4Life on Jul 8, 2011 | Reply

    What if Brad Childress reassumed the role of Head Coach? It would likely result in several Super Bowls and Dancing in the Street. Not the song… I don’t know why I capitalized it.

  6. By Aaron on Jul 8, 2011 | Reply

    Once the CBA is settled, who are some qbs you expect the vikings to reach out to? Do you see the Vikings reaching trying to get McNabb or even Palmer? And do you see Ponder being the starting quarterback once the season begins?

  7. By Frederick Jones on Jul 8, 2011 | Reply

    It doesn’t matter who the QB is if he spends the majority of his time backpeddling !

  8. By Dave the vikefan on Jul 8, 2011 | Reply

    Hmm.. Let me think.. No question for the day.. Just one comment.. NFL, get the CBA done, ASAP!!

    Thanks! :)

  9. By Mike B on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Fred Not everyone feels the O line is as bad as you think. It’s still just your opinion. I am wondering what happened to this weeks Vikings Weekly. Is there no vikings football news?

  10. By Kelly on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe Ann took a break for the holiday like the rest of America Mike.

  11. By DRS on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, will the Vikings move after the 2011 season, if there is a season. It looks like most Minnesotan’s do not want the Vikings to get their new stadium; according to all the polls. The city of St Paul Minnesota is a bunch of spoiled babies who want the Vikings in their city or no other place. If not here, no-where in Minnesota is the stance of the city of St Paul Minnesota. How does Oregon Vikings sound?

  12. By DRS on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Minnesota, get the stadium built or lose another pro-sports team!

  13. By DRS on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    “In May 2006, the Vikings were left out of legislation that provided funding for stadiums for the Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota.”
    http://www.stadiumsofprofootball.com/future/VikingsStadium.htm

    Why was this? Answer: Disrespect!

  14. By DRS on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Mike,why should the Vikings stay with all this disrespect?

  15. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B.,

    It not just “my opinion.”

    The sportscasters went crazy when they realized the Vikings did not get a high draft pick for their greatest need !

    EVERYONE knew before the draft that the Vikings needed to improve the offensive line and defensive backs more than any other areas.

    Mike B would you say it’s just “your opinion” that the Vikings have not done enough for the offensive line?

    Did you “Back The Wrong Horse?”

  16. By jv3rnon on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Childress messed the Vikings up. Letting go of some good players Sharper,Birk,Taylor, and Moss. Frazier needs to pick up the team and help us get a championship. Besides Mckinney and Hutch the center to the RG is horrible. Need help for AP and the QB. Get McNabb because Ponder is not the guy. Also, they tagged the wrong guy, should had tagged Rice instead of Greenway. Now if he walks its the Vikings fault. Need a outside linebacker to replace Leber. I try my best to get Nnamdi and move Winfield to S and let Nnnamdi and Griffin play corners. We just got along way to go

  17. By 4eversteve on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    I’m going to come to Fredrick Jone’s defense here, the O-line play was horrible last season and if they don’t improve the Vikings could be looking at another very high draft pick selections again this season. I wonder Mike whether the Vikings will be very aggressive in free agency with the O-line still being a major area of concern? We witness Peterson being hit in the backfield as he was receiving hand-off countless times and the quarterback not even being given enough time to complete a three step drop for a short pass patterns. This was the reason the Vikings had a bad season, even more so than the defensive backfield poor play in my opinion!

  18. By Nodak11 on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    jv3ron is right.. The Vikings need Nnnamdi. But the addition of McNabb would not be a good one. Yeah he might provide a year or two of good numbers or he might bust in his second year like Favre did.. What do you think about Orton coming to Minnesota? He still has a few years in him and he can win ball games. He will have a solid receiving core and a great back behind him. He is also someone that I believe could help groove Ponder. Orton has been through good and bad seasons in his career so far and I think that Ponder would benefit from those experiences that Orton could share with him. I see those two being able to feed off of eachother very well.

  19. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    @4eversteve,

    Thank you for being one of the few to step out and agree that the Vikings need to pick up a free agent offensive lineman.

    When vikings.com had their poll of the Vikings greatest need (besides QB), the offensive line got most of the votes.

    It may not be a popular view among bloggers, but football is still mostly
    blocking and tackling.

  20. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Some bloggers fail to realize that the supporting cast of blockers and tacklers are mostly responsible for creating greatness in a quarterback.

