Friday, May 26, 2017

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"I hate failure with a passion."

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The Minnesota Vikings tumbled to an 8-8 season in 2016 after an impressive 5-0 start. When meeting with local beat reporters on Thursday, general manager Rick Spielman was fired up about not letting that kind of collapse happen again.

“To be honest with you,” Spielman said, “I wake up every morning ticked off that we’re 8-8 because I know that is not acceptable by the standards that we place on ourselves. We have to do everything we can heading into this offseason to address the needs and areas we [can improve].”

“I hate failure with a passion,” Spielman later added.

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Allow me to momentarily interrupt the ever-present and ongoing Teddy vs. Sam debate (Mobility! Winner! Accuracy! Smile!) with another edition of Links of the Week. Perhaps the only Vikings-related topic discussed as much as the quarterback dilemma (which, until both are healthy, is not a dilemma at all) the last few weeks is the potential landing place for Adrian Peterson. Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings for one more year, but with an $18 million cap hit, there’s a high likelihood the team will cut bait. The Vikings could of course bring him back at a lower dollar amount, but as our first bullet points out, the Adrian Peterson speculation knows no bounds:

  • In fact, the Star Tribune‘s Michael Rand writes Peterson has been linked to basically every NFL team. This post is a good collection of all the speculation, from intriguing to ridiculous. Some of the more reasonable teams named are the Giants, Buccaneers and…the Packers.
  • Adrian himself weighed in on Twitter Wednesday night, in his usual ham-fisted way of trying to be ominous or something:

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ATL Culture: Body Odor, Breaking Chairs and Boneless Wings — Episode 44

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald decide to go rogue on the 44th installment of the About the Labor podcast.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • ATL Culture: Body Odor, The Great Wings Debate, Breaking Fold-Up Chairs with Authority
  • Vikings Analysis: Is Mike Zimmer a defensive genius? Or is he a product of 30 years of good players?
  • Vikings Analysis: Why does Adrian Peterson Need to Retire a Viking? Save Loyalty for Your Wife, Rick
  • Vikings Analysis: Even Kevin Durant Thinks Blair Walsh Went Too Far with is “Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em”
  • Draft: Myles Garrett — Long Break — Bama’s Tim Williams, Vols’ Derek Barnett and Trees’ Solo Thomas
  • Draft: Bama’s OJ Howard Has a Claim for Being Best Tight End Prospect ever
  • Outro: Draft Dudes Jordan Reid and Myles Gorham Joining the ATL Party Monday — Betting Now Open

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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.

Three Questions

Aj Mansour on Jarius Wright, Midseason Drama, and the 2017 NFL Draft
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Aj Mansour is practically a household name among Minnesota Vikings fans. Long a contributor at kfan.com, he’s making like Lebron James and taking his talents to another Internet “city.” Only this time, it’s not Miami or Cleveland.

Mansour’s joining the growing team at Purple PTSD, where our friend Joe Johnson serves up daily reminders of the struggle of being a Vikings fan. Like good neighbors, we asked Aj to participate in the final installment of “Three Questions,” and he happily obliged.

Before we get to his answers, though, here’s a rundown of every interview…

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