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A Closer Look: Middle Man Of The Vikings Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 1, 2012 – 8:47 pm

The 2012 NFL Draft has come and gone, and by most accounts the Vikings had a good few days. Judging from the comments section of the vikings.com Blog and the emails sent to my inbox, Vikings fans seem to be pleased with their team’s 10 selections, and it’s likely due to the blend of addressing team needs but also finding value in each of the picks.

When you’re coming off a 3-13 season, though, having one solid draft isn’t going to calm all the nerves and fix all the issues. One of the issues on many fans’ radars – again, judging by fan comments and emails – is that of the middle linebacker on the Vikings defense. The Vikings haven’t re-signed E.J. Henderson and they didn’t address LB in the draft until their first of two 7th-round choices.

So who will play middle LB for the Vikings in 2012?

It’s natural to wonder about the return of Henderson because A) there’s no obvious alternative and B) Henderson has been a consummate professional and both a defensive leader and source of inspiration for the entire organization. Henderson has been everything a team can ask of a player, and more. Bringing him back would give many fans a sense of relief and confidence in the position.

But, given the decisions the Vikings have made in the case of veterans such as CB Cedric Griffin, RG Anthony Herrera and LG Steve Hutchinson, and also given the push to build through the draft and acquire young players with upside, it appears re-signing Henderson is not in the plans.

As for a draft pick, the Vikings did take Audie Cole in the 7th round, and while the organization is looking to infuse the roster with youth, I don’t believe the team is counting on Cole to fill the void in 2012.

That leaves Jasper Brinkley as the team’s top candidate to man the middle of the defense. And when all is said and done, it may not be a bad option. Brinkley was selected with a 5th-round pick in 2009 and played special teams while serving as Henderson’s understudy for the first two years of his career. Last year, Brinkley sustained a hip injury that forced the Vikings to place him on the Reserve/Injured list and end his season before it began.

Brinkley appears fully recovered now and he’s poised to take on starting responsibilities. While it’s hard to accept the reality that Henderson is no longer calling the shots for the Vikings defense on the field after so many productive seasons and so many big-time plays, this is the natural progression of the NFL and a necessary step for the Vikings in their quest to build a team that can compete for the long-term.


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249 Responses to “A Closer Look: Middle Man Of The Vikings Defense”

  1. By jekinneys on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    He also started a few games after EJ’s injury (Broken leg). My issue with him, he tries to tackle with his shoulder and not wrap up.

  2. By Spencer on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Solid at defending the run, but pretty bad at stopping the p a s s.

    MLB and DT are the 2 main areas of concern for me on the defense.

  3. By Frederick Jones on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Perhaps he worked very hard during the off-season and is poised for a break through year. Like Spencer, I believe he has yet to show he can cover anyone.

    But it’s not a good idea to spend a lot of money in free agency. We all must be happy with the draft, and also try to be satisfied with it.

    No choice really, get behind these guys, or root for the Packers, Bears, or Lions.

  4. By Frederick Jones on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    AVOID FREE AGENTS, SAVE YOURSELVES SOME GRIEF.

    THERE HAVE BEEN VERY FEW TIMES THAT FREE AGENTS HAVE BEEN THE ANSWER FOR AN NFL TEAM ANYWAY. EVEN IF THEY ARE, LONG TERM IT DOES NASTY THINGS TO YOUR FRANCHISE!!!

    We have a nice pool of young players now, let’s build off of that!

  5. By Frederick Jones on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    GENTLEMEN,
    I AM AS GUILTY AS ANYONE OF CALLING NAMES.

    BUT WE MAY HAVE A GOOD TEAM THIS YEAR (8-8 because of the new schedule), SO LET’S NOT USE THE S O P H O M O R I C IDEA OF CALLING VIKINGS PLAYERS, FRONT OFFICE PERSONNEL, COACHES, OR FANS ANY NAMES.

    WE MUST TRULY BE A TEAM!!!

  6. By Frederick Jones on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    It’s a long way to the top if you want to win the Super Bowl!!!

  7. By Frederick Jones on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    It’s never one guy. Casey Stengel, “Mighty Casey” could not make the NY Mets winners, yet he is arguably the best manager of all time!!

    “Gettin’ good players is easy.
    Gettin’ ‘em to play together is the hard part.”
    Casey Stengel NY Yankees, winners of 5 straight World Championships

  8. By Frederick Jones on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    8-8, have another decent draft, then the Vikings may start being great!!!

  9. By hognuts on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    The only name calling I’m doing Frederick is at those politicians of ours.

  10. By cole s. on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    i can see him doing well, getting 70 tackles maybe a pick or two, hes good, young, but needs to cover a little better, oh yea and at DT everson griffen is fast, look 2 the previous tapes, kid can run, i feel very confident in our team heading into next season, i see 11-5 at best, but most likely 9-7

  11. By puckertrucker on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    To all The Minnesota Vikings Fans and Voters of MN: ITS TIME TO REFRESH THE MEMORIES OF THE POLITICIANS OF MINNESOTA THAT ARE HEMMING AND HAWING ON THE STADIUM BILL, REMEMBER THAT NOVEMBER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER AND THAT THE POLITICIANS THAT WANT TO VOTE AGAINST THE STADIUM BILL, THEIR POLITICAL FUTURES COULD BE AT STAKE, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THEY DON’T HAVE THE STATES WELFARE, OR THE CITIZENS WELFARE AT HEART AND ALL THEY WANT IS WHAT THEY CAN STEAL FROM THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. JUST REMEMBER IT’S THE VIKINGS THAT ARE THE STRONG COMMODITY FOR THE STATE, AND THE NEW STADIUM COULD CREATE ALOT OF JOBS THAT WE SORELY NEED AND THE INCREASED TAX BASE THAT THE VIKINGS WILL PROVIDE IS WHAT WE NEED. SO JUST REMEMBER CITIZENS THERE WILL ALWAYS BE POLITICIANS LOOKING TO GET VOTED INTO OFFICE, BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE MINNESOTA VIKINGS TEAM AND WE DON’T WANT THEM TO LEAVE OR COULD THIS STATE AFFORD TO HAVE THEM LEAVE. The One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!!!Skol fans

  12. By Viking-ology on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    …and the elephants are dancing on the graves of squealing mice, anyone for tennis, would’nt that be nice.

  13. By puckertrucker on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    @cole s the team may just suprise everyone and take the division. You Know from last to first like 1998 when we almost made the SuperBowl for 98. except for Anderson missing that 39 yard field Goal. the One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!!!Skol Fans

    P.S. Just Remember it’s a long way to The SuperBowl and The Top as AC/DC so aptly put it. in their Song it’s along way to the top if you want to ROCK AND ROLL.

  14. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Mike W. PROOF YOUR ARTICLES!!! I will let Parody find Waldo.

  15. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings will win 10 games– no less.

  16. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Why do we play at Washington for the third year in a row? That is odd.

