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Vikings Don’t Have Fond Memories Of Carolina WR Smith

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 26, 2011 – 2:09 pm

Since WR Steve Smith was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2001, he’s suited up against the Vikings 5 times. But because of the success he’s had in those 5 games, Vikings fans probably feel like he’s suited up against their team 55 times.

In 5 games against the Vikings, the 5-18, 195-pound speedy receiver has 30 receptions for 525 yards and 3 TDs. His best outing came in 2005, when he hauled in 11 receptions for 201 yards and a score. And he wasn’t bad in the last Vikings-Panthers battle, racking up 157 more receiving yards and a TD on 9 receptions.

That last outing came against a Vikings team that was on its way to an eventual appearance in the NFC Championship Game, and also against a Vikings team that had Leslie Frazier as its Defensive Coordinator. Because of that experience and undoubtedly several more that Frazier has had against Smith over the years, you can be sure the Vikings are working hard this week to find a way to contain #89.

And though Smith is already in his 11th season out of the University of Utah, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He already has 4 games of 100+ receiving yards, including an epic season-opening performance where he caught 8 passes for 178 yards and 2 TDs. Smith is the NFL’s leader in receiving yards with 818 and he’s averaging a ridiculous 21.0 yards per reception as well.

“He’s having a terrific season, maybe the best start of his career,” Frazier commented on Wednesday. “He’s a guy that we have to pay attention to in the passing game every single down and try to come up with an answer for some of the plays that he’s making. And he’s making plays on everybody. But he’s a guy you have to contend with, we’re well aware of him, and hopefully we can play better than we have in the past against him.”

Every time Smith has gone against the Vikings, he’s produced a performance worth remembering. His worst outing was in 2008, when he had 4 receptions for 70 yards, which is still a pretty decent showing. This year, though, the Vikings will try to make this outing one to forget for Smith.


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103 Responses to “Vikings Don’t Have Fond Memories Of Carolina WR Smith”

  1. By jman on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I cant believe i`m the only one who has posted.

  2. By jman on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I have nothing against Steve smith.

  3. By Kalishnakov on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    You can’t hate steve smith. He is a true professional of the game. Theres alot WRs such as TO Ocho Cinco and Randy moss could learn from him personality wise.

  4. By Justin F on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings don’t have fond memories of Carolina, PERIOD. They haven’t ever won in Carolina.

  5. By Parody on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    In 5 games against the Vikings, the 5-18, 195-pound speedy receiver has 30 receptions for 525 yards and 3 TDs.

    So is he 5’18″? Usually, you’d just post that as 6’6″…maybe his birthday is May 18th…

  6. By Tfunk3 on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Valentini said after the proceeding that Cook also can travel with the team for road games, given that those trips are part of his employment. Valentini added that Cook’s suspension from the team is only for missing Sunday’s game against Green Bay.

    http://www.startribune.com/local/132643518.html

    cook should never wear purple again.

  7. By Parody on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Some news today:
    Cook appeared in court and has been reported for the suspended/injury list, making room for someone else to join the roster. Will they move a rookie from the practice squad, or find a free agent?

    Robison has a $20K foot! The fine was just announced for the cheap shot he took in last week’s game. What would really be funny now would be if he teamed up with Bob Barker and formed a charity to help pay for you to spay/neuter your pet…

  8. By VegasVike on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    5-18 is pretty tall! My 20 year old son is 5-16 and he’s tall! I can’t imagine 5-18! No wonder he plays so well lol.
    Mike, that’s a FUNNY typo!!

  9. By Derek on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Wasn’t it 2005 in Carolina we lost Culpepper forever?

  10. By GM on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I’ve got no problem with what Robison did. They all wear cups. I’ve also got no problem with the fine. I do wish the media would show what happened previous the kick. C’mon, it just so happened that there was a camera on Robison right as he kicked the guy?