    “Okay name a QB this happened to.”

    Guess what? … that is the very reason why you can’t. All the qbs who failed, failed because they didn’t have the supporting cast. Same with running backs, there are many who might have been great except for a lousy offensive line.

    No you can’t name them…You can only name those who have succeeded.

  21. By Anthony Mastellone on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Will the Vikes go after Asomouagh when free agency starts and maybe move winfield to safety?

  22. By TB on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Being a Brett fan, don’t you all think he will come back, because of all this Drama with the Lockout? He’s finally healthy, not stressed, and more importantly, still
    deadly. Just wait and watch!

  23. By Mike B on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    So far Fred my friend my track record is better than yours. I will think that the Vikings may address the OL in free agency, but it was not as great a need as others or they would have addressed in the draft. Spielman has done a pretty good job so far with picks and if OL was missed there was a reason. Then again hopefully we will see how it goes. My gut tells me that the team will be competitive with the OL as is. So Fred relax and enjoy what happens. Remember the outcome so we can compare notes later on. I have been running hot lately and still feel pretty good. Enjoy the weekend.

  24. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Dear Michael B.,

    What have you ever said that gives you a track record???

    Are you one of those people that makes a video about how
    the teacher got owned by his students?

    Just because you made what you THOUGHT was a clever remark, that does not mean you own anybody, or have a track record of any kind.

    A track record is having run 1500 meters in 4:12.7

  25. By Parody on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    “All the qbs who failed, failed because they didn’t have the supporting cast. Same with running backs…”

    I’m sorry Fred, but that is some very spurious reasoning. There are plenty of QBs and RBs who have failed that just plain don’t have the skills to succeed at the pro level.

    I’m starting to think that it’s the way that you deal in absolutes when talking about the offensive line that makes people disagree with you. When reading your posts I often get a message similar to “if you don’t think we need to completely retool the o-line, you must either not know anything about football, or be extremely brain damaged.” It makes it very difficult to avoid disagreeing with you all together.

    In all your posts, I don’t recall ever seeing you compare and explain the change in performance from the 2009 line to the guys from 2010, which had all the same starters. I also don’t recall reading any consideration for the injuries of this year, or seeing you give any credit to the coaches who are paid to put the team together, and who are definitely smarter about such than you or any other blogger who visits this site.

    In short, I think you’d receive a lot less opposition if you made an effort to show some humility.

  26. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B:

    And as far as BACKING THE WRONG HORSE, I consider it far more honorable to back a losing team year after year, than jumping on the band wagon of whoever is winning.

    There is nothing wrong either in supporting someone who is wronged.

    Actually I do not see how anyone can BACK THE WRONG HORSE as a fan.

    Be a fan of who ever you want. Just don’t be fickle and say, “I’m a Jet fan,” just because they are winning at the moment.

  27. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody,

    You obviously have not read all my blogs because I talked about the effect of injuries to the offensive line frequently.

    As far as me showing arrogance over other bloggers, EVERYONE DOES THAT!

    Besides I feel that the average blogger (which you are not) just looks at who is playing the skill positions, and leaves it at that.

    Fantasy Football encourages this line of thinking.

  28. By Parody on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    We had two guys who went from probowl level to laughable in that one year. What caused this? Without a solid understanding of that, I can’t justify saying that they need to go. Maybe injuries were worse than we realized. Maybe they didn’t put in the effort, but if that were the case, couldn’t they still be expected to turn that around in order to shoot down the humiliation they endured because of it? Maybe they did just get too old and lose their professional level skills, but that’s much harder for me to believe than other posibilities.

    We also had a rookie in 2009 that was considered a top-10 selection in hindsight mock drafts. I’d really like to understand why his abilities fell apart so much. Maybe it was simply that dreaded sophòmore slump. It’s definitely too early to flsuh his career down the toilet.

    Center and right guard might need some retooling, but they both battled through injuries and missed games throughout the year, so maybe they can return to form after 8-months of healing. Who’s to say that’s impossible?

    Furthermore, it is wrong to say that the line was not addressed in the draft. Two promising players were selected. Due to the time that they were picked, it’s fair to assume that they won’t be starters for at least a year, but all too often I hear experts credit the competion that young players add to the position as enough to make the starters improve their game.

  29. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody,

    As far as my blog about failing QBs, look closer at that paragraph where I stated “the same is true of some running backs who might have succeeded with a decent offensive line.”

