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Vikings Boast Top-Ranked Special Teams Group

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 29, 2013 – 3:09 pm

Well-respected Dallas Morning News sports columnist Rick Gosselin has come out with his annual special teams rankings, and the Vikings came out on top. Gosselin, who covers all sports in his columns but is an especially astute football observer, ranks the NFL special teams groups each season and does so by ranking all 32 units in 22 categories and assigning points according to their standing – 1 for the best, 32 for the worst.

“Minnesota booted the most field goals, committed the fewest turnovers and allowed the fewest points in the NFL this season on special teams,” Gosselin wrote. Gosselin also noted that the Vikings finished in the top five in seven other categories and the top 10 in four more. Blair Walsh was the standout performer for the Vikings special teams group this season, converting 35 of 38 FG tries and hitting 10 of 10 attempts from 50+ yards. Walsh also set a team record for touchbacks and he finished the regular season with 141 points, the second-highest scoring season in team history.

Gosselin also credited Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer for the team’s improvement in this area, nothing that Priefer is a seccond generation special teams coach (his father, Chuck, coached 17 years in the NFL for Detroit and San Diego). Under Priefer’s direction, the Vikings special teams group vaulted from 29th in 2011 to 1st this year, which represents the best single-season improvement in the 33-year history of the rankings. The Vikings finshed with 253.5 points, and the next closest team in the rankings was the Cincinnait Bengals at 276.

Here’s a link to the full rankings, but the content is behind a paywall so you’ll have to pony up some coin in order to see the entire piece. Here’s a list of the 22 categories Gosselin uses in his rankings: kickoff return, punt return, kickoff coverage, punt coverage, average starting field position after kickoff, opponent’s average starting field position after kickoff, punting, net punting, inside-the-20 punts, opponent’s punting, opponent’s net punting, field goals, field goal percentage, opponent’s field goal percentage, extra point percentage, points scored, points allowed, blocked kicks, blocked kicks allowed, takeaways, giveaways and penalties.


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261 Responses to “Vikings Boast Top-Ranked Special Teams Group”

  1. By vikings rule on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    New Jets general manager John Idzik said Monday that Mark Sanchez will be pushed for the starting quarterback job, vowing to add competition.

    While they’ve begun kicking tires on college prospects, Gang Green reportedly is looking in a whole other direction.

    According to the Newark Star-Ledger, the Jets have had “some very exploratory, informal discussions” regarding JaMarcus Russell.

    Russell, as most know, was the former No. 1 overall pick of the Raiders and generally is referred to as the league’s all-time biggest bust. Literally the biggest – at last check, he clocked in at 305 pounds.

  2. By vikings rule on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    by the way, 1st!!!!!!!

  3. By vikings rule on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    Russell could beat out ponder for the starting qb, it wouldn’t take much

  4. By Parkway on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    I dunno who is going to want an OG as their starting QB

  5. By Parkway on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    I have to assume this has 0 foundation to it: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/29/report-vikings-interested-in-donald-driver/

  6. By vikings rule on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    The only thing purple about J. Russell is the Purple Drank that he enjoys. He is a fat, lazy putz. And your a putz for even coming up that notion.

  7. By GOAT Moss on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    That vikings rule is a CRAZY bird man. dudes having a conversation with himself

    AD for MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  8. By RichardA1 on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    We owe alot to our #1 probowl kicker, steel of the draft! could not ask for more out of him.

  9. By Derrick.G on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings Rule is probably Ponder AKA……posts the same exact nonsense.

  10. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    I doubt it.

  11. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    Except for his hatred of Ponder.

  12. By John on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    Well has Ponder AKA been around since Vikings Rule showed up?

  13. By Runway on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    Great job special teams! We are number one!!

  14. By Runway on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    I wonder if we did not have Blair Walsh, if we would have been number one?

  15. By Runway on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    Moss said he is the greatest WR to ever play the game. Oh, oh. Not good talking like that. I choose the Ravens.

  16. By VF209 on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    in my eyes he is up there but not the greatest……might have had a shot if he could have stayed on the vikings but for whatever reason we didn’t want him…….maybe some saw him as a cancer but not this fan i thought it was the dumbest move ever next to the hershel walker deal….but best receiver no i cant say that…..jerry rice, chris carter, tim brown, marvin harrison, reggie wayne, michael irvin all should b on that list as well and I figure moss sllips in there somewhere.

  17. By RichardA1 on Jan 29, 2013 | Reply

    Hearing him talk sh-t like he does makes me want S.F. to loose! I don’t think he is, maybe the best deep threat, not totally, just the deep threat he is the best. Getting ready to go Berzerk all over our opponets! Pay Percy? what is going to happen with Percy? this is almost getting peculiar, he was Moss’s close friend when they were here together? doesn’t this seem a little weird? does he want out?

  18. By RichardA1 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    This team just doesn’t have it yet, praying for a great draft or trade players. You can’t watch the game like past great Viking teams, and it was thrilling because almost every play someone one on the team was doing something extraordinary that really made the team stand out. This Vikings team, 90% of it is Peterson and for a while Harvin.

  19. By liito on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    1. Special teams is good especially Walsh.
    2. Passing game is the weakest unit. Need a true deep threat. Get help please for AD. Also an experienced NFL quarterback.

  20. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1505747-ranking-the-minnesota-vikings-top-5-needs-heading-into-the-offseason

  21. By Viking Stand-0ut on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Great day in the morning! The Vikings are so Good!!! Answer me this you Frazier holdouts If they are so great why aren’t they playing in the Super Hot Dog game on Sunday?I am still peed (polite word for Really ticked off) on Frazier not having one of his funkies in the play booth upstairs keeping him up to date on just how many yards Peterson needed to break the rushing record!

    Peterson could have run those 9 yards backwards!!

    Then Frazier says he did if for the team! Pure hogwash and plently of horse dung!

  22. By vikes8&8 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Great article, now however it is time to get rid of Kluwe. This was by far his worst season, and he will only continue to decline. He is not dedicated to football he has to many other intrest which do not include the Vikings.

  23. By dee jay born on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    much congrats to Blair Walsh for being the biggest factor in us being #1 in special teams this season. the ”Blair Walsh Project” was a success now let’s keep it going for years to come…

  24. By Viking33 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    LB – OL – DL – WR – P – QB – Thats my order. WR I would like to see Harvin signed and upgrade with a FA. Look to the Draft for the rest. Our front 7 is in need of some serious help.

  25. By Mike B. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    On the comment from Randy Moss about being the Greatest Receiver ever. I will admit he changed how defenses cover a wide receiver. There was a time no one could catch him. That in itself doesn’t make you Great. There is character also and Randy no matter how good of player on the field character detracts from his greatness. Will he be in the Hall of Fame I have no doubt, but the Greatest of all Receivers, ah no.

  26. By Mike B. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with OTK’s article. or should I say WRHopkins . The needs list accurate. I think to get an effective QB as the Backup QB is a good move. I also agree with the article that Webb’s days with the Vikings are numbered, but we will see. I think getting one of the QBs listed in the article would provide the team with a backup that can step in and win games if Ponder can’t get it done. It should calm all the Ponder haters to have an able back up in place. It gives Frazier an option also.

