Monday Morning Catch-Up

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 12, 2012 – 5:12 am

A lot has happened in the NFL since you were last sitting in front of your computer at work. Let’s go over a few of the most important developments…

– The Vikings released CB Cedric Griffin and OGs Anthony Herrera and Steve Hutchinson on Saturday. The moves cleared a reported $13.4 million in cap space.

– The Vikings can now use that extra cap space to pursue free agents. Free agency begins on Tuesday at 3:00 PM CT. I’ll be on with Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen this morning from 9:35 to 11:00 to talk draft, free agency and all things Vikings, so tune into that for more information.

– The NFL announced that the salary cap this year will be $120.6 million.

– All of this,  plus more, is discussed in this week’s Monday Morning Mailbag.

– The St. Louis Rams found a trading partner and now we know who will draft QB Robert Griffin III next month. The Washington Redskins traded their 1st-round pick this year (#6 overall), their 2nd-round pick this year and 1st-round picks in 2013 and 2014 in order to jump up to #2, presumably to select RG3. It’s a huge price to pay, but obviously the Redskins believe in RG3 so you have to commend them for going after a player they believe will change their fortunes.

– As we mentioned earlier this morning, the Rams-Redskins trade essentially puts the Vikings on the clock now. They can take the best non-QB on their entire draft board, or they can use the next 6 weeks to field trader offers from teams who’ve fallen in love with WR Justin Blackmon, CB Morris Claiborne or LT Matt Kalil.

– While it appears RG3 has a team, free agent QB Peyton Manning does not. But he’s commenced the process of finding a new home by visiting with the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardianls, in that order, over the weekend. He’s now returned to Miami, with no other visits with any team scheduled to this point. It’s been reported that the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks have bowed out of this dance, and we’ve also found out that the Tennessee Titans, via owner Bud Adams, are absolutely interested in signing Manning, who played college football at the University of Tennessee.

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97 Responses to “Monday Morning Catch-Up”

  1. By The Andy of Purple on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s what I think the Vikings should do:

    Draft Picks

    1st-Matt Kalil: The Vikings obviously need a better line. Doesn’t get better than Kalil.

    2nd-Alfonzo Dennard: Physical corner, with a little discipline learned he could be an amazing player.

    3rd-Vontaze Burfict: E.J. was a good MLB. Was. He’s getting to high up in years now, and Vontaze could be a really good backer with some training.

    4th-Deangelo Peterson: With Shiancoe probably going and Kleinsasser retiring, we need a good backup TE. Deangelo did pretty well in the 50 games he played in.

    (Can’t decide on the rest of them.)

    Free Agents

    Brandon Carr: A proven corner, he could bring huge talent to the secondary.

    Mario Manningham: We need a good second wide receiver, if we can nab Mario it would be great.

    Position Changes

    Antoine Winfield: He should be moved to SS, if we did get the two corners metioned above, they would outshine Winfield, and he has a lot more talent than Sanford.

    Phil Loadholt: I think he should be moved to guard, where he could still run block well, and probably use his strength to repel some DTs. Put Demarcus Love in his place.

    Charlie Johnson: Move him on over to guard too, LT will obviously be taken by Kalil.

    I’m new to this, so if I made some mistakes, don’t be me up to bad please! Thanks for reading.

  2. By Jerry W on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I like the position the Vikings are in with the 3rd pick. Personally I’m hoping they take Kalil unless a great trade opportunity comes along. The freed up cap space should help them pick up a player or two in free agency and there could be a big improvement quickly in the team.

  3. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks Mike-
    I am starting to warm up to the idea that the Vikings could take a safety in round 2. However, I think Barron and H Smith might be gone. I also think CB Stephen Gilmore might also be gone.

    Some people like the idea of moving up from that #35 pick… but what about the idea of moving back in the 2nd round and taking WR Chris Givens or CB Chase Minnifield?

