Madden 09 Predictions: Week 2, Panthers, Vikings

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Defensive Player Profile of the Week: Kevin Williams

Hey Vikings fans. Time for another Defensive Player Profile of the week. (I do the offensive players of the week for The Viking Ship at http://vikings.sportsbloggingnetwork.com)

Vikings fans, meet Kevin Williams

(Bio taken from this Wikipedia Article)

Kevin Williams (born August 16, 1980 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas) is a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL. He is currently one half of the tandem nicknamed; the Williams Wrecking Crew aka The WWC (with teammate Pat Williams).

After graduating from Oklahoma State University, he was selected by the Vikings with the 9th pick of the first round in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Williams majored in general studies and earned his degree in the spring of 2003 from Oklahoma State. He played tight end and defensive line at Fordyce, Arkansas High School. He had 9 receptions and 2 TDs as a senior and posted 60 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, a fumble recovery for a TD and an interception returned for a touchdown. Williams was also an All-State selection in basketball.

Williams was a mainstay on the Oklahoma State Cowboys‘ defensive front, starting 42 games during his career. He recorded 160 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, and 18.5 sacks during his career and was an integral part of a team that improved from 3-8 with 1 win in the conference in 2000 to an 8-5 overall record with a 5-3 conference mark in 2002. The Cowboys’ Houston Bowl appearance in 2002 was only the second time in 14 years that OSU made it to a bowl game.

In 2003, Williams was one of the top impact rookie defenders in team history and led the Vikings with 10.5 sacks, the 2nd-most sacks by a Vikings rookie behind Keith Millard‘s 11.0 in 1985. He was a consensus All-Rookie team honoree having started opening 12 games of the season at left defensive end and moved inside to start at nose tackle for the final 4 games. He set the Vikings rookie record with 3.0 sacks in season finale at Arizona on December 28. Williams was named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month when he had 18 tackles, 5.0 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception in the 4-game stretch and joined Carl Eller (1964) and Al Noga (1988) as the only rookie defensive ends in team history to start the season opener when he debuted in the lineup at Green Bay September 7 and also joined defensive end Lance Johnstone as players with 10.0+ sacks, the first time in Vikings history since 1993 when Chris Doleman and John Randle accomplished the feat.

Williams compiled 11.5 sacks in 2004, 4 in 2005, and 5 in 2006. He has 146 tackles and 31 sacks for his career.

On December 23, 2006, the Minnesota Vikings signed him to a new 7-year contract extension that could reach $50 million with incentives, the contract also included $16 million in guaranteed money.

In 2007, during the NFL Kickoff game, Williams intercepted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington and ran 54 yards for a touchdown in the 1st quarter. This was the Vikings’ first TD for the 2007 season.

Kevin Williams, one half of the Williams Wall, and one of the four members of possibly the most talented defensive line in football is, in my opinion, the anchor of the Minnesota defense.  He’s an expert run stopper, and I really think that when Jared Allen really starts to take the attention of opposing teams, we’re going to see Kevin Williams step up as a big time pass rusher, too.  I’m excited to see what he can do as the rest of the defense starts to get up to speed this season.


Vikings History Lesson: The Vikings Coaching History Part 5

 

Hey Vikings fans, it’s time for part 5 of our 7 part series on the Vikings Head Coaches.

 

Vikings fans, meet the fifth head coach for the Vikings:  Dennis Green.

 

 

Dennis Green has been coaching for quite some time, but his most successful coaching stint came in Minnesota.

 

Green played halfback for three seasons at the University of Iowa.  After college, he played briefly for British Columbia of the CFL before beginning his coaching career.  He worked as an assistant with the University of Dayton, the University of Iowa, and Stanford University.

 

In 1981 He took his first head coaching job, working at Northwestern University.  He coached there until 1985 when he took a job as a runningbacks coach for his former Stanford boss Bill Walsh, now coaching  for the San Fransisco 49ers of the NFL.  In 1989 he took the headcoaching job at Stanford where he amassed a very successful record.

