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Jared Allen Provides Leadership, Perspective As Postseason Looms

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 3, 2013 – 7:36 am

The performance of young players on the roster has been a vital part of the Vikings success in 2012. Rookies Matt Kalil, Harrison Smith and Blair Walsh have been outstanding performers week-in and week-out. Everson Griffen registered a career-high 8.0 sacks this season. Kyle Rudolph was 2nd among all NFL TEs with 9 TDs. Christian Ponder played his best game in the season’s biggest moment.

But now, with a postseason matchup against Green Bay just two days away, a few Vikings veterans are stepping up to the plate to provide leadership and perspective to the entire team.

Jared Allen, who had a sack of Aaron Rodgers in last week’s win and has registered 16.0 sacks in 11 games against the Packers, is one of the leaders equipped to set the postseason tone.  Since arriving in Minnesota via trade in 2008, Allen has helped the Vikings reach the playoffs 3 times in 5 seasons. In that time, he has been one of the team’s most productive players as well. His 12.0-sack season in 2012 gives him 6 straight seasons of 10+ sacks, and 5 of those seasons have come as a Viking. Only one player (DeMarcus Ware – 77.5) has more sacks than Allen’s 74.0 since 2008, and no NFL player has more sacks than Allen’s 117.0 since he entered the League in 2004.

On Wednesday while meeting with reporters, Allen was asked what his memories were of the last time he appeared in a postseason game – the NFC Championship Game following the 2009 season.

“I thought I was going to the Super Bowl, then that got ripped away from us. So, bad memories I guess, because we lost, but still it’s fun, that will always be a game that I cherish,” Allen acknowledged. “It helps you realize how important this opportunity is. I think that is what we have been trying to convey to the guys that haven’t been to the playoffs, the young guys on the team, is that this opportunity doesn’t come around often.

“This is my ninth year in the league and this is I think my fourth playoff appearance, so the odds of getting back aren’t certain and they aren’t always skewed in the positive direction. So guys take advantage of this opportunity. The cool thing about the playoffs is that once you get in anything can happen. You see it happen all of the time, teams make runs and end up winning the Super Bowl.”

Adrian Peterson offered a similar message when asked about the loss in the NFC title game.

“Well, it definitely wasn’t good memories,” Peterson said. “One game away from the Super Bowl and you lose, so I don’t ever want to have to relive that feeling again.”

Asked if he thought it would take this long to make a return to the postseason, Peterson was candid.

“I didn’t at all,” he said. “That’s why you really can’t take things for granted because making it to the post-season is extremely hard.”

Peterson is in the prime of his career. He’s not a young buck anymore, but he hasn’t been around as long as some of his senior teammates such as Allen, Kevin Williams and Antoine Winfield. So his perspective is an interesting one when it comes to assessing whether or not this team’s leadership is effective in sending the right message.

“The veteran guys have always been leaders, but this year it’s been more vocal,” Peterson explained. “Having a lot of young guys here that can play ball, and the guys that I call veterans, Antoine and Kevin and Jared, those guys are able to see that. In tough times they came up and called the team together and shared their thoughts. I’m sure they know that their time is starting to come to an end, they know how hard it is to get to the post-season so they want to take advantage of that opportunity. So yeah, I’ve seen a lot of guys step up and lead in different ways this year.”


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37 Responses to “Jared Allen Provides Leadership, Perspective As Postseason Looms”

  1. By ozzinator on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!
    Ha BB7.
    Is there any reason for anyone to be talking about Mistral Raymond?

  2. By MuskyFever on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    We really need Allen to come out and have a huge game for us this weekend! We need to see a little bit of beast mode from last year this Saturday from him. He is expressing how big of a game this was to the younger players, but he needs to lead by example, and I think he will do exactly that.

    The closer and closer this games gets the more confident I feel for some reason. Especially since the over confident Pukers think they “have this one in the bag” as Aaron Rogers so arrogantly put. What a D-bag he is. I would love to sock him right in his teeth. I think the Vikes might pull this one out. and if we do, I think we have the confidence to beat anyteam on the road. and even make it to a Superbowl. But this first game is the most important to me.

  3. By vikingbob136 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Gotta agree Musky. I saw where AP was talking to Rodgers before the game and telling him that he’s the best QB in the league. Rodgers didn’t even say “Thanks”.
    Rodgers might be the best but he has no class.

  4. By vikes- or - die on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    I agree wholeheartedly, Rodgers is a D-bag. I really believe we are going to have to do some serious grounding and pounding, even more then we have been doing, if you can believe that. That way we can chew up the clock and keep Greenbays “O” off the field. And if our secondary can keep everything in front of them and make Rodgers try and nickel and dime it down the field, good things will happen because it will give our front 4 more opportunities to be disruptive. Pick six BABY! If we can dominate the line on both sides of the ball I believe we will come out on top. WE CAN DO IT!!! WE HAVE A BETTER LINE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL. GO VIKES!!!!!!!!!

  5. By realviking on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    We need everyone to step it up and not let the stage get to big for them.

