Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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VT Roundtable - Episode 3
Image courtesy of Brett Anderson

We’re back for another edition of the VT Roundtable! If you missed the first and second episodes, be sure to check them out on our YouTube channel.

This week, we welcomed friend of the site and all-around good guy Luke Inman to the show. If you don’t know Luke, he’s Vikings Twitter’s draft guru and one of the brightest football minds around.

He’s on Twitter at @Luke_Spinman, but if you’d like to read or listen to his work, check out Zone Coverage. This week, we picked Luke’s brain on a variety of topics, from Joe Mixon’s draft stock to the Vikings’ biggest needs heading into the climax of the offseason.

Watch it all unfold after the jump!

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Free Agent WR Rod Streater
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The Minnesota Vikings kept one of their own in Adam Thielen this offseason, and yet, wide receiver remains a position of need heading into 2017. Despite retaining the ever-underrated Thielen, the Vikings watched Cordarrelle Patterson and Charles Johnson skip town for greener pastures.

Earlier this week, head coach Mike Zimmer addressed the exodus and expressed his desire to add more talent at the position. “I do think we need some more receivers, yes,” Zimmer said, per Vikings.com. “I think it’d be important for us to get some guys that can stretch the field a little bit.”

One of those potential targets is Rod Streater, who Chris Tomasson reports is on Minnesota’s radar. Tomasson tweeted this afternoon the Vikings are “looking at Streater,” who spent the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks, Browns, Colts, and 49ers are also in the mix, per Tomasson.

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VT Roundtable
Image courtesy of Brett Anderson

In its second week, we welcomed a special guest to the Vikings Territory roundtable. If you’re on Twitter and follow any Vikings accounts, you’ve undoubtedly seen his name—or his apparel—mixed into the conversation. Yes, that’s right, Don from Ohio, or @JZHoodie, joined the fun for the second edition of the VT Roundtable.

To keep things fresh, we’ve changed the format of the roundtable; special guests will join the show each week and serve as honorary “judges.” Brett Anderson continues his role as do-it-all host, while the rest of the gang answers questions, argues, and discusses all things Vikings on camera.

Each episode will last approximately 30 minutes, with Brett splitting the time into five question-based segments. After each question and answer, he’ll ask the guest to eliminate either Adam, Drew, BJ, Sam, or myself, repeating the process until one lucky participant remains. The final question is a back-and-forth debate with the ultimate “winner” of that week’s episode.

We had some fun with the new format this week and hope you enjoy our talks. Follow the jump to watch Episode 2!

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Where Do the Vikings Head From Here
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[In part one of this three-part series, Austin Belisle and Brett Anderson team up to put together an in-depth offseason plan for the Minnesota Vikings.]

Football, more than any other sport, is an unpredictable game. A loose ball, a tipped pass, a broken tackle; the slightest shift in momentum or circumstance can flip competition on its head. Franchises prepare for the random nature of the game, but often fall victim to factors they can’t control.

Such was the case for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016. From Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury to the merry-go-round at offensive line, the team struggled to bounce back in the face of adversity. Players on the defensive side of the ball underperformed, turmoil forced a turnover on the coaching staff, and Mike Zimmer’s eye blurred Minnesota’s season outlook.

Combined, the weekly distractions and diversions were too much for the Vikings to overcome. They stalled to an 8-8 finish after starting the season 5-0; missing the playoffs just one year removed from winning the NFC North. Like any team in the NFL, the Vikings had one end-goal in mind: the Super Bowl. But dreaming of a Lombardi Trophy and winning the actual game are two different things.

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Meet the Vikings' new wide receivers coach

The Minnesota Vikings have added another former head coach to the staff; only this time, it’s the former head coach of a college program. According to reports from Alex Marvez and Sporting News, Darrell Hazel will serve as the team’s wide receivers coach starting in 2017.

News broke late Thursday afternoon, but offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur confirmed the news on Friday. As Matt Vensel pointed out, Shurmur discussed the hire in an interview with Paul Allen at WinterFest.

“His background is really in receiver play,” Shurmur said. “He went on to become the head coach at Kent State and Purdue. But when we sat down and visited with him, we just felt like he’s a guy who can come in and teach our receivers extremely well.”

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