  27. By Mike B. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    BTW I am not saying Ponder can’t get it done. I think he’s going to have a break out year in 2013 assuming we can get a quality OG to compliment Kalil.

  28. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1506725-5-free-agents-the-minnesota-vikings-should-avoid-at-all-costs#/articles/1506725-5-free-agents-the-minnesota-vikings-should-avoid-at-all-costs

  29. By DRS. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Pay Percy in 2014 after a full season in 2013. Have a great day.

  30. By Viking Stand-0ut on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    You assume quite abit Mike B. You assume Ponder can get it done IF we get a quality OG to compliment Kalil. How about the rest of the team? We have a backup QB now. That is if he ever gets the practice before games like your hero Ponder.

    You want a backup? How about spending 6 mil on 49er Alex Smith and put Ponder on as 3rd BUP.

  31. By Mike B. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Viking Stand-Out I am betting Webb is gone before preseason starts. Unless they want to switch him to WR.

  32. By dee jay born on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    just seen on the nfl network newswire that the Vikes are interested in signing Donald Driver. are you kidding me?

  33. By Mike B. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Driver would be a bad move IMO.

  34. By northwoodsv2 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Let me preface this by saying I’ve never been a fan of Webb, but that article (Top 5 needs…) really throws him under the bus.

    Webb held a clipboard all season long, and was thrust into a playoff game, threw 8/22 for 64 yards through 3 quarters (added garbage yards in the 4th), and is deemed “….unable to run the offense…..” based on that one performance.

    Ponder was tallying up stats like that all year long (8/17 for 58 vs Cardinals for example).

    Don’t get me wrong – Webb is clearly not the man for the job, but I hate it when people are not held to the same standards.

  35. By northwoodsv2 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I’m betting Driver’s agent started that rumor.

  36. By dee jay born on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    @Mike B. you’re right on with that. we needed him about 3 or 4 years ago…

  37. By northwoodsv2 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    ” I think getting one of the QBs listed in the article would provide the team with a backup that can step in and win games if Ponder can’t get it done.”
    _______________________________________________________

    There were several games where Ponder “wasn’t getting it done” yet they didn’t put in the #2 QB.

    Are you implying that the only reason Webb stepped in vs GB was because they had absolutely no other choice?

    Then what is the reason to have Webb on the roster at all last season if they had zero confidence that he could win a game?

  38. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1507182-minnesota-vikings-and-donald-driver-rumor-makes-no-sense-at-all

  39. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1507505-nfl-rumors-donald-driver-would-help-make-minnesota-vikings-contenders

  40. By Mike B. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Northwoods I think it was a financial move. Webb was an inexpensive back up and that’s the reason he was put as the #2 role. His compensation is probably now the same as a Vet minimum, so those other QBs are probably an equally as inexpensive as Webb. I predicted at the begining of the 2012 season that Webb would be holding the clipboard all season. He still was obligated to be ready for to go in the game. He should be able to go in an excute the game plan as well as the starter. But in the GB game they had to make adjustments to the offense to fit Webb’s type of play. This didn’t help our chances of winning.

  41. By Vikings1 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Signing Donald Driver will probably not happen, he is over the hill and we should draft a WR in Round 4 or 5. We have Childs coming back and LaMark Brown on the practice squad that will compete for a spot. Here is my draft order as I see them: DL – LB – OL – WR – CB – QB. We have a punter signed already, T.J Conley, also aveteran back-up to Ponder is a good idea, however, signing veteran over the hill WR’s is never a good idea in my opinion! Just my opinion!

  42. By Viking Stand-0ut on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Mike B. Reason Webb played because Mustgrave made adjustments for Webb’s type of play? Since when did Mustgrave make any changes for anybody the entire year that actually worked? How about, had Frazier and Muskrat given Webb the same amount of time to pratice with the First Team, we could have very well won those games that Your boy Ponder threw away. Pun intended.

  43. By Viking Stand-0ut on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    At the same time the Vikings obtain Alex Smith from the 49ers, Get Coach Lovie Smith from the Chicago Bears. Lovie will sit out 2013 unless a team goes for him.

    Might as well be the Vikings obtaining a real coach.

  44. By Viking Stand-0ut on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    And get a real OC in Mike Tice at the same time…………………..!

  45. By Mike B. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    We will see there Viking Stand-Out I have been pretty spot on last season. I predict I will again next year two. That way you have something to complain about all next year too.

  46. By Mike B. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Nooe of those things will happen Vikings Stand-Out and you know it.

  47. By Mike B. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Frazier will maintain his staff and Ponder will be the starting QB. Time to grab onto that reality and understand it. Even if you don’t like it.

  48. By Mike B. on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Also no back up in the NFL gets the same amount of reps as the starter. That doesn’t reliquish the backup’s responsibility to be ready to enter the game. But your guy Webb looked llike a fish out of water and smelled up the place in GB. That’s a fact jack.

  49. By VIKES RULE on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Recipe for 2014 Super Bowl
    Add
    1 Pat Willuams type noseguard, you have to stuff the middle to stop rushers and running qbs
    2 big fast dbs 1 cb 1 fs
    1 6’3-6’5 WR w 4.40 speed
    1 pass rusher, must have speed
    1 Offensive Lineman, to push loadholt
    1 strong armed accurate qb to push ponder(ponder needs to get his strength to 45-50 yards not 30-40)
    Take out (most are recommended but optional)
    1 Defensive end (allen costs too much but is a team leader)
    1 crazy punter (unless trainung can get his meds right)
    1 back up qb, sorry Joe you had more chances than yoyr talent shows
    2 dbs Winfield stays if he can play, jefferson and sherels on the short list
    Mix this together with discipline(no stupid penalties) hard work, leadership(frazier must get more active) and garnush w some luck.
    Viola
    Enjoy

  50. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    you forgot a qb, and quit using my name, p unk

  51. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    by the way you sound like a fa ggot

  52. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    ” recipe” your a b utt plu gger for sure

  53. By Runway on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Children, children!

  54. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I said sign Greg Jennings not Donald Driver.

    and PAY PERCY

  55. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1503989-2014-super-bowl-blueprint-for-every-nfl-team/page/19

  56. By GOAT Moss on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    How much of a loser are you vikings rule. I see you on here everyday talking garbage bro. Maybe you should head on over to Wal Mart and pick yourself up a friend, you reckon?

  57. By Troutdaddy on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Greg Jennings could be a good option. Randy Moss is such a dill-hole! He was great in his time, but I would take Cris Carter over Moss as a better receiver overall. As far as our needs in this years draft, I am in agreement with many of you. We need a tall, fast receiver, we need help in the secondary and some more help protecting Ponder. We also MUST get a reliable backup QB. My take for 2013 is to lose Webb, Cook and lose Carlson and Jefferson as well. These guys are just mediocre and dead weight. I really like Cook, but I think he was given many opportunities to shine and never got it done. He is too brittle. Jefferson is another one that couldn’t defend his way out of a paper bag. We nick-named him “Oh C r a p” because that is what people say every time they throw the ball down field to who ever he is covering….If we have Wright, Harvin, Rudolph and can pickup one or two others in the draft or FA then we would be set. I really think we need a veteran QB as a backup. Someone who can come in and play immediately. Webb is just not the guy to do that. MBT should have gotten the nod in the playoff game. Ponder will keep progressing as we fill the gaps to give him players to get open and give him time to throw.