  6. By realviking on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    I think Jamarca Sanford is better then Mistral Raymond, Sanford makes plays and Raymond seems to always be out of position. I like the Smith and Sanford combination for now more then the Smith and Raymond.

  7. By vikes- or - die on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    If Sanford continues to work his butt off, he is going to be a force. He is a BIG TIME hitter. As his football IQ continues to grow, so will he. LOOK OUT. I personally like Sanford a lot.

  8. By realviking on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Yes Sanford is a big hitter he just needs to continue to improve in pass coverage to be a complete safety.
    I use to be a fan of Mistral Raymond but I see him shying away from contact far to many times to be sold on him ever becoming a good safety and he’s not doing anything spectacular in pass coverage.

  9. By VF209 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    I really liked some of the things that Mistral has done in the past but it seems like he didn’t have a clue this past game. That play where Jennings was wide open may have also been his assignment or Erin Henderson’s not really sure but they were the closest 2 on the play. but I remember when we drafted him and I studied his college tape….the guy can play both corner and safety and i like his size….so I am far from throwing in the towel him at this point…..but i agree Jamarca has been playing good viking ball….tough, smart disciplined football….

  10. By MuskyFever on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    I also agree with the Sanford/Raymond points. I think the big thing is that Jamarca and Harrison have a little gel going. They know where eachother are at all times and they seem to work as a team back there instead of indaviduals doing a job. I think it would be wise for the team to play jamarca and Harrison over Harrison and Mistral. When two players are gelling like Sanford and Smith are. Its hard to argue with that. Let those guys dictate where Rogers throws the ball, not Rogers dictating where they cover the recievers.

  11. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    The Vikings can win this game in the trenches !!…

    Nothing fancy in this game…Just have AP & Gerhart pound the rock !!!…

    Put the hammer down on those sore and tired Packers defenders…After dealing with our running game last week…And have to do it again on Saturday night…After a short weeks rest…

    And let a fresh set of legs in Gerhart…Rip up that Packers D-line !!!…

    “Frazier football” ~ this Saturday night !!!…POUND that running game !!!…

    By half time…The Packers Defense will be moving to the side…And let AP & Gerhart run wild…Not wanting to take on anymore hits or punishment from
    Beast 1 & Beast 2 !!!… ;-)

    hahahahaha(evil laugh again)hahaha !!!!….

    We come to green bay, not only to play…But to IMPOSE OUR WILL on those Packers !!!…

    Be afraid Packer fans !!…BE VERY AFRAID !!!!….

  12. By MuskyFever on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    I guess what it comes down to is asking the Pukers one question…

    Do you feel lucky? Well? do ya p-unk?

  13. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    So Rodgers claims this game is “in the bag” for the Packers ???…

    Rodgers may be right…Rodgers, might leave “in a bag”…
    A “body bag”…

    After our defense rips him up !!!… ;-)

  14. By MuskyFever on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    NICE!!!!

  15. By MuskyFever on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    They are probably saying that becuase the payed the refs double to f-u-k us in the azz!!!

    What a bunch of sh1t hole cheaters they are. I hope they get found out and this ref BS gets uncovered, like the bounty gate did with the aints

  16. By DrinkHeavy on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    The Puckers learned their lesson early in week 17. No sense in them playing into a strategy that favors AP and the Vikings. So they won’t bother running the ball at all on Sat until they get a big lead. Besides, “discount double check” Rogers is so pompous he can’t help himself. So it’s important for our D-line to rattle Rogers early and hit his receivers hard whenever we get the chance (no arm tackles Mistral!). In week 17 we did not tackle well and could not stop them on key 3rd and longs – we can’t afford to do that at Lambeau – otherwise we will lose by double digits and a lot of crooked numbers. Would assume that the Puckers will benefit from their usual 3-4 phantom pass interference/defensive holding calls during the game, but we can’t keep Packer drives alive with stupid personal foul calls.

    Ponder – needs to dictate the terms by tucking it under and running more often – take a page from Russell Wilson’s book. The Packers will likely try to force containment from the outside to prevent the roll-out/boot-legs they saw in week 17, so most Ponder scrambles will probably have to go up the middle.

    OL – let’s avoid the holding calls, particularly in the red zone, please (that means you Loadholt)

    AP – we need another +25 ATT/175 yd game (but please watch that arm position – I noticed a lot of Packers going for the strip/punch last week. In cold weather, the ball is much slicker)

    Special teams – go for the punch/strip on kick-offs. The Puckers will either have their rookie back there or Cobb off the IR. Either way, we might get a good opprotunity to jar a ball loose in the cold.

    GO VIKES

  17. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    The only reason the Packers are so glad to have Woodson back ???…

    Isn’t because he is such a good player…Its because Woodson, is there best “cheater” on the team…

    Watch the refs Goodell…Watch the refs change the rules again this week…
    For the Packers…

    Those fans in Wis will be have a real seat to sit on in Lambeau…Or a roof over their heads…

    Because it costs T Thompson to much to pay off the refs each season…hahaha…

  18. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    I predict the Vikings run for OVER 300 yards in this game
    between AP & the Albino Rhino !!!…

    I expect a split in this weeks carries between both…
    To keep AP fresh through out the play offs !!!

