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Links Of The Week

Here we go, a great look around the web:

  • The Viking Ship provides another music video to help pass the offseason time.
  • A look at the Vikings holes on offense and on defense.
  • A letter to Brett Favre.
  • Does the latest spinning of the quarterback carousel provide the Vikings with any opportunity?
  • Moving Reynaud to running back might just work out.
  • A very interesting look at the history of the #30 pick in the NFL Draft.
  • Check out the new Stadium Site hoping to get some buzz going in Minny.
  • The Vikings have a full slate of Draft Events and a celebration for their 50th season.
  • The Saints think that the change of the overtime rule takes away from their accomplishments.  I say make them give the trophy back, too!
  • A few sleepers that may be on the radar of the Vikings.
  • The most… umm… unique scouting report ever.
  • A look at some players that might be gone soon… supposedly.
  • Could McNabb still end up in purple by 2011?
  • I’m not sure if the “grandpa Brett” jokes will ever get old.
  • Even more sleepers to keep an eye during draft day.
  • Brian Robison has to wait until his wife leaves the room before admitting he is an “ass man.”
  • Rick Spielman has a habit of trading around come draft day, which allows him to get the guy he wants.
  • The Vikes have brought in a North Dakota fullback on a try-out basis in minicamp.
  • The Vikings seem confident that they could see a stadium solution in May.
  • Please, please, please don’t tell me this is anywhere near accurate.

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35 Responses to “Links Of The Week”

  1. B. Grant says:

    If you want a quality offensive line, and therefore a quality offense overall, you had better pay attention to the OL in the first day of the draft. I’ll let the facts make my point here…

    FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS:
    Gary Zimmerman
    Steve Hutchinson
    Randall McDaniel
    Ron Yary
    Korey Stringer
    Todd Steussie
    Steve Riley
    Bryant McKinnie
    Chris Hinton
    SECOND ROUND DRAFT PICKS:
    Ed White
    Dave Huffman
    Phil Loadholt
    Dennis Swilley
    Terry Tausch
    THIRD ROUND DRAFT PICKS:
    Kirk Lowdermilk
    Wes Hamilton
    Tim Irwin

    Yes, there are also the gems like a Matt Birk at #6 or free agent Mick Tinglehoff, but the bulk of long-time Vike linemen were added on day one of the draft for one team or another.

    • Fragile Freds says:

      Correct Buds.

    • Tomb... says:

      Coach, there’s a fine line between leaning towards linemen, and a fetish towards linemen. I mean, that has nothing to do with you of course, just wanted to bring it up as a random thought.

      • B. Grant says:

        Welcome back, random thoughts expert!!

        If winning is a fetish, I plead guilty. There is not as much trickery in football as people think. When the other guys are on the ground or moving backwards, that’s a good thing. All plays work when properly blocked. It ain’t rocket surgery.

      • Tomb... says:

        Yeah but, linemen rarely score TD’s, which are those things that are important for winning, my friend. I agree it starts at the line, but it doesn’t end there either.

      • B. Grant says:

        NOBODY scores a touchdown without the work of a lineman, my friend as well, and the better the line, the more touchdowns. Heck, with a good line, even Bill Brown, Dave Osborn and Stu Voigt could score touchdowns. Not exactly Heismann Trophy winners in that list.

        Remember Tomb, its pitching & fielding in baseball, and line play in football. The other guys get the stats and the big pay if those guys do their job.

  2. wtfvikesfan says:

    North Dakota State Bison running back Tyler Roehl. Not North Dakota back. Gopher fans should remember Roehl. He ran all over the Gophers when the Bison beat the Gophers.

  3. Jerkpepper says:

    That’s right me boy. Roehl went to Candy Mountain all over the rodents. He will be the second best pro in the league. Want to guess who number 1 is? It’s not Bones. It is not HOPPY. Could it be Hank Baskett? Worst trade in the history of the Vikings!!! 1,048 horribles and 1 trillion terribles. Billy McMuffin makes a good McMuffin but he is a horrible football player!!!!

  4. TheJazzyOne says:

    I think Mr. Grant is on to something

  5. Viking John says:

    I think J-Pepper is on something.
    Go Vikes

  6. PJDiaries says:

    Did Adam just link to Access Vikings?

