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Special Teams Make Profound Impact For Vikings In Victory

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 1, 2012 – 8:45 am

Given how the imbalance of attention devoted to defense/offense over special teams, the number of special teams snaps in a given NFL game comes as a surprise to many. For instance, in the Vikings victory over Detroit on Sunday there were 28 special teams snaps. With that being the case, it’s easy to see why special teams has such a direct impact on the outcome of each NFL game.

Let’s take a look at several key moments for the Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer’s group in Sunday’s win…

Percy Harvin returns opening kickoff 105 yards for a TD: Percy Harvin has been an invaluable player for the Vikings offense in 2012. To open Sunday’s game against Detroit, he reminded everyone just how invaluable he is on special teams, too. Harvin fielded the opening kick 5 yards deep and started the return going to the left before veering quickly to the right. Setting up his blocks perfectly, which he does so well, Harvin gained the corner of the blocking scheme and outsprinted the Lions coverage group down the sideline.

Marcus Sherels weaves his way to 77-yard punt return TD: On the day he celebrated his 25th birthday, Marcus Sherels stood underneath a Detroit punt early in the 3rd quarter with the Lions coverage group bearing down on him. With teammate Percy Harvin having already registered a return TD of his own, Sherels would not be outdone. He caught the punt, immediately took a hit below the knees from a Lions defender, kept his balance and then began weaving his way up the gut of the Lions coverage team. After darting in and out several times and bouncing away from another defender, Sherels made one last cut to the left and sprinted down the Vikings sideline to register a 77-yard return that was ultimately the game-winning score.

Kluwe flips field position: The power of a punter. You wouldn’t think they have much, but because of their ability to flip the field position battle, they do. And Kluwe used his power judiciously against the Lions. There are two punts in particular that standout to me because they had the combination of result and timing that profoundly impacted the game. The first punt came at the end of the 2nd quarter, with the Vikings leading 13-6 and trying to get to the locker room with the lead. Kluwe booted the ball with around 29 seconds to play, plenty of time for Lions QB Matthew Stafford to put his team in position for a last-second FG. But Kluwe’s punt sailed 52 yards from the Vikings 26 to the Lions 22. On top of that, it had enough hang time for the Vikings coverage team to run down and tackle punt returner Stefan Logan for a loss of 1 yard. The Lions were then unable to try a last-second scoring attempt to close the half. The second standout punt came at the end of the game, with the Vikings leading 20-13 and 1:53 to go, again plenty of time for Stafford and Co. to drive down and score. Kluwe’s punt was high and 47 yards deep. It landed inside the 10, took a left-hand turn, and was downed by the Vikings coverage team at the 2. That made it tough for the Lions to dig out of their own territory, and ultimately Stafford ran out of time at the end of the game.

Touchbacks: Rookie K Blair Walsh had looked nothing like a rookie through his first three games, and his performance in Detroit fell in line as well. While he did miss a 46-yard try wide left, Walsh was 2 of 3 on the day and hit FGs of 49 and 27 yards to salvage scoring drives. Just as importantly, though, has been Walsh’s performance on kickoffs. That continued in Detroit as well. Walsh kicked off 5 times in the game, and all 5 resulted in touchbacks. Walsh now has 12 touchbacks on the season, an impressive number considering the Vikings had 19 in all of 2012.


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94 Responses to “Special Teams Make Profound Impact For Vikings In Victory”

  1. By QB on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Great Special teams play after no so good last week. Way to bounce back. Just watched the locker room celebration. Love the excitement, Keep it up Vikes.

  2. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Wobdingo why is http://vikingsfootballblog.com/ now a no no word?
    Is it because you can not stand the idea of people wanting freedom to be able to call the Vikings QB by his first name?

  3. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    If it is placed in the website section it will not let you post. Wobby is trying to declare war and I will have his job if he continues to be a DBag.

  4. By Mike Wobschall on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Tough crowd today.

  5. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby why are guys who are not even on the team in bold while guys like Harrison Smith are tiny the tag cloud?

  6. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Do not try brushing this under the rug Wobschall. You the denier of timeouts, fan liar toer, you over all WobSprinkler.

