Thursday, February 23, 2017

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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

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Defense Reigns Supreme

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“You are what your record says you are…”

…Bill Parcells said back in 1994 during his four-year tenure at the helm of the New England Patriots. The two-time Super Bowl champion coach may have been responding candidly with a simple knee-jerk reaction to deflect a difficult question posed by the media, but his eight-word phrase has since been immortalized, as it is still commonly said today by players, coaches and front-office personnel from each level of every sport.

In fact, Buffalo Bills general manager — or so he is titled — Doug Whaley recently verbalized his best Parcells impression on multiple occasions during a rather peculiar season-ending press conference:

Simply put, this quote, “You are what your record says you are,” which has since been attributed to Parcells despite reportedly first appearing in an issue of the San Diego Union back in 1978, has not only become a popular response to media questions revolving around team performance, the statement’s premise also lends credibility to the simple evaluative method of utilizing win-loss record to make a final determination on the quality of a given team.

Mike Zimmer, who has noted his close relationship with Parcells on several occasions throughout his tenure with the Minnesota Vikings, has never invoked the one-liner coined by his mentor on the record, but it’s hard to imagine he doesn’t, at some level, believe in its mystique.

His team finished 8-8 in 2016, which, as Parcells’ quote would argue, reflects an “average” football team. As a result, the 2016 Vikings represent the perfect example of why record merely reflects wins and losses, not the overall quality of a team. If the four previous rankings lists have failed to sell this point — potentially because they are a reflection of moments or games as opposed to 2016 in its entirety — the following “Top-5 Individual Seasons in 2016” rankings should fulfill the role of “closing argument” well enough.

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About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast — Episode 38

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BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings’ 2016 special teams performance and take a look at what might be to come in the future.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Remembering Blair Walsh
  • How good was Kai Forbath?
  • Jeff Locke’s impressive season
  • Marcus “cockroach” Sherels becoming one of the best punt returners in the league
  • Who returns kicks if Cordarrelle Patterson leaves?

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Minnesota Vikings NFL Mock Draft Luke Inman

‘Nuff Said. The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings are already looking towards the offseason, and while there are many decisions to be made before the draft (Adrian Peterson, Brandon Fusco, Andrew Whitworth, etc), they are not as fun as mocking where former unpaid interns will go in April’s NFL Draft. Our man Luke Inman (Cold Omaha/eDraft) joins us at Blue Door University to go over his first Vikings Mock Draft of draft season and also critique my own hack attempt at a mock. Plus some SUPER sleepers.

All that and more “Slick Rick” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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