Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Episode 72

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald get back to their NFC North positional rankings series after taking Episode 71 off, hash over the rather strange dynamic between Minnesota Vikings fans and Chris Kluwe, provide cautious (yet skeptical) optimism for Mackensie Alexander following his recent crash-course of praise and wrap the show up with a Take 5 analysis on their most painful Vikings memories.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: Back to Your Regularly Scheduled Programming (0:00-1:21)
  2. Kluwe Takeaways: The Hate is Real (1:22)
  3. Mack Attack: Changed Man? We’re Skeptical (8:21)
  4. Competition Overload: Why Eric Decker and/or Jeremy Maclin Don’t Fit (18:55)
  5. NFC North Rankings: Offensive Line (26:15)
  6. Take 5: Most Painful Vikings Memories (42:57)
  7. Sign-Out: Nothing to See Here (1:00:00)

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Vikings Coach "Not Opposed" to a Young Replacement for Greenway

Image courtesy of Vikings.com
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has officially announced an open tryout for the third and final starting linebacker position. Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks not-so-secretly compose two-thirds of the Vikings’ starting rotation — but the third and final spot is officially up for grabs.

Veterans Emmanuel Lamur and Edmond Robinson both have starting experience, but neither has been recognized as a strong candidate to win the job.

When asked which of the two former role players would ultimately receive a promotion to the weak-side linebacker position vacated by Chad Greenway’s retirement this offseason, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer responded with a noncommittal answer, effectively leaving the job up for grabs this summer:

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Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Mike Zimmer Returns, Impressed By Teddy Bridgewater’s Progress

Like a general returning to his post, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is back on the field. Zimmer re-joined the team in Minnesota after taking two weeks off to rest following his eighth eye surgery. During his time away, Zimmer watched a lot of film. Since his return he’s been able to watch the team firsthand. And someone in particular has caught his eye.

According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, when Zimmer was asked about Teddy Bridgewater’s progress, he said:

“Sometimes, when you see a guy every day, you don’t notice the progress that he’s made,” Zimmer said. “I’m gone for two weeks, and obviously, he’s not on the tape. I come back yesterday, and I said, ‘Wow, Teddy looks [like] he’s moving better,’ and quite a bit better, in my opinion.”

While the Vikings quarterback has surpassed expectations regarding his rehab, Zimmer noted Bridgewater still has a long recovery ahead of him. The signal caller has been impatient because he wants to practice with the team, but the Vikings are taking the best long-term approach to his rehab and overall health.

Fresh off his 61st birthday, Zimmer’s remarks indicate his full faith in the 24 year-old quarterback has not wavered. Despite Bridgewater’s injury, the young man remains arguably the most influential leader in the Vikings locker room.

Bridgewater was given the “green light” to move onto more intense rehab exercises. Team doctors will have the final say on when Bridgewater re-joins the team for practice.

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Vikings Territory Roundtable — Episode 15

VT Roundtable Episode 15

Welcome Back to the VT Roundtable!

Episode 15 marks the first recording broadcasted live on YouTube featuring a full crew of Adam Warwas (@VikingTerritory), Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle), BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald), Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN) and Sean Borman (@SeanBoarMan) fielded questions from a live viewing audience, discussing everything from the safety position opposite Harrison Smith to the Laquon Treadwell hype train on yet another action-packed episode of the VT Roundtable.

Check out Episode 15 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and other VT/TV videos!

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Episode 71 — Featuring Chris Kluwe

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe to discuss the intricacies of the position and determine how fans should best evaluate performance without being privy to the situational coaching assignment. The trio also discusses the most dangerous punt returners of this generation, punter mentality and persona as well as the “price” Kluwe made former quarterback Donovan McNabb pay to don his No. 5 jersey in 2011.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: Former Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Joins the Show (0:00-7:22)
  2. Nightmare Punt Returners: Devin Hester & Reggie Bush (7:23-9:27)
  3. Post-Punt Defense: Last Man to Beat (9:28-13:21)
  4. The Greatest: Kick Return vs. Punt Return (13:22-17:53)
  5. Pre-Punt Preparation: Neutralizing Danger (17:54-21:48)
  6. Punter Flops: How to Sell It (21:49-25:47)
  7. Evaluating Punters: Taylor Symmank vs. Ryan Quigley (25:48-33:41)
  8. Jeff Locke Review: Influence of Pressure, Situation & Coaching Style (33:42-41:04)
  9. Number Change: Donovan McNabb’s Payment Plan (41:05-45:00)
  10. Punter Persona: Not Taking Yourself Too Seriously (45:01-47:17)
  11. Special Teams Weapons: Johnny Hekker and Co. (47:18-51:54
  12. Sign-Out: Twilight of the Gods & Tripping Icarus (51:55-55:26)