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Lining Up The Vikings Linebacker Position

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 11, 2011 – 5:46 am

This week on the vikings.com Blog, we’re breaking down the Vikings roster position-by-position to give fans a comprehensive assessment of the team as the first preseason game – this Saturday night in Tennessee – approaches. We’ve already looked at the offensive line, defensive line, tight ends, defensive backs and wide receivers. Up next: the linebackers.

The Vikings LB corps will welcome one new starter and will have a new position coach in 2011. But the presence of veterans Chad Greenway and E.J. Henderson brings so much stability to the position that those two transitions will be a piece of cake. Add in the fact that the new position coach is Hall of Famer Mike Singletary and the new starter is E.J. Henderson’s younger brother, Erin, and you can see the Vikings LB group is in great shape.

Greenway and Henderson have starting positions in both the base and nickel packages on lockdown. Both guys have been tackling machines during their Vikings careers and you can expect more of the same in 2011, especially if new DT Remi Ayodele can be the run-stuffer everyone expects. Talented run-stuffing DTs, such as Kevin Williams and Ayodele, help to protect LBs from offensive linemen and allow those LBs to collect bunches of tackles.

It’s going to take quite the combination of events to wrestle the third starting spot away from Erin Henderson. He’s worked his way up the roster, beginning as an undrafted rookie free agent and eventually improving so much that the Vikings felt comfortable with allowing Ben Leber to leave via free agency so Henderson could fill the vacated role.

As solid as those three starters are going to be for the Vikings, the depth behind them is just as strong. Jasper Brinkley, who filled in admirably for Henderson during the Vikings run to the NFC title game in 2009, continues to develop and will be the backup middle (MIKE) LB. He’s also getting some run at Erin Henderson’s spot with the first-team defense. Heath Farwell is another who is firmly entrenched on the second-team and will of course be a pillar of the special teams unit.

In the nickel packages, Greenway and E.J. Henderson are on the first-team. Brinkley has played on second-team nickel with Farwell and Erin Henderson splitting reps.

An obvious omission from the discussion so far is Kenny Onatolu. He’s another special teams ace who will be a key reserve in the LB group, but he hasn’t participated much in training camp to date because of a foot injury. Even without camp, I think Onatolu has shown enough during his time with the Vikings that coaches will give him every opportunity to earn a roster spot once he is able to practice again.

In the meantime, rookie Ross Homan is taking the reps that Onatolu would normally see. He might be a smidgen undersized, but Homan is an instinctual player with a ton of grit and perhaps some special teams capability. After that, the Vikings have Larry Dean, Jonathan Gilmore and Mark Washington battling for time.

As is the case with every position we’ve analyze in this series, the depth chart still has some fluidity to it. Singletary and the defensive staff are still experimenting with different combinations and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer could have some say in the matter also. Because of their aggressiveness and athleticism, LBs are typically a major part of special teams groups.


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88 Responses to “Lining Up The Vikings Linebacker Position”

  1. By Carl Brodin on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds like the LB group is pretty sound nothing to tinker with there. Nothing much more to say but steady as she goes.

  2. By Roboat5 on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Until our defense gets back to its run stuffing performance of a couple of years ago I can’t say we are there. Teams were able to run right at us last year as our “wall” wasn’t as formidable as it had been in the past. We need linebackers who can stuff runs and blitz QBs to bring fear into their eyes. Do we have players who are of the caliber of Ray Lewis? I just want to manage our expectations a bit here as I remember reading these blogs a lot last year only to watch our season fizzle away. I am optimistic that this year may be different. Please pass the kool-aid…:)

  3. By Daniel on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I love how our LB core is built. love it. It is the overal strength of our defence. I feel like Brinkley will nab Erin`s spot though. Brinkley is a better LB than Erin. I don`t care if singleterry is his brother, Brinkley is more instictive and quicker and might even be a better hitter. Ross homan Is a great reserve as well. A guy that I have been watching is #47 Jonathan Gilmore. This guy is as big as urlacher 6-4 295 with speed and great instincts. keep an eye on him sat. I am glad that Lieber is gone. Last year he had only 35 tackles! that was ranked 266th next to a ton of no names. I really see whom ever comes in for Lieber being a great upgrade and filling a big hole on D.

  4. By Stoney on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Roboat5, throw out last season, the whole team imploded.

