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Vikings Have HUGE Potential in the O-Line in 2009

The addition of Phil Loadholt adds serious beef to the Vikings offensive line. At 6’8” and 337 lbs. Phil Loadholt is a BIG man ! Just ask Brad Childress. Yesterday he told the Star Tribune “ That’s a BIG man !”. So there you have it ! I mean, if you are just standing around and the sun disappears for 2-3 minutes like some kind of great eclipse then there is a good chance that Loadholt is in the room. He comes in with the reputation of being an excellent run blocker.

Pair that with Bryant McKinnie ( same height but 7-8 pounds lighter ) and the Vikings have the biggest tackle tandem in the NFL. McKinnie is a bit of an enigma. He has all the tools to be a dominant LT, and while he is far above average, the Vikings are waiting for him to take the next step into the dominant category. If his off-field issues become a thing of the past, and his work ethic improves, then he is a pro-bowler.

At guard, the Vikings have Steve Hutchinson. ( 6’5” 313 lbs. ) Possibly the best offensive lineman in the game. Nearly a perfect offensive guard. Every part of his game is superb. Great feet, great hands, powerful and dominant. He can run and pull and draws few penalties. A future Hall-of-famer!.

The other guard is Anthony Herrera ( 6’ 2” 315 lbs. ) A very good run blocker who has improved his footwork and overall game since becoming a starter two seasons ago. While merely good at pass blocking, he has been called an “ Absolute Mauler “ in the running game. He does a good job getting out in front on screens and plays with a real Nasty streak ! Herrera loves to hit people.

At center is John Sullivan ( 6’ 4” 301 lbs. ) The Vikings were so confident in his ability to start that they allowed pro bowler Matt Birk to sign with the Baltimore Ravens. He’s smart, and strong and the word is that the Vikings may even consider him an Upgrade over Birk. Big endorsement. Only time will tell if their assessment is correct, but the fact is that Birk has been around a long time, and his skills had clearly begun to erode. Many in fact compare Sullivan to a young Birk.

That’s alotta Beef !!!! Almost 1600 lbs. of pure bull baby ! A absolute horde of gigantic proportions for Adrian Peterson to run behind. I don’t know about you, but I for one cannot wait to see the kind of numbers this group puts up this fall.

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2 Responses to “Vikings Have HUGE Potential in the O-Line in 2009”

  1. Brendan Engle says:

    Matt Burk!?

    How do you write a Vikings blog and not know how to spell Birk?

  2. Brendan Engle says:

    Matt Burk!?

    If you are going to post a Vikings blog, at least know how to spell the simple names like BIRK.

    Other than that, good first post.

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