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Defensive Position Battles: You Decide

I like doing polls.  One of our previous poll softwares, however, was discovered to be the cause of some unwanted redirection to some Canadian Viagra website for our faithful readers (people who create those types of bugs should be put in a pit with a well-armed Jared Allen).  So, I was forced to use a new one this week and I couldn’t get it to work and I apologize for that.  So, I used yet another company that provides online polls and it seems to be working.

The results of the polls regarding offensive position battles were fairly telling (look a few posts down if you missed it) and I think it is a fun little way to occupy our time as we wait for the season to begin.  So, here is a batch of defensive questions plus a bonus special teams one.

DEFENSIVE LINE

It seems safe to assume that Jared Allen, Pat Williams, Kevin Williams, and Ray Edwards are safe and sound.  However, just about every reserve defensive lineman has been very impressive this preseason and who to cut could be one of the toughest choices facing the Vikings.  Jimmy Kennedy, Fred Evans, LeTroy Guion, Brian Robison, rookie Everson Griffen, and Jayme Mitchell are all on the roster.

It seems unlikely that the Vikings actually carry all 10 of their top defensive linemen, however, and my question for you is who should be the first to go?

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LINEBACKER

There isn’t a whole lot of mystery surrounding the linebacker position.  Chad Greenway, EJ Henderson, and Ben Leber occupy starting rolls.  Jasper Brinkley, Erin Henderson, and Heath Farwell seem to be safe. 

I guess the biggest question is if Kenny Onatolu makes the roster again in 2010.

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CORNERBACK

The Vikings felt good about their corners just a week ago.  This caused them to be willing trade partners with the Dolphins, resulting in Benny Sapp leaving heading to Miami in exchange for Greg Camarillo.  In a fashion that perfectly fits in with the Vikings 2010 preseason, rookie Chris Cook injured himself and is expected to miss the season’s opener in New Orleans.

That leaves the Vikings with Antoine Winfield, Asher Allen, and Lito Sheppard as the primary candidates to start against the Saints high-powered passing attack.

Reserve cornerbacks DeAndre Wright and Marcus Sherels would be the next in line to step up, especially if Cedric Griffin isn’t healthy enough to play, which he probably isn’t.  So, my question for you is how the Vikes should approach the corner position at the start of the season.

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SAFETY

There is an obvious open competition for the starting free safety spot between Tyrell Johnson and Jamarca Sanford.  Madieu Williams has not inspired much faith in Vikings fans of late, either.  So, the obvious question here is what combination of starting safeties would you start if you were in charge?

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BONUS SPECIAL TEAMS QUESTION

One of the most interesting questions that will be answered this Saturday, is whether or not the Vikings are truly willing to give up a roster spot to a kickoff specialist.  It appeared that the answer was “Yes!” at one point in time, but Rhys Lloyd has yet to have an impressive outing in the preseason.  One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the fans may put more stock in the preseason performance than the team does.  After all, they are the ones that get to see him in practice and have watched film of his regular season performances of the past.  But, for the sake of fun, would you keep Lloyd around if you were in charge of the roster?

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11 Responses to “Defensive Position Battles: You Decide”

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  2. bigjohnny84 says:

    The poll question on the safety position is kinda telling. Seems most of us arent happy with the Williams/Johnson combo.

  3. Vikidan11 says:

    Well I agree with about 98% of the fans that voted so I dont guess I’m to far out in left field ~ Are maybe we all are ~ ? LOL

  4. purplereign#57 says:

    Great ideas just pour right outta you, don’t they Adam? Nice post! I am right on with the majority everywhere except the Rhys Lloyd issue. I vote we keep him. I watched what he is capable of for an entire season at Carolina (I’m in NC). He’s worth it. The dude can kick a mile.

  5. c.carterhof says:

    I have to disagree reigns, longest kick I’ve seen from Lloyd was 3 yards deep. If he can kick a mile he’s got one more game to prove it. I hope he proves me wrong.

    The game tomorrow, and then a big cutdown day. And then…its on!
    It’s payback time. In only 8, yes eight days those Saints wont know what hit em.
    Thats 8 Ryan Longwell days!

  6. fozz44 says:

    Greg Coleman gets the shaft. Hmm.

    • B. Grant says:

      Fozz, agree that Coleman would be in the running, but I think cart made the right call. While both are/were very good at their craft, Longwell has more years in as a Vike and is a pretty classy act.

      Here’s my question. What in the name of Max Winter is cart going to do at #6?

      Jim Gallery 1990
      Jay Walker 1996-97
      Bubby Brister 2000
      Hayden Epstein 2002

  7. B. Grant says:

    Gonna ask a question that I asked earlier. How many RB’s will they keep on the 53? I haven’t kept up very well with these numbers since they changed from the days of 40.

  8. fozz44 says:

    coach…..Coleman had 10 years in purple, an amazing devotion to the norse.

    I believe he was related to Gary Coleman as well, that has to score some points. :/)

    • c.carterhof says:

      Fozz,
      the reason I went with Longwell:

      Out of punters with at least 200 punts as a Vike, Coleman was 5th at yards per punt.
      Out of kickers with at least 70 FG attempts Lonwell was #1 at FG%.

  9. Fran the Man says:

    I really struggled over the D-line but in the end, dumped LeTroy Guion.
    Can’t believe all the votes for Mitchell!
    That guy would be starting for a lot of teams.
    Hope we keep him.

    Coach, I think we’ll keep 4 RB’s;
    AD, Young, Gerhart and Reynaud (Because he’s also a decent receiver)

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