  11. By ozzinator on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I agree GM. It was pay back!

  12. By Garrett on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Get that thug cook off our team!!!

  13. By Matt on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Given the success of small WRs like Smith, Welker, etc, how come the Vikings can’t find more ways to use Percy Harvin? He’s great in the slot, but they need to send him on deep routes too – with the right QB, he could be as successful as Smith.

  14. By VegasVike on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Smith ain’t small Matt, he’s 5-18!!

  15. By Kerry Beauchaine on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Unfortunately the Vikings continue to waste high draft picks on such players as Tavaris Jackson, Tyrone Johnson, Chris Cook, and going back further,
    D. Underwood, Troy Williamson. Yes they have hit on some good ones, but those picks you trade up to get should be more successful.

  16. By pantherfan on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Heads Up vikings fans,this will be a blowout by carolina. SupaCam, Steve Smith, Lafelle, DeAngelo, you guys are in trouble.

  17. By Roninmn.. on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Normally I ignore mindless posts from another teams fan base. But to you pantherfan, you are living proof that our ancestors climbed out of the primordial slime.

  18. By jordan on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Why would fans from other teams go on a vikings blog and talk sh!t? Wow dude we already know we suck…

  19. By MEOW! on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, that guy is huge, no wonder he has such big games against us!

    In 5 games against the Vikings, the 5-18, 195-pound speedy receiver has 30 receptions for 525 yards and 3 TDs.

  20. By pantherfan on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    @Roninmn thanks for the comment, be sure not to ignore my post after we win also.
    @jordan always see what the other team is saying about mine and wanted to check out vikings news for the game. Thats what fans do buddy.

  21. By Titus on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Oh, I have a feeling the Panthers will be tough to beat.

  22. By CanadianVF on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    It is going to be a shoot out. Last team with the ball wins.

  23. By Justin F on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I’m not worried. Jared Allen will get through that Panther OL like butter and smash Cam Newton over and over again. Disrupt Cam Newton and you win the game.

  24. By Woodboat on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Heh…. @pantherfan

    Hey, you are welcome here anytime, bro. You are just talking some polite smack…. it’s all good.

    After the game, and assuming the Panthers win, feel free to come in and talk a little smack. If, however, the Vikings win, show you have class and come on here and congratulate us on the victory. Deal?

  25. By Camtastic on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Wouldn’t you need to pass for more than 215 yards for it to be a shoot out. Cam is going to throw for 400 yards. By then it’s too late for AP’s running game and Ponder isn’t the Joe Montana y’all say he is. You ever heard of beginners luck. Only his luck was mediocre at best, if it wasn’t for AP the game would have been a blowout vs GB.

  26. By Shawn on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    @Camtastic …. Panthers are ranked 29th in run defense, have you ever heard of a guy named Adrian Peterson … hes pretty good. Although hes never rushed for 300 yards …. YET :)

  27. By Titus on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Beginner’s luck? Against the undefeated Superbowl champs? Ha ha ha ha ha. Luck denotes random chance. Ponder played well for his first outing– nothing to do with random chance.

  28. By Shawn on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    All of you people that give Wobschall a hard time go check out panthers . com that site sux to the millionth degree. Wobschall provides a much nicer experiance here. I gave up looking for their blog in 30 seconds …

    Panthers . com sux worse than the 2-5 Panthers …

  29. By Titus on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    AP is part of the team– -that is by design. It is the strategy of football to have a great running back to complement the passing game. What is with this luck argument? This panther fan spends too much time at the zoo and not enough time at school.

  30. By Titus on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn– the fans are what make the blog. Vikings fans are the most passionate.

  31. By Shawn on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Or the most angry lol … Ive visited packers . com and we have more packer fans blog on here than I post tally for a month

  32. By Titus on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Panthers are 2-5 and the great Cam Newton throws for 4,000 yards a quarter? What is up with that? Maybe they need to design some luck and add a great running back like AP.