  4. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Here is something to put out there. Joe Webb is probably one of the top 10 players on the team, but is not on our starting Roster. Chilly is in Cleveland and they need a QB. Why not see if the Browns would be interested in trading a 2nd round and a later round pick for Webb. This will give Webb the ability to truly compete for a starting spot and would be with the coach that drafted him in the first place.

  5. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t take anything less than a 1st round pick for Joe Webb!

  6. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Carl it’s becoming more and more clear every day that the Safety position is shaping up to be a do or die situation for the Vikes.

    George Iloka so horrible at the combine the experts moved him to the LB slot
    Mayock had to move bama’s corner Menzie in the top 5 safety positions

    We either go all out and attempt to acquire Barron or Smith or just forget it and patch it up with a Raymond type 5-6 round player or take a flyer on LaRon Landry

  7. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond- I don’t think we need to trade up to get Barron or Smith. If they fall to us at pick #35 great. I say that because I really like SS Brandon Talylor from LSU. 3 year starter, 70 tackles 2 ints this year for LSU and helped them get to the Championship game.
    If we trade back in round 2 and get an extra 3rd or 4th round pick… we would be able to snagg SS Antonio Allen or Brandon Taylor in rounds 3-5, and also get a quality CB, WR and LB the extra pick by trading back in the 2nd round verses trading up into the first round.

  8. By Gary on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K = Right ther with you. Philly has extra picks this year in rounds 2 & 4. Could move down to #46 and pick up #99 PLUS something else to balance out.

  9. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Carl there is only one (Barron) that should be strongly considered for a trade up. Consider Harrison Smith at #35 then the rest Allen, Taylor, etc have a much,much less chance of being an immediate impact starter.

    Mark Barron is like a 2 for 1 player. Can play any scheme on a nfl defense, shutdown _ Safety( no teams threw his way in college), move up to cover #2 and #3 receviers at the line of scrimmage , #4 linebacker moving up to cover TE’s and RB’s across the middle and one hard hitting SOG

  10. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Lot of guys in the 2-4 round area that would look good in purple. Having an extra 3rd or 4th rd pick might be nice with all the holes we have.

    SS- Antonio Allen, Brandon Taylor
    OLB – David Lavonte, Bobby Wagner, Nigel Bradham
    CB – Chase Minnifield, Josh Robinson, Jamell Fleming
    WR- Alshon Jeffery, Chris Givens, B Quick, Marvin Jones, M McNutt
    DT – Brandon Thompson, Mike Martin, Alameda Ta’amu, Kheeston Randell
    ILB – Mychal Kendricks, Vontaze Burfict

  11. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Watch this film Carl!

  12. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Burfict type smash hit

  13. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

  14. By Twoodsnvikes on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply


  15. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    sandi- I will watch it when I get home… security setting at work block you tube, face book and other links, videos and sites.

  16. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    lol cark k they figured you out

  17. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I should have known something was up when they installed the cameras in the office.

    Nothing can hold me back from my daily fix of

  18. By Daniel0227 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone knows who we will take in the first, but for me Kendricks is as close to Partick Willis as it comes. Love this guy in the second. Kendricks in the second!!!!!!! Flat out killer MLB. Just what we need and should be our top 2nd round choice.

  19. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Daniel0227 we just signed him last month:

  20. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    last years lock out might of led to hasty decisions

  21. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Free Agency Preview: 5 Players Minnesota Should Aggressively Pursue

  22. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    dang wobs deleted my post about free agent left tackles available this week… I quit!

  23. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    lol, now awaiting moderation

  24. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Well … I keep going back and forth with free agency. Im worried Garcon will be the next bernard berrian. garcon has drops metioned in every article i read about him. who else couldnt catch ? bernard berrian …

    garcon had 950 yards and 6 tds last season

    the year b4 berrian joined the vikings he had 950 yards and 5 tds

    2 years ago garcon had 780 yards and 6 tds

    2 years b4 berrian joined the vikings he had 775 yards and 6 tds

    both are known for speed … although i never understood why berrian had that tag

  25. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    shawn how about a depth upgrade for Left Tackle ? #1 need
    D. Bell ufa buffalo
    J. Gaither ufa san diego
    3+mill maybe on the cap?