  5. By Daniel on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    this is off topic but interesting on how good musgrave is. last year atl`s recievers were ranked in this order Roddy-2 Gonzalez-56 Jenkins-96 Snelling(RB)-154 Dougles-156. Vikings go: Harvin-27 Shank-85 Pet (RB)-139 and Rice-160. Those Numbers are throughout the nfl by rank of yards. We do not have White But Jenkins did well And Gozalez did better. White was thrown to more than anyone in the nfl last year, and Harvin was ranked 21st thrown to. Our offence will have alot better passing this year. THANK GOD! The touch downs our recievers had was just terrible.

  6. By govikes on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    There is no problem with the linebacking core. I’d like to see us plug in Brinkley somehow in run blocking shcemes. He’s a big body to plug holes and a good tackler. EJ and Greenway are allstars, and Erin should already be on the same page with EJ. There is no issues I can find here.

  7. By Carl K on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Our starting linebackers probablly will not play much in preseason. I also think the coaches know what to expect from Brinkley and Farwell… so I look for Homan, Dean and Gilmore to get alot of playing time in the preseason. Homan might be small but he knows how to play football. If Homan doesn’t lead our team in “preseason” tackles I will be shocked.

  8. By Frederick Jones on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Daniel,

    I had to look up “Jonathan” Gilmore on the web. There is also a “John” Gilmore who is a 9 year vet, now with the Raiders. The Raiders Gilimore is a TE.

    Jonathan Gilmore is officially listed at 6’4″ 260′, and is an undrafted rookie out of Western Oregon.

    But we are looking for sleepers like Gilmore to recharge the Vikings. So hopefully he is all you have said about him.

  9. By Erik the Red on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds good, really excited for the start of the season. As long as Erin can do a good job at his position, I think it will be fun to see the Henderson brothers lining up next to each other. Go Vikings!

  10. By Mike Wobschall on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Why was he undrafted? Probably because he doesn’t have character. Also you can have all the talent in the world and if you don’t know a thing about football you’ll never make it.

  11. By hicohornet on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    The Redskins wide receivers are much like ours. Santana Moss = Harvin, Chris Cooley > Shiancoe. Our depth isn’t really much better. But that really doesn’t matter when you talk about a poor offensive line not giving you time to go through your progressions. Top all of that off by his poor accuracy & poor footwork in the pocket. I do not see an improved Donovan. What was that saying about a “future hall of famer” losing his starting job to Rex Grossman and then the Redskins shipping him away for a 6th round pick after signing him to a big time contract? Thanks Vikings here we go 4-12.

  12. By Dyelan on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Yes we should be set at linebacker. I too think that Brinkley might be the man to replace Leber. He’s a beast. Would like to see more of Erin though. Gimore sounds interesting. Looked him up. He didn’t play much in college but when he did he was really productive.

  13. By hicohornet on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I hope the Vikings lose.

    Anyone who doesn’t is stupid.
    Mike Wobschall even wants the team to lose.

    Rex Grossman is better than Donovan.
    Everyone must see that Donovan throws up on every play.
    Top all of that off by his poor accuracy & poor footwork in the pocket.
    Also he don’t know a thing about football.
    Receivers like ours will never succeed.
    Donovan will never be able to find them.
    Even when they’re wide open.
    Doesn’t any of you see that?

  14. By sandiamond on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Fred not sure if that is the real MW or not..
    I agree and am stoked about our 3rd stringers and bench building up at a fast rate this year. It was time for an overhaul

  15. By Stoney on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Hico, don’t cut the prozac in half

  16. By Matt on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @hicohornet yes bro, you are 100% correct all of those statements are pure facts and not opinion based at all because they are based off pure statistics and not bias

  17. By David P on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I am hoping that the vikings prove me wrong, but I think it is going to be a ling season. I agree though, the vikings do have some great LBs’.

  18. By David P on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I need to prrof read. Should be long season.

  19. By David P on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I give up. SP proof as well.

  20. By B Young on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Jasper Brinkly should as a rookie he can play in the NFL and produce on the biggest stage. He is learning from the one of the best LB’s in the game today, I believe when the time arises he will be a big help the vikings D now and in the future.