    With our new passing attack, I predict we beat the kitties.

  33. By Shawn on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I think in was having multiple thoughts in my last post and made it confusing

  34. By Shawn on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Yea … Ponder will win some games , starting in Carolina.

  35. By Titus on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I cannot wait to see the Vikes win in green bay

  36. By Mike B. on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Time for the team to buckle down and beat the panthers in their house. Asher Allen needs to pick it up a few notches show us that you are an NFL CB. Hope that Winfield will be back as we will need him. Front four Defense need to keep Cam busy ducking you guys all day. We need TDs from Ponder and AP. Barooooh Vikings Win.

  37. By VegasVike on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I feel we are a much more “thorough” team than the panthers this year. Even though they have the late great superstar QB it’s Ponder time. Just wait you pu ssies

  38. By Tyler on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    I like Newton and think he will be in the playoffs next year, but he’s dropping to 2-6 against AP and my beloved Vikes.

  39. By VegasVike on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    The RB that will break AP’s record is… AP. It’s not a matter of if but when….

  40. By Arrow86 on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Step 1: Give Smith his due, he’s no Bernard Berrian. HE’S GOOD!
    Step 2: Who have the Vikes had worth a pooh at corner in the last 10 years? Okay, I’ll give Antoine credit for being a solid player, but he can’t cover everybody.

  41. By VA Vike Fan on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Just finished watching some highlights and we really need to put ayodele on the BENCH! he’s terrible and gets NO push. Anybody notice how other teams got better at certain positions and we picked up their scrubs that they let go? smh we GOTTA do better in the off season next year

  42. By Frederick Jones on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    VA Vike Fan,

    Yes, yes, yes,

    That is a bandwagon I can jump on.

    Not too many people want to tackle trying to find out who is responsible for making all the ridiculous draft decisions.

    I wish I knew how they did it. Do they draw straws or does one guy
    get the final decision on choosing WHO to pick.

    The choices haven’t been all that bad, except we failed to take care of the weak areas on our team …… …….. ……….

    If you don’t know what those WEAK AREAS are, please ask me. :) :)

  43. By Canadian Vikes Fan on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Headline should read “Vikings don’t have fond memories of opposing team wide receivers”, getting shredded in the passing game the way they do these days.

  44. By Frederick Jones on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Start by blaming the FRONT OFFICE for the last two losing seasons.

    At some point, you MUST blame the talent-seekers.

    VP’s that do nothing but pick their noses.
    Scouts that only watch the QB.
    Owners that know very little about football and make poor decisions for the franchise.

    Let’s quit blaming the players and coaches so much. The FAT GUYS at the top also have input and give FOOLISH ORDERS

  45. By Frederick Jones on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Remember football is played in the trenches.

    The above has been the saying since football began.

    Trying to utilize a 550 pound QB when your linemen only weigh 98 pounds will not work, no matter how talented the QB !

    And…if the RB weighs 650 pounds and the linemen average 98 pounds, sorry you’ll be no where man ! ! !

    You can draft, trade, and buy 18, 000 defensive linemen, THAT WILL NOT GET YOU A WINNING FOOTBALL TEAM. There are other positions.

    And…

    And…

    And…

    No where man please listen…you don’t know what you’re missing…the SUPER BOWL is at your command…..

  46. By Frederick Jones on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Now watch we’ll be drafting Sid LUCK man.

  47. By Arrow86 on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Our O-line has benefitted from Ponder’s quick release, but our O-line really dropped off when the Vikes thought Matt Birk was too highly paid and prone to injury. He really called some blocking schemes. He didn’t snap the ball and let his QB take a sack for a safety by the guy who lined up right over center and went un-touched. D-Love had glaring concerns coming out of Wake Forest, but we drafted him. Fusco has some fight in the dog. Meanwhile, on the top of the division Green Bay drafted Bullaga who will start for 12 more years, Chicago drafted Carimi who will start for 10 to 12 more years. Detroit has built their D-line with Suh and Fairley and dumped their LB corps. We keep hoping Greenway, Allen, and Robison will each score a defensive touchdown every week.

