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Spielman Talks Combine, Free Agency And More

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 16, 2012 – 3:56 pm

Vikings GM Rick Spielman took a few minutes out of his busy pre-Combine meeting schedule to meet with local reporters at Winter Park. I stuck my nose in the meeting and will have much more to add – with quotes from Spielman included – next week before I depart for the Combine.

For now, though, here is a brief rundown of a few topics Spielman was asked to address on Thursday…

– A big part of the meeting focused on free agency, which begins March 13. But Spielman mentioned on a couple different occasions that the Vikings main goal is to fill needs through the draft. Spielman makes a good point. It’s tempting to fill needs with splashy free agent signings, but the most prudent way to improve the roster is to do it through the draft. With that being said, a key free agent signing can make a huge difference. CB Johnathan Joseph was a big signing for the Houston Texans last year, as was RB Darren Sproles for the New Orleans Saints.

– Asked if picking 3rd overall in the draft changes the way a team prepares for the draft, Spielman quickly said no and explained that the pre-draft process is the same for the Vikings.

– Spielman explained that the Vikings role at this year’s Senior Bowl – coaching the North squad – was a great experience for the coaches and scouts.

– On the topic of the Vikings 16 unrestricted free agents, Spielman was (wisely) non-committal on which ones the Vikings will try to re-sign. Spielman said the team would not shut the door on signing any of them. But he also said the Vikings have a plan and will be prepared to make smart football and business decisions.

– Spielman noted that CB and WR appear to be strengths of this year’s drafts. That’s interesting for the Vikings because both of those positions are “of need” for the Vikings. Most early mock drafts have the Vikings taking a player in one of those positions, but if those positions truly are the strength of this draft perhaps the Vikings would be better-served to take a player at another position early in the draft and then rely on the depth of those positions to target them later in the draft. Or, on the flip side, the Vikings could capitalize on the strength of the draft and on having the #3 overall pick and taking one of the best players at the best positions.

– Spielman said Adrian Peterson’s rehab is going well.

– The Vikings will receive a couple of compensatory picks for the departure of DE Ray Edwards and WR Sidney Rice via free agency last year. That will give the Vikings 10 picks in the draft, which Spielman acknowledged gives the Vikings flexibility to consider trades.


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695 Responses to “Spielman Talks Combine, Free Agency And More”

  1. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    There, we arent getting Randy Moss.

    http://min.scout.com/2/1159219.html

  2. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    What do you think of Stevie Johnson of the Bills?

  3. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I feel the price of bringing D Bowe of V Jackson in would be too high considering our cap situation. Steve Johnson is young and the asking price i dont think will be as high as the other 2 WR i named

  4. By Jayson Child on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I do like Stevie J, particularly the fact that he is only 25 but I dont think he is gonna leave Buffalo (although, I could be wrong)

  5. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I like him, but done live him. We need a Sidney Rice 2.0 for Ponder. He had no confidence throwing to Aromaohadu and company.

  6. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Bills are going to resign stevie boy…we don’t need to waste money on the prima donna free agent wide receivers.The draft will produce a w.r. and maybe two with the extra picks we have and all the talent in the draft at that position.
    The vikes need to focus on reality…replacing hutch,e.j. and others due to money. ben grubbs is the answer for hutch,and the draft should shore up the linebacker position.
    quinn sharp out of o.s.u. could replace kluwe and longwell…the guy does both and is an awesome athlete…are kicking game has been a joke for several years now…the vikes were known for great special teams in the past and they need rekindle that.

  7. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder had no time to throw…….Oline…..

  8. By t.r on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    exactly. doesnt matter who our receivers are if Ponder doesnt have time to find them open..

    Jump on the Matt Kalil bandwagon!

  9. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Can someone tell me why we, the Vikings cut Bernard Berrian?

  10. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    He had the perfect attendance of showing up on the field since he JOINED the Vikings, am I correct?

  11. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    He had 1 of the 6 best season in VIkings Career under Frerotte the QB, why is he CUT?

  12. By t.r on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I hope your not implying ur mad he was cut?

  13. By TheRealDon™ on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Can someone tell me why we, the Vikings cut Bernard Berrian? Are you serious ? Ok ok it is because he just sucks

  14. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cedric Griffin had the perfect attendance of showing up on the field besides his injuries since he JOINED the VIkings, am I correct?

  15. By t.r on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t even have a conversation with someone who thinks berrian was a good reciever these last years

  16. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    He had 1 of the best season of his 6 years career with the Vikings and why he is not CUT?

  17. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Bernard Berrian could not catch a cold……dude was useless for the price we paid……

  18. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Please Vikings CUT Cedric just like you CUT Bernard Berrian, we just got the answer for you Vikings. The fans said Bernard SUCKS and so is Cedric. They both have the same HYPE, THEY SUCK!

  19. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    dude was useless period…..

  20. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Oh one more thing, Bernard Berrian was benched 3 games as did Cedric Griffin did. How is Cedric getting better when he is in the same path as Berrian? Lol THEY SUCK. Dont waste pennies on them like Berrian did to us.

  21. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Larson family….you all smokin crack?

  22. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    so…..you sayin BB sux? If so, I agree……

  23. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Are you? Rocksalt I had several hours researching on both players and they both sucks. Even though Cedric and Berrian is in a different positions but their skills of their positions sucks. Just because Cedric had 1 great season does not mean he is great. Look at Berrian, he had 1 great season and did we Cut him? Yes, cuz he sucks just like you said about him, along with Cedric, he sucks too. Let him go, fix our salary cap so we can get a better free agents to fix our secondary.

  24. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    BB does sucks I am GLAD WE CUT HIM. WE SHOULD CUT CEDRIC BECAUSE HE SUCKS LIKE BB!

  25. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree Cedric not same after 2 knee surgeries…..

  26. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I hope these people who had the love for Cedric has a second opinion because that is the truth. Cedric- You need to pack your SH!T and get the F*CK outta here. Cook is taking over your SPOT. GO HOME

  27. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I was seriously about to rip you if you thought Berrian didnt deserve to be cut Larson..

  28. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer- He does deserved to be cut

  29. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I think Spencer is a member of the Larson Family.

  30. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking than Chris Cook

  31. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cedric Griffin is like Bernard Berrian, the worst performance player in Vikings History.

  32. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Titus I was thinking the same thing but Im pretty sure LarsonFam came to America sometime within the decade … Im guessing January of 2009 … Since he doesnt remember Ced has had 3 good years … 2007-2009 … he got injured in 2010 for the second time and had a bad season

  33. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Larson … Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking than Chris Cook

  34. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    At least Cedric Griffin tried, Berrian gave no effort at all. I cant respect that.

  35. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ok so I never watched Minnesota Vikings selected 1st round 22nd Pick, Randy Moss in 1999. Yep I never saw that.

  36. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    it hurts my head to read what you have said…lars buddy

  37. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I mean 1998.

  38. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    whatever……both do not belong on Vikings….

  39. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    In 1998, I was there the whole Vikings home games all season, even the playoffs against the Altanta Falcons where Gary Anderson missed the Field Goal. Dont tell me I never watched Vikings you re^ard. Shawn you need to start researching on players and quit f*cking around with these people in here because obviously you dont know S*!T! Period.

  40. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Rock … I might get annoying for a bit. Im bored and after an hour or so you might chuckle out of sheer annoyance :)

  41. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Berrian was a decent receiver thru 09. But not a great receiver. Berrian actually helped us a lot in the playoffs that year with some key catches. He always looked to me like his legs might snap, though.

  42. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Larson … Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking than Chris Cook !

  43. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I eventually watched the Vikings draft Cedric Griffin, from Texas. I am still a Texas Fans along with the Minnesota Gophers because these Texas tends to recruits great players. When I find out the Vikings Draft him, I was exiciting until he prove me nothing but the worse CB I’ve seen since Vikings draft him. The only great season he had was in 09 and that was it, he still has not reached top 10 best CB that year either. He disappointed me the same way I am disappointed with Bernard Berrian even though he was not drafted by the Vikings.

  44. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Berrian did NOT LIVE UP to his EXPECTATIONS…………..

  45. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    thats messed up lars…he’s mentally challenged

  46. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    kinda like Troy Williamson…….

  47. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- You are correct: Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking than Chris Cook.

    But Chris Cook is a better Cornerback than Cedric Griffin.

  48. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    2009 Favre made Sid Rice look good…..

  49. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Neither did pip rocksalt …neither did pip

  50. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sidney Rice is the Chris Cook of WRs (never plays)

  51. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Again are you re^arded, Shawn? Chris Cook wants to play, but the Vikings took him off the team until his legal problems end. It doesn’t mean he DOESNT want to play. You friggin re*ard.

  52. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    But when they do play both are matchup nightmares on the field.

  53. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    think the vikes will draft another south carolina receiver? rice came from there

  54. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Larson … Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking than Chris Cook !!

  55. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Alshon Jeffery would be a good 2nd round pick. Hes a big strong receiver (6’5)

  56. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, is your last name Larson?

  57. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn is the re*ard of the Vikings Fan

  58. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    hey larsonfamily drop the durogatory comment…have a little class

  59. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Jeffrey will go in the first round

  60. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- Using your logic, Marcus Sherals is better than Winfield.

  61. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Larson … Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking than Chris Cook !!!!

  62. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn-is the re*ard of the Vikings Fan

  63. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Re-arrange the letters in ” Larson Family ” and you get ” So Firmly Anal “.

  64. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sir Titus- No, and I dont even know who Larson is.

  65. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer- Its Marcus Sherels

  66. By tdurfeightyeight on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    The first round will give us one of these players…who do you like? Matt Kalil,Justin Blackmon,RG III,Claiborne,Reiff or submit other. vote now if you wish

  67. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Claiborne will be my pick for the First Round 3rd Pick.

  68. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    You think Sherals is better than Winfield at CB Larson?

  69. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, welcome to the playground. I had a busy day on campus and now am receiving my comic relief.

  70. By sandiamond on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    you pull up nfldotcom and see the “big 3″ impact game changers
    T Richardson
    RG3
    J. Blackmon
    and you say wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the vikings could get any of these players

    We are supposed to be excited but we realize that vikings will probably have to take Kalil at #3

    Who is at fault for this previous mistake that would take away a dream for many vikings fans??

  71. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    No Spence you have some aging to do to understand logic … Winfield has started 21 games in the last 2 seasons of a very good career and hes 34

    Cook has missed 20 games in the last 2 seasons of a draft bust career and hes 25

  72. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Winifield is getting to old and his speed is not 4.6 anymore, and Sherels is still a rookie to me so I can’t count him out yet. I have to watch him play 2012 season to rule him out or not.

  73. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Well that wasnt as fun as I was hoping … o well Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking than Chris Cook

  74. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Here is the final answer– well said, Sir Spencer:

    By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply
    Shawn- You are correct: Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking than Chris Cook.
    But Chris Cook is a better Cornerback than Cedric Griffin.

  75. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- Nobody wants to listen to your re^ard anymore beacuse yuou have absoultely no clue about football. The only thing I will give you credit is the political.

  76. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- is the re*ard of the Vikings Fan

  77. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Alright……Stop hating on Shawn….. he is good……

  78. By LarsonFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve got to go.

    Remember guys Shawn is the re*ard of the Vikings Fan.

    Chris Cook is a better CB than Cedric Griffin. Good night.

  79. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Moss ain’t comin’ here folks:

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/sports-nfl/20120216/Vikings-Spielman/

  80. By sandiamond on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    nfl.com reported today Winfield 7mill Griffin 4.2 mill this year, could be on the chopping block

    weeeeeeeeee, overhaul time!

  81. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Larson- You are wrong about Shawn……PERIOD.

  82. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    WOW I guess Spence was right Sherels is better than Winfield P )

  83. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    p)

  84. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Actually, go back and read that link I just posted— it talks way more than Moss, but more on where Spielman may go in the draft– and even a piece about Cook.

  85. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Yup. MOss Not comiing here…no surprise….

  86. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- I got your back…

  87. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    He can’t hear you Rock, he’s running late for his social awareness class.

  88. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, Larson, you really know how to repeat yourself til you make others sick. I mean, you really make others sick by how much you repeat yourself. What I mean to say is that others are sick because you repeat yourself so much. You repeat yourself to the point that others get sick of it. If you keep repeating yourself, others will get sick of it.

    Get the picture? Make a point, move on.

  89. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    * So Firmly Anal

  90. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond … where did you see that article?

  91. By Shawn on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Thanx Rock …

  92. By sandiamond on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    i can’t find it. free agent article with just a mention inside about another viking salary cap adjustment(s) to free up space

  93. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    But just Shawn- Can you answer this? Who is the better pure cornerback: Griffin or Cook?

  94. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    On another issue that folks have flirted around……I have NEVER supported M Vick in his return to NFL…….I have raised American Pit Bull Terriers for 20 years………am appalled at Vick;s re-institiution back to NFL.
    This breed is trusting and NOT HUMAN AGGRESSIVE………they are cross bred to make them human aggressive…..
    Point is they (the dogs) trusted hime to the death, and the frikkin coward killed them………now he is an NFL star………..he should be treated like he treated his dogs…….

  95. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with everything you said Rocksalt.

  96. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.vickdogchewtoy.com/ Rock i get these for Sonja, she loves them !

  97. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer…Spielman mentioned in his talk to the press also…That Cook is going to enter a plea of “self defense” against his girlfriend…I guess his girl friends face got in the way of his fists when the argument broke out…And he had to fight his way back to the door to escape the woman’s wrath…

  98. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    LOL NOVA! I GOTTA GET THOSE CHEW TOYS!.
    THX buddy.

  99. By sandiamond on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    and the game continues….. will it be cook or griffin returning next year for the vikings?

  100. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    My boys Max and Bu tch will enjoy cha win on them…

  101. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    cook no way ifn frazier cuts McKiinie foer bein fat…..

  102. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Griffin will be released due to inactivity

  103. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Does anybody know Cooks GFs name by chance?

  104. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Why Spence?

  105. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I knew it– Spielman said that he will draft a QB if one is too good to pass up.

  106. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    ?????

  107. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I think Cook’s nickname for her was “The Heavy Bag “.

  108. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I want to see what she looks like.

  109. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Nova……too bad he(Cook) not a MAN

  110. By sandiamond on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    is she burely or petite spencer

  111. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Self-defence….he should get an extra 10 just for pleading that.

  112. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Reading that article I posted above, it clearly seems Spielman will bring Cook back if the court case goes in his favor.

  113. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I find it hard to believe that there are no articles stating the womens name.

  114. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    our legal system works for those who can afford it….

  115. By Bigfan1 on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I think it could be a good tactic by the Vikings to promote media coverage of their possible intention to pick the best player which could be Robert Griffith III if the situation was there. This puts clubs like Cleveland, Miami, and Redskins on alert that hey we better deal with the Vikes. It would be great to get Cleveland’s two 1st round picks.

  116. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Bigfan1….good point.

  117. By sandiamond on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    she is indentified in the police reports spence go get a copy

    COUNT 1: DOMESTIC ASSAULT BY STRANGULATION (FELONY)
    MINN. STAT. § 609.2247, SUBD. 2
    PENALTY: 0-3 YEARS AND/OR $5,000

    not sure about any other charges

  118. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Can you just type her name?

  119. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    tired goin to sleep now.

  120. By sandiamond on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    oops i forget spence lives in a tiny town somewhere in wisconsin

  121. By TitusFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Noone is reading or responding to my posts. Maybe this will help.

  122. By Spencer on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    I live in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State which was founded by William Penn. Who is Minnesota named after?

  123. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota is an old Indian word, which, loosely translated, means ” A Freezing Cold State Which Will Tax You To Death And Not Allow It’s Citizens To Enjoy Their Football “.

  124. By sandiamond on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    address is all I got spence! geeez

    http://www16.co.hennepin.mn.us/pins/pidresult.jsp

  125. By sandiamond on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    01-116-22-23-0020

    Address:
    6457 REGENCY LA

    Municipality:
    EDEN PRAIRIE

    School Dist:
    270
    Construction year:
    1995

    Watershed:
    1
    Approx. Parcel Size:
    IRREGULAR

    Sewer Dist:

    Owner Name:
    M P WINEGAR & A T RAUN

    Taxpayer Name
    & Address:
    MICHAEL P WINEGAR

    7829 ITHACA LA N

    MAPLE GROVE MN 55311

    Sale Information

    Sales prices are reported as listed on the Certificate of Real Estate Value and are not warranted to represent arms-length transactions.

    Sale Date:
    May, 2008

    Sale Price:
    $210,152

  126. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond….I’d like to put a bid in, provided it’s within walking distance of my present home.

  127. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    AND THE DRAPES STAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  128. By sandiamond on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    sure nova i’ll let you know, this condo may be on the market real soon!

