Monday, November 30, 2015

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Purple For The Win Podcast

[Note this is a cross-post from Purple FTW]

Vikings football never sleeps. Perhaps that’s why we’re 0-for-4 in the Super Bowl as sleep deprivation can be a mother.

Purple FTW has had a nice little break since the Vikings season ended (Insert – “Your team didn’t make the playoffs joke here”). But it’s high time to get back at it. The NFL is now a year-round league, ipso-facto this mom & pop podcast is now year-round too.

So we’re back on the weekly schedule.

This Thursday January 22nd, we’ll get a live report from the Senior Bowl with our man Luke Inman. He’ll point out a gem or two that Wheelin’ & Dealin’ Rick Spielman should keep his eye on for The Draft.

After that, new episodes will drop every Tuesday evening starting on the 27th. Most shows will feature a guest interview, although some weeks it’ll just be me mumbling on about how we need a true free safety so Harrison can spend more time down in the box where he’s best utilized.

Upcoming Episodes
• JAN 22nd (PM) – Senior Bowl Fiesta with Luke Inman
• JAN 27th – Adam CarlsonThe Viking Age & Purple People Podcast
• JAN 29th – Super Bowl Preview Special
• FEB 3rd – Andrew Renschen – Writer for First Round Grade
• FEB 17th – Christopher Gates – Founder of The Daily Norseman
• FEB 24th – Lindsey Young – Vikings Territory
• MAR 3rd – Free Agent Target Special

• APR 28th – Official Draft Preview
• MAR 5th – Draft Recap – WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE??!?

Also the plan is to do several LIVE shows from Mankato during training camp. Come to an arrangement with a local watering hole, plop down the gear, and have our favorite guests stroll into the Purple FTW! Thunderdome at their leisure to drop some nuggets about our 2015 Vikings. I’d also love to meet the awesome fan(s) of our humble podcast.

Bottomline is The Dirty Man is back for the offseason and looking forward to the most anticipated season that I can remember in my Vikings fandom. 2015 is gonna be a helluva ride. #GoalSantaClara



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Unless your team is one of the two Super Bowl contenders, it is indeed a good thing that there is a lack of headlines being made, and that is (knock on wood) the case for the Vikings right now.  There are still some items to check out around the web, however, and here they are:

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The 2014 Minnesota Vikings season was the franchise’s 54th season in the NFL and the first under head coach Mike Zimmer. It also marked the first of two seasons in which the Vikings will play their home games outdoors at TCF Banks Stadium. Nonetheless, one of the more significant notes to the 2014 season was the emergence of rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

The Vikings fell short of the playoffs with a 7-9 record, but Zimmer and his coaching staff orchestrated vast improvements in the defense from the previous year. A strong finish down the stretch and encouraging play from the quarterback position has Vikings fans optimistic that this team is headed in the right direction.

The 2014 season has given us plenty of highlights to talk about this offseason. So, to get the conversation started, I thought I’d get mic’d up and share my Top 5 Plays of 2014 in video format.

Enjoy the video, and be sure to share your favorite 2014 highlights.

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[Note:  This segment is a part of a position-by-position look at what the Minnesota Vikings might be inclined to do during the 2015 free agency period.  This is the second article, focusing on the running backs.  In case you missed it, feel free to check out the quarterback preview here.]

Any writer that says he or she knows how the Vikings running back depth chart will look in 2015 is lying to you, even if they end up being correct.  I’m a huge fan of irresponsible speculation, truly, but I’m not going to lie to you:  I have no idea how the Adrian Peterson situation will shake out.

If you are interested in some of the speculation on the topic then feel free to read this, this, this, this, this or this.  On second thought, it might just be easier to type “Adrian Peterson” into the search bar at the top of this page and browse as you please.

Now that we’ve established that I’m about to make some predictions based on an impossible-to-predict situation, let’s take a look at what I think I know.

There is no reason to suspect that Jerick McKinnon won’t play a significant role moving forward.  There is also no reason to expect the Vikings not to bring restricted free agents Joe Banyard and Matt Asiata with them to Mankato, as I’ve previously assessed.  They will also have recently-signed Henry Josey and practice squad player Dominique Williams available to them.

Even without Peterson, the Vikings certainly have the quantity of running backs in their current stable to create a decent competition at the position.  The worry, however, is that the quality is lacking (again, if Peterson doesn’t return) and I would not be surprised to see them add some talent.

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One of the things Mike Zimmer has to do next season is improve on his 1-5 record within the NFC North Division (I know, I’m a broken record about this) and so I am happy to bring back the weekly “NFC North Roundup” segment.  It’ll allow us to keep track, throughout the offseason, of what our three worst enemies are up to.

Chicago Bears

The Bears blew apart their organization after another disappointing season that will possibly be Jay Cutler’s last in Chicago.  The newest head coach to join the NFC North is non-other than John Fox who was no longer welcome in Denver after their playoff performance left plenty to be desired.  Fox is obviously a well respected coach that is now inheriting a roster with turbulent times ahead.  The Bears players are already buying into their new coach, however.

“From everything I’ve heard from people that I trust in the league who are football guys, John Fox is the guy for the job,” Kyle Long recently said of the hire. “He’s a leader of men. He’s a players’ coach. And he’s somebody who really values having a strong locker room. [General manager] Ryan Pace couldn’t have done a better job getting the right guy.”

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