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New opportunity for Vikings in 2011

With the looming labor disagreement, it appears that players will not be working with their team organizations as they would normally this offseason. In fact, they might not be working with them at...


Proposal to settle dispute between owners and players

There is a labor dispute brewing that could result in a major disruption in pro football. There could be a lockout, a decertification, or other major event. The question is: how can this dispute be...

Bill Parcells's rules for drafting a quarterback


1. He must be a senior, because you need time and maturity to develop into a good professional quarterback. 2. He must be a graduate, because you want someone who takes his responsibilities seriously. 3. He must be a three-year starter, because you need to make sure his success wasn’t ephemeral and that he has lived as "the guy" for some period of time. 4. He must have at least 23 wins, because the big passing numbers must come in the context of winning games.

Vince Young laughs at the idea that he would be a backup quarterback


Reporters have suggested that the Vikings might make a play for Vince Young now that his old position coach is on the Vikings' staff. Marcellus Wiley interviewed Vince Young this week. Asked about taking on the role of backup quarterback, Young laughed. But according to Vince Young, Vince Young is an elite quarterback in the NFL.

Fairley no fan of the cold


Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley is projected as a top-five draft pick this year. When asked if he has a preference for what NFL team he would like to play for he said, "It doesn’t matter as long as it’s not cold." It's unlikely that the Vikings would have a chance to draft Fairley, and considering other draft needs, like quarterback, probably weren't targeting Fairley anyway. Nevertheless it takes us back to 1982. Marcus Allen, born and raised in southern California, and attending USC, had just won the Heisman Trophy. The Vikings had the seventh overall pick in the draft, and needed a running back who could catch. The Vikings were preparing to open their new home stadium, the Metrodome. Marcus Allen, however, publicly stated that he would refuse to play for the Vikings because he did not want to play where it was cold. The Vikings drafted Darrin Nelson. He did a great job for the Vikings, until the Herschel Walker trade fiasco. Now it is 2010. The Vikings are preparing to become a cold weather team. There will be other players like Nick Fairley, but the Vikings should build their team with players who all have the attitude of "Anywhere, anytime, no matter the circumstances, no matter what happens, we are playing all out to win the game." While a few superstars like Nick Fairley and Marcus Allen will go their own way, we don't need them anyway.

Webb will remain at QB to start the offseason


In an interview with "Vikings Weekly," Coach Frazier said Joe Webb will have an opportunity to remain at quarterback this offseason. He will get a shot in OTAs and training camp. This sounds like a wise approach that starts with patience, and yet has a time table for making the decision.

Sid Hartman: Frazier keeping Dunbar, Stewart


Defensive line coach Karl Dunbar and wide receiver coach George Stewart will remain with the Vikings, according to Sid Hartman, writing in his Star Tribune column. Dunbar was pursued by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Stewart was pursued by Ole Miss. Keeping both is good news for the Vikings.

Karl Dunbar is offered the same job by Tampa Bay


Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar has been offered the same job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports. Dunbar's contract with the Vikings has expired. We should keep Karl Dunbar with the Vikings. In fact, give him a raise. It's crazy that our defensive line coach could be allowed to leave, while our defensive backs coach is somehow safe. Based on how these units have performed, it's the exact opposite of what should happen.


Vikings offensive philosophy

The Vikings offensive philosophy must start with practical concerns. It should be based around the talents of the players that the Vikings have. The best talent should be on the field for as long...

Vikings sign Rhett Bomar to three-year deal


Judd Zulgad reports.

Wilfs: no change to Vikings power structure following Frazier hire


The triangle of authority remains intact. Leslie Frazier neatly steps into the role of head coach. Spielman continues working on personnel, and Brzezinski handles contracts and cap issues. via Tom Pelissero, 1500ESPN.com

Notes on Vikings players


Bryant McKinnie says he is going to do something new to get back to his college playing weight of 335. He's hiring a personal trainer. Having a healthy, effective McKinnie in place at left tackle next year would mean the world to the Vikings, who will probably have a young quarterback taking many of the snaps. Some guys like Ray Edwards and Tarvaris Jackson sound like they are preparing for new horizons. Others like Bernard Berrian want back in. via Tom Pelissero, 1500ESPN.com

Dome can't be fixed until spring


More than just the two Vikings games, the rip in the Dome's roof has forced many events to be canceled or moved, including TwinsFest, the Home and Garden show, Hmong New Year, college baseball, high school baseball, and more.

Frazier wants to return


"I would love to be a part of the Vikings and see that through."

Abandoning the Metrodome


Kevin Seifert of ESPN considers whether the Vikings will abandon the Metrodome a year early, and play at TCF Bank stadium starting next year, until a new stadium can be built.

Sole possession of last place in the division is within reach


The Vikings control their own destiny. Lose the last two games, and last place in the division is theirs alone for the first time since Les Steckel coached the Vikings in 1983.

Tape breakdown of Bears game


Tom Pelissero, 1500ESPN.com, finds only a few bright spots. The offensive line and special teams get the worst grades.


New head coach needed

A lot of players like Percy Harvin, Antoine Winfield, and others continue to play hard. They are self-motivated. Many players, however are not self-motivated. They have stopped playing hard. A...

Q&A with Daunte Culpepper


Daunte remembers back to his great years as a Viking, reacts to being named one of the 50 greatest Vikings, and breaks some news. He tried to get re-signed by the Vikings for the past two years, but Childress wasn't interested. Working with Denny Green in the UFL, he has re-cultivated his passion for football. At age 34, he wants another chance with the Vikings. Michael Rand of the Star Tribune conducted the interview by e-mail. Daunte comes across as thoughtful and reflective.

Experience with 1985 Bears set table for Frazier


Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune wrote this background article.


Re-sign John David Booty!

Brett Favre needs time to heal. Tarvaris Jackson received a turf toe injury in the Giants game, and could be out for the year. Joe Webb has been recovering from a hamstring, and he may be converted...

Locker, Luck headline QB class


Nolan Nawrocki considers the quarterbacks available in the 2011 draft for Yahoo Sports and Profootballweekly.com. The group that he analyzes includes: Seniors: Jake Locker, Ricky Stanzi, Nathan Enderle, Christian Ponder, and Colin Kaepernick. Underclassmen: Andrew Luck, Blaine Gabbert, Cam Newton, Landry Jones, and Ryan Mallett

From the moment the Vikings first fell behind with 8:11 to play in the second quarter, the offense...


From the moment the Vikings first fell behind with 8:11 to play in the second quarter, the offense had the ball six times before it earned its next first down – which came on a third-and-15 conversion with 1:11 to play in the third quarter.

Vikings Update. The article pins responsibility on Jackson. Realistically, though, the Vikings' running game was shut down as well. This was not a banner game for Leslie Frazier, Brad Bevell, the offensive line, or the running backs.

Big obstacles to using TCF Bank stadium


Where the Vikings will play Monday night versus the Bears is now a pressing concern. The University of Minnesota's "Bank" will take 5-6 days to remove the snow, plus it needs to be weatherized. It was designed only to handle November weather, not the freezing temps of a hard Minnesota winter.

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