    Or words to that effect.

    You can take a few words out, and try to ruin what I said, but I’ll stand by that blog, PROVIDED YOU READ THE WHOLE BLOG.

    I think you read one sentence, and decided to tee off on me.

  30. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody,

    Some people have railed on me because they feel that if a man misses even one game because of an injury, that must count against him…and he must be traded. (and someone also suggested getting rid of Percy Harvin because of his headache problem)

    But injuries are a factor that must be considered. Many fans expected the Vikings to pick an Offensive Lineman in the first round, and felt crushed by the fact they waited until the later rounds.

  31. By Parody on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Fred – You often seem confused as to why so many people disagree with you, and I was simply trying to explain why that might be. If you don’t care that you’re coming across as the devil’s advocate then by all means, don’t change a thing. But if you want to convince the average blogger to understand your point of view, I think that some humility and consideration for the potential that you will be wrong would help out.

  32. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    I would never say that the line was not addressed in the draft. I just think we need to add a quality starter to the o line.

    I once made the statement that by the end of the year, the coaches must have had to look hard to find five guys that were healthy. They just wanted healthy bodies ! It was that bad !

    Did this help the performance of our offense?

    Maybe it wasn’t just lack of ability. Who cares, we need another great offensive lineman or two in order to become a dominant line.

    Even in 2009, they were not dominant.

  33. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody,

    If the Vikings win, the bloggers will be after me.

    Hey, I hope it happens without the Vikings tabbing another
    offensive lineman or two.

    But that seems very doubtful, and NOW is the time to do something about it.
    Once the season starts, your personnel is pretty well set.

  34. By Parody on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sorry Fred, I wanted to addressthat portion of it as well. I hope you can understand that with how long winded my responses are, that I’ll forget some of what I meant to say.

    “there are many who might have been great except for a lousy offensive line.”

    That was said in consideration of running backs (at least so far as the blog reads). So, although it is true to some extent, I think your message still blew it out of proportion.

  35. By Parody on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    As far as the draft this year, I read a lot of predictions ahead of time and I would say about 80% of them had us taking a QB in the first round. After that, it seemed split pretty evenly among a DE and a Tackle. Still, there were two defenders that were rated sgnificantly higher than the Tackles available when we drafted, so I expected one of them to be ours, especially considering that EVERY QB that any draft had predicted for us to consider (outside of Mallett that is) was already gone.

    But teams always have plans during and after the draft that we can’t really understand until they make their final roster decisions. The Cardinals, for example, went into the draft with arguably, a worse lineup of QBs than we had but they didn’t address the position at all. Speculation is that they have their scope set on Bulger once the lockout is lifted. It’s fair to assume that the Vikings have a few free agents in mind to fill the holes that they didn’t adequately address in the draft as well. There are some promising offensive linemen available. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all turns out.

  36. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody,

    That is what I want to happen.

  37. By Frederick Jones on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    My blogs are usually not aimed at anyone in particular unless I name the person. But I realize that 70% of communication is non-verbal.

    My hero was Fire Childress. He had a 90% chance or greater of winning his argument because Childress was going to be fired except for a miracle. But I think I model his persistence.

    But there is a lot of support for the need of an additional performer in the Offensive Line. Some bloggers, and people on the street, feel as I do about it.

    But I am glad we blogged it out. I appreciate your insights that’s for sure. I don’t consider Parody as one who plays a game of backyard football, and then applies this knowledge to the NFL.

  38. By Parody on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Other positions that we need to consider when the lockout is lifted include:
    A Veteran QB
    Re-signing Rice, or finding a replacement FA
    Identifying the weak-side linebacker (likely either bring back Leber or promote from within)
    Identifying a replacement for Pat (probably going to promote from within)
    Probably need to cut Berrian and M.Williams
    And, least on my list, decide what to do with Edwards pending the ruling on RFAs

  39. By Parody on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    And of course, it would be a very good idea to get AP and Greenway contract extensions before the season begins, but that will be hard to accomplish with how long the lockout is dragging on.

  40. By Parody on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Add in the fact that the team will be working on evaluating the current team against new rookies and giving them contracts, and it might be difficult to bring in a high-quality veteran for the O-Line.

