Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Coaching Changes
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The Minnesota Vikings made a number of high-profile coaching changes last offseason, but with the core group in place, have very few holes to fill. So far, this has been a quiet month for the Vikings, who recently added two new coaches to the staff.

According to Alex Marvez of Sporting News, Kennedy Polamalu is expected to be named the team’s new running backs coach. ESPN’s Adam Caplan later reported that Clancy Barone, former Denver Broncos offensive line coach, will become Minnesota’s tight ends coach.

With the changes, Kevin Stefanski is expected to take over as the Vikings’ quarterbacks coach in 2017. His transition from running backs coach to the new role gives Minnesota a fully-staffed sideline of coaches.

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 40

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look back at Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman’s free agency trends as well as the Vikings’ salary cap situation and attempt to make sense of how these elements may apply to 2017.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings salary cap standing
  • Retaining in-house players
  • Projecting salaries for in-house players
  • Spielman’s recent history during free agency
  • Potential fits during free agency
  • Crazy idea of pairing up two marquee nose tackles
  • Drew steps into the Skol Spin hot seat

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Adrian Peterson speculates
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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been in the NFL for nearly 10 years now. He still doesn’t know what is appropriate to say to the media.

The three-time rushing champion appeared on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday and wasn’t afraid to share how he really feels about his contract and future playing days.

Ryan Ramcyzk | OT, Wisconsin

Measureables

Height: 6’6″

Weight: 314 pounds

Projected Round

Mid-Late 1st Round

Pros

Technique: Ramczyk’s technique, both on the ground and in pass protection, are among the best, if not the best, in this class. In 2016, he didn’t block like a player who had no former Division I experience.

Several fundamental aspects go into evaluating an offensive tackle’s technique; his awareness of the quarterback, his ability to stay on his toes, and his quickness to get into a stance after the snap, to name a few. But for Ramczyk, one technical trait jumps out immediately. When he’s drafted in April, Ramczyk will instantly be one of the NFL’s most patient left tackles. Patience doesn’t initially sound like a trait for a left tackle, but for one with Ramczyk’s athleticism (more on that later), patience can be used to gain a significant advantage over a pass rusher.

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Helping you endure Sunday's games.

The Vikings season may be a distant and bitter memory, but that doesn’t mean we have to turn our backs on the rest of the NFL slate. Let’s not let our purple angst cause us to miss out on one of the greatest weekends on the schedule: championship weekend, where the talent is abundant, the stakes are high, and we as Vikings fans have no rooting interest, and thus no risk of feeling the pain and anger we invite into our lives each week during the regular season. (Except for the game involving that team across the border, of course, which I promise we’ll get to.)

But here’s the problem: for those of us who bleed purple, watching these games that do not feature our beloved squad can be a little confusing. We’re like a puppy that’s lost its way, or a man without a home; who do we root for? What do we get mad about? And what does it all mean?

For this, I give you this guide, created by the Vikings fan, for the Vikings fan. In it, I’ll counsel you through this weekend’s matchups, helping you decide who to root for and generally telling you how to feel about what will take place on your television Sunday afternoon. Let’s get to it!

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