Wednesday, October 26, 2016

harrison smith

by -
Carlson and Coller Minnesota Vikings Purple FTW! Podcast

I sat down with Matthew Coller, the new Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings analyst here at 1500 ESPN, at the Blue Door Pub Como to talk about his new gig and how he sees the always dramatic Purple playing out in 2016. We talked about how the Teddy Bridgewater injury and Sam Bradford trade changes the outlook (and the offense?) for the Vikings, and a look forward to Week 1’s tougher-than-people-think matchup vs the Tennessee Titans.

Matthew and I also hit on his previous gig at WGR 550 in Buffalo, why he’s so hardcore into analytics (he’s got a new podcast on 1500 and first guest was fellow nerd Arif Hasan), why Percy Harvin was way more delightful in Buffalo than here, and I christen Matthew with a nickname.

All that and other “Minnesota Winters >>> Buffalo Winters” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

by -
Vikings' Depth Chart Begins to Take Shape
Image courtesy of

Training Camp for the Minnesota Vikings hasn’t been all that exciting this year. Save for a few one-handed catches from Stefon Diggs and some specular deep shots from Teddy Bridgewater, much remains the same in Mankato. Roster turnover isn’t an issue for the team, free agent acquisitions are performing as advertised, and trust in the organization is at an all-time high.

There’s plenty to be certain about in Minnesota; the strength of the defense, Adrian Peterson’s rushing ability, and Blair Walsh’s renewed confidence. Uncertainty, in a sense, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Vikings have so much young talent that difficult depth chart decisions won’t make or break the team’s season.

In Minnesota, the front office isn’t asking, “Who’s our quarterback;” they’re debating the hierarchy of a loaded roster. And no matter the final decision, the result will be a 53-man roster with more potential than any Vikings team since 2009.

This morning during walkthroughs, head coach Mike Zimmer gave the media a sneak preview of the team’s ‘Cincinnati’ depth chart. It’s the first unofficial roster of the 2016 preseason and reveals exactly where the Vikings stand after two weeks in Mankato.

by -
Day 7 Walk-Thru
Image courtesy of Chris Price

Hello again live-blogging community! I’m jumping back into the mix or the first time since free agency, and I’m looking forward to another exciting day of Minnesota Vikings football.

Adam Patrick’s been rocking these posts for the past week, but he’s getting much-deserved rest today. Follow along as we bring you all of the latest updates from Mankato, including reports from our very own Brent LaBathe and Andy Carlson.

by -
Vikings Day Off Fight

The Minnesota Vikings had the day off today (they apparently take Taco Tuesday VERY seriously). But it gave us time to collect our thoughts on the goings on in Mankato before they strap em back on again Wednesday.

Show Topics Include:
• Why Training Camp Fights Are Good
• Jayron Kearse is Rising
• Mike Priefer Defends Jeff Locke
• Vikings Breaking Ground on Eagan Practice Facility
• The Backup QB Situation is Ungood
• O-Line Not Solidified Yet
• Honey Badger Gets Paid MORE Than Harrison
• Jerick McKinnon Could Be a Star in The NFL
• I Still Don’t Get the Boehringer Hype
• Korey Stringer Passed 15 Years Ago

All that and other “How You Gonna Get Fired on Your Day Off?” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

by -
Image courtesy of Chris Price

Over the course of the last few weeks, Austin Belisle and myself have asked you to make predictions about how the Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 training camp will play out. Meanwhile, Adam Patrick compiled consensus rankings of the “Top 30” most important Vikings players of 2016, with help from 14 knowledgable Vikings writers. Below is the genesis of all that work.

We’ve used your votes, combined with the rankings, to try and assemble one of the most collaborative roster predictions you’ll be able to find anywhere.

Of course, a few questions remain despite the compilation of input, so Austin and I did our best to fill in the blanks. That leads us to our final installment of “10 Camp Questions” in which the tenth question for you, the readers of Vikings Territory, are invited to answer.

Get Social