Monday, November 30, 2015

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In recent years, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock has gained a reputation as one of industry’s brightest football minds, consistently sharing detailed film study and in-depth analysis with fans. His status as a draft guru has led to new coverage opportunities, specifically surrounding the ever-popular NFL Scouting Combine.

On Monday, Mayock held his annual pre-Combine conference call with the media, answering questions about this year’s prospects, the NFL Draft, and individual team needs. After sifting through the 28-page transcript, we dug up Mayock’s thoughts on the Minnesota Vikings, which touched on everything from the Adrian Peterson situation to Mike Zimmer’s draft strategy.

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It’s a long offseason. So it makes sense to go beyond the borders of the US to cultivate additional Minnesota Vikings awesomeness. I had the good fortune to be joined by The Daily Norseman founder Christopher Gates from Germany to talk about our favorite professional football team.

We chatted about Adrian Peterson’s future with the Purple (mandatory nowadays) and what the latest statements from ownership and the front office could really mean. Reminisced about Chris’ three favorite Vikings of all time: an o-lineman sized QB from Central Florida, some kid from the mountains of West Virginia, and a pint-sized CB who started the ‘private plane watching’ trend among Vikings fans (and always had 2 pair playing 30/60 at Canterbury).

Additionally, we covered the beauty of Teddy, the leadership of Zimmer and how why he’s a rarity in NFL coaches, I call Rick Spielman a top-3 GM, and I put Chris through the tried and true Gauntlet.

All that and other “the New Vikings Stadium will kill a bald eagle” conversations on Episode 101 of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

Full episode after the jump!

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The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana tomorrow, signaling the start of a frenetic offseason for Vikings fans. It remains to be seen if Adrian Peterson will return to the team, and many wonder if the veteran’s replacement is on the current roster.

Although the Combine has become a giant media spectacle in recent years, its value cannot be underestimated. The week-long event gives scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL teams the opportunity to evaluate a slew of potential draft picks side-by-side. Film and in-game scouting are crucial to the process early in the year, but the Combine is one of the final “pieces in the puzzle” in determining whether a player moves up or down on a team’s draft board.

McKinnon ran a 4.41-second 40-yard dash, had a 40.5-inch vertical jump, broad-jumped 11 feet, and bench pressed 225 pounds a freakish 32 times.

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A quick peek over our play cards to see what our greatest enemies are up to these days:


The saga that is unfolding with Ndamukong Suh is incredibly important to the future of the Detroit Lions. It could be equally as important for another team, too, if Suh hits the open market and decides to jump ship for a new contract in a new NFL city.

Detroit’s defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, however, doesn’t seem willing to admit that Suh’s departure is a possibility and sounds ready to have him back.

“It hasn’t crossed my mind,” Austin told the Lions’ official website. “I’m planning on him being back.”

The Lions can franchise tag Suh if they want, but it would be a price tag north of $26 million, which makes it almost entirely unfeasible despite how good Suh is at his job. Then again, Austin seems to be on Suh’s bandwagon when it comes to being a special player worth a special amount of money.

“You can’t get around it. You can sugar coat it or say whatever you want, but he’s a great player. He changes the game,” Austin said.

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Forget to grab your significant other a card for Valentine’s Day?

Don’t sweat. We here at Vikings Territory/Purple FTW! got your back with a new line of cards that will surely warm the cockles of even the most frigid of Vikings fans’ hearts. They combine the snark & self-deprecating humor that is the hallmark (pun intended) of the most loyal and patience-tested fan base in professional sports.

Check out the full gallery at Purple FTW!, send your favorite to your main squeeze, and let the Love Boat set sail.

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