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Gathering Motivation To Discuss The Vikings (5 Things)

Following yet another meltdown loss, the Vikings are about as interesting to us fans as the details surrounding the latest archeological search for a meat eating platypus.  In fact, that gives me an idea for a new blog…

Anyways, the Dallas game happened.  Here are five random things on my mind tonight:

1.  I Bailed On Ya

I’m sorry for not being present for our game-time live chat this week.  I had some issues rise up this week and weekend that had me in a foul mood.  I can’t imagine I would have been much fun in the chat, so I limited my scorn exclusively to our VT Twitter account for this one game.  That will change on Thursday night as I will be there, with bells on, to cheer Christian Ponder to a 1-6 record for the year!

2.  Christian Ponder Is 0-6 For The Year

Once again, all of the blame cannot be placed on the shoulders of Christian Ponder for this loss, but he just still isn’t showing up.  His offensive line played their best game of the season, by far, and the receivers seemed pretty on task.  Ponder’s inability to recognize a game situation other than run-of-the-mill snaps is bewildering, as evidenced by him holding the ball in the endzone for far too long and letting the Cowboys strip him for an easy score.  His interception was ugly.  Looking back at the film reveals open receivers when he chose to use his legs.  His hail mary attempt was just… just… just… I’m trying to find the words but I’m coming up short.

3.  Leslie Frazier Wants To Keep Playing Ponder (Who Is 0-6 For The Year)

Leslie Frazier indicated this week, a short week, that he sees no reason to replace Christian Ponder (again) as the Vikings starter.  Those fans hoping for the top pick in the 2014 Draft are happy to hear it.  Ponder’s record, and inability to show that he has “it,” is maddening, but unless the Vikings gave Josh Freeman two weeks to prepare for Washington the move makes sense.  If Ponder drops to 0-7 this week then Freeman could have a little extra time, on a long week, to once again be installed as the starter.

4.  This Week Makes Me Happy To Have Frazier

I know Leslie Frazier deserves plenty of criticism (take the points, man!), but I am still grateful for the sense of calm and control he brings to the organization.  The Richie Incognito nonsense going down in Miami is downright embarrassing for the Dolphins, and seems like it would have fit perfectly into the 2010 Vikings season, but these are the types of things we don’t need to worry about under Frazier.  I’m not saying his roster’s performance off the field trumps their inabilities on it, but the class this organization displays under his leadership is of some value and cannot be denied.

5.  No, Not Nnamdi

The Vikings had a few unlikely bright spots on Sunday, including defensive backs Andrew Sendejo and Josh Robinson, but the talent and health of the secondary is far from ideal.  I’ve seen plenty of people suggest the Vikings should claim 32 year old Nnamdi Asomugha after the Niners waived him, but that is incredibly unlikely.  His $1 million salary can’t fit as the Vikes have less than $600,000 of cap space.  He is a terrible fit schematically.  Signing someone of his age would mean sacrificing youth development, something the team wasn’t willing to do for Antoine Winfield, and won’t be willing to do here.  More likely is that they will sign Bobby Felder back to the squad after his brief stay with the Bucs.

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Adam Warwas

Adam Warwas (Founder) has been writing about the Vikings for a total of eight years. Five of those years have been here at Vikings Territory where he continues to surround himself with enough talented individuals that people keep coming back. As proud as he is of what Vikings Territory has become, his real treasures are in his home... a beautiful wife and three amazing children (and a dog named Percy).

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  1. The only good thing about this year IS the 1-7 record. They can check out Freeman and draft a QB, Draft high in each round. Get off the Ponder commitment. Really, fire the HC,DC,OC. Keep special teams guy. I wonder if Spielman has as a spectacular plan to hire a new coach as he’s had with the drafts. I hope so, especially heading into a new era outside and into the palace. These coaches already drove me nuts with Ponder, but the record and their blunders says everybody gotta go.

    1. Keep Frazier. Fire Spielio and the OC. Spielio’s track record of finding QBs is worse than Matt Damon’s acting outside of Good Will Hunting.

  2. just don’t play webb at QB

    since mccarthy’s enamored with the run game, offer AD and a first for shaaron while he’s ‘diminished’, before mccarthy comes to his senses

    i liked the big, vicious platypus. looked like charlie johnson

  3. The Packers lose and Rodgers is hurt. Pity for dogs and wives in Wisconsin over the next 24 hours.

    Curious about your “take the points” comment, Adam. There were five outcomes on 4th & 5,
    1. Go for the first down and make it – probably win.
    2. Go for the first down and fail – Cowboys ball between 30 & 40 – 3 point lead
    3. Try the field goal – make it – lead by 6 – kick off to Cowboys
    4. Try the field goal – miss it – Cowboys ball on the 43 – 3 point lead
    5. Punt – Cowboys ball at the 20 or less – lead by 3
    Given the risk-reward, I like the choice Leslie made…. until I saw us rushing three linemen and dropping 8 into the next zip code. I think the missed extra point eliminated the field goal option. The missed extra point also cost a shot at going for a tying FG with 35 seconds left. It was a big error.

  4. I’m talking about the first half 4th down attempt that failed and spotted 3 points to the Cowboys for the rest of the game. In the fourth, yes, going for it was the right call… And, no, not just because it was a success.

    1. Yeah, I agree with you on that one. Our line just is not dominant enough to ensure that yard in that situation. Lots of coaches have lamented passing on three points in the first half of a game.

  5. Players are now coming out and saying what many fans have been saying all year. It’s an “internal issue”….which, from players, is code for “our offensive and defensive coordinators aren’t putting us in a position to win with their schemes and play calling”

  6. Loadholt grades out every week as one the best run blocking right tackles in the league.

  7. And Fusco has been grading out as one of the best O-lineman period all season. So i hope nobody is knocking Fusco.

  8. That chump Rudolph is hurt again. What a waste of a roster spot.
    Hard to believe he was the Pro Bowl mvp

    Dugan – tanned, rested and ready

  9. Ole…right now I think Dugan could replace Frazier and we wouldn’t miss a beat…..and if he has a buddy, let’s make him GM…..cmon, let’s play this comedy out…

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