  7. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    We that bleed Purple never forget injustices. Make amends for all you have done Michael.

  8. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Lester Bagley will know of everything you have done to us Viking fans and how you have embarrassed the Vikings organization and the Wilf Family.

  9. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Enjoy your new post as Aaron Rodgers personal hair washer.

  10. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Wait thats to high a post for the likes of you Lord of Liars. You new post should be as the Packers locker room shower cleaner.

  11. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Dean of Deniers
    JUST MAN UP AND DO THE RIGHT THING!

  12. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    How can you call yourself a journalist and yet limit others freedom of speech?

  13. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Remember Wobschall everyone in the NFL is replaceable except the fans.

  14. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    If fact because of the lack of respect you have shown in the past I think it may be time to call Zygi and Mark Wilf.

  15. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Go do your sprinkler dance in the corner while you cry Wobby.

  16. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Fine I am sorry.
    Sorry that you can’t even issue an apology to those that love the Vikings.
    Sorry that with your man hood in question you can’t even say sorry for lieing to those you are supposed to inform.
    Sorry that you think doing the Sprinkler made you look cool.

  17. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Your injustices have gone on long enough. Make it right.,

  18. By Jimmy on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby is a journalist hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    Thats the funniest thing I ever did hear.

  19. By Jimmy on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Actually I was wrong Wobby being a man is the funniest thing I have ever heard or read.

  20. By H.M.G. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Wobsausage
    You know how to end this. Just man up already.

  21. By Vikings4life on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Haha you fools who cares? Honestly, the Vikings are 3-1 and your complaining like a bunch of female dogs? Let the man do his job to his abilities and be concerned with Ponder and the rest of the team not changing their mind state for the Titans. Cause they need to win this game. I’m talking 300+ throwing yrds for ponder, he needs to take care of the ball and re start getting 75% on first and second down. Who cares about small things like this, thats the sh it we were doing last year at 3-13. If your not here to support the Purple, you say you bleed purple, if so you and I are used to letdowns on the field, so i could care less i cant say ponders first name or some words if the team is winning. Leslie Frazier is the man to lead us to the superbowl, and reluctantly I am now a believer of Spielman, We are about to be competitive for the next 5-7 years.

  22. By Vikings4life on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously who comes on here after the vikings win and wants to create some drama like high school girls?

  23. By PurplHaze on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I’m happy for the W, regardless how it comes. I’m also happy we did well on special teams … But…

    WE NEED TO PLAY WELL IN ALL 3 PHASES OF THE GAME, FOR ALL FOUR QUARTERS, TO WIN CONSISTENTLY!!!

  24. By tomcat on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    H.M.G.-relax will ya? this is a vikings forum-not a stage for your weird vendetta against the wobster. he is doing a great job. skol vikings!

  25. By uniquepiercing on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    good win for the vikes yesterday, pretty awesome start to the season and fun to watch.

    as to you clowns who are hanging out in your parent’s basements–waiting for the next game of left4dead to load up on your 360 while trying to tear down wobschall/the vikes–get a job, seriously. shave your face, go outside, do something.

    pretty tough to find a better beat writer in the biz. the guy is plugged in like a lead scout and handles himself with class whether it be on tv, the radio, or in print. it doesnt matter if the vikes are 3-13 or 12-4, the man is on top of his game.

    keep up the good work wobshall, hope the vikes keep playing the way they have been here in the past couple of weeks.

    HMG, jimmy–hope those tuna-fish sandwiches mom whips up are tasty and you keep dominating people on xbox. dont forget to pet your cats.

  26. By tomcat on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    uniquepiercing-touche!!

  27. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Ha ha ha– some funny posts.