  26. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    vincent jackson would be awesome but some team a wr away from a shot at the super bowl will no doubt out bid MN Vikings and even if they dont outbid us we have nothing to offer

    we have an unknown QB

    unknown stadium issues

    3-13 season

    worst OL in football

    worst DBs in football

    Vincent Jackson is not coming to Minnesota … PG might be the next BB

  27. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond i think we have depth on the OL … we just dont have starters

    LT – Charlie Johnson … ranked 32 out of 32 lol

    LG – Hutch … gone

    C – Sullivan … well we got 1

    RG – Herrera … gone

    RT – Loadholt … good run blocker not so good pass blocker




  28. By sandiamond on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    shawn lot of them ‘can’t play’ left tackle. think of it like insurance if we would have to pick some one like Andrew Datko (starting left tackle risk) due to trades

  29. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond … well i dont think a trade should be considered. we dont have a single elite OLmen … Im happy Kalil is ours and trading back would irk me. We have always had good LTs and last season was embarrassing so now the football gods have given us a gift. Matt Kalil is there he is a beast for one of the worst positions Vikings fielded last season

    I will be bitter if we dont take Kalil

  30. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    last seasons biggest problem positions


    Now you figure we lost 9 of 13 games by 7 points or fewer and then we are given an elite LT which was our worst position

    we could change the weakest link on the team to one of the top 5 links on the team

    its a no brainer and trading would be unforgivable

  31. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    LT – Matt Kalil

    CB – Richard Marshall

    S – Mark Baron or Harrison Smith

    CB – Eric Wright

    DT – might have to wait one more year

    WR – might have to wait one more year

    G – Charlie Johnson, DeMarcus Love, Brandon Fusco, Chris DeGeare, and Joe Berger …. hopefully 1 of the previous draft picks figures everything out and becomes a beast for us and another one can step up for one season and fix it next year

    also MLB due to age,injuries, and salary is now on the list of weaknesses

    MLB – Curtis Lofton or Stephen Tulloch

  32. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Do you guys REALLY feel Johnson performed worse than Loadholt? My memory tells me that the majority of the pressure and hits our QBs took came from the R side of the O-line.

  33. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    NVF … my memory tells me the opposite. Yes I think Charlie Johnson was worse than Loadholt

  34. By Gary on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    What if we got Kalil AND then got Datko later on maybe 4th round compensatory or 5th round pick?

  35. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil is in the bag! Spielman will NOT mess that up!

    Next step is free agency and pick #35. Anything can happen… I am on the edge of my seat. Can’t wait to see what moves Mr. Spielman makes.

  36. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    NVF … I do understand your frustration with loadholt. I hope hes one of those guys that looks better with better talent around him because i know the viking front office likes him

    im not a sullivan fan either but he is getting recognition from people around the football world … so i just accept it

  37. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Gary- I am with you. Datko in the late rounds would be sweet. D Love or Datko could compete with Loadholt. Love could move inside to guard if needed.
    Open competition for starting jobs is what this team need in camp!
    Loadholt is a solid run blocker but doesn’t have quick enough foot work agianst speed pass rushers.

  38. By Daniel0227 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil, kalil, kalil.

    Ok. We have this guy. Our greatest need as of right now is Guard, and MLB.

    Why MLB? Be cause our Tampa 2 is built to have a Fast MLB that can drop into deep coverage. When is the last time we had that kind of a threat? hmmm I say Chris Claiborne, and he was Pac 12 Def player of the year. Kendrics also made Pac 12 Def Player of the year. This guy is a flat out steal in the second. His combine was amazing. 4.47 in the 40? For a MLB that is crazy fast. He was also the strongest MLB and was 6th! in the vertical jump! OUT OF EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!! Should I go on?….. ok….. 2010 had 8 sacks, 1st in pac-12 in solo tackles, 4th in total tackles, 2nd for Tackles for a loss,
    ended up with 106 total tackles 4 pd’s, 2 int’s. We have got to target this guy.
    His attributes are almost exactly the same. Differance is he is 5-11′ He is exactly the kind of MLB we need.
    I also think Chilo Rachal would make a great Guard FA pickup. Would cost less and is young and cheap and an awsome run blocker.

