Friday, November 27, 2015

by -

Andy’s off this week taking care of a baby that is apparently his. But we have a week full of classic Purple FTW! episodes for your rube ears!

Note: This is a throwback episode from August 5, 2014. Thoughts are still applicable though!

The Minnesota Vikings have a fresh start with new head coach Mike Zimmer and future franchise QB Teddy Bridgewater.

I believe the Vikings have a 4-year window to win a Super Bowl.

Listen in and find out why.

An Andy Carlson Joint.

by -
Image courtesy of

Maybe the football gods were trying to tell us something this morning when they aired the Vikings-Packers MNF game from November 6, 2000; the game where Brett Favre heaved a pass down the field that was seemingly broken up, but miraculously hauled in by a falling Antonio Freeman. If you need to jog your memory, here’s the play:

His catch sealed an overtime victory for the Packers and stands as one of the worst examples of secondary play by any Vikings team. More than that, it’s a reminder that the Vikings have been a historically sub par defense against the pass — most notably in the past 20 years. Remember when Josh McCown (THAT Josh McCown) knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs in 2003? Remember the Vikings’ 31st-ranked pass defense in 2013?

Things are looking up in Mike Zimmer’s current secondary, though. Take last season for example; the unit improved to 7th-best pass defense in the league, allowing just under 225 yards per game. Their quick turnaround can be attributed to Zimmer’s scheme and the improved play of two key players — cornerback Xavier Rhodes and free safety Harrison Smith.

by -

The Vikings announced Tuesday morning that the team has released safety Taylor Mays.

Mays signed with Minnesota on March 24, and he has been working with the reserves during this spring’s OTA’s. Tuesday marked the kickoff of the team’s three-day mandatory mini camp.

Mays played in Cincinnati from August 2011, and he reunited with coach Mike Zimmer when he joined the Vikings. His size (6’3″) and speed combined added to his previous experience with Zimmer looked to make him a strong candidate, but he wasn’t getting many reps at safety thus far.

by -
Image courtesy of

I’ve been away from Vikings Territory for a week, and man, does it feel good to be back behind the keyboard. To those who stuck with me through the work tweets and barrage of conference photos — thank you. I’ll return your investment by providing what I know best; Minnesota Vikings news and analysis!

Earlier today, the team announced the name of their new stadium, awarding rights to U.S. Bank for the next 20 years. Once the 2016 season begins, the Vikings will play all home games in U.S. Bank Stadium, which is more than halfway complete. The Vikings also announced their “Places to Play” program, a multi-year, $1,000,000, statewide investment into locations for Minnesota youth to play.

The partnership with U.S. Bank signals a commitment to improving the quality of life in Minnesota and providing the community with one of the nation’s most impressive multi-use stadiums. After the press release, Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf commented on the deal:

“On behalf of the entire Minnesota Vikings organization, we would like to thank Richard and the 67,000 U.S. Bank employees for their belief in, and support of, the Vikings and this new stadium and for the commitment they make in the economic and social well-being of Minnesota and its citizens every day.”

Things are looking up for the Vikings, huh? Let’s see how things are going elsewhere in the NFC North:

Get Social