  28. By Fulano on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    some of you have way too much time on your hands! wobbs is a good guy. complain to the webmaster about the tags and blocked words instead of directing senseless bashes behind your anonymous keyboard. losers. go follow the jets instead

  29. By Fulano on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    TO: H.M.G.

    That other blog site you mention here is a total joke! no worthy articles, no insight, no first hand news …. I would like those 5 minutes back that I spent looking at all the content (yes, there is only 5 minutes worth of “info” to read)

    if your going to recommend another blog, at least make sure it isn’t j u n k

    I now tag you here as the Profound Imbecile! Congratulations. Have a nice day

  30. By Mike B. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    The Wobby bashing continues. It is so yawn. Special teams provide the excitement and points yesterday. Hat’s off to them. Ponder did enough to eat clock and not turn over the ball to the Lions. The defense stepped up and kept the lions from ever getting the lead. It was a good game played well from both teams. Hard to win on the Road. I was in chat yesterday with Wobby and the guy does a good job at doing his job. If I was a site host, I wouldn’t let you advertise another site on my site. So get over it.

  31. By Fulano on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    yes, it’s lame to bash wobby. stop it kids. he does a great job. keep up the great work and don’t let the morons get under your skin. end of that subject, back to Vikings Football …..

    great win and all, but come on Musgrave, don’t you you have any more pages in your play book? these guys are smart and talented enough to go to Chapter 2 in your playbook

  32. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    HMG– you heard it here. Wobschall is a great journalist! No room for critiquing.
    That is why this country is going downhill– people accept mediocrity. It’s okay little Johnny, we won’t give you a grade so you don’t get traumatized.

  33. By Parkway on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I really like Harrison Smith so far he has been smacking people around. He needs a little work in coverage still but that will improve throughout the season. I think he’ll get at least 3 INTs before the season is up.

  34. By Spencer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Josh Robinson is surprising me.

  35. By odark30 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    LOL

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2012/10/1/3439216/extra-extra-rock-em-sock-em-robots-megatron-vs-chad-greenway

  36. By JE on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I agree!! Quit bashing Wobby and talk some football. What are you a 7th grader? What a game by Harvin. We need to sign him to a new contract extention. Give the man what he wants he deserves it!!

  37. By JE on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I hate the Cowgirls but i sure am going to be a fan of theirs tonight. Go Dallas!!

  38. By JE on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Yea Spencer i also am liking what i see in Josh Robinson. For a third round pick he is looking like a real steal.

  39. By jones on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    for those who are unable to see the vikings on TV every sunday here is a wep page where you can its 100% free and you get to see your favorit football team. just got to firstrowsports ENJOY!

  40. By caliviking88 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    zygi had me laughin during that post locker room speech

  41. By RichardA1 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikes players don’t realize they now are a Viking and they bleed purple!, do they know who they have in there lineage now!!! some of the best players ever to play football!!! they should be penalized for trying to eat the opponets alive every play like the purple people eaters!

  42. By HCG. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

  43. By jrich on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Also, if firstrowsports doesn’t work. they changed their domain to thefirstrow. eu

  44. By Parkway on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Ha wow….

  45. By Viking33 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Take a win any way we can get it. Playing a keep away Running Game / Great Special Teams / Good Defense / No Turnovers will work a lot of the time to get a win.

    Josh Robinson – He Needs a wrestling name after that Body Slam. Did you read the Refs lips ” You can’t Body Slam the Guy” .

    MegaTron was getting lit up out there – Smith / Brinkley / Greenway with the coup d’etat!

  46. By vikings on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Hey can you watch that in your phone or do you know how can I?

  47. By vikings on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    It is because I live in California and all they show is 49ers game and as you know NFC us on fox n evrytime the Vikings are playing so is the SF. Im just wonder if its possible for me to watch that in my phone?

  48. By odark30 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Tony Romo awakens from his slumber in Dallas tonight sending the Bears to 2-2. MN stands alone at the top of the NFC North.

  49. By odark30 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Brian Billick named Coach Frazier “The Coach of the first quarter”. Also names Matt Kalil “Rookie of the first quarter”

  50. By T.HARRIS on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    @ Vikings you can watch the http://www.thefirstrow.eu.com

  51. By T.HARRIS on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Watch Viking football at http://www.thefirstrow.eu.com.VIKES ON 3…VIKES

  52. By Viking33 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I wish Billick would ignore the Vikings – it would make me feel better.

  53. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    You can tell Billick still loves the Vikings — he coached with them for eleven years.
    Frazier should have Billick on speed dial and have him like a board of directors to oversee the coaching staff.