  48. By Arrow86 on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Just for clarity: Jared Allen to score a defensive touchdown. Asher is way too lost out there. They have to leave cookie crums to help him find his way back to the huddle.

  49. By pantherfan on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    alright Yiking fans lets back the smack up with some hard numbers
    SupaCam is 4th in Passing Yards this season
    Steve Smith has the most receiving yards of any WR
    Minn gives up an avg of 233 pass yards per game
    Car as a team is 5th in total yards
    I mean whats your game plan here??? Has to be all AP?? Lets say he has a great day so hes going to be the Panthers offense too? Even tho he ran for 175 against GB he still only scored 1 TD so you will have to get in the end zone a lot more than that to beat us.
    Frankly I’m more worried about Jared Allen-hes a monster(but Cam can scramble good and JA wont be able to keep up with that)

  50. By Frederick Jones on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    GOD IS GREAT, beer is good,
    THE VIKINGS FRONT OFFICE IS C R A Z Y.

  51. By SoCal on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Break out the purple pants!

  52. By VegasVike on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    If nothing else, T.O. would give us the media ‘Favre factor’ again. It’d be good for the stadium drive right?

  53. By Titus on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    If you want a circus, sure. Three ring stadium with T.O. in ring one, Moss in ring two, and Ochocinco in ring three.

  54. By VegasVike on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    @pantherfan-please tell your coaches to ‘stack the box’ you’re gonna need to with your run rank and our running back… Stack it, put 8 in, maybe it will take 9… Oh, and ponder ain’t mcnabb, good luck amigo

  55. By VegasVike on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus… You’re the one that wants moss, hes more of a head case than T.O.!!

  56. By VegasVike on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Look guys, a panther fan comparing his team to green bay.

  57. By bullethead527 on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    AP is a what i fear going up against yall, yeah Smith has had good games vs the Vikes, but so has AP minus the 39 yard game, awhile ago, i think that is the year we were 12-4.. should be a good game, good luck Vikes,

  58. By Shawn on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Vegas .. I want Moss more than Titus :)

  59. By Shawn on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    LOL that came out wrong …. I want the Vikings to sign Moss. Titus is just fine where he is.

  60. By xvike on Oct 26, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings should have made an offer for smith a season or two ago when it seemed like he was ready to leave the team even though he never said he wanted to. I’m sure some part of him did want to leave. Then again, i wonder why harvin can’t be like smith. They are about the same size and both are very fast…. Maybe he needs to work more on his route running. Maybe someday harvin will be as good of a receiver as smith..Who knows?

  61. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Did anyone tell that Panther fan that despite Cam and Smith having great years they are 2-5? One more win than us??? He is going to come back and say that they have lost close games and could be 5-2 but so have we! Truth is they have a bad defense and ours is even worse, ranks: 17 and 19. Thats why they are 2-5 and we are 1-6.

  62. By PAUL M. on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    IF THERE’S ANY SILVER LINING TO THIS SEASON, IT IS THAT WE HAVE THE FREEDOM TO DO WHAT OTHER TEAMS CAN’T DO — AND THAT IS TO THOROUGHLY EVALUATE OUR YOUNG TALENT BEFORE THE DRAFT & FREE – AGENCY. Just this fact alone may have saved us up to 2 years of Ponder on the side-lines — a big question mark w/ a clip-board!!

    In order to build intelligently, we must 1st take honest stock of the “real-time” weapons we have — i.e. no projections into the future — & then build on what we know we have.

    To be able to do this, we must start playing our “young pups” more. We must make this evaluation before the next draft. It would be a priceless experience for those kids that stay & grow into our team’s future core. It would also be of great benefit to the team as a whole — EVEN IF WE LOSE!

