Thursday, October 8, 2015

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The Minnesota Vikings have announced the hire of Joe Marciano as the interim special teams coordinator while the team’s stated coordinator, Mike Priefer, sits out a suspension related to controversy stemming from homophobic statements Priefer was found to have said.

Joe Marciano has 28 years of experience in the NFL as a special teams coordinator and was going to live out his retirement, but came back for three weeks with the Vikings. He was in camp today and arrived in Mankato last night. Overall, he’s been an average special teams coordinator with the Texans, though it should be noted that as an expansion team, they’ve had less talent. From Football Outsiders:

Year DVOA Rank
2002 3.80% 8
2003 2.80% 7
2004 -4.20% 28
2005 5.50% 2
2006 -2.20% 22
2007 6.90% 3
2008 -0.10% 17
2009 2.40% 7
2010 -1.70% 23
2011 0.70% 13
2012 -7.70% 32
2013 -5.10% 29
TOT 0.09% 15.9

He’ll be with the team until that last week in order to hammer down on chemistry.

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I’ve consolidated a list of people you can expect to livetweet training camp, so it should be easier to follow along here if you don’t have a twitter account to get up to date with the comings and goings of camp.

Hopefully this should make for an easy follow.

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Shortly after the Minnesota Vikings’ preseason win against the Oakland Raiders, Linval Joseph was struck by a stray bullet in 400 Soundbar in downtown Minneapolis, per the team. The bullet “grazed” his calf, and the team is characterizing it as “minor”. The team released the following statement:

“The entire Vikings organization is extremely thankful that Linval was not seriously hurt, and our thoughts are with all of the victims of this shooting. The team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation.”

Linval was taken immediately to a hospital, where he was treated and released. He is expected to return to the team this week.

According to the Pioneer Press, several people were involved in the incident though the police believe there is only one shooter. Police were called over at 1:50 AM, and among the several people who suffered gunshot wounds, two are in critical condition but expected to survive.

The police will hold a press conference shortly.

UPDATE: According to Ben Goessling, we can expect to see him in games within two weeks.


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I mentioned briefly the other day that missing in Norv Turner’s faith in Teddy Bridgewater in part was some glossing over of some real issues that have cropped up in training camp, though likely not major issues in the long run unless they persist. In particular, high throws in camp have made catches difficult for receivers and have cut down on yards-after-catch opportunities while marginally increasing the likelihood of tipped receptions and so on.

Those who have been following the Twitter play-by-play of Vikings camp have noticed that there are a number of throws, nearly every day, that could be characterized as “high” or “worrisome” because of ball placement. It would be easy to dismiss them as the minority of passes—after all, Norv has logged over 150 passes for each of his quarterbacks in 11-on-11 drills alone—but it has been consistent enough to be noteworthy in my mind.

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After two weeks in Mankato, Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer is ready to face a real opponent. “We just want to go out and play and it’s going to give us a good judge of where we’re at,” Zimmer said in a press conference Wednesday morning.

The Vikings will open the 2014 preseason against the Oakland Raiders Friday night at TCF Banks Stadium.

While training camp practices have been light and mostly in helmet, shells and shorts, facing off against the Raiders will provide a prime opportunity to see how players react in the heat of a game situation. For the 10 rookie draft picks selected by the Vikings in May, it will mark their first chance to put their talent on tape in a full contact NFL contest.

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