  54. By Spencer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Webb is the future.

  55. By Mike B. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer you are totally wrong there. Webb is probably not going to be a Viking next year and you heard it here first.

  56. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Webb is the future what?

  57. By Spencer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Quarterback.

  58. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Dang Cowboys!

  59. By Mike B. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Webb is a mediocre QB at best and isn’t a good RB or WR He makes for a good backup when he is needed. That’s about it. Another failed Chilly experiment. like TJack riding the pine.

  60. By Spencer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Webb is a winner.

    He now has the talent around him…just give him a chance.

  61. By Mike B. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Right now Ponder is leading the team and they are winning. give it a break there Spence

  62. By Mike B. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    5 INTs is not going to win you many games

  63. By Mike B. on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Why would we switch QBs now Ponder is playing smart football taking what the opposing defense is giving him. He’s not turning the ball over to help in losing the game. When the opposing def is giving up the p@ss, Ponder will p@ss.

  64. By Spencer on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I only believe we should have switched Qbs against the Lions in the 2nd half. Ponder was terrible.

  65. By purple08 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer, give it a rest. That is just plain stupid. Good call Odark, Romo lookes awesome tonight. Dez Bryant stinks.

  66. By purple08 on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    *looked

  67. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Ignore Spencer– he is trying to stir the pot and gain attention with silly nonsensical comments.

  68. By Woodboat on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I gotta admit I’m in total agreement with Titus….

    Spencer, if you were the head coach that benched Ponder in favor of Webb during the Lions game, you wouldn’t be the coach that wore the headset against the Titans. Ponder looked horrible? Bad take, my friend. Give the Lions there props… there defense gets paid, too.

  69. By Woodboat on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Webb will never be a starter in this league. He will be a career back-up. There are too many decent young QBs coming out of college for a head coach to try to fix a veteran with substantial flaws in his game.

  70. By Woodboat on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Can we say Christian on here, yet? Not as in “REPENT, ALL YE SINNERS!!!! Like our QBs first name. You know, Christian….

  71. By Woodboat on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Sweet…

    Ahem….

    “REPENT, ALL YE SINNERS, FOR THOSE THAT FAIL TO BOW BEFORE….”4

    cough, cough… sorry, couldn’t keep up the joke for too long.

    Christian Ponder. Good QB, and also sounds like a good guy to hire if you want a backhoe operator that will dig you one heck of a holy fishing hole.

  72. By Christian on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    misguided depiction of the truth– Wodbot, stop, please.

  73. By Woodboat on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, but it was funny (sort of….)

    I just went back and looked at our schedule for the rest of the year. If we finish better than 8-8, we’ll have done something. When you look at what the Cards and Seahawks have shown so far this season, and the toughness of our division, and freaking Houston…. ugh. Bucs, Skins, Titans, Rams we have a good chance of beating… the rest? We’d better bring our A+ game each week or it could get nasty.

  74. By Rick on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    I think this team has a ton to show yet they’re just beginning and if they pick up what looks to be the last few pieces of the puzzle in the 2013 draft this team will be a force. I’m looking to the draft and it looks like a heck of a year for CBs. And there is some good talent at the WR position too. Fill those spots in the first 2 rounds then look to add depth and eventual replacements for our aging stars like kevin williams not that I want to see him pushed out the door but he won’t be around forever and when he does leave they will need somebody to step in behind him and take his place. Anyway rambling aside I’m thinking we as vikings fans are seeing the beginning of a lot of playoff games played by the purple and gold over the next 10 years!

  75. By Rick on Oct 1, 2012 | Reply

    Oh yeah and I remember why I can’t stand Dallas, the 1 time I want them to win they come out and look like a 4th grade volley ball team

  76. By HCG. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

  77. By HCG. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    could’nt agree more Rick.

    i respect no capitalization bOundaries.

    wish i could thumbs up certain comments

  78. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    What is wrong with you guys? Ive never seen such whiners. I use to want to be a regular on here and I tried last season but all you guys just make it annoying.

    I dont get it. If you hate the site quit coming back. Simple as that. Go to nfl.com and read articles on the Jets, patriots, saints, or packers. Or go to that other idiot’s website and watch his youtube videos.

