Thursday, June 29, 2017

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Episode 75

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald dive into the fallout of Michael Floyd’s positive alcohol test and revisit their “Retire No. 84” discussion following news that wide receivers Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad will be enshrined in the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor ahead of discussing a deep, versatile and smoldering hot group of Twitter Takes. The guys also touch on the latest quotes canonizing Teddy Bridgewater, rank the NFC North’s cornerback groups and give their opinion on the worst consumable beverages available in 2017.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Intro: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Advertising: Comic Brendan Gay to Record 1st Special at St. Paul’s Joke Joint Comedy Club (1:42)
  3. Floyd’s Fall: The Situation, Dynamic & Impending Fallout (3:00)
  4. Randy’s Rise: Randy Moss & Ahmad Rashad Enshrined in Vikings Lore (10:09)
  5. Saint Teddy: Kyle Rudolph & Laquon Treadwell Latest to Chime in (16:07)
  6. NFC North Rankings: Cornerbacks (23:22)
  7. Twitter Mailbag: Courtesy of @PurplePTSD, @SIEMONSMA99, @SkolSees & @SwedSkol (34:35)
  8. Take 5: Worst Beverages (59:06)
  9. Sign-Out: You Know the Drill (1:04:06)

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It is officially time to begin the countdown.

Eighty-nine days separate fans from an epic, Monday Night Football showdown between a potentially historic Mike Zimmer defense and Sean Payton’s New Orleans Saints offense, which, once again, projects to be extremely dangerous behind stalwart signal-caller Drew Brees, 2016 breakout receiver Michael Thomas and, of course, the game-breaking talent of recently-acquired running back Alvin Kamara.

New Orleans’ other running back acquisition this offseason, Adrian Peterson, is indeed scheduled to attend his 11th-consecutive Vikings home opener. But, instead of donning his trademark purple and gold No. 28 jersey, Minnesota’s all-time leading rusher will take the field “funded” by his success in a down-right abhorrent and equally vile black and gold uniform — a color scheme eternally linked to the organization most individually responsible for his lack of a diamond-plated finger weight.

Peterson, of course, was canonized as a Saint following a late-February decision by the Vikings to move forward without their 10-year franchise icon. The opportunity to test his value on the free-agent market for the first (and potentially only) instance during his career was widely expected, but Peterson was never forced to play through the inherent pressure of an expiring deal — contract year.

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Surmising the Starters
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They’re in every front office; sprawling white boards checkered with placards and magnets. On these tags are player names, positions, and a smattering of notes, all meant to make sense of the jumble inside a general manager’s mind.

The job of an NFL franchise’s personnel department is no easy task; outside of scouting the future, they must develop the players within, slotting each into the correct position and role. Everyday tasks appear black-and-white, but most decisions made behind closed doors come amidst the gray.

Outside of a pure talent evaluation, there are the issues of locker room chemistry, salaries, tenure, and above all else, market value. The pressure to start a high-profile rookie, for example, may force the more talented, less exciting veteran out of a long-occupied place on the field.

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Fortunately, not all front offices function this way. The Minnesota Vikings—specifically, general manager Rick Spielman—operate in a more judicious manner. Rookies don’t automatically see the field in their first year, veterans are rarely released out of the blue, and the 22 available positions in the starting lineup are never “on lock.”

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Good evening VT readers. Welcome to Sunday’s ICYMI. Today’s topics include: Zimmer’s soft side, progress from young Vikings cornerbacks and more.

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