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Could McKie Be An Option?

With a less-than-stellar free agency crop this year, in addition to restrictions placed on the Vikings, each player who gets cut has to be considered by the Vikings front office.

Typically, a player cut at this point is not going to be an attractive option for teams, but rather merely considered another team’s junk.

In today’s case, the Bears choice to cut fullback Jason McKie, the player is being cut because he doesn’t fit a new scheme being implemented not because he is considered talentless.

Mike Martz being brought into Chicago means there is less use for a traditional fullback, and they are going to be more interested in your H-back type of player instead.

The Vikings, however, do utilize traditional fullbacks and many fans would love to see them upgrade at the fullback position.

So is McKie a possibility?  Let us compare him to Fahu Tahi and see what you all think.

Jason McKie (Age 29, 5’ 11”, 247 lbs., 8 Seasons in NFL)

CAREER:  29 rushes, 84 yards, an average of 2.9 yards, with 3 touchdowns.  68 receptions, 364 yards, an average of 5.4 yards, with 3 touchdowns.  3 career fumbles.

2009:  No rushes.  5 receptions, 13 yards, an average of 2.6 yards, and no touchdowns.  PFF run blocking rating of -8.9.  PFF pass blocking rating of 0.1.

Naufahu Tahi (Age 28, 6’ 0”, 254 lbs., 5 Seasons in NFL)

CAREER:  9 rushes, 20 yards, an average of 2.2 yards, with no touchdowns.  27 receptions, 111 yards, an average of 4.1 yards, with 1 touchdown.  1 Career fumble.

2009:  3 rushes, 5 yards, an average of 1.7 yards, with no touchdowns.  10 receptions, 67 yards, an average of 6.7 yards, and one touchdown.  PFF run blocking rating of -2.4.  PFF pass blocking rating of -2.0.

So, what say you?  Is it worth looking at a smaller, older, equally as unproductive fullback.  Or are we fine with Tahi until something better comes around?

UPDATE:  There were some questions in the comments section immediately after posting this and I’ll try to answer them.

PFF blocking rating comes from the website ProFootballFocus.com.  They do a good job of recording just about every stat possible from every play of every game.  They use a complex system to come up with these rating, but instead of boring you with the details I’ll just let you click here if you are interested in learning more.

And now, for Ole…

Jeff Dugan (Age 28, 6’ 4”, 258 lbs., 6 years in NFL)

CAREER:  9 rushes, 21 yards, an average of 2.3 yards, with no touchdowns.  23 receptions, 161 yards, and average of 7.0 yards, with 3 touchdowns.  1 fumble.

2009:  3 rushes, 7 yards, an average of 2.3 yards, no touchdowns.  6 receptions, 52 yards, an average of 8.7 yards, and 2 touchdowns.  PFF run blocking rating of -2.4.  PFF pass blocking rating of -0.9.


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20 Responses to “Could McKie Be An Option?”

  1. bigjohnny84 says:

    Hey Adam, could you translate the PFF blocking rating into English, please.

  2. Ole says:

    who cares about Tahi and McKie

    …. we have Dugan!

  3. c.carterhof says:

    A run blocking rating of -8.9? Thats minus 8.9? Thats terrible ak, no wonder he got cut.
    I thought he was a decent FB. Shows what I know. I’m thinking I could manage that.

  4. c.carterhof says:

    Im with Ole, DUGAN!

    Wait a second, Whats Dugans run block rating?

    • c.carterhof says:

      Did my own investigating Adam.

      Not good, a -2.4 for Ole’s beloved Dugan. But he is a TD machine!

      We need a FB.

  5. bigjohnny84 says:

    Ole and Dugan must be family. But I do like Dugan, he shows up and does his job pretty darn good. Blue collar all the way.

  6. Adam Warwas says:

    Good questions guys, I did an update to the article above to try and answer some of them… hit refresh.

    Great conversation on the post about first round running backs, too! Very interesting how varied the responses were.

  7. Ole says:

    Dugan can do it all! He can even cure Hysterical Blindness. Just ask that ref that got in his way during Harvins kickoff return for a TD against Pittsburgh

  8. Ole says:

    thanks for the update Adam. Signing Dugan to a long term (minimum) contract makes perfect sense when you factor in his oafish special teams abilities,

  9. c.carterhof says:

    It seems PFF does try to do an in depth job at rating players. But while reading their rating rules I saw this-

    What we definitely DO NOT do is raise or lower the grading because we’re not sure. Giving -0.5 rather than -1 or -1.5 because you can’t be certain what went on is wrong. The correct score is 0.

    I disagree.
    Thats like saying you’re not sure about a hit in baseball, and giving the guy an 0 for 0 in the box score. He either got a hit or he didnt.

    I understand football is different, but the guy either did his job or he did not. Ya gotta give some kinda score for the play, or find another way.

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      CC, so in other words we need to see some game film on the guys and make up our own minds.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Interesting take.

      I think giving a grade of some sort is more than anybody else does (including the NFL) when it comes to grading blocking.

      I KNOW I didn’t like Tahi’s blocking this year… but didn’t see enough of McKie to make an assessment of my own, thus I decided to use PFF as a reference for this article.

  10. Lost Viking says:

    Now, if we could only teach DooGun to snap the ball on punts and FGs we’d have an xtra roster spot.

  11. Fozz44 says:

    Tahi with a 4.1 average per catch? That is certainly not true. He’s the master at turning 6 yard gains into 1 yard losses on catches.

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