    • Tomb... says:

      Wow, he did.

      Adam, that’s only acceptable if it’s a competition/conversation between Judd and Chip regarding who has the bigger moobs…or something similar.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      I always link to any site that has Vikings info… even if I don’t like them. I’ll point the readers to every site I know of and then they can decide if they want to come back or not 🙂

  7. Jerkpepper says:

    What it John. I remember you from the Access Vikings days and you were a troublemaker then. I score you at 48 horribles and 7 terribles, but that could easily change. You don’t want to get on the same level as HOPPY and Bones, both of whom are even more terrible than the Hank Baskett trade.

  8. Viking John says:

    Mr. Pepper, you have me confused with someone named Buster. I am not a trouble maker. Just learning about the Vikings and the off season.
    It is almost pontooning weather though.
    Go Vikes

  9. wtfvikesfan says:

    Campbell seeking trade partners
    11:54
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    Jason Campbell | Redskins | Interested: Jaguars?, Raiders?, Vikings?, Bills?, Browns?, Panthers? Top Email

    With the Redskins’ trade for Donovan McNabb, it is clear that Jason Campbell is not long for Washington, D.C. A trade seems to be a strong possibility, with two possible destinations being the two teams that just lost out on the McNabb sweepstakes: Oakland and Buffalo. Jason Reid of the Washington Post relays word from ESPN 980 radio in D.C., which reported several teams that are said to be interested in Campbell. The list includes the two mentioned above, Carolina, Jacksonville and “an unidentified team.” Reid reported later in the week that Campbell’s agent has been given the green light to explore trade opportunities for Campbell.

    Possible destinations for Campbell
    Oakland: Lost out on McNabb, other options aren’t too encouraging
    Buffalo: Campbell’s not from California!
    Minnesota: You know, in case Favre doesn’t come back
    Carolina: ESPN’s NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas thinks Campbell is worth a shot for the Panthers, possibly with a mid-round pick
    Jacksonville: David Garrard’s not getting any younger, although Michael C. Wright tweets that the Jags aren’t interested
    Both Oakland and Buffalo (which pick consecutively in the first round, appropriately enough) need a QB upgrade, but could also take a tackle with their first pick. And of course, there is the chance of a team biding its time and getting into the mix later (say, a Favre-less Minnesota Vikings, if they see Campbell as an upgrade over the Tarvaris Jackson-Sage Rosenfels duo).

    ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley doesn’t see much trade value for Campbell, as other teams could just wait until the Skins release him. Our own Professor, John Clayton, notes that a mid-round pick could probably get it done.

    Mel Kiper Jr.
    Campbell will have a tough time finding a starting job
    “There really isn’t a situation now for Campbell where you feel he could land as a good bet to get first-team reps. Arizona and Seattle have already addressed depth, and even a team like Carolina seems intent on letting Matt Moore take the reins. I don’t think it’ll be hard for Campbell to find work, but he’s close to getting that ‘journeyman’ tag. Could he get a call from Oakland? If so, Jimmy Clausen could be affected once again.”

  10. wtfvikesfan says:

    More chatter on Barber trade
    11:26
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    Marion Barber | Cowboys Top Email

    The Marion Barber trade rumors have been around for a while now, and both Todd Archer and Rich Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News have some fresh takes this week. Archer outlines a way it could still work while Gosselin says that the Cowboys wouldn’t get more than a fourth- or fifth-rounder in return for the back.

    Here’s some background: Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports started the ball rolling with a rumor that a former Pro Bowl RB was on the trading block, with the insinuation that this mystery man was Marion Barber. (At the time, we also thought Clinton Portis, Marshawn Lynch and Willis McGahee fit the description).

    Jason La Canfora of NFL.com added fuel to the fire, noting: “Executives around the league think Cowboys RB Marion Barber could be available.” We haven’t yet heard what type of package the Dallas Cowboys would expect in return for Barber, but it could be a discounted rate given his time missed due to injury in 2009.

