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Everything posted by babababa

  1. Unless this team completely flops next year Zimmer will deservedly be back Barring a draft that sees poor returns from the 1st day picks, the Vikings will be back in the playoffs IMO. I don't know if we'll be so successful come the playoffs, but the hope is to improved enough to be in the Super Bowl in 2021. Re-signing Cousins was a good move. He earned my respect last season and a few more years heading the offense seems right. Re-sign Cook obviously. The secondary is the biggest concern right now. I like Mike Hughes, but he was completely destroyed by Amari Cooper last year.
  2. Everybody here likes to comment on his injury history, but last year he was #4 in the league in total carries. He only missed one full game due to his shoulder needing some rest -- the other game (Chicago) all of the starters rested. In other words he proved he could carry a full load. Most running backs get a little dinged up at some point during the season -- so anybody applying the injury thing to him last year is full of spin. He came back for the playoff games. I would rest him more going forward though. He doesn't need to be #4 in the league if you have a reliable back-up like Mattison.
  3. Given that Reiff is still able to play LT effectively, I don't know that LT is addressed this year in the 1st. That said nobody would cry if the team traded up for Becton or Wirfs. Maybe a trade-up for UT Javon Kinlaw or one of the OT prospects (if one falls a bit) would be a good move. Personally I'd go after Kinlaw. If Griffen doesn't come back, we might use one of the 1st rd picks at DE.
  4. Cook falls right below Aaron Jones ($11.9M) in terms of valuation at $10.8M -- again: https://overthecap.com/player/dalvin-cook/5627/
  5. Says You... https://overthecap.com/player/dalvin-cook/5627/
  6. That depends. The Vikings went 4-2 in the games he played in Nov-Dec missing the final 2 games due to injury. In 2 of those other games he was limited due to that injury. He still carried the ball 287 times last season (#4) which proves that he was dependable until late in the year when he missed time. Aaron Jones also finished the year at 4.5 but had several games under 4 ypc. He also wasn't asked to carry the ball as much as Cook was at only 236 attempts. Nobody is doubting him. Should we ask Packer fans if he's worth an extension? https://packerswire.usatoday.com/2020/02/28/repo
  7. You mean 4.5 ypc. You could cherry pick games all you want for any other skill player too, but don't rewrite the end of the day statistic to fit your spin. I don't know why your'e underwhelmed considering -- again #7 in yards from scrimmage while being asked to carry the ball as much as he was. Being slowed down in the 2nd half of the season while still rushing for 4.5 and #7 overall yards from scrimmage just goes to show how great he was for most of the year.
  8. This guy wants to be a Viking so let's see if they can get a good deal done.
  9. He was #4 in rushing attempts and #7 in yards from scrimmage last season. Wait to see how much they're offering him before hating the move as he's obviously worth extending.
  10. They were close. Losing to the 49ers who went to the Super Bowl makes you close to a SB team. The 49ers could have won it all the way they were able to run the ball -- and they forgot to do that against the Chiefs. I agree/admit that the team may take a slight step back this season, but hopefully will still make the playoffs. In 2 years from now the team may be in a position to win it all. If not then yes -- probably blow it all up. It would be a good time to do so given Cousins' contract length. If you blow it all up now we're looking at 5+ years to get back into real playoff conten
  11. The team isn't starting over -- just retooling. The youth movement is the retooling due to finances. You don't hit the panic button and blow it all up just because of ONLY A FEW issues when you just lost to the team that went to the Super Bowl. These issues can still be addressed. I don't see why the Vikings can't make the playoffs this year. This team still has a lot of good players.
  12. Why should they change when what they're running is working? Losing to the 49ers in the Divisional last year isn't a mark of shame. They are a good team, and they don't have to adapt to any one good player. Their "antiquated" scheme was successful. Sorry that bothered you so much.
  13. The man wanted out. If he wants out he shouldn't be made to stay. It's not like the Vikings just traded him to get some picks like some on here advocated for Cook. You trade the guys who want out and try to keep the guys who want to stay. The pundits seem to think it was good compensation.