  17. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Both times the Skins injured Peterson, didn’t they?

  18. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    I think we will beat the 49ers here at home– that is my upset of the year. You heard it here first.

  19. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, kind of lonely at vikings.com tonight.

  20. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Seems Titus is talking to Titus– this is post seven. Titus may be coming down with FredJonesitis.

  21. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Don’t get me on a roll— I feel I am in rapid fire mode (Fred Jones setting).

  22. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Whoa, for a moment, I thought someone was responding to me,,, Oh, oh, maybe it’s time for bed.

  23. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Well, I better round it off– this makes ten in a row.

  24. By Mike B. on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    what is the depth at MLB. It is possible EJ gets resigned.

  25. By Mike B. on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    5 games max Titus

  26. By Parody on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Titus – Generally Where’s Waldo books only have one thing to find. This article has several:

    “…section of the vikings.com Blog and …”
    “…likely due to the Vikings blend …”
    “…about the return Henderson because …”
    “…the middle linebacker on the Vikings defense…”
    “…Audie Cole in the 7th round, and while …”
    “…for the Vikings defense …”

    I’m sure there’s others, but It’s late and I’m tired…and I think I’ve nitpicked on plenty as it is. I’m pretty confident that Titus was asking for the third one in that list, if any.

  27. By Titus on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, Parody, I only scanned a little, and saw one mistake. I knew you might find more. This is what first caught my eye:

    When you’re coming off a 3-13 season, though, having one solid draft isn’t going calm all the nerves and fix all the issues.

  28. By bauln on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    first

  29. By Tman on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    I am a 40 year viking fan from Hawaii. I believe the 2 former University of Hawaii LB picked up in free agency can contribute (Solomon Elimimian and Corey Paredes). They were not drafted highly out of college, but sometimes gems are lost when they come from less well known schools. I hope the coaches give them a chance!

  30. By Anthony on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Speaking of getting younger I’m excited to see D’Aundre Reed he was on our practice squad last year but I liked what I saw out of this guy and I’m hoping he cracks the 53 man roster this year. We can sub him in and out along with Griffen and do like what the giants do with their dominate line. He remind me a lot of Pierre-Paul in my opinion and I think Reed can become a great player and I hope he gets his chance and gets some time playing to keep some fresh legs out there on our D-Line. Go D’Aundre Reed!!!!!!!!! Go Minnesota Vikings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. By thenaj17 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @ Titus and Cole S – No chance at all that we win 10 games. We will still be lucky to get 8 imo. This division is the hardest in the league and the other 3 may all make the playoffs. I think we go 5-11 or 6-10. Personally if we start badly, i hope we get a good enough draft pick to get the top CB or WR in the next draft, or failing that the top pass rush linebacker.

  32. By g on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    they don’t just have to draft well, they have to draft better than green bay. many are saying the pack did better than we did in the draft.

  33. By Lloyd E. Santee on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    So more complaining about how the team handled the draft and what they’ll do. As a fan, we all have our opinions and I respect them. However, it’s done now is the time to get behind our beloved Vikings. Will they go to the playoffs this year? They might surprise a few teams this season. Just like every other team in the league everybody starts at 0-wins, 0-losses, and(god forbid)0-ties. That’s what makes it great. That’s why we watch. SKOL VIKINGS!

  34. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828cc6db/article/morris-claiborne-wants-to-play-on-both-sides-of-ball?module=HP11_cp

  35. By purpleman527 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I would be shocked if the Vikings go 8-8. I think they win 6 or 7. They will NOT make any playoff spots because of the division they are in. Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit have the same schedule as the Vikings, with the exception of two different games. They all play the NFC west and the AFC south.

    I think GB, CHI and DET all finish higher than we do. The Vikes won zero divisional games last year.

    I’m not trying to burst your bubbles, but that’s the realistic view of the schedule.
    Playoff talk for the Vikings is not realistic for 2012 at this point.

  36. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @purpleman527 I agree realistically I don’t see the new personnel improving the team so much to be optimistic about a winning season. I think the O Line will be better, but the fact is we have a second year QB and a very young def backfield . I can see the 5 to 7 wins would be reasonable.

  37. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    MN Legislature it is time to do your work and get the stadium deal done. You stand to lose a very big amout of revenue as people come to the Twin Cities for Sunday games. They stay in hotels and spend money in the cities. If you lose the Vikings that income will no longer be there. Let’s get this thing done. It is not time to change things just get it to a vote.

  38. By Carl K on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Jasper Brinkley at South Carolina had some injury issues (torn knee ligaments and ankle problems) that keep him on the side lines.

    It is one injury after another with this kid.

    Audie Cole might find himself in the mix for playing time as a rookie.
    Audie had the fastest 3 cone drill at the combine among linebackers. Quick with good instinct.

  39. By wonka22 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Winning ten games is very attainable,especially after adding the talent we did through FA & draft,along with the fact that we have our #1 and #2 cb’s back again.The team last year,as weak as it was in depth,still outplayed all three division teams on one occasion each,only to have our own unforced mistakes cost us the win,not anything the opposition actually did to deserve the win.Put in real perspective like that,what would keep this much better squad from at least splitting the series with the 3 rivals,and win at last 6-7 games against very beatable opponents left on our schedule?

  40. By Rocksalt on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    If you go to this link and read the article, you wil no doubt notice that the MN Rpug legslators are not team players, at least not Vikings team players…

    http://www.startribune.com/politics/statelocal/149767195.html

  41. By Carl K on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby- Will Everson Griffen get a shot at LB this year?

    Thanks for all the audio Wobcasts… Good stuff! Thanks

    Ponder seems to be excited about Greg Childs.

  42. By Rocksalt on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B
    The Repug legislators are are doing their “work” they are undermining the stadium plan.that is what they view as their work.they oppose the plan simply becaiuse DFL Gov Dayton supports it. PERIOD.

  43. By Spencer on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Morris Claiborne – 33 Games
    Tackles – 95
    Pass Breakups – 12
    Interceptions – 11

    Dre Kirkpatrick – 39 Games
    Tackles – 91
    Pass Breakups – 16
    Interceptions – 3

    Stephon Gilmore – 40 Games
    Tackles – 181
    Pass Breakups – 17
    Interceptions – 8

    Josh Robinson(J-Smoove) – 38 Games
    Tackles – 176
    Pass Breakups – 36
    Interceptions – 10

  44. By Parody on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Impressive numbers Shawn – but was Josh Robinson in as difficult of a conference as the others? I don’t know much about college ball, so I’d like some more info to put it into perspective.

    Also – what’s with the “J-Smoove” junk? If that’s his nickname, I don’t care for it. We should try to make a better one for him.

  45. By 61Vikings on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred
    As for signing free agents, tell that to John Randle, HOFamer, John Randle!!

  46. By OTKalil2012 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Viking fans have a lot to look forward to this season..

