Saturday, August 1, 2015

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As is getting destroyed at home by the 1-3 Carolina Panthers didn’t hurt enough, the real salt in the wound was three substantial injuries to defensive players.

Desmond Bishop suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Panthers. Despite being to limp off the field, the Vikings announced today that Bishop’s season has come to an end with a torn ACL in the right knee. The game against Carolina was Bishop’s first and last start of the season. Bishop, who struggled to get on the field at linebacker despite it being one of the Vikings [many] weaknesses likely means it was his last game in Minnesota. Desmond Bishop, 29, was only signed to a one-year deal and will be a free agent after 2013.

The Vikings were once again embarrassed at home by a team that, on paper, should have been very beatable.  The 35-10 beatdown delivered by the Panthers was frustrating to watch and served as a loss of all hope for many Vikings fans this season.  The mess that is the 2013 Minnesota Vikings has so many problems that are so widespread, it is difficult to sift through it all and diagnose any problems, but here are eight things that have stuck out to me through the first five games of the season.  Sorry for focusing solely on the negative, but even hack bloggers need to vent.

1.  Musgrave Is Tripping Over Himself

Bill Musgrave made a Monday Night Countdown appearance on the “C’mon Man” segment thanks to his incredibly undersized play card.  I think ESPN deserves the award, however, as there are about 99 other things that Musgrave should be called out on before the size of his playbook.  For starters, how is it that Adrian Peterson only gets 10 carries against Carolina?  Think about what the acronym “MVP” stands for and then tell me that it is truly, honestly, absolutely possible for an opposing team to neutralize him that quickly and that early in a game.  He’s a true game changer and the Vikings should never stop feeding him the ball.  The team abandoning the run game was magnified by the ineptness of Musgrave’s passing game.

Perhaps even worse is the fact that Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton only saw six snaps all game long.  That’s right, the same Vikings team that had no answer for incoming power blitzes intentionally kept a Pro Bowl caliber blocker on the sideline.  I can’t imagine the reasoning here and it is just the latest example of Musgrave, who had already shown an inability to deal with these types of blitz schemes in the preseason against Buffalo, shooting himself in the foot for no apparent reason.

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The Vikings are set to host Carolina this afternoon and I want to remind everyone interested to join us for a Live Chat during the action.

The inactives for today include recently acquired quarterback Josh Freeman, as Matt Cassel will remain the starter, with Christian Ponder playing the role of backup.

The other inactives today are:  Safety Mistral Raymond, Linebacker Gerald Hodges, Linebacker Audie Cole, Defensive Tackle Chase Baker, Defensive End Justin Trattou, and Guard Jeff Baca.

The Vikings are much healthier coming out of the bye and Chris Cook will be welcomed back into this struggling secondary as they prepare to face Cam Newton.

Anyone ever looking for proof that I don’t have what it takes to be a “real” journalist need not look any further than this post right here.

I am not a talented enough wordsmith to accurately depict the sorrow Adrian Peterson and his family are feeling this evening.  I don’t have any facts regarding his family dynamics and don’t have an ego that requires me to pretend that I do.  I am not heartless enough to talk about how today’s events impact Sunday’s game or #28’s fantasy value, but am also not in a spiteful enough mood to call out those who are (although one of them has been deleted from our Blogroll forever).  I’m not emotionally strong enough to bring up my own experiences growing up, or my views on fatherhood, in an attempt to relate to Adrian and the horrific way in which his son was taken from him.  I also just don’t have any interest in following every “twist and turn” regarding the ongoing investigation.

What I am capable of telling you is that Peterson, someone that never seems to have a bad word uttered about him by anyone, had already endured a lifetime’s worth of tragedy prior to today’s news that his son was taken from this world far, far too early.  I know that his son perished due to alleged abuse, which is unfathomable to think about a two year old having to suffer through, and that the person responsible for this should pay dearly.  Peterson today let us all know that he appreciates the support he has received from everyone, including you fans, and he plans on playing Sunday.

What I also know is that Peterson made a lone request:  that everyone please respect his privacy during this time of grief.  He has done nothing to deserve otherwise and I plan to respect his wishes in whatever way possible, so you may want to visit another site if you are interested in further details about the ongoing investigation.

Adrian, our hearts go out to you and yours during this difficult time.  I hope playing in Sunday’s game provides you with the distraction from life’s hardest of times just as watching you play has done for us fans on so many Sunday’s previous to this week, and will on so many Sunday’s to come.

I encourage all of our visitors to donate, if you can, to Adrian’s “All Day Foundation.”  His foundation has a mission of breaking the cycle of domestic abuse in the home, with a special interest in children and at-risk youth.  For more information you can click here.

 

The Vikings are currently negotiating a contract extension with defensive end Everson Griffen and recently completed a four-year contract extension with defensive end Brian Robison.

What about All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen?

There are currently no contract talks between the team and Allen’s camp.

It is apparent here that Minnesota is attempting to lock two of its younger pass rushers. Robison, 30, received a four-year deal worth a reported $22.4 million. Griffen, 25,  recently rejected a contract offer by the team, but that is likely just a part of the contract negotiation process.

Allen, 31, isn’t much older than Robison, but would likely seek a contract much more lucrative to Robison’s $5.6 million per year average. Allen is currently earning $14.3 million for the 2013-14 season.

The door is not completely shut on Allen returning, but the writing is on the wall.

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