Saturday, February 25, 2017

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 39

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look back at Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman’s draft history, outline multiyear trends, take a very early look at a few different ways the team can maximize the return of its 2017 draft and introduce their new close-out segment Skol Spin — RESERVE YOUR SPIN TODAY!

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Spielman’s role differential from 2006-11 vs. 2012-present.
  • Spielman’s intrigue with selecting athletic marvels during the middle rounds.
  • Zimmer’s influence on the Vikings’ draft strategy.
  • Discussing how many offensive linemen the team should select on Day of the draft.
  • Analysis of Spielman’s issues drafting offensive linemen and where this problem stems from.
  • The guys introduce their new sign-out segment “Skol Spin“, with BJ attempting to find “good” in the Green Bay Packers’ last-second victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.

Note: We apologize for the static; our microphones took the Packers’ win over the Cowboys pretty hard

Vikings need to cut Matt Kalil
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In case you missed it, we kicked of our “Three Questions” series with Matthew Coller yesterday, and we’ve got another round of similar fun today. Joining us to answer three questions today is Nik “Lupagus” Edlund. You might know his work from Draft Season which was heavily featured here at Vikings Territory leading up to last year’s NFL Draft.

Alright, enough introduction, here is where we jump right to it:

1. With a long list to choose from, which non-Bridgewater injury most impacted this Vikings season and most contributed to their disappointing record?  

I have to go with Matt Kalil’s season-ender.  Not because Kalil was playing lights out or anything, but it allowed TJ Clemmings to become the starting left tackle for the Minnesota Vikings.  That move absolutely killed this offense.  Not only did he have his fair share of false starts that stalled drives, his horse crap pass protection routinely got Sam Bradford killed.  It is truly a miracle how Bradford survived the season.  Clemmings had some of the worst technique ever seen at the position, and really needs to have some alone time this offseason with offensive line coach Tony Sparano before he ever thinks of stepping back onto the field in a meaningful NFL game.

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Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings have nothing to play for Sunday versus the Chicago Bears, a few statistical milestones aside, but that doesn’t halt our non-sense here at Purple FTW! (nothing every does) as we roll through Episode Tree Fiddy. We talk about why it would be smart to sit Sam Bradford, why the TJ Clemmings experiment needs to end, and take an early look at how the Vikings can rebuild the much maligned offensive line through free agency at the draft before revealing our DREAM 2017 O-Line.

All that and more “Whitworth or Bust” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Examining Rick Spielman's failed record in drafting offensive linemen.

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Rick Spielman is an above average general manager. This is clear to most levelheaded observers.

There are voices online that will tell you otherwise; for a segment of the Minnesota sports viewing public, criticizing Spielman seems to be something of a sport. Just a cursory search of the man’s name on Twitter usually reveals a sizable dose of anger directed at the Vikings GM, often laced with misspelled profanity and other vitriol. The particular grievance is ever-changing, but currently, it has become en vogue to begin proclaiming Spielman’s preseason trade for Sam Bradford is an abject failure. Perhaps it’s the nature of the job he holds, or perhaps it’s the fact that ten years with a franchise is certain to yield at least a handful of bad moves, but for all the observers who tell you Rick Spielman has done good work assembling the Vikings roster, there are just as many who will tell you he needs to be fired tomorrow.

Perhaps it’s the nature of the job he holds, or perhaps it’s the fact that ten years with a franchise is certain to yield at least a handful of bad moves, but for all the observers who tell you Rick Spielman has done good work assembling the Vikings roster, there are just as many who will tell you he needs to be fired tomorrow.

Do not listen to this latter group. They are an emotionally volatile bunch who choose to nitpick over specific happenings rather than step back and look at the big picture. And the big picture is this: with the Vikings, Rick Spielman has been a good GM. I’ve already laid out my thesis at length over the course of examining his best and worst moves with the club, so I won’t drone on here, but in a nutshell, I believe Spielman has built a deep and talented roster that has allowed the 2016 Vikings to remain competitive despite an avalanche of injuries at key positions, and I think his good moves far outweigh his bad ones. There are more early round slam dunks (Barr, Bridgewater, Rhodes, Rudolph, Smith, Kendricks, Peterson, et al) and mid- or late-round steals (Diggs, Hunter, Griffen, Sullivan, Robison) than there are outright draft busts. There are more shrewd, economical trades and free agent acquisitions than there are wasteful, fruitless ones. Overall, Spielman has navigated the cap well and put together an impressive roster of talent, and I think any objective analysis of his work over the long haul will show that.

But.

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Minnesota Vikings

Hate is a strong word, but Vikings fans probably felt that (and more) about their team’s effort Monday Night, and the past two games for that matter. Mike Zimmer has a tall task ahead of him trying to get a lethargic 0-2 team since the bye back onto the 5-0 track they were on earlier in the season. We crack open a 10-pack of gripes, complaints, critiques, and randomness to try and aid the cause on today’s show.

Larisa Oleynik FTW Talking Points Include:
• Ultimately, This is on Mike Zimmer
• No Moves at the Trade Deadline
• Throw the Damn Towel on TJ Clemmings
• Go Gong Show on the Offensive Line
• The Vikings are Re-Signing Matt Kalil Next Year
• NORVVVVVVVVV
• Why Isn’t Treadwell Playing?
• Sam Bradford is Starting to Get Chris Everett
• Jayron Kearse Needs to be Off the Field
• The Vikings NEED Home Field for the Playoffs

All that and more “Zimmer Had a “Minor Medical Procedure” to Remove His Foot From Team’s Ass” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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