    2011 season facts…New offensive coordinator…Started the season with an old QB that had a hard time learning new offensive systems…
    And there was no off season for him to even try do that…

    Then a new QB learning a new offense…With little time to develop…

    Then McKinney comes in fat and gets fired…New LT to an O-line already trying to learn a new offensive playbook also…

    Tons of injury and off the field problems in the secondary…

    New head coach trying to settle in a new job…

    Vikings will have a much better season this year…Not just a little bit better…

    And remember the old saying when it comes to division rivals…

    “Familiarity” with a team you play so often helps win games within your division…

    Vikings will have a solid year…

    Even within our division…GO VIKES !!!

  47. By Carl K on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Josh Robinson held AJ Green to just 77 yards in the Liberty Bowl. At that time Josh was very young, raw and unknown.

    Parody – you are right that Josh didn’t face the quality of competition that the others faced on a weekly basis.

    But I love this kids upside!!!!!

  48. By Carl K on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I like “J-Rob”

  49. By Shalom on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Brinkley can’t cover but neither can Henderson….both are best vs the run….I was hoping that we would draft a player with better coverage ability. I say let E.J. walk and let Brinkley run with it. Neither is going to be a game changer so why not save some money and develop some younger guys….

  50. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    J-Rob.

  51. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Yep J-Rob lol

  52. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    None of our LBs can cover

  53. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Jasper Brinkley has had issues keeping healthy. Resigning EJ will bring a veteran and a good back up into the MLB position. We need a back up plan incase Brinkley can’t make the entire season. I still can’t believe some of you thinking we can win 10 games this year. It’s a rude awakening coming for smoe.

  54. By Mark B on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Parody, while Robinson didn’t play in as strong of a conference as Claiborne, Kirkpatrick or Gilmore his numbers are impressive. Another thing to consider – a couple years ago he lined up against AJ Green in a bowl game (Liberty Bowl iirc) and held him to (approx) 8 catches for 77 yards and no TD’s. He also faced TY Hilton and held him to 3 catches for 30 yards.
    Did Robinson face elite talent every week? The answer would have to be no. But he was also able to step up and raise the level of his game when he did.

  55. By Carl K on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Ok, is Spence also Shawn? Great stats whoever posted it. That is the kind of stuff I have enjoyed seeing from Shawn in the past.

  56. By DeerTracks on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus—-Vikings going to beat the 49ers at home? Nope.Randy Moss is going to light up thr Dome…..Only way the Vikes will win is if Joe Webb comes in at QB and gets the job done. You heard it here first.

  57. By NorCal Purps on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Not trying to be negative, but after two disastrous seasons and now the announcement of “rebuilding mode”, I see us no better than 8 and 8.

  58. By DRS on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings release Caleb King after alleged assault
    By Sarah Horner and Jeremy Fowler Pioneer Press
    Posted: 05/01/2012 12:01:00 AM CDT
    Updated: 05/01/2012 11:55:37 PM CDT

    The Anoka County sheriff’s office on Saturday, April 28, 2012, arrested and booked Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King on suspicion of third-degree assault. (Anoka County jail booking photo)
    Minnesota Vikings rookie running back Caleb King, who was accused of fracturing a man’s skull at a party over the weekend, was released from jail without charges and was released by the team Tuesday, May 1.
    The move came three days after King, 24, was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault after allegedly sending Andrew Hayek, 22, of Coon Rapids to a hospital with injuries to his skull and nose after an attack outside a party in Oak Grove.

    http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20523652/minnesota-vikings-release-caleb-king-after-alleged-assault?source=rss

  59. By DieHardViking on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    shoulda drafted dale moss……

  60. By DRS on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings why not keep king, you kept Cook?

  61. By DRS on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Have a great day, have to go.

  62. By NorCal Purps on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    It’s just hard too see anything better.

  63. By NorCal Purps on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    8and8, but that’s up to ponder.

  64. By Parody on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    DRS – Cook allegedly popped a little woman’s eardrum. King cracked open a grown man’s skull. One takes a bit more effort than the other.

    Plus it helps that the team probably wasn’t planning on keeping King by the time the season started anyways.

  65. By TNViking on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Why not trade for Osi, man’s a beast.

  66. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @DRS I agree why release King and keep Cook. If you’re truly looking to bring in character players on the team, then you release Cook. If you believe in second chance you wait until the legal process is done as you did with Cook. Really a conflicting issue there.

  67. By Parody on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B – They had time to wait for Cook’s issue to play out. It’s highly unlikely that King’s court case will even start by the time they begin the preseason. He’d be fighting for a 3rd string spot on the team, and we had signed guys in the offseason who were likely to beat him in earning that spot anyways.

    So what’s the point in keeping him on board? It just blocks off a roster spot that you could be using to analyze other players who could be practice squad dummies.

  68. By S.J.VIKING!! on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Year of the beard!! “KING #67 KALIL”

  69. By xvike on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Wait for Caleb King to be charged and prosecuted first??? Why?? The facts are pretty clear. King suffered no injuries, and claims that the man fell over as they were talking. Somehow from that “fall”, this man suffered several cuts and bruises to his face, a fractured skull and possibly brain damage. I’m sure there were witnesses as this happened at a party. Besides, he’s on the practice squad anyway.

  70. By VikeNasty on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Next year the Vikings can focus on picking up the middle linebacker or defensive tackle. If the players they picked this year prove they can play it leaves the vikings with needs along the defensive front four and linebacking positions. Will probably still need a safety or cornerback, but they shouldn’t have obvious needs like they did with Kalil which will free up their options with the first round pick. I can see the Vikings going 8-8 but not much better. Ponder has a lot of new targets to get used to and the D has to get used to another coordinator. 8-8 puts the Vikes in that good mlb position for next years draft.

  71. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K … I am not Spencer. Parody made a oops … also as far as I know Spencer created J-Smoove.

    IMO … Kalil does great. HSmith will be solid but still struggle as a rookie, which will still be an improvement over last seasons safeties. HSmith will be better in year 2 and borderline probowl beyond that.

    the rest of the picks will need a few years.

    Robinson … should win the 4th spot on the CB depth this season. Cook, Carr, Bowman, Winfield, Robinson is how I see it

    I think the 2 WRs have potential but it tough for WRs to dominate as rookies. So I think Childs has great upside and will back up MJenkins. The other guy backs up Harvin. They both beat out Burton and Manny … but not Aromashadu.

    The FB Ellison might just win the starting job …. he is a 4th rounder so they wont cut him unless he is awful. Felton is a career jouneymen and D’Imperio wasnt so good. So Ellison might just start

    It might take another year for Blair to own the full time kicking duties … Im sure he will kick off and take some long shots this year though

    Audie Cole … depth

  72. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    As far as the record … I think realistically we can go 2-4 in the division and 6-4 in the other games making us 8-8. I think some of these rookies need another year

  73. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I forgot Blanton … Hes a project and a special teamer. Raymond and Sanford will both beat him out

  74. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    WOW I forgot Simpson … who will beat out Aromashadu

    WR Depth … if I remember right we only have 5 WRs on the 53.