  39. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’m pulling for Loadholt. He was a late second round pick who was rated as a top-ten prospect in 20-20 hindsight drafts after his first year. Then things went sour for the entire team over the next two years. He was playing poorly, but so was everyone else.

    We should give him this one last year to turn back into the starter he ought to be. With some good young talent around him, he has the size and skills to be a great RT.

  40. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Things arent looking good.

  41. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

  42. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Daniel – Great stuff. I think a rotation of Kendericks and Brinkley at MLB might work.
    I would wait till round 3 or 4 on Kendericks… heres why.
    Not as many 4-3 team in the NFL and MLBs seem to fall in the draft.
    Kendericks is strong, but he is shorter than NFL standards. I think he drops past the second round because of that.

    I would disagree that guard is our biggest need.
    I would say CB or WR.

  43. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Didnt see that coming. OJ Atogwe was cut by the Redskins.

  44. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    LT Kalil R1, R2 S Harrison Smith or WR Stephen Hill, R3 LB Mychal Kendricks, R4 CB Josh Norman(could go R3), likely get 2 4th round compensatory picks so 1stC R4 OT/OG Andrew Datko, 2ndC R4 DT Akiem Hicks, R5 CB Cliff Harris, R6 LB Audie Cole, R7 BPA.

  45. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmmm, shouldn’t have stopped with Herrerra and Hutch, we should have added Johnson and Loadholt to the list too. Why would you be pulling for Loadholt, are you a advocate for ill timed penalties and bad line play?? Why do we want Garcon, because we need another average receiver?? Pursue Saturday and move Sullivan to Gaurd, you can’t go wrong with a Veteran Center.

    And I am with the Linebackers supporters – please do not overlook the LB. I guess I get my wish and I will get to see our OL kids play this year, no choice now, I hope they are ready.

    If Miami thinks they have a shot just becasue Manning has a house there, well then, Manning can have my house in Minnesota…….I will sleep on a park bench for Manning.

    Remi should be released just because he was a Saint (period)

    Has anyone noticed an influx of female repoerters on EPSN?? What is the deal with that, and not even hot ones? Not that I am saying that if you are a female reporter you should be hot, because clearly that didn’t work out for Jen Sterger.

  46. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    O.J. Atogwe was released because of his massive contract. He would be a good pick up for a fair price but will he take an above average contract or does he want to be the highest paid Safety that is the question.

  47. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I hope Cook and others learn a lesson from this – don’t take your Girlfriend to a Strip Club – it is a conflict of interest. When you mix Money – Hot Naked Girls and Drunk guys together bad things are going to happen, throw in your own drinking girlfriend on top of that and just sit back and watch the fireworks.

  48. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    VJack I think the vikings should use that availible cap room and go all in on VJack. We need a #1 WR. I am not sure we have the dollars availible, but we should consider it. That or change gears and find a LT in FA at a better price and pick Blackmon at #3. Guess we find out starting tomorrow.

  49. By Mike B. on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    lol Viking33 that’s so true dancers picking up on the girlfriends and the other guys makes for a bad scene.

  50. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Rudolph is listed as the 10th best TE in the NFL, and he didn’t even get much of a chance last year to play. If they’re that high on our TE, I can’t wait to see how he performs when he steps in as the #1 TE.

    One more thing to look forward to this season.

  51. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone see the story on the German soccer team that played a home match with empty stands. No one was permitted inside to watch the match, this was a penalty enforced on the Rowdy fans of the team by the league. The fans bought enough tickets to declare the match a sell out though.

    Do you think our Football will ever get to that level of craziness with the fans fighting like they do in Soccer?

