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Winfield Promises Not To Make Excuses While He Makes Excuses

Antoine Winfield is one of the best defenders in the league.

When he returned from a foot injury against the Bengals, he looked like he was back to being one of the best.  The two games since, against the Panthers and Bears, have been highlighted by particularly bad play from the Vikings star corner, however.

“I’m out there playing so I’m capable of getting my job done,” he said after Monday’s game. “I’m just not doing it right now. I did miss eight weeks, but I’m never going to use that as an excuse.”

On Tuesday, Winfield appeared on KFAN with Paul Allen and was singing a slightly different tune.

Winfield admitted that he suffered another setback during the Bengals game.

“I don’t think it will be 100 percent until the offseason when I can rest it, but I’m going to keep fighting,” Winfield told Allen.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again:  Winfield has experienced this frustrating type of season before.  Both in 2007 and this year Winfield skipped offseason training with the Vikings for separate reasons.  Both years, Winfield missed six games with injury and had trouble playing 60 minutes of football without experiencing dropoff later in games.

Now, I am not saying these events are related to each other, but professional athletes need to do everything in their power to show fans that they are one hundred percent committed to winning.  Skipping OTAs is just something for hack bloggers to point at and say “is this a coincidence or would things be different if you trained with you team?”

Let’s hope that Winfield is wrong and that he gets up to 100% before the offseason.  We need him if we’re going to finish this off in a way that involves our players getting some bling.

Perhaps the team should consider promoting Asher Allen and allowing Winfield to stick to the slot position.

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6 Responses to “Winfield Promises Not To Make Excuses While He Makes Excuses”

  1. Purple Charlie says:

    It is something to consider that’s for sure…
    I bet GP would love that huh???

    I think eventually Winfield will be playing Safety ( Not yet)

  2. bigjohnny84 says:

    I would suggest resting Winfield. Let Sapp and AA share his duties and ya GP will be very happy.

  3. […] Vikings Gab: Antoine Winfield was the recipient of the Mushroom Stamp of Disapproval this week thanks to his lousy play against the Bears. He turned right around on Tuesday though and accepted responsibility for his actions. Was it good enough? Vikings Gab has the answer. […]

  4. G.P. says:

    Hey Johnny and P.Charlie what up homies! Um yeah you are both right on the money. I am in fact elated at the very idea of Asher A making his way up the roster. Sorry Toine’ much love pal. I like what you do and you’ve done it well. However, I’d be lying if I said that I wouldn’t much rather see the kid doing his thing in Toine’s place eventually. Good idea Warwas, you genius! I mean Toine’ handles his business for the most part. But I’m ready to see the kid get his chance to stunt on some people. Just wait and see. SKOL VIKES!

  5. bigjohnny84 says:

    Hey GP. What do we have to lose by giving the young guys a chance. Answer-nothing.

  6. G.P. says:

    A very good point Johnny smart as usual. I agree. I think it couldn’t hurt to give the rookies a chance to get their cleats dirty and really get a feel for the game. The sooner they find their footing, the sooner they can contribute to the team and hopefully make a positive impact. I would really like to see Asher play on a more regular basis. I’m a firm believer that he will earn the playing time someday sooner than later.

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