 

In 1991, Green took his first NFL head coaching job in Minnesota.  It took Green a while to turn the team around.  He posted a losing record through his first 6 seasons, and failed to reach the playoffs at all.  The highpoint in his coaching career came in 1998 when his Vikings team went 15-1 and set NFL records for team scoring.  The team scored at least 24 points in every one of their regular season games, and kicker Gary Anderson became the only kicker ever to not miss any kicks throughout the 16 game season.  Unfortunately the team lost in the NFC championship game to weaker Atlanta team, and became the only 1 loss team in NFL history to not play in the Super Bowl.

 

Things went downhill after that for the Vikings, and after having a losing season in 2001 the Vikings bought out Green’s contract.  He went on to coach the Arizona Cardinals for a couple of seasons, and is now rumored to be the man that Al Davis is interested in if Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is fired.


Gus Frerotte is the Vikings Starting QB

Hey Vikings Fans

I’m out of town for business, so I don’t have a ton of time to write right now (don’t worry, you’ll get flooded with new posts on Thursday and Friday), but I did want to log in long enough to say that Tarvaris Jackson has been demoted, and Gus Frerotte will be starting this Sunday, and unless something changes, for the rest of the season.

Personally, I think at least half of the problem before was playcalling, so Gus won’t be able to overcome that.  Hopefully for our sakes as fans, Childress won’t hold him back like he does Jackson.  I don’t think Jackson is the greatest QB in the world, but personallly I think it would be hard to build confidence when it’s obvious that your coach doesn’t have much.

Good Luck, Gus.  Let’s see what you can do with this team.


Week 2 Recap: Colts at Vikings

Vikings 15 – Colts 18 (read the game recap here)

 

 UGH!  The Vikings have to stop giving up big plays. They just can’t do it anymore.

It’s true that we should’ve gotten a TD or two (Visante Shiancoe dropped an EASY one) instead of 5 fieldgoals.  It’s true that we missed our 6th attempt.   But it was the big play by Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne that shifted the momentum.

Before that play, we had Peyton rocked, and the Indy offense was struggling, but after the play he was untouchable.

Before that play, our defense was rolling and looking great, but the play, they looked defeated and tired.

Before that play, everyone thought that the Vikings were going to win.  After that play, most people knew it wouldn’t happen.

Once again, a big played killed the Vikings.


Pre-Game Thoughts: Colts and Vikings, Week 2

Well, at this point the game is only 12 hours away.  The Vikings will play their home opener against Peyton Manning and the Colts.

This is one of the games that I have the Vikings picked to lose, and even after last week’s poor showing by the Colts, I’m going to stand by that decision.  I don’t see the Colts starting out this season at 0-2, and unfortunately I just think they’re an all around better team than Minnesota.

I think if the Vikings are going to have a chance to win, the defensive line is going to have to make a splash.  We’re going to need several sacks by our front four, and lots more hurries.  If Peyton has time to throw, he will pick us apart.

We also need a passing game in the first half.  Calling 7 passing plays is unacceptable.  We do have the greatest running game in the league, but for it to be effective, there HAS to be a threat for a pass.

I’m looking forward to the game because I think the Vikings have enough talent to surprise anyone in the league, but if I was completely honest about it, I would still expect the Colts to win.


Madden 09 Predictions: Week 1, Vikings vs Colts

 Hey Vikings fans.  After a day of fighting with YouTube’s upload page, I finally got this week’s Madden prediction ready to go.  Last week’s turned out to be accurate in predicting the winner, and strangely enough, it even predicted that Tarvaris would throw a pick when trying to lead a comeback drive in the fourth quarter.

Here’s this week’s video

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Around the NFL: Random News

Hey Vikings fans.  Let’s take a few minutes to look at some of the happenings around the league.

TOM BRADY IS OUT FOR THE YEAR

I realize that this isn’t news to you guys.  I’m sure that unless you live under a rock you knew this already.  I hated to see it.  I want the NFL to be the best competition possible every single week, and without last year’s MVP, that’s just not happening.  I think the Patriots are still good enough to grab a wildcard spot even without Brady, but of course they were the favorites in the division, if not the conference, with him.