  52. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Did anybody ever wonder why Cook’s GF agreed to go to the strip bar in the first place? I’d be willing to bet it wasn’t their first date to that type of venue. Does she swing both ways? Why else would she even condone him going to a strip club unless she enjoyed the experience too?

  53. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I like Rudolph – but I think they need to figure him out a little bit better than they did last year. He is an outstanding receiver, he is a little finesse though and needs to become a little more physical when blocking. He can take LB’s out of the play just by being a receiver though, he is a matchup nightmare for the opposing team and we should exploit that more than depend on him becoming a better blocker in the run game.

  54. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    V33- Please dont give soccer any attention here. Its a joke of a sport.

  55. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Soloman E.(Cfl guy), Dean, Onatolo, Brinkley, and Homan are all LBs. Homan is good a droping into coverage. Brinkley is a great run stuffer who need to learn better pass coverage. If Erin Henderson is resigned then the need for a early LB is gone.

  56. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Parody – that is probably a major coup to have your girlfriend come to a Strip Club with you. If she goes both ways and is trying to be your wingman man in a joint effort, then it is all good. If she is the jealous type, as it seems in this case, probably not the best decision. Clearly there were not any ground rules discussed before embarking on this endeavor.

  57. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – Don’t be a football snob / soccer people are people too.

  58. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t know I don’t think that LB lineup puts “The Fear” into anyone. We need “A Stud” in there somewhere.

  59. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Likely two CBs and two Wr will be taken in this draft. I like Wr Stephen Hill(6’4 total package need some work with routes) early with Wr A.J. Jenkins(6′ pretty quick good route runner) late. CBs I like Josh Norman(6′ physical ball hawk) 3rd round. CB Coryell Judie(6′ had injuries so stock droped) and CB Cliff Harris(5’11 moron off the field) 5th round.

  60. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I like LB Mychal Kendricks(size concerns) unsure when he will go, LB Nigel Bradham(can play any LB spot)mid round, LB Audie Cole(had a good showing at the senior bowl) late round

  61. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Greenway is the only starter currently signed. Brinkley showed up well when EJ broke his femur. He could have earned some playing time if not for his hip surgery Erin is more than solid and should be resigned. Homan was a late round draft pick so more is invested in him then the 2 Cfl guys and the ufa Dean. Onatolo and Dean are special teamers at most. Soloman E.(cfl guy) is an unkown. Greenway, Er. Henderson, and Brinkley would be the starters. Griffin and his LB package needs more work.

  62. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I’m thinking that if you surround Loadholt with a bunch of O-line talent, you’re going to quickly see where we SHOULD have upgraded. Kind of like how easy it is to figure out which one of your tires is flat.

    Defenses already know he’s vulnerable on the outside rush – shore up the rest of our line, and you’ll see 5 D-linemen lined up in front of Loadholt.

    Hope I’m wrong. But I sure wish they’d try him at RG – less room for a defender to get by him.

  63. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe he should go on Dancing With the Stars and learn some fast footwork.

  64. By Parody on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Interesting story here. Apparantly the Skins and Cowboys took advantage of the uncapped 2010 year by giving players long contracts that paid out a majority of it when they didn’t need to worry about a salary cap, making it easier to keep a bunch of high-profile players on the team without a big hit to the cap in later years.

    Well, the NFL isn’t letting them get away with it. They dropped both team’s salary cap enough to put them about $5mil in the red. So aside from only having one first-round pick in the next 3-years, the Skins now need to start cutting the better players from a losing team just to make room in the cap. Ouch! The draft is still 6-weeks away and RG3′s future is already looking dim.

  65. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    About the Hot Not Hot espn female reporters. Jen Sterger was not a reporter she was a massage chick the Jets hired. Erin Andrews is a espn reporter who had someone illegally video tape her changing in her hotel room.

  66. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ Parody – Add the Saints and Raiders to that list too – not to the same degree, but I can’t not take a shot at the Saints when given the chance.

  67. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    If Cook goes to prison, we are F*cked. Winfield, Asher Allen, and Benny Sapp would be our 3 primary cornerbacks.

