Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have mercifully released kicker Blair Walsh to the boisterous cheers of a Purple fanbase who demanded blood, anyone’s blood, for this four-game losing steak. So what now? Walsh was indeed under performing, but he didn’t play offensive line, running back, or defense. There are still many items on this suddenly 5-4 football team that need addressing beyond punting a kicker with three years left on his contract.

Eric Thompson (The Daily Norseman) joined me at Blue Door Pub to throw back some Indeeds and talk about our suddenly crappy team and how Zimmer can hopefully Make the Vikings Great Again. Also Jason the GM of BDP Como chimed in on the Vikes and what’s going down at Blue Door.

All that and more “Kicking Is a Helluva Drug” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Five thoughts on the Vikings loss to the Redskins.

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1. So…what happened to the defense?

It’s not just a one- or two-game fluke, it’s now a legitimate problem; the defense has gone from great to average, and that’s as big a reason for the losing streak as anything else. Looking at the season split in two—the five wins versus the four losses—paints a clear picture of how dramatically this defense has lost its punch.

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The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings that started out 5-0 have gone into hiding like Dave Chappelle right after Chappelle’s Show went off the air. The Vikes played a back and forth skirmish with Washington by the Potomac, but ultimately lost 26-20. There are a lot of hard questions that need answering as the Purple drop to 5-4 on the season and just watched the idle Detroit Lions move into first place in the division. We’ll try and talk it out.

Today’s “Is Wayne Brady Gonna Have to Choke the Vikes?” Talking Points Include
• Zimmer FINALLY Has to Take Some of This Blame
• The Mandatory Blair Walsh Talking Point
• How Teams Have Been Neutralizing this Defense
• Week 2 of the Shurmur Offense Was _____.
• Sam Bradford is Seeing Ghosts
• Stefon Diggs Is Turning Into a Monster
• Twitter Qs
• The Lions Are 1st in the NFC North Right Now
• Looking Ahead at the Schedule

All that and more “We make the terror.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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Vikings Territory Midseason Awards
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It’s the halfway point of the season, meaning it’s time to take stock of the current Minnesota Vikings. Adam Patrick put together his own recap earlier in the week, but now, we’re giving you the power to assess exactly where this team stands.

At the end of last season, we handed out fan-voted awards to a number of players. You named Harrison Smith the Vikings’ best defensive player, declared Eric Kendricks the team’s most outstanding rookie, and agreed that Adrian Peterson deserved two awards — best offensive player and most valuable player.

But this year’s roster is completely different, and such, deserving of a little midseason evaluation. Gone are Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Wallace, and the architect of the 2015 offense — Norv Turner. In their place, Sam Bradford and a trio of complementary backs are doing their best to keep a Pat Shurmur attack afloat.

On defense, the core remains, and at the beginning of the year, was one of the league’s best units. Injuries and a regression to the norm, however, have spelled trouble for Mike Zimmer and Co. in recent weeks. There’s plenty of individual talent, but collectively, the “Purple Reign” hasn’t lived up to its name since Week 5.

After the jump, we’ll open the polls and give you a chance to vote on four awards — Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Offensive Player, Most Valuable Defensive Player, and Most Valuable Special Teams Player. Remember, we’re picking the winners based on eight games; these will certainly change as the season progresses!

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Vikings Must Rediscover Their Identity
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The Minnesota Vikings face a bit of an identity crisis. The team that started the regular season 5-0 is suddenly 5-3, stuck in the middle of an ugly three-game losing streak.

Minnesota’s vaunted defense isn’t just bending, it’s breaking. The offense, mired in mediocrity, is making the slow transition from Norv Turner to newly-minted offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. And head coach Mike Zimmer, for all his acclaim, can’t seem to right the ship.

It’s not that the Vikings were a bad team simply squeaking by; at one point, the defense was compared to the vaunted 1985 Chicago Bears. And it’s not that the roster is full of holes; general manager Rick Spielman’s long been praised for his ability to draft, develop, and maintain a deep collection of talented players.

No, it’s that the Vikings have lost their identity.

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