    We checked with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on this one, and he’s heard the rumors, but can’t say there’s anything substantive to them at this point. ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley sees two reasons why it won’t happen, while Bill Barnwell of Football Outsiders emailed in to say that Barber is best in a situation like his current one:

    Football Outsiders
    Barber’s simply no longer a main option
    “Barber benefits from playing behind a very good offensive line and alongside Tony Romo, but even in what was considered a down year, he finished tenth in DVOA in 2009, and was in the top-five in 2006 (first) and 2007 (fifth). Injury woes over the past two seasons suggest that Barber’s probably better off as a 1A back limited to 170-180 carries, perhaps owing to his fierce, contact-laden style of running. He’d be a great fit as part of a combination with a speedier home run back, like, say, Felix Jones.” – Bill Barnwell

  11. coolio says:

    adam, about your rookie CB story, the information is skewed because most of the rookies didn’t start the whole season

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Coolio, how can the statistics be skewed because of a lack of playing time when the first statistics I mentioned in each case was playing time? That makes no sense my friend.

  12. Fragile Freds says:

    Cools,

    You’ve summarized the main point of the blog entry, that being that few rookie corners (no matter where they are drafted or how high they are drafted) have an immediate impact. The full year numbers are skewed yes, but the main point is that they didn’t play the first half because they weren’t ready to step in and play. It’s hard to have an impact with a team when you’re not in the game. So if we are all looking for a newly drafted corner to step in and have an immediate impact, we may be disappointed. I believe that was Adam’s point.

  13. Fragile Freds says:

    Just to continue Freds blathering ramble. It may not be the wrong thing to draft a corner. But on a team that is ready to win right now, don’t expect Joe College Corner to add great value right now. He might develop into a shut down corner (like someone we all know and love) but just not immediately. On the other hand, we see other positions like offensive line where we see college studs step in and pitch in on day one. Like Big Phil.

    • Tomb... says:

      Freds, I’m following the logic, and if we are in fact a team built to win RIGHT NOW, and FA is out the window, then drafting a corner who can pick up on the game and become a stud by the end of the year, for postseason, makes some sort of sense, no?

  14. Viking John says:

    I voted for Phil last year. How about T. Williams this year???????
    Go Vikes

  15. B. Grant says:

    I do agree that corner is a need we have, and it depends on what we can still get at #2 as to where we should start. But I am saying that while a “shut down corner” is nice, a “shut up lineman” is equally valuable,

    • Tomb... says:

      Well, I guess the question–for me–is which is the bigger need? Our OL is questionable, but our secondary is scary (not good scary), and with the injuries, absolutely an unknown variable.

      Assuming Favre comes back, it’s the number one concern for me (along with Peterson’s slippery mitts that is).

      • Fragile Freds says:

        Tombs,

        The backups for Tony Winfield did pretty well last year. Sapp was surprising. Freds would even say he did well.

  16. wtfvikesfan says:

    Shields turning heads
    4:57
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    Sam Shields Top Email

    University of Miami defensive back Sam Shields is a captivating case for a number of reasons. He played WR for three years before making the switch to defense, and finally seemed to grasp the cornerback position by the end of the 2009 season. He’s got good size, and his speed is close to Chris Johnson level: according to ESPN’s Bruce Feldman, an NFL scout clocked his 40-yard dash at 4.27 at Miami’s pro day.

    But there is a catch. In a post entitled “How to Ruin your Draft Stock 101,” Mocking Dan of the Mocking the Draft blog notes that Shields was busted for marijuana possession in March. Since then, the charges have apparently been dismissed, according to a tweet from Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Kelly notes that many teams were interested, but were spooked by his character issues. It’s unclear whether having the charges dismissed will alleviate those concerns or not.

  17. coolio says:

    We drafted guys with characterissues before…………..

  18. Fragile Freds says:

    Cools –

    Who would you list as the Vikings “all character issues” team since the inception of football in the great state of Minnesota?

  19. krugjr says:

    bpa…….bpa…….bpa, etc……OL or CB, both needs…..the highest rated player on our board at #30 will be the selection no matter our debate….I repeat: 29 teams will make our first round selection for us! for me, that’s the fun of watching thurs night…..WHO falls to us!

    GO VIKES!!!!!

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