    Harvin
    Simpson
    Jenkins
    Wright
    Childs

  75. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Erin H. loses his starting position. I’m not sold on him yet.

  76. By hognuts on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Dayton and DFL Leaders asking to GOP Leaders to vote on current stadium bill in both Senate and House.

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  81. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    We’re getting close to Zero Hour on the Stadium!!! :-/

    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!
    KEEP THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!!!

  82. By hognuts on May 2, 2012 | Reply

  83. By hognuts on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hopefully Dayton, Bakk, and Thissen can talk to GOP leaders to vote on this bill sometime when they talk at 1.

  84. By Parody on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    PruplHaze – Who would Erin lose the job to? There’s no depth on the roster at LB. We have two guys that started last year and another who was a decent backup the year before. Beyond that???

    There’s a guy who was good in the CFL…Areceneaux was good in the CFl and he is on the cusp of losing his job…

    Then a 7th round LB and some other guys that nobody has ever heard of. There is no threat for Erin to lose the starting job. At this time of the year, I’d like to see some competition at the weaker positions on the field. We did that with WR and CB, and against Fred’s opinion, with the OLine as well. Butt not so much with Safety, and not at all with LB.

    Look for a lot more short throws against our D gaining a ton of YAC and being their downfall this year.

  85. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Whoever proves he can add more value to the defense will have the job, Parody. Maybe that’s Erin, and maybe it isn’t. Greenway is obviously a lock!

  86. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828cf1cf/article/saints-jonathan-vilma-suspended-for-2012-season?module=HP11_headline_stack

  87. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    4 players suspended
    Johnathan Vilma suspended for the entire season

  88. By Frederick Jones on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody,

    I’m done complaining about the draft. If the Vikings don’t win this year (8-8 is my marker via the weaker schedule this year).

    Some say we haven’t done enough at the WR position because we didn’t take a top star. But how did Sammy White and Ahmad Rashad become top stars?

    I like our chances at WR. Lots of prospects.

    We have enough FBs/TEs

    QB we are average at best, but hopefully we will improve there.

    Defensive Line, Chuck Foreman says that we are overloaded there.

    Linebackers…Ryan Longwell is good.

    DBacks…excellent rookie prospects. Please give Sherels a chance.

    Special Teams should be vastly improved because of all the young dudes.

    RB….hinges a lot on Peterson’s return from multiple knee injuries. He appears to be on track.

    OL…Kalil should be outstanding. I’m still P’ O’ D’, but maybe some of these guys lifted weights during the offseason, etc.

  89. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    beat me to it

  90. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Longwell is a kicker, Fred … Did you mean Chad Greenway?

  91. By Frederick Jones on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vikings are weaker than 8-8 versus the new schedule, I will complain like USED CAR SALESMAN in our current economy.

    We should be 4-4 after 8 games.

    If we are not, I might join the boo birds!

  92. By Frederick Jones on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Purple Haze,

    Yes..Greenway!

    Thank you!

  93. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    So is that all for player suspensions? From 22 to 27 players, we widdle it down to just 4??? There were far more WILLINGLY PARTICIPATING in that program!!!

  94. By Frederick Jones on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @ @Parody, Purple Haze,
    I’m done complaining about the draft. If the Vikings don’t win this year (8-8 is my marker via the weaker schedule this year).

    Some say we haven’t done enough at the WR position because we didn’t take a top star. But how did Sammy White and Ahmad Rashad become top stars?

    I like our chances at WR. Lots of prospects.

    We have enough FBs/TEs

    QB we are average at best, but hopefully we will improve there.

    Defensive Line, Chuck Foreman says that we are overloaded there.

    Linebackers…Chad Greenway is good.

    DBacks…excellent rookie prospects. Please give Sherels a chance.

    Special Teams should be vastly improved because of all the young dudes.

    RB….hinges a lot on Peterson’s return from multiple knee injuries. He appears to be on track.

    OL…Kalil should be outstanding. I’m still P’ O’ D’, but maybe some of these guys lifted weights during the offseason, etc.

  95. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    If they voted right now, which way would it fall?

  96. By Frederick Jones on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    * If the Vikings are weaker than 8-8 versus the new schedule, I will complain like USED CAR SALESMAN in our current economy.

    We should be 4-4 after 8 games.

    If we are not, I might join the boo birds!

  97. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Those are the 4 that according to Roger Goodell “played the biggest role among the saints players in advocating the bounties”

  98. By Carl K on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn- WR depth chart!

    Mike Jenkins maybe past his prime and has never caught more than 54 in a season in his career.

    Simpson will not play in the first 3 games and he will be learning a new system. Because of his off field issues and the fact it took him a couple of years to make an impact… I am not betting he will make an empact right out of the box.
    Simpson is also a WR who has never caught more than 50 in a season in his career.

    Aromashodu, Stephen Burton, and Manny Arceneaux had a chance to make a splash last year and couldn’t. Last preseason, together they only caught 11 ba11s.

    Harvin ran the ba11 a career high 52 times last year with outstanding success. I look for even more of Harvin in the back field this year.

    IMO, the door is wide open for Greg Childs and J Wright to make an impact from day one.

  99. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    There may have been more people willing to participate, but how many actually did?

    The cops don’t arrest a guy who is willing to rob a liquor store until after he robs it.

  100. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t call playing a few series in pre-season much of an opportunity to make a splash. Arceneaux did enough to make the practice squad, anyway. I think THIS year will be his opportunity to make a splash.

  101. By Troutdaddy on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @ Carl K- it is very obvious why our receivers didn’t play well last year. Ponder did not have the time to throw or let the play develop so most of his incompletions were under pressure. I am hoping to see Aromashadu, Burton and our newbies get some good looks this year! GET THE STADIUM DONE!!!!

  102. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Fred, Empowerment Conference starts in 7 hours!

  103. By Lance on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    The discipline breaks down, per a league release, as follows:

    • Linebacker Jonathan Vilma of the Saints is suspended without pay for the 2012 NFL season, effective immediately per league policy for season-long suspensions.

    • Linebacker Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns) is suspended without pay for the first three games.

    • Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (now with the Green Bay Packers) is suspended without pay for the first eight games.

    • Will Smith of the Saints is suspended without pay for the first four games

  104. By Lance on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    looks like it effects the packers for 8 games too :)

  105. By Spencer on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Cook was attacked by his gf.

    Caleb King beat a man to the inch of death.

    Big.Difference.

  106. By Carl K on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    TroutDaddy- Yes, Ponder didn’t have time to throw. But Ponder will be the first to say he needs to get better at getting rid of the ball and not running too quickly.

    Great audio of Ponder and PA in the Wobcast section… a must hear for all Vikings fans.