  63. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    And why does everyone keep saying that Ponder got lucky? Apparently that play action on the very first play had been planned since last wednesday! People keep saying that without that play he really didnt have a good game but tell those people that if our secondary does not blow that coverage on Jennings and hands Rodgers that 75 yard TD pass that he only threw 200 something yards and 2 TDs. Very mediocre, anyways what is done is done, just quit saying Ponder got lucky. He was clutch on 3rd down and very accurate. And that Packer “pa ss rush” only got to him like once? I believe??? Ponder will have a better day against Carolina than GB

  64. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    No to T.O.! I bet you Frazier wont even think about it. Why? We are not making the playoffs and most likely will not keep him on the roster for next season so what is the point of paying him millions to achieve a mediocre season? Everyone complains about over paying for old athletes on this team and to give the young guys a shot, so why would we take playing time from our young guys that are the long term answer to the future?

  65. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    T.O. deserves to play on a team this year just not ours, theres no point for him or us. He can still play and should as long as he can compete on a high level.

  66. By PAUL M. on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    MOVE CEDRIC TO SAFETY & FOR PETE’S SAKE USE RUDOLF AS THE TREMENDOUS PLAY MAKER THAT WE ALL KNOW HE WILL BE !! THIS KID IS ANOTHER GONZALES OR WITTEN IN THE MAKING !!

    I’M TRULY SORRY TO E.J., BUT BABY BRO ERIN ISN’T CUTTING IT. . .

    THE PONDER ERA MEANS A BALANCED ATTACK THAT WE HAVEN’T SEEN SINCE THE BRIEF TIME WE HAD W/ BRET WHILE HE WAS HEALTHY.

    THIS MEANS THAT WE’VE GOT TO COMPLETELY RE-EVALUATE OUR ENTIRE O-LINE. I JUST DON’T THINK THAT 6’8″ GARGANTUANS HAVE THE LATERAL EXPLOSIVENESS TO HANDLE STRUCTURED ROLL-OUTS OR TODAY’S FINESSE RUSHERS. example: LOADHOLT, WHO WAS DRAFTED TO BE A PERSONAL HUMAN PLOW FOR ADRIAN.

    I’LL DEFER TO THE COACHES HERE, BUT WE NEED SOME URGENCY ABOUT IMPROVING THE O-LINE, CB’s & WR’s.

  67. By PAUL M. on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    HOW ‘BOUT USING JOE WEBB AT WR, AS WELL AS GIVING HIM SOME QB PLAYING TIME.

  68. By Mike B. on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred blah blah blah you are becoming just noise in the wind. You are not effecting much change everyone agrees that the OL and Secondary are weak, but it is what it is right now. They are not going to change any personel so go toot that horn before draft time. Wilf’s are staying the course for now they have bigger fish to fry.

  69. By Mike B. on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    TO will not be interested in a non contending team anyway. Besides the vikings aren’t going to spend the salary that he would demand right now. They are going to evaluate cast offs and see if there is some diamonds in the rough till next year. Coach Frazier almost said it yesterday that they are (building) which should have been rebuilding the team. I am betting we take a WR as our #1 in the draft assuming there is that caliber of WR availible. Otherwise they will take a OL for sure.

  70. By Mike B. on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Webb is Childress experiement. He was picked for wildcat plays since Harvin was having his migrane issues. I think only time we will see Webb is in those wildcat options. He shown some talent as a QB and they are holding him as the No 3 backup. It takes awhile to convert someone into a position, so it is possible he is a WR next year, but I wouldn’t count on it. It’s more likely he stays on the team until his rookie contract is up and he is gone like TJack. Just my opinion.

