Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Matt Kalil

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the future of the Minnesota Vikings
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Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer still can’t see out of his right eye, but an offseason surgery should fix his ailing vision. Despite the impairment, Zimmer missed just one game during the regular season and coached the Vikings to an 8-8 record.

While he recovers from the impending surgery, general manager Rick Spielman will have his hands full with another arduous task; mending a depleted offensive line and restocking a talented, if underperforming 2016 roster.

Difficult as it may be, Spielman has the salary cap flexibility to make wholesale changes in free agency and the proven craftiness to recoup draft picks lost in the Sam Bradford trade. How he does that, though, remains to be seen. And how he implements those changes in 2017 is a question no one can answer until at least August.

Three Questions

Aj Mansour on Jarius Wright, Midseason Drama, and the 2017 NFL Draft
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Aj Mansour is practically a household name among Minnesota Vikings fans. Long a contributor at kfan.com, he’s making like Lebron James and taking his talents to another Internet “city.” Only this time, it’s not Miami or Cleveland.

Mansour’s joining the growing team at Purple PTSD, where our friend Joe Johnson serves up daily reminders of the struggle of being a Vikings fan. Like good neighbors, we asked Aj to participate in the final installment of “Three Questions,” and he happily obliged.

Before we get to his answers, though, here’s a rundown of every interview…

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 40

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look back at Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman’s free agency trends as well as the Vikings’ salary cap situation and attempt to make sense of how these elements may apply to 2017.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings salary cap standing
  • Retaining in-house players
  • Projecting salaries for in-house players
  • Spielman’s recent history during free agency
  • Potential fits during free agency
  • Crazy idea of pairing up two marquee nose tackles
  • Drew steps into the Skol Spin hot seat

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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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