CHAD JOHNSON IS NOW CHAD OCHO CINCO

I LOVE this!  I hate how the NFL is living up to the name of the “No Fun League”.  Johnson figured out a way to get around their rules, by changing his legal name to Chad Ocho Cinco.  Now he can have his nickname on the back of his jersey, just like he wanted to.

T.O. WILL MEET DONOVON McNABB ON MONDAY NIGHT

Even though they’ve not been on the same team for a few years now, and even though they played each other twice last year, this will still be the talk of the media leading up to Monday Night Football, so I thought I’d give my take:  “Uh… who cares”.  There you have it!  I’m sure both of them will be very civil, so it is a non story.

THE TEXANS AND THE RAVENS WILL PLAY MONDAY NIGHT

Because of the hurricane bearing down on the state of Texas, the Sunday game between the Texans and the Ravens will actually be moved to 8:30 Monday night, and it will air in many markets on CBS.  Weird… two Monday Night Football games on different stations.


Notes on weekly features

Hey guys

I just wanted to give a quick heads up to what is happening around here.  I decided that a few of my weekly features are going to be discontinued during the regular season since there is plenty of more important football info to post.

The main features that will go away during the regular season are the Vikings History Lesson, and the Weekly Vikings trivia.  For those of you who might be interested, I will finish up my current series on coaches in the History Lessons over the next 3 weeks, but after that, I think those will become off-season features, so that I can spend my time writing things that are more pertinent to you guys during the regular season.  I will still be posting the player of the week, but the other posts will be replaced with “Around The League” news as well as a few more opinion pieces.


Defensive Player Profile of the Week: Madieu Williams

Hey Vikings fans. Time for another Defensive Player Profile of the week. (I do the offensive players of the week for The Viking Ship at http://vikings.sportsbloggingnetwork.com)

Vikings fans: Meet Madieu Williams

(Career Bio from Wikipedia)

Madieu Mohammed Williams (born October 18, 1981 in Freetown, Sierra Leone) is an American football safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Maryland.

He moved to Lanham, Maryland at age nine, went to DuVal High School in Lanham, Maryland, attended Towson University and the University of Maryland.

After being drafted in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, Williams contributed early by playing in all 16 games. He finished the season with 103 tackles, 11 pass delfections, two sacks, and three interceptions. He returned one of the interceptions for a touchdown.

In 2005, Williams only played in 4 games, missing the other 12 due to injury. He did, however, record 23 tackles and an interception.

In 2006, Williams returned to play all 16 games of the season. He finished the season with 90 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, and three interceptions.

In 2007, injuries again caused Williams to miss three games of the season. He finished up the season with 74 tackles, 7 pass deflections, two sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions. He opened up the season with 10 tackles in the Monday Night Football opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

After spending his first four years with Cincinnati, Williams signed with Minnesota following the 2007 season.

Madieu trains with a athletic group known as The Stable, to whom he has has credited to his success stemming from his freshman year in high school. This is home, and I feel good when I’m working out,” said Williams, who’s headed into his fourth season. It’s a lot of guys that put in a lot of work getting ready for whatever sport that they play. It’s a lot of camaraderie beyond us training.”

The Madieu Williams Foundation, founded in 2005, focuses on health, wellness, nutrition, fitness and education. Through his foundation, Madieu reaches out to youth and teaches them at an early age the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Recently, Madieu Williams was honored by Hall of Famer Franco Harris and Harris’ company, R Super Foods, as their Cincinnati Super MVP. Ironically, R Super Foods honors Madieu’s efforts in health and nutrition with his picture and story on their boxes of Super donuts and Super Buns.

Us Vikings fans haven’t gotten a chance to see Madieu in action wearing the purple and gold yet. He’s probably going to miss a couple more weeks, too. When he comes back, though, I expect good things. He has the reputation of being a great coverage safety, which will help our pass defense quite a bit. I’m looking forward to seeing what he has to offer.