Monday, May 2, 2016

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Vikings Jeff Davidson Offensive Line
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In his final press conference of the 2015 season, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer thanked the University of Minnesota, revealed his players’ offseason surgeries, and announced the release of one of the team’s coaches.

According to Zimmer, the team has parted ways with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson. When asked why he chose not to retain Davidson’s contract, Zimmer told reporters, “I didn’t want to.”

Davidson spent five years with the Vikings. He was a holdover from Leslie Frazier’s coaching staff and led a unit that struggled over the past two seasons. In 2014, the line allowed 51 sacks. In 2015, the banged-up group allowed 45 more sacks. Second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was the victim of 44 of those — far too many in Norv Turner’s Air Coryell offense.

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Instead of working on a Monday morning (overrated), I decided to yammer on for 40 minutes about the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings offseason, what priorities should/should not be in free agency and the draft, who’s safe and who’s not on the offensive line and which training camp battles I’m excited to see. Straight off the cuff, unprepared (shocker), unrehearsed Vikings takes if you’re into that sort of thing.

All this and other “Shut Up, Old Man” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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That was a less than ideal way for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings to end the 2015 campaign. But let’s not lose the forest through the trees, this season was a damn good year and this young football team is ahead of schedule with Mike Zimmer. We went 11-5, won a division title, and will be in the mix as legitimate Super Bowl contenders next season. Take a while to let this game marinate, but not all is lost. This team’s best football is ahead of it.

Talking Points Include
• Was It Cold Out?
• Bud Grant is My Idol
• Blair Walsh is Not the Reason We Lost
• This is Not Adrian Peterson’s Team
• Free Teddy Bridgewater
• There Are OTHER Pieces on this Offense
• Offensive Line Needs to be Overhauled
• The Defense Was the MVP Today
• Trae Waynes was Impressive
• Josh Robinson was Not
• The Seahawks Did Everything to Lose the Game, We Gave Them a Gift
• Twitter and Facebook Questions
• Why 2016 Will Be HUGEEEEE
• Podcast Offseason Programming Plan

All this and other “WAS IT COLD OUT? I HAD NO IDEA.” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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[Note: Episode recorded before Marshawn Lynch was officially ruled out]

Merry Vikings Wild Card Eve, Vikings Fans! The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are set to play the Seattle Seahawks tomorrow afternoon at The Bank (aka Hoth) kicking off what we hope to be an extended run in the playoffs for this young team. To get the other perspective of the game, we welcome back show favorite Dayna O’Gorman (@DaynaOG) of the NFL Female Podcast to chat about the ‘Birds and the Vikes.

Today’s topics include why the 38-7 beatdown a few weeks ago might not have been indicative of where these two teams are, how Russell Wilson has become the face of that franchise and how Teddy Bridgewater could/should/will become the face of ours, what Marshawn Lynch returning might mean for the game, why the Pro Bowl is stupid (until it’s not), how this clash of two great defenses might shake out, and how playing in a commercial freezer will have an effect on the matchup.

All this and other “This is a Bud Grant Game” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Vikings Bold Predictions
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The Minnesota Vikings haven’t even finished their 2015 campaign, but we’re already excited for the draft, free agency, and the rest of what should be an exciting offseason for Mike Zimmer’s up-and-coming team. Maybe we’re used to thinking about the Vikings’ future in January — we haven’t had postseason football in Minnesota since 2009!

With that in mind — and with the help of Adam — I decided to ask the team to give me their Vikings bold predictions. Not for the Vikings’ upcoming playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, but for the 2016 season. Will Teddy Bridgewater take the next step and join the NFL’s elite? Will Adrian Peterson win his second-straight rushing title? Can the Vikings hold off the Green Bay Packers and retain their title as “Kings of the North?”

What’s your bold prediction for the 2016 season?

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