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Tom Powers: Minnesota Vikings fans are pumped up for grud...

Powers, you're illustrating exactly what the NFL has been building towards for the last 30 years. Every Commissioner since Rozelle has shifted policies each year to head us in this direction, to achieve one, all-important goal - PARITY. Ideally, every team should have a shot at the Super Bowl, every year. Competitions should be close in every game, the draft system should ensure that weaker teams get stronger and stronger teams get weaker. Even out the finances, toss in free-agency, and you end up with what we have today; an NFL that can offer every market a good game of football and a teaser chance to be #1. But the cost is the loss of tight identity, the game is less personal when players are just replaceable cogs in the machine, and eventually, I believe that will infect the fanbase as well.  (Nov 7, 2008 | post #18)

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Five suggestions to fix the myriad of mistakes that have ...

Good lord... I know we're near the bottom when we're turning into an emotional mutual help group, wow... what can you say except... GO VIKINGS! LOL  (Oct 23, 2008 | post #96)

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Jared Allen diary: Tony Gonzalez knows my pain (Carl Pete...

Hey Jared! How 'bout them Vikings?! Seriously man, while it's understandable that you can commiserate with your buds back on the Chiefs roster, I'm a lot more interested in your *honest* take on being used for pass coverage rather than dogging the QB. What do you think can be done to improve your chances to get to the QBs? How do you like having the Williamses choking up the center for you? What do you think the key will be to push the Vikings overall defense from #7 to #1 in the remaining season? Stuff like that. You know. Relevant to being a Viking, and to us Vikings fans. Jared, we love you here in the purple, let's focus on that purple.  (Oct 23, 2008 | post #14)

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Bob Sansevere: On and on with Vikings coach Brad Childress

On whether having Allen, one of the best pass rushers in the league, drop into coverage is akin to having Philadelphia home run king Ryan Howard bunt: *"It's the element of surprise." * Yeah... No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition! Maybe he should put AP in there as a safety, that'd be a surprise too. I'd rather watch a Vikings team that didn't make me hold my breath every play, praying that nothing goes wrong; no interception, no fumble, no penalty, no Viking QB getting hammered to the ground. A play that goes off smoothly, professionally, and gains yardage, should not be a surprise!  (Oct 23, 2008 | post #11)

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Good bye if you're Kluwe

Kluwe is having trouble with directional punting. Gee, that's not a surprise, and nor is it a game-breaker. When special teams reaches the point where it's relying on the punter, or the place-kicker, to stop or slow down a returner, it's TOO LATE! It means that 10 other guys on the special team have failed to do their job. To single out Kluwe as the culprit for all that's gone wrong on special teams is to ignore 10 guys who's primary task it was to actually stop the return. The booters are the last-resort, and as long as they're kicking and getting both distance, and hang-time, they're doing alright.  (Oct 23, 2008 | post #13)

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BOB SANSEVERE: Suddenly, couple of former Vikings QBs ver...

I'm not one to suggest that the Vikings couldn't use more great players striving beneath it's banner, however... the Vikings have a pretty good lineup already, and they're barely scrapping past the ash-heap of the NFL North, Detroit. Maybe they should focus on available head coaches instead.  (Oct 15, 2008 | post #1)

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Minnesota Vikings QB Gus Frerotte is the biggest hit of all

"Frerotte said. "I know Adrian is great. But when they got nine guys in the box, it's hard to run." - 9 guys in the box.... let's see, that leaves 2 guys to cover 3 receivers... that's just insane. The opposition isn't playing NFL defense, they're playing, "Let's stop Peterson". The Vikings *need* to capitalize more on this.  (Oct 9, 2008 | post #50)

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Berrian's score was a mistake

It really is nice to see Berrian starting to perform like an NFL wide receiver. According to the article, the TD he made only happened because he didn't accept the status quo and pushed to make the play. That's great, the Vikes need lots more of that. But a #1 WR, Berrian is not. He just can't break away from his coverage and that makes it really hard for the QB to get him the ball when he's covered. If he had more speed, Gus could overthrow him a bit and know that Berrian was capable of stretching it out an extra yard to snag the ball outside of the coverage's reach. An ugly win is still a win though. Congrats to the Vikes!  (Oct 7, 2008 | post #1)

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Childress sees red over Kluwe's punts to Bush

This is hogwash. Bush made 3 terrific punt returns, 2 for TDs and 1 that should have been a third TD but he slipped and fell all by himself. Why? Yes, he's a fantastic runner, no doubt about it, but all three times, he did the exact same thing; headed to the left, then cut all the way across the field to the right and straight up the sideline, unopposed. Doesn't that sound familiar to ANYONE?! How many other teams are watching the Vikings' glaring vulnerability to such dazzling tactical skill?! How many more games will the Vikes be burned on this before they change their special teams tactics to cover both sides of the field? That being said, Kluwe and Longwell do both have a problem with putting the ball out of bounds. Instead, they put the ball into the hands of the most dangerous runners so that they can take advantage of the Viking's special teams weakness. This is getting old...  (Oct 7, 2008 | post #7)

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Brad Childress: Man up

Trying to pass off responsibility to the individual players, for the failure of the team he's supposed to be leading, is pathetic. I don't see how any Viking player can respect him. Maybe Childress should consider leading by example. He should 'man up' and take full responsibility for the Viking's dismal performance and record, and tender his resignation.  (Sep 30, 2008 | post #30)

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Vikings can't escape early hole, fall to 1-3

I was going about my morning, fuming over the Viking's loss and thinking about blame, fault, and one thing suddenly stood out; Who the heck came up this this notion of 'managing the game'? That's business office double-speak, a football team has no business keeping any player for the sake of 'managing' the offense or 'managing' the game. What the heck ever happened to WINNING?! Didn't a guy named Vince Lombardi once say; "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." Seems he knew a thing or two about the subject. I don't want to hear politically correct platitudes out of Childress' pie-hole when the team we love, that he's been entrusted (and well paid) to coach, doesn't WIN. It's not just a slogan, it's an entire attitude and culture that's lacking in the Vikings, and there's one person in charge of that department.  (Sep 29, 2008 | post #147)

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Who should start at quarterback for the Vikings?

The only available alternative to TJack is Gus. Booty isn't ready to wipe his own nose in the NFL, and to be honest, after seeing him in the pre-season, I don't understand why Childress is trying to take on a second raw QB project when the first raw QB project hasn't isn't finished and hasn't panned out yet. Gus can probably pull this off, though.  (Sep 17, 2008 | post #17)