    Cook, I dont care how you do it, but find a way to be proven not guilty. If that includes bribes, then so be it. We desperately need your talents.

  68. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    I was saying that if Erin does get resigned the need for a LB is lessened. He can move to MLB while Brinkley, Homan, Soloman, and a mid to late draft pick can battle for the OLB spot oppisite Greenway. Erin will get better with more playing time.

  69. By Jon on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    ” Erin Andrews is a espn reporter who had someone illegally video tape her changing in her hotel room.”

    That’s illegal? What state was it in, I’ll remember to steer clear of that place.

  70. By RichardA1 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Why not totally over hall the vikes, start with the defense.

  71. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Did the prosecution start with “Your Honor – when the Defendant and his Girlfriend were in the Strip Club Drinking and having a Good Time… thing led to another and the weird thing is your Honor Mr Cook’s girlfriend was angered by the repeated lap dances of this stripper and….” There seems to be a little more uncertainty surrounding testimony and evidence in this case than was first reported. Sometimes it’s true –> it Takes two to Tango, well most of the time it does anyways.

  72. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer we dont “have” Benny Sapp he’s a UFA

    lots of people missing that point

    our DBs are as of right now today


    Thats it … I have seen college teams with more talented secondaries.

  73. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Does anyone understand the scoring system of ESPN’s Around the Horn program? I don’t get it, to me it is like Mayo on a Cheeseburger.

  74. By Carl K on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Putting good people around someone that doesn’t have quick feet or good hand work is not going to make him better. Ya, I am talking about Loadholt.
    There is a reason he didn’t get drafted in the first round as a left tackle.
    NO QUICKNESS! Great size and played LT at a major program, great run blocker… but his lack of quickness shows on tape. You can’t “coach-up” lack of athletic ability.

    Now would be a good time to move Loadholt to guard. Too tall?… I don’t think so.

    Kalil and Loadholt opening up holes for AP on the left side. AP had a lot of success running behind a young McKinney and Hutch on the left side.

  75. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Jon … it was illegal to video tape erin andrews because she didnt know and he or whoever did it through a peep hole or key hole. the recording is bad its hard to see

  76. By Jon on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ NorthWoodsVikes

    Loadholt at Guard? Tell me you are joking. You want to take a guy who’s too slow and put him in a position that requires you to be faster? Guards have to move their feet a lot more than tackles. Loadholt is garbage on another note, I’ve never seen an O lineman get flagged for offensive facemasking so much.

    He’s single handedly the reason the vikings lost the game against the packers in Lambeau where Favre’s last touchdown throw to Harvin just barely didn’t count. The reason it was 4th and 23 or something RIDICULOUS is because that guy offensive facemasked someone to get them there.

    Oh and then the game against the Patriots where Moss made his debut against his former team while playing for us. Childress went for it on 4th and 1 and guess who missed his block so Pederson was stuffed for a loss and we turned it over? Yep, Loadholt. Ohh, it was an inside block too actually, so this “he’s only bad at outside rushes” theory has been tested.

    Loadholt sucks, he will never be a Guard. Sorry.

  77. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Winfield will play maybe 8 games if we are lucky – Sherels will get by on sheer determination – Raymond has Talent, but still makes rookie mistakes – Sanford is a gritty player, but lacks the talent required to be better – Allen is an enigma – Burton is really unknown to us. Thats what we have – I assume they sign Sapp as he did not disappoint when he stepped in last year and I think he figured out no one else is calling. But you are right Shawn, overall it lacks talent.

  78. By Jon on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah, and like the other guy said Loadholt is 6’8″. Good luck trying to see that portion of the field with that guy as your guard Ponder. Oh don’t worry wait a second for him to grab his facemask and pull him out of the way Ponder, just give it a second be patient.