  129. By JakeC on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    cut cedric??? really…ok he has had injuries and lost some of his speed true a good reason to get rid of him??? I think not. put him in the back field to fill the FS SS spots he’s a veteran that can read plays cover zones and if he’s in the right spot has GREAT hands as well as a unbelievable general knowledge and love of the game he’s got a few more years if this happens then yes let him go so he can retired proud and purple!

  130. By TitusFamily on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/sports-nfl/20120216/Vikings-Spielman/

  131. By VegasVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Gosh

  132. By VegasVike on Feb 16, 2012 | Reply

    Cut Spurgen Wynn

  133. By Sean on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I think we need to bring back randy moss and pick matt kial in the draft.

  134. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/139449603.html

    Posted by: Kevin Duchschere under Funding, Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota legislature, State budgets Updated: February 16, 2012 – 11:23 AM

    There could be news today or Friday about new plans to build a Vikings stadium along the back side of the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Chairman Ted Mondale said Thursday morning.

    An agreement involving the Vikings, Minneapolis and the state would lay the foundation for a bill to be introduced this session.

    Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley agreed there could be an announcement soon, although he couldn’t say exactly when. “We’re making good progress,” he said. “There are a couple issues left to clean up. It’s a complicated agreement.”

    “There are five to seven items we need to button up,” Mondale said, adding: “We hope to have an announcement for you in the next couple of days.”

  135. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ok, cut cedric griffin unless he agrees to take a paycut. No need to get rid of him. Especially since some know for sure cook is coming back. If thats the case, I agree 100% he is a starter their is no denying his talent. Grif can be a reserve nothing wrong with that. We know what he is capable of If he returns to form so having him is good depth. With Sapp, Griffin, Cook, and Winfield this team can focus on other positions Like OLine, a receiver, safety, DLine, and LB in FA and in Draft. Wouldn’t everyone agree? That is depending on If Winfield can be himself again. If not and this team plans on getting rid of him or restructuring his contract then drafting a CB would be ok with me only if he is the best available when they are on the clock. Trumaine Johnson with the third round pick would be a good quality pick that fills a need. This guy has the height at 6’3 to match up with a big receiver. A guy like him could eventually be winfield’s replacement

  136. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Tribe-touts-casino-for-Minnesota-Vikings-stadium-021612

    ST. PAUL, MINN. (AP)

    Leaders of northwestern Minnesota’s White Earth Tribe tried Thursday to breathe new life into a previously unsuccessful request for state support for a new casino in the Twin Cities area by suggesting it as a way to raise money for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

    White Earth Chairwoman Erma Vizenor, at a Capitol news conference, said the 20,000-member American Indian tribe — the state’s largest — has desperate needs in health care, education and housing on its rural reservation about 250 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The tribe wants state lawmakers to vote to let them open a casino in the much more heavily populated Twin Cities, which Vizenor said would raise enough money to both alleviate tribal poverty and cover a taxpayer share of a stadium project that’s likely to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

  137. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I feel Matt Kalil should be our pick at #3 if no trades can be made to acquire more picks. Some might question his ability to be an elite blind side blocker in the NFL. But one thing that isn’t questioned is his versatility. If he cant be the LT we want him to, he certainly could be moved to the right side and play at a high level. Hes a cant miss pick, and a pick that will fill a big need. especially because of the current state of the OLine, he will be an immediate upgrade at which ever tackle position he plays.

  138. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.sportsoverdose.com/nfl/minnesota-vikings

    The Vikings would love to trade down and acquire more picks to fill their many holes. However, if the Rams trade down and another team takes RG III, the good news is the Vikings will have their pick of the best player at all of the positions they’re looking to fill. If they want the best receiver (Justin Blackmon), they can take him. If they want the best left tackle (Matt Kalil), they can take him. The best corner? Well, you get the idea.

  139. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil, Blackmon, Claiborne, Coples, Still. I would love for the Vikings to have any of these players on the roster. They are all the best at their position as you said DRS. and they all fill a need. The question is who do you feel is the best player period of those 5 and more importantly who does our GM feel is the best and fills the biggest need?

    I say take Kalil

  140. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I would have to say Kalil is the greatest need at this time.

    Good night and stay safe.

  141. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Excerpt from MPLS STAR TIB article:
    Read it and take note of the legislators who will oppose the plan: Hint they are not Dems……

    A deal to build a Minnesota Vikings stadium next to the Metrodome neared completion Thursday, as stadium planners worked late to put the finishing touches on an agreement among the state, the team and Minneapolis.

    How to make it all work was the subject of a midday conference call involving numerous executives and business leaders, a call that reinforced talk a deal was imminent, to be announced as soon as Friday or early next week.

    Even a signed deal, however, still must win the support of many legislators and Minneapolis City Council members who are reluctant to commit hundreds of millions in public funding to a sports entertainment project costing at least $900 million.

    The complicated whirl of stadium politics was on full display Thursday, with conflicting reports about where things stand, a new stadium financing scenario involving casino gambling from the White Earth Tribe and a House tax committee hearing that Mayor R.T. Rybak said was a thinly disguised effort to coerce recalcitrant council members to support the stadium.

    Gov. Mark Dayton, speaking on WCCO Radio, said he believed all sides were close to an agreement but not yet there.

    “I’m hopeful that they’ll get something resolved in the next couple days, but there is no guarantee of that,” he said. “Of course, that’s the beginning of the process. It has to get the support of the Minneapolis City Council. It has to get the support of the Legislature.”

    Rep. Morrie Lanning, chief House author of stadium legislation, agreed the Minneapolis City Council still holds the key to the project. “No one should think that, all of a sudden, it’s a done deal, because it’s not,” he said. “This is going to have to be supported by a majority vote of the Minneapolis City Council. If they don’t, it doesn’t go any further.”

    Business leaders participating in the conference call said they had agreed to keep the discussion confidential. “It was just a status report,” said Jac Sperling, the sports executive who helped land the Minnesota Wild and is working as a stadium lobbyist.

    “I don’t think it’s a secret we’ve been working for over a year on this because we believe it’s an important asset to the community,” said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership.

    House tax proposal

    Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, chairman of the House Tax Committee, said plans for the Minneapolis City Council to use convention center taxes to help pay for a Vikings stadium had nothing to do with Thursday’s two-hour hearing on his proposal to end those taxes by 2020.

    Rybak didn’t buy it.

    “Absolutely, this conversation connects to what’s going on with Vikings stadiums,” the mayor said.

    The city has proposed using some of the taxes to help pay the city’s share of a new stadium, but several council members are balking at the plan.

    Davids and other legislators, mainly Republicans, say the convention center taxes are an unfair burden on consumers who don’t live in Minneapolis.

    “You know who pays for this? The citizens in my district, my constituents that decide to go to Minneapolis, maybe go out to a restaurant for the night,” said Rep. Sarah Anderson, R-Plymouth.

    Minneapolis officials said their convention business produces millions in tax dollars for the state and that eliminating the special taxes would force city residents to pay for the convention center through property taxes.

    “There’s not a [major] convention center like this across the country that is self-supporting that I know of,” Rybak said.

  142. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/pf/0704/gallery.tax_friendliest/8.html

    Minnesota Ranks 10th overall in tax burden per capta of the 50 states.

  143. By Mike B. on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like a stadium deal is close. Yippie

  144. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt, I did not read anything in that posting that told me that the repulicans are standing in the way of a new stadium. Yes there was and is some concerns about Taxes, what I read was the Minneapolis City Council that is the problem.

    “Rep. Morrie Lanning, chief House author of stadium legislation, agreed the Minneapolis City Council still holds the key to the project. “No one should think that, all of a sudden, it’s a done deal, because it’s not,” he said. “This is going to have to be supported by a majority vote of the Minneapolis City Council. If they don’t, it doesn’t go any further.”

  145. By sandiamond on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hope spielman can work some magic. These middle 1st rounders are as good as some of the top 6-7. Brockers, Adams,Floyd Couples,Kirkpatrick,Poe,DeCastro, Martin, etc/ 2 picks in the 1st round via trade cinn or clev OR trade down from #35 to get ahead of ne and gb picking all the secondary studs

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/38550/draft-lab-talking-linemen

  146. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt, what I read was that there are concerns about Taxes. Now I think they that are concerned about that should realize that no one likes taxes, but like the Twins stadium, we the people will get over it, we will come to except the tax and see that it is for the greater good of the state of Minnesota.

    It has become all about the elections, and that the majority of Minnesota Voters do not want any more Taxes of any kind. They want what Tax money there is to go to food stamps, Teachers pay, Road repairs and such, this is not my opinion, it is what polls and op-ed articles I have read in the last few weeks have reported. Most polls say that more Democrats voters do not want tax funds to go to any stadium. Though over all there is an anti Tax feeling with all voters.

  147. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I am for a state wide tax on fast food to support the Vikings. A .05 cent tax would bring in much need funds, and it would not hurt to pay pennies at Mc-Donald’s for a Big Mack.

  148. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    It has become all about the fear that like just after the Twins got their new stadium some of the legislature where voted out of office for voting for new taxes, and legislature live and D-i-e by the election, so you can understand their fear when they hear so much resistance by the Voters.

    Have to go now. God bless you all.

  149. By vikesfansteve on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    What about Albert Haynesworth. Basically all he would need to do is stand there & eat up blockers.

  150. By meat on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil is no #3 pick, may not even be the top tackle in the draft. IF we stay at #3 we would be best served to take Blackmon, that actually is my preference. or maybe a player trade. Let the Browns have our #3 and one of our late picks in return for their #4 and their CB Haden. then we could still get blackmon. This would only work if the rams dont take a QB with teir pick and the Browns want to take either Luck or RG3.

  151. By sandiamond on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    * trade up from #35

  152. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Blackmon is not a top 3 draft pick either. Hes like Nicks and Dez Bryant.

  153. By jv3rnon on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Well on the defensive side need at least 1 star corner and safety

  154. By Spence on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Vikes are going to go to the playoffs this year, I just know it!

  155. By Spence on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    As long as Jared Allen shows up in the fourth quarter once and a while that is.

  156. By Spence on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I hope we get Manning and Moss, we’d be awsome!

  157. By Spence on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Cmon DRS, the team is going to get a new stadium in the Hills. It’s bound to happen. Goodell is making the state go along with it.

  158. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    A new stadium next year and Manning throwing to Moss, man we are Super Bowl bound!!!!

  159. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Actually I’m not sure we even need Blackmon. Just get Moss back and draft a LG to protect Manning.

  160. By Derrick.G on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Okay, im sick of all this cook vs griffen garbage, crook is a loser he chokes out his gf and misses a whole season, griffen got hurt, missed all of 2010…..the difference? Griffen was ON the field when he got hurt, he was playing. Crook, was not playing, he didnt care about the team, or his gf apparently, thus missing the season, how do you show sympathy for that? Goes to show the kinda person you are. And for the record, Griffen was solid until he got hurt, after he got knocked out of the NFC championship game with his first ACL, We got walked all over, so whatever. Asher Allen is a better Viking than Chris Crook!

  161. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    DRS
    Rep. Greg Davids, R-Preston, chairman of the House Tax Committee, said plans for the Minneapolis City Council to use convention center taxes to help pay for a Vikings stadium had nothing to do with Thursday’s two-hour hearing on his proposal to end those taxes by 2020.

    Rybak didn’t buy it.

    “Absolutely, this conversation connects to what’s going on with Vikings stadiums,” the mayor said.

    The city has proposed using some of the taxes to help pay the city’s share of a new stadium, but several council members are balking at the plan.

    Davids and other legislators, mainly Republicans, say the convention center taxes are an unfair burden on consumers who don’t live in Minneapolis.

  162. By TitusFamily on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Latest news is the stadium will be in Minneapolis on a site OTHER than the dome so the team can continue playing in the dome during construction.

  163. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Not so Titus. I would bet money that the new stadium is in Arden Hills. That is where the ownership wants it and that is where the NFL wants it. Goodell is going to make the state build it there.

  164. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    And Griffen is way better than Cook. Cedric was awesome in 09. Cook did nothing.

  165. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    You watch. The stadium will be built this offseason in the Hills and the 2012 Vikings will be in a new home. If they pick up Manning and Moss we will be unstoppable next year!

  166. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    And I don’t understand why they don’t just put winnfield at safety. That would fix the secondary problem!

  167. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I just found it, Minnesota is named after an old Indian Princess who drowned in lake Leech.

  168. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    You guys are sad…trolling my name? Its pathetic.

  169. By TitusFamily on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer I just saw on the local news the governor and legislators were up all night– you are in the keystone state– I am here in the action. Trust me.

  170. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Oops, excuse me for the name.

  171. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I think this blog should have a sign-up sheet to prevent the trolls.

  172. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, I have been advocating that for years– one username per blogger and email address. Then again, it is fun to change your alias.

  173. By Carl K on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond- if we don’t take a LT with the #3 pick… I think the Vikings will NEED trade up for LT Mike Adams. For the Vikings to trade up from the #35 spot to the #22 pick (to get Adams) it would cost us the #67th pick in the 3rd round. A big price to pay for a team with as many holes to fill as the Vikings have… and not a lot of cap space. The Vikings have around 5 million cap money to work with unless they cut players like C Griffen (4.1 mil), Hutch (6.95 mil), Herrerra (2.6 mil), Remi Ayodele (2.2 mil), Winfield (3 mil).

    The only way I think we trade up is if we can sign a high profile FA CB or WR.
    If that happens or draft could look like this:

    #3 Blackmon WR or Morris Claiborne CB
    #22 Mike Adams OT
    No #67 pick (traded to get Adams)
    #98 ILB Audie Cole (Singletary likes him)

    IMO I would not trade up. The draft is deep with WRs and CBs.
    I would target SS Tyvon Branch in free agency. (that is probably all we can afford)

    and my draft would like this:

    #3 – OT Matt Kalil
    #35 – CB Stephen Gilmore or CB Chase Minnifield
    #67 – WR take your pick. This draft is full of good value here like Rueben Randle (cross your fingers he could fall to the 3rd round), Stephen HIll, Juron Criner, Dwight Jones, Brian Quick, Joe Adams, Tommy Streeter, or Marvin Jones.
    #97 – ILB Audie Cole (Singletary likes him)
    Comp. 4th rd pick – DT Akeim Hicks (6-5 324)
    #130 – QB Kirk Cousins,QB Russell Wilson, or QB BJ Coleman (One of these QBs will fall to the 5th round and right now we have 2 QBs on the roster… any one of these guys will be too good to p a s s).
    Comp 5th rd pick- FS Trenton Robinson (this would be a good spot to find a safety to compete with Mistral Raymond if we can’t resign A. Hussian).
    #167 – OLB Tyler Nielsen – We have had good luck with Greenway, why not take another Iowa linebacker.
    #198 – CB Asa Jackson- fast guy who can play special teams.
    #207 – WR TJ Graham 4.36 speed, solid returner, slot guy that can stretch the field and allow Harvin to play more RB as AP comes back from ACL injury.

  174. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Unless of course someone plays impostor and is malicious.

  175. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    We need to ditch this ‘honesty policy’

  176. By Carl K on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman is right, we need to get younger and build throught the draft!!!!

    Spielman – I just want 1 splashy free agent “safety”… that is all I ask.

  177. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. AP will begin running in late February. Hope hes ready week 1.

  178. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I was in a Disney Movie, check it out, it was called in search for the castaways.

  179. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    This is from Minnesota Public Radio,

    Vikings, Dayton, Rybak see stadium deal in matter of days
    by Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
    February 17, 2012

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings, the Dayton administration and Minneapolis leaders say they’re very close to a long-sought deal to build a new Vikings stadium downtown.
    The Vikings say there’s general agreement on how much each of the parties will pay, but stadium operations and construction are still sticking points.
    Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission chairman Ted Mondale says the deal could be unveiled in a matter of days. And mayor R.T. Rybak says gaps in the deal are closing.

  180. By David Bond on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    It would be great to see Randy Moss finish as a Viking. That said we can still get another great wide receiver through free agency or the draft. Remember how we drove defenses nuts with Carter and Moss. I can see Moss, Harvin and Blackmon running circles around any defense. Maybe with a year off his attitude will change. We should try and sign New Orleans G Carl Nicks. He would be a great addition to our OL. I can’t wait for free agency and the draft. Also we should sign at least one great veteran corner just in case our draft picks don’t work out.

  181. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer I think that is In search of the castaways.

  182. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.therealrandymoss.com/

  183. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    This is from bleacherreport.com,

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/508647-decision-day-which-team-needs-randy-moss-and-where-will-he-go

    With Randy Moss now officially waived from the Minnesota Vikings, we await which of the 32 NFL teams take their best stab at Randy.

    First off, here’s how the waiver process works:

    1. All 32 NFL teams are issued a list of waived players.

    2. Each team goes through the list and puts a check mark next to the player they wish to claim, as well as a write-in on which player they wish to drop for that particular player. This is done to keep the 53-man roster limit in check.