  19. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Frazier has a BIG job this week…

    Keeping this young team FOCUSED !!!…

    Just go out there and DO YOU JOB !!!…Don’t let your emotions get the better of the young players !!!…

    Keep your head in the game !!…Stay in your lanes !!!…Play smart !!!…
    Play aggressive !!!…And TACKLE much better than last week !!!

    GO VIKINGS !!!!

  20. By norsejeremyw on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    I can only hope OTK~

  21. By norsejeremyw on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    both points

  22. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    *Those fan in Wis will never have a real seat to sit on at Lambeau…

    _____________

    Ted Thompson is a weasel…nuff said…

  23. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think Ponder will have to do much in this game…

    I expect AP,Gerhart,Ellison, and Felton, to POUND the Packers defense in to submission…
    Behind our our very good run blocking O-line !!!…

    GO VIKINGS !!!!

  24. By OTKalil2012 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Preiffer, better quit trying to be fancy in the return game !!!

    Put in “sure handed” Sherels in the game for kick offs and punt returns !!!…

    Or watch a big turnover go the wrong way with a fumble…
    If someone else comes in and tries ???…

    Sherels is “money in the bank” returning punts and kick offs !!!…

    Limit the turnovers !!!!…Put in Sherels on ALL return duties !!!

  25. By Stephen Wenthold on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    This has been a great season and it is only getting better. I would like to thanks the players and the coaches for making my sundays the best thing for to look forward to. Have a great year and lets take it to those cheese heads.

  26. By sensi419 on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    At this point if winfield is not able to complete this game i might let sanford play saftey and raymond play cb. sherels has been ineffective at cb

  27. By Daniel on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Jared Allen is like seeing Ray Lewis

  28. By gbprsRyodaddy on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    WE made it to a playoff game. yeah, yippie, isnt that spiffy! Lets go Partay!

    Then after the game, daddy can take us to look at his 4x Lombardi trophy’s.

  29. By norsejeremyw on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Fomunda for everyone!! Yea~

  30. By Eggnog on Jan 3, 2013 | Reply

    Allen Is the true ISU ( Bengals ) alumnai , I visited Pocatello ID last weekend it was so cold up there the temperature was in the single digits burrrrr !

  31. By Rush on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    To gbprsrydaddy are whetever the F ur name is, how was that playoff game last year? ass whipped at home LMAO!! get ready again for it!!

  32. By jjj on Jan 4, 2013 | Reply

    I think as with S. F. earlier in the year – Webb steps in and has the game of his life and never relinguishes the starting role. I always thought he should have been given the opportunity to lead this team – it may come on Saturday.

  33. By mac on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    does anybody else on here watch nfl network an see mcnabb still holding a grudge against minnesota… all 4 picked g.b. last time were wrong , and they think g.b. on there own field will win … this guy’s an the sports media has given the vikings no credit …..watch us go to the super bowl ,,,, i love it ..ps woodson will break his coller bone again early this game watch an see….

  34. By gbprsRyodaddy on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    AS a Packer fan I have been poking fun at you guys all week with some disparaging posts none of which make too much sense, just a lot of junk stirring up the rivalry.
    Truth now must be told Viking fans.
    Vikings are a VERY good team. I, too, sensed from the media that favoritism sways to the Packers, and for no good reason. The Vikings have earned their right into the playoffs. They have no reason to be thankful to be there. The Vikings are very capable of beating the Packers at home.
    I remember one game that the Packers were picked to mop upon a team that they were picked to win just by showing up. Super Bowl XXX11 against the Bronco’s. To say it still smarts is an understatement.
    Sounds cliche’ but, really, may the best team win.
    Regarding my previous posts. I was just playin’ around. Take care.

  35. By norsejeremyw on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    Interesting, gbprs______?

  36. By sidkof on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

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  37. By Apurplesuperbowl on Jan 5, 2013 | Reply

    If Ponder’s elbow doesn’t hinder his performance we will win, and this will be the game Analysts understand what our team saw upon scouting him. I’ve seen a lot of headlines, but not a single even “Pondering” the fact that he will be successful once again. He has matured in his understanding of his role in this offense, witch is to avoid making big mistakes and making CLUTCH yes clutch 3rd down conversions. To much attention is clearly on AP with his 409 yards against the PAC in 2 games. You tend to forget that Ponder himself has potent speed. I think Ponder is to worried about pass yards and our receivers that recently he’s missed big opportunities to make plays with his feet(never thought I’d be saying that). Big plays because the Minnesota receiving core is getting better and better with there down field blocking, If he sees a opening he should take it quickly so the receivers are still in position to make key blocks. The Packer’s biggest mistake will be the fact that they haven’t really taken CP all that seriously. CP= Christian Ponder…… coincidentally CP= Clutch Player. Were playing with fire and passion that i have never seen and it leaves me with as much confidence i have ever had heading into Green Bay.

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