    My point is in preseason… Arceneaux, Burton and Aromashodu caught 11 in preseason… that is 2.7 per game. In the regular season they combined for 29 completions… that is 1.8 per game. That is even after Berrian was cut and Mike Jenkins was hurt. Not good my friends! Nobody stepped up.

    I think Childs and Wight are polished (NFL ready) route runners with sure hands. They will catch more ba11s in preseason than the rest of our receivers combined!

  107. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Jenkins looked good before the injury.

  108. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, wake up.

  109. By Alex on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I think 8 games is certainly possible. We should have started 4-0 last year but Mcfail was just horrible and we couldnt get anything going offensively. Our defense played extremely well in the first halves of those games. We were up by 2 scores or more in them. Your defense can only play that well for so long. So i think Ponder would have won those games if he was in. so we could have easily had 5-7 wins last year. I dont see why we couldnt do that easily with the added improvements.

  110. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    anybody home? live chat looks like a flop

  111. By vies277 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    pick up james farrior and try to negociate a contract with hines ward i know
    he retired but try we need players wth experience!

  112. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Cris Carter … joined the Vikings in his 4th year at 25yo

    Jerome Simpson … Joins the Vikings in his 5th year at 26yo

    Cris Carter … had a drug issue

    Jerome Simpson … had a drug issue

    Cris Carter … best season before joining the Vikings … 45rec 605yrds 11TDs

    Jerome Simpson … last year … 50rec 725yrds 4TDs

    Cris Carter … first 1000 yard season came in his 7th season

    Jerome Simpson … is entering his 5th season

    Cris Carter … 6’3″ 208 lbs

    Jerome Simpson … 6’2″ 190lbs

    _____________________________________________________

    Well I can hope cant I ???

  113. By Carl K on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    WRs that know how to get early seperation, position and can make the tough catch in traffic is a QBs best friend.

    Our QBs threw a lot of picks in camp. Was our DBs that good? NO
    Was our line that bad? Maybe, but in camp the QBs don’t get hit.
    So, IMO, I place the blame on poor WRs… Jenkins isn’t bad… but is he a true #1 or the future?

    Childs and Wright know how to get open quickly, catch in traffic. Big upgrade!

  114. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Arceneaux played in the last 3 games, and I can’t even remember seeing him on the field. He was thrown at twice, caught one.

    Burton also only played the last 3 games. He is recorded as making 2 catches, but reviewing play-by-play, I can’t find mention of them throwing at him. Now THAT’s a good WR!!!!!

    Carl, your point is really lost when they didn’t even have the OPPORTUNITY to step up and contribute.

  115. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    same as game chat. wobs only answers certain questions

  116. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder if the Vikings will win the division.

  117. By DeerTracks on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I am still P O’d that the Vikings got rid of Randy Moss!

    With him still on the team, we wouldn’t have all this bullshi$$ about a need for a good WR!!!

    Just another reason I want him to “Get Even” Like he did to Dallas!

  118. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Deertracks– Vikings over 49ers — you heard it here– for the first time, twice!

  119. By DeerTracks on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus, Win the Divison? Not with Ponder at the helm! Dream on! zzzzzzz.

  120. By DeerTracks on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Titus, I see you are still dreaming..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  121. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Deertracks, yep– win the division– a real possibility. Bears are not so good. The Lions are in disarray and the Packers are bent on a mission to be at the top again, but their drive toward perfection after last year’s meltdown will erupt in a confused and bittered in-fighting psyche. Packers won’t win more than ten. Teams know how to beat the Packers now– thanks to the Chiefs and the Giants.

  122. By DeerTracks on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus, I believe you stated the Vikings Win–Lost for this year is 8/8—

    One of those 8 ‘Losts will be the 49ers! Have you ruibbed the sand out of your eyes, yet? You heard it here Three Times!!

  123. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    only fitting that titus pick an upset for the 49′ers game.Hes never right!! lol

  124. By DeerTracks on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Titus, “Bears not so good”? You forget Mike Tice isn’t selling SB tickets anymore,.

    He is one of the Bears’ coaches, and knows how to thump the Vikings.

  125. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I have always said 10-6, maybe 11-5 at best. Sandiamond, I was 9-12 in the playoffs if I recall correctly.

  126. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    9 out of 12 is what I mean– 9-3.

  127. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Anyway, if you like believing for the worst, enjoy. It is just not the way I choose to live.

  128. By jman on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    gents, just remember this fact,

    We almost beat GB at home with a very low caliber team. We almost beat the Lions at home and at Ford Field. Chicago we almost beat with our backups. So with this new injection of youth and speed, can these team match? Ponder will have a much improved O-line, AP and Toby will be back stronger then ever running behind that huge line. We have Percy, Simpson, Walters (I think he is like a Jordy Nelson), Childs, and Burton. Two potentially pro-bowl tight ends amd some pretty strong FB. So it is not impossible to have a complete turn around, but it really is going to happen on the back of the defense. They have to find a way to keep our opponents under 20 PPG.

  129. By Carl K on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Northwoods-
    Burton got hurt at the end of the year after he got his OPPORTUNITY. He had 2 catches against Denver (I think) and he was done for the year.

    So, Berrian cut, Jenkins hurt and out, Burton hurt and out. I am sorry, but I am not buying that Arceneaux didn’t get a good look or an “opportunity” all year from the Vikings.

    A QB needs to be able to put the ba11 in tight windows… a WR needs to be able to get good position and catch in those ba11s in tight windows. That is a tough job and not everyone can do it.

    If Burton and Arceneaux couldn’t make an impact last year… what makes you think things will just magic work out for them this year?

    I just don’t think the Vikings are sold that Manny Arceneaux is an NFL ready WR. A good WR need to get good position an separation in like 3-4 second or a QB is NOT going to have confidence in throwing him the ba11. That confidence needs to happen on the practice field first. If that confidence didn’t happen last year with Manny… maybe he didn’t make the most of his “opportunity” with the Vikings.

  130. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is da Man

  131. By DeerTracks on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    The Chiefs,Gaints know how to kick the Packers? That was last year—-

    Even with the Brand New Viking Team, it would be a tough row to hoe…

    I wish the Viking would kick the Packers’ Butt…But then, if wishes were horses, Beggers would ride—-

  132. By Metalpooh on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Bring back Ben Leber, I’m sure he could be signed up for cheap

  133. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    You cant play receiver at Arkansas unless you are a really good route runner.

  134. By hognuts on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I am excited for Wright and Childs. Now let’s get ourselves a nice new stadium for fun stuff to happen inside.

  135. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    When did Ponder have 3-4 seconds to throw? I must have ran to the fridge for a beer that play.

  136. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    and block well every play.

  137. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    wobs says i’d rather have a number three kicker than a 35th ranked linebacker or nose tackle in the sixth round. This would normally be true but not in this year’s loaded to the gills draft. Could be a lot of potential future starters passed up by the vikings

  138. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    DeerTracks, lift your head and look at the stars.