    3. Say all 32 teams put a check next to Randy Moss. Moss would go to the worst team. The order is determined in reverse-order of the current standings. (1. Bills; 2. Panthers; 3. Cowboys; 4. 49ers; 5. Broncos, etc.). The team with the highest seed in that order gets the right to claim Moss.

    4. Once Moss is claimed, Moss and the team go through contract negotiations. If terms are not met, Moss clears waivers and becomes a free agent.

  184. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry that was old news.

  185. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    HUH? I was just out on an errand– how did I post that last post? Very funny. Very funny indeed. Impostor on the loose. Not much better to do on a Friday? So very sad. Very sad indeed.

  186. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    DRS– the word out here is the stadium is about to go through for a downtown site that will leave the dome untouched so the Vikings can play there during construction.

  187. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    This is from blog.masslive.com

    http://blog.masslive.com/patriots/2012/02/randy_moss_has_a_chip_on_his_s.html

    Randy Moss isn’t joking around.

    The former Patriots wide receiver hopped back on Ustream Monday night to further discuss his return to the NFL and let the world know that he’s going to be on a mission to atone for the way his career ended.

    “I got something on my shoulder and it’s a chip that I need to get it off,” Moss said.

  188. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, there are many t-r-o-l-l-s on this site. I do not think there is not one of us who has not been m-i-m-i-c-k-e-d at one time or another.

  189. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, at this time I would accept a Stadium anywhere in MN, though I do not like the down town area at all.

  190. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    This is from http://min.scout.com/2/1159321.html

    Schiff said Rybak’s current financing plan for a Vikings stadium does not have seven votes on the 13-member council, and he’s not sure when the council will vote on the issue.

    He voiced his support for a White Earth Tribe casino in Minneapolis

  191. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    The Pioneer Press reports on the “intensified” negotiations, which center around how to split the $918 million cost and where the Vikings would play during construction. The plan involves a site next to the Metrodome, largely in existing parking areas. It doesn’t touch a telecommunications hub that was an issue with earlier plans.

    There is still the matter of the Minneapolis City Council and Minnesota Legislature, where support for a new stadium is mixed at best.

  192. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    RECALL MORRIE LANSING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  193. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yea, if Cook avoids jail-time…Spielman will keep him on the roster-Smart man.

    http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/02/16/12/Chris-Cooks-situation-remains-status-quo/landing.html?blockID=667580&feedID=3793

  194. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Cook will be a great player for the Vikes for years to come if he can stay on the field

  195. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone sit back and think about this: If you worked in a group of 40+ people on a daily basis, and a convicted wife/gf abuser worked shoulder-to-shoulder alongside you, how long before words are exchanged, then shoves, then punches. In a group environment, somebody will take action against a woman-beater. Cut the cancer out.

  196. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    No one likes a coward, even if he can play the cover-2.

  197. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Randy Moss was a “cancer”. He quit on plays during the game. Chris Cook while he was on the field did not quit on plays and played hard every play. You cant call him a cancer for something he did off the field. I distraction yes but a cancer no.

  198. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Any “man” who beats the sh1t out of a woman, I can call anything that I want.

  199. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    At least in Canada we do.

  200. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova- Then why havent the Steeler players turned against Big Ben yet? He brutally raped a woman in the stalls…

  201. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    For once i agree with Spencer on something

  202. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Who is talking about the Steeler players or ” Big Ben”, another coward. He was never formally charged with rape. As for the Steeler players, don’t try and tell me that he is loved by everyone on that team. I hate his guts, like Vick, Cook and the rest of these millionaires who think that they can do anything.

  203. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    SIGH … another day of talking about the never has been bust ? RIDICULOUS

  204. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I fully agree that what they did is cowardly, however their teammates didnt hold it against them.

  205. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Roethlisberger, Vick, Cook, are, in some people’s eyes, infallible. Not in mine.

  206. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    But Shawn, its our favorite topic.

  207. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Right you are Shawn, without the purple jersey he’s just another pun&.

  208. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Tyrell Johnson has been more productive than Chris Cook

  209. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    The steelers got rid of Santonio Holmes for something that doesnt even come close to what ben did yet they kept ben?

  210. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I like Asher Allen more than Chris Cook … and any long time blogger knows I dont like Asher Allen

  211. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    You can question Cook off the field but you cant question his ability on the field when he did play. Not alot of corners had the success that Cook had against Calvin Johnson. Thats saying something about how good he is and can be

  212. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP >>>>>What is this game that your’e playing…..” Who’s the better degenerate”?

  213. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Get rid of them all.

  214. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Cook played 6 good games in his young career.

    Tyrell Johnson has never played one good game, same with Asher Allen.

  215. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP … I sure can question his “potential” on the field because he is NEVER ON THE FIELD

    Your “on the field” argument is complete BS … HE IS NEVER ON THE FIELD !!!

    According to your theory … I am the best CB the Vikings have. Trust me I am , I dont need to play to prove it …. according to your theories

    Chris Cook … 0 INT …. 0 Pro Bowls

    Shawn … 0 INT … 0 Pro Bowls

  216. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    He was wrong for what he did. Im not in anyway excusing what he did. But you cant deny what he can do on a gridiron. Thats just fact.

  217. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Some of you people amaze me. You are willing to overlook the fact that some “man” choked his girlfriend, caused her to be deaf in one ear, all ok because he can cover a WR……….,INCREDIBLE.

  218. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Tyrell Johnson … 22 starts in his first 2 seasons …. Vikings record 22-10

    Chris Cook … 8 starts in his first 2 seasons … Vikings record 9-23

  219. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    NEW NEWS ON THE STADIUM.

    Vikings stadium: negotiators shooting for Tuesday deal
    By Doug Belden
    dbelden@pioneerpress.comtwincities.com
    Posted: 02/17/2012 12:01:00 AM CST
    February 17, 2012 10:59 PM GMT Updated: 02/17/2012 04:59:55 PM CST

    Key parties involved in crafting a deal for a Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis continued to talk Friday but didn’t announce any agreement.

    Gov. Mark Dayton participated in the talks, an aide said.

    One person close to the negotiations said a deal could be announced Tuesday given that Monday is the Presidents’ Day holiday. Another said the parties are trying to finish their work before Tuesday, because lawmakers will be distracted that day by the release of the map showing new legislative districts.

  220. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    CHRIS COOK HAS DONE NOTHING ON THE FIELD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE HAS DONE NOTHING TO REMEMBER BUT CHOKE HIS GIRLFRIEND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HE HAS DONE NOTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  221. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spence– I posted an article twice yesterday on this blog and I even mentioned that I could tell that Spielman would clearly keep Cook if the legal situation goes in his favor. Old news.

  222. By Parody on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    So someone posted that Cook plans to claim self defense….sounds like I had the right idea after all. Yea, he choked her out, but she pulled a gun on him first. He knocked it out of her hands and took control of the situation. It didn’t matter to him that the gun was on the other side of the room when he started choking her….or that it was a super soaker, he was fending for his life!

  223. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    So lets just give credit to Kalil who i feel we will draft. He gonna be great for us right? And any other CB we might draft they are going to be sure things at the NFL level right? we want to praise people who never played a down in the NFL for all we know they can all be busts. In the games cook DID play he showed more potential than Ced Grif ever did. You cant deny this kid has talent. You just cant

  224. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Not once on this fu(king blog have I ever read anything asking about that poor girl’s health or state of mind after that trauma. It’s all ” Gee, I hope Cook beats the charges and starts in our secondary next year”. Pathetic.

  225. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    My God what ever happened to innocent till proven guilty?

  226. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    All women are angels. Not capable of lying cheating stealing or any other bad deed. There i said it!

  227. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    We will have to call you ” Self-Defence Spence”. I guess.

  228. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

  229. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Men are experts at physical abuse. Women are experts at verbal abuse.

  230. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/

    According to the agreement, the Vikings’ contribution would be approximately $427 million, while the state of Minnesota would contribute $398 million and the city of Minneapolis $150 million towards the construction of the stadium, bringing the total price tag to around $975 million. The city would pay $180 million in operating costs over the next 30 years. The proposed upgrades to the Target Center, which were not terribly well received, are not part of this project, according to reports.

  231. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Parody the idea of that defense for Cook was discussed months ago.

  232. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Your’e right GDP. She committed the heinous crime of talking to her ex-boyfriend. She deserved to get busted up for that.

  233. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, so true, so true.

  234. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    If women are experts at verbal abuse and men at physical, that makes women smarter than men. The pen is mightier than the sword.

  235. By Parody on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    DRS – I like hearing that. I was just at the Target Center last week, and the place seemed just fine. I don’t know what improvements they think they can make to make that place better. It was announced that the crowd at that game was the biggest crowd in over a decade, and you could still look in any row and see groups of un-occupied seats. The Wolves just don’t have the fan-base to justify any stadium improvements.

  236. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova you know so much about this. So your going to Testify right? I mean for someone who appears to hold all the answers your gonna be part of the trial right?

  237. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Do us all a favor and send his a$$ back to jail Nova!

  238. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    HE IS WHO WE THOUGHT HE WAS AND WE LET HIM OFF THE HOOK!!!!!!!

  239. By Parody on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – I never heard that Cook was planning that defense. I always got the imrpression that Cook wasn’t releasing any plans to the media, or talking to them at all.

  240. By Shukin on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus the follower

  241. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/02/17/preliminary-agreement-reached-on-new-vikings-stadium/

    The Legislature, the Minneapolis City Council, and the NFL still have to sign off on the deal. Which, as we saw after the Arden Hills deal was announced, may never happen.

    In fact, the only difference between last year’s “deal” and this year’s “deal” at Arden Hills is that legislative leaders have given it their blessing. Unless the votes are there, the blessing will be as valuable as a marriage ceremony performed by a pizza chef.

  242. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    You know I would be more than glad to end this if Shawn can just own up to the fact that Chris Cook is a better Cornerback than Griffin. He refuses to give Cook any credit for playing phenomenally in his 6 games this year.

  243. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP, I don’t think the jury will need my help.

  244. By Parody on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP – I agree. Cook may be the lousiest scümbag to ever walk the Earth, but it may be the case that he isn’t nearly as bad as the story makes him look too. Too many people pass judgment before getting the facts. I’ll wait to hear what the facts and stories of both sides are before I finalize my opinion. I just hope for the sake of the team that the GF was doing something even worse than Cook did.

  245. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook deserves no praise. Cedric Griffin does. Cook has done nothing and Griffin has worked his a$$ off from back to back knee injuries.

    Positive actions deserve positive responses.

  246. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, aside from her killing Cook’s parents, what could justify his reaction?

  247. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/139490533.html

    A deal to build a Minnesota Vikings stadium next to the Metrodome neared completion Thursday, as stadium planners worked late to put the finishing touches on an agreement among the state, the team and Minneapolis.

    How to make it all work was the subject of a midday conference call involving numerous executives and business leaders, a call that reinforced talk a deal was imminent, to be announced as soon as Friday or early next week.

    Even a signed deal, however, still must win the support of many legislators and Minneapolis City Council members who are reluctant to commit hundreds of millions in public funding to a sports entertainment project costing at least $900 million

  248. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Oh Yeah, self-defense.

  249. By Parody on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Someone making a serious threat to kill you while holding a lethal weapon has been ruled time and again more than a justified cause for any spontaneous retalitory action. I’m not saying that happened, just that it’s a possibility.

  250. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Im watching NFL network and they just said a deal has been made for a new stadium.

  251. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    You never break someone’s bong!

  252. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    This is what I honestly just cant F—-n understand. How did Cook do “nothing?”

    Vincent Jackson-2 catches.
    Mike Williams-0 catches.
    Calvin Johnson-3 catches.
    Dwayne Bowe- 2 catches.
    Larry Fitzgerald-2 catches.
    Bears WR’s- 0 catches.

    Shawn, how is that “nothing?” Look at it from a pure football point of view, not from your biased point of view.

  253. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    In 2009, he led the team with 4 interceptions, while recording 78 tackles and forcing 3 fumbles. The Vikings made it all the way to the NFC Championship against the New Orleans Saints. In the game, Griffin tore the Anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, which was successfully repaired in the offseason. Griffin rehabilitated throughout the pre-season and was able to return in 2010 to play in the Vikings’ Week 3 victory over the Detroit Lions. However during the Vikings’ Week 5 loss against the New York Jets Griffin sustained an injury to his right knee (he had previously injured his left knee in the 2009 NFC Championship). However the next day, after undergoing an MRI it was determined that Griffin had torn the ACL in his right knee and he was placed on season ending injured reserve.

  254. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, if that were the case, Cook’s lawyer would have had charges laid against her.

  255. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Not back to back MCLs as someone has said but back to back ACLs … same as Peterson except x2

    Cedric Griffin is a true Minnesota Viking and possibly a true Viking warrior

  256. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://blogs.twincities.com/vikings/2012/02/16/winfield-ahead-of-schedule-vikings-to-address-erin-henderson-next-week/

    Winfield ahead of schedule, Vikings to address Erin Henderson next week

    A few news and notes for you…

    Winfield healed: Last year, cornerback Antoine Winfield predicted he’d be fully recovered from a broken collarbone by April. Turns out he’s ahead of schedule. I’ve been told Winfield is far enough along that he feels he could play today if necessary, and he’s feeling no side effects from the surgery. He’s still rehabbing at Winter Park, but mostly for stretching exercises during the last stages of recovery.

    Winfield broke his collarbone on Nov. 14 at Green Bay, finishing the year with a career-low five games played. Winfield never had played less than 10 games in a season from 1999-2010.

    The 34-year-old corner has two years left on a five-year, $36-million deal that can pay him as low as $3 million in 2012, depending on playing time. The Vikings have several veteran players who could be released, but I don’t expect Winfield to be one of them, especially because of the lack of depth at corner.

    Erin Henderson news: There’s reason to believe linebacker Erin Henderson could be the Vikings’ most valuable in-house free agent. Safety Husain Abdullah’s concussion history is alarming, Kyle Rudolph is a younger, cheaper option to free agent tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and linebacker E.J. Henderson battled knee pain for most of last season, coming at a terrible time for the 31-year-old.

    Henderson, meanwhile, showed enough potential to be a long-term starter, and he probably could be signed at a reasonable price.

    Brian Mackler, Henderson’s agent, said the two sides have not negotiated but will talk at next week’s NFL combine. Henderson has made clear he wants to be back in Minnesota.

    No word yet…: The Vikings have not yet decided what to do with left guard Steve Hutchinson, who is due $7 million next season and, according to 1500espn.com’s Tom Pelissero, plans to retire after 2012. The Vikings can restructure his deal, pay him the full $7 million or release him.

  257. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer they must think V Jackson, Calvin Johnson, Dwayne Bowe, and Larry Fitz are bad receivers. Thats the only explanation i can come up with on why they think he has done “nothing”

  258. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Congratulations. He came back from a major injure. But last time I checked the only thing that matters is what you do on the field, and he did nothing on the field. Everytime he was out there he decreased our chances of winning. There was absolutely no positives coming from this year. He was never an influence in why we should of won the game, he was an influence on why we lost the game.

    You can not say that about Cook.

  259. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Self-Defense Spence, I hope that you own a company some day. I would like to see how your :top” employees keep their jobs after spending most of their time in the courtroom.

  260. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer thats all Im looking at is pure football stand point … Cook has done nothing

    You remember RB Scottie Graham ? he had more than 6 good games but was he good?

    Tyrell Johnson has had 6 good games is he good ?

    Remember CB Dewayne Washington? he had 1 good season but was he good?

    Chris Cook has done NOTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  261. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, I believe what I heard was an “expert” testimony by an attorney as to a possible defense that Cook might take– more of a hypothetical, but it was discussed some time ago. But it’s okay, we will still pretend you are Johnny Cochran.

  262. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    You know my stance on Griffin. I want him to retire a viking. my stance on cook is he has too much potential to just get rid of him. If we do cut him then there is another draft pick wasted. I believe Ive seen enough of those. Cook shouldnt be going anywhere

  263. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Griffin was on the field … where was Cook? o yea NOT ON THE FIELD

    your argument is bogus

  264. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Im not hammering Griffin I love Grif he is a true Viking. But i just dont believe in getting rid of Cook the kid has Talent

  265. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Re

    Everytime he was out there he decreased our chances of winning. There was absolutely no positives coming from this year. He was never an influence in why we should of won the game, he was an influence on why we lost the game.

    You can not say that about Cook.

    _______________________________________________________________

    Spence you make no sense

    Vikings record with Chris Cook …. 1 win and 5 losses

    If Chris Cook didnt give up a TD to Calvin Johnson in Detroit 1 … WE WOULD HAVE WON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  266. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Seems I can say that about Cook … he’s a nothing … he’s a never was

  267. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, you realize that was in the 3rd Quarter right?

