Monday, February 20, 2017

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 37

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ outstanding defensive season, sift through specific areas in need of improvement, evaluate the year-long performance of the unit’s greatest contributors and speculate both on if the defense will be better next year and how to assure improvement in 2017.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Gaudy statistical rankings
  • Spectacular defensive line and pass-rush
  • Regression of linebacker Anthony Barr
  • Mike Zimmer’s ability to develop an outstanding defensive secondary
  • Specific areas in need of improvement
  • Speculation regarding impending free agents and potential hole-fillers

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Our “Three Questions” series pushes onward today with special guest Matt Falk of Draft Season stopping by to fire off three answers to some (I think) interesting questions I threw his way.

Matt is one of the bright minds behind Draft Season and Vikings fans of all sorts should hop over there to check out his work. What’s better than a comprehensive draft site? Well, a comprehensive draft site run by Vikings fans, of course!

Here are the guests we’ve had take part in this series so far if you need to play catch up:

Joe Johnson On Nick Swardson, The Defense, & Roster Upgrades
Nik Edlund On Kalil’s Injury Impact, A Possible Vikings Draft Target, & The Play Of The Year
Matthew Coller On Norv Turner, Cordarrelle Patterson, And Vikings Craziness

Now, here we go with Matt Falk.

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Today’s “Three Questions” segment belongs to our good friend Joe Johnson over at Purple PTSD whose personality and passion for all things Vikings are things I personally find mighty enjoyable.

In case you missed the first two installments of this series, here they are:

Nik Edlund On Kalil’s Injury Impact, A Possible Vikings Draft Target, & The Play Of The Year
Matthew Coller On Norv Turner, Cordarrelle Patterson, And Vikings Craziness

Now, onto Mr. Johnson’s time to shine.

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Vikings Make Pat Shurmur Permanent Offensive Coordinator
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The Minnesota Vikings removed Pat Shurmur’s interim tag, making him the team’s permanent offensive coordinator, as first reported by ESPN’s Ben Goessling.  Shurmur assumed interim duties following Norv Turner’s sudden resignation on November 2 and held the position for Minnesota’s final nine games.

During his annual season-ending press conference, head coach Mike Zimmer would not reveal Shurmur’s future with the team, but did praise his work under such unfortunate circumstances.

“I do think that Pat did a very, very good job, especially under the circumstances that he was put in. I think, offensively, we improved a lot in the passing game. You can look at the statistics from when he started going and things that we’ve done after that. I think he had a great relationship with Sam [Bradford]. I think the offensive players respect him and we’ll just figure all those things out.”

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Patterson becomes two-time, AP All-Pro kick returner

Cordarrelle Patterson Named to AP All-Pro Team
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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and kick return extraordinaire Cordarrelle Patterson has been named to the Associated Press (AP) NFL All-Pro Team. Patterson is the only Vikings representative on the list and his inclusion on this year’s team is his second since entering the league in 2013.

Patterson averaged an NFL-best 31.7 yards per kick return this season, finishing the year with four returns for at least 40 yards and a lone, 104-yard touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11. His ranking among returners helped Patterson set a record, as he’s the only player in NFL history to lead the league in kickoff return average three times (2013, 2015, 2016).

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