Weekly Vikings Trivia

 

 

It’s time again for the weekly installment of Vikings trivia, so get your brain ready to be flooded with semi-useless football knowledge.  (Go ahead and forget all that Math and Science stuff if you need to make room)

 

 

 

Defensive Lineman Jim Marshall once scored a touchdown for the opposition by recovering a fumble and running the wrong way, earning him the nickname “Wrong Way Marshall”

 

 

 Hall of Famer Alan Page became a Judge after he retired from football

 

 

The Vikings were the first NFL team to win their very first game, beating the Chicago Bears in 1961

 

 

The Vikings were the first team to play in four Super Bowls.  Unfortunately they were also the first team to lose four Super Bowls.

 

 

The 1998 Vikings were the first team to only lose 1 game during a season and NOT play in the Super Bowl that year.

 


Defensive Player Profile of the Week: Darren Sharper

It’s time again for another player profile (for the offensive player of the week go to http://vikings.sportsbloggingnetwork.com)

Vikings fans, meet Darren Sharper!

Darren Sharper is currently one of the most important pieces of the Minnesota Vikings defense.  He is a leader on and off the field, and considered by many to be one of the best safeties playing the game.

Sharper played college ball at William & Mary.  While he was there he earned All-America honors twice and was named first-Team All-Yankee Conference three times, and he was the Yankee Conference defensive player of the year during his senior year.  He holds the school record in interceptions and in punt return yards, and he holds the I-AA record in interception return yardage.

He was drafted in 1997 by the Green Bay Packers.  He played in Green Bay for 8 years, forming a feared defensive backfield along side cornerback Al Harris.

When the Packers released him in 2005, he signed with division rival Minnesota.  His first year with the Vikings he led the league in interceptions with 9, and was voted to his 3rd Pro Bowl appearance.  He continues to be a strong presence in the Vikings backfield, and in 2007 he was voted to the Pro Bowl for his fourth time.   He is one of only 22 players in NFL history to have 50 career interceptions.


Daunte Culpepper still waiting for a job

Former Minnesota Vikings Quarterback Daunte Culpepper is still looking for a job for the upcoming NFL season.  (news link) He’s had tryouts so far with the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He turned down the Packers job because he felt like there was too much drama coming (it was before Brett Favre was traded).  He turned down the Steelers because they offered him the league minimum (and he probably would’ve been a 3rd stringer).

Unfortunately for Daunte Culpepper, lots of people see Ego before Talent when they look at him.

Personally, I think Daunte is a talented quarterback, and a couple years ago I was probably among his biggest fans.  Unfortunately for him, ego took over in a huge way.  Here was a quarterback who was struggling during his first season without Randy Moss (he started at 2-5) before he injured his knee, and he chooses that off-season to demand more money?  Then he practically refuses to come to Minneapolis to meet with the newly hired Brad Childress, instead dragging Childress down to Florida so they can check his progress in a parking lot?  This is the same guy that thanked the person that tackled him when the injury occurred, saying if it hadn’t been for the injury, he would’ve still been stuck in Minnesota.

This same Daunte Culpepper actually contacted the Vikings during the off-season about a potential job.  He claims now that there were never hard feelings between him and the organization, that it was all a series of misunderstandings between the two parties.

Somehow, I don’t think Vikings fans would’ve accepted that.  Not many in Minnesota would take Daunte back willingly.

…and this was a man that most of them idolized just a few short years ago.


Weekly History Lesson: The Vikings Coaching History part 1

 

Good morning, Class.  For the next several weeks we will look at the Minnesota Vikings head coaches.  In the 47 years that the Vikings have been an NFL franchise, there have only been 7 coaches to lead the team.  We’ll briefly look at one a week until we go through all seven.

 

Norm Van Brocklin

 

The very first coach in Vikings history was Norm Van Brocklin.  He coached the Vikings from their first year in the league, 1961, through the 1966 season.

 

Van Brocklin served in the United States Navy from 1943 – 1945 before starting his career as a college football player.  He played quarterback for the Oregon Ducks, leading them to a tie for the Pac-10 Title in 1948.  That year he came in sixth in Heisman voting.

 

Norm was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL in the fourth round of the 1949 draft.  In 1950, he became half of a unique two-quarterback system that led the Rams to a then NFL record of 466 points.  He and fellow quarterback Bob Waterfield were number 1 and 2 in passer rating in the NFL that year, as well.

 

During his 12 year career, Van Brocklin led two different teams (the Rams and the Eagles) to NFL Championships.  His Eagles were the only team to beat the Packers in championship games while Lombardi was their coach.  He was selected to the Pro Bowl 9 times, led the NFL in passing 3 times, and even led the league in punting twice.

 

Norm Van Brocklin started his coaching career by becoming the head coach of the brand new Minnesota Vikings in 1961.  He guided the team to a victory in their first game with the help of flashy rookie quarterback Fran Tarkenton.  His relationship with Tarkenton wasn’t strong, however, and a feud between the two led to Tarkenton being traded to the New York Giants, and Van Brocklin resigning as head coach in 1967.

 

His record as a Vikings coach was 29-51-4

 

 


Saturday’s Game

Well, there was some good, and some bad.

Good News:  Tarvaris Jackson still looks good.  7 for 11 for 82 yards, a TD, and no picks.  Nice outing by Jackson

Bad News:  T-Jack sprained his MCL during the first quarter.  It’s not a serious injury, and he should be fine by the season opener, but he’ll likely miss the third pre-season game, which is when most of the starters get their most extensive work.

