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  1. Vikings Sign Josh Kline

    I hope you are right. We'll see. I'm hoping that Kubiak/Dennison will be able to get some blood out of these turnips!!
  2. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    It's interesting, the Vikings have had a reputation for some time of being risk averse to big free agency contracts and making bold moves in the draft...generally. Some bold moves have occurred over the years and some high ticket free agents have come to Minnesota...but generally those are much more exceptions than rules. Now we have a situation where there is a great amount of risk surrounding the offensive line...leaves me to think, anyway, that being generally risk averse has heightened that amount of risk that is present at this moment. One of those risks is the hope that Elflein and perhaps Kline (if he signs) will bounce back to being mediocre after being terrible last season. All this uncertainty is driving me nuts.
  3. Free ain't free in the NFL...

    It's still not Cousins' fault that he's paid what he's paid. Take the issue up with the Vikings front office who were so desperate for a "franchise" quarterback that they thought a big contract would turn a fair quarterback into a great quarterback. Who knows...it still might happen...a switch in Kirk might flip...but, color me skeptical.
  4. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    I guess the notion of being able to hit on two sure fire starting rookie guards in one draft makes me more than a little concerned. I'm not saying that it couldn't happen, rather, it's highly unlikely.
  5. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    Having never seen Williams, Lindstrom or Bradbury play...and realizing how different line play is between college and pro ball...I am wondering if anyone that is immediately drafted can be considered a day one starter? I think the Vikings really got luck with O'Neill making a solid transformation to pro ball offensive line play...but I'm wondering if he's the exception and not the rule? I really don't know...I haven't watched college football for some years now.
  6. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    Could the Dolphins be preparing to made a deal with Arizona to acquire the number one pick? Or will they give up a 3rd for Josh Rosen?? Hard to figure out what's going on in South Beach!
  7. Watching Keenum, Bradford, and Bridgewater in 2018-19

    Actually, I think Teddy and his team of advisors have played this off season perfectly. Brees most likely will be retired in another year or two. Teddy will likely take the helm of a championship caliber offense, where the nucleus will still be young enough to compete for many years. Gosh, handing off to Kamara, passing to Michael Thomas downfield and Kamara out of the backfield, playing behind one of the better offensive lines...yeah...I wouldn't have signed with Miami either.
  8. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    I am glad that Barr and Griffen are back, but truthfully, they could've been more readily replaced then filling all the holes in the offensive line. I guess what really irritates me is that all the signs have been pointing to the dilemma over linemen for a very long time. I think the problems we have now could've been avoided with recognizing and responding to the need of better talent along the offensive line. It's to the point now that Spielman needs to hit grand slams with every at bat he takes with the draft. His warm up swings aren't look really good.
  9. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    To pry good offensive lineman, not great...just good, from their respective teams means overpaying. "Solid money" only guarantees mediocrity at best. Offensive lineman contracts are quickly going the way of quarterbacks...because good ones are rare...and everybody needs them. "Solid money" won't even make the Vikings competitive for good lineman. You're right, we could've overpaid Saffold or Paradis. That's what it's going to take to improve, unfortunately. It doesn't even appear that the Vikings were serious contenders for either. Let's consider worst case scenario going forward. Suppose Easton signs elsewhere or cannot pass a physical (both are possible)? Suppose also that Elflein doesn't improve over last season...he's just a player that overachieved as a rookie (also possible)? Who will the Vikings play in the interior of the line? Cousins pretty much crumbles when the pressure is coming up the middle and into his face. What are we going to do? Play untested rookies and journeymen free agents is what will happen. It's awfully hard to think that there will be improvement if this is the case.
  10. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    You have much more optimism in the Vikings fielding a competent offensive line than I am. Elflein was a mediocre center his rookie season. However, in the grand scheme of line play in the NFL mediocre is pretty damn good. Yet, since his injury, he's been dreadful. I'm willing to give him another year to see what the team has in him...but the Vikings needs someone competent to back him up. O'Neill had a very good rookie year. Yet, the Vikings have already talked about moving him to the left side of the line with Reiff playing guard. I think that move would be a disaster. There really aren't any guards on the roster presently. Easton is a free agent. If he passes another teams physical, I expect that he will be playing elsewhere. So, this team needs to do a lot in this draft. Two starting guards, possibly a center and a left tackle that can take over for Reiff in the future. And the Vikings still need to find a 3rd receiver, another tight end, another running back, a defensive tackle and a kicker...That's a lot to accomplish in one draft. So, even thought things are tight with the salary cap, you'll pardon some of us having concern that little to no effort has been made to try and improve the line in FA thus far, or in making trades.
  11. Valhalla Villager: News, Rumors and Gossip

    Good move for both sides. I'm glad Everson gets to stay on the team!!
  12. NFL Snooze News: Volume Four, Por Favor

    That would have to be a pretty high draft choice. Johnson alone would not be near the value of Waynes I would think.
  13. Knockin' on Valhalla's Door

    yeah...I think this is a common assumption that I just don't think there's evidence for.
  14. Knockin' on Valhalla's Door

    I think part of the problem is that the Vikings tried to make Kalil a player that he really wasn't. In his rookie year, he played at 290 to 295 pounds. He held his own against some veteran pass rushers. The team wanted him "bigger and stronger." As soon as he started to gain weight, his footwork got slower, putting him out of position. He also began to suffer injury after injury. I wonder what his career could've been had the Vikings allowed him to develop better technique and kept him at his more natural playing weight for his build. I see Kalil as a cautionary example for someone like O'Neill who was able to hold his own using his athleticism and technique more than strength.
  15. Free ain't free in the NFL...

    In my opinion, the quarterbacks (Ponder and Bridgewater) due to their mobility, and still having Peterson, made the line seem better than they really were.