  21. By Lucas on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Is McNABB super out of shape again? I saw a comment that he throws up after practice and isn’t look loose. Then in his presser he laughed at the question of wanting to play more in the opening preseason game and said no way. Are we gonna have to bench him for Ponder like the Redskins did for Grossman?

  22. By Matt on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I’m gay. I love men.

  23. By knight123 on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Stoney I think that was sarcasm from the Hico, or he is an Oxymoron!

  24. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.vikings.com/stadium/new-stadium/index.html

  25. By CA Norwegian on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @hicohornet
    Someboy cut the cheeze and there you were.. Another cheesehead. Go back to your nest you childish buzz-bomb.

  26. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_18662577?source=rss

  27. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/127535508.html

    Moss spent four tumultous weeks with the Vikings before being released following an Oct. 31 loss to New England. Childress decided to release Moss without first informing owner Zygi Wilf and that played a big role in the coach being dismissed following a 31-3 loss to Green Bay on Nov. 21

  28. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    We need to take out GB; I hope the O-line and D-line is as good as it is being reported.

    Thanks chilly willy for last year.

  29. By CA Norwegian on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Roboat5
    You were being intentionally Ironic or not to mention Ray Lewis, Arrested for Murder, in terrms of caliber? I think these guys will do their part, not carry a team to the championship. I think Vikes will contend!

  30. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_18661422?source=rss

  31. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

  32. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=pfw-20110811_nfc_free_agent_moves_by_team_2

    Minnesota Vikings

    Unsigned players: WR Hank Baskett(notes) (UFA), QB Brett Favre(notes)

    (UFA-retired), OLB Chad Greenway(notes) (FFA), OLB Ben Leber(notes)

    (UFA), WR Greg Lewis(notes) (UFA), QB Patrick Ramsey(notes) (UFA),

    CB Lito Sheppard(notes) (UFA), FB Naufahu Tahi(notes) (UFA),

    DT Pat Williams(notes) (UFA), RB Albert Young(notes) (UFA).

    Key arrivals: Ex-Colts UFA OT Charlie Johnson(notes), Aug. 1;

    Ex-Falcons WR Michael Jenkins(notes), July 30 (three years);

    Ex-Bears UFA WR Devin Aromashodu, July 29 (one year).

    Key departures: UFA OLB Ben Leber, Aug. 9 (to Rams);

    Cut OLT Bryant McKinnie(notes), Aug. 2;

    UFA S Madieu Williams(notes), Aug. 1 (to 49ers);

    UFA DE Ray Edwards(notes), July 29 (to Falcons);

    UFA WR Sidney Rice(notes), July 29 (to Seahawks);

    UFA QB Tarvaris Jackson(notes), July 29 (to Seahawks);

    Cut DT Jimmy Kennedy(notes), July 28.

    Key re-signings: UFA OT Ryan Cook(notes), Aug. 3;

    UFA DT Fred Evans(notes), July 31;

    UFA S Eric Frampton(notes), July 31;

    RFA OLB Erin Henderson(notes), July 30 (one year);

    RFA S Husain Abdullah(notes), July 30 (one year);

    UFA PK Ryan Longwell(notes), July 29.

  33. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Forgot we have QB Patrick Ramsey.

  34. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Is anybody else excited to see Jackson get embarassed on National television tonight?
    Seahawks at Chargers, 7:00PM CT on ESPN

  35. By govikes on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @hicohornet
    How can you even compare our receivers to the Redskins. Cooley and Shank, even, except we have another wepon at tightend in Rudolph and I think Shanks stats will improve significantly because of this. Not to mention Santana Moss is nowhere near the level of Percy even in his prime. We also have weapons like Berrian and Jenkins, and prospects like Arecnaux and a producer in Aromashudu. Donavon Mcnabb is established and his mobile play is good even in his veteran years, which will prove helpful when the O-line is shaky, which it often wont be, and just throwing it out there, we have a top 5 coaching staff in the NFL. Look for a 10-6 9-7 season. Go rant on the packers website.

  36. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ycn-8889383

    Will the Vikings move to Los Angeles? Fan’s outlook

  37. By govikes on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    But it’s ok, your problably still upset about Favre raping your team for a tri-fecta of TD’s at home on monday night football. Go vikes.

  38. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, looking forward to it.

