Monday, October 24, 2016

Rick Spielman

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Vikings to Work Out OL Jake Long
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At some point, the injuries have to take their toll. The Minnesota Vikings continue to lose key starters, and yet, continue to win games. Mike Zimmer’s team is 5-0 and heads into the bye week as the NFL’s last remaining undefeated team.

They’ll have an extra week to get healthy, but that won’t stop the Vikings from preparing for the worst. As first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Minnesota will host veteran tackle Jake Long for a workout in the coming days. Long last played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2015, appearing in just 11 snaps for the team.

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Wondering Why Laquon Treadwell Has Yet To See The Field

Laquon Treadwell
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Fans often talk about the Vikings bringing rookies along slowly like it is a habit, but something rang untrue about that to me…



Mike Zimmer was the defensive backs coach for the Dallas Cowboys from 1994 to 1999. During that time, his team never drafted a cornerback or safety earlier than the third round.

Zimmer was then promoted to defensive coordinator through the 2006 season. In back-to-back seasons (2002 and 2003), the Cowboys selected first round defensive backs Roy Williams (8th overall) and Terence Newman (5th overall).

Williams not only played in every game of rookie season, but he started every game of the first five seasons of his career. He got some votes for defensive rookie of the year and then played in five consecutive Pro Bowls from 2003 to 2007.

Williams’ career then took a three-year dive, starting with the introduction of the horse collar rule following his own aggressive tackle It also included a reunion with Zimmer in Cincinnati before Williams was out of the league following the 2010 season.

Similarly, Newman started in every game for the Cowboys through his first four years in the league. Newman has played in two Pro Bowls and is now one of the league’s oldest players as he plays in his 14th season with the Minnesota Vikings (still making interceptions, by the way).

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Bradford MVP
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You’ve surely heard by now. On Wednesday, Peter King named Sam Bradford his MVP through the first quarter of the season. This elicited a wide range of responses, many of which amounted to boundless outrage —just look at the replies to this tweet for a sample. The idea was strongly opposed. And those in in opposition generally did one of the following: they offered a different candidate they found more worthy—Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson were named the most, and both are understandable choices—or, more frequently, they said something to the effect of “the Vikings defense is so good! How could Bradford be the MVP?!?!?!”

For his part, I thought King’s explanation made a lot of sense:

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Bradford Face Vikings Practice September 2016
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Rick Spielman and the Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings pulled the equivalent of Robert California closing down the Binghampton branch as the general manager traded a 2017 1st round pick and a 2018 conditional 4th rounder to Philadelphia for Matt Flynn-like financial magician Sam Bradford. Was it desperate? Yes. Was it a smart move? We’ve got 16 games to find out. We talk about the Bradford heist trade, what it means for Teddy Bridgewater’s 2017, and take a look at the final 53-man roster and practice squad.

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Sam Bradford Trade Details
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The Sam Bradford trade details are pretty straight forward. The Vikings acquire the quarterback. The Eagles acquire Minnesota’s first round pick in 2017 and a conditional fourth round pick in 2018. That 2018 pick is upgraded to a third rounder if the Vikings appear in the NFC Championship Game this season, and a second rounder if they make it to the Super Bowl, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN.

In the aftermath of Teddy Bridgewater’s heartbreaking injury, the reactions to the Bradford trade have been varied, but it does seem to be a majority opinion that general manager Rick Spielman mortgaged part of the team’s future less than a week after he told everybody that he wouldn’t.

Here’s the thing: Spielman hasn’t taken out a mortgage, he has placed one gigantic bet.

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