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  1. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    It was a conditional 7th and we don't know what the condition was. It is possible that the condition was him making the opening day 53 man roster. It is also possible that the condition was him being on the 53 man roster still at the end of September, at week 10, at the end of the season, or any other point in time. It could have been conditioned on him taking a certain number of snaps, being on the active 46 for a certain number of games, or something else. We just don't know. So, it is possible the trade cost the Vikings a 7th round pick. It is still possible that they'll bring him back next week and that 7th round pick will prove to be spent well. I don't know.
  2. Our greatest off-season acquisition: Gary Kubiak

    If Stefanski left after the season I could see Kubiak taking the OC job. I could also see him preferring to stay in the background doing what he is doing this year while the title is given to someone else -- perhaps Klint. Gary might like being able to do the parts of the OC job he enjoys while leaving the parts he finds more annoying with the guy with the title.
  3. Wasn't he on a vet minimum contract already before he was cut? It was vet minimum with the $90k signing bonus allowed to still qualify for the veteran minimum salary cap benefit. I would think that his new contract would again be for the vet minimum. It certainly wasn't less but in theory could be more.
  4. I don't know who that guy is, but I listened to about half of that podcast before I couldn't take it any longer. That guy is talking about things for which is he is not well informed. Brandon Dillon's salary for the year was not guaranteed when they kept him on the week 1 roster. DIllon is a rookie. The salary guarantee if on the roster week one only happens for veterans with at least 4 years in the league. When I cut it off he was going on about it costing the team extra to cut Jones before the season and then bring him back. It is a bunch of malarkey. I suggest against taking anything that guy says seriously. This guy either never read the CBA, didn't comprehend what he was reading, or does not remember the key details. Not that anyone remembers it all, but this one does not bother to brush up on the topics before spreading incorrect information. If he wants to be taken seriously he needs to be a lot more careful than that. Whatever the case, he is a poor source of information.
  5. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    Rodgers usually stops the run all by himself when allowed to audible. That said, he is a great QB that can expose any coverage flaws. That is a greater concern with Alexander down. When Rhodes sits out a few plays with a minor ding Rodgers can feast.
  6. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    It is great that he won't have to go on the boomerang IR. This means that the Vikings will be looking somewhere else to make room for Jones when he is officially brought back.
  7. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    The Steelers have taken more than their fair share too.
  8. Week 1 non-Viking games

    Starting for the Rams. He looked a lot better than Jared Goff at the time so I don't think the Rams would have traded him at that point. Goff needed time (mostly he just needed Jeff Fisher to get fired)
  9. Week 1 non-Viking games

    When Brady was injured the deadline for panic trades had not yet passed so I don't know why they had little choice. The timing of his injury wasn't that far removed on the NFL calendar than the Teddy injury. They certainly could have made a panic trade for a QB. You are right that the '99 Rams didn't have a lot of expectations outside their walls. How about the 2003 Raiders though? They were coming off a Super Bowl appearance when Rich Gannon was knocked out for the year before the deadline for panic trades. Or the Eagles the year after being in the Super Bowl turning the rock over to Mike McMahon when Donovan McNabb went down with an injury? Ryan Lindley and Drew Stanton weren't going to cut it for Arizona when there were sky high expectations when Carson Palmer went down. Though to be fair I am not sure whether Palmer's injury was before or after the deadline for a team to make panic trades. But what about the 2011 Colts that had to rule out Manning before week 1 when it was determined that he needed surgery? Their expectations were as high as the Vikings experienced but yet they signed a QB out of retirement rather than backing the truck up to get a mediocre starting QB from some other team. And then there is the more recent cases of the Colts QB retiring just before the season. The '19 colts were favored to win the AFC South but rather than offering a first round pick for an Eli Manning they chose instead to extend their backup, Jacoby Brissett, and roll with him. You'll remember how Brissett got there, it was when the Colts realized late in the preseason that Luck wouldn't be able to go. They made a modest trade for Brissett rather than a panic trade for a more proven commodity. They let Scott Tolzien start their opener before handing the keys over to Brissett. Injuries are common in the NFL. There are lots of examples of various ways teams handle injuries to key players. Not many of those examples resulted in a panic trade of a first round pick for a mediocre QB. But, we do have one example thanks to the Vikings handling of the Teddy Bridgewater injury. Think of that what you want, but do not fool yourself into thinking the Vikings had no choice. They could have brought a guy in out of retirement, like the Colts did with Kerry Collins, that would allow their fans to delude themselves into thinking the train was still going to be able to steam forward full speed (Michael Vick had the name), they could have made a measured trade for a Jacoby Brissett level QB, or they could have rolled with what they had either starting old man Hill or doing their best to rally around Tyler Heinicke to play good football. Personally, I would have rolled with Hill for a few weeks then Heinicke after he came back from his injury but I would have preferred Hill all year or a modest trade (Josh McCown, Mark Sanchez) over trading away the first for Sam Bradford. If the team wanted to base their decision on what the fans would think they could have brought in a brand name like Vick.
  10. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    Yeah, that is tough. I have mostly let go of it and realized that if I am going to die happy I need to find a way to die happy without the Vikings winning the Super Bowl. I'm working on that.
  11. Week 1 non-Viking games

    That is fine. But, it was the wrong move to make and I will continue to acknowledge that. It looked bad to me at the time and looks even worse now. Fans would have accepted Shaun Hill plus whoever they could sign off the street just fine. Nobody was expecting a trade for Bradford when it was announced. We were all bummed when we learned of Teddy's injury and realized what that meant for the season. Fans were accepting of where things were and would not blame the team for Teddy's injury. It wouldn't have been the first promising season that went down the toilet owing to injury. It happens all the time in football. Did the Patriots panic trade for a QB when Tom Brady tore his ACL? No, they went 10-6 with Matt Cassel Did the Rams panic trade for a QB when Trent Green tore his ACL in a preseason game at a time the Rams were primed to have great season? No, even though they just traded Tony Banks away and **** (Richard) Vermeil had never seen Kurt Warner with the first team offense Vermeil said, "We will rally around Kurt Warner, and we'll play good football." And that is what that team did; they won the Super Bowl that year. I did not support the trade at the time. It was a panic trade that I said looked bad right away. That trade looks even worse in hindsight.
  12. Week 1: Falcons (0-0) at VIKINGS (0-0)

    With chatter that people would release Abdullah to make room on the roster, does this along with the special teams snap count cause anyone else to think that Boone may be let go before Abdullah? When it comes to guys in the lower end of the depth chart special teams ability is often more valuable than their ability to backup the position. And now we see Abdullah also being used at the position more often.
  13. Week 2: VIKINGS (1-0) at Packers (1-0)

    You might want to be cautious with this one. I know that most of them don't have much for math skills but one of them may point out that the over 7% of the time they have won the Super bowl in the years since Favre became their starting back is somewhat better than the 0.0% of the time the Vikings won the Super Bowl when they had their hall of fame QB.
  14. I was happy with the special teams units in week 1. It always helps when the other team lets someone come right up the middle to block a punt.
  15. Week 1 non-Viking games

    The NFL wants everyone to feel it is pointless. That will advance the ball towards their goal of eliminating the kickoff by taking away one of the objections to its elimination.