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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are at home watching the playoffs like the rest of us, but we’re still here (freezing our butts off) pontificating about how the Purple can reload for 2017. We open the show with a few loose thoughts: Why the Sam Bradford trade was the right move, the REAL reason the Vikings running game was so anemic this year, and why you should keep a close eye on what happens with assistant general manager George Paton.

Later in the show, Andrea Hangst (Sports on Earth, The Comeback) swings by to expand on Adrian Peterson’s future, the upcoming quarterback issue the Vikings may face, her thoughts on free agent targets Andrew Whitworth & Kevin Zeitler, and what Mike Zimmer needs to work on to become an upper echelon NFL head coach.

All that and more “We Shouldn’t Have Fired Jeff Davidson I Guess” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Greetings, my friends. In this final episode of our inaugural season, I put a bow on the 2016 campaign by handing out grades to the different Vikings position groups. I also pay tribute to Captain Chelsey “Sully” Sullenberger and Chris Hansen of “To Catch a Predator.” All this and more in our postseason wrap-up.

I’d also like to thank those who tuned in this season. This was an experiment of sorts and a labor of love for me, but I had fun doing it every week and it was really cool to hear/read people’s reactions. Hope I made you smile at least a few times as we got through this weird year together.

Bump & Run will most likely return in 2017, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we check in now and then during the offseason, too. Expect VT TV to continue expanding into the new year.  

Cordarrelle Patterson
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Welcome to our first installment of “Three Questions.” This is a fairly simple series we plan to run throughout January where we are going to be soliciting answers to our questions from a wide-ranging group of Vikings personalities with hopes of passing along some fun speculation, opinions, and stories to you all.

First up is Matthew Coller of 1500 ESPN fame.

1. Can you connect some dots for us and theorize what the actual reason was for Norv Turner’s abrupt departure this season?
 

Sure. It seems to stem back to last offseason in which Mike Zimmer sought advice of other coaches about his offense, then hired Pat Shurmur as his tight ends coach. Shurmur has a long and impressive history working with the West Coast offense, dating back to his days under Andy Reid. When Sam Bradford was acquired by the Vikings, they were forced to stick with a lot of those concepts considering Shurmur and Bradford had just worked together in Philly and before in St. Louis. After the bye week, the Vikings went back to Norv’s old school seven-step drops and intermediate routes. The results were disastrous because of the Vikings’ sad offensive line. My best guess would be that Zimmer chose Shurmur’s ideals over Turner’s, which caused Norv to walk away.  

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 36

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald begrudgingly begin the Minnesota Vikings offseason with a thorough review of the team’s offense.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Sam Bradford’s first season in Minnesota
  • Why it’s difficult to debate quarterbacks at this point
  • Future of Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon
  • Breakout season for the wide receiver and tight end positions
  • Telling it like it is with the offense line

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Cordarrelle Patterson, Marcus Sherels "Return" to Top of Special Teams Rankings

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Keeping the positive energy going with our third installment in a series recapping the greatest moments of the Minnesota Vikings’ tumultuous 2016 season. 

The Minnesota Vikings may have struggled to convert extra point attempts at a high rate and Blair Walsh certainly earned his release amid the 2016 season, but just about every other special teams group was exceptional. Walsh’ replacement Kai Forbath, however, has absolutely no clue how it feels to miss a field goal as a member of the Vikings, having converted all 15 of his attempts in Minnesota.

Cordarrelle Patterson and Marcus Sherels continued their reign as the best at their respective return positions and combine to form the most lethal return specialist combination in professional football — and no, this is not debatable because it’s as close to fact as a subjective statement can be.

Even punter Jeff Locke, who I have literally been saying screaming should be released by the Vikings since 2014, produced both his best and most consistent season as a professional.

While there were moments the team would take a mulligan on — Adam Thielen’s fumble on a punt return against Dallas, in particular — each of the aforementioned elements plus Patterson’s flat-out dominant efforts as a gunner, Mike Priefer’s unit was about as good as it gets in the NFL.

Many teams don’t produce five highlight-reel special teams plays over the duration of an entire season, but the Vikings could put together a nice collection with just their snaps against the Arizona Cardinals. Without further ado, here are our Vikings Top-5 Special Teams Plays in 2016.

Be sure to check out our previous rankings as well, and keep an eye out for the remaining articles in our series highlighting the most thrilling Vikings moments from the 2016 season:

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