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Guest Article: O.J. Atogwe

It has been a while since I have mentioned it, but the offer is always available for the readers of Vikings Gab to submit an article that they wrote.  Simply email it to and you too will know how good it feels to get compliments on your work… or have people call you names… either way.

Today, our guest article has been submitted by a reader named Coolio, who also has a website where you can read more of his work.

Here is the unedited article:

Why the Vikings Should Get Oshiomogho Atogwe

The Viking’s secondary was burned on many occasions last year such as the losses to the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and Carolina Panthers. It was a huge weak spot in our defense as our DBs could not generate big plays. Sure Cendric Griffin had his moments but they were against lesser competition. The Vikings need a spark, a great DB that can help us win a Super Bowl. That spark should be Oshiomogho Atogwe.

Oshiomogho Atogwe is a relatively young, 28 years old, full safety. He went to college at Stanford and excelled at football, he led his team in tackles every year, and at studies. Atogwe was drafted 66th overall by the Rams and has prospered since his sophomore season.

Oshiomogho Atogwe is a hard hitting sure tackler and is a ball hawk. He recorded 8 interceptions in 2007, 5 interceptions and one sack in 2008 and in 12 games in 2009 had 2 interceptions, 1 sack, and 3 forced fumbles. Through 12 games in 2009 he already had as many tackles as Madieu Williams had in 16 games.

For some reason the Rams don’t want this guy anymore. He was tendered at the lowest level and will be a free agent in June. He has never been portrayed as a locker room disease so it seems like the Rams just want to get younger. They might be slightly worried about the shoulder injury he had on December 9, 2009. This forced him to miss the final 4 games of the regular season.

We need a stud defensive back. The Vikings were 19th last year in pass defense. Look at the chart below showing the top 5 teams in pass defense last year and then the Vikings.

Pass Defense

1.    New York Jets Darrelle Revis

2.    Buffalo Bills Jairus Byrd

3.    Denver Broncos  Brian Dawkins

4.    Carolina Panthers All- Combined 11 int. and 8 FFs

5.    Green Bay Packers   Charles Woodson

19. Minnesota Vikings    ????????????

As you can now see all the teams in the top 5 of pass defense has a stud defensive back. You could have said Antoine Winfield a few years ago but not now. How does Cendric Griffin compare to these guys? Our safeties made one play the entire season, a Tyrell Johnson interception. We would have a great safety if we got Atogwe.

You need a good safety or defensive back for success. Look at last years Super Bowl teams. The Colts had Antoine Bethea and Bob Sanders. The Saints had Darren Sharper.

How good is Oshiomogho Atogwe? Let’s break down his performance against good QBs last season. He had 7 tackles against Peyton Manning. He had 5 tackles and an interception against Drew Brees. He had 6 tackles and a sack against Brett Favre

Those are pretty good performances. Also he missed only 3 tackles last season or 1 for every four games.

Who should our DBs be in 2010? We should Keep Cendric Griffin as he is a pretty decent corner( He had 4 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles last season). We should draft Devin McCourty to play alongside Griffin. Winfield should be given the nickel back role. Cut Williams and bench Johnson. Get Atogwe and start Sanford. I would much prefer this tandem of DBs than to what we have now.

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9 Responses to “Guest Article: O.J. Atogwe”

  1. Adam Warwas says:

    I will say that the Rams aren’t going to let Atogwe go easy… and don’t look at his tender level as disrespect. Because he was franchised last year, the Rams were int he same position with Atogwe than what the Chargers were in with sproles (where they almost didn’t tender him at all). A tender requires you to still increase the salary what the player earned the previous year… in this case, Atogwe earned a lot of money last year because he was franchised.

    The Rams are going to work their hardest to get a long term deal done before June 1.

    Teams like the Packers and Bears are also in dire need of safety help and may be willing ot outbid the vikings should it come down to that. Ultimately, however, nobody values him more than the Rams do and they’ll probably win any bidding war.

  2. bigjohnny84 says:

    Damn Coolio you must be reading my mind. I agree and I’m sure we will both catch alot of crap, but sometimes the truth hurts.

  3. TW11 says:

    Excellent post.

    I’ve been saying this to everyone I know for quite a few time now: GET ATOGWE!

    The man can HIT, and he can read the QB pretty well too.

    As for the draft, I personally don’t like McCourty, so I wouldn’t pick him.
    I would go for BPA.

  4. coolio says:

    Do the Vikings have enough money to win a bidding war? Also wouldn’t Atogwe want to win?
    Of course these days it’s money first winning second.

  5. Luke Hoyhtya says:

    How much of the pass coverage problems we have had originate from how Brad Childress controls our Defense? We hear about how Sharper had problems here because of the lack of freedom to “roam”. So is it a problem with our defensive philosophy rather than our personal? Is it really going to matter who we have in there if they are limited to how they can play? Does it matter if we get a player with great instincts that can read the QB if he can’t use them? Just curious what people think. Maybe I’m way off. Go Vikes.

  6. Purple Charlie says:

    Luke has a point,
    Is there a way to tweak the secondary so they have more freedom ??? Or does that disrupt the defensive philosophy or scheme as a whole???

    Seems like the staff is happy with it,the way it is.

  7. CSlinde says:

    I think his tackle numbers are inflated due to being on a bad team (ie-the vikes trounced the rams 38-10, big deal having a bunch of tackles). Using the number of tackles to judge a player in the secondary can be convoluted. The secondary, save the SS, shouldn’t need to make high numbers of tackles. Especially in a cover 2. In a cover 2 lock down corners are the key, letting the DL and LBs rake in the sacks and stopping the run. That said, a corner like Winfield who also dominates in run support definitely helps but, is this guy that kind of corner? I doubt it.

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