  58. By liito on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Dear Vikings’ management,
    Please get some quarterback competition and at least a couple of true deep threat wide-outs. If the passing game can improve to the top 15 in 2013, from its 31st ranking; we might go deep in next year’s playoffs. Who knows, Super Bowl???

  59. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    If Ponder hasn’t prgressed by now (using a tiny play book) I really don’t think he will ever be any better than the “Brooks Bollinger” type quarterbacks.

  60. By Viking Stand-0ut on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Troutdaddy. You and Mike B dream on.If they put MBT into a game cold like they did Webb, he also will be driven into the ground! Ponder is NOT the QB for the Vikings.

    Moss is going to get his SB Ring. Something the Vikings Head Office couldn’t think of when they threw Moss under the wheels!

    Other then Webb, who else do you want on the train tracks? Harvin? Kalil?
    Maybe even Peterson or J. Allen?

  61. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Liito, I agree….we still need a QB. Bethel Thompson should be givien a chance, its a mistake for frazier to keep saying Ponder is the starter….whats wrong with giving him a kick and say that it’s open compettion next year? Then, both QB’s will be working harder in the off season.

  62. By Viking Stand-0ut on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I am sure you can find all kinds of things wromg with the rest of the team.

  63. By Viking Stand-0ut on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    That was not meant for you, Champ.

  64. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Webb likely would have played better if he had been put into the games that Frazier should have pulled Ponder.

  65. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings Stand-out……we both agree that Ponder does not seem to be the answer. He was a little bit above average in college, why the viking staff drafted him in the first round is flabbergasting.

  66. By Shawn on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Pay Loadholt

    Sign Bowe

    Draft Teo and R.Woods

  67. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder would of got drafted in the 4th round, nobody was interested in Ponder but the vikings

  68. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    So what teams are interested in Alex Smith?

    So far: The Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs.

  69. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I hope the vikings aren’t interested.

  70. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I say draft a QB and let it be open competition with MBT, Ponder and the draft choice. A team can always pick up a has-been or a previous failure at QB.

  71. By Shawn on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Alex Smith sucks … only a moron would think Alex Smith is something more than a more experienced CP7

  72. By Wang on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t believe anyone who wishes Ponder to be replaced next season has ever watched football outside of Vikings games. Seriously the names people come up with. Jemarcus Russel? He weighs like 300 pounds and hasn’t played any meaningful game in years and the last time he was on ESPN was when he was addicted to codeine syrup.
    Alex Smith? Highly doubtful to be any better then Ponder in his situation. Alex Smith played not to lose football with an extremely good cast of players and arguably the best head coach a QB could want. You don’t go sign a guy for a lot of money and waste your salary cap on a guy who’s potential is to be a little bit better then what you got, and then you still have to pay him anyway. Ask the Jets how that worked out when they signed Tebow.
    Joe Webb is a poor man’s Donovan Mcnabb, who got benched for Ponder anyway.
    A draft choice? Who? Name one decent prospect that can be pulled in the late rounds that isn’t completely terrible. Every QB is already going two rounds higher then they should. And literally every QB showed up to the senior bowl and made a fool of themself. The Vikings have too many glaring holes to fill to sacrifice a decent pick on someone who’s potential again, is at best what you already have in Ponder.

  73. By vikings rule is a putz on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder would of got drafted in the 4th round, nobody was interested in Ponder but the vikings
    ————————————————————————————————

    Lol, if nobody else was interested in Ponder but the Vikings then how would he have been drafted in the 4th?

    Also do you have any sources that back up this claim?

  74. By vikings rule is a putz on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Yea lets get Alex Smith because it makes since to trade in a new car for the same model but is older and has more millage on it.

  75. By RichardA1 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I still have belief in Ponder, do you remember how good he played in the first 5 games or so, as good as the best. Compare that to the year before, he has gotten 10 times better. Many great qb’s took a few years before they came into there own. If he can keep it up through the season we will be alot better.

  76. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    We should look at E.J. Manuel to compete with/backup Ponder

  77. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I see him make so many throws I know Ponder cant

  78. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    RichardA1…….you mentioned how well Ponder played in the first 5 games. My question is …..why did he regress instead of getting better? Don’t you think that he should have made improvements as the season went on?

  79. By die hard 67 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Champ your a moron……………………

  80. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Draft E.J. Manuel

    PAY PERCY

  81. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    there were 5 games he also lost all by himself. Ponder will cost us playoff appearances if we keep him

  82. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    i agree, draft Manuel

  83. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    E.J Manuel could compete.

  84. By Parkway on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Manuel has a lot of accuracy issues too though

  85. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway…..good point.
    I’d like Thompson to get a fair shot so we can see what we have with him.
    Its really difficult to not give a QB with an arm a shot.

  86. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I already think Manuel is better now than Ponder was at that point. Great arm strength with an even greater delivery. Plus he does not have a history of injuries.

  87. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    He might have some accuracy issues but that can all be corrected with good coaching.

  88. By Parkway on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah you’d think getting Ponder to not throw idiotic throws all the time could be easily corrected with coaching too but they have proved to be inept apparently

  89. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, and Ponder was supposed to be so “smart” and the “most ready” for the nfl when he was drafted.

  90. By Matthias on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder was rated as best QB prospect, before he hurt his shouder. EJ Manuel is faster and stronger than Ponder, but honestly during the natural process of aging these narural abilities are decreasing and the mental process is more important than anything else. Also don’t forget that the chemistry between the WR corps and Ponder wasn’t to good. After Percy went down our passing attack went down too. Ponders QB rating sunk extremely. But after Jarius Wright stepped in our passing attack suddenly got better and so does Ponder’s QB rating. To consider EJ Manuel as a better QB than Ponder is simply laughable and stupid. For example Ryan Leef and Jamarcus Russel were before considered as great prospects. You can be as great as you want in college. The NFL is a total different level and before you didn’t play a down you shouldn’t bein consideration of QBOTF. Ponder showed flashes of Brilliance and played really good in some games. People crying for a new QB right now simply have no patience and should seriously consider switching teams, because Ponder will start next year.
    Personally I don’t care if Ponder will “only” be in the top 15 in his career. Some day we have to pay him big, too. Don’t forget that. We might be able to only pay him like 8-12 million a year for his shaky performance. In general we should be happy that we don’t have to deal with problems at the position like the jets do.

  91. By Parkway on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Next year will be the year we search for another QB

  92. By Spencer on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    How’s life treating you, Parkway?

  93. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    one more year with ponder, another year of no superbowl

  94. By BlueBird7 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    sigh, been that way, over some 50 years now?

  95. By Parkway on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    We can only hope Ponder has some magical transformation into an average QB next season

  96. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1507177-vikings-2013-complete-offseason-guide-needs-free-agents-salary-cap-info

  97. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1506887-the-biggest-question-marks-surrounding-the-minnesota-vikings-offseason#/articles/1506887-the-biggest-question-marks-surrounding-the-minnesota-vikings-offseason

  98. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    John Carlson was a huge mistake, 54 yards passing, at 5 million per year. cut him and take the hit on the rest of the contract

  99. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    the odds of the Vikings going out and spending lavishly on any free agents is pretty slim. Sure, it would be nice to see Henry Melton, Anthony Spencer or Andy Levitre in purple next year, but it’s just not going to happen.

