Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Rick Spielman

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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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Mike Zimmer to Miss OTA Practices
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Hosting a charity football camp for the Mike Zimmer Foundation this weekend, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer appeared well-rested and excited to give back to the local community. His right eye, however, looked to be in bad shape.

Zimmer recently underwent an eighth eye surgery, all spawning from a detached retina suffered last October. Matt Vensel of the Star Tribune reports the same injury could crop up in Zimmer’s left eye at some point, but for now, the focus is preventing any further damage.

The team announced on Monday—likely as a precaution—that Zimmer would miss a portion of OTAs, which begin tomorrow. General manager Rick Spielman released the following statement:

“As the Vikings begin OTA practices, Coach Zimmer will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health. We all agree Mike’s health is the priority and we believe rest and recovery are in his best interest for the long term. We anticipate Mike back on the field in a few weeks.”

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Purple FTW! Podcast: Purple FTW! Podcast: NOW That's What I Call Vikings! Volume 373! (ep. 373) - Minnesota Vikings - 1500 ESPN

The Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings showed off their plans for the new Eagan headquarters to the media this week. What does this mean for the future of training camp in Mankato? We dive into that as well as some chart topping Purple topics. [SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL!]

Today’s Talkers Include:
• The New Vikings Facility Looks PIMP
• Training Camp Leaving Mankato Sucks
• Michael Floyd House Arrest Update UPDATE
• Why I Believe in Rodney Adams (USF Video We Referenced)
• Signed Tryout Freddie Tagaloa, Cut BJ DuBose
• Signed Will Sutton, Cut Toby Johnson
• BOLD PREDICTION: Danielle Hunter Will Lead the NFL in Sacks in 2017
• What Is Kyle Rudolph’s Future in Purple?
All that and more “I Miss CDs” chatter on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

A Carlson Digital Joint

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