  41. By Parody on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Fred – (in reference to the backyard football comment ) LOL – nope. I’m a bit more of the type who plays Madden, and applies THAT knowledge to the NFL ;)

  42. By Mike B on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    Fred you do me wrong as you know I was in the bloggers saying that Chlidress was out. It lasted just one more game beyond what was predicted. I was the one that blogged to say there was no support for TJack and that Webb was not ready to be starting QB. All positons you standed on the other side of. So in that being a predictable path you have been not so good at picking what will or wont happen with the Vkings. You stress the OL over and over I tell you if it was as bad as you say then something would have been done already about it . That is not to put you down, but to give you insight into what the coaches and personel are thinking. I have no inside information, but it’s obvious they think that the Vet OL still have what it takes or they would be drafting and aquiring top rated people. We still need to see how this plays on on the field. I have been a vikings fan since I was 8 yrs old when they lost their first Superbowl. I only wish the team the best.

  43. By Mike B on Jul 9, 2011 | Reply

    I am sure with McKinney’s self acknowledgement that he didn’t play well last year and all the injuries on the OL that there are doubters. I think with everyone healthy they are still a force.. LoadHolt was a starting Rookie and will be better this year. Sullivan was hurt most of last year should be better this year. McKinney said he’s going to get lighter and should be better. I say have some faith and it will work for us.

  44. By Frederick Jones on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    Dear Michael B.,

    You say I repeat myself. I won’t argue with that point. I do it on purpose.

    Mike B., what did you say about the offensive line that you haven’t said in the past?

    It’s also easy to jump on a player or coach who is down on his luck. Is that your idea of backing a “winning horse?” If that’s the case then I am proud to back a “loser.”

    By the way, those “losers” are probably making more money than any ten bloggers including yourself.

  45. By Frederick Jones on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    The reason the Vikings (and the rest of the NFL) haven’t done anything about their personnel is because they haven’t signed a new CBA ! ! !

  46. By Frederick Jones on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    Mike B.,

    You were far from being “the one” who blogged against TJack and Webb.

    That was a very popular position.

    Neither of these MEN is done yet. Stay tuned.

  47. By Frederick Jones on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    “All positons you standed on the other side of. So in that being a predictable path you have been not so good at picking what will or won’t happen with the Vkings.”

    Mike B., Because of the CBA problems, it is still possible that the Vikings might sign an offensive lineman. I think they will sign one, what I am worried about is that they will not sign a good one. What I am doing is lobbying for the selection of a great Offensive Lineman.

    I am not a prognosticator. I have no crystal ball. I do have thoughts and feelings about the MN Vikings. I intend to keep expressing them regardless of the views of my fellow bloggers.

  48. By Frederick Jones on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody,

    All the things you have stated that the Vikings need to do are legitimate.

    Frazier has stated that the Vikings will be a running team. We have some good running backs. Now we have to develop a good offensive line. Many experts have said that the Vikings need to improve the O Line. It is not an unpopular notion.

    Even if the Vikings cannot be a running team, they need to improve the Offensive Line. That has been our number one priority (other than quarterback) according to the majority of fans in the Vikings.com polls.
    :) :) :) :) :)

  49. By Frederick Jones on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    In the 51 years of the Minnesota Vikings, if there had been a poll for the number one need, the quarterback position would have been chosen about 30 times. That is a conservative estimate.

    “WHEN ARE THE VIKINGS GOING TA FIN’ A QUARTERBACK DEY CAN WIN WIFF?” (The quarterback at the time was Tommy Kramer in his prime.)

    You say I repeat myself? That’s repetition for you !

  50. By Jordan Burrell on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    Since we drafted Kyle Rudolph and still have Shiancoe. Is there a chance that Jim Kleinsasser gets switched back to Full Back?

  51. By jdog1 on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    the o-line and peterson are the only reason we dont have a ring with bretts first year .the packers were one correct call away from not even being in the playoffs(shanko bowl i call it) and if we dont get a qb and a line its over before it even starts,this is the worse line in football period.oh ya how did we get speilman??? from the lions hmm …if i could only coach this team for two years we would have it made.

  52. By Titus on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    Someone is delusional.

  53. By DRS on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    Will all this matter if there is no Minnesota Vikings after 2011?

  54. By DRS on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    Mike what is happing with the new stadium, and will the Vikings move in 2012 if they do not get a stadium deal done this year. It looks like there will be no deal this year, what disrespect from the state of Minnesota. Will it be LA or Oregon?