  100. By Stew on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    In free agency this year we should target a guard and a corner or DT! All three of those position have plenty of good young talent.

    In the draft we should go MLB in the 1st RD because we can’t resign Brinkley. He’s trash and have a obvious weakness. This is the year to get a MLB!

    2nd RD go receiver. There is a lot of talent at receiver in this round. Might even be a good idea to couple our pick with a late round one to move up a few spots.

    3RD go DT or CB, depending on which we address in free agency.

  101. By Champ Henson on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    We never have much luck with free agents.

  102. By Stew on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Maybe this year things will be different. Also, if we can spend that much on a TE when we already had a good one in Rudolph then why can’t we spend on a serious position of need?

    We won’t be able to address everything in this years draft. But I feel like if we make smart decisions in the draft and spend a little in free agency we can really go far this year!

  103. By Stew on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I know for sure if we don’t address the CB position with a decent player we will be in serious trouble if a starter goes down like they are guaranteed to do every year!

    A.J. Jefferson better not be resigned!

  104. By Parkway on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    Levitre is the only guy in FA I see us going after

  105. By Stew on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    We really need a decent DT or CB just in case someone goes down!

  106. By RichardA1 on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    I mean last year he sucked, this year he looked as good as any the begining of the season. Yuh got me, he improved, maybe his strength to play at this level is not there yet? why don’t they just work on Webb’s throwing? he has got what it takes. If not why arent they using Webbs talent they say he has, he is the most talented athlete on the team, and he is not used-makes no sense. Turn Webb into a receiver/runningback, find another back up qb, or trade him.

  107. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    most if not all athlete qb’s just don’t workout, look at Vick

  108. By vikings rule on Jan 30, 2013 | Reply

    most don’t realize how big the miss was on John Carlson, we could of got Revis for 5 million

  109. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Spencer what you think of E.J. Manuel?

    @Mathias we need depth and competition at QB. Manuel is more accurate than Webb in my opinion

  110. By vikings rule on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    most any qb in college is more accurate than webb. webb like to try to k ill the gophers

  111. By Runway on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    After the Niners lose, Moss will want to come home to play as a Viking to close his career.

  112. By vikings rule on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    san fran will keep Moss after they win

  113. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/21625510/nfl-seasons-since-agreement-still-no-hgh-tests

  114. By rocksalt on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    our special teams were outstanding. they deserve the accolades.
    Still scratching my head about Bryant McKinnie….we let him go cuz he ate too many cheeseburgers……..where he at now???? hmmmm.

  115. By VIKES RULE on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    @vikes rule, easy buddy, I was jabbing you a little because you got so mad at your imposter, now im keeping it, but dont pout, I dont opine much and its only temporary, Ive used this tag on other blogs so I feel never tiok it from you and when you become respectful, i’ll switch it.
    To the little hom ophobes, (i cant believe i am using this word) i do not like men, i am happily married with kids. Apparently you’re too dense to understand my satire.
    I raise my kids to be tolerant and to sympathize with people who are ignorant. I never liked bullies and throughout my life I put them in their place first by showing why they are wrong: your childish mocking of me does not deter me as you would hope it shines a light on your simpleness. Second I would show them they arent that tough, this part i can not due to the annonimity of all parties involed. I served my country in many forms most of which you as you have shown through your intolerance will or can ever duplicate.
    Finally, dont be a bully, I have been a Viking fan for over 35 years, I have shown many philly fans the error of their way during that time, but this site deserves respect while we opine and banter. If you want to be vulgar do it somewhere else.

  116. By Parkway on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Well Driver is retiring so…. so much for that rumor, thankfully

  117. By dee jay born on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Donald Driver decided to retire. i’m glad he did because knowing our organization we would’ve taken a chance on him and gave him a couple of million. besides we already have a slow and old WR in Michael Jenkins..

  118. By dee jay born on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    i’m undecided on resigning Phil Loadholt. yes he had a pretty decent season,(minus the crucial holding penalties in a couple of games) but keep in mind he did this during his walk year and prior to that he has not been what we was hoping for when he came out of college. most players tend to do well in their walk year in hopes of getting a big contract the following year…

  119. By dee jay born on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    i’d like to see Audie Cole starting in a LB spot next season when Jasper Brinkley or Erin Henderson get their walking papers..

  120. By 61Vikings on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Agree with Champ Henson on this blog!! Free Agency signings have not worked well for the Vikes!! Last good one or great one was Antoine Winfield!!! Keep building our team on the draft!!

  121. By 61Vikings on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Starting LB’s this year for the Vikes should be, Greenway, Cole and Brinkley!! I would say E. Henderson but the Vikes had there chance to sign him to a long term deal last year but they didn’t, so I can see him leaving!!! If the Vikes pick a LB in the second or third round, that draft pick would start and that would leave Brinkley on the outs as a back up!!!!

  122. By VikingsRuleAKAPonder3andout on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Dude, get lost and get a life. Never seen anyone complain as much as you do.

  123. By 61Vikings on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    With the 23rd pick in the 2013 draft, the Minnesota Vikings select, Deandre Hopkins, wide receiver, Clemson!!! That’s what I’m hoping to hear myself!! I would love that!!! Live out here in SC and I’ve seen this kid play, he will be a superstar in this league, I just feel it!!!

  124. By vikings rule on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    dude, wipe that cu m off your face first

  125. By Parkway on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Hopkins would be a good pick. Only receivers I would want to see us take in the first round are:

    Patterson
    Hopkins
    Allen

    In that order.

    2nd round I’ll take:

    Rogers
    Patton
    Hunter

    In that order (assuming the aforementioned first round guys are gone as well)

  126. By northwoodsv2 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    McKinnie joined a GOOD team, it wasn’t signing McKinnie that made them good.

    That’s the only reason why he’s in the running for a ring. Good riddance.

    He and Loadholt are mirror images……OLE!!!!

  127. By liito on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    1. The Vikes passing game is a grade F. Get some “A” grade competition at quarterback and some genuine deep threat wideouts. Get some help. Please.
    2. AD is MVP to me. Congrats to other Pro-Bowlers. The other units continue to improve. Walsh, Rudolph, Smith, Kalil, etc future stars.

  128. By tampaVike on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    With the 23rd pick in the 2013 draft, them Minnesota Vikings select…….UNCLE RICO from Idaho state!!! I’m sure he would give Ponder all the cometition he can handle!!! LOL

  129. By Champ Henson on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    @61Vikings…..thanks man!

  130. By TampaVike on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

  131. By TampaVike on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

  132. By TampaVike on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Do we need to say more????

  133. By hot rod on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I have seen tape of this and he can throw the ball a quarter mile!!

  134. By Champ Henson on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    1. If Peterson goes down the team is in trouble without another elusive back.
    2. It’s beginning to look as tho Ponder is not tough enough to play through pain.
    3. There are big drop offs in talent at most positions.
    4. One more concussion for Henderson and he may be on the bench.
    5. Stop picking up players coming off of season ending injuries.
    6. Don’t draft any player coming off any knee or torn somach injuries.
    7. Check out the elite teams Practice Squad players.