  71. By Mike B. on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Paul M that’s all well and good to evaluate the young guys, but I think the issue is that there is no real depth behind the starters we had last year. We had no replacement for Big Mac and can see what has happened at that position. We have no replacement for Berrian or they wouldn’t have kept him till now. We have some great players but many of the supporting cast are not so much. You can see that when they are asked to step up and be counted on. We don’t have enough picks in the Draft to rework the team so this will be an ongoing thing. I see us better in 2012 but out of the playoffs. We are in rebuilding mode.

  72. By /gwanedm on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Jordan Gross vs Jared Allen is the key to this game

  73. By 61vikings on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Had we started Ponder at the begining of the year, like Carolina did with Newton, this would be a race for rookie of the year, but Cam Newton will win rookie of the year, because there front office had the confidence in there rookie QB!! Should be a great game, even though neither team is going anywhere this year!! I give it 2-3 years and these two teams may be playing against each other in the playoffs!! Our problems can be fixed in one year if our front office can pull off a great draft and a few free agent signings!!

  74. By VegasVike on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    The season is toast, sign em all. Get Cris Carter too while we’re at it. Can’t hurt

  75. By vikeforever on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    I would not want T.O.on this team. Our record indicates that we evaluate what we have, if we truly were going somewhere then it would make sense to add a missing piece. I woulk love to have Moss back but he wants to play with a team at a shot for a superbowl.Vikings are not even close.

  76. By McGribble on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    So I am a Panthers fan and I came here to see the status of AP being that he sat out of practice yesterday. I know well enough that it would be a blessing if he were not to play. But after reading some of the posts, jsut to see what other fans had to say I feound myself compelled to post a comment. So… Unlike some of you, and some of the other panther fans, I am not willing to say this is going to be a blowout. In fact both of our teams are better than our records. So far this season the rookie QB’s have all shown they can play. You have to admit, Cam has been a beast though. I am sure Ponder will do well for you guys. I am glad we are not playing in your house. Hopefully our fans can get loud and help the Panthers out a bit.

    All that said, I will leave by saying good luck to you guys. Hopefully it is a good game…

  77. By dave on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    PONDER IN THE PRO BOWL!!!!!!! LET”S MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. By TheDoc on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @McGribble Thanks for not posting nonsense like some of the others good game to you too.

  79. By DRG on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    This will be a true test of the defense, with Cam runnin all over the place.

  80. By xvike on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    This game should be a good. Both teams are about even. The game plan is probably to stop Newton but that’s easier said than done. Cam has been able to put up some pretty good numbers against some of the top teams. Just imagine what he’ll do to the vikings if they can’t contain him. But it all comes down to stopping Newton. And for us, if Ponder can make some completions, it should make Carolina think twice about stacking the box which should open up holes for AD. And if they don’t, hopefully Ponder will have a big day. But if the vikings want to win, they need to contain Newton. I’m not sure how they are going to do that but they need to figure out how.

  81. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    We are getting quality play from some members of this team. But are spending a second straight year with the same two main problems (OL and DB).

    How does this make you feel?

    What could we do about it?

  82. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Mike B,

    You are not the only one who feels that way about Joe Webb. I think he is an immensely talented player, even more than Tarvaris Jackson. Those great talents get people thinking of him being something other than a QB.

    It would be unfortunate if he doesn’t get a real extended opportunity to play this game as a quarterback. But it could be an advantage for him to just watch this year.

  83. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    How does it make you feel that the Vikings did virtually nothing to improve last years’ problems (OFFENSIVE LINE and DEFENSIVE BACKS)???

  84. By hippster on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    panther on the ground ,panther on the ground,jared running around nocking panthers to the ground.

  85. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Ask yourself this question:

    If the Vikings were drafting today, what positions would I be looking for?

  86. By DelawareDan on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    I think the vikes win this week. This is Ponder’s team. He will make this team gel and win this game.