  55. By DRS on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks Mark Day-ton Gov.

  56. By Frederick Jones on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    @DRS,

    I think we will get a stadium. However the details look a bit fuzzy on my crystal ball. lol

    Perhaps they’ll build it near Fairmont as one pundit put it.

  57. By Aaron on Jul 10, 2011 | Reply

    since the vikes didnt really address the need of ol in the draft… you have to think that frazier has something up his sleeve once free agency begins. i think frazier knows what he is doing and will make the vikings a dominant team within the next few years. he is like tony dungy. also, i think we do need to go after asuomagha since winfield is aging and i dont think cook will be as good as people thought. if they cant get him, they need to go after a good young cb. winfield is a great player, but he is getting worn down and cant keep up with a lot of these young receivers

  58. By jv3rnon on Jul 11, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t think Orton is a choice or even Kolb. We need a o-line for whoever is our QB and AP. I just hope the min. of service is 6 years so we can keep Rice and convince him to stay with a good QB. Also, Leber probobly gone walk so need OLB. The DBs are horrible besides Winfield and he getting older. So im just saying for the Vikings in my opinion fix the o-line and get a decent QB like Orton that dont turn it over and we got the best running back in the game and pursue to be 1 of the top defense’s. Frazier you know, you were the DC. “Offense sells tickets, DEFENSE wins GAMES”

  59. By CA Norwegian on Jul 11, 2011 | Reply

    @F.Jones Thanks for talking about the Line, as an X-lineman who played with Jeff Fisher as a kid, I can appreciate what you’re talking about. If there is a season, and they do not pick up some more talent, I hope you’re wrong:

    The coordinator is into the double TE west coast scheme. The scheme and the play calling will effect the performance of the o-line. With two TE’s you will decrease the disruption of the smaller speed rushers off the end. If the TE’s can ensure no one gets free off their edge, they can engage and handoff the speed rushers to the 7′- tackles, before going into short patterns. Unless staying in there against a ‘Julius Peppers.’ We have so much YAC talent on this team all we need is for someone who can get rid of the ball quickly and accurately. Favre was looking downfield and usually holding the ball long for someone limping in the pocket, and this put pressure and more wear and tear on the line. I would favor line improvement, but if you choose between Sidney and Free agency line, I wonder about how good are the new guys (yes they were drafted), and are the ol’ guys feeling any better? Is Hutch still great?

  60. By Frederick Jones on Jul 11, 2011 | Reply

    @CA Norwegian,

    Thankyou for the input. The defensive backfield is much like the offensive line in that many fans expect the injured ones to “step up” when they come back from their injuries.

    That is a risky position to take. Like Aaron said, Frazier and company are certainly planning some moves.

    It would be crazy not to sign Rice. If the Vikings don’t do that, then we have another problem position…Wide Receiver.

  61. By helmet on Jul 14, 2011 | Reply

    The vikes need to get rid of mckinney and berrian. they need to get randy moss giving him a third shot with the team. they should also pick up carson palmer.

  62. By Ekolu on Jul 17, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Mike, its pretty obvious that the Vikings will cut Madieu Williams, Bernard Berrian, and Ben Leber to create cap room,but according to the latest on the CBA, what are they going to do with Sidney Rice, Chad Greenway, and Adrian Peterson as far as resigning them, while dealing with the decrease in salary cap?

  63. By jeff on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    Once C

  64. By jeff on Jul 19, 2011 | Reply

    Cut me off short here, oh well. The heck with it then

  65. By Karl on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings clearly need an upgrade at S. Brian Dawkins recently said that he understands that he would need to take a pay cut to stay with Broncos (which I believe he is willing to do). What if the Vikings were willing to pay him? Assuming the business side of things is possible, wouldn’t Dawkins be a perfect fit for the Vikings, even if it wouldn’t be a long term solution (he is 38)?

  66. By Karl on Jul 22, 2011 | Reply

    Even better than Dawkins, though, is if we can pick up Roman Harper from the Saints. That would be incredible. One hundred tackles/year is impressive play from a S (and he’s 10 years younger).

  67. By Angie on Jul 25, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been hearing rumors that Brett Favre would like to play another season. I must say as a long time Vikings fan, I wouldn’t mind watching him play another year! The man enjoys the game and his excitement is contagious. I remember last year, players flew to his home to beg him to play. If he wants to play this year, he shouldn’t have to beg to come back.

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