    And last time I checked how did the Lions beat us in OT? Oh yea, Cedric Griffin gave up a 50yrd pass to Megatron that sealed our fate.

  268. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I guess Cook choked.

  269. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn are you Shawn Zobel?

  270. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    So shutting down Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, and Larry Fitzgerald is nothing?

  271. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Does anybody realize that there are a million ” Chris Cooks” in prison right now?? The only difference is that this one once played for the Vikings.

  272. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Pacman Jones had a couple good seasons …. is he good?

  273. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    The new stadium would be bought and paid for if it wasn’t for the ” Chris Cooks”.

  274. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    QB Derek Anderson had a 29 TD – 19 INT Pro Bowl season … Is he a good QB?

  275. By DRS on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Have to go now have fun evryone.

  276. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Or the Brad Childress’ leading this team right into the dump

  277. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    QB Quincy Carter helped the Coboys to a 10-6 record throwing for 3,300 yards and a playoff berth …. is he good ?

  278. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- Answer the question. Shutting down Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, and Larry Fitzgerald is nothing?

  279. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I cannot believe this rewind button is in constant looping– Cook and Griffen again? And again? Again? Again? Really? Again? Again? Really? Again? Again? Really?
    I cannot believe this rewind button is in constant looping– Cook and Griffen again? And again? Again? Again? Really? Again? Again? Really? Again? Again? Really?
    I cannot believe this rewind button is in constant looping– Cook and Griffen again? And again? Again? Again? Really? Again? Again? Really? Again? Again? Really?
    I cannot believe this rewind button is in constant looping– Cook and Griffen again? And again? Again? Again? Really? Again? Again? Really? Again? Again? Really?

  280. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP….You’re bang-on with Childress.

  281. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    QB Steve Beuerlein … Stats: 60.1 Comp %, 4,436 Yards, 36 TD, 15 INT, 94.6 rating, 50 sacks

    Was he good?

  282. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    2001 … WR David Boston … Stats: 98 receptions, 1,598 yards, 8 TD

    Was he good?

  283. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I Blame him more than i do Cook. “Win Now” attitude. 3rd round pick for Randy Moss just to release him a couple weeks later. Blame Chilly more than Cook for our current stadium situation

  284. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Self-Defence Spence, OK, OK. I see your point. Hopefully you can line up those conjugal visits with your ” boy ‘.

  285. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    1988 RB Ickey Woods …. Stats: 1,265 total yards, 15 touchdowns, 5.3 yards per carry

    Was he good?

  286. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Cook has talent. End of story. From a football standpoint there is no denying it

  287. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    1995 QB Scott Mitche’ll … Stats: 4,338 passing yards, 32 TD, 12 INT, 92.3 rating, 4 rushing TD

    Was he good ?

  288. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    They were all good Shawn. Just not great

  289. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP

    RB Onterrio Smith had talent

    WR Trot Williamson had talent

    DE Erasmus James had talent

  290. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, I once hit 3 Home Runs in a softball game……….I was GOOD !

  291. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Never mind the 2 errors at short.

  292. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    And I never slugged my girlfriend !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  293. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting, very Interesting Shawn. You cant even answer a simple question. Every question you threw at me I gave you my honest opinion. Why cant you do the same?

    Answer the question. Shutting down Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, and Larry Fitzgerald is nothing?

  294. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    HOLY CHR!ST WOULD YOU GIVE IT UP????????????????????

  295. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    2009 WR Sidney Rice … he has talent … 83rec 1,312yds 8TDs

    He has done more in the NFL than Chris Cook … and he sucks

  296. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Nova

  297. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ok Shawn lets just cut Cook and dig ourselves even deeper into this hole we are already in. Will that make you happy.

  298. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I dont get whats hard to get … Chris Cook has done nothing … he is a nothing … he is a never was

  299. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I WILL GIVE IT UP IF SHAWN CAN JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION!

    Shawn- Is Shutting down Vincent Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, and Larry Fitzgerald “nothing?”

  300. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Answer it. Its a simple question.

  301. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    It’s a simple questioner.

  302. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    HAHA Hes like T.O.’s agent. NEXT QUESTION! NEXT QUESTION!

  303. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP … First I would have to catch you up to 5 weeks of this insanity for you to get the point

    Spencer has dogged (postive negativity) about

    Jared Allen
    Chad Greenway
    Percy Harvin
    Visanthe Shiancoe
    Cedric Griffin

    and he wont stop praising Chris Cook

    I say why is Cook getting praise? he doesnt deserve it … he’s done nothing EVER

  304. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    If Cook does not do time, looks like he will be back on the roster. That is interesting.

  305. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spence yes its Nothing

  306. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, trust me on this. Hold your tongue ( I know it’s hard ). Just don’t respond to the pokes and probes . I am not going to.Eventually they will go away. Anybody with the character of C…. C… doesn’t deserve this much air time.

  307. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Youre an idiot. An absolute idiot. Words can not describe the stupidity of what you just said. Shutting some of the elite WR’s in this league is “nothing”. Unreal, just unreal.

  308. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    OOOPs I meant posted negativity … i typed positive negativity

  309. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP, Shawn, how’s the weather in Minny?

  310. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, riding your bike?

  311. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- Ive made my point known on Griffin and Cook so im done talking about those 2 until there is news about them

  312. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yea Im the idiot Spence …

    Chris Cook has started 8 games in the NFL …

    HOW LONG IS THAT LIST?????????????????

    8 NFL Starts ……….. Chris Cook has done NOTHING !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  313. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn….give it up.

  314. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    SHAWN, WHAT DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?!?!?!!?!?!

    COOK LOCKED DOWN SOME OF THE BEST WR’S IN THE LEAGUE

    COOK ALLOWED ZERO CATCHES IN THE 4TH QUARTER

    GRIFFIN DID NOT SHUTDOWN ANYBODY

    ITS SIMPLE!

  315. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova- Not from Minny. Born and raised and currently reside in Erie, Pennsylvania, 2 hours away from Cleveland and Pittsburgh, an hour and a half away from Buffalo and Niagara Falls

  316. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.vickdogchewtoy.com/ Remember, a dog is a man’s best friend.

  317. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, Nova– I rode under the Twins stadium today a couple times– this is the easiest winter I have ever seen up here.

  318. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    CHRIS COOK ONLY HAS 1 “BAD” PLAY ON THE SEASON AND THAT WAS LOSING A 50-50 JUMPBALL TO CALVIN JOHNSON!

    GRIFFIN ON THE OTHER HAND HAS NUMEROUS UPON NUMEROUS BAD PLAYS THIS YEAR.

  319. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP– I was born in Buffalo.

  320. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP…..I guess you see your share of snow in that ‘belt”.

  321. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    If Cook did nothing in his 8 starts.

    Then Kyle Rudolph did nothing in his 9 starts.

  322. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    LETS WAIT AND SEE WHICH POLITICIANS SAY NO DEAL…..

    Minneapolis, the state and the Minnesota Vikings have reached preliminary agreement on the division of costs for a $975 million stadium on a site at or near the 30-year-old Metrodome, according to multiple sources who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity.

    The city would contribute $150 million in construction costs to the downtown Minneapolis project. The state would pay $398 million and the Vikings would pay $427 million. The city also would pay approximately $180 million in operating costs over the next 30 years, the sources said.

    The sources close to negotiations spoke on condition they not be identified. They added that details such as cost overruns remain to be worked out, b ut an announcement is anticipated next week.

    Vikings vice president Lester Ba.gley declined to comment Friday on the numbers, but said “there is no agreement. Everything is subject to negotiations. We’re working h ard on an agreement, but we’re not there yet.”

    If the preliminary agreement holds, it is only the beginning. The package would need to pa.ss the Legislature and likely the Minneapolis City Council – neither of which is as.sured. The National Football League would also have to approve the agreement

  323. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I was talking to a couple of people I know who work for the Canadian Offshore Oil industry. They told me that 10 years ago, it would take them 2 days to reach the Gulf Stream, sailing due east from Halifax. Now it takes them just under a day. We have had snow once this winter.

  324. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus-
    The Northland (North of Duluth) will be in a severe drought due to the milds winter, dry fall……..lack of snow, etc…..won’t be pretty ………will be lots of fire bans in the campsites……
    Hopefully, no major forest fires…..

  325. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus- I would say you’d have been better off a bills fan but they are basically the Vikings of the AFC

    Nova- Oh yeah, especially all the lake effect snow we see. Although this year has been a blessing. 40 degrees today. Very unusual in FEB here

  326. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Pretty soon there will be Palm trees here, just in time for me to be dead.

  327. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt, I think it’s the whole state that is suffering from drought. For sure, we needed a real winter.

  328. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    no kidding, Nova…….BTW you were on a roll the other day…..

  329. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    GDP– I always thought a Vikings-Bills SB would be awesome, and the media would feed on it. Jim Kelly is one of those players who should have had a ring. I hope AP and Allen do not fall into the same fate.

  330. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Whats the point of getting an open roof stadium if its not going to snow

  331. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Gotcha-
    I didn’t know if the TC area had a dry fall……lakes were WAY down up north.2 feet below avg levels….had a %*@$%# time gettin my boat out.at the end of the fishing season.

  332. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    A Bills Vikings SB. Where the winner is the team that chokes the least

  333. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I believe most of the state has been in some stage of drought for a number of years. So, Rocksalt you are up in the Duluth area?

  334. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus-
    I grew up on the Iron Range, I have a cabin on a lake near Ely. But I live and work in Illinois…..I try and spend 2 weeks in winter and 4 weeks in summer at my cabin. Keeps me relatively sane…….

  335. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.vickdogchewtoy.com/ I can’t help myself. If you don’t own a dog, go to your local shelter and get one. You will have a friend for life.

  336. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    relatively sane. depends on who ya talk to……

  337. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sonja took on a porcupine at 5:00 this morning. She got a face-full of quills, and the porcupine got a decent burial.

  338. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Right on, Nova, my last 2 were rescue dogs.I am partial to the A.P.B.T…. and many shelters have them , but whatever breed, I now decided that I will only get dogs from shelters…….ANY Dog, unless it is psycho, (which there are, like humans) is incredibly adaptive and loving.

  339. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    all in good fun, Nova..mine have not experienced that although Max caught a squirrel last year….squirrel did not survive., even though Max was just playing…BTW Max loves my cat, Sissy……absolutely adores her.

  340. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sonja just walked back into the house, no big deal, and the all-night vet had no problem with her. Once home, however, she gave me that ” Don’t I deserve something ” look. The Prime rib is on the BBQ.

  341. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova- You will appreciate this story.
    A number of years ago, when I was a graduate student in Arizona, I would pass by this iwarehouse lot on my way to campus that had fencing and 2 dobermans patrolling the yard.
    Well, after numerous times that I walked by and they did not charge the fence or display aggressive behavior, I was intrigued.
    Finally, one of the owners was there when I was walking by, and so I asked him..these dogs seem very friendly, I a.s.,sume they are here to prevent theives and burglars, yet they do nothing to deter me from approaching…
    He said:
    They are trained to let anyone come over the fence, but once they are inside, they do not let them leave…….BRILLIANT!

  342. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    HA HA HA HA– funny Rocksalt.

  343. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Funny, but true story Titus……at least as my memory serves…..

  344. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    But do not count on an artist to be the bastion of objectivity…..

  345. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Rock, they are big pu$$ies, just don’t pi$$ them off.

  346. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    dailydogvideos.com/dobermans-bad-evil-vicious-you-decide/

  347. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieIKUBt5f3o

  348. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry, that wasn’t the intended video.

  349. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ucbym_RGaAU

  350. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    The cropping of the ears makes them look togh….just like the A.P.B.T. with ears docked. But one must always be able to READ dogs……TOO many folks try and treat dogsa like people, or worse, mistreat dogs……..any dog can be made aggressive and angry…..MOST dogs only wish to please their master………problem is some unstable people shold not have dogs, jkids, guns,,,,,,etfc…..PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED

  351. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Sorry about the confusion, I’m trying to type, BBQ, and keep 2 women happy at the same time. ( One of them had a fight with a porcupine ).

  352. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    She will probably be the one I sleep with tonight.

  353. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Also-
    Very important with dogs to establish who is alpha…..alpha should be owner……if not then you have problems with any breed.

  354. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I have not had a female dog in over 30 years, but may get one when Bu.tch(13 yrs old) is no longer with me

  355. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Or any female.

  356. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    LOL Nova…..

  357. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Rock, “or any female ” was directed to your ” Very Important ” post. LOL !!!

  358. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    TOO FUNNY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  359. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/pete.php

  360. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Females are forever mysterious………

  361. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    When I was but a mere teenager, I had a female beagle…..dog was mean as a snake…..bit 3 people and drew blood…..finaaly was too overweight to chase down my friends who stopped by, they would knock on the front door, then run around to back, knowing they could outrun the old mean gal….

  362. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5PJlGqY3wo Dobies always get bad press reviews

  363. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    you are preachin to the choir, Nova.see BSL
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breed-specific_legislation

  364. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    That may be true Rock, but if you are one of the first 300 to buy a simulated authentic replica #56 Dolberman jersey, you will also receive a ” Zoltan, Hound of Dracula” BETA tape at very little extra cost…….BUT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!If you order in the next 20 minutes ( because you know that we can’t do this all day ), we’ll throw in an ABB ROLLER, plus an Eggies, plus a Veg-o-Matic, plus lifetime ski lessons at Innsbruck, plus……………..

  365. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I already have an Eggies…..and you already have my credit card number….

  366. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I guess I could always use the ABB ROLLER.gotta get rid of the gut…….

  367. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    But only if I get an autographed Chuck Norris poster…..

  368. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    We’ll give you Chuck Norris !!!!!!!!!!!!…..Just pay (S+H).

  369. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    No wait, Dolph Lundgren……..

  370. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I am always paying S&H & I &T……

  371. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    * Plus tax + license.

  372. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    throw in the Dennis Rodman action figure and you have a deal.

  373. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    And the usual 50% fee for any mid-western State that starts with Minneso.

  374. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    oh, and an extra Micheal Vick chew toy for Max….

  375. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    OK, but it will be the one where he’s wearing a dress.

  376. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    wait, one more thing…..a 2012 Robot Fan player guide…..

  377. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Absolutely the Dress…….

  378. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ya think we scared everyone else away?

  379. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Rock, we’re having trouble with your credit card #, OK if you just sign over your house to us?…..We’ll throw in the Vick ” Prison Uni” chew toy !

  380. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    AND WE’LL PAY THE S+H !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  381. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    yup……….GEE willikers an official Vick Prison Uni chew toy……..

  382. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Self-Defence Spence left when nobody wanted to talk about his idol anymore.

  383. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    can I upgrade to the shady high priced defense lawer action figure accomplice? puuleeease……

  384. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    ok throw in the Chris Cook soap on a rope an ya got a deal

  385. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    OK, but we need your vehicles, children, and any change under your sofa cushions.

  386. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    has to be the rwal deal…..no made in China bootlegs

  387. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    We don’t take old popcorn.

  388. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    real deal

  389. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    DEal!………Gotta go, Nova…….ltr buddy

  390. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    No, this is all made in North America……My cousin does it on the side when his ant-farm business is slow.

  391. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    SEEYA ROCK LOLOL

  392. By Rocksalt on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    LOL

  393. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Hes not my hero…

  394. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, is Spencer your cousin?

  395. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Could be Titus, i think that, about 13 generations ago, I had a 16th cousin that was a shepherd.

  396. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    The records are fairly obscure, but legend has it that after the act, the shepherd tried to strangle the sheep.

  397. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    To keep it from BAAHHAAING……..Unfortunately, the mother died giving birth.

  398. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, I was referencing your prior post– Spencer as the ant farmer.

  399. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    But,she named it Spence. Thank God, their offspring live on, on Vikings.com, where people like “Self-Defence Spence can prattle on forever and still not say anything.

  400. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, don’t you think that you should be smarter than the things that you raise?

  401. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Self-Defence Spence, if you think that I’m picking on you, join in.

  402. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ants are very ambitious, so true.

  403. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spence, I challenge you RIGHT NOW to a debate. If I lose , I will never come back to this site. If you lose, the same holds true for you. Let’s go, and let the Bloggers of Vikings.C om decide the winner. I am SICK of your cook garbage. I’m waiting.

  404. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer cooks garbage?

  405. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, just stop eating it.

  406. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, take note, it’s 12:34 AST here, (10:34 your time), and I am waiting for Self-Defence Spence.

  407. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Lets begin.

  408. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova wins

  409. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    He might not cook it, Titus, but he spews it, and I, along with a lot of other bloggers, am sick of it.

  410. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    OK, Spence, why do you continually insult Viking stars on a Viking web site?

  411. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn we have to be fair. Give Spencer a chance.

