Saturday, February 25, 2017

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There was wide spread excitement in 2014 when newly appointed head coach Mike Zimmer selected Norv Turner as offensive coordinator.

The selection made a lot of sense, at first pass. Turner would likely mentor the soon to be drafted quarterback, had worked with a top tier running back (LaDainian Tomlinson) in San Diego and would serve as a knowledgeable peer to Zimmer embarking on his first stint as a head coach.

Some credit can be given to Turner’s influence on an 8-3 football team, but after the victory in Atlanta, I can’t help but wonder if Turner is the the right man to lead the Vikings offensively.

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Some critics of the Minnesota Vikings were quick to point out the “strength of schedule” that they faced early on in 2015 as a reason for their success. The convincing 20-10 victory against the Atlanta Falcons, however, is a good start to quieting that crowd one week after the Vikings suffered their worst loss of the year at the hands of the Green Bay Packers.

This week featured numerous solid performances across the roster, but this will be the shortest list of nominations for our heralded (by me) weekly award. I’ll get to that in a second, but first we should review the 2015 winners thus far:

WEEK ONE: Anthony Barr

WEEK TWO: Adrian Peterson

WEEK THREE: Harrison Smith

WEEK FOUR: Linval Joseph

WEEK SIX: Stefon Diggs

WEEK SEVEN: Stefon Diggs

WEEK EIGHT: Stefon Diggs

WEEK NINE: Linval Joseph

WEEK TEN: Terence Newman

WEEK ELEVEN: Teddy Bridgewater

This week’s nominations feature only two guys. You can click “OTHER” if you like, and cast your vote via the comments section, but if you think someone outside of these two guys deserves the game ball this week then you are simply overthinking things.

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Mike Zimmer is a man of few kind words on the field. Read his lips during a broadcast or listen to him after a game in the locker room; you’ll be sure to hear some “bleeps” and “beeps” as he chastises a referee, grills his players, or reacts to the play of his defense. Zimmer’s an old-school coach, one who leaves the pleasantries at the door every Sunday in favor of a certain few four-letter words.

And every so often, Zimmer lets his guard down to tell the media how he really feels. When Bobby Petrino deserted the Atlanta Falcons — and Falcons defensive coordinator Zimmer — in 2007, Zimmer left nothing to the imagination, calling Petrino a coward and a “gutless MF“. Maybe that’s why yesterday’s 20-10 win over the Falcons was so important to Zimmer.

More important to Zimmer, though, is the progression of his young players and the growth of his football team. He’s opened up at the podium before, most notably last January when effusing praise on the team’s top cornerback, Xavier Rhodes. He did the same yesterday when asked about Anthony Barr, Minnesota’s second-year linebacker, who forced two fumbles on Sunday and continues to improve as an every-down linebacker in the league:

“Anthony is a special player, a special kid, as he continues to play he will be even better. I really think the sky is the limit for the guy. There are so many things you can do with him. He has been limited the last couple of weeks because of the hand and today we decided we would let him loose a little more, that was good and I think he has a very bright future and can be a tremendous football player.”

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Our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings secured their perch atop the NFC North again with a decisive 20-10 road win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday afternoon at the sparsely populated Georgia Dome. The win put the bad taste of the Green Bay out of the mouths of Vikings fans and renews hope for the 2015 campaign as we steamroll toward the playoffs. We recap our Devils going down to Georgia.

The #AllinWithZim Talking Points Include
• First place in the NFC North (8-3)
• Do we resemble the 2013 Seahawks?
• Adrian Peterson had a Man Sized Game
• The Mandatory Teddy Bridgewater Talking Point
• Offensive Line Wasn’t Bad?
• I Don’t Trust Norv Turner
• Kyle Rudolph Might Be Okay
• Mike Zimmer: Coach of the Year?
• The Zimmer Hellfire Defense Will Travel
• Anthony Barr Take a Bow
• We Can’t Have These Penalties
• Random Thoughts
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All that and other “Blandejo is still bad” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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This past summer, one of the hot Vikings related topics was associated with trying to figure out what former player was asked to work with Minnesota wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson in the offseason. The Vikings coaches felt their young receiver could benefit from working out with an experienced former professional player.

Minnesota fans and media spent a decent amount of time trying to figure out who the player was, but no definitive answer could be found. At least until earlier this morning.

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