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Open Letter to Visanthe Shiancoe

Dear Visanthe Shiancoe

Let me be the first to congratulate you on your trip to the Pro Bowl in February 2010. You deserved (or rather, will deserve) it!

I will admit that I was one of the fans that was hard on you early in your Vikings career. In fact, I remember sitting in the Metrodome for week 3 of the 2008 season. You had just dropped a pass in the first half from new starting QB Gus Frerotte against the Carolina Panthers, and I was contemplating the article I was going to write in this blog about how the Vikings need to bench you in favor for more playing time for Mills and Kleinsasser.

Then in the second half you made a big catch… for a TD if I recall, and I decided “Okay, I’m going to give him another week. But next time he has a bad game, I’m writing the article.”

To be completely honest, I was sure, in all of my football knowledge, that that article was going to come the next week.

It didn’t.

In fact, it didn’t come at all. Why? Because you didn’t have any bad games. You never showed traces again of being, what my oh-so-humble football mind considered a “bad, unreliable tight end”. In fact, you went the completely opposite direction, and you became a GREAT tight end. You became the kind of player that was incredibly reliable. Anything thrown in your direction was caught. You could get tough yards after the catch. You were the dream teammate for any quarterback. The ultimate insurance policy.


Well, now you have a great quarterback to throw to you. No offense intended toward Tarvaris Jackson, Gus Frerotte, Sage Rosenfels, or any other quarterback who has or might have thrown you the ball, but for the first time in your time with the Minnesota Vikings, you have a quarterback who other teams are going to have to respect. A quarterback who has the ability to spread the ball around, to go deep, and to hurt other teams through the air. You have a quarterback who has never thrown less than 3,000 yards as a starter… something that the Vikings haven’t seen since 2004 (before you were in Minnesota). And you have great wide receivers and great running backs that are going to take a lot of attention from the teams that you’re playing against. I have a hunch that when teams have to consider defending against Adrian Peterson at the same time they have to watch Brett Favre and make sure they’re covering Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, and Sidney Rice that sometimes they’re going to (very very foolishly) underestimate you. I have a hunch that you are going to face coverage that is inadequate to stop you. I have a hunch you’re going to take advantage of that. I have a hunch that you’re going to become a favorite target of Mr. Favre.

You’re going to have a big year this year. It’s going to be very plain for NFL fans to see that you’re a premiere tight end in the National Football League. Because of guys like Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor, Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, and Sidney Rice, you are going to be an absolute nightmare for teams to play against. Those teams won’t be able to give you the defensive attention that you deserve, and I have no doubt you’ll make them pay for that.

I was completely, totally, and utterly wrong in my assessment of your football skills, and I’ve never been happier about being wrong in my life!

So again, congratulations on your trip to the Pro Bowl. You deserve it!

The Jazzy One – Jason Hannah

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, 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).


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.

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

Game Preview


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:

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.

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.

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?

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.

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!!!