  412. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Could it , as a lot of people feel on this site, that you are about 14 years old, can’t make friends, and the only way to draw attention to yourself is by being obnoxious?

  413. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I pick out flaws on those I deem the best.

  414. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Trying to solicit responses, no matter what you have to say?

  415. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Next question.

  416. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    You don’t “pick out flaws”, You create flaws for genuinely great players ( Allen, AP), etc. Then, when you endure criticism, you back off.

  417. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Has anyone ever seen Idiocracy ? I mean besides me ….

  418. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Next question…Even at your young age, how is it that your role models are all rapists, animal killers and woman-beaters?

  419. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I dont create flaws. Allen had 3 sacks in the 4th Quarter so it led me to saying he disappears in the 4th quarter. And with AP all I’ve said was he is 1B and Chris Johnson is 1A.

  420. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    My role models arent Vick, Big Ben, or Cook…

  421. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Doctor from the future

  422. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Next Question…..You seem to spend an inordinate amount of time here for such a youngster, why are you not working or in school/ ..Is Chris Cook your lover?

  423. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Really, then why do you continually say things like, ” I’ll take Big Ben”, who was beaten by Tebow?

  424. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    And what is your fascination with that woman-beater?

  425. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    This Chris Cook thing would have never started if it werent for Shawn.

  426. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    My fascination with him is the fact that he has shown the potential to be one of the best CB’s in this league.

  427. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply
    My role models arent Vick, Big Ben, or Cook… But you have said, time and again, that you would take them over Tebow…..I’m not a Tebow fan, but what have those degenerates done lately?

  428. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    And I say things like i’ll take Big Ben over Tebow because football is about winning games, period.

  429. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t blame ANYTHING ON SHAWN, he was here long before you were You are fixated on one topic. The rest of the bloggers are sick of hearing you STICK UP FOR A COWARD> GROW UP< SMELL THE COFFEE, AND TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE.

  430. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    One day I was stating that the when healthy the secondary isnt that bad. Then, out of the blue, Shawn says….Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking than Chris Cook.

    This whole thing was started by Shawn..

  431. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Self-Defense Spence, you have a LOT of GROWING UP to do. I Don’t think your’e up to it. Get off the computer, forget about Cook, and go hunting or fishing, or anything.

  432. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I’ve tried to end this multiple times.

  433. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Get a hobby, something that doesn’t involve Cook rookie cards.

  434. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Because frankly, people on this blog are getting sick of you

  435. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I know people are sick of me, and I wouldnt have it any other way.

  436. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I have to spend Saturday indoors with Sonja, she’s got a sore nose. If anyone wants to debate anything that I’ve said tonight, I’ll be on this blog tomorrow.

  437. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer got you there, Nova. Good one, Spence.

  438. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Poor Sonja– I should send her a get well treat.

  439. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    But we might have it another way.

  440. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I found the Larson Family tree …

  441. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I dont think this Chris Cook debate will end though. Shawn and I are too headstrong.

  442. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, if you talk to this AS$hole about the woman-beater any more, i give up on you.

  443. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova, on weather.com’s home page there is a big article – 5pages- on a rescue by Newfoundlanders of US navy sailors shipwrecked in an icy storm during world war two– incredible piece– they could make a movie on it. Do you know anything about that?

  444. By TitusFamily on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Larsonfamily NOW? Spencer and Shawn show earlier? This is too much. I might stay away until preseason. Please STOP THE INSANITY!!

  445. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    How am I an a$$whole? I believe what Cook did is cowardly, however if he avoids jail-time I would like him to remain on the team. I would say the same thing if this happened to another player on the team that had talent.

  446. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t say that I do, Titus, but our history here in the Maritime Provinces is full of stories like that.

  447. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    ” How am I an AS$HOLE ” …..As Shakespeare said ” Let me count the ways “.

  448. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, I know that you probably know this, the ORIGINAL VIKINGS landed in Newfoundland, long before Columbus.

  449. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Im not defending Chris Cook for abusing his girl, im defending Chris Cooks abilities on the field.

  450. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    WHY DON”T YOU JUST GO BLOW HIM???????????????????

  451. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    MAYBE THEN YOU”LL SHUT THE FU(K UP !!!!!!

  452. By Spencer on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Lets try to keep it civil Nova.

  453. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Of course I do, Nova– there is the great controversy over the stone found in Minnesota– and maybe the Vikings brought the Grail here.
    Anyway, it was quite a story –one sailor, a black man, overheard the Canadian women, worried they could not clean the oil off him– he realized they had never encountered a black man– he said he hated whites until that moment — the townspeople took the sailors in their homes– really quite a story.

  454. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    YOU ARE THE MOST BORING PERSON I’VE EVER SEEN ON THIS BLOG>

  455. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Leif Erikson Day is an annual American observance occurring on October 9

  456. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Whoa, Nova– Spencer is just a kid. Mellow out.

  457. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, give me a site?

  458. By Shawn on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

  459. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, lets just hope that Oct. 9th isn’t an annual date that we’re 0-4.

  460. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Here you go Nova– on weather.com of all places.

    http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/truxton-pollux-maritime-disaster_2012-02-16

  461. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    TITUS, thanks, I hadn’t read that one. That water is beyond cold. But the Newfies had some rum to warm them up, they are incredible people.

  462. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    I could not imagine being in such conditions– we live pampered lives in the developed modern world. I don’t know if I ever read that one either– I bet now we see a Ron Howard film about it with Tom Hanks or Brad Pitt.

  463. By Mike R. on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    Nova

    I like your opinion (and opinions of others on this site). Whether I like it or not, it shows that we are supposedly Vikings fans. I for one think we took Cook in 2nd round two years ago. He got injured (things happen). He basically came back as rookie again this year and this bs is happening? I’m tired of excuses. If you are the best or drafted as the best then do your d@mn job!

    Stay Nova and all…thanks from Amish Country :-)

  464. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDMzHlkB-Yg We don’t brag much, but we always respond to a compliment.

  465. By Mike R. on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    PS
    Get well Sonja ;-)

  466. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    That little guy’s town was occupied by the Germans……till we showed up. Every year they have ” Canada Day”.

  467. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 17, 2012 | Reply

    MIKE R>>>SONJA AND I THANK YOU !

  468. By Shawn on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

  469. By Mike R. on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Nova

    your welcome. We have a “baby” that is sick now too. But if wife had a choice, baby would stay and I would go…LoL…

    It is hard typing while driving a “horse and buggy”…lol

  470. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mike R. Get that baby well. Then you can go.

  471. By Anthony on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well Cedric Has Really Struggled And I”m All 4 Getting More Corners. BeCause Winfield Should Retire and Benny Is 4 Depth. Still Iffy about Cook As Well. So In That Secondary DePartMent We Need Help Big Time!!! Safetys As Well The Ones We Have Are Getting It Done. We Were Burned By The Deep Ball And Couldn’t Stop The Pass And I Really Doubt That Were Gonna Go After A Big Time Receiver But We Do Need 1

  472. By Mike R. on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Lol Nova…

    No baby grew on me. Now I worry about him :-)

  473. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mike R…..Did you hear that what goes “CLIP-CLOP,CLIP-CLOP,CLIP-CLOP,CLIP-CLOP”?…….An Amish drive-by shooting.

  474. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    CLIP CLOP__ BANG BANG BANG>>>>>I messed that one up.

  475. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mike R .My little girl had asthma, twice we thought she was gone. 23 years later, she’s making a fortune as an artist. Stay strong.

  476. By Mike R. on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    LoL Nova

    so I see you really did spend time in the ghetto Amish Country. No, the baby is the wife’s best friend/pet (small Jack Russell) Thanks though cause I still worry about him.

  477. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    “If I had Canadian Soldiers, American Technology and British Officers, I would rule the world – Winston Churchill”.

  478. By Mike R. on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Anthony

    What corners would you be looking for in the draft or free agency?

  479. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mike R…..Since your baby is a Jack Russell terrier, don’t expect a lot of artistic ability. Put him into law school.

  480. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.vickdogchewtoy.com/ feed him this

  481. By Mike R. on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Nova

    he is Jack Russell and chiuaha (sp) mixed. But looks like a small 8 pound Jack Russell.

    LoL..he would be good for my wife’s “defense” attorney

  482. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    I remember my wife’s divorce lawyer…..She was a l3sbian pitbull.

  483. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    But had a much worse A$$

  484. By Mike R. on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    I like the Vick chew toy….if it got close to wife he would tear if to shreds…lol

  485. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    You know, I buy Sonja these Michael Vick chew toys, but I always wonder……IS THERE ANY WAY THAT i COULD GET A CHRIS COOK WOMAN-BEATER DOG CHEW-TOY……AND THEN MY MIND SAYS ‘ PATIENCE, NOVA,PATIENCE.

  486. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t really say ” Nova “.

  487. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    I use an alias.

  488. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Like ” MOUNTAINKING”…….It just rolls of your tongue

  489. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    If your’e on mushrooms.

  490. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    *off

  491. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Anyway, I’m off to Belize tomorrow, see the snakes and the crocs and a bunch of friends, you guys take care.

  492. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    But I don’t leave till tomorrow night, so Spence, it;s your last chance to prove that you can talk about something other than C…. C…

  493. By Mike R. on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Nova

    Have fun and/or nice trip! I am going to be posting on a lot more since NFL combine is coming up and Pro Days leading up to the draft.
    I am sorry..but enough is enough… I don’t want Demetrius Underwood or Troy Williamson picks in the draft or bad free agency/trades. It is time to talk the talk and walk the walk!

  494. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mike R. ,I started going to Belize about 15 years ago. Veteran readers of this blog know about my raising a Jaguar kitten.and living in the jungle,I am among friends down there Without going into detail or naming names, I’m just going to say ( if Sonja would stop pawing me ), …..Get off the keyboard……..experience life… Go deep-Sea fishing, save your money and experience the world….the REAL WORLD, not something that you get from a keyboard.

  495. By Mike R. on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Nova

    I agree that is why I am not on that much on blog. Too much life to live. I am old school.. I have experienced some life but I am older but still think I have a lot more to go! God bless and have safe trip :-)

  496. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Anyway, I have, conservatively, on 11 trips to see the Vikings play ( and every one has been a road game for me) , spent approximately $4000 per game (travel, hotels,entertainment ).I have spent over $50K to follow a team that I am thousands of miles away from., and have been a fan since 1968 . I no longer care about the affairs of these overpaid QB’s or the trials and tribulations of some pun& who beat up his girlfriend. I’m getting to old for this sh1t. DUMP THE GARBAGE AND WIN A SUPER BOWL BEFORE I DIE.

  497. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    MIke R. You are never too old . Get out and DO IT !!!

  498. By NovaScotiaVike on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Mike R……I,m 55 and in 2 days I will be climbing the Mayan Temples in the morning and catching ( hopefully ) a big Marlin that night !

  499. By Shawn on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    I am gay and I love Cedric Griffin. I have his nude pictures of him on my wall.

  500. By DRS on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/02/17/428291/vikings-fleece-minnesota-new-stadium/?mobile=nc

    The Metrodome opened in 1982 and is certainly not the newest and most lavish in the league, but there are eight stadiums that are older. And Minnesota voters clearly do not want to pay for a new stadium using public funds. A February 3 poll sponsored by KSTP-TV in Minneapolis found that a whopping 68 percent of Minnesota voters think the new stadium should be built “entirely with private financing.” Only 22 percent believed that any tax dollars should be used at all.

  501. By DRS on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt, it is the Voters that do not want this deal and it is the voters that the Legislatures are hearing; after all, it is the voters who put them in office and it will the voters who will get them out of office if they put any Tax money into this stadium.

    Blame the tax payers if this all falls through.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/02/17/428291/vikings-fleece-minnesota-new-stadium/?mobile=nc

  502. By DRS on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Rocksalt, I have many Democrat friends in Minnesota who have told me that they will vote to oust any politician who votes for any tax money for the new Vikings stadium. They tell me that the Vikings should build their own stinking stadium! That their tax dollars need to go to more important thing, such as better health care and food stamps! About five to one are of this opinion. Most of my Republican friends want the stadium, and they are in favor of new tax dollars for it, at least six to one.

  503. By DRS on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Have a great day.

  504. By t.r on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    If Kalil gets past the Rams, I would have to say they take him.
    Now that moves Charlie Johnson to RG
    Did I read somewhere they are grooming Demarcus Love for LG?

    Now, Phil Loadholt is a great run blocker, but will he ever show consistent pass blocking?

    Should they take someone of the likes like Andrew Datko who played LT but is considered a low end LT to push Loadholt or even take over?

  505. By Parody on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    If you’re adjusting line positions, why not move Johnson to RT, and Loadholt to RG. Then we just need to worry about LG. Hutch can still do it, but for how much longer…and can he do it at a quality equivalent to the price we’re paying him? If Love, DeGeare or someone else can take over, great. Then it’s probably time to cut Hutch to save cap space. Otherwise, we’ll need to address the position soon, preferably early in next-year’s draft.

  506. By Gary on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K = Really liked seeing your Mock Draft. Disagree with using #130 on a QB since the 2 we have are so inexperienced – should have a veteran BU. Perhaps 130 could get used on a RB or slide up the other position picks and add in the RB later. Wish we could see more blogging on the draft rather than all this blabber back an forth, on and on about Griffin, Cook and the stadium.

  507. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings are only a talented LT away from having a very solid offensive line…Even without high priced Hutch or Herrera..Injury risks there with both players…And Hutch might retire at any given time with his concussions of late…If the Vikings drafted Kalil..He would be added to the group of Loadholt,C Johnson,Fusco,D Love,Sullivan,Berger,DeGeare, and new comer Valdez…And Shuler is more of a blocking TE they got back…That would be a young solid core along the O-line…Young with a great deal of power…Experience and growth will be needed…But all except Kalil and Valdez would be in at least their second year with the team…Even Valdez isn’t a rookie…Craft Kalilo…Vikes can feel good along what they have to protect Ponder…Then can work on many other needs on the team…

  508. By DuaneN on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Add Cook to the banned words list.

  509. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    When I think about the Vikings 2011 season I do think of Ponder running for his life, and “Running Back Sacks.” (I do mean “Running Back.” You know, when the RB gets caught for a 4 yard loss behind the offensive line. That is almost always the fault of the OL, and should NEVER happen.)

    But, even more I think of how easy it was for any team to whip 20 yard completions against our team.

    The defensive backfield is HORRIBLE!

  510. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    The entire draft does not have to focus on OLs and DBs, although it is not a bad idea.

  511. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings should obtain some young free agents for the OLs or DBs.

    If they can get something for Winfield, do it. This team may be at least two years away from the playoffs. (That’s if they draft right.)

  512. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    If you read the above blog post by Mike Wobschall, you again have even more evidence that SPIELMAN has NO INTENTION of drafting an OFFENSIVE LINEMAN high in the draft!!!

  513. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Rick “Hollywood” Spielman will be stoned like the JEHOVAH worshipper above.

    RICK WE NEED OFFENSIVE LINEMEN!!!

  514. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    @DuaneN,

    Add SPIELMAN to the list of banned words because I am going to be saying them a lot come April.

  515. By Shawn on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmm well I guess Spence or Larson Family has hurt feelings and so they have chosen to use my moniker … I as a free speech lover have no problem with the name calling but STOP POSTING WITH MY NAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  516. By DeerTracks on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Well, Spielman will not go after Moss…Too bad, would have enjoyed watching Moss make up for lost time and effort…

    On the Griffin—Cook thing….Just get rid of both…

    THat way we will hear no more from Spencer, and Shawn will have to put some other Bare A$$ Nude on his wall……Picture of Spence, perhaps?

  517. By DeerTracks on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, if the LarsonGang is resorting to dirty tricks, just change or add a little to your name, (Like Titus appeared to do)

    That may have been the one where you stated you were a “FEG”…

  518. By DeerTracks on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Like Titus-heapmanynames did…._”_)

  519. By Jayson Child on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    I like the idea of taking a guy like Kalil with our 1st pick . At this point in time, its hard to say how that first round will unfold, especially the Rams #2 pick but if Kalil is there WE NEED TO GRAB HIM!

  520. By Jayson Child on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    A solid LT (like Kalil) makes our O-line better IMMEDIATELY. Then we can go from there by maybe adding a WR or 2. I just think that Ponder is the type of guy that needs to have protection to further his development

  521. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Does not matter Deer Tracks– someone posted with my name yesterday. Shawn, some of these impostors are so ridiculously off from who they mimic that the regulars know who is who– I knew that one earlier was not you.

  522. By DeerTracks on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    TFCVA…You are correct! I knew amost as soon as I hit the “Post” that that wasn’t Shawn…

    Shawn, sorry about that…Let’s double read before posting…

  523. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    The strongest positions in FA is WR, CB, and OL. If Speilman plays his cards right, every hole on this team could be filled After restructuring contracts which is a must considering how some players cant consistently stay healthy, through FA and the Draft this team can be in the mix for Superbowl contention. After the worst season in franchise history we are now about to enter the most important off season in franchise history. Do the right thing Speilman!