  39. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ycn-8948259

    Vikings to Meet with Cornerback Tony Carter

  40. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/Vikings-Wrap-Up-Training-Camp-With-Few-Injuries/68c07497-bbc2-4fdd-a689-70348fc35a24

    Vikings Wrap Up Training Camp With Few Injuries

  41. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Have to go now, have fun.

  42. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike Wobschall – Is there any way you could encourage Chad Greenway to start growing his hair out nice and long and quit shaving?

    Since we lost the Williams Wall, I think we need to work on creating a new nickname for some group of the defense. What group better than the linebackers? With Erin stepping into the starting role, Chad just needs to grow a bit more fur and they could be “Hairy and the Hendersons!” How cool would that be?

  43. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings

    Founded in 1961 • Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota

    Franchise

    Franchise • History • Expansion Draft • Players • Quarterbacks • Head coaches • Seasons • Statistics • Draft

    Stadiums

    Metropolitan Stadium • Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
    Proposed: New Vikings Stadium

    Temporary stadiums due to 2010 Metrodome roof collapse: Ford Field • TCF Bank Stadium
    Other temporary stadium in the past: Memorial Stadium (1969)

    Culture

    Purple People Eaters • “Skol, Vikings” • Herschel Walker trade • Love Boat Scandal

    Rivalries

    Chicago Bears • Detroit Lions • Green Bay Packers

    Lore

    The Wrong Way Run • Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy

    Head coaches

    Van Brocklin • Grant • Steckel • Burns • Green • Tice • Childress • Frazier

    Division championships (18)

    1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2008, 2009

    Super Bowl appearances (4)

    IV • VIII • IX • XI

    Retired numbers

    10, 53, 70, 77, 80, 88

    Seasons

    1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010

    Current league affiliations

    League: National Football League • Conference: National Football Conference • Division: North Division

  44. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

  45. By Jason on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    issue I see with Brinkley is tackling, or more to the point, finishing the tackle. He looks real good, and seems to be on a lot of plays when EJ was out, but couldn’t wrap and would miss the tackle A LOT…. But very good player, Glad there is a lot of talent to choose from!!!

  46. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I am looking forward to this season; I hope nothing happens as messed up as Marshalls run.

  47. By DRS on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Division championships (18) hopefully # 19 in 2011

  48. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe Marshall just wanted to keep the defense on the field…

  49. By Chilly Chip Dip on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    You can tell the Seahawks are running a Darrel Bevel offense. 3rd & 12…..let’s run it!

  50. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    You ca n tell they’re running a Bevell offense because Jackson is waiting 5-seconds for receivers to get into their routes! Jackson actually looks worse this year than ever before. Maybe I’ve just finally been able to open my eyes now that he’s on another team, but DÃMN!

  51. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Just after the first quarter and Jackson already has 3-sacks and has given up on two more plays to run the ball. It’s nice to see them in the West Coast where they can pretend like they have a chance. Keep up the good work boys!

  52. By Arrow86 on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I really don’t want to see Tavaris embarrassed playing for the Seahawks. Early in the game he probably lost his left tackle for the season. Starting the 4th quarter it’s 17 to 10 San Diego, and I’m certain Tavaris and Rice are done for the night.

  53. By Arrow86 on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Watching the clip earlier in the week with Singletary working with the linebackers it was intense, the guys were hustling, but they also showed them having a laugh with Singletary as well. I feel much better about our team this season.

    Can anyone tell me any information of value on Tony Carter the new cornerback the Vikings just signed?

  54. By Tim on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I cant wait to watch the Vikings play the Titans

  55. By skol patrol on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @ Arrow86
    im not sure how he does but since he used to play for the patriots im pretty sure that he is good.

  56. By Arrow86 on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @skol patrol: I read on another website that he was with the Broncos in 2009 and released. Put on the Patriot practice squad and made the team late last year. The overall impression is that he really hustles, teammates love him, but he’s a little undersized. I hope he gets a fair shot with the Vikes, or pushes someone else to their full potential.

    I know it’s just pre-season, but I am like Tim. I can’t wait for Saturday night!

  57. By Arrow86 on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Matt: Congratulations on finding yourself. Now, politely find yourself on another website if you aren’t going to talk football.

  58. By NovaScotiaVike on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone who still thinks Tavarus Jackson is a starting QB in the NFL, please watch his progress in this preseason.He STUNK tonight, He was outplayed played by both “back-ups”. This is one quarterback the Vikes could afford to lose.