  139. By hognuts on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Toby looks bigger.

  140. By hognuts on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    In a good way…maybe..

  141. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    on- field play not matters that much. It’s all about the highest character college kids out there. the more from notre dame the better says spielman

  142. By Lance on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    watching some stuff online and I see that the analysts are saying vikings may finish last overall this year. More then one saying the same thing. If this did happen and we had the first overall pick? would we continue with Ponder or draft Barkley? because he would be a franchise QB

  143. By Lance on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    oh and just watchin those clips again because of the suspensions… I seriously think I may hate the saints almost as much as the packers now….

  144. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Chiefs beat the packers because they were the only team the Packers played that had a secondary that could match up against GB’s receivers. Giants beat the Packers because of their outstanding pass rush kept putting pressure on Rodgers and threw him off rhythm with his receivers. Combine that with that fact that both Manning and Orton did not turn the ball over once to GB.

    Do we have a great secondary?
    Do we have an outstanding and relentless pass rush?
    Do we have a QB who does not turn the ball over?

    Lets hope we can answer yes to at least 2 of those questions this season. Otherwise we will remain at the bottom of our division.

  145. By Spencer on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Toby Gerhart will have a breakout year.

    He never goes down on first contact.

    700+yds.

  146. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Gerhart 200+ yards against the Jags opening day. And we get to see Mr. Cook shut down Justin Blackmon :)

  147. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Warren Buffet, perhaps the greatest investor ever, says he laughs at the analysts.

    Experts are rarely right.

  148. By Spencer on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    YOU ALREADY KNOW GDP lol.

  149. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Toby gets better the more times he touches the egg! That’s a fact!

  150. By Spencer on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I want Toby getting 20+ touches per game. Ground and pound!!

    The o-line is just so massive now- 3/5 of them are at least 6’7!

  151. By Lance on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Junior Seau was shot today :( I hope he rests in peace. A pretty good linebacker for 20 years in the NFL :(

  152. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    well said gdp! or else we will be looking at matt barkley, jarvis jones lb,david amerson cb, tyrone mathieu cb, etc next year

  153. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    They say Junior committed suicide, Lance. I was just reading about that.

  154. By Lance on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Really? I haven’t read suicide yet :( that would be such a shame :(

  155. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.tmz.com/2012/05/02/​junior-seau-dead/

  156. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/junior-seau-dead-suicide-nfl-linebacker/story?id=16263047

    What a shame!!! :(

  157. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    spence is King out of jail yet?

  158. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Seau = ‘roid depression?

  159. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Strike that … They’re saying due to possible brain injury?

  160. By Spencer on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Dont know sandiamond, and really dont care.

    Caleb King is a scrub, he can rot in jail for all I care.

  161. By Troutdaddy on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Pre-season is going to be a big deal this year. A lot of questions will be answered and if there are holes and issues then we are going to see them. I am really looking forward to watching pre-season this year more than any year I can remember. I am really tired of people trying to predict how many games they think we will win. Such a negative way at viewing the unknown. I know that these are just opinions, but rather than half-empty predictions, we should be makeing half-full positives and give this team some time to gel. Listening to many of the ESPN and NFL Network guru’s, they seem to like the overall chances of the Vikes this year. I would like to ask everyone about your thoughts on Simpson, Harvin and our 2 new receivers. I think this is a great mix (Along with our other receivers) I am actually excited to see improvements in the slot and deep threats where there was not alot last year. Speed and seperation are going to be the biggest improvements here. Now if the stadium issue could quit ruining everything else, then that would take a load off of everything and everyone. Until this is put to bed, noone is going to be positive about a lot right now….

  162. By Lance on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Possibly.. the one article blames maybe brain trauma? and looks like he had a history of suicide attempts possibly… Too bad :( I feel for his kids and family.

  163. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Robert Blanton, CB, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 208.
    40 Time: 4.66.
    Bench: 12

    Projected Round (2012): 7-FA.
    4/25/12: Blanton didn’t impress at the Combine and probably should move to safety for the NFL. He recorded 70 tackles with two interceptions and six pa s ses broken up this year. Blanton also did not standout at the East-West Shrine. He also had two interceptions in his junior, sop and freshman seasons.

  164. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    #34 ranked cornerback(WalFball) from notre dame. welcome to the nfl Mr. Blanton you are one lucky dude

  165. By Spencer on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Mistral Raymond will be starting at FS though.

  166. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I’m looking forward to see how Matt Barkley will do without Kalil.

  167. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I’m looking for Blanton to make a big impact on special teams covering kicks and punts

  168. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I like Blanton don’t get me wrong but why pass on minnifield, martin,allen,dennard,steed, norman, etc list goes on and on

  169. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828ca86f/article/nfc-north-draft-grades-vikes-begin-comeback-packers-reload?module=HP11_hot_topics

  170. By Matthias on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Minnifield has the talent but was (seriosly?) injured. Maybe the other DBs didn’t fit the system. Dennard has off-the-field issues and seems to be a troublemaker.

  171. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Sleeper pick: Audie Cole, ILB, North Carolina State (Round 7, 210).
    Cole played outside and in the middle for the Wolfpack, flashing the ability to stop the run and rush the passer. Minnesota’s linebacker group is mediocre, so Cole should get a shot to get onto the field right away.

  172. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer- This one is for you buddy
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828d0af6/article/minnesota-vikings-welcome-chris-cook-back-to-team-?module=HP11_headline_stack

  173. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Matthias, they coached Dennard at the senior bowl and had the full scouting report. Is it really that uncommon for college kids to get into a bar fight and resist arrest?

  174. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    draft was utlra slam full of cover2 corners in round 5-undrafted because so few teams use this system in the nfl

  175. By Spencer on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Why did Cook change his # to 20?

  176. By Derek on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    We should, WE SHOULD start the year 2-0.

  177. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    How do you know he changed his #

  178. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

  179. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings‏@vikingsbuzztap

    The Viking Ship >> RB Caleb King Released

  180. By VikeNasty on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I think Blanton and taking the run blocking TE in the 4th are what hurt the Vikes draft grade.

  181. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hognuts … What’s new on the stadium?

  182. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Junior Seau shot himself at age 43. That is a shocker.

  183. By Parody on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer – You didn’t already buy a 31 jersey, did you?

  184. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    http://vikingsterritory.com/2012/nfldraft2012/vikings-trim-two-to-fit-incoming-rookies

  185. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20531597/minnesota-vikings-jeremy-simpson-i-just-made-poor?source=rss

  186. By Lance on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    VikeNasty Blanton wasn’t a bad pick he was a 5th round. It actually helped our graded. The analysts that graded us actually liked that pick. He adds depth at safety and CB. Plus he will most like be taking role on special teams to compete with farewell.

    I am not sold tho on Rhett being the new Jimmy. I thought that’s why we picked an FB in FA before the draft.

