Sunday, December 11, 2016

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We’re in offseason mode, but my ego can’t take not talking for a few days…. That’s why we put together a short Blitz Edition of the podcast to go over some latest Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings news and notes. We dig into Pat Shurmur interviewing with the team and what that could mean for Scott Turner, the Vikings making a change in strength and conditioning, Everson Griffen finally makes a damn Pro Bowl, and we look ahead at the 2016 schedule!

All that and other “Evan Marcus is a scary looking mofo” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State

Measurements

Height – 6’6”
Weight – 318 lbs
Junior

Pros

Great Run Blocker. Good balance to stay with his blocks and will show aggression all the way to the whistle. Can move to the second level blowing up linebackers and moving defenders downfield with his active feet and strong upper body. Conklin plays hard and is physical at the point of attack.

Good Pass Blocker. Conklin has been reliable at protecting quarterback Conner Cook’s blind side giving up only four sacks in 38 career games. When he squares his shoulders to the defender and gets his long arms on the pass rusher, Conklin does a nice job maintaining his block and protecting the back side.

Eagles OC Pat Shurmur
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The coaching carousel continues for the Minnesota Vikings. After losing former running backs coach Kirby Wilson to the Cleveland Browns, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed that the Vikings are set to interview former Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur on Friday. The only opening on the staff is Wilson’s vacated position, but it’s unlikely Shurmur would fill that role given his prior experience.

According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, Shurmur is a potential candidate to become the St. Louis Rams’ next passing game coordinator. Shurmur is an experienced positional coach who most recently served as Chip Kelly’s offensive coordinator from 2013 to 2015. Before that, he was the head coach of the Browns during the 2011 and 2012 seasons and the Rams’ offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2010. Per Pro Football Reference, his longest tenure came with the Eagles, where he spent 10 seasons (1999-2008) as the team’s quarterbacks coach.

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We play the role of coach and GM in this week's QOTW

Vikings first round draft
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It’s far too early to be predicting what the Minnesota Vikings will do in the 2016 NFL Draft, but that’s part of the fun of the offseason. As fans of the team, we can put on our “general manager” hats and pretend to sit at Rick Spielman’s desk for a few months out of this year. And this time around, we’re fortunate enough to have some help from the team at Draft Season. They’ve already provided a number of different scouting reports on top college prospects and recently released their first seven-round Vikings mock draft. With their help, we’re preparing to have the most productive, informative offseason at VT yet.

For this week’s QOTW, I reached out to fans on Twitter and asked for their dream first-round draft pick this year. Many responded, and many provided a flurry of exciting options for the Vikings:

I also asked the team here at VT for their choices, and the answers varied. Check them out, after the jump!

Who is your dream first-round pick for the Vikings this year?

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Top Vikings Plays of 2015
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The beauty of football is that it’s a subjective sport. Two people may watch the same exact play and find two completely different things they enjoyed about it. On a long punt return, one person may notice the devastating block that sprung the returner free. Another may cheer for the returner’s quick feet and dizzying jukes.

Think of everything that happens from the snap to the whistle; a period of time that lasts just four seconds. Linemen crash into each other, creating a violent collision of helmets and facemasks. Wide receivers sprint, cut, plant, and fly through their breaks down the field. Shoulder pads pop, footballs whistle out of quarterbacks’ hands, and fans cheer wildly from the stands. It’s an explosion for the senses and a spectacle to behold each Sunday.

Now think back on the Vikings’ 2015 campaign. They ran 973 offensive plays, defended another 1,076, and used their special teams units on 439 more. That’s 2,488 total plays, per Sporting Charts. It’d be nearly impossible to narrow down the best play of the season, but that’s exactly what the poll of the week is for. Many of you will share your own choices in the comments, but I’ve tried to narrow down five of the most memorable, noteworthy plays from a wild 2015. After the jump, we’ll run through my choices.

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