  524. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    I like 2 big uglies early in the draft…Kalil round one…But like DT..D Poe in the second round so far…350 lbs of massive mauling flesh..And speed that can run down some people…But sounds like the scouts having him climbing the boards up into the 20’s area in the first round now…

  525. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    I feel trading some of our aging players in the draft to move up wouldnt be such a bad idea. having 2 first round picks and/or 2 or 3 2nd round picks could put alot of young talent on the roster

  526. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Poe looks to be more in the mold of a 3-4 nose tackle. Although i would still love to have him on our DLine

  527. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    1st rd- OT Kalil
    2nd rd- DT Poe
    3rd rd- CB Trumaine Johnson.

    Thats how i see the first 3 rounds going. Of course if Barron falls to the 2nd round i would take him over Poe

  528. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/combine/story/09000d5d826f9cd9/article/precombine-position-rankings-for-2012-nfl-draft?module=HP11_hot_topics

    Pre-combine Rankings

  529. By Parody on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    We need a guy that qualifies as a 3-4 NT. We were missing it big last year with Pat out of the picture. We need someone who demands double teams in the middle so that the guys on the outside have an easier time getting to the QB, or so the QB doesn’t have a pocket to step into when the pressure is coming in hard from the outside.

    I doub that Poe will be there in the 2nd round, but if he is, we gotta take him. With his addition to the team, you’d see Jared challenging his own record this year, and we’d get more stats for Robison and Kevin too.

  530. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    GDP…Would love those guy for out first 3 picks !!

  531. By DRS on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings will pay $427 million for the new building. The state will add $398 million to the project and the city will pay $150 million while then also contributing about $180 million over the next 30 years to cover operating costs.

    The plan still needs to make it through the state capitol but that could happen before the session ends in April. This plan calls for the state to spend some $60 million more than the previous plan in Ramsey County at the Arden Hills location.

    The Minneapolis City Council will also have to approve the measure. So, there are still plenty of hurdles that need to be cleared, but the sides have found a location and a financial agreement. Speculation is this agreement will be better received at the state level than the previous plan in Arden Hills because many people wanted to keep the Vikings in downtown Minneapolis.

    Stay tuned.

    Follow me on Twitter: @BradBiggs

    Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

  532. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Parody- I agree i think there is a better chance Barron will be there for us with the 35th pick than Poe. As long as we could get 1 of the 2 with that pick i will be happy

  533. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Poe is just the guy we need to eat up double teams…Vikes just have not generated pressure up the middle…Need to find some players to help out our DE’s…I expect one of our 4th round compensatory picks might very well go on a LB also…I did hear that Erin Henderson wanted to stay on with the Vikings though..Which would be fine with me…Erin was out of position some lasy season…But did make some big hits also for us…But I believe EJ will be moving on…

  534. By Nordeast on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    I really hope EJ and Shiancoe come back for cheap to just solidify those positions. That being said, we do need another linebacker to eventually replace EJ and/or Erin if he doesn’t keep improving.

    Draft: Kalil for sure! Solidifying our line makes our entire offense that much better. I am not a huge Ponder fan and would love to get RG3 instead, but it looks like the Vikes really want to commit to him for at least another year. If we trade down our picks will just get easier to make. There are great recievers, guards, and defensive backs that will be available to us. I also like Blackmon at WR and Claiborne at CB, both would be great picks if they are available when we make our first pick if Kalil is gone or if/when we trade down.

    Free Agents I think we should go after: Peterson doesn’t really need a FB, but I think if we got a good blocker it would help everyone else a lot. Whoever said our special teams needs new kickers is so far off! We’re real solid at K, P, and LS. It’s the rest of the guys out on the field that need to step it up on special teams and we should keep that in mind when going after draft picks and free agents that can contribute here. There are so many good OT, OG, and WRs on the free agent list we really can take our pick! Bringing some of the lesser names in and giving them a workout would work better than spending big money on guys that might not pan out (aka Vincent Jackson).

  535. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    If we could sign Guard Grubbs and draft Kalil our OLine will be set

  536. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    GDP…Just not sure if Barron’s success is mostly him…Or the system he comes from ??…I like that he is a hard nosed hitter…Don’t get me wrong…Just would rather grab a CB like CB Minnifield or CB Denard…Vikes could always move Winfield to safety if they have enough youth and talent at corner…And I don’t think Winfield would mind the move…If he had guys on the outside making plays…He could play freely doing his own thing at safety…If the corners could handle their jobs..

  537. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Doesn’t Minnifield’s name just sound like a player who should be wearing the purple and gold ???…: )

  538. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    FA I would like to see us sign-

    WR Laurent Robinson (DAL)
    OG Ben Grubbs (BAL)
    CB Terrell Thomas (NYG)

  539. By DRS on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    This plan calls for the state to spend some $60 million more than the previous plan in Ramsey County at the Arden Hills location

    I thought that the reason for the downtown Minneapolis site was it would cost less, now we see that was a bunch of BS.

    That’s what is wrong with Minnesota legislatures; they think Minneapolis and St. Paul are the entire state of Minnesota, they say to h-e-l-l with the rest of the state every time.

    I have been talking to my Democratic fiends in Minnesota and it sounds like your Governor has lost a lot of votes and may not be the Governor much longer. They hate the Ideal of the ideal of big business like the Vikings getting a subsidy from the Tax payers when there are greater needs in the community, like Teachers pay, Food Stamps, and Health care, among other things. I try to tell them the benefits that they will get by having the Vikings there, but they tell me that is of no concern of theirs, it does not put food on their tables, or puts money in their pockets, most of them are not in the Twin Cities area and think they will not get any of them jobs. One told me that the Vikings can take a flying leap of a cliff somewhere as far as he was concern, that Minnesota does not need a stinking stadium. No wonder the Legislatures, the Vikings and Dayton do not want to have the public vote on this issue.

  540. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Want to see where a WR lands on mock drafts after the combine plays out…WR Rueben Randle has the looks of a good player to me…Was happy earlier to see him mocked in the middle of the second round in mock drafts a month or so ago…Now Randle is creeping into the 20’s range in the first round on some mock drafts I have been keeping up with….: (

  541. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    DRS…Isn’t it funny when Arden Hills was in play…Minnesota was only paying 300 million…And NO MORE for any stadium !!!…Now that MPLS has the site where it will be located…The state has come forward with 98 million more…Raising their share to 398 million…Why did Arden Hills not warrant the almost 100 million dollar increase..To help ease their burden ???…

  542. By DRS on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil2012, that is because Ardern Hills does not have the power, and they do not have the politicians in their pockets.

  543. By vike0din on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Priority FA sigbnings: (assuming they’re not re-signed)
    Reggie nelson, safety, bengals
    Michael Griffen, safety, titans
    Laron Landry, safety
    Brent grimes, corner, falcons
    Aaron ross, corner, giants
    Marques Colston, reciever, saints
    Dwayne Bowe, reciever, cheifs
    and possibly my favorite choice, although maybe at a high price, but a VERY consistant target for young QBs, Brandon Lloyd

  544. By OTKalil2012 on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    This whole stadium bill doesn’t make sense…Why did Zygi complain about Arden Hills getting the money from the parking lot area and naming rights to just the parking area ???…Zygi getting money from the ramp that MPLS will put in when the stadium is tore down ???…I doubt that…Does Zygi get an extra 170 acres of land to privtely develope like he would have at Arden Hills ??…No..That won’t happen either…Zygi would have had naming right to the stadium at Arden Hills…Will he get naming rights for the MPLS stadium ???…Most likely not…So WHY is Zygi going to put in 427 million into the MPLS stadium deal…When Zygi would have gotten much more in a deal with Arden Hills letting them have the parking rights ???…Zygi only committed one million dollars more for the stadium at Arden Hills (428 million)…I’m not sure…Something here does not make any sense ???…Why would Zygi give up naming rights for the stadium and 170 acres of private land at Arden Hills…To save a million bucks by building the stadium in MPLS ???….

  545. By DRS on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    http://minnesota.sbnation.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/2/16/2801295/nfl-mock-draft-2012-minnesota-vikings/in/2410506

    There’s one final scenario out there that warrants discussion, however and that’s the one that’s most intriguing: Andrew Luck goesfirst overall and Kalil goes to the Rams at No. 2, leaving the Vikings at No. 3 with Robert Griffin III on the board. Using the NFL Draft trade value chart, which is used by almost every team when trying to figure out value in trading draft picks, the third overall pick is worth 2,200 points.

    RG III, as he’s known, will be a hot commodity and there will be several teams salivating over him, leaving the Vikings in the enviable position of inciting an auction of sorts. If that happens, anything is possible. If teams decide to stick to the script, though, the Vikings could expect to get a first and a second round pick, minimum, while only moving down a few spots.

    If there’s a team in the back of the draft that feels they need to upgrade the QB position (ahem, Denver, for example, at 25) the Vikings could be looking at something close to what Atlanta paid to move up to get Julio Jones last year. In that deal, the Falcons moved up from 27 to 6 to get Jones, but it cost them dearly … In addition to the swapping of the first round picks, Atlanta also gave the Cleveland Browns their second and fourth round picks in last years draft, and a second and fourth rounder in this year’s draft. That’s a total of five picks to move up from 27 to 6 — very similar from a 25 to 3 move.

    The bottom line is that the Vikings have a lot of options open to them. For yours truly, however, my choice would be A) draft Matt Kalil if available; B) trade down and reap the reward of having RG III on the board; or C) draft Morris Claiborne.

    Any of those choices would be good moves for the Vikings, but it seems Kiper got it right if the first two picks go as projected.

    For more on the Vikings, check out The Daily Norseman. For more on the draft in general, check out Mocking The Draft and then head over to learn about all things professional football with SB Nation’s NFL page

  546. By DRS on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    OTKalil2012, it is politics and he wanted a stadium this year.

  547. By DRS on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Going in to town now, so will blog later, everyone have agreat day, and night. God bless you all.

  548. By draftace on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Gary- I agree that drafting a QB in the 5th round gives us 3 young QBs. Not A good idea. You are right! However, I believe the Vikings will move Webb to WR and sign Sage as the backup to Ponder.

    Ponder – starter
    Sage – #2 backup
    draft a late round QB like Russell Wilson as #3 QB.

    IMO, Joe Webb is bigger, faster and more athletically gifted than most of the WR in this draft.

    Speilman also likes Sage (McNabb was cut just after Sage was available)
    If Speilman was high on Joe Webb as a QB… I don’t think he would have drafted Ponder with the 12th pick.

    All I am saying is it might be easier to find a #3 QB late in the draft… than it is to draft or find a WR that has more upside than Joe Webb.

    Webb is 6-4 with 4.44 speed and can jump over the moon. I think it is time to see him run routes and catch.

    I don’t think it is a good idea to have Webb as Ponders backup. Benching Ponder in favor of Webb every other game is not a good idea. Ponder looking over his shoulder trying to out play Webb is not good… just too much pressure on Ponder. Sage as the backup working with Ponder as he did with Favre in 2009 makes sense.

    The blazer package was a joke. No need to bring it back this year.

    I think this offseason Speilman will apply his vision!

  549. By Josh on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    RG3 is too hot to fall to the Vikings. Rams will trade down. Bank on it.

  550. By Dallas Vike Fan on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Just read on fox that a tenative agreement was made on the stadium.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/deal-reached-for-minnesota-vikings-NFL-stadium-021812

    Gonna be some sad land speculators I think.

  551. By Troy on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Charlie Johnson would move to RG because naturally he is a G. The colts and vikings both just had such bad lines that he could play T. I think Loadholt is to big to play G? Too tall that is.. Gaurds are usually shorter or am I wrong?

    I also like Reuben Randle.

    Comes from a school that didn’t have a QB so his stats wont show it.
    That is why I dont think blackmon is worth it. Their team passed 10x as much as run and he had a qb that could play. Dont get me wrong I believe he will be a good receiver. But idk if he’s worth a #3 pick, like Calvin Johnson type WR

  552. By Mike R. on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    I’m looking foward to seeing or hearing about the NFL Combine and the Pro Days. I know the Vikings have 10 picks in the draft (not sure where they will all be).
    1. Kalil OT
    2. Boykin CB
    3. Cole or Bradham ILB
    4. Poole or Pead RB
    5. Howard DT
    6. Norman CB
    7. Foreman OG

  553. By Mike R. on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    8. Robinson WR
    9. Guy or Richardson SS
    10. Thomas FS

  554. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    draftace,

    Perhaps you are correct about Webb. But where do you get your information, or is it just a gut feeling on your part?

    Joe Webb is a Quarterback!!!

  555. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer,

    Thanks for the video on Dewey Bozella. Now if you could only send it to Chris Cook!!!

  556. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone deserves a second chance, but there’s no need to spend a lot of money on them.

  557. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone see the exchange between Carter and Moss? Whoa. After Cris Carter said that Moss is very capable, but has a QUIT like no star he has ever seen and that is what needs to be addressed before any other factor such as whether Moss can still play, etc. SO, Moss fires back that he thought Carter was his mentor, that Karma is a nasty thing, (Titus Paraphrase) and then signed it with goodluckwiththeHOF.

  558. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    SPIELMAN, YOU WANT TO BE FAMOUS?

    Then obtain some big, powerful, athletic men, and put them in the offensive, and defensive lines.

    Let them dominate, and control the other teams big guys.

    Your little RBs, QBs, WRs, and DBs can do nothing without the BIG GUYS PAVING THE WAY.

    I think we have an above average defensive line. So get the big offensive linemen this year, along with the d-backs.

    Next year you can go for D-Linemen!

  559. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on Jan 7, 2012 | Reply

    Rick Spielman,

    If we went

    1st Round OL
    2nd Round DB
    3rd Round OL
    4th Round DB

    That would be the best scenario because you also SEND A MESSAGE THAT THE TEAM IS MOST IMPORTANT.

    TEAM it is about TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  560. By Frederick Jones on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Yes, I saw all that. Why are they dissing on each other?

  561. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 18, 2012 | Reply

    Not sure. Freddie, did you watch the Winans today?

  562. By Shawn on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    I love taking Cedric Griffins Pe$is in my @$$. I will defend him because he is my ex-boyfriend. I love you Cedric. I will die for you Griffin. I dont like Chris Cook because he will rip my @$$hole while Cedric Griffin is taking easy on me.

    Love, Shawn

  563. By DeerTracks on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t look now, Titus (The Real one) there is that rat again…You are right on…This Shawn does’nt sound anything like the real one…

    GO HOME to GreenBay…Drown in a Cramberry BOG.!!

  564. By snafu on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Before we get serious about who we pick how about where we going to play?????????????

  565. By snafu on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    If we’re going to play at a college lets draft high school kids.

  566. By Parody on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Snafu – They’re stuck in the Metrodome for one more year. That’s been decided already. If they were going to move this year, they would have had to have made a decision and get it approved by the league by now.

    As it is, they are working hard to get a deal done with our bone-headed legislators to build a new stadium across the street from the dome. Hopefully the governor will be able to follow through with a comment he made in his state of the state address last Wednesday and get this deal finalized in THIS year’s session, even though there are so many spineless people working with him who are worried about how it will affect their chances of being re-elected.

  567. By Spencer on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of talk has been about us drafting Justin Blackmon, my only problem is this:
    Hes not..
    Julio Jones, AJ Green, Megatron, Fitzgerald, etc.

    Hes more similar to..
    Michael Crabtree, Hakeem Nicks, Dez Bryant

  568. By Spencer on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (6-1/215/4.54) – Blackmon has a fair argument to be the first receiver drafted, but the door is more wide open than it appears. He simply isn’t a vertical threat, securing a vast majority of his receptions within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Blackmon made a living dominating smaller, slower, less physical Big 12 cornerbacks thanks to consistent five- and seven-yard cushions at the snap, allowing quick completions and easy conversions on curl routes. Blackmon’s catch radius and ability to adjust his body positioning are major pluses, but he is not an elite prospect in the vein of A.J. Green or Julio Jones. Downfield playmaking ability is a necessity for any receiver worth a top-ten pick. I am not overlooking Blackmon’s capacity to use the sideline, or his strength at the catch point, but he is a limited receiver from a skill standpoint and hardly a surefire top-five pick.

  569. By Parody on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – I agree. Even if Blackmon had the talent to be that vertical threat, I wouldn’t want us drafting him this year. WR is much less of a need for this team (in comparision to other needs) than most people think. We need a LT and DB first. Then we can start considering WRs, but we have needs at the LB and DT position too, and right now they both appear to be more of a concern than WR is. Too many people just like the flashy potential that is attached to the WR position.

