Monday, May 30, 2016

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The 2016 NFL Schedule has been released (like so many white doves). We now know the order of the menu of the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings as we feast towards #LombardiAtNRG. I walk through the schedule and give an HONEST assessment of wins and losses in the first of many way too soon 2016 Vikings season forecasts.

All that and other “16-0, Homeboy” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Offensive line coach Tony Sparano and tight ends coach Pat Shurmur were hired by Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer to improve the 29th ranked offense. Both men have offensive coordinator and head coaching experience that Zimmer hopes will breathe new life, or at least add a few fresh ideas to Norv Turner’s Air Coryell scheme.

Zimmer said last month at an NFL owners meeting that Turner is very open to new ideas and has modified his traditional system over the years.

“Norv has changed a lot,” Zimmer said. “I used to go play against him a long time ago. Over the course of the years, a lot of the no-huddle, the [shot]gun stuff, the zone read, those are all new things. Norv is not hard-headed. I’m probably more hard-headed defensively than he is offensively.”

Turner’s system will likely continue to evolve as they incorporate a few wrinkles from Shurmur’s West Coast background and Sparano’s physical pound it style. While a total revamp of the offense is not on the forecast, here are five things to anticipate in 2016.

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Since Luke Inman is in Bangkok (for real, not a euphemism), we called in reliever Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle) of Vikings Territory to give us a few innings of hot Vikings Mock Draft talk. Austin links the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings with a very familiar name at the top, but some fresh blood in the latter rounds including TWO cornerbacks. So tune in as we run through his 7-round Vikings mock and check out his full first rounder on VT.

All that and other “Will Fuller is Not Troy Williamson, Dammit” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast.

An Andy Carlson Joint

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I tend to favor production over potential, but that’s not the case with Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones. Jones exploded onto the scene in 2014 winning a National Championship with solid performances in his first three starts to end the season in place of injured starter T.J. Barrett. Jones choose not to enter the NFL Draft but opted to return to Columbus as a junior in 2015. After five inconsistent performances, Jones lost the starting job to Barrett. Jones finished his college career as a backup but boasts all the tools to someday burst onto the scene in the NFL the same way he did in the Big Ten.

Cardale Jones | Quarterback, Ohio State

Measurements

Height – 6′ 5″
Weight – 253 pounds
Year – Junior

At First Glance

BCS National Championship 2014

Projected Round:

3rd Round

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A stout run defense rarely garners the splashy headlines in today’s pass-heavy NFL schemes. Mike Zimmer however, is a head coach who prides himself on being able to control the clock with a power running attack and a dominant defense. Under Zimmer, the run defense hasn’t received the press attention as some of the other phases of the game, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any less of a focal point for him.

In Leslie Frazier’s final season in 2013, the Vikings finished ranked 11th against the run giving up 105.8 yards per game. The following year, Zimmer’s first as a head coach, the Vikings fell all the way back to 25th allowing 121.4 rushing yards per game. The Vikings took a step forward last season by only allowing 109.2 rushing yards per game, good for 17th in the league.

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