Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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Here we are, finally and officially having reached the NFL offseason. Let’s take a moment to watch the above video, Xavier Rhodes mic’d up in the Pro Bowl, before moving on to a revival of the ol’ links of the week post. One takeaway on the Rhodes video: he certainly has the temperament of a top-flight cornerback, so we have that going for us. The segment is worth watching just to see him shoot the breeze with some of the best receivers in the game, like Odell Beckham and Dez Bryant.

Now, let’s see what’s happening in the rest of Vikings land.

  • Matt Vensel wrote a quick blog examining what it would take for the Vikings to move back into the first round of the Draft. He uses the 29th pick as a hypothetical target, because the end of the round is the most attainable and realistic scenario. Basically, Vensel says it’s possible the Vikings could use their second- and third-round picks to get back into round one, which doesn’t sound too bad, considering they possess two third- and fourth-rounders. So under this hypothetical, they could end up with a late first, one third, one fourth, and so on. Chances are they’d have to throw in a late rounder to sweeten the pot, but I don’t think anyone would complain.

Question of the Week

Super Bowl Curse
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Long before ESPN predicted a Minnesota Vikings-Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl next season, a rogue Youtube user uploaded a unique, ranting revelation — the Colts would defeat the Vikings in Super Bowl 51.

That obviously didn’t happen, as the New England Patriots mounted the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. The Colts and the Vikings, meanwhile, watched from home, dreaming of future Super Bowl victories.

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Minnesota Vikigns Super Bowl NFL Draft

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings obviously aren’t playing for the Lombardi on Sunday, but there is no offseason in the NFL. We talk about this year’s version of the Big Game and the Purple as they gear up trying to be a participant in the 2018 version right here in the great state of Minnesota.

Today’s Talkers Include
Tackles That Could Be On the Trade Block
• At Least the Vikings Took the Pro Bowl Seriously
• Coach Stew is Gone
• Senior Bowl Standouts
Vikings Rookies Did Not Play Many Snaps This Season
Super Bowl Prop Bets I Like
• Who I Got in the Big Game
• Setting Up the Perfect Super Bowl Party
• Am I Looking Forward to a Minneapolis Super Bowl?

Also Subscribe to BULL with Andy Carlson, my new daily podcast launching Monday after the Super Bowl! More info at on the BULL website.

All that and more “Everson Was Robbed of the Pro Bowl MVP” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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the future of the Minnesota Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer still can’t see out of his right eye, but an offseason surgery should fix his ailing vision. Despite the impairment, Zimmer missed just one game during the regular season and coached the Vikings to an 8-8 record.

While he recovers from the impending surgery, general manager Rick Spielman will have his hands full with another arduous task; mending a depleted offensive line and restocking a talented, if underperforming 2016 roster.

Difficult as it may be, Spielman has the salary cap flexibility to make wholesale changes in free agency and the proven craftiness to recoup draft picks lost in the Sam Bradford trade. How he does that, though, remains to be seen. And how he implements those changes in 2017 is a question no one can answer until at least August.

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