  570. By snafu on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    I hope they can. I live in Maine an I’m sick of these NE fans. It’s time to bring the pride back to Minn.

  571. By snafu on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    It’s going to be a hard draft, we have so many needs.

  572. By DRS on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    http://minnesota.sbnation.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/2/18/2808743/vikings-stadium-update-deal-agreement-metrodome

    Who knows what another year would have meant to the Vikings and how they feel about the whole situation. Maybe another year is time for the Vikings to consider relocation and a city/state that is more open to their needs. A year is plenty of time for something like that. It’s important that this was agreed on now, even if it’s not perfect for all parties, so it has a chance at to pass the Legislature sooner rather than later.

    Nothing is assured and a lot still needs to get done, but progress is progress. Any extra time likely would have put it out of the Legislature’s hands until next year. Who knows what another year would have meant?

    For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman. You can also get all of your professional football news over at SB Nation’s NFL hub.

  573. By Clark26 on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman get off your ass and actually do something i’m sick of watching teams pick up awsome free agents and the vikes do nothing except pick up old ass QBs. And dont even talk about the draft the vikings have to have some of the worst draft scouts in the league. If the vikes dont change there ways including management they better get used to being last in the NFC NORTH.

  574. By Mike R. on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    WR I want see at NFL combine

    J Blackmon,D. Jones,M Sanu,R. Randle,D. Coale…ok I want to see all of them…lol

    when I saw Julio Jones at last years combine he really impressed the h@ll out of me. I thought if he was available to the Vikings at the 12th pick, i wanted to take him…but not to be

  575. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Snafu, I don’t think we have as many needs as it may appear. We need a solid foundation– build the lines and the rest of the team will come. Strengthen our O line– make it great and then we have the quarterbacks, the running backs, and the tight ends already– and a few receivers– we can add one or two receivers, but with a much better O line, our needs are not so many.

  576. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s one persons perspective on LBs …

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/02/19/rebuilding-the-vikings-the-linebacker-situation/

  577. By draftace on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Frederick Jones – You are half right about Joe Webb. He is a good QB, but he is also a good WR.

    Joe was invited to the senior bowl as a wide receiver… and was drafted as a wide receiver.

    Webb saw extensive action playing as a wide receiver for UAB during the 2007 season, starting seven games and finishing the season with 30 receptions for 459 yards and 3 TDs.

    That was with Sam Hunt playing QB. Sam completed under 47% of his throws and had 10 TDs to 14 INTs.

    Can you imagine the numbers Joe could have put up as a WR if he would have played in a system like Oklahoma State or USC. IMO, he would have been a first round wide receiver prospect had he continued to play wide receiver, and if he would have played in system with QB that could have put the ball in his hands.

    Working out at his pro day his vertical jumb was better than any other numbers by any of the wide receivers at the combine. Joe’s standing long jump of 11 feet also out did any other wideouts. Webb’s bench press of 21 reps at 225lbs was also the best at his position. For a wide receiver his size, his forty time of 4.43 would have also been near the top.

    Frederick – you are right, Joe is a good QB. But given the right opportunity, Joe could prove to be a probowl wide receiver.

    Holding a clip board… or catching TDs? I know what I would do with Webb!

  578. By snafu on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    He’s a good fit with our weak OL.He can run for his life.

  579. By snafu on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    The defensive secondary has to be one of the weakest in the league to. Better pass rush would help but you still have to cover recievers an make interceptions.Get turn overs an help the offense.

  580. By Carl K on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike R – I was also fired up about Julio Jones last year.

    I will be shocked if any of the “big” WR this year can run a time even close to Jones’ 4.39.

    My money is on TJ Graham to lay down the fastest 40 time of all the WR.

    Graham is a track star/football player with 4 career TDs returning punts and kickoffs and 12 receiving TDs. TJ was in the top 20 in the nation for “All Purpose Yards” this year for NC State.

    TJ needs to flash that he can run great routes and pluck the ball out of the air at the combine.

    The other receivers I am interested in seeing test well at the combine are Rueben Randle, Joe Adams, Tommy Streeter, Stephen Hill, Marvin Jones and Brian Quick.

    Brian Quick is a guy that can move up if he can run a good forty.

  581. By Parody on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    I just came across an interesting article at the Daily Norseman.
    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/2/19/2809850/could-the-minnesota-vikings-franchise-erin-henderson

    Apparantly, they’re speculating that Erin Henderson could receive the franchise tag. I just don’t see it. He’s a decent starter that we should keep on the team, but he never did good enough to recieve that kind of consideration. He was an undrafted free agent that made the team mostly because his brother was already here and playing so well. Erin wants to stay here, and other teams aren’t going to be extremely interested in a player who performed well on a 3-13 team. We should be able to sign him for a decent contract without needing to go over the deep end with franchise money.

  582. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    ooops … choose

  583. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Parody … Im with you Erin did a solid job for a first year starter but I dont think he’s “franchise” material.

    I did find it interesting that tomorrow night we will have a better idea of who the FAs will be.

  584. By Carl K on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for the link Parody.
    Wow, 8.8 million for Erin with the franchise tag? I did not see that coming.
    Why not sign him to a long term deal?
    Last year he signed a one year deal for under 2 million. I think he wants to be a Viking. He didn’t really test the free agent market last year, so why would he demand that big of a contract now?
    Crazy! I have faith that Spielman is smarter than whoever wrote that artical.

    I think however wrote that article has EJ and Erin mixed up?

  585. By Caleb B on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    What are your thoughts on this Solomon, Elimimian dude. Anybody can answer

  586. By Parody on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Carl – I think last year we put a Restricted Free Agent offer on Erin, and nobody cared to offer anything more for him. The RFA allows teams to hold on to their young players for an extra year without throwing a huge contract at them. But if another team wants them, they can sign them to a larger contract and forfeit a draft pick as well in exchange. I think we put a 2nd-round RFA tender on Erin, which was more than any other team wanted to give up to get him.

    We can’t do that with him this year, and he should demand more money after performing as a starter, but definitely not as much as a Franchise tag would be worth.

  587. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Forget Blackmon. Matt Kalil is our guy. Kalil’s versatility alone should be why we draft him at #3. If he doesnt work out at LT like we hope he is good enough to play the right tackle spot and still be a solid player. But i still feel he will shine at LT and be an all pro-type player.

    Kalil is our guy

  588. By snafu on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    when your 2-14 no one needs a raise

  589. By Parody on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Caleb – Solomon did well in the CFL, but that doesn’t mean much for a transition to the NFL. The NFL offers so much more money, that players generally only go to the CFL if they can’t make it onto an NFL team. But maybe Solomon has been improving beyond his early post-college ability that was not enough for the NFL. He’ll need to keep improving, but right now I think he’s a depth move above anything else.

  590. By Caleb B on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Parody – Where do you think he should get placed in the depth chart?

  591. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Forget drafting a WR. Outside of percy (who is more of a RB at the receiver position) We have not had success in drafting a WR since Randy Moss. and before Moss can anyone think of anybody? I’m having a hard time. FA is how we solve our problem at WR. Focus on other positions in the draft. Sign Laurent Robinson or Pierre Garcon or Jerome Simpson one of those 3 will upgrade the WR position. Especially if Joey Webb were to move to WR which i believe he should our WR corps would be right up their with GB’s

  592. By Parody on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t adequately answer that at this time Caleb. Right now we don’t know what the plans are with EJ and Erin, and I don’t know how well Brinkley will be able to produce this year. I also don’t have a clue what moves the Vikings will make with the draft or free agency to address needs at LB. But with the players we currently have, I’d put Soloman as Brinkley’s backup, but use the preseason for them to compete for the position.

  593. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    RESTRUCTURE CONTRACTS DAMMIT!

  594. By Parody on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    GDP – I think Sidney Rice qualified as a good draft pick. It wasn’t until Favre arrived that we saw his talent, but it was enough to send him to the ProBowl. Injury issues caused us to let him walk, which was the right choice, but I think it was still successful when he was healthy.

  595. By Caleb B on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    What if we kept all of our defensive line and linebackers?

  596. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    GDP is right– we can get receivers anywhere– local Walmart. But we need a solid O Line and a good secondary– those two areas alone would essentially change our team overnight.

  597. By Caleb B on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    That is definitly for sure. If we get an offensive line and Defensive backs then we would take a huge step towards success.

  598. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Wouldn’t it be nice to see our QB have the time some of these elite teams in the playoffs afforded their QBs? Then, I bet we see Ponder is our best quarterback. We already have a deep threat WR– Joe Webb. I wonder if Webb could be the next Moss?

  599. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Parody- Sidney Rice was a good pick. But you can argue that Bernard Berrian has done the same if not more for us than Sidney did and we got him through free agency. Im just trying to make the point that we should be looking at positions in the draft other than WR when we can get a young WR through FA who has already proven he can play at the NFL level.

  600. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Webb seems like a guy who can work the middle of the field. Something Moss was never known for

  601. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Remember when the Vikings OL was always in the discussions of best OLs for about 10 years

    LT – Zimmerman to Steussie to McKinney
    LG – Randall McDaniel to ? to Hutch
    C – Lowdermilk to Chris’ty to Birk
    RG – David Dixon
    RT – Tim Irwin to Korey Stringer

  602. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    He has the Speed, Size, Toughness, and Lack of attitude that can make him more of a complete player than Randy Moss ever was.

  603. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    An OLine that could even make a guy like Randall Cunningham look like a pure pocket passer. I miss those days

  604. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    I like the Webb to WR idea … always have but since our OL cant keep a QB on his feet they seem to get hurt and Webb has to come in and run around

  605. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    If Webb moved to WR and we signed a WR in FA we can pick up a couple more OLineman in the draft instead using those picks on receivers. Get two birds stoned at once

  606. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Laurent Robinson 6-2 194. ran a 4.3 40 yd dash. Speed and Height to stretch a defense.

  607. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    GDP … LOL thats what i was thinking. and he wouldnt be the 8million per year guy

  608. By Caleb B on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with GDP. We can always find a good WR in FA, but you cant find an OL in FA. You have to draft an OL. I still think Ponder needs to sit behind a vetern for a year or two though.

  609. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Whatever team picks him up through FA will get away with a big steal. Just hope its us!

  610. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Really Caleb ? I thought Ponder played well untill the hip pointer and all the hits took a toll on him …

  611. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Exactly GDP– I think if Webb prepares to be a WR he will be awesome after the catch- and AP will be running wild.

  612. By Carl K on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Well said Parody! I think you are correct about Erin being a restricted free agent last year.

    But I think EJ is ranked as a higher free agent prospect (top 50) than Erin is right now. So I think the idea of giving the franchise tag to Erin over EJ is kinda questionable. I would try to get 1 more year out of EJ with the franchise tag if needed… and sign Erin to a new deal now if the Vikings like him as a starter.

  613. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    After signing Hutch to that huge deal in 06. We are not going to get an OL through FA without surrendering a huge chunk of $$$. Draft the OL!

  614. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Exactly= draft the whole O line– be done with it for years to come. Time for a Purple Dynasty.

  615. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Caleb- I say put ponder in, especially if we address the OL. He looks more avanced in his game than other QBs who are starting (Mark Sanchez, Kevin Kolb, Tavaris Jackson, Kyle Ortan, Matt Cassel, ect.) That 1st year under his belt should prove very helpful for us. He is a smart guy after all.

  616. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K … interesting idea. Franchising EJ to get one more year out of him

  617. By Caleb B on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Cedric – He isn’t that bad but he isn’t that good either. He could keep playing like he is right now but Ponder could really accelerate if he sat behind a veteran for a year or two and took a few pointers from someone that has been in the league for a while and knows what they are doing.

  618. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Titus- I think we all agree OL is hands down #1 priority. If we know that than Speilman should as well since hes the expert. I hope to God im not wrong on that

  619. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    EVERYONE …. IMO right now your going to hear and see differant things leaked into the media. Things about RG3 or Blackmon … Im guessing the Vikings must be thinking LT with the first pick but it might be the least talked about because Spielman should be making others think they need to trade up for RG3 or Blackmon and leaving Kalil for us

    Just my guess I cant imagine Spielman has any serious consideration for those 2. I mean unless Blackmon runs a 4.3 which we know he’s not ….

  620. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

  621. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Dont forget Caleb there was no real offseason last year

  622. By Caleb B on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    That video does say a lot but that was one throw. How about when there are guys that are coming at him that are actually going to hit him hard. He doesnt throw accurately then. He may scramble but he scrambles to much and he waits to long to get ride of the ball.

  623. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    I wasnt trying to use that video to prove my point. Sorry if i made it seam that way. Im a sucker for sports science i just thought some of you might find it interesting. Try this one
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_97kBZqj270&feature=related

  624. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

  625. By Parody on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    GDP – Sorry for that. I get overly meticulous at times. I agree that we shouldn’t be using the draft to get a WR, (not this year anyways). Between Harvin, Jenkins, Webb, Arceneaux and Burton, we already have a group that can perform if we give Ponder some time to find them. Add in one quality free agent to the group, and they could become a scary bunch. Much better than the cráp-shoot for a WR in the draft. Troy “I want to throw down in the middle of the field with my former head coach” Williamson comes to mind as a perfect example of that.

  626. By Frederick Jones on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    @GrandDaddyPurp,

    But can he do that with a Jack Tatum type safety threatening him?

    College is college, but the nfl is the NFL…iffen’ ya no’ whut aaah men?

  627. By Frederick Jones on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Parody,

    Put me down as also believing our WRs are good enough, if the the OLine becomes good enough!

  628. By Frederick Jones on Feb 19, 2012 | Reply

    Draft Ace,

    No doubt Joe Webb has the physical skills to play WR. He also has the physical skills to play DB, RB, and even TE, or LB with a slight weight gain.

    The biggest question may be is this what Joe really wants to do?

    I think Joe Webb wants to be a quarterback, and their is nothing wrong
    with having the best athlete on your team at QUARTERBACK!!!

    >>>>I have argued until I was blue in the face about whether Joe Webb was drafted as a QB or an RB. I believe all the papers said QB.

    In addition, Joe had 1000 yards rushing, and 2000 yards passing in his last two years (each) in college.

    But I’ll go to my grave, disagreeing with you on that one!

  629. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Freddie is right on that one– I know I made a case for WR Webb, but as I wrote that I wondered what does Webb want to be. Motivation and incentive are key to all success in life. It does seem Webb wants to be QB.

  630. By Mike R. on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K

    I am fired up about the WR in this combine. But I don’t won’t a Leonard Hankerson Miami, Terence Tolliver LSU, or Jonathan Baldwin Pitt. These guys were the top or 2nd tier WR of last years draft. The only news I really heard about these WR below Jones was Hankerson started playing ball at end of season. Baldwin got hurt (in fight in locker room!) Tolliver was cut….I don’t like WR picked that the “pros” think they would be good WR

  631. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    OL Kelechi Osemele out of Iowa. 6’6″ 347 is a player of interest to me VERY strong lineman who can pass and run block very well. He has the ability to play anywhere on the offensive line so we could be talking about the eventual replacement for Hutch or the replacement for Loadholt if we draft this guy. If we can get this guy with the 35th pick pick or trade up to about mid 2nd round and get this guy, Having him on the same Line as a guy like Kalil would be awesome.

  632. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Fred- I would like to see Ponder develop. I believe he is our QB of the future. The main thing i like in a quarterback is accuracy and i have not seen Webb be accurate as consistently as i would like. If Webb truly wants to be a QB and not a WR, i feel we can use him to trade for more draft picks or to move up in the draft. I would like it if we can have 2 selections in the first round or the 2nd round.

    Say we draft Kalil at #3, trade up to a spot late in the first round to get a guy like DT Dontari Poe since it looks like his stock is rising, or LB Dont’a Hightower. And still keep our 35th overall pick to draft OL Kelechi Osemele. As much as i like Joe Webb and want him to remain a Viking, if we wants to be a QB and we can get in a situation where we trade him and the outcome is something like this, I would be happy. Solidify the OLine and gets some quality players on defense. 3 picks in the top 35 would be awesome

  633. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Or trade up to get Dre Kirkpatrick if he falls. Anything is possible

  634. By Carl K on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Frederick – Joe puts team and coaches first. He is a humble guy and has always said he will do what ever the coaches ask him to do. You have to love that about him.

    At Joe’s own pro day he chose to work out as a wide receiver… so what does that say about where is head and heart maybe. Yes, I think he has talent to be a starting NFL QB… but at the same time I think he aslo has the talent to be a franchise pro bowl WR.

    Mike R. – You make a good point about the 2nd tier WRs in this years draft being much like the second tier WR of last year. That is why I think drafting a OT in rd1, CB in round 2 and WR in round 3 is the way to go. Although I will say I think Rueben Randle, Tommy Streeter and Stephen Hill have more NFL upside than the some of the 2nd tier WR last year.

