Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Bruce Arians

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We appear to have a development in the Pat Shurmur head coaching situation.

According to ABC15 in Phoenix, Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is the leading candidate to take over as the Arizona Cardinals next head coach.

Sources told ABC15 sports that the Cardinals believe Shurmur is an “attractive candidate” in part because of the possibility of him luring quarterback Case Keenum to Arizona. Keenum is a free agent after the season.

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Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shumur is in high demand.

A man largely responsible for turning the Vikings offense around is being sought after to make the same changes for another NFL team.

According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has received interviews requests from multiple teams to be their new head coach, including the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.

On Monday, all three teams officially parted ways with their now-former head coaches. The Lions fired Jim Caldwell after a 9-7 finish to the season, the Bears fired John Fox after a 5-11 season and Bruce Arians of the Cardinals retired after Arizona finished 8-8.

The New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals have also reportedly shown interest in Shurmur. The Giants fired Ben McAdoo last month and the Bengals appear to be moving on from Marvin Lewis. The Giants finished the season with a 3-13 record while the Bengals were 7-9.

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Minnesota Vikings-Arizona Cardinals

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings finally got back in the win column for the firs time since October 9th (41 days). Mike Zimmer’s once vaunted defense became vaunted once again, getting consistent pressure on Carson Palmer and helped the Purple seal a 30-24 win Sunday at Historic US Bank Stadium.

Today’s Back in the Saddle Again Talkin Points Include
• Carson Palmer Got Beat Like He Stole Something
• Mandatory Kai Forbath Talking Point
• Week 3 Under Shurmur Was _______.
• Xavier Rhodes Played the Game of His Life
• #FreeDanielleHunter
• Cordarrelle Patterson is Becoming…
• Offensive Line Watch
• Jeff Locke Has Been PHENOMENAL This Season
• The Defense Still Has Issues Stopping the Run
• Week 11 Zimmer Assessment

All that and more “Bring the Wood” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

SWAG! Order The GREATEST T-SHIRT OF ALL-TIME

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings did NOT lose by fiddy points as most of #VikingsTwitter expected, but did fall to the Arizona Cardinals 23-20 Thursday night. Teddy Bridgewater played one of the best games of his young career, yet will only be remembered for the strip sack that sealed the game for Arizona, the second game ending strip sack to end a 23-20 road game this season…

We discuss the game that was and look forward to the remaining games on the schedule while determining if the Vikings can hold off Tampa Bay for the Wild Card or if Green Bay can still get got for the NFC North crown (spoiler: they can).

Other “Such a Vikings Way to Lose” Talking Points Include
• Two Ways to Look at Teddy’s Game
• The Mandatory Norv Turner Talking Point
• Adrian Peterson Got Fed
• Wide Receiver Run Down
• Tight End Play is Official
• The Offensive Line Was What It Was
• The Injured Defense Played Decent
• Xavier Rhodes. Cmon Man
• Hai, Anthony Harris
• Trae Waynes Assessment
• 10-Days Off is Huge
• Playoff Picture

All that and other “Gotta Get To 10-6” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

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Well at least #CheeseburgerGate was a fun distraction as the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings limp into University of Phoenix Stadium tonight to take on the red hot 10-2 Arizona Cardinals. All the odds seem stacked against the 8-4 Purple as we struggle to keep our playoff hopes alive. At least McDonalds gave the team 100 burgers though…

Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) joins us for his weekly spot and we chat about how the Vikings can attempt to right the ship out in the desert. We also touch on whether Norv Turner needs to be fired for not catering to Teddy Bridgewater, if Adrian Peterson has a right to gripe about his usage, how the Zimmer Hellfire Defense can rebound from all of the injuries, and I complain about Jarius Wright not being a “true” slot receiver.

All that and other “I got the burgers that… will… I just got burgers” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listen to his podcast Norse Code.