Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Only two more weeks left of the 2015 NFL season and then begins almost five months of sadness before Training Camps start in July. The Vikings have been off for the past two weeks, but that has not prevented anyone from writing about them.

Even without actual football being played in Minnesota there have been plenty of headlines created by the organization. From coaching hires to Pro Bowl invites, the Vikings gave people an array of topics to write about.

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If anyone knows about winning, it’s legendary Alabama Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant. In 25 seasons at the head of the football program, Bryant won 232 games and hoisted six national championship trophies. It’s no surprise, then, that Bryant is credited with the famous quote: “Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships.”

And in Minnesota, Mike Zimmer’s following that same formula. The Vikings may not have won the Super Bowl this year, but they rode a top-five defense to an 11-5 record and the NFC North division title. They’re set up for long-term success, especially on defense, where a number of key players are in their first or second year with the team. A few of those contributors, though, are set to become unrestricted free agents in March.

Playing the role of general manager Rick Spielman, the Vikings Territory team analyzed the players and picked one as their highest priority to re-sign this offseason.

Which defensive unrestricted free agent should be the highest priority for the Vikings to re-sign?

  • Chad Greenway
  • Terence Newman
  • Josh Robinson
  • Robert Blanton
  • Marcus Sherels
  • Andrew Sendejo

  • Audie Cole
  • Casey Matthews
  • Kenrick Ellis
  • Jason Trusnik
  • Justin Trattou

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In the NFL, durability can equate to millions of dollars for any individual player, and durability can directly correlate to the win-loss ratio of any franchise. The rash of pectoral injuries really gained notice after a July injury to cornerback Josh Robinson and the Vikings have decided to part ways with strength coach Evan Marcus this offseason.

The move has been confirmed my multiple outlets, including Viking Update, and marks one of the first instances where a Mike Zimmer hire has not panned out the way he had hoped.

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That was a less than ideal way for the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings to end the 2015 campaign. But let’s not lose the forest through the trees, this season was a damn good year and this young football team is ahead of schedule with Mike Zimmer. We went 11-5, won a division title, and will be in the mix as legitimate Super Bowl contenders next season. Take a while to let this game marinate, but not all is lost. This team’s best football is ahead of it.

Talking Points Include
• Was It Cold Out?
• Bud Grant is My Idol
• Blair Walsh is Not the Reason We Lost
• This is Not Adrian Peterson’s Team
• Free Teddy Bridgewater
• There Are OTHER Pieces on this Offense
• Offensive Line Needs to be Overhauled
• The Defense Was the MVP Today
• Trae Waynes was Impressive
• Josh Robinson was Not
• The Seahawks Did Everything to Lose the Game, We Gave Them a Gift
• Twitter and Facebook Questions
• Why 2016 Will Be HUGEEEEE
• Podcast Offseason Programming Plan

All this and other “WAS IT COLD OUT? I HAD NO IDEA.” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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The Vikings will face the Atlanta Falcons today without a key piece of their defense, safety Harrison Smith. Smith, who injured his knee last week against the Packers, is a critical piece of the Vikings defense that is today faced with the task of containing one of the best wide receivers in the game, Julio Jones. Smith will be replaced by Anton Exum Jr. who will get the first start of his career alongside fellow safety Andrew Sendejo.

Rookie cornerback Trae Waynes is also inactive for today’s game. Although Waynes hasn’t played a huge role on defense, he has been a key contributor on special teams as a gunner. He will be replaced today by cornerback Josh Robinson who is active for this first time today since being placed on the physically unable to perform list this preseason.

Here are the rest of today’s inactives:

Vikings Week 12 Inactives 2015
Vikings Week 12 Inactives

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