  187. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    http://minnesota.sbnation.com/minnesota-vikings/2012/5/2/2994984/chris-cook-update-minnesota-vikings-cornerback-return

  188. By OTKalil2012 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Republicans are going to ruin the stadium bill…

  189. By OTKalil2012 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    So upset here..I forgot to list the blog…

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20530775/vikings-bill-dayton-legislative-leaders-meet-salvage-stadium

  190. By OTKalil2012 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Zellers is the culprit…

    What a loser !!!…

  191. By OTKalil2012 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Vote yes !!!…

    Call Zellers…Dayton is mad !!!…

    Help him out fans…

  192. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1170094-the-cincinnati-bengals-took-no-risks-in-signing-lb-vontaze-burfict

  193. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Read the live chat I love that last comment by Wobby. I guess PA will not be getting a Twitter account any time soon. Good Job Wobby excellent live chat as usual.

  194. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    One day Wobbs will head ESPN.

  195. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I had almost forgotten my hatred for the GOPu$$ies

  196. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I hate no one.

  197. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Shawn not all GOP are uncompromising and without understanding that this is a good deal

  198. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    We pay good money for fred pagnac _and mike singletary why not find a MLB to take over the DEF and run the show?

  199. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

  200. By DeerTracks on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Roster lists Cooks number as 20.

  201. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B … I have calmed on the party politics recently but this is fresh.

    Did you know that pledge everyone in the GOP signs about no new taxes was written by a 7th grader ??? Seriously ??? A 7th grader created this monster …

    GOP is held to a 12 year olds idea/contract

  202. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    our whole government is held up because of this 12 year olds idea … and 1/2 the country is insanely supportive of these childish games in an adult world

    A FUHKING 12 YEAR OLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS IS THE GOP … FOLLOWERS OF A 12 YEAR OLD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BTW the Holy Reagan raised taxes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  203. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Grover Norquist

    “Grover Norquist took an interest in politics at an extremely young age. He says he worked as a volunteer on the 1968 Nixon campaign at the age of 12, and it was then that he had his big idea.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/21/grover-norquist-tax-lobbyist-supercommittee-gop

  204. By Spencer on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    I guess Cook changed his number for a fresh start or something.

    Its a shame that millions upon millions of Vikings fans will have to return their #31 jerseys tho.

  205. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    GOP werent they the people saying “we need to have an adult conversation” ???

    and they signed the pledge of a 12 year old ….

  206. By Spencer on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Sandiamond- did you send a tweet Tom Pelissero?

  207. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    great video clip on this page

    http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/daily-shows-samantha-bee-demolishes-grover

  208. By sandiamond on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    sometimes you have to send a message and plant the seed. Still got linebacker rage in my blood!

  209. By Dahvid H. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    in my opinion many people are being very optimistic on the record of the vikings. looking at the schedule, besides playing our own division( a tough division to play in as it is) then we have games against teams like the texans, 49′s, which in my opinion we have no chance in. next we have teams like the colts, jags, cards, titans, and seatlle. those are intermediate/regrowing teams. we have a chance but those will be close games. fianally we have teams like the redskins, rams and bucs, which shouldn’t be too difficult. so to sum it up, the best we can get i think is 8-8 the worst im hoping is 3-13. but this is a year of transition, trying to get a new team together. our enthusiasm for the game and team should be high, but speaking for myself, my expectations are low.

  210. By NorCal Purps on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Just read that ponder said he was trying to overthrow Simpson on post routes and couldn’t, shocker…….That’s one fast pot dealer!

  211. By Drew P. Bawls on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Great qoute today by Ponder on Jerome Simpson after they had worked out together.
    “The guy’s unbelievable,” quarterback C. Ponder said. “I was throwing post routes and trying to overthrow him and I couldn’t. The guy is so fast. He’s so athletic. I think he’s going to be a great asset to our X position. And he’s a great guy. I’ve been hanging out with him. He’s real down to earth and so athletic. We’re happy for him to be a part of this team, for sure.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/05/02/cook-working-to-regain-vikings-trust/#ixzz1tlRb1000

    I can’t wait to see this dude play!

  212. By Munchma Kuchie on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    :)

  213. By SoCalVike on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn…..If Dems are so great, why have ruined my state of Cali?

  214. By PurplHaze on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s hope Simpson’s head is in the game. I’m not jumping on board that quickly. :-|

  215. By Drew P. Bawls on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Simpsons TD flip in the endzone last year was awesome and i’m stoked we signed him. But, 6 pounds of weed? Thats a crazy amount of weed! Does this guy want to be the next Jerry Rice or the next Pablo Escobar?

  216. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Where did I say Dems were so great ???

    I thought Arnold was a Republican ?

    Im much more of a both sides are D’Bags … but when I run into an us vs them Repub, I will stand with the Dems. Its a slower death ….

    If you are trying to respond to my outburst. Maybe you should read some stadium news and you will see it the GOP this time. When it was Dems I stood against them as well. I have called and written far more DFL No Voters than Repub No voters.

    I cant break down my whole political view every time I make a post. I am not like most I have my firm issues and other issues I could care less about.

    One problem I have is when I run into someone that will side with their side no matter what …. even if it means following 12 year olds. Free thinking adults should be embarras’sed.

  217. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    SoCal … the fact you blame all problems on Dems tells me your too far gone. Both parties are ruining everything. Elimination of due process pa’ssed 90+ to less than 10. Thats both parties destroying America … yet people like you blame everything on Dems and thats pathetic.

  218. By Frederick Jones on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn,

    Good comparison w/ Simpson and Cris Carter.

    You never can tell!

  219. By Frederick Jones on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody, Purple Haze,
    I’m done complaining about the draft. If the Vikings don’t win this year (8-8 is my marker via the weaker schedule this year).

    Some say we haven’t done enough at the WR position because we didn’t take a top star. But how did Sammy White and Ahmad Rashad become top stars?

    I like our chances at WR. Lots of prospects.

    We have enough FBs/TEs

    QB we are average at best, but hopefully we will improve there.

    Defensive Line, Chuck Foreman says that we are overloaded there.

    Linebackers…Chad Greenway is good.

    DBacks…excellent rookie prospects. Please give Sherels a chance.

    Special Teams should be vastly improved because of all the young dudes.

    RB….hinges a lot on Peterson’s return from multiple knee injuries. He appears to be on track.

    OL…Kalil should be outstanding. I’m still P’ O’ D’, but maybe some of these guys lifted weights during the offseason, etc.

    If the Vikings are weaker than 8-8 versus the new schedule, I will complain like a USED CAR SALESMAN in our current economy.
    We should be 4-4 after 8 games.
    If we are not, I might join the boo birds!

  220. By Shawn on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Fred I havent really thought about the schedule yet due to the stadium issue but I did some quick thought and decided we would go 2-4 in our division and 6-4 against everyone else … making for an 8-8 season which to me would be a good season. Its a 5 game turnaround with what should be one of the youngest teams in the league.