  635. By draftace on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Fred – I admire your ambition to support Joe Webb as a QB. Webb has a strong arm and is fun to watch. I do not have a problem with him being a QB.

    My problem is:
    I just don’t think he will get a fair opportunity in the next 16 games to compete for the starting job at QB. It just rips me up to see great talent stand on the side lines when we can use him in an area that we need help in like WR.

    I mean no disrespect to you brother. I love your character. Keep standing up for Joe Webb – take it to the grave if you must – Joe is one of my favorite players to watch.

  636. By sandiamond on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    All this Wide Receiverrrrrrr talk! ouch
    first it was wobs, then paul allen and now it’s spreading
    They all have packeritis

  637. By sandiamond on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    ILB draft prospect Burfict…. too aggressive? lol

  638. By Carl K on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Ok Sandiamond I will talk about the FS position.
    Husain Abdullah is a free agent with concussion problems and Mistral Raymond is unproven. So what do we do at FS? It is not our biggest problem, or hole so I think the Vikings will try to address it with a late round draft pick to compete with Raymond. Here is my answer:
    Trenton Robinson from Michigan State. He has the size and speed of a corner with the physicality of a safety. Good b a l l skills… can make the easy int with hands away from body. Not afraid to stick his nose into traffic agianst the run. Comes off the edge on run blitzes regularly. Trenton uses his long arms and speed to track down the b a l l carrier. He is a team leader who has earned the respect of his coaches for is work ethic. 229 total career tackles and 9 career ints. He is a late round prospect I would love to see wear purple.
    I saw 1 profile on him that said a zone team might even look at him as a corner.

    Sandiamond what would you do with the FS postion?

  639. By sandiamond on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    stephen garcia qb: should be at the nfl combine this week= 5th year party frat boy
    wesley saunders te: rookie in the nfl steelers = suspened 4 games “unknown”
    alshon jeffery wr: poor senior season= 250 pds 4.88 forty

    what do all these have in common?

  640. By Carl K on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    same school

  641. By Carl K on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    South Carolina

  642. By sandiamond on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Carl must be the troy williamson curse. I think news will come about Jeffery being out of shape this week. vikes should go ahead and add him to the “do not draft board imo

  643. By sandiamond on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    I couldn’t agree more… T. Robinson would be a good fit for our cover 2. Any safety that features mostly talent for in-the-box plays is not needed. Sanford and the rest need to work on their ball-catching/ball pursuit skills. Somehow or another we need another turnover guy on D

  644. By Carl K on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    I agree, I am not a big fan of Alshon Jeffery. or Michael Floyd or Nick Toon or Mohamed Sanu.

  645. By Carl K on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    I do really like Joe Adams, Marvin Jones, Marvin McNutt and TJ Graham as late round picks.

    If we draft a WR early I would take Stephen Hill as high as round 2… if he looks sharp and runs well at the combine.

  646. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    CB Stanford Routt Signed with the Chiefs … which probably means Cheifs will franchise WR DBowe and let Brandon Carr come to the Vikings ….

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82715141/article/exraiders-cb-routt-reaches-threeyear-deal-with-chiefs?module=HP11_breaking_news

  647. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    However CB Brandon Carr is younger than Routt so maybe it just means Carr is asking for too much money … IDK

  648. By sandiamond on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Loaded Carl! we can get steals of the draft(WR) in rounds 3-6 with guys like adams,graham,mcnutt, jones and this guy…..

  649. By 4eversteve on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    This draft is loaded with receivers that the Vikings can pick up in the lower rounds and will have an impact in this league in my opinion, their is a kid by the name of Dale Moss out of South Dakota St. It would great to have another player named Moss dawning the Viking purple and this guy isn’t a the head case Randy Moss was, granted not as fast Randy Moss but has a far better attitude along with great work ethic.

  650. By Carl K on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Another position to talk about is DT. We drafted Ballard and we signed Aydele to a nice deal so I don’t think we will draft a DT high. So here is a late round DT to keep an eye on:
    Nicolas Jean-Baptiste from Baylor. He is a big boy at 6-2 335 and can run pretty well for a big dude. 94 total career tackles with 12.5 TFL. Nicolas can squat 600 lbs. He had a good week at the East West Shrine game.
    I don’t see his name on the combine invite list which is a shame because he would have tested well.

  651. By Carl K on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    SS is a position I hope the Vikings make a spash with in FA with Tyvon Branch.
    If not I could see the Vikings drafting Antonio Allen as high as round 3.
    But the late round guy I think that could come in can compete with J Sanford is Matt Daniels from D u k e.

    D u k e credits Daniels with a 4.43-second 40-yard dash.

    Daniels has been a tremendously productive safety as a starter over the past three years, finishing 2011 with 126 tackles, 14 p a s s e s defensed, and two interception after posting 93/7/1 in 2010 and 83/5/0 in 2009, never missing a game and twice being named to the Academic All-ACC team.

    Strengths: Superior anticipation and football IQ, can find the b a ll and rocket towards it. Strong, sure tackler. Puts shoulder to body and tackles through the b a l l carrier. Heads up in coverage, good zone instincts and ball skills. Has speed, takes good angles and closes fast with burst. Hard worker, smart, durable, top intangibles.

    Weaknesses: Narrow boned, high hipped build. Was a track star, and doesn’t turn or change directions well. Projects to struggle with NFL man coverage assignments.

  652. By Carl K on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    4eversteve – thanks for the tip on Dale Moss. I had never heard of him. Looks like he played Basketball too. I will keep an eye on him.

  653. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    One of the most connected NFL analysts in the business, Michael Lombardi of NFL Network, said approximately 10 days ago on a podcast with Bill Simmons (aka The Sports Guy) of ESPN that the Vikings will draft an offensive tackle at 3 overall in the upcoming draft.

    http://thevikingage.com/2012/02/19/mike-lombardi-vikings-will-draft-left-tackle-at-3/

  654. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting find ….

    New defensive coordinator Mike Nolan reportedly plans to remove MLB Curtis Lofton from nickel packages if the Falcons re-sign the free agent.

    It sounds like Nolan wasn’t pleased with what Lofton put on tape as a cover linebacker in 2011. Len Pasquarelli of the Sports XChange does confirm that re-signing Lofton is a “priority” for the Falcons, whose run defense collapsed down the stretch. Pasquarelli suggests WLB Sean Weatherspoon playing the middle on nickel downs. Pro Football Focus agrees that Lofton was a liability more often than not in coverage. Weatherspoon has more range.

  655. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Kalil and Kelechi Osemele should be our first two picks respectively. Solidify the Offensive Line.

  656. By Mike R. on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K

    Agree about a late round SS come in and compete for spot I saw SS Matt Daniels play in Shrine game. He looked good. He made a couple good hits and tackles. Didn’t know who this kid was playing hard physical football. Then I saw Duke helmet.

  657. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82715ceb/article/hutchinson-faces-possible-release-as-vikings-turn-to-youth?module=HP11_headline_stack

  658. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Hi Cedric. I love you so much and I almost had to dump Chris Cook because I couldn’t stop thinkin about you. I loved your p3nis because they are not as big as Chris Cook. He tored my an@l and I received 5 stitches. It wasn’t a great night I’ve had with Chris Cook. Cedric would you please call me tonight? I missed you. Please call me. I’ve been defending you for almost 2 weeks and not one person think you are great except me. I never gave up on you, Cedric. Not once I’ve ever forgotten you. Call me, you know my number. Mwah

    -Shawn

  659. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Cedric do you remeber when you had your injury year, we spend nights together and you said I am so great in bed? I knew you would say that, I tried to give you my best like you tried to give the best on the field. I am sorry I dumped you, because Chris Cook is a better CB than you. At least you are my favorite sex mate. You didn’t hurt me like Chris Cook did. Not one day goes by I did not stop thinking about you but I have to admit you are so great in bed and I missed that. I love you and I will be looking forward to see you getting cut by the Vikings so that we can spend time together. I missed you when you’re not all worried about the vikings and you gave me enough attention. I like that.

    Love, Shawn

  660. By Parody on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Spence, give it up! It’s pretty obvious that you’re the impersonator. The only question is, what do you have to gain from it? All it does is make the rest of think you’re even more juvenile. It’s hurting your image, and forcing you to lose respect from anyone who still had any respect for you.

  661. By Spencer on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Its not me. I dont impersonate.

  662. By Spencer on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    You do realize there is another person who is in favor of Cook right? LarsonFamily.

  663. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    I disagree Parody– it is not obvious. Spencer is the obvious suspect, but like so often with law enforcement, just to take the easy, first-come-to-mind choice does not always find the true culprit. It could be Spencer, but I am not as certain as you. There have been so many impostors on here and with such idiotic, attention-seeking posts, that it could be half the cheesehead population. Who knows?

    Now, with all that said, Spencer, it seems strange that you try and call out another blogger as your defense– a blogger who, as far as we know, infrequently hangs out here and has not impersonated anyone. Rather than saying — I am not guilty, you try to shift the blame– HM?

    At any rate the above posts are so low-life and ridiculous, I will take a leave from the blogs for a while. I have better things to do– now watch– there will be impersonations of Titus forthcoming! Ha!

  664. By Spencer on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Moronic, Clueless, Stupid, R*tarted: These are words that I find Shawns opinions as. Its simply laughable at how he admires a guy that doesnt produce on the field. But hates guys that do produce on the field, Sidney Rice and Cook come to mind.

    Even though I truly, with all my heart belive Shawn has absolutely No Idea what hes talking about. I would never impersonate him because theres no point. I dislike him, but I do respect him..

    If I wanted to get under his skin I would of just said something along the lines of: Cedric Griffin is the most disgraceful cornerback I have ever seen.

  665. By Spencer on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    Well…im off here.

  666. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    *sigh

    I thought for sure I had a moniker Spence wouldnt use. Its obvious Spence is the Impersonator. Larson Fam has broken English and Spence has a clearer form of English. The last 4 or 5 posts from the impersonator have been to clearly written to be Larson Family ….

  667. By Cedric Griffin is a better Minnesota Viking aka Shawn on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    I am Moronic, Clueless, Stupid, R*tarted.

  668. By PAUL M. on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    I RECALL THAT SHAWN & TITUS WERE GANGING UP ON MY OPINION THAT ADRIAN SHOULD NEVER HAVE PLAYED IN THE MEANINGLESS GAME HE INJURED HIMSELF IN.

    AS AN ASIDE, A FEW OF THE PROS – LIKE McGINNIST ON THE NFL CHANNEL – ALSO STATED THAT ONLY CERTAIN NFL TEAMS STILL IN CONTENTION HAD TO PLAY THEIR STARS IN THE FINAL GAMES OF THE REGULAR SEASON.

  669. By PAUL M. on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    IT’S IN BAD TASTE TO DROP LABELS ON FANS FOR EXPRESSING THEIR OPINIONS & THEN PRETENDING TO TAKE THE “HIGH ROAD”.

  670. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    HA HA HA– Shawn we are ganging up on people! And now taking the high road. What a dichotomy of nature! Oh brother.

  671. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    @Sandiamond,

    At the college level, Burfict looks a lot like Butkus did on the NFL level.

    But can he cover anybody?

  672. By Frederick Jones on Feb 20, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t even find my last post on here!!!

    Hey M i c k, it’s time for a new blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  673. By GrandDaddyPurp on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    3rd Overall Pick- OT Matt Kalil (USC)
    35th Overall Pick- OG/OT Kelechi Osemele (Iowa St.)

    Solidify the Offensive Line

  674. By 61Vikings on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    @Vikings.com
    Blogs down from last year at this time!! Jan.2011/52 blogs to Jan.2012/37!! Feb.2011/42 to 9 so far this month!! Let the fans take over this site!! There would be alot more blogs!! This is a big offseason for the Vikes, plenty to talk about!!

  675. By 61Vikings on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    @GDP
    I agree, but I don’t think the kid from ISU will be there for the Vikes to take!! Love the first pick and by doing so, you can move Johnson to LG because I think the Vikes will release Hutch due to salary cap move!! OL will be totally different from last year and I think the only guy to return as a starter other than Johnson will be Sullivan at center!! I think the Vikes will sign (3) players in free agency, LG or RG, WR and CB!! I would love to see Carl Hicks from NO, Brandon Carr from KC and Vincent Jackson from SD!! Wishful thinking!!!

  676. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    GDP- some people love Osemele. I like the fact that he can play tackle or guard and that he has played in 43 straight games. However, his weight scares me. At the senior bowl he was 333 lb not bad… but I have heard at times he can get over 350 lbs. The Vikings staff did not seem to tolerate weight issues last year with McKinney and C DeGeare.

    Osemele is a kid that could be drafted high or he could be seen as just a slow heavy guard that could fall to later rounds. I am not sure what to think of him?

  677. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think the Vikings will have much of cap space to be signing a lot of FA players. When Spielman says he is going to get younger and build through the draft… I think you can believe that. We will need to cut or restructure Hutch just to be able to go after a FA WR, CB or safety.

    Jose Valdez, Brandon Fusco, D love, DeGeare and C Johnson if he is moved inside will need to step up and fill the holes if Herrera and Hutch are gone.

  678. By sandiamond on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    @ Fred, good question and not sure about the pass coverage. One thing that is interesting is how he blows past big OL(some in the draft) and they don’t even have a chance to block him. Mark Barron(S) is another one we are not sure about pass coverage skills( no team could open up an air attack vs bama)

  679. By Carl K on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    This link is a good write up on Burfict and might answer some questions.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ycn-10989370

  680. By sandiamond on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    K. Williams salary fiq stands out on that list, i mean honestly. can you “take one for the team bro” ?

  681. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmmmm…..according to math, Cedric Griffin has averaged 4.7 tackles per game over his career. Cook averaged 3.5 over his brief 12-game stint (only played in 6 games each of last 2 years). Even if you just take last year (since some people say Griffin isn’t what he used to be), Griffin averaged 4.1 tackles per game, and Cook 3.3.

    Who is the better CB NOW?

  682. By Kyle on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Cedric can’t defend a reciever and he is slow. Cook can lock down big time recievers, like how he did with calvin johnson. What we can do is the rams can’t miss out on getting a big time reciever in Justin Blackmon and the browns want RG3 so badly so i say we trade down with them and they have two picks in the first round so we could get those for them and with the first pick get matt kalil. And then with the other one in the first round that they would get from them, we should get a reciever or a corner back. Maybe dre kirkspatrick, right there we just took care of two postitions that we needed badly. And then we just go from there and free agency.

  683. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Griffin defends .62 throws per game, Cook .5……………

  684. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Griffin intercepts the ball every 10 games……Cook hasn’t even had one in 12 games………….

  685. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Stats don’t lie.

  686. By Derek on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    As much as I would love the #1 WR in the draft, he will be no use if Ponder take a 3 or 5 step drop and the D-Line is in his face.

  687. By Viking-ology on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t believe with ALL that is going on with the Combine, FA, and the Draft, the Cook and Griffin debate still goes on. BLAH BLAH BLOG about something that matters NOW!

  688. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    I’m about as sick as you are of reading them battle back and forth, I just thought I’d add something concrete to the mix to put it to rest.

  689. By Woodboat on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Actually, Northwoods, stats have a tendancy to lie. When the Vikes had the number 1 run defense in the league, they were hyped as being a good defense. The only reason they had the number 1 run defense is that teams could pass on them at will, so why give any real effort in the run game?

    Griffen is slow and he has never had good cover skills. He gets tackles because he gets thrown at… because he plays off his receiver by 3 yards. If he was on them like a blanket (ala C. Cook), his WR wouldn’t get targeted. Get your nose out of the stat book and watch the games, bro. Griffen has NEVER been a CB you could trust to lock down a WR.

  690. By 4eversteve on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    I think Griffin is playing to safe worried about being burned with the injuries to his knees, his speed and ability have been compromised and receivers around the league know it. Two things would have happen for him to remand a Viking 1st. he would have to restructure his contract and 2nd. he would have to show the Vikings he a 100% ready to go. no physical reservation at all in the the mind of the Viking coaches.

  691. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Wood – that’s the one stat that I couldn’t find, and figured it was the only one that could poke holes in my comments.

    How many times WERE each person thrown at?

  692. By wes on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    I think that a copule good offensive lineman would be a smarter choice for our first 2 picks seeing as how our offensive line now cannot block anybody

  693. By wes on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    our secondary flat out sucks and even tho Cook didn’t get that many int’s he still was a lock down corner the only one we have since antoine got old Lol if you ask me they all should go and as much as I’ve loved EJ in the past he needs to go too. Too old and slow

  694. By Add Dog 68 on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Grandaddypurpdog, you’re forth right on Kalil. What’s next another O/L or C/B? Unless we can get a free agent at any of our needs and it doesn’t jack the cap, I feel we can address that need after the draft. Ten picks, if Spielman does his job we should be able to address most needs. Purple n’ Gold forever dude.

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