    If you take your thumbs up buttons that seriously then there are other options for you.

    How about we actually debate about football??? talk about teams, or our own team. Talk about the next opponent. Anything football related.

  79. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Sir Greasy Panda- Well said. Completely agree.

  80. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    What really did it for me is that certain people who shall not be named really believe that a 7th round QB is the future of this organization. Not a 1st round QB. Baffles me

  81. By BlueBird7. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I have something to say, if you don’t mind. All of those that were hoping the Rotten Cowboys would win over the Bears, I ask Why? To move the Vikings up 1 knotch above them in the standings?

    I would perfer the Vikings play good enough to make it on their own!

  82. By BlueBird7. on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    I am a real fan of Joe Webb, however, Ponder is showing us that he can and will lead the vikings, at least for now.. I hope so.

    The good thing about all of this is Webb stands ready in case he is needed,

    Mike B. I don’t think Joe is going anywhere next year,Frazier isn’t THAT stupid!

  83. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Well for what its worth here is my 1st quarter of the season analysis.

    1. OLine. You dont have to look any further than the 9ers game to see how good this OLine can be. Best OLine in our division and Kalil has a mean streak that seams to be rubbing off on the rest of line. I haven’t seen holes open up like this since 07 & 08 seasons. I haven’t seen our QB look that comfortable in the pocket since ’98. Add in the fact that we have a young line and what does that mean? They are only going to get better and grow together into a dominate unit.

    2. DEFENSE
    2a. DLine. After watching what the giants did to the untouchable Rodgers and Brady in the playoffs, I’m loving what I’m seeing with our DLine rotation. having Everson Griffen come in with fresh legs is making a huge difference. Brian Robison is showing us why we didn’t resign Ray Edwards. We know what we are getting with Kevin and Jared. As long as we can stop the run we can unleash our p a s s rushers.
    2b. Linebackers. We expect them to make plays in the running game. I personally did not expect the impact they are having in the p a s s game. Greenway is having an ALL-PRO year so far and Jasper is making me forget about EJ. showing he can make plays as well.
    2c. Secondary. every part of it has improved. Josh Robinson is quietly playing great ball. Smith, Raymond, and Sanford are playing very physical. Calvin Johnson dropping b a l l s because he is thinking about getting hit. You know you have something when megatron is more worried about getting hit than catching the ball.

    3. PONDER! Webb is like a better version of Tebow. By that i mean he should not be a QB. Too much talent to be watching from the sideline. Back to Ponder. Hes no Rodgers, Cutler, or Stafford. But he doesn’t have to be for this team to be successful and he and the coaching staff know that, and Ponder is doing a great job of not turning the ball over and managing the game. Keep in mind hes doing this without a true #1 receiver.

    4 ALL DAY! This guy is unbelievable. I didn’t know what to expect from him coming into the season but im not surprised hes doing what hes doing. If anything the injury seems to have made him better. He might be a step slower but that to me looks like a plus as he appears to be more patient in letting his blockers set up, reading his blockers, then exploding through the hole. As opposed to being full speed as soon as the QB hands him the ball.

    5. Percy. There are quite a bit of teams regretting not taking him in the draft, and that sums it all up.

    6. Rudolph. I believe last year I was telling everyone on this blog how much Spielman hit a home run with this pick but there was still some who continued to question the pick. So i ask, what do you think about it now?

    7. Special Teams. Great article Wobbs you said it all.

    Its no coincidence that I had 7 points. Ponder is the future of this organization. cough cough Spencer, cough cough

  84. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    pass

  85. By GrandDaddyPurp on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    ok so i can use that word.

  86. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Mcleod Bethel-Thompson will back up Ponder next season…

    He has a better arm than Webb (and Ponder as far as arm strength goes)…

    MBT has better pocket presence than Webb…MBT has better QB mechanics than Webb…And MBT has a higher ceiling of growth potential…That is why he is on the team right now…

    I think the chances of Webb being on the team next season are slim…Going into what should be Webb’s final season and contract year ???…

    But only time will tell…

  87. By Rick on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Webb is a heck of an athlete but reminds me of Vick only Vick can throw the ball better. That being said the most important part of being a QB is being able to throw the ball accurately to your receivers to move the ball not to be able to run the ball thats what a running back is for yeah its great to have a mobile QB but if he can’t get the ball to the receivers he is worthless which is why I personally have never been and never will be a supporter of the Joe Webb for QB club. Ponder looks to be the future of this team hands down. He may not have a huge arm like Stafford but he doesn’t need it to be successful. Payton Manning never had a super strong arm he was just smart at his position and has done very well over his career.