  135. By DRS. on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Pay Percy in 2014, see if can play a full year.

  136. By DRS. on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Webb is not a NFL QB, he is a RB or WR type of player. Good day to you all.

  137. By dee jay born on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    i would like to see Percy Harvin back because i believe we have our slot WR in Jarius Wright,and Percy deserves to be a #1 or #2 WR…

  138. By Matthias on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Champ Henson, are zou serious? If you would be a coach you would probably be Mike Shanahan… Risking the career of sb.who couldn’t even play at 20% of his strengh cause of injury is simply stupid… Gladefully nobody of us has a say or this team would be in the bottom of the leauge again…

  139. By Matthias on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    *you

  140. By DRS. on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    NFL Rumors: Minnesota Vikings shopping QB Joe Webb in offseason?

    http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/nfl_rumors_minnesota_vikings_shopping_qb_joe_webb_in_offseason/12772936

  141. By DRS. on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Joe Webb Could Be a Good Trade Target to Run Chip Kelly’s Offense

    http://eaglesaddict.com/http:/www.eaglesaddict.com/2013-01-23/joe-webb-could-be-a-good-trade-target-to-run-chip-kellys-offense/

    What do you fellow MN fan’s say to this?

  142. By Champ Henson on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Matthias

    I think you mis-read my post…..I was not FOR playing injured players, I was for AVOIDING signing them or drafting them. As for Ponder, first it was his hip, then his bruised arm. How many games did Brett Farve miss during his career due to injury?

  143. By vikings rule on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder is both soft and backup qb material, this #12 pick was the biggest mistake , Carlson comes in as the 2nd biggest mistake

  144. By Parkway on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I’d love to see Webb in Chip’s system.

  145. By DRS. on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    What would the Eagles give for Joe Webb? Who Knows? It does present some possibilities. have to go, have fun and a good day to you all.

  146. By Parkway on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Webb could bring in a 6th

  147. By iaVIKE on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    vikings rule, ponder AKA 3 and out, missed the boat – You should be the GM of an NFL team…..

  148. By BlueBird7 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    DRS, and the rest of you. Leave Joe Webb where he is. Head Office likes him.

  149. By Flap Jaw on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Mr Parkway, You may just get your wish. Then you will see him play the vikings and kick there ass! Chip will see too that.

  150. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    They dont make them like Favre anymore.

  151. By Champ Henson on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    GranddaddyPurp…welcome back.

  152. By Champ Henson on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I have mixed feelings about Webb….I just wonder how good or bad he would be if he had the same 26 games experience that Ponder has.

  153. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I know he would be better if we used him somewhere other than QB

  154. By Spencer on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Spencer what you think of E.J. Manuel?
    ——————————————————————————-

    No more scrambling quarterbacks.

  155. By Parkway on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    We just need a time machine to go back and draft Kaep

  156. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    I dont even look at his athletic ability. Sure he can escape pressure and make plays with his legs, but I look at his arm strength and how quick his delivery and it just seems like an upgrade over Ponder to me. Its frustrating seeing a college quarterback make throws that the starting QB of your favorite NFL team cant.

    Manuel took over the starting spot at Florida State when Ponder left and stepped in several times when Ponder got injured. perhaps he would be a good backup again for Ponder or 3rd string and learn from a vet we bring in to back up Ponder.

    We like to draft college teammates or former college teammates so its not that out of the question to consider Manuel.

  157. By GrandDaddyPurp on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    We need a time machine to bring the Adrian Peterson of this season to the 2009 team. So he wont fumble 4 times and we can destroy the Saints.

  158. By Vikings1 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    @vikings rule

    Don’t forget AJ Jefferson at #3.

  159. By vikings rule on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    yes, AJ not as painful though, he’s only making 500,000/year and we only gave up a 3rd round for him, as far as the cap goes, Carlson hurt the team the most at 5 million/year

  160. By vikings rule on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    we could of got a #1 wide receiver with that #12 draft pick

  161. By Champ Henson on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    84 days til draft day.

  162. By Parkway on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    We only gave up 2 6ths for AJ and got a 7th back, not a 3rd.

  163. By vikings rule on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    we could of picked up Revis for 5 million

  164. By BlueBird7 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    You can also pick up Alex Smith for 6 million or so.

  165. By Shawn on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Alex Smith sux

  166. By Shawn on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Dwayne Bowe

  167. By RichardA1 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings all the way in 13, Berzerk Gang going to kick some serious butt!!!

  168. By GOAT Moss on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    What you mean we could have gotten Revis for 5 million..vikings rule?? Is that hypothetical or factual?

  169. By Nicholas on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    R1 Alec Ogeltree ILB
    R2 Shariff Floyd DT
    R3 Larry Warford OG
    R4 Phillip Thomas S
    R4 # 2 Markus Wheaton WR
    R5 Darius Slay CB
    R6 Baker Steinkhuler DT/DE
    R7 Alex Carder QB

    Free Agency – Dwayne Bowe

  170. By northwoodsv2 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    “How many games did Brett Farve miss during his career due to injury?”

    Not as many as he lost because he played hurt when he shouldn’t have.

  171. By vikings rule on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    i think geren bay will pick up Revis, the Jets will want a 1st round draft pick to. they want to replace Woodson who they also got in FA

  172. By Vikings1 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    @Nicholas

    I really like your most of your picks, however, I would make a few changes, mine are listed below;

    R1 Alec Ogeltree ILB – Excellent choice
    R2 Shariff Floyd DT – Wouls prefer Jesse Williams, stronger and bigger
    R3 Larry Warford OG – Good choice
    R4 Phillip Thomas S – No info on him
    R4 # 2 Markus Wheaton WR – Would prefer Quinton Patten or Justin Hunter
    R5 Darius Slay CB – Ok pick
    R6 Baker Steinkhuler DT/DE – Would prefer Kwame Geathers, bigger and stronger
    R7 Alex Carder QB – Don’t know much about him

    Free Agency – Dwayne Bowe – Probly won’t happen but a good choice

  173. By Northern Norseman on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    1st round- WR Cordarrelle Patterson
    2nd round- CB David Amerson
    3rd round- DT Brandon Williams
    4th round(1st)- CB Tyrann Mathieu
    4th round (2nd)- WR Marquess Wilson
    5th round- LB Jordan Campbell
    7th round (1st)- QB Jeff Tuel
    7th round (2nd)- RB Rex Burkhead

    Remember… This is what I wish to happen come drat day. Obviously some of those prospects may go sooner or later in the draft.

  174. By DRS. on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Green Bay Packers: Donald Driver to announce retirement

    Associated Press

    Posted: 01/31/2013 12:01:00 AM CST

    http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_22488621/green-bay-packers-donald-driver-annouce-retirement?source=rss

  175. By Parkway on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Patton or Hunter in the 4th?? Good luck with that

  176. By Northern Norseman on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    @Parkway

    Ha thats what I was thinking.

    Yeah my mock draft is wishful thinking but each selection is at least possible to some extent.

    Patton or Hunter in the 4th would be an absolute shock if that happened.

  177. By Northern Norseman on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    Cook and Winfield among NFLs best CB tandem.

    I personally think there are more factors that go into but regardless the article is still interesting.

    http://www.dailynorseman.com/2013/1/31/3936346/cook-and-winfield-a-pretty-great-tandem

  178. By Rick on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    By northwoodsv2 on Jan 31, 2013 | Reply

    “How many games did Brett Farve miss during his career due to injury?”

