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Judd and I are getting set up here, feel free to send your questions and we'll start momentarily
Or if you have suggestions for positions of need for the Vikings, send your comments as well. This should be a fun discussion.
I'll start with an important one.
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Good question, I was mulling over this this morning while working on a piece for 1500ESPN.com.
I don't believe he will want to, because he made it known last season that his preference is to not play NT. And he already treated the Vikings well by accepting a restructured deal before last season.
He doesn't owe them anything and I think it's a natural time to part ways with the future Hall of Famer.
I don't have any inside information on this but I do not think so.
I believe if you can find a corner to play opposite Xavier Rhodes and you believe in his skill level than you take him in the first round. Do not take a quarterback just to do it. This defense has a ton of needs and getting another corner is one of them.
Explain your premise and I'll gladly post. I'm intrigued.
Yeah, I went to his introductory press conference. He tried really hard to play up the midwestern angle, that was my primary takeaway.
Defense is about skill and attitude so there is nothing wrong with being fiery. Mike Tomlin could be very fiery but he also was a good teacher. So, to answer your question, yes, I'd say the defense should be more aggressive.
Zimmer didn't give me the sense that he was trying overly hard to impress people (besides his Super Bowl declaration), so I think he accomplished his job at the opening presser.
No, I think the Vikings should use this draft largely on defense. If a quarterback you love is available at 8, then take him. But, if not, and if you stay at 8, I would't hesitate to start taking defensive players off the board early.
The Vikings are approximately $21.6 million under the 2014 cap, according to Spotrac.com, a website that closely tracks these things.
I said all season that given who Greenway had playing beside him that a big part of the reason he struggled was he was trying to cover for guys who weren't very good. Guys talk about just doing their jobs but no one really thinks Greenway was just doing his job. He was trying to make up for guys like Erin and Marvin and, as a result, he couldn't do any job really well.
It's weird that they want to keep it so close to the vest, but I doubt that's the motivation behind it
It's funny that other teams are announcing the coaches the Vikings won't get back long before the Vikings do
I think Norv will have input, but there is no rule saying the Vikings need to find their quarterback of the future right now. That's how they got in trouble the last time. If Spielman drafts a QB and spends money on a young guy in free agency, he has to make sure he's right. If he's not, it will be his job, not Norv's, that will be the next to have a helped wanted sign hanging from it.
I was going over that this morning, here are my thoughts:
Charlie Johnson is the weakest link on a strong offensive line
If he's the worst member of the line, that's a pretty solid OLine. With that said, if the Vikings can upgrade for cheap in FA or the draft, it would make sense.
If you love my take, I'm going to publish your response to it. Cassel isn't the worst option in the world for a short-term guy. My overall point is that Spielman can't afford to take another swing unless he's really sure of himself.