  221. By Titus on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    STOP LOOKING TO GOVERNMENT FOR THE ANSWERS!!!

  222. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    It’s time that the voters take control of their representatives and tell em you’re our hard hands and not special interest. YOu represent us and we hire and we fire you.

  223. By YourSourceForSports on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Redskins critically graded

  224. By YourSourceForSports on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Best Vikings grading of Draft picks out there on youtube

  225. By Viking-ology on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    How do we know Zellers and company are’nt getting paid by LA to make sure the stadium deal fails.

  226. By Viking-ology on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  227. By Viking-ology on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Get me another Martini and I’ll see what I can do…

  228. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    yeah right too optimistic for me 5-11 I am tell ya.

  229. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    They are hold the Stadium Deal hostage to get the DFL and Governor to put forward their tax plans. It’s all political and very dangerous with the Vikings on the verge of moving. There needs to be some compromise here to get the Stadium bill to a vote. The non roof thing is just a delaying tactic to get the DFL to concede some of the Republican tax plan.

  230. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Its all party politics as usual withVikings Fans and team hanging like a toy to negotiate with. They should be ashamed of themselves. I can’t believe my party has really come to holding back a great business deal for the state like this. Total Cow turd

  231. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    What happened to the republican party that was socially responsible and business savvy. Has the tea party taken over and the rest of the party a jelly fish to them. Come on stand up and vote for a great business deal like Ronald Regan would have done.

  232. By DeuceSavage on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Solomon Eliminian is the next MLB bar none!!! One of hardest hitters at LB seen last Vikings decade. Very solid & will make immediate impact!!!

  233. By hognuts on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_20530775/vikings-bill-dayton-legislative-leaders-meet-salvage-stadium?source=most_emailed

    I guess Dayton is on board. I hope this is able to pass. Just get something done!

  234. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hmm it’s interesting deal to say the least.

  235. By Mike B. on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Now the question is can they get a vote in both houses tomorrow or Friday

  236. By Parody on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    “By Frederick Jones on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    @Parody, Purple Haze,
    I’m done complaining about the draft….”

    If that were true, you wouldn’t have posted this message multiple times…

  237. By STEW on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Jarius Wright was the #1 receiver in the SEC last season with 1,117 receiving yards and 12 TDs.

  238. By GrandDaddyPurp on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Jonathan Vilma denied everything. Whats new.

  239. By greatirishpotatofamine on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I love ponder but he cant overthrow any receiver on the team, let alone J.Simpson

  240. By Spencer on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    By DeuceSavage on May 2, 2012 | Reply
    Solomon Eliminian is the next MLB bar none!!! One of hardest hitters at LB seen last Vikings decade. Very solid & will make immediate impact!!!
    ——————————————————————————————-

    Remember we all had high expectations for the other CFL standout…..Manny Arceneaux- well we all know how that experiment turned out.

  241. By purpleman527 on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    By wonka22 on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Put in real perspective like that,what would keep this much better squad from at least splitting the series with the 3 rivals,and win at last 6-7 games against very beatable opponents left on our schedule?
    ———————————————————
    You say the Vikings have beatable opponents. I agree. But so does GB, CHI and DET. They have the same schedule. That means they will have an EASY schedule as well, and it means that those 3 teams will likely finish AHEAD of the Vikings. My main point is that people keep using the “easy schedule” as the reason for 10 wins. But it means nothing because GB, CHI and DET have an easy schedule. Thus the only way the Vikings get to 10 wins is by beating our division rivals, which are all good teams. I don’t think the vikes will do that this year. They didn’t beat any of them last year. I hope I’m wrong.

  242. By ozzinator on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn, The problem is the democrooks cannot understand a 12 year olds contract of No New Taxes.
    And Reagan raised taxes on a deal the that democrat controlled congress would cut spending, which of course they did not. Stop telling half truths.

  243. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    ozzinator … LOL the problem is you follow and push a 12 year olds plan. You have just justified letting 12 year olds running the country … LMAO

  244. By Shawn on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    ozzinator … my 12 year old said if you jump off a bridge and flap your arms really fast you can fly. Have someone send me the video …

  245. By Brett on May 3, 2012 | Reply

    I think AP will have a steller year and Jared Allen will break his record

  246. By ozzinator on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn – you’re missing the whole point. The idea is that the contract is so common sensical, even a 12 year old could get it, unless you’re a democrat.

  247. By Rocksalt on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Tell that to Kurt Zellers, Ozz…………LOL…Repugnantcants….

  248. By Rocksalt on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    My vote is for Kurt Zellers to be the Repugnant of the Year! He says he wants Vikings to say, yet will not vote on the bipartisan bill simply because he cannot get past his partisan BS.he opposes the bill because Dayton is supporting it…..
    So, Mr. Zellers,,,,,,,you, sir are an A,S,S…….you should not even be in public service…..I hope you can live with yourself if the Vikings leave…there will be many angry fans that will hold you (ir)responsible….

  249. By Rocksalt on May 4, 2012 | Reply

    Excerpt of Article by Baird Helgeson, Mike Kaszuba, MPLS STAR TRIBUNE

    In a stun.ning turn, Republican legislators ditched their last-minute Minnesota Vikings stadium proposal Thursday and scheduled a decisive floor vote on the issue for Monday.

    In announcing the vote, House Speaker Kurt Zellers for the first time said he would not sup.port the plan that one of his own mem.bers has worked on for months and would not ask others to support it. Instead, Zellers said it is up to DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and the Vikings to secure the votes needed to build a stadium.

    The alternative Republican plan that would have relied on long-term borrowing to pay for the stadium survived barely days before it was judged unworkable.

    Republicans said Monday’s vote will be on the plan crafted by Dayton, key GOP legislators and the Vikings. In a grim as.sessment, Zellers said, “I don’t know that there are the votes in the Republican cau.cu.s, or the votes [overall], at this point.”

    The decision to have the full Legislature vote appears to bring the months-long stadium fight to a head, with the outcome uncertain. And it sets in motion a fierce lobbying push by the Vikings, Dayton and business groups who sup.port the bill.

    “Now everyone will be able to hold legislators accountable for that momentous decision,” Dayton said on Thursday.

    In a sign of the unease over the potential fallout from the vote, Zellers said on KFAN radio that while he would not vote for the bill, he wants a stadium and doesn’t want to see the Vikings leave. He added that he wouldn’t try to persuade other Republicans to vote against it.

    But Dayton spokesman Bob Hume said the opposition of Zellers — who holds what is widely considered the second-most-powerful position in the state — is a serious bl.ow.

    “His opposition to the bill can only be seen as influencing his cau.cu.s to oppose what could be our best chance to create jobs this session,” Hume said.

    Sen. Julie Rosen, chief author of the stadium proposal, said in a statement that the bill is the product of 18 months of bipartisan work and five Senate hearings. It remains, she said, “the best and most thorough plan for the state of Minnesota.”

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