    Not as many as he lost because he played hurt when he shouldn’t have.

    My point exactly. If Ponder couldn’t throw the ball effectively the right thing to do is not play. But I don’t think he could have done any worse than Webb. I love how a freak injury makes Ponder fragile. Last year he was getting sacked at least 4 times per game and got driven into the ground awkwardly and hurt his hip missed 2 quarters of play and came back the next week if i remember correctly. This year a defender comes flying in as Ponder is throwing the ball and drills his helmet into Ponders arm. Tell u what all u guys saying he is soft and weak let your buddy crack you in the tricep as hard as they can with a baseball bat then after a couple days go out and throw a football then tell us how well you can extend your arm let alone even try to throw a ball more than 15 feet

  179. By RichardA1 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Top ranked, because were Vikings, were awesome! stay the F out of the way- we go Berzerk-run for your life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  180. By rocksalt on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    vikes need a game changer at LB and at WR….then we could perhaps make a run in playoffs…..

  181. By DAN THE BARBARIAN on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    wisconsinite by birth….. VIKING fan by choice…… since the snow bowl at lamebo in 77 but am a huge fan of Brett Fave so northwoodsv2 he didn’t lose games because he was hurt and should not have played rather THEY lost because they many times just stunk. However remember his early years at GB Holmgrin trusted in him to develope him, something perhaps many ought to understand about QB’s and stop looking for instant gratification. It used to be five years before they were to be thrown undeer the bus

  182. By iaVIKE on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Rick – I Agree 100% man.

    DAN BARBARIAN – Yeah Favre would have played, and would have thrown fro 120 yards and 3 picks before gettin knocked out of the game because of his immobility. Go look at the pictures of Ponders arm, the morning of the game he couldn’t even lift it above his chest….

  183. By DRS. on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Here’s a Picture of Christian Ponder’s Messed-Up Arm

    http://thevikingage.com/2013/01/07/heres-a-picture-of-christian-ponders-messed-up-arm/

  184. By DRS. on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    The Joe Webb Experiment Did Not Work: Vikings-Packers, In Two GIFs

    http://deadspin.com/5973452/the-joe-webb-experiment-did-not-work-vikings+packers-in-two-gifs

    Have a great day.

  185. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1509424-why-the-minnesota-vikings-no-1-target-in-free-agency-should-be-wr-dwayne-bowe

  186. By 1vikingsfan on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    I wish I had Mike wobschall job.

  187. By vikings rule on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Address the quarterback situation. It is a nightmare, and Adrian Peterson can’t win championships on his own despite the fact that he may or may not be human.

    Christian Ponder’s leash needs to be shortened to a level bordering on choking. Saying the Vikings’ aerial attack is anemic would be the understatement of the offseason.

    Step one is bringing in quarterback competition via free agency and the NFL draft. The Vikings have adequate cap space to spend a little bit of money on a veteran such as Chase Daniel and draft a middle-round QB prospect such as Arizona’s Zach Scott or, ideally, Florida State’s E.J. Manuel in the second round

  188. By vikings rule on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Manuel is a mobile passer who can throw on the run with better accuracy than any QB in the draft. He will flourish in an offense like Minnesota’s that has gotten used to using a rhythm-based attack to make up for Ponder’s deficiencies.

    If Ponder can’t beat out one or both of those players, hand him a clipboard.

    Step two is to re-sign Percy Harvin. He is just too good, and that level of talent does not grow on trees. Harvin is one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL. To let him go would be foolish.

    Step three is to let Jerome Simpson walk. The receiving corps will be fine with Jarius Wright, Harvin and whatever rookies and/or free-agent acquisitions general manager Rick Spielman decides to bring in.

    Simpson is better known for one random act of athleticism, landing a standing flip for a TD in Cincinnati, than anything truly meaningful on the football field.

  189. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings rule – I agree!

  190. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Alot of people think we should give Ponder 3 more years to develop.

  191. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder had a black and blue sore arm..That is why he didn’t play…

    Harvin had a 2 week sprain ankle…And should have been back after the bye week 11 by what Frazier oringinally stated…So why after a month on the bench…Did he have to take off the rest of the season , totaling 2 months before the play offs…For just a 2 week “mild” ankle sprain ???…
    There were ~ No broken bones…No high ankle sprain…

    But why not question Ponders health…Why Ponder could not play IN THE BIG GAME…

    To what might have been a “healthy” Harvin sitting on the sidelines during the playoffs ???…Because of a poor attitude or contract issues ???..

    I saw pictures of Ponders issues….

    Where were ANY pictures of Harvin’s ???…

  192. By iaVIKE on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Champ Henson – This is Ponders year to take a big step up, Spielman WILL get him at least one outside threat in the draft/FA, and hopefully Childs can come back from his freak injury. If Ponder does not play well this year, Spielman will look elsewhere…. and i’m saying this as a Ponder supporter… he knows this is his make or break year.

  193. By die hard 67 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    We will win 3 super bowls with Ponder , mark it down………………..

  194. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Give Simpson another year. He was dealing with back issues.

  195. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    WR’s (I would like to see) in purple this coming season…

    Fitzgerald,Hopkins,Wright,Childs. and Simpson…

    Harvin gets traded for a (first or a second) round pick..That pick is used to swing a deal for Fitz..

    Draft a guard in the second round…Use rounds 3~7 on defense…DT,LB,etc…

  196. By iaVIKE on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Good call OTK, I’d like to see em get a LB in round 2, then guard and defense 3 – 7.

  197. By RichardA1 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Oh please no more, give the ball to A.P. every play games, I feel like I’m watching a little kids game! just give it to the best player every game, maybe he can score! Is’nt it time something gets done with Harvin? if it ain’t the money, he wants out, doesn’t he? they haven’t told us anything-just rumours that get started about trading for Fitsgerald! I was a huge fan of favre also, he was one of the greatest! you could hog pile every player on the team on him, he would just jump up, get the rest of the team pumped up and keep playing! when his team scored, he was the first to congratulate the player-that’s how to play,

  198. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    iaVike, your comments make sense. 2013 should be the year Ponder needs to really prove himself.

    What ticks me off is that Frazier keeps naming him the starter instead of saying that every position is open competition. Let’s face it, Ponder was not great, and did not show consistent progress after 26 games, anybody who can’t see that is not being honest..

    Ponder supporters can make all the excuses that they want and call people all sorts of names, but the fact remains…other than handing the ball off to AD for two hundred yards a game Ponder did not show the progress expected from a 1st rounder…..let the name calling begin!!

  199. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    By die hard 67 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply
    We will win 3 super bowls with Ponder , mark it down………………..

    I am marking that down right next to the Mayan prediction the world ends in December of 2012.

  200. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Why all the blogs after the Championship games, but none for those playoffs? And now, no new blogs for a week, leading up to the Super Bowl? Come on! There should be blogs to discuss the big game.

  201. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    RichardA1….you said it well!

  202. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Runway….Good one!!!!

  203. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Runway….I agree…this is supposed to be the vikings “official” website. There must be something going on that could be reported.

