PRIMARY TALKING POINTS
- Remembering Blair Walsh
- How good was Kai Forbath?
- Jeff Locke’s impressive season
- Marcus “cockroach” Sherels becoming one of the best punt returners in the league
- Who returns kicks if Cordarrelle Patterson leaves?
About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 38
When it comes to people I’ve been lucky enough to interact with over the years I’ve been doing this whole Vikings Territory thing, I’m hard pressed to think of anyone with the same combination of talent and kindness as Daniel House of Vikings Corner.
So, of course, Daniel was kind enough to take a break from his own Vikings coverage (and Gophers football coverage at 247) to stop by and drop some knowledge on us in what is our latest installment of our “Three Questions” series.
First, in case you missed it, here is who we’ve had take part so far:
Alright, and now we see what Daniel House has to say…
The Minnesota Vikings announced nose tackle Linval Joseph has been selected to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald. This is Joseph’s first selection to the Pro Bowl since entering the league as a second-round pick to the New York Giants in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Linval Joseph is going to his first Pro Bowl!
He will replace Aaron Donald.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 12, 2017
Back around the time that the season began, we were happily helping Star Tribune mainstay Mark Craig promote his book 100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die (which is fantastic, by the way) and our “Three Questions” series seemed like the perfect opportunity to invite him back and see if anything from 2016 would’ve changed his Top 100 list had he waited just one more season.
We’ll see how he responds below, but first I invite you to catch up on our growing list of guest appearances from those kind enough to take part in the “Three Questions” series:
Okay, here’s where we find out what Mark Craig has to say…
Breaking Down the Vikings Quarterback's Greatest Strengths and Detrimental Weaknesses
“I think 7-9 is a best-case scenario.”
I said those words on an episode of About The Labor after Teddy Bridgewater shattered his leg. This isn’t meant to slight Shaun Hill, but I simply had no faith in the Minnesota Vikings without a competent starting quarterback.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman probably felt the same way, so he decided to act: He sent first- and conditional mid-round picks to Philadelphia in exchange for seventh-year journeyman Sam Bradford.
Bradford filled in sensationally at quarterback for Minnesota. In 15 games, he completed 71.6-percent of his passes (which broke Drew Brees’ NFL record, by the way) for 3,877 passing yards and 20 touchdowns against only five interceptions. His performance in Minnesota’s home opener against the Green Bay Packers alone was arguably worth the conditional pick shipped to Philadelphia (which ultimately became a fourth-rounder).
Just think about what we’d have to endure from Cheeseheads if the Packers had beaten the Vikings in the first game ever played at U.S. Bank Stadium. We all appreciate you, Sam.
While the Vikings fanbase is probably hung up on Bridgewater — and rightfully so, given that Zimmer called him the “nicest kid in the history of life” — Bradford made a strong case to be Minnesota’s starting quarterback moving forward, regardless of Bridgewater’s health.