Monday, April 24, 2017

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In 1978 author Margot Zemach published a children’s book entitled, “It Could Always Be Worse“. Inspired by a Yiddish folktale, the narrative revolves around the philosophical idea that things in life are not always as bad as they initially seem. Zemach’s book was a massive success, as it was named a Caldecott Honor Book and later served as an educational tool for middle school teachers and parents.

Promoting optimism regardless of circumstance is a powerful message, but it is also not necessarily accurate. It is not humanly possible to determine whether or not the Zemach code is universally applicable, but the Minnesota Vikings have spent over 50 years constructing an air-tight case for the existence of worst-case scenarios, situationally (and geographically) disproving the relevancy of this timeless philosophy.

As it pertains to the NFL at least, it’s certainly difficult to imagine a deeper hole than the one Minnesota fell into this past August. At the beginning of June, the Vikings were viewed as darkhorse Super Bowl contender behind quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. The wide-spread expectation — both internally and externally — that the signal-caller would drastically improve during his third season at the helm served the team well in promoting optimism, but it may also have led upper management to ignore the potential impact of Taylor Heinicke suffering an absurd foot injury ahead of preseason play.

Backup quarterbacks serve a strange role in professional football. It is the only NFL role in which an ideal season may be accomplished without recording a single snap. There are multiple ways to fulfill a backup quarterback contract, but every general manager negotiates with the hope that his substitute signal-caller will serve multiple years as an incredibly well-paid clipboard holder — and nothing more.

These players may be almost universally viewed as insignificant, but the fine print in their job description yields a critically important role — limit the damage caused by an NFL worst-case scenario.

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Purple FTW! - Zimmer Loves Teddy and Vikings Draft Simulation (ep. 365)

Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the media on Wednesday at the NFC coaches breakfast (with no omelet bar, but I digress). Zim had some interesting things to say about Teddy Bridgewater, who recently released a video of him throwing, and Sam Bradford, who is also a person. We decode some of his statements as well as dip our toe into the Mock Draft bidness later in the show.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Decoding Mike Zimmer’s Comments
• Impossible to Keep Both Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford in 2018
• Scott Crichton Was a Bust Spielman Can’t Afford
• Get Ready for a Tough Negotiation with Xavier Rhodes
• 7-Round Vikings Draft Simulation via Fanspeak [Results Here]

All that and more “*Sniffle* That’s My Quarterback” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An AMG Production

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About the Labor: Episode 52 feat. Bailey Cossairt

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Bailey Coissart onto the show to discuss his upcoming Minnesota Vikings documentary “Wide Left” which premieres this Thursday March 30th at 5 p.m. CST on YouTube. The guys all discuss Brian Robison’s contract, Scott Crichton’s release and polarizing former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Bailey Coissart interview
  • Discussing Brian Robison’s contract extension/restructure
  • Scott Crichton finding a new home with the Buffalo Bills
  • The Joe Mixon Discussion

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Purple FTW! - Remix to Position by Position Evaluations (ep. 364)

PurpThe first few waves of free agency have washed ashore some new faces and taken some old out with the tide. Before the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings Warship sets sail for the NFL Draft, let’s take stock of the the current roster and rule if General Manager Rick Spielman has improved each position groups or still has a need for the April Volunteering of NFL Tributes.

Today’s Upgraded Talkers Include:
• Position-by-Position Evaluations.
• Ranking Positional Needs Heading Into the Draft
• Why Y’all Should Calm Down About Latavius Murray’s Ankle Surgery.
• It’s Sink or Swim Time for Mackensie Alexander in 2017.
• Hall of Fame Odds Are Out. Where Does Randy Moss Stack Up?
• Sam Bradford Has Leverage.
• Why I Root for Teddy Bridgewater.

All that and more “No One Uses a Fullback Anymore” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

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About the Labor: Episode 51 feat. Zach Jacobson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald welcome Zach Jacobson (Cheesehead TV) onto the show to discuss the Minnesota Vikings signing of Datone Jones, the Green Bay Packers signing Martellus Bennett and where both NFC North teams stand following the greatest wave of free agency.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  • Vikings signing Datone Jones and how he fits
  • Packers signing Martellus Bennett and what issues he presents
  • Packers secondary situation
  • How the NFC North stacks up following free agency
  • Aaron Rodgers.
  • Teddy Bridgewater vs. Sam Bradford from a Packers lens
  • Thoughts on Adrian Peterson signing with Green Bay
  • Najeh Davenport
  • Ted Thompson’s roster-building strategy
  • “We’ll take take just one”

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