  204. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    If I ran this site I would have a method to posting blogs. It seems there is none here. I would have a calendar and guideline criteria– oh, playoff games– I have a certain number of blogs spread across a determined number of days. Of course any breaking news could occasionally warrant an unplanned blog. It seems there is no strategy here whatsoever– oh, gee, I ran out of popcorn– maybe we can post a new blog while we wait for Domino’s delivery.

  205. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Runway…this is “WordPress” website where the adminstrator can have stories lined up to publish on predermined scheduled dates….apparently that option isn’t being taken advantage of on this blog.

  206. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Champ, you prove my point even stronger.

  207. By Parkway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    0% chance we even think about trying to get Fitz

  208. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Why is that Parkway? The kid has roots here and would probably love playing before a home crowd.

  209. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    You wrong Parkway….

    Just get on Cardinal blog sites….Many Cardinal fans believe Fitz will be traded…

    Because they think the team will trade Fitz to rebuild…

  210. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    My 0% chance is Harvin staying in Minnesota…

    I see no way, troubled Percy stays with the Vikings…

  211. By Parkway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Not only will Fitz not leave AZ, but you know it is not Spielman’s style to make a big flashy trade or move not to mention Fitz is too old for our youth movement.

  212. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Speilman usually goes after OL and DL players or over the hill qb’s in free agency.

  213. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    When the Vikings “biggest need” was DE…

    Who did Spielmam make a “blockbuster” trade for…

    A guy named J Allen…

    That trade wasn’t a “flashy signing” ???…

    Fitz will not be 30 until Oct 31 of 2013…

    Next question ??….

  214. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    If Ponder is the QB if probably won’t matter much which WR’s we get.

  215. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    The viking need guys that can get to the QB, it really doesn’t matter from which position as long as they can get there consistently either through the rush or the blitz.

  216. By Northern Norseman on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    My honest ‘gut’ feeling about Ponder this next season is that he will progress even further and become a solid QB looking forward into the future.

    I think his play will surprise some fans out there that expect a complete flop.

    Like I said that is my opinion and yours may not match mine. I just feel like Ponder is much more likely to progress and get better as opposed to just staying the same or getting worse.

  217. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Allen, Winfield and Williams were good free agent picks, far more were a waste of time and cap money.

  218. By Parkway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Wow Fitz is 30, even older than I thought, a definite 0% possibility.

  219. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway is wrong on this one– Fitz will be in purple. Mark it down!

  220. By Parkway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    We can only hope NN

  221. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Imagine what Green Bay or New England would do with Harvin.

  222. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Could be NN– my gut feeling is Ponder will struggle.

  223. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Competition is needed WR..Much more.than competition at QB…

    But the QB position does need competition for Ponder…Webb is terrible !!!…

    Our WR core was poor before Harvin went down with injury…

    Simpson played hurt…Wright played well for a rookie…But still a raw rookie…
    Aroma and Burton were statues on the field..With alligator arms !!!…

  224. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Northern Norseman….I hope you are right, maybe after Ponder’s summer honeymoon is over he will consentrate more on getting better.

  225. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    I wonder why Chris Summers was never given a shot a WR?

  226. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    I wonder why Chris Summers wasn’t given a look at wr.

  227. By Parkway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    It’s all about Lamark Brown

  228. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Our wr’s gave up too much last year, Green Bays receivers are constantly manuevering to get open even if they are covered well.

  229. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Harvin going to GB would be a waste…They are already stacked with talented WR’s…

    Who really cares…Where Harvin goes to cause locker room problems or yell at head coaches ???…

  230. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway…..what’s with Lamark Brown?
    A replacement for Carlson?

  231. By Parkway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Brown is a WR not a TE

  232. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    The only reason I can think of, as to Why ???…Frazier didn’t release Aroma or Burton late in the season…And give Summers a chance…

    Was…Because he might have been afraid of a divisional team grabbing them off of waivers…To get the Vikings play book info ???…

    Why else keep those b ums on the roster ???

  233. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Ravens by 10. Mark it down!

  234. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway…. Lamark Brown is listed as a TE on the roster page. I tend to believe you tho.

  235. By Parkway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Why the flip flop on Ponder Titus? I thought he was going to be the next Brady?

  236. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    NFC has been dominant all season long against the AFC…

    I think that trend continues…

    49ers by 14….

  237. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    I had high hopes for Burton when he was drafted but he has been a bust. Aromashadu is another failed pick up off the bears roster. And I think we should forget about wasting any more time on CFL players.

  238. By northwoodsv2 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman had a hand in bringing in Favre, as well. I’d consider that flashy.

  239. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    All the viking wide outs have had enough chances to prove themselves, if I were Speilman I’d dump em all. Keep Harvin and give Summers, Brown and the new draft choices their shots…..lets quit wasting time on guys that will never produce.

  240. By Parkway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman was in the triangle of confusion until this last offseason

  241. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    I think the Vikings are going to do VERY well on offense across the board next season…With the passing and running game…Balance will be the key for the Vikes this coming season…

    Ponder just needs some players at WR he can trust to go up and come down with the ball….

    That is where Fitz will come in (or hope anyways)…Or we might have to spend 2 of our first 3 picks in the draft on WR’s ???…

  242. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    I think Spielman was pressured by the Wilfs to get Favre because they knew the QB position was the only obstacle to a Super Bowl run– and they knew such a run would solidify support for a new stadium. Now, the team is looking to build for the long run.

  243. By Northern Norseman on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    (Ill try to keep this short)

    One thing everybody needs to firmly understand that not everything can be fixed in 1 off-season….. its just not possible.

    Thats why I usually come to the stance that although I would like to get better LBs, it is most likely best to roll with Brinkley and Henderson 1-3 more years. Keep one or the other, keep both, put them both on 1 year, one on a 3 years and the other on a 1 year….. any combination but to at least keep one. They are average/above-average. I like much rather address a position of severe need this offseason while Henderson or Brinkley or both can hold down their own and manage the position. Thats better than addressing the LB position heavily making it the same or slightly better but still having a position like WR still in shambles because not enough resources went that way.

    The nice thing is that most likely neither will be signed to another team until after the draft. So depending on what happens in the draft they can react to who they want to keep. That scenario can play out if someone like Ogletree falls to the Vikings in the 1st round.

    I think as long as the Vikings can obtain 1-2 solid good sized WR’s and add 1 solid/elite guard…. the Vikings will see the biggest improvement.

    After that the team should focus on Defensive Line and the Secondary. That can be done in the draft or sign average contract guys in free agency with high upside.

    The LB position I feel can wait the longest this year and can still get help with a draft selection or free agent of value. The LB is one of the few position groups that if not addressed in the off-season it can still be a decent group with the same guys.

    note: Of course someone needs to be found to be the back-up QB to Ponder but to think the Vikings to draft a QB anywhere even close to the first 1-3 rounds is ridiculous. Vikings just need to get a Vet through free agency that doesn’t break the bank and draft a QB in the 5-7 rounds.

  244. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder might do well– I have mixed reviews and thoughts. At times he looked great but other times he looked confused and ready to give up– and pout on the sidelines rather than go over photos and study how to get back in the game. And other times he played and rocked with his teammates– looking like an on-fire Favre, enjoying the game and beating the opponent. Maybe the marriage helped calm him down and make him more consistent– truth is, he played decent the last four games. Not spectacular, but decent. Who knows? As the world turns…

  245. By Runway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    NN, that was a concise posting.

  246. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway…..did you have to remind us all of Childress?