  59. By NovaScotiaVike on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    *outplayed

  60. By Jason on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @NovaScotiaVike

    110% agreed….. He isn’t even a good back up IMO..

  61. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Arrow86 – Go easy on Matt. I’d be willing to bet that it was hicohornet that posted the second “Matt” comment. If you take a look back at it all, Matt had just given hichornet a hard time. That seems to be hico’s only way of dealing with people who are conflicting with him.

  62. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Jason & Nova – When you’re injuring the best, toughest RB in the NFL, AND he’s on your team, it’s hard to make a good argument to convince anyone who knows about the incident that a guy like TJack should be a starter.

  63. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    The announcers were just making complaints about Tebow’s play, (uncomfortable in the pokcet, running around and throwing the ball without setting his feet) that still exist in TJack’s play. After 5-years, you’d think that a starting QB would have fixed those issues.

  64. By Arrow86 on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Parody:

    Thanks for correcting me. To Matt my apology if your name was used by someone else.

    Nova, it is awesome to hear from you. I didn’t see Tavaris play tonight, I’ll take you at your word. Especially since he should have been the most familiar with the new Seahawk offense. I just like how Tavaris handled the ups and downs waiting to get a chance to play in 2009 and 2010. I hoped a fresh start would help him succeed.

  65. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Tarvaris didn’t play much today. I think he got pulled after the first quarter. He only was able to complete something in the range of 3 of 5 throws for 13-yards. I also remember him running twice for about 13-yards, and getting sacked 3 times for losses that had to add up over 20-yards.

    So all in all, Jackson accounted for about 26-yards on 10 dropbacks, with 3-completions.

  66. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I’m really surprised that TJack has already been guaranteed the starting position. I don’t care how familiar you are with the playbook. If you are unable to produce with it and recognize when receivers are going to be open, the other guys on the team deserve to be given every opportunity to beat you for the job.

  67. By Titus on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Arrow, that’s okay– easy to believe everyone will be mature and post under his/her name and not be a coward speaking from a disguise. Just be of what the posting says—- most of us know one another enough to sense if an impostor is on the loose– and there is one big moron running around —I suspect this moron wears a yellow triangle to bed at night.

  68. By Titus on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Just be aware* of… (second sentence correction)

  69. By Titus on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    I am surprised any team took T-Jack. I feel sorry for the guy. He needs to work hard and get hungry— he could make it, but he cannot “expect” it to just happen– and that is where he seems to be.

  70. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    LOL – Nice reference on the yellow triangle Titus. I had never learned about it before, so I enjoyed looking it up and finding out its relevance to to our little hic friend.

  71. By Titus on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Whoa Parody, don’t read the wrong message– I was simply referring to the cheesehead crowns the Packer fans wear on their heads– not anything else.

  72. By Parody on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Ummm – okay, if you say so Titus. I actually read the reference a little too quickly, and think that it would be more appropriate if he wore a pink triangle underneath the yellow one for it to work out the way I was thinking it did initially, anyways. But that’s all just because of the strong hõmophobic vibe that the hic is projecting.

  73. By NovaScotiaVike on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    Anyway, it’s going to be a long year in Seattle.

  74. By NovaScotiaVike on Aug 11, 2011 | Reply

    How are you Arrrow, Titus, Parody, Fred , DRS, SueGvike and everybody else?……..ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL????????????????

  75. By Parody on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    Been ready for a LONG time Nova! I can’t wait to see how this season pans out.

    How have you been?

  76. By NovaScotiaVike on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve been great Parody! How are you doing? Been done south twice this year deep-sea fishing (bermuda). It really is the 2nd most fun you can have in life. Anyway, who is this hicohornet d!ck? If he’s still out there, I wish he would come back, I’d love to tell him to lol (lick on larry).

  77. By vikings done gun on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    you guys done gun wierd. no one done gun needs to lick my father.

  78. By DRS on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    NovaScotiaVike, I am ready to see the Vikings in the SB and their new stadium.

  79. By garrett1212 on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    hicohornet knows nothing. Pray for us to lose. Anyone who would state that Rex Grossman is better than McNabb is a fool. What has Grossman ever done except get to the Super Bowl with horrible numbers. Only reason that team made it was because of defense. McNabb has been a great QB and never understood the constant criticism. He may have only made it to one Super Bowl, but look at the NFC Championship runs with minimal talent at WR such as James Thrasher, who was the number one guy. Really! McNabb is a much better option than a rookie QB or Favre’s social security collecting ass.