  14. Matt Stafford at 7-56 .111% ...the highest paid -- longest lasting loser ever.
  15. My mistake. Thanks for correcting me. Well if the team feels comfortable switching him and moving on from Reiff so be it, but they would then need an RT and 1-2 new guards.
  16. @Virginia Viking -- A couple things here: I don't also don't believe this team should mess with the OT situation. Reiff plays a position that isn't easy to find a guy who can readily replace him. Footwork is extremely important to the position, and expecting O'Neil to be adept at being just as coordinated setting up pass protection from the left side without growing pains is wishful thinking. And who is to say he would ever be as effective on the left. If there was an excellent LT available for a cheap price every team on the market would want him. I think guard-play can be upgraded
  17. Warren Moon had a few good years and so did Culpepper. Cunningham in 98 was also great. I thought Cousins was surprisingly very good this season. Like Culpepper he likes to fumble the ball, but other than that he was deadly at points and it would be worth it to extend the guy. I wish the team could draft a 1st round QB and have the guy pan out, but it's hard to bank on that and expect the play to be at a level higher than Cousins is playing right now. With Cook, I've already argued that I would extend him so long as he's not looking to break the bank. I think he would honor his roo
  18. Congrats on finding a couple of plays where the 49ers had to pass the ball aside from their final possession down by 11. The possession after the one you're referring to -- the 49ers had a 5 yard run on 1st and chose to pass the next 2 downs going 3 and out. Even when they were down by 4 points they had the ball at mid-field with 3 timeouts and decided to pass it out of the shotgun 4 straight times. With half a field to work with and 1:49 left with 3 timeouts? They had plenty of time to mix in the run while eating up the clock to score the winning TD. Hindsight is 2020, but the 49ers got away
  19. If the 49ers would have continued to run the ball it would have probably been a different story. Just ask Tyrann Mathieu. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/02/02/tyrann-mathieu-was-grateful-when-49ers-started-to-throw-the-ball/
  20. Because if I'm a quality FA running back I'm not going to sign with the Vikings knowing how you just did Cook and your general attitude regarding running backs -- "shrewd" and "just business" -- making them expendable. Players don't like being used. They like making their own moves. And if you want to encourage a player to fight for you, to work hard, to win a superbowl, you don't want something like this to hit the locker room: https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2859771-lions-darius-slay-says-nobodys-safe-after-quandre-diggs-trade-to-seahawks https://www.prideofdetroit.com/20
  21. Dolmonite, It's great that you want to win football games, who doesn't. I'm sure if you tried these analytics 10 years ago the script would be different. I argue that trends and philosophies change in the league and bucking the trend can yield good results because everyone has adapted to defend the pass more which can lead to gains for a team attempting create a strong run game. Teams in the playoffs this year have preferred to run the football, so are they wrong? Maybe this will be the new trend and analytics will shift and begin to reflect this. If you're tired of hearing it fro
  22. This piece does not address the physical toll a running game takes on an opposing offense at all. It also doesn't take into account time of possession over the course of the game in its study about whether time of possession or field position determines points scored on the subsequent possession: "There's a very common thought that a good running game keeps a defense fresh, and when a defense is fresh, it performs at a higher level. But that's been debunked by Ben Baldwin." No it wasn't. That wasn't the point of the Baldwin study. A determination whether field position on a sin
  23. That's great that you think Mattison can pick up the slack. I thought he was very good this year. Most teams have 2 competent backs. I think your opinion about runningbacks individually not adding value is unfounded. Cook has some injury concerns, yes. He held up pretty well this year though. If you believe Cook didn't make a difference for this offense this year I don't know what more I can tell you. Players don't like being moved around by the way. The Lions moved their starting safety in the middle of the season and it looked like their defense was ready to riot. You ca
  24. No nothing personal at all. John Randle is by far my favorite all time player by the way. I've wished for another John Randle ever since he retired, and there just hasn't been one on any team since. I'd get so fired up watching him play every snap. I actually like your assessment for the most part. I just felt like I wasn't seeing the love toward Cook here this week after reading several threads (and it got me thinking that people are overlooking the fact that a deal could really actually get done. Just keep visualizing that instead of thinking we need to trade him because we can't see t
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