Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Paul Allen, radio voice of the Minnesota Vikings, joins the show to give us a glimpse of the man behind the microphone. PA’s headed into his 14th season calling games for the Purple, has been the race announcer at Canterbury Park for over 20+ years, and is host of the 9-Noon program on KFAN 100.3.

We dive into PA’s background and get the story of his journey to where he is today, chat a little about the 2015 Vikings draft and what happens with Adrian Peterson, get a STONE COLD HOT TAKE from the man, and even dive into a little ponies and poker talk.

All that and other “HE’S LOOSE” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Last season, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was more “fish in a barrel” than pocket passer — according to Football Outsiders, Minnesota’s offensive line gave up 51 sacks over the course of the year, making them the 6th-worst unit in all of football.

With an Adjusted Sack Rate (sacks — plus intentional grounding penalties — per pass attempt adjusted for down, distance, and opponent) of 9.1 percent, there is only room for improvement in 2015. Pro Football Focus also downgraded the Vikings’ offensive unit, ranking them 25th in pass protection after a down year for almost every player along the line.

On Tuesday, Rick Spielman rewarded the line’s most consistent player, center John Sullivan, with a contract extension and pay raise. As first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates, Sullivan will remain with the Vikings through 2017:

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Baseball fans bought peanuts and Cracker Jacks at stadiums all over the country today, celebrating the MLB’s Opening Day while cheering on their favorite ball clubs. As I write this, college students from Duke and Wisconsin are packed into Lucas Oil Stadium, screaming their teams to victory in the NCAA National Championship Game.

Vikings fans, meanwhile, know that the 2015 NFL Draft kicks off in just 24 days — plenty of time to mull over this year’s biggest sleepers and most talented prospects. Until then, we can keep tabs on the rest of the NFC North — here’s what’s happening in Green Bay, Detroit, and Chicago:

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Draft expert Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) creator of the Rookie Scouting Portfolio and contributor at Football Guys and Football Outsiders joins the show to take go in depth on who the Vikings may be targeting in the draft at the end of the month. Our Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have many options at the #11 pick, aren’t hurting for a clear cut need, still could move Adrian Peterson, and we all know Slick Rick Spielman’s propensity to make moves in the first round.

Full episode after the jump!

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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was unsuccessfully in his overtures to sign defensive end Michael Johnson during free agency over the past two off-seasons.

Johnson had his best seasons when he played under Zimmer in Cincinnati the first five years of his NFL career. The Vikings wanted him as a pass rushing complement to Everson Griffen and Brian Robison. However, with a lucrative offer in hand from the Vikings, Johnson ultimately left Minnesota with his heart set on returning to Cincinnati.

Zimmer must now look to the draft if he wants to add a “Michael Johnson like” pass rusher to his defensive arsenal.

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