  80. By garrett1212 on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    No matter what, our team improved 100% by dumping Brad Childress. Idiot is still running his mouth and trying to blame Moss for our season last year. Move on Childress. Take a look in the mirror and own up for sucking. Your a no body and always will be. Never will be called head coach again unless on a pee wee football team. For anyone who is talking smack on our vikes, go join the Seattle bandwagon with Rice. See how that turns out.

  81. By Arrow86 on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    Next Saturday the Vikes head to Seattle. I’m less concerned about Tavaris hurting us. I just hope the Viking D-line can pressure TJack and Whitehurst enough that Rice is minimized. Tomorrow, I’ll have to work, but I’m counting on fellow Vike fans on this site as well as the NFL network replay to evaluate our new look Vikings. (Hungrier, younger, and more aggressive!)

  82. By Woodboat on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    Nova… I’m guessing hico is a kid…. at least, judging by his level of witticism, I HOPE he’s a kid. Is what it is.

    Not much to comment on with our LBs. They’ll be very good, but not household name great. Should be very dependable.

    Someone was feeling sorry for Jackson. I don’t feel sorry for him in the least. He’s been drawing an NFL paycheck for what, 5 years? He works hard and I think he tries hard, but he’s cashing someone elses paycheck. I really can’t believe that he is one of the top 96 QBs in the world. If our unlamented ex-coach hadn’t drafted him, I can’t imagine anyone else would have picked him up.

    I have a better overall feeling about our team this year. I’d rather have Favre than McNabb (yeah, I said it), but I like our coaching staff a lot and I have way more faith in them than when Childress was at the helm.

  83. By sandiamond on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    Tony Carter only 5’9″? I thought we didn’t sign players that short! lol

    TBvsChiefs tonite on fox preseason special coverage. First look at Ahmad Black S out of fla that the vikings passed on in the draft (too short of a player)

  84. By GMan on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    We need to start the season out looking as if we’ve practiced together as a cohesive unit.
    Last year, between Favre showing up late, Harvin’s high-maintenance problems, Sidney Rice not wanting to play, McKinnie weighing about 400 pounds and very little time to practice together….we sucked horribly.

    We need some discipline and consistency. I think McNabb should play extensively in the pre-season…because to me he does look fat and out of shape. Ponder more than likely will be the starter after the bye week this…at least we can hope.

    Looks like we’ll have a bad secondary unit (as usual) and a below average offensive line (like last year). Uh-oh. I hope we win the division…but its really not looking good.

  85. By Arrow86 on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    Question: With Leber leaving (Last year wasn’t very good for him.) I’m glad Erin Henderson has stepped up. I keep seeing that Dhani Jones of the Bengals is a free agent. Is he a player who would be an upgrade, or has his reality show led to greater celebrity than football player?

  86. By Arrow86 on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    I see Detroit whooped hiney 34-3 on the Bengals tonight. Who is left on the Bengals that is of any value? Regardless, it is a sign of the improvement the Lions have made. A couple of years ago they’d have been lucky to score 34 points in a season, they scored that tonight alone.

  87. By Brad on Aug 12, 2011 | Reply

    Lets be honest, the vikes are in bad shape. Erin is a great special teamer. Starting backer? I dont have faith in him. Brinkley is just big and reckless. He is sloppy tho, doesnt read well and is horrible in pass protection. Our d line might surprise, allen is a manimal as is KW. Robison has an engine that wont quit and thats more than Edwards had. (the guy had 2 good games in the post season) Remi may be good as everyone is hoping. our secondary is just plain awful and why no one wants to admit that i will never know. Winfield is good but old, Griffin is injury prone, Asher gets burned consistently, Frampton is a joke, Abdullah is ok but not reliable, Johnson is worthless and there is no depth. Lets be realistic here, the vikes will get a top 10 pick this year. I hope they prove me wrong tho

  88. By Chris on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    I’m by no means a Vikings fan, but I’ll definitely be playing close attention to them to see how Ross Homan does. He’s the first person from my hometown to be drafted to the NFL, and he’s a distant relative to boot!

    GOOD LUCK, ROSS!!!!

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