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Link: Brett Favre will spice up a boring offense.

Here’s a quote from me from this blog on July 29th of this year

As much as I’d love Favre on the team, at this point I want it to be over. I’ll admit… if I’m right and Favre signs next week, I’ll get over this feeling, and I’ll probably change my tune, and I’ll be a happy guy.

But for now I can honestly say, for the sake of the Vikings, Brett… stay home.

Well, at least I know myself…. yeah, I was tired of hearing about it, but now that Favre has signed, I’m a happy happy man.

Anyway, I found this article on NFL.com, and I really wanted to share it. It’s about how Favre will immediately impact Minnesota’s offense.

When Brett Favre signed with the New York Jets last year, it took him a good two months before he felt comfortable in his new team’s offensive system. This time around with Minnnesota, it shouldn’t take nearly as long.

Favre knows the Vikings’ offensive terminology inside out and that certainly wasn’t the case with the Jets last year when he arrived in New York on Aug. 6. A quarterback needs to see the play in his mind’s eye when he calls it in the huddle; early in Favre’s Jets season, plays were just words and he often dropped back trying to figure out where people were going.

When he enters the huddle in Minnesota and calls a play in the traditional West Coast language he has used in the previous 17 NFL seasons, he will see the play in his mind’s eye. He will know exactly what every player has to do to make it a success, and his decision-making will lead to a quick release of the ball and far fewer sacks than the Vikings quarterbacks incurred last year (43). And fewer than Favre had in New York (30).

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE.

I thought that article hit the nail on the head. The fact that Favre is comfortable in the West Coast Offense is great. The fact that he will keep defenders honest will help Peterson. The fact that Favre is a master of the screen pass will help both Peterson and Taylor. The fact that he has two down the field threats in Berrian and Harvin will spice up our offense. The fact that Favre loves to throw to Tight Ends, and that we have one of the best in the game (at least since week 3 of last year) is exciting. The fact that Harvin’s versatility and Favre’s ability to read defenses will keep the other teams on their toes is amazing.

Our offense took some giant steps forward today (pending a physical, of course).

The Vikings don’t need Brett Favre to be the savior of the team. Instead they just need someone who can bring out all the talent that the team already has.

Unfortunately, Jackson and Rosenfels just haven’t proven that they have the ability to do that.


Preseason Week 1 Game Recap

Game Recap

Well, we’re one week into the Preseason. The Vikings beat the Colts 13-3 Friday night. Like I mentioned before, winning and losing doesn’t mean much for the preseason, but we did see some important things.

Vikings vs Colts

SAGE ROSENFELS LOOKED GOOD
He went 10 for 13 for 91 yards. He looked sharp and he looked comfortable. I really like how they had him running plays. He was taking a 3 to 5 step drop and getting rid of the ball quickly. They also mixed in a lot of play action. If they keep up this kind of play calling in the regular season, it would take away some of the pressure on the running game, because opposing teams would have to have more guys back in coverage. I really liked what I saw.

OUR STARTING DEFENSE LOOKED GREAT
Of course the Colts were playing a very vanilla game plan, but in the first series, Jared Allen, Ray Edwards, and Fred Evans all had a sack. Peyton Manning was sacked 3 times. He got off 2 passes, and completed 1 of them for 6 yards.

Actually, the defense looked strong all night. Even the reserves were putting pressure on the quarterback. That was nice to see.

OUR SPECIAL TEAMS LOOKED MUCH MUCH BETTER
This one was very important. Our special teams was awful last year. Against the Colts they looked fast and sharp. That gives me tons of hope.

ALBERT YOUNG LOOKED GREAT
Like I said before, Albert Young is not going to be one of those guys that has break away speed and scores a 90 yard TD (although many would say the same about Chester Taylor, and he has a 95 yard TD in his stats), but he’s a good solid runner. Friday night he played great. He was patient and waited for the holes, and as soon as they open he bolted through. He averaged over 4 yards a carry. I think he’s going to make the team, and I think he’s going to contribute as much as a 3rd stringer can. I have to assume he would’ve ran even better if he would’ve had the first stringers blocking for him.

THE FIRST YEAR LINEMEN LOOKED GOOD
First year starting center John Sullivan and rookie right tackle Phil Loadholt played some extra time even after the other starters sat down. Sullivan looked like he’s going to do just fine this year. Loadholt made a couple rookie mistakes, causing Tarvaris Jackson to have to run for his life a time or two, and he had one really bad false start, but I chalk those up to first game jitters. When he was on this game, there’s no way anyone was going to get around him. He’s a LARGE man, and he moves very well.

Other notes….