  87. By CanadianVF on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @ Mike B. Very good points today and I agree with just about everything you said. The very last thing this team needs is TO. Lets go forward and stop living in the past. I still maintain in the first round you need to draft a studd reciever to replace Sidney Rice and stretch the field. Give Ponder all the tools in the toobox. Sometimes it is tough to find Offensive Linemen who are really good at pass or run blocking in the same package. Why is everyone throwing Sullivan and Loadholt under the bus, they are second year players let them develop. Another way to play defense is to have long sustained drives on offense which leaves Cam standing on the sidelines. AP, play action and we roll.

  88. By jp on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Webb and the element of surprise will ensure victory. imagine Webb as a WR…

  89. By CanadianVF on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    I have never seen so many Viking fans concerned about a player getting playing time like Webb. At this point he is a back up quarterback. He isn’t a reciever or a corner or a safety or anything else. We do not have time to experiment during games with what he might potentially be able to do. We are trying to win football games. I guess I am not getting any of the “THE SEASON IS OVER” kool aid up here in Canada that you guys are drinking down there.

  90. By Titus on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    That’s the spirit. We can still be 10-6 and get a wild card and win it all.

  91. By Titus on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Call me crazy, call me strange, call me delusional, but always remember I am Titus, Emperor of Miracles.

  92. By CanadianVF on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    I am with you Titus, lets get on a roll and shock the NFL world. 10 – 6 it is!!!!!!!
    Peace Out !

  93. By Alex on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    I think w need to go out and get a Safety. I believe Chris Harris was just let go from the Bears because he was unhappy. Harris is still a good player. Know all we need is to get a Cornerback and we will be fine on D for right now. Lets get a wide receiver and then we should be good. Lets go Minnesota make these moves and we will start to contend i this league. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO VIKINGS.

  94. By James on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    You know theyll have to do better than just run. If the vikings can stop them from running then it will be no problom.

  95. By James on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    Minnesota vikings have a better thrower and allen is a Qb takler and can takle the panthers no matter what.

  96. By James on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    let jared handle newton i mean he can sack pretty good

  97. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @CanadianVF,

    “THE SEASON IS OVER” Well I agree that Joe Webb is a QB.

    But what does playing him at a different position have to do with the season being over?

    WE as fans are trying to find ways to win! :) :)

  98. By Frederick Jones on Oct 27, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus and Canadian VF,

    ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

    Therefore you two guys should NOT be against trying to find the cause of the last 2 losing seasons.

    DOWN WITH THE VIKINGS ADMINISTRATION ! ! !

  99. By johnny50 on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Lets get chris harris from the bears they just released him, and TO we could get him cheap.

  100. By purplehaze on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    should have picked up steve smith when we had the chance-could sure use him now ya think!,

    and j. peppers too!!!

  101. By purplehaze on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    let’s get a pool together to get t.o. here, if the arena league is offering $400 per game, we could all pitch in for $500?; it’d be better than what we have at a couple receiver positions

  102. By DWang on Oct 28, 2011 | Reply

    Webb was never drafted as the QB of the future, he was a WR prospect. He entered the draft as a WR, maybe he himself felt that he had more to contribute as a WR than a QB.

    Making him a WR isn’t this far-off notion that some people make it seem, it stems from the fact that he actually played the position in college, and that our receiving corps is extremely thin right now so it covers both a need, and it would let people evaluate whether he had something to bring to the team besides sitting on the bench and occasionally running a wildcat.

  103. By Pharewynd on Oct 29, 2011 | Reply

    I agree with you DWang. Webb was a WR during college. We are in a rebuilding mode and really should try him out in the WR position. What is it going to do for the team? We are 1-6 now, noone would be expecting another addition to our receiving corps. Ponder has the ability to throw the ball very long and unusually accurate most of the time for only playing one complete game. Why not experiment with trying to build from within and see what happens? The team really doesnt have anything to lose at this point. To use Ponder at what he does best we need to supply the receiving corps in order for him to do this. The Vikings have been taking chances that havent paid off thus far. They need to try something new and start pulling guys from the practice squad and seeing what they can offer to the team.

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