Good News:  Gus Frerotte looked good with the first team offense.  He threw for slightly less than 50%, which isn’t good by itself, but his throws were sharp, and he moved the ball and got a TD.

Bad News:  The first team run defense looked weak.  Ray Rice ran all over them.

Good News:  Jared Allen has arrived.  2 sacks, and it should’ve been 3, but former Heisman winner Troy Smith managed to elude him at the last second.

Bad News:  Bollinger and Booty continue to struggle.  I don’t want to be worried about Jackson’s injury status, but it would be nice to have some depth at the QB position.  It would be nice if the Vikings could keep Booty, because he’s a work in progress, but at the same time Bollinger offers some experience… but after these first couple pre-season games, neither look like a great option to have to actually put into a game situation.

All in all, though, I was happy with the outcome.  Oh, and the Vikings held on late to get the win, so even though the final score doesn’t matter too much in the pre-season, that’s a nice bonus!


Pre-Game Thoughts: Vikings vs. Ravens

So tomorrow night (Saturday, August 16) the Vikings will play their second pre-season game, this time matching up against the Baltimore Ravens.

I’m hoping to see more of the same from the first team offense.  I’d like to see T-Jack come out and get a few big throws.  Mostly I want the Vikings to establish the mindset with the rest of the league that Jackson can throw when he needs to, and they always need to worry about that.  The running game is obviously our strength, but without the threat of the pass, the run will become too obvious and easy to stop.

I’d certainly like to see more from the defense.  They didn’t look good at all last week.  A sack or two by Jared Allen wouldn’t hurt!  🙂

…and of course I’d like to see Albert Young lead the team in receiving yards again.  🙂

I’ll post post-game thoughts either tomorrow night or Sunday afternoon

Until Then

-The Jazzy One


Weekly Vikings Trivia

 

 

Time for some more Vikings Trivia!

 

 

 

In 1984 Jan Stenerud kicked a 54 yard field goal, the longest in Viking history

 

In 1971, Defensive Lineman Alan Page became the first defensive player ever to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award.

 

When Fran Tarkenton retired after 1978 he held the NFL records for passing attempts, passing completions, total passing yards, and passing touchdowns.

 

The first touchdown scored in the Metrodome was a pass from Tommy Kramer to Joe Senser in a pre-season game

 

During the 1998 season the Vikings never scored fewer than 24 points in any of their games.


Defensive Player Profile of the Week: Pat Williams

Hello Vikings fans.  It’s time for another defensive player profile of the week.

Vikings fans, meet Pat Williams.

Patrick Williams was born on October 24, 1972 in Monroe, Louisiana.  Believe it or not, “Big Pat” Williams, at 5’8″ and 160 pounds, played kicker/punter for his high school team as a freshman.  When he broke his leg and put on 80 pounds over the next year, he was moved to defensive tackle where he’s excelled ever since.

He went to college at Texas A&M, but was not drafted into the NFL.  As a rookie, he signed a free agent contract with the Buffalo Bills in 1998.  He played with them until 2005.  In 2006 he signed with the Minnesota Vikings, and instantly became part of one of the most dominating defensive tackle duos in football lining up next to Kevin Williams.  Dubbed the “Williams Wall” or the “Williams Wrecking Crew”, the two of them have led the Vikings to a #1 ranked rushing defensive for the past two years.

Pat has been to the ProBowl twice, and with the way things are looking for the Minnesota lineman, it would not be surprising at all to see him back a few more times.


Cast your vote, Vikings fans!

Hey everyone. I’m just curious as to how you guys think the Vikings offense will do this year. Fill out the polls, then feel free to leave comments, too.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys think


Vikings Injury Update

The Vikings defense is getting off to a rough start this year.

Heath Farwell, special teams expert and backup linebacker, tore his ACL in last Friday’s pre-season game against the Seahawks.  He will be out for the season.  This definitely hurts our special teams.  Farwell was considered the Special Teams MVP last year by teammates.  The secondary effect of this injury, though, will be the fact that we will lose some depth at linebacker.  Farwell probably would’ve seen decent amounts of playing time as he rested Chad Greenway.

Jayme Mitchell also tore his ACL, and will also be out for the season.  Mitchell was the second string defensive lineman behind Ray Edwards, so losing him will affect our depth chart.  Last season Mitchell had 1 sack and 8 tackles coming off the bench for Minnesota.  He probably would’ve gotten more playing time this year than he did last season.

Brian Robison had minor surgery on his leg.  He hopes to be back by the season opener, but there’s a chance he’d even make it back before the final pre-season game.  Robison is currently 2nd in line behind new-comer Jared Allen.  Robison is someone who I expect to turn into a great defensive end in a couple of years.  I think he’s a great pass rusher, and as soon as he gets a better grasp on some of the other aspects of the game, he’s going to be a monster.  Hopefully missing the end of the pre-season won’t slow him down too much.

Maddieu Williams, the starting safety and one of the huge off-season acquisitions for the Vikings, is fighting with some neck problems, and it came out that he may miss the next 6 weeks.  If that’s the case, he will be out for the first 3 weeks of the season.  Obviously losing a starter is always bad news.

None of these losses are good for the Vikings, but I’m especially worried about the loss of Williams.  I’m afraid the Vikings secondary could use all the help they can get.