  88. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings need a QUALITY receiver to help Harvin and Simpson in the pa ssing game !!…

    Rick Spielman…Not sure if you are noticing, but this team is CONTENDING this season !!…

    Get rid of some of the dead weight WR position…And get Ponder another weapon on offense…

    PREDICTION !!!…Spielman does just that…Finds a solid young WR to help out Simpson and Harvin…And makes a trade soon…

    Time to start earning that big GM money Rick…Find a team that is having a bad season…And get us another WR with some mojo !!!…

    That could be just enough to tip the scales the Vikings way this season…And maybe even further ???…

    It is the GM’s job to make those decisions…

    What do you think Rick ???…Is it time to sit down and chat with Zygi ???…If you are going to make the move…Do it soon enough for that player to learn the playbook…And gain your team and fans some more confidence…

    Go Spielman and Zygi !!…GO VIKINGS !!!!!…

  89. By DeerTracks on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    OTK, “Only time will tell” Yes, indeed it will. However, I don’t think Frazier or Spielman are quite that stupid to turn Webb out the door!

  90. By DeerTracks on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier just might have some trick plays for Webb. Frazier isn’t just going to leave Joe sitting on the sidelines. He will dream up something. Wait and see..

  91. By OTKalil2012 on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    The only “blazer package” play they have tried this season was with Harvin at the goal line…

    Webb can’t throw the ball…Heck…Frazier and Musgrave are having a hard time allowing Ponder to throw the ball ???…And he hasn’t even thrown an interception yet…They cringe just because Ponder has thrown a few that were close…Big deal…QB’s make “some” bad decisions…Even the best…

    Point is…If the Vikings don’t even trust Ponder to throw the ball down the field…What do you think are the chances they allow Webb to come in to do it ???…

    That would make a PERFECT (risky) big play call…But something our coaching staff would ever take a chance doing…They are TOO conservative…

    New blog posted…

  92. By DeerTracks on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    OTK, I did say “Wait and see!”

  93. By Troutdaddy on Oct 2, 2012 | Reply

    @ H.M.G. What a whiner you are. Throwing Wobbs under the bus is just disrespectful. Get over it. Blog like you mean it and use the rules that this website employs to let us fans talk about stuff. Blog filters are in place to probably keep this site “Family friendly”. It doesn’t limit your ability to get your point across- just the foul words and profanities some people choose to liter blogs like this with. Grow up… Back to the blog now… Special teams had a huge day. The blocks and plays by special teams were amazing and should be applauded. I think that Harvin is going to have a huge year on Kick returns the way he is operating. At keast he is going to mess with the game plans of teams going forward because noone will want to kick to him. Kluwe and Walsh both did a great job. It was cool to see Sherels have a break-out play as well. I think that each week we are going to see more of these people make some big plays as they are really motivating each other to step up. It is good to see players talking each other up on the sidelines and coaches doing the same thing. Didn’t see a lot of that last year. I think this team is gelling and truly care about each others successes. That is the sign of good things to come…

  94. By celticvikingwarrior on Oct 3, 2012 | Reply

    @ O.T.K…Sorry, but this happens to be one of the one in a hundred times I disagree with you.
    It is to late in the season to trade for, and get a young WR up to speed with our playbook.
    More importantly draft picks are just to valuable to give away. Not to mention NO ONE is going to give up a young no.1 type talent at this point of the season or their career.
    We can get one next year and have yet to see what Chris Summers can do…
    There is NO DOUBT in my mind that R.S. will be doing everything possible to find one next draft.
    Finally, I have not yet given up on Greg Childs. I know it’s a long shot that he makes it back to pre injury form, but I am putting my faith in him. Especially after he witnessed what .AP. did…

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