  247. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    There is a few “wild cards” the Vikings might have off to the side yet…Only the coaching staff know how they are coming along ???…

    Those 3 players are Childs,Cole and Love…Will any of those 3 be looked at as starters for the Vikings this coming season ???…

  248. By WRHopkins2013...aka...OTKalil2012 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    *There are

  249. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Runway….good point about Ponder on the sidelines. Even Peyton Manning is seen studying photos on the sidelines. I’ve watched Ponder walk away from Mustgrave as he was talking to him – or like you said “pouting” rather than strategizing.

  250. By Parkway on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Not much hope for childs. I’d like to see Love start at the guard position, can’t do much worse than Johnson/Fusco/Schwartz. I want to see Cole compete for starting ILB as well.

  251. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    I really hope that Childs can come back, I just wonder tho how a guy can rip up both knees coming down with the ball with nobody tackling him.

  252. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Schwartz is another one tho’s pick ups off the Mayo clinic gurney.

  253. By Vikings1 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    @Northern Norseman

    I agree with most of what you said but in my opinion, we must draft a run-stuffer DT no later than the 2nd round. I love Jesse Williams, the man is a beast that can bench press 600lbs. He could hold down the middle and the DE’s could have a field day in rushing the QB. He was one of the reasons Alabama won 2 Championships, no one made a living running up the middle on them!

  254. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings1…..you may be right about Jesse Williams. We need to keep the other team off the field as much as possible, especially when we are not that consistent when it comes to third down conversions and using up the clock when that’s all we have to do to win certain games.

  255. By Champ Henson on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    New blog post up.

  256. By Northern Norseman on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    @Vikings1

    Oh I agree with you.

    If to you it sounded like I don’t want to draft a DL high in the draft than that was not was I intended.

    Basically the message summed up is that unless something far to great to pass up at LB comes across then we should be very content rolling with Brinkley and Henderson so that other positions like WR, DT, G, and CB can be addressed.

    The biggest need is WR but at the end of the day it will just come down to best available at each point in the draft.

    Note: I may think that G is such a key position this off-season more than others but that is because it will make your best weapon (AP) even more dangerous while also helping out Ponder with the interior pocket during passing plays. I won’t be upset rolling with the same Guards again but getting an elite guard will go a long ways…. especially if at least 1 good/elite WR is paired along the offense as well.

  257. By Vikings1 on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    @NN

    Thanks for clearing that up, now we are in full agreement!

  258. By DAN THE BARBARIAN on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    I make no excuses for Ponder but would like all to remember; THE MRS FACTOR- He will do better in preseason because he will like getting out of the house just to be with others that scratch, belch and spit. By the beginning of the season he will understand the true meaning of PLAYING ANGERY ” aS LONG AS BE FORGETS TO PUT THE TOILET SEAT BACK DOWN BEFORE EACH GAME.

  259. By Northern Norseman on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    @Dan the Barbarian

    Ha good analysis.

    I had a chat with someone about how Ponder getting engaged/married will factor into his next season…..

    Was the you Runway??

    It was someone but it was a good chat. I think that with Ponder being married will help more than it will hurt him on the field.

  260. By Northern Norseman on Feb 1, 2013 | Reply

    My favorite free agents to watch this off-season.

    —- G Andy Levitre: 27 years old meaning he will have many good years ahead of him. Has not missed a game in his career showing his durability. Plays the run and pass very well which shows his versatility. Might have to dig in the bank to gain his services but it will help AP and Ponder while creating one of the best (if the not the best) left side in the NFL.

    —- DE/DT Glenn Dorsey: 27 years old and has many miles left on the tank. He is at his best and thrives at the DT position in a 4-3. Cheifs drafted Dorsey and put him at DE in a 3-4. He has done decent up to this point but Id like to think he would far much better at DT in a 4-3. He has a great personality so no off field issues. He was a 5th overall selection in 2008…. he has the talent. Pair him next to Kevin and that could be a great combo. May even come cheaper than some other DTs if the others are not resigned by their respective teams.

    —- WR Danario Alexander: This one is intriguing. Deanario is only 24 so he has yet to hit his ceiling. Standing at 6’5” 220lbs he is exactly the figure to pair along side Percy and has the athleticism to come along with it. Tricky deal is that he is a RESTRICTED free agent. So hopefully the Chargers don’t sign him to another contract but sign him to a tender. If they attach a 2nd or 3rd rounder then give up the pick and go after him. If they attach a 1st then that could make things interesting. Do you give up a 1st and probably a decent amount of money for the upside that is Alexander? I dont know. If there wasn’t a lot of value at #23 in the draft then I say do it but regardless this will be a player to watch this offseason.

    —- DE/DT Arthur Jones: This guy is similar to Danario Alexander in that he is a RESTRICTED free agent. Arthur is an athletic freak with great size at 6’3” 315lbs and young at age 26. Comes from a family with great genes. (UFC Champion Jon Jones, NE DE Chandler Jones) He currently plays DE in a 3-4 for the Ravens but, again like Dorsey, would be a more effective dangerous fit in a 4-3 like he did in college at Syracuse. So depending on if the Ravens attach in his tender (being that they don’t sign him to a new contract) he could be a guy I would like going after. 2nd or 3rd tender I would make a move.

    —-CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: Still young at age 26. One was regarded as one of the best DBs in the league. His play has slipped the past couple of years to the point of being benched a couple times if I am not mistaken. I have a gut feeling that Cromartie won’t break the bank as long as other DBs test free agency as well. Good size 6’2” 190lbs and with great hands (played WR in high school). His style and athleticism would bode well in the Tampa-2 defense. I would really like Cromartie in Minnesota. He’ll be interesting to watch.

    —- CB Aqib Talib: I know Aqib Talib is not the most attractive option with his off the field troubles but if that is truly behind him and the Patriots system helped get him back on course I would at least be interested in checking him out. One of the league leaders in interception his rookie year and can be a good corner in the NFL. Can he be elite? That may be pushing it but with his talent and possibly cheap contract could make him an attractive free agent option.

    —- S Jairus Byrd: Byrd is a stud and most likely will not come cheap. He is young and is a turn-over machine. I say why not just go after a star to pair up with Harrison Smith. Byrd had 9 interceptions his rookie year alone and has had at least 3 fumbles every year. He is praised on PFF and regarded as one of the better young safeties in the league. The only reason I would be content on not getting Byrd is the price and Sanford is an under rated S that can play pretty well. If the Vikings decide not to keep Sanford than outside of Levitre, Byrd is one of the few players I would open up the pocket books for.

    Other notable free agents that will be interesting to watch:

    G Donald Thomas
    WR Ramses Barden
    WR Josh Cribbs
    DE Michael Johnson
    RB Peyton Hillis
    CB Sam Shields
    DT Henry Melton
    T Jermon Bushrod
    LB Rey Maulaga

  261. By aussie61 on Feb 3, 2013 | Reply

    EJ Manuel is the only QB in the draft worth a look.Pay Percy and if we could somehow do a deal for Danario Alexander then he is certainly a “Spielman” type,young and with a lot of upside

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