Thursday, February 23, 2017

Mike Zimmer

the cornerbacks
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Our second installment of our Vikings Free Agency Primer series: The cornerbacks

LAST SEASON

No viable NFL franchise can afford to remain complacent. Even if said team has, for example, the league’s best quarterback, contingency plans must always be a part of the front office’s long-term outlook. For the Minnesota Vikings, assessing and evaluating the cornerback position falls under this category of thinking.

Any measure would label the unit’s collective 2016 efforts a success. Most notably, Pro Football Focus ranked Minnesota’s secondary seventh-best last season. The highly-regarded site graded Terence Newman as a top-10 cornerback in the league, and his ageless performance was nearly matched by that of Xavier Rhodes.

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Minnesota Vikings - Super Bowl - Minneapolis

Now that Super Bowl LI is over, we can focus on what’s REALLY important: How the Minnesota Vikings can make Super Bowl LII right here in the great city of Minneapolis.

Today’s Talkers Include
• Tom Brady Has the Same Skillset as Teddy Bridgewater
• Jerick McKinnon is Better Than James White
• The 2015 Falcons and 2016 Vikings Numerology is BS
• Cordarrelle Has Thoughts on the Kickoff Rules
• The MSFA Was Shady McShaderson
• Minneapolis Super Bowl Coming Up
• 2017 Super Bowl Odds are Out
• ESPN Predicts the Vikings to Lose in Super Bowl 52
• Combine & Free Agency Coming Up

All that and more “Teddy/Bradford are basically Tom Brady” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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ATL Culture: Body Odor, Breaking Chairs and Boneless Wings — Episode 44

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald decide to go rogue on the 44th installment of the About the Labor podcast.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • ATL Culture: Body Odor, The Great Wings Debate, Breaking Fold-Up Chairs with Authority
  • Vikings Analysis: Is Mike Zimmer a defensive genius? Or is he a product of 30 years of good players?
  • Vikings Analysis: Why does Adrian Peterson Need to Retire a Viking? Save Loyalty for Your Wife, Rick
  • Vikings Analysis: Even Kevin Durant Thinks Blair Walsh Went Too Far with is “Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em”
  • Draft: Myles Garrett — Long Break — Bama’s Tim Williams, Vols’ Derek Barnett and Trees’ Solo Thomas
  • Draft: Bama’s OJ Howard Has a Claim for Being Best Tight End Prospect ever
  • Outro: Draft Dudes Jordan Reid and Myles Gorham Joining the ATL Party Monday — Betting Now Open

Question of the Week

Super Bowl Curse
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Long before ESPN predicted a Minnesota Vikings-Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl next season, a rogue Youtube user uploaded a unique, ranting revelation — the Colts would defeat the Vikings in Super Bowl 51.

That obviously didn’t happen, as the New England Patriots mounted the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday. The Colts and the Vikings, meanwhile, watched from home, dreaming of future Super Bowl victories.

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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.

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