Tarvaris Jackson did not look good. At all. However, to be fair to him, Sage had a better line and a MUCH better supporting cast around him. Tarvaris spent some time being chased by defenders, and he had receivers that weren’t as experienced. Sage looked much much better, but I’ll reserve my final judgement until next Friday when I see how Tarvaris plays with the starters, and how Sage fairs with the backups.

Percy Harvin didn’t play at all. He had dinged his shoulder up a bit on Wednesday, and the Vikings decided to err on the side of caution. I think that’s just fine.

Bernard Berrian left on a cart, but Coach Childress acted at half time like it wasn’t as serious as it looks. I still haven’t found out the extent of the injury. Hopefully he’ll be fine.

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IT’S GAME TIME: Preseason Week 1 Preview: Vikings at Colts

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THERE IS A VIKINGS GAME TONIGHT!!!!

Man, am I ever pumped up. I went to a Twins game at the dome yesterday (ugh, but they lost), and tonight I get to watch the Vikings on TV. Good times, I tell ya. Gooooooooood Times.

Anyway, sorry about the excitement. Moving on.

Vikings At Colts

Tonight the Vikings will go to Indianapolis to play the Colts for the first preseason game of the year.  Of course when it comes to preseason, winning and losing doesn’t matter very much.  Instead we want to keep an eye on how the returning players have progressed from last year, and how the new players are going to fit in.  Here’s what I’m personally going to be watching for:

HOW SAGE ROSENFELS PLAYS
This  will be the storyline for the first quarter of tonight’s game.  For the first time in quite a long time, the Vikings have a legitimate quarterback battle taking place going into the season.  It was announced that tonight Sage will get the start with the first team, and next week Jackson will get those honors.  Each of them will basically have probably a quarter of football to impress the coaches to try to win the job.  I’m going to guess there will be a lot of passing going on, and hopefully we’ll get a good chance to see how Sage interacts with guys like Berrian, Shiancoe, and Harvin.

WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WILL HARVIN HAVE?
Speaking of Harvin, will the Vikings be able to work him into the offense tonight even though he’ll probably see limited action?  I seriously doubt we’ll see any wildcat formations tonight, as I’m going to guess that if the Vikings decide to use that package they’ll save it for the regular season.  However, I’d love to be wrong, because I think it’d be exciting to get a glimpse of what our guys can do with exotic lineups.

WHICH DB WILL STEP UP?
Will it be Benny Sapp, who has all kinds of athleticism, but not always the greatest head for the game?  Will it be Marcus McCauley who has played in the system for a while and has some valuable game time experience?  Will it be rookie Asher Allen who has been reported as a very aggressive DB who is not afraid to hit hard and take the ball out of receivers hands?

HOW WILL ALBERT YOUNG LOOK?
I don’t know if this one will interest you a lot, but as I’ve pointed out many times, I’m a big fan of Albert Young.  Chip Scoggins said on ACCESS VIKINGS that he was progressing well through training camp.  I’d love to see him become our #3 RB for this year.  To me he could fill the type of role held in the past by Mewelde Moore or Moe Williams… never the kind of backup who is going to step up and take over a game, but instead the kind of guy who you can rely on to fill whatever role he’s needed for.  Albert Young is an up-the-middle type runner who would be usable in short yardage situations.  He can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can return kicks and punts, and he can play special teams.  I hope he makes the roster.

WHAT ABOUT JOHN DAVID BOOTY?
I’m interested in watching Booty play tonight.  I know that he’ll be playing with the third team, because he’s really not in the race for the starting QB position at all, but I really want to see how he’s progressed.  Last year he looked shaky, even playing against 3rd string defenses.  He’s had a whole year of practices now, and he’s most likely more comfortable with the Vikings system.  He should most likely get to play the entire second half tonight, which will be valuable playing time for him.  I’d like to catch a glimpse to see if it looks like a chance that he can be developed into a starting QB someday, or if he’s going to be one of those players that just turns into a solid backup.

Enjoy the game everyone, and HAPPY FOOTBALL SEASON!!!

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The Vikings comment on the WILDCAT

Twincities.com has an article up about the Vikings version of the Wildcat offense (I’ve read that they’re going to call it something different, though.)

It’s an interesting read.  Reporters got some comments from Percy Harvin on the formation.  Check out the article by clicking HERE.

I really can’t wait to watch the Vikings try it out.  I have a feeling they won’t try it much (if at all) during the preseason, because I bet they’re going to hold it off and spring it on some teams during the regular season instead.  I could be wrong about that, though.  But I love the idea of having so much talent on the field at one time, and in a formation that potentially throws the defense off their game a little bit.



Some notes from today’s training camp

Just a quick link that you guys might find interesting. This is some notes from this morning’s practice posted on Vikings.com

A few notes from this morning’s practice before we head out to a 1 hour special teams practice this afternoon…

– Vikings WR Sidney Rice had a nice morning practice today, hauling in a number of catches during various periods and making a great play over a CB down the right sideline. At 6-4, 202 pounds, Rice is a big target with great hands and he’s entering a year that could really be a turning point for him.