  79. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    carl k … you can make people look better than they are by having talent around them

    remember tyrell johnson ? 2009 starter but when the talent was depleted in 2010 and 2011 he couldnt hardly get on the field

    remember al noga … he looked solid on a DL with Keith Millard Henry Tomas and Chris Doleman

    remember alvin harper from the cowboys super bowl teams ? he was good when he had aikman emmit and irvin around him but as soon as he became “the guy” in tampa people knew he only did well because the team was good

    bernard berrian ? he had 3 good years … played on a bears super bowl team and made chilly sign him and our team was pretty good in 08 and 09 so he looked decent for 2-3 years … then when the team crashed BBs problems were magnified

    ever notice how super bowl teams have lots of pro bowlers? its because the team is good and makes others look better than they are

    steve young looked awfull as a buccaneer but put him on the 49ers all stars and he becomes a hall of famer

    the list is endless yess players look better when they have good players around them

  80. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Just to clarify my earlier statement on female reporters – I am not against Hot reporters and I not against non-Hot reporters. I am against any reporters that do not know what they are talking about, but I especially do not like it when non-Hot reporters do not know what they are talking about. I don’t understand the attempt at reporting that which you clearly do not understand and not being eye candy, what is the point of that?

    I am a big fan of Hannah Storm – she is a confident reporter who knows her stuff.

  81. By Jon on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ Viking33

    I don’t get it. So Hannah Storm is hot?

  82. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    lol carl k … if i didnt get you with my last post. how about tjack ? he was our qb for a playoff team and because of how good the team was he looked better than he actually is … tjack in 08 looked better than tjack of 2010 although i never liked tjack as a football player untill he became a seahawk

  83. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Loadholt should have been cut this weekend also – or even better trade him to the Saints as repayment of the Bounty on Favre. I have called him the human drive stopper on many occasions – because his best talent is untimely penalties in crucial situations.

  84. By Jon on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    You could win the superbowl with 19-0 record and that still isn’t going to make Phil Loadholt look good Shawn. He’s so slow that while he’s still in the locker room getting dressed, the rest of the team will be at the white house greeting Obama.

  85. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    btw i agree with the loadholt haters but i know our front office likes him and he is a good run blocker and he’s young. so im trying to stay positive by hoping he looks better with better talent around him because there is no other choice

  86. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ Jon – Hannah Storm is a good reporter who also happens to be hot – she is not crazy smokin Super Model hot – but refined, mature, confident woman Hot.

  87. By Viking33 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    @ Shawn – staying positive is Wobs job. Don’t take Wobs job!! Join the Laodholt haters Shawn – you can sit next to Jon.

  88. By Jon on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    He should be called LoadHALT instead because just when things are looking good he’ll find a way to HALT your drive, and if you are a defensive end running past him he’s gonna HALT you in your place by grabbing your facemask.

  89. By Shawn on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    i liked loadholt in 2009 …. when our OL was good.

    so if we had a good OL no I might like loadholt again.

    loadholt might also look better when we are playing with a lead … you know when we run more often like in 2009

  90. By Jon on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Lets grab Moss from Free Agency, we need a good deap threat. Just tell him we are sorry Chilly was not too bright

  91. By Spencer on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    84 Life..BBM. Shawn- what does that mean? You use to post that.

  92. By RichardA1 on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Moss was one of the beswt receivers ever to play the game, only he also has one of the worst attitudes of any player. Maybe he has changed? who’s going to take that chance?

  93. By Viking-ology on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Give Moss a contract Minny-I’m all for it…just have it incentive driven.

  94. By CaribooBill on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    Moss just signed with the 49ers.

  95. By Jon on Mar 13, 2012 | Reply

    I had a feeling he would sign with the Niners Haha thats funny. My brother loves the niners and I was teasing him about how they would probably sign Moss.

    I wouldn’t have minded seeing him back in MN for a third time though, woulda been a funny story

  96. By rush on Mar 14, 2012 | Reply

    Lets not do anything in FA, Oh wait that is what we are doing my bad!! So I see Nicks just signed, Bears are looking at the raiders running back, Better wake up vikes are you will be in 4th again in our division!!

  97. By T.Harris on Mar 18, 2012 | Reply

    Forget Kalil and draft Blackmon a playmaker.

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