Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Better Call Vikes (ep. 376) | 1500 ESPN

The Minnesota Vikings are wrapping up offseason work with a mandatory mini-camp next week. Hopefully no player will need the services of James M. McGill Esq. during the break before training camp… We rounded up a few talkers to enjoy as the Minnesota summer rolls in. Plus a chat with Joe Johnson of the Vikings blog and community Purple PTSD.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Eric Decker Mania!
• Zimmer’s Back. Back Again.
• HEY TEDDY
• Everson Griffen Moving Around
• Jaleel Johnson: The Rookie No One’s Talking About
• Interview with Joe Johnson of Purple PTSD

All that and more “Not Minnesota Nice, Minnesota Passive-Aggresive” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Minnesota Vikings Week 2 OTAs Talkers (ep. 375)

The Minnesota Vikings are back at Winter Park for week two of OTAs. Today on the show, I run through a few story lines bubbling up from the practices of practicing, as well as run through the odd reason that makes the Vikings-Packers rivalry great, and reminisce about attending my first Vikes game as a 10-year old.

Today’s Talkers Include:
• Teddy Back at OTAs Doing Work
• Zimmer Returning with One Eye or Two
• All the Vikings Rookies are Signed
• I Think Sharrif Floyd is Done
• Vikings Resign Tommy Armstrong
• Depth Chart Over Reactions
• What Makes the Vikings-Packers Rivalry Great
• Can Stefon Diggs Be the New Face of the Franchise
• My First Vikings Game
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All that and more “Hey. Sam is here too.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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Vikings Done To Fix Their Offense
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This post was guest-written by Luke Braun, who is a writer for Purple PTSD and co-host of the Purple Journal Podcast. Since before he can remember, he was immersed in the ups and crippling downs of Vikings fandom. In adulthood, he’s taken an analytical approach to evaluation, but the compelling stories of each NFL player are not lost on him. Outside of football, Luke works in digital media and the film industry, giving him a unique perspective on the characters and story of the NFL.

It’s fairly clear that the 2016 Minnesota Vikings were held back by their offense more than their defense or special teams. By DVOA, the Vikings ranked 26th on offense, while turning in the ninth-best defense. They experienced a post-bye streak of seven games where they only topped 21 points once, losing all six of the other games.

In response to the general failure of the offense, Mike Zimmer set the bar at 21 points per game for 2017, establishing a clear goal to improve. The first step to fixing a problem, however, is diagnosing it. Where did we go wrong?

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Law & Vikings Organized Team Activities (ep. 374) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings were back in town this week to start the first of three sets of Organized Team Activities before mid-June’s mandatory mini-camp. Tuesday’s practice lit #VikingsTwitter ablaze with video of Teddy Bridgewater taking snaps. I pontificate about that along with several other OTA talkers. Later in the show, we bring in Joshua Johnson (@DFF_Cog) of Dynasty Football Factory to talk some fantasy implications about the young Vikes. Plus a clip of Matt Vensel (@MattVensel) of the Star Tribune and I chatting about Mike Zimmer’s absence from OTAs due to his 8th eye surgery and both his short and long-term prospects with the team. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

All that and more “Breath. It’s Just OTAs.” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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The Teddy Bridgewater story, as it stands.

Teddy Bridgewater
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Teddy Bridgewater is not the Messiah. This statement is childlike in its obviousness, and indeed I feel a touch sheepish putting it in print, as if I’m standing on a hill and proclaiming, “the earth is not flat!”

But I lead with it for one reason: despite the overwhelming evidence that, to anyone’s best knowledge, Theodore Andrew Bridgewater is neither the redeemer nor the son of man, you wouldn’t always know it by listening to the Vikings faithful.

This is not a knock on Teddy; I quite like him, both for his personality and football acumen, and think asserting a person is probably not a Christ-like figure is a pretty rational criticism. My intent here is to say nothing about the man, or even, to a large extent, the quarterback, because I would be perfectly content to watch him lead our beloved Vikings to the playoffs—and potentially beyond—for years to come.

Rather, my issue is with the expectations and projections we as a fanbase have saddled Bridgewater with so early in his tumultuous career, to our own detriment.

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