– Another Vikings WR, Percy Harvin, also had a great day. He caught deep balls from both Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels today, stirring the Vikings fans in attendance and showcasing his impressive speed.

Click HERE to see the rest of the notes

Two things about these notes made me a happy fan. The first one was the note about Sidney Rice making big plays. Sidney is a potential weapon for the Vikings that so far has been held back by injuries. Sidney has a great work ethic, too, and he wants to do whatever it takes to improve. He spent time before training camp working out with Larry Fitzgerald and Cris Carter. Carter had great things to say about him.

I love it that the writer for the Vikings blog pointed out that he had a great practice, but on Twitter, Sidney said that it was “average” and “not good enough”. I think this will be a big year for Rice.

I also love hearing good things about Percy Harvin. Catching deep balls is a great thing, and something we’ve needed for a few years (although Berrian filled in some of the gaps last year).

But I really think Harvin will bring a lot to the team. I was reading some news earlier about how the Vikings have designed some plays with both Harvin and Adrian Peterson in the backfield at the same time.

Now THAT gets me all sorts of pumped up.


Quick Weekend News: Harvin and Jackson

Percy Harvin signed a five year contract with the Vikings, and he’s already on the field practicing.  He missed two days of camp, but still should have plenty of time to get caught up.  He’s already worked on some kick return drills, and he’s taken some reps as a WR with the FIRST team.

Tarvaris Jackson has a Grade I sprain of his MCL.  He’s day to day, but he’s not practicing today.  Last year he had the same injury during the pre-season, and it kept him out of two games.  Coach Childress is not concerned about the injury, and said Jackson will be fine.


Harvin not at training camp. Possible holdout?

The Vikings first round draft pick Percy Harvin is not yet signed to a contract, and not yet at training camp.

Contract negotiations should be fairly easy at this point, because the people drafted before and after Harvin this past April have both signed a contract.  That usually gives the team a gauge of how much money they’re going to have to pay a rookie.

Mike Florio speculated when writing for ProFootballTalk.com if this was the beginning of a hold out situation.  Had it not been for some issues in his high school days and failing a drug test (marijuana) shortly before the draft, Harvin probably would’ve gone much higher than #22… possibly even top 10.  While it’s not likely that he’ll get top 10 money, he may be holding out for lots of incentives.

He probably also knows that the Vikings had a chunk of change set aside for Favre, and maybe he’s hoping to get some of that.

And, he probably also knows that without Favre, the Vikes will be in need of his talent even more… especially if they plan on mixing in some Wildcat formations.

Part of me understands that a player wants as much as they can get in a contract.  I mean, we all think “Why, they’re millionaires anyway.  What does it matter?!”  But think of it this way… if you thought you deserved an extra $1000 a year on your salary, how bad would you want it?  Even if it’s only gonna give you an extra $20 a week?  To us, a millionaire is a millionaire, but even an extra $1 million a year is just shy of $20,000 a WEEK.  They might be rich already, but that has to sound like big money to anyone. (except maybe Warren Buffett)

But, from a fan’s point of view, the Vikings need to get Percy to camp ASAP.  If what Bevell said earlier in the summer is true, and they really are designing plays specifically with him in mind, then they need to be able to work on those plays as much as possible.

Source:  ProFootballTalk


A look at what Percy Harvin can do

This is an article I found while I was surfing the web.  Basically it’s talking about what Percy Harvin can bring to a team in terms of offensive production.  I’m going to let the article do all the explaining, and I’ll just say that when I read stuff like this, it makes me excited to see the Vikings offense this year.

Read the article HERE


Web find: An open letter to Minnesota Vikings fans

I thought this was an exciting thing to read, so I thought I’d pass it on.  It’s an open letter posted on CBS Sports from a Florida Gators fan to all Minnesota Vikings fans.

Written by James Brown, Gatorsfirst.com Co-Founder

This letter is to ensure you realize the joy you are about to experience watching Percy Harvin these coming years. He is leaving our Gator-centric world and entering yours, and if you feel anything but giddy, I am here to let you in on what you’re about to receive.

Percy Harvin is a fantastically talented player. And any ‘character issues’ the draft talking heads have been feeding you are complete fabrication.

Florida fans used to be frustrated with Dan Mullen. They thought his offense was too predictable, either the Harvin or Tim Tebow show. The truth is, if the offense was getting stale, and needed a play, we needed the ball in Percy Harvin’s hands. He’d run that deadly counter (just ask South Carolina, first vid, or Arkansas, second vid), or take a direct snap. The guy is a game changer.

Be sure to read the rest of the letter HERE


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