Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rick Spielman

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Minnesota Vikings - Roll Safe

Think about it. We roll call through some Minnesota Vikings offseason talking points with friends of the show Luke Inman (Cold Omaha) and Eric Eager (Pro Football Focus). Luke popped in to talk about five draft prospects Vikings should keep an eye on (including three offensive linemen). Plus we added an excerpt from my new project BULL with Andy Carlson, Eric and I had a spirited discussion about potential Vikings free agency targets.

All that and more “Andrew Whitworth: No Matter What” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikings - Super Bowl - Minneapolis

Now that Super Bowl LI is over, we can focus on what’s REALLY important: How the Minnesota Vikings can make Super Bowl LII right here in the great city of Minneapolis.

Today’s Talkers Include
• Tom Brady Has the Same Skillset as Teddy Bridgewater
• Jerick McKinnon is Better Than James White
• The 2015 Falcons and 2016 Vikings Numerology is BS
• Cordarrelle Has Thoughts on the Kickoff Rules
• The MSFA Was Shady McShaderson
• Minneapolis Super Bowl Coming Up
• 2017 Super Bowl Odds are Out
• ESPN Predicts the Vikings to Lose in Super Bowl 52
• Combine & Free Agency Coming Up

All that and more “Teddy/Bradford are basically Tom Brady” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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Minnesota Vikigns Super Bowl NFL Draft

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings obviously aren’t playing for the Lombardi on Sunday, but there is no offseason in the NFL. We talk about this year’s version of the Big Game and the Purple as they gear up trying to be a participant in the 2018 version right here in the great state of Minnesota.

Today’s Talkers Include
Tackles That Could Be On the Trade Block
• At Least the Vikings Took the Pro Bowl Seriously
• Coach Stew is Gone
• Senior Bowl Standouts
Vikings Rookies Did Not Play Many Snaps This Season
Super Bowl Prop Bets I Like
• Who I Got in the Big Game
• Setting Up the Perfect Super Bowl Party
• Am I Looking Forward to a Minneapolis Super Bowl?

Also Subscribe to BULL with Andy Carlson, my new daily podcast launching Monday after the Super Bowl! More info at on the BULL website.

All that and more “Everson Was Robbed of the Pro Bowl MVP” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint

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the future of the Minnesota Vikings
Image courtesy of Vikings.com

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer still can’t see out of his right eye, but an offseason surgery should fix his ailing vision. Despite the impairment, Zimmer missed just one game during the regular season and coached the Vikings to an 8-8 record.

While he recovers from the impending surgery, general manager Rick Spielman will have his hands full with another arduous task; mending a depleted offensive line and restocking a talented, if underperforming 2016 roster.

Difficult as it may be, Spielman has the salary cap flexibility to make wholesale changes in free agency and the proven craftiness to recoup draft picks lost in the Sam Bradford trade. How he does that, though, remains to be seen. And how he implements those changes in 2017 is a question no one can answer until at least August.

OLB Aaron Cooper
Image courtesy of Kentucky Christian Football

Welcome back to Vikings Territory’s annual series, Sleeper SundayIn addition to the team’s regularly scheduled scouting reports, we plan to bring you quick profiles of a few lesser-known players; the prospects who could be a good fit for the Minnesota Vikings on Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft.

While this series is meant to highlight college’s under-the-radar names, it’s also an experiment of sorts. Mike Zimmer enters his fourth year as head coach of the Vikings having established a clear-cut, defense-first identity. Above him, Rick Spielman serves as general manager, picking and choosing the players Zimmer adds to the initial 90-man roster.

Together, they’ve concocted one of the league’s deepest, most talented rosters. And in doing so, they’ve established patterns in the way they approach the NFL Draft. A friend of the site, Ryan Boser, identified these trends two years ago, giving readers a peek into Minnesota’s war room.

What he found helps to inform the players we choose as part of Sleeper Sunday. Knowing Spielman likes to end the draft with defense and has used a Round 7 selection on linebackers in five straight drafts, it’s reasonable to assume the Vikings are targeting a defender in the later rounds. Hence, my first choice for a Sleeper Sunday profile, Kentucky Christian linebacker Aaron Cooper.

Follow along these next few months, and hopefully, in April, we’ll hit the mark on one or two names.

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