Friday, May 22, 2015
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When Mike Zimmer was announced as the newest head coach of the Minnesota Vikings there seemed to be a league-wide reaction of “it is about damned time” from just about everyone.

The well-respected and productive defensive coach had been passed up for heading coaching gigs for so many years that the 2014 offseason was nearly the last straw for him.  When a team, presumably the Tennessee Titans, filled their vacancy by passing on Zimmer he said he thought about just giving up on his quest for a head coaching position.

“I almost didn’t go (on the second interview with Minnesota), yeah. I was so disappointed,” Zimmer recently told the media. “It was like, ‘Why even do this?’ It was to that point. I figured I was getting too old. I thought, ‘Forget this.’ ”

Of course, Zimmer ended up being the top choice for the Wilf family and immediately became a guy Minnesota fans are generally excited to see at the helm.

The hope here is that the Vikings are the biggest beneficiaries of the delay Zimmer experienced in trying to climb the NFL coaching ladder.

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The Minnesota Vikings announced through their official twitter feed that they’ve released cornerback Kip Edwards in order to claim cornerback Julian Posey off of waivers. Posey is the brother of Texans receiver DeVier Posey.

Julian Posey comes from the Ohio University (like current Vikings UDFA receiver Donte Foster) and was an undrafted free agent for the New York Jets, jumping on and off of their practice squad. He was released at the end of the 2012 preseason. After that, he signed with the Miami Dolphins onto their practice squad, but was promoted to the active roster and was active for a total of two games, without taking any snaps.

In September of 2013, he signed on to the practice squad with the Cleveland Browns, and was promoted to the active roster once again in the middle of the season (bouncing back and forth from active to practice squad). He was active for five games that year, all at the end and was a substitute for three of those games (because of an injury to Chris Owens), starting the final one against Pittsburgh (because of Joe Haden’s hip injury).

The National Football Post had this to say on Posey coming out in 2011:

Possesses good overall height, but has a really thin, frail-looking frame. Does a nice job extending his arms down the field in zone coverage and can create a decent jolt on contact. However, in press man doesn’t seem real confident extending his arms into the target, has a tendency to open up his hips prematurely, takes a bit of a jump step off the line and allows himself to get way too high. Isn’t a real natural bender either, seems to double over the waste in off-coverage and although he seems more comfortable sitting into his stance off the line, he pops his pad level way too high initially off the line.

Wastes a lot of motion when asked to redirect and click and close on the football. Fails to stay real low and compact with his footwork, gets caught trying to regain his balance and can be slow to click and close. Possesses good fluidity in the hips when asked to turn and run, but he needs to step off to regain his footing and get back up to speed. Possesses good straight-line speed for the position, but doesn’t play real fast in tight quarters. Isn’t a real physical tackler by any stretch and I can’t see him breaking down on receivers in the NFL and coming up with the stick.

Impression: Lacks ideal balance and footwork, isn’t real physical and looks nothing more than a speed free agent.

At his Pro Day, he posted a 4.46 40-yard dash and a 40 1/2″ vertical leap, along with an impressive 10’10” broad jump. His three-cone was 6.71 seconds and his shuttle was 4.20 seconds.

Posey seems to be a cut driven by a pursuit to follow a model—the Browns under Pettine have shown signs of consistently preferring height and length, both of which are fairly average for Posey.

This should make camp slightly more competitive but likely does not have a long-term impact on the roster. Nevertheless, without a lot of depth at cornerback on the roster this year, it’s a move that makes sense.

16 games of football, and maybe even a post-season appearance, can change the way we look at the makeup of a roster and the value of an individual player.  With that being said, as I glance towards what drama might be in store for next offseason, Rick Spielman doesn’t appear to have many paramount decisions waiting for him on the horizon.

Most of the current players that are set to see their contracts expire after this season were signed (or re-signed) this offseason to one year deals.  The hope is that they will produce quite nicely and be worthy of another contract next offseason, but they really won’t be priorities until that production actually happens.

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One of the most entertaining, and knowledgable website personalities you will find when surfing the web for your Vikings fix is Andy Carlson at PurpleFTW.com. You can also follow him on twitter @PurpleForTheWin.

Andy invited me to be a guest on his podcast last Thursday night… and we had a blast talking football and “Chewing the Fat”. You can listen to the entire podcast on purpleftw.com or on youtube here.

Thanks again Andy! I enjoyed being on the podcast.

VT’s very own Lindsey Young will be making her guest appearance on the PurpleFTW podcast on June 9th. Be sure to catch all the fun!

 

For some reason I am overly obsessed with the free agency nuance that is the NFL’s compensatory draft pick formula.  It is a fairly secretive formula that seems to throw speculators a curveball right about the time they think they have it figured out.  The formula looks at unrestricted free agents (not restricted, released, traded or retired) and the contracts they sign, in addition to a year’s worth of performance, to decide how the 32 compensatory picks will be awarded.

In short, the picks will go to teams that lose more free agents than they sign, with the value of those picks increasing with the formulaic value of the players lost.  There are still plenty of unknowns at this point to truly give an accurate prediction, but I’m attempting to decipher the Vikings odds of getting an extra pick or two in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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