Thursday, March 30, 2017

harrison smith

by -
1
Vikings Must Rediscover Their Identity
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

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.

by -
1

In the triumphant return of Bump & Run, I give advice on how to cope with that obnoxious Eagles beat writer, and explain why not being undefeated is actually better. Plus, my most outside-the-box (read: stupid) touchdown pick yet. This and more in our first post-loss episode.

by -
2
Minnesota Vikings-Philadelphia Eagles

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings kinda shart the bed Sunday in Philadelphia, racking up their first loss of the season 21-10 in a game that wasn’t even that close. Sam Bradford didn’t show well in his return to Philly (play calling and the offensive line didn’t help) and the Zimmer Hellfire Defense got after Carson Wentz, but missed opportunities and mental errors hallmarked the first L of the 2016 campaign.

The Vikings Were The Night Man Talking Points Include:
• This Was a Failure in All Phases
• This Offensive Line is Why the Vikings Will Not Win a Super Bowl
• More Like Sam BADford Today
• Norv Went Back to Being Norv
• Now We Get to See What Kind of Coach Zimmer Is
• Special Teams Were “Special”
• Matt Asiata Appreciation Talking Point
• Even More Injuries
• I Kinda Respect Carson Wentz’s DGAF Attitude
• How Will this Team Rebound?

All that and other “Master of Karate and Friendship for Everyone” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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

by -
0
Minnesota Vikings - Philadelphia Eagles

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings return to action Sunday in the City of Brotherly Throwing D-Batteries at Santa Claus taking on the Philadelphia Eagles. To fill us in on the cheesesteak shotgunning jabronis is Alexis Chassen of Bleeding Green Nation.

We chatted about The Sam Bradford Bowl, if Carson Wentz is the real deal, could this be a potential playoff preview, and how we things playing out Sunday in a matchup of solid defenses.

All that and other “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK KINDA SUCKED” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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

by -
1

Opponent Preview, Week 7

Malcolm Jenkins Can Do it All
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith is suddenly in the spotlight after soaring into the pages of Sports Illustrated. To many in Minnesota, he’s been a star from the moment he set foot on the field, and this recognition is long overdue.

Forget Earl Thomas, Eric Berry, and Eric Weddle; Smith has quietly been the NFL’s best safety since Mike Zimmer arrived as head coach in 2014. In that same time, the Philadephia Eagles have enjoyed comparably elite play from their own safety, Malcolm Jenkins.

Jenkins joined the Eagles in 2014 and played well enough the following season to earn a four-year, $35-million contract extension. In 2015, he was Pro Football Focus’s second-ranked safety and netted one of the that year’s more impressive stat lines  — 106 tackles and two interceptions, including a 99-yard return touchdown against the New England Patriots.

Much like Smith for the Vikings, Jenkins is a do-it-all player for the Eagles; he’ll line up deep, creep into the box, and even cover tight ends or wide receivers in one-on-one situations. To Sam Bradford, he’s a familiar, looming presence; to the Vikings, he’s a player the offense must account for on Sunday.

Get Social

2,921FansLike
265Subscribers+1
9,615FollowersFollow