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It's common for NFL teams to mix up their coverages. I did like the fact that Xavier Rhodes was used in press coverage more than usual. That's where he belongs. The Vikings use the Tampa-2 as their base but do mix in man. Not sure it would be accurate to say mostly man but they did mix it in.
I personally haven't seen him the days I've been over at Winter Park, but our guy Andrew Krammer said he's doing the regular work. Childs told us last week that he's going to stick to whatever plan they have and do as much work as possible, but he stopped short of saying that meant he'd go 100%
I would love to know the exact answer to this question. The fact that Freeman was put in a position to throw 53 passes after four practices but now can't even be the backup quarterback is hard to believe. Spielman is the guy who loved Freeman in 2009 so I don't think he would stand in the way of him playing. Maybe something happened with Freeman behind the scenes. Any way you look at it, I'm guessing he's wishing he had picked anothe team.
Nope. While it might be wise to ease up on Peterson in a lost season, I think as long as AP wants to carry the bulk of the load he will be allowed to do so. That being said, Gerhart sure didn't hurt himself with that performance on Sunday. He is going to be an unrestricted free agent after the season and he has almost no wear and tear. Somebody is going to pay him to be their No. 1 running back.
Yeah, roster construction is certainly culpable for this mess. How do you go into the season thinking the depth in the secondary is sufficient? Granted, a lot of things have not broken their way, but if I was a Vikings fan, I wouldn't want Spielman decided who my next QB is
Musgrave hasn't spoken yet this week. Coordinators usually speak Thursday, but there's no practice this Thursday.
Coordinators will speak to the media either Wednesday or Friday this week, but I'm not sure which day yet
No, but it's only a matter of time. Harder to say who is more pleased today, Rick Adelman or Derrick Williams. That might be a tie.
I think the first question we need to answer is whether Spielman definitely will be making the pick. I would assume he's secure but after a season like this you never know. Also, if you're the Wilfs, do you let the same guy who selected Ponder take the next QB? OR do you hire an offensive head coach and trust him to make the call on the quarterback.
I don't really like that idea, unless you plan to take Jameis Winston next season. I think you have to hit on the QB this season or sign a one- or two-year free agent, and fix the defense through the draft. I don't think trading down a top draft pick would benefit the Vikings this year
The only change they could make would be to give that big-name coach complete control. Those big-time guys aren't coming here without having say on the 53-man roster and right now Spielman has that say.
The difference is that Cook was a high pick with potential when he was kept around and Jefferson wasn't a high pick and has little potential. It's not fair but it's life in the NFL.
Yes, I would, personally. I don't think that's the right long-term solution, but my guess is with the publicly funded stadium opening, the Wilfs want to be competitive. The window wouldn't be as big as the last time the Vikings took that gamble -- 2009 -- but it seems to me with a change in defensive philosophy and personnel, coupled with a vet QB, the Vikings could win next year
They'd have a higher ceiling if they stripped this thing to the studs and started over though
He should have. If I'm the Vikings, I would be very tempted to start Cole again on Sunday but this staff is loyal to its veterans and that means Erin likely will be back at MLB. Given the Vikings record and the fact they are going nowhere, I'd want to get a long look at some of my younger players who have potential.
Spielman has swung and missed on quite a few draft picks, including the most important one of his tenure -- Christian Ponder. Last year's team vastly over-performed and was carried into the playoffs on the unprecedented strength of Adrian Peterson. This is closer to the level of what this team is expected to perform at
Yes, I think this is it. First off, he's almost certainly going to be suspended by the NFL to start next season and Patterson isn't going to get less playing time (I hope). Simpson has proven he can be productive this season but I think the arrest a few weeks back made this decision an easy one for the Vikings.
I don't get the across the board loyalty. I'm with you on that. Robinson isn't good and I think Cook is a bust. Rhodes should have been starting long ago and Patterson should have been playing more. You're right about Blanton. If you have a veteran who has been good for a long time, such as Kevin Williams, I get having a loyalty to him but I'd have no problem pulling a young player who isn't performing well.
I'm guessing that as long as Spielman is here that Jennings will stay and get a chance to rebound next season. But I'd say that for 2013 this hasn't been a good fit for either the Vikings or Jennings. The dropped pass by Jennings in overtime was brutal.
As much as I hate to dodge the question like this, I think it's too soon to tell. One huge variable: do they bring in a new D coordinator and switch the philosophy? If so, you probably need to look at some new defensive personnel