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    Minniman

    Vikings make Rudolph the 5th highest paid tight end

    That Pro Bowl MVP award paid off in spades.

    Minniman Today, 06:52 PM Go to last post
    Minniman

    Kluwe to sue Vikings

    Could be, but we do not know that. That is, unless you have some inside information or have the full report in your hand.

    Good punters

    Minniman Today, 06:45 PM Go to last post
    midgensa

    My new predictions

    Figured with ESPN updating their 53-man I would update mine ...

    Never too early to predict the 53-man squad!

    Here is where

    midgensa Today, 03:38 PM Go to last post
    kingpin9995

    Kluwe to sue Vikings

    The difference is Birk did not feel the need to find every radio talk show on earth day after day to belt it out. He was asked his opinion and gave it.

    kingpin9995 Today, 03:30 PM Go to last post
  • Vikings Announce Extension With C John Sullivan

    The Minnesota Vikings and John Sullivan, 26, have agreed to a contract
    extension. The 4th-year center joined the Vikings organization as a
    6th-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2008. Sullivan became the starting
    center in 2009 and has appeared in 58 games, making 42 starts. The
    Connecticut native has helped the 2011 Vikings rank 4th in the NFL in
    rushing through 14 weeks of play.

    "John embodies a true Minnesota Viking, on and off the field. He is a
    valuable member to our team and a key part of our future. This is a big
    moment for John, and the Minnesota Vikings, we are very pleased a deal has
    been reached." - Mark Wilf

    "Over the last 4 years, John has contributed in countless ways to the Vikings
    organization. He has been very active in the community along with being a
    key member along our offensive line. John is a bright young man and we are
    fortunate to have him in the Vikings organization." - Zygi Wilf

    "We are very excited about the future of John Sullivan. He has quickly become
    a leader among the offensive linemen. John is having an outstanding 2011
    season and he is a big part of why our rushing attack is near the top in the
    NFL. We are thrilled about having John as a member of the Minnesota Vikings
    for years to come." - Head Coach Leslie Frazier
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Marrdro's Avatar
      Marrdro -
      I have been very suprised by his play this year. Going into the FA period/draft I was 100% convinced they would come out of it with a C that wasn't a ZB'ing guy to replace him and was pretty vocal about how dumb I thought the staff was for messing that up.Still on the fence, but I think he has been the most solid player on the OL this year, for what thats worth.
    1. Marrdro's Avatar
      Marrdro -
      Thanks for the read my friend. Comment added.
    1. NodakPaul's Avatar
      NodakPaul -
      I have to agree that Sulli has been the best member of our OL this year. Unfortunately that is like saying he is the shiniest turd in the pile. Hopefully he will be able to help anchor some of the OL additions we are going to get in the offseason and draft.

      My honest expectation is that we will draft Kahlil for LT and then draft the best OL available in the third round. If it is a T, then Loadholt will move inside.
    1. Marrdro's Avatar
      Marrdro -
      Quote Originally Posted by NodakPaul View Post
      I have to agree that Sulli has been the best member of our OL this year. Unfortunately that is like saying he is the shiniest turd in the pile. Hopefully he will be able to help anchor some of the OL additions we are going to get in the offseason and draft.

      My honest expectation is that we will draft Kahlil for LT and then draft the best OL available in the third round. If it is a T, then Loadholt will move inside.
      How ya been my friend.

      I think you have to go FA LT instead of drafting someone. That would almost gaurantee that you could fix 3 line positions.

      Was listening to a guy on Sirius talk about Charlie J and he was saying that he is really better suited to play RG, possibly even LG at this level. By bringing in a Vet LT, you could move him (Charlie) to RG (Herrera is hurt way to much to rely on him) and would give Hutch a better guy on his left side which could extend his career possibly one more year. Then all you have to do is find a OL coach who can actually work with Load to help him with some of the issues he's been having this year.
    1. NodakPaul's Avatar
      NodakPaul -
      Quote Originally Posted by Marrdro View Post
      How ya been my friend.

      I think you have to go FA LT instead of drafting someone. That would almost gaurantee that you could fix 3 line positions.

      Was listening to a guy on Sirius talk about Charlie J and he was saying that he is really better suited to play RG, possibly even LG at this level. By bringing in a Vet LT, you could move him (Charlie) to RG (Herrera is hurt way to much to rely on him) and would give Hutch a better guy on his left side which could extend his career possibly one more year. Then all you have to do is find a OL coach who can actually work with Load to help him with some of the issues he's been having this year.
      Unless some LT shows up for training camp 50 lbs overweight, there just aren't going to be any decent ones available. LT is a position that you simply don't see movement on. I do think that Johnson will move inside regardless, even if just a depth position.

      Loadholt I am not sure about. I want to believe, but he has regressed significantly.

      P.S. Glad you're still alive.
    1. Marrdro's Avatar
      Marrdro -
      Quote Originally Posted by NodakPaul View Post
      Unless some LT shows up for training camp 50 lbs overweight, there just aren't going to be any decent ones available. LT is a position that you simply don't see movement on. I do think that Johnson will move inside regardless, even if just a depth position.

      Loadholt I am not sure about. I want to believe, but he has regressed significantly.

      P.S. Glad you're still alive.
      I watched ole Big Mac about as much as I watched Matt last night. Sad to see Matt gettting laid out like that but BM didn't do so bad. I think this is one of the bad mistakes Leslie/staff made right next to paying Berrian not to run 8 and 9 routes.

      They can/could be replaced, but do it when your ready and have a plan.

      As to Load, I use him as one of my prime examples of how poor our coaching staff is. Man has he regressed. Some of that could be attributed to RG rotations, but not that much.

      We really need to figure out what blocking scheme and stick with it instead of trying to run 4 versions. OL looks completely confused, especially Hutch and that is saying something.
    1. Purple Floyd's Avatar
      Purple Floyd -
      Were you watching when they said that Birk was the best Center in the AFC East?
    1. singersp's Avatar
      singersp -
      Well if they're locking up Sullivan as our center I guess that pretty much sets the tone as to how the Vikings OL issues will be addressed next year.

      Don't be setting your hopes for playoffs next year.
    1. Marrdro's Avatar
      Marrdro -
      Quote Originally Posted by Purple Floyd View Post
      Were you watching when they said that Birk was the best Center in the AFC East?
      I must have missed that. Was it after or before he was pancaked 3 times in a row in the first quarter? Maybe it was after the 5th time the delayed blitz got to the QB (While he was helping out the G who didn't need help), about mid way through the second quarter.

      Take alook at the stat lines for offensive lines on NFL stats. Pay close attention to QB hits. I do remember the announcer talking at length about how the Ravens fans being on Flacco for having another poor year, but then pointing out how many times Flacco gets hit. Last point he made was how the sack total would be higher if Flacco wasn't so good at getting rid of it.