Monday, December 5, 2016

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Jared Allen hung em up after 12 NFL seasons including 6 with the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings. He’s one of my all-time favorite Vikings and I eulogize his career during the intro of the show. We then have a chat with Brandon Kraniger (@skolszn) about his All-22 work on the Vikes and what he saw this season.

All that and other “Culinary Academy” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Jared Allen was one of my favorite all-time Vikings. Fun on the field, fun off the field and a solid example to NFL players — and all of us really — how you can get your life in order and do good in the world. All while being yourself. Culinary Academy.

Vikings free agency targets
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The NFL League Year officially begins on March 9th, but there really are no timeouts when it comes to professional football. Once the final whistle blows at the end of the Super Bowl, front offices ramp up their efforts to improve rosters by making cuts, trades, and adding new talent.

That starts during Free Agency, which coincides with the beginning of the “new” year. Top-tier players, journeymen, and sleepers become available to the highest-bidding, and at times, most desperate teams. The Minnesota Vikings and general manager Rick Spielman generally take a cautious approach to the free-for-all extravaganza, finding value in lesser-known names who don’t dominate the headlines.

It’s an approach that recently brought players like Linval Joseph and Captain Munnerlyn to Minnesota; free agency additions that make an impact at a reasonable price. This year’s crop of players is filled with a few high-profile names, many of whom fans would like to see in purple and gold. But who would the VT Team like to see in Minnesota next year? I asked, and they answered!

Who is one player you’d like to see the Vikings sign in Free Agency?

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Mike Zimmer named one of NFL's Most Influential
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Mike Zimmer has long been respected by NFL coaches. Now, after he led the Vikings to an 11-5 record and a division championship, the national media are starting to catch on. Peter King’s The MMQB has named him one of the NFL’s 100 Most Influential People of 2015. Zimmer came in at #65 on the list, the 10th highest rated head coach.

Gary Grambling of The MMQB writes of Zimmer:

It took too long for someone to hire Zimmer as a head coach. Now he’s showing why he deserved the job. In his second season, he took the Vikings to an NFC North title, its first since 2009.

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