Hey everyone, welcome to this week's Vikings hangout
Judd and I are just getting set up after radio duties. Send your questions or comments and we'll hope to get through as many as possible this week
This is mostly speculative because I don't know much about George Edwards (and I think Mike Zimmer will have his fingerprints all over this defense, anyway): I think they'll stick with 4-3.
Just as when Brad Childress hired Darrell Bevell as his OC in 2006, Zimmer is hiring Edwards as his DC but the reality is that Zimmer will have plenty of control over this defense and the scheme. I'm guessing, pure guess, that Zimmer has a large hand in calling the defenses when the season starts. Perhaps he pulls back over time but Zimmer isn't going to ignore defense and it's his area of expertise.
No, I'm fine with that. People with coaching pedigrees tend to do well because they understand not only the Xs and Os, but also the lifestyle necessary to be a coach
My guess is Turner will have pretty much complete control of the offense. Zimmer will want to know what's going on and be involved but I'm guessing he's secure enough that he will allow Norv to run the show.
I think the proper way to put it is that more players will be put in a position to succeed. That might mean roles are pulled back on a bit but that's OK. I also think a new defensive scheme is going to help some guys. For example, Chad Greenway won't be trying to cover for the other two linebackers. Xavier Rhodes will play more man coverage and that will help him.
I've been pleading for weeks. Drives people away from the videos.
Similar to LaDainian Tomlinson? It's hard to say, that's never been a big strength of Peterson's. Nor has he ever been as good a pass protection back as LT.
My guess is that Woods will head to PIttsburgh to rejoin his good friend Mike Tomlin. Hopefully, we'll find out one of these days who has been hired and who has been released.
I'd say that Freeman will wind up elsewhere. You have to think that Cassel would be the only current QB on the roster who will be back in 2014 and if the Vikings don't draft someone there is a chance he could be starting. I know the coaching staff has changed but the Freeman situation was handled so poorly by everyone that I can't believe this marriage will continue.
This is a cop-out answer but it is totally contingent on what the top-of-the-draft teams do
I don't see a scenario playing out where there is a good QB available at 8, so you make contingency plans from there.
If I'm Zimmer, part of my interview process was making it clear that the Vikings would move on from Ponder. I wouldn't even want to deal with that situation. And, besides, being a former Viking isn't such a bad thing. See the backup QB in Seattle, a guy named Tarvaris Jackson.
I've grown to like the beard but it will only last as long as the wife likes it.
I don't think they can/will trade AP
Rick Spielman is still calling the shots on the 53 man roster and Rick doesn't like to rely on free agency when it comes to building the roster. Doesn't mean the Vikings might not be active in the second or third wave but I really don't see them making the type of splash they did when Brad Childress ran the show.
They'll lose Jared Allen in part because of it, but otherwise probably not. And no, no exceptions for playing in tougher conditions. Just win, baby. Or heads roll.
Here's the issue: If the Vikings take a QB in the first round, Spielman has to make sure he's right or that will be it for him. However, a QB taken in the third round could be a guy whom the Vikings feel they can develop and who might get more time. I don't think a third-round QB puts Spielman's job on the line. The second he takes a QB in the first round, in any year, the clock starts ticking on his time here because if that guy fails he won't be GM for much longer.
The NFL might be talking about this but what is really going on is Goodell wanted to keep peopel talking about his league and there are two weeks until the Super Bowl. Remember, he dropped this on an NFL podcast. We don't know if the PAT might go away, but we do know the PR folks in this league are genius.
On that we can all agree. I say keep the helmets.
I'll give you three that intrigue me:
Tajh Boyd, Derek Carr and David Fales.