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    Moss trade looking good for vikings

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-0609200219sep20,1,5802515.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

    Nice article from the Chicago Tribune
    ...Rodgers had to hold on the ball longer, giving players like Jared "I am completely insane and will literally eat your children" Allen time to sack Rodgers again.And again. And again. Actually I think Rodgers may have nightmares about Jared Allen the rest of the year.

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    Re: Moss trade looking good for vikings

    Can't get into it. Yo have to register and I don't want to do that for one article.
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    Re: Moss trade looking good for vikings

    Tark there is another thread about this subject that is called I'll take Nap Harris and T Williamson over Moss.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Re: Moss trade looking good for vikings

    same here, so what does it say
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    Re: Moss trade looking good for vikings

    Here ya go

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    Moss deal looking good for Vikings
    WR Williamson, ex-NU star Harris help team to 2-0 start

    Don Pierson
    Published September 20, 2006


    MINNEAPOLIS -- The Bears will see Randy Moss jerseys scattered everywhere at the Metrodome on Sunday except on the field, where they finally will see some results of the Randy Moss trade.

    It has taken more than a year for receiver Troy Williamson and linebacker Napoleon Harris to make their presence offset the absence of Moss even a little bit. Although there aren't many Williamson and Harris jersey sightings among Vikings fans, the trade no longer looks so lopsided.

    The Vikings are 2-0, thanks in large part to new leading receiver Williamson and new middle linebacker Harris, who led the team in tackles and had one monster sack in Sunday's 16-13 victory over Carolina.

    Williamson was their choice last year with the seventh overall pick obtained from the Oakland Raiders for Moss. Harris was the "throw-in" player from Northwestern and Thornton High School who tried in vain to fit in at strong-side linebacker.

    It was awkward for Harris, who heard "Napoleon Who?" everywhere he turned. How could the Vikings give up one of the league's great players for an unknown draft choice and an unknown linebacker?

    Williamson caught only 24 passes and Harris made just 24 tackles last season. After two games this year, Williamson has 10 catches for an 18-yard average and Harris has 13 tackles. He had 10 against Carolina plus one quarterback sack for 7 yards when the Panthers were on the 1-yard line ready to boost their 10-6 lead.

    "It was just formation recognition," Harris said. "We saw on tape the play they were going to run and we communicated it among ourselves. I said, `Cover me up, I'm going.'"

    Harris played mostly the middle in Oakland and is most effective as a blitzer, so his role in Minnesota fits. It helps that his position coach in Oakland, former Bears tight end and 1974 Brian Piccolo Award winner Fred Pagac, is Minnesota's linebackers coach.

    "I definitely feel like I have a lot of freedom in the middle," Harris said.

    He also benefits from playing behind a front four anchored by stout tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams.

    "When we have good pressure up front with our front four, that has allowed me to play better," he said.

    At strong-side linebacker last season, Harris said it was "like trying to write with your left hand if you're right-handed."

    Kevin Williams, the Vikings' version of the Bears' Tommie Harris and the Lions' Shaun Rogers in Tampa's "Cover 2" defense, is impressed with Harris: "He's the captain of our defense. He's playing the way he is supposed to."

    Last year Williamson was trying to fit into an offense that featured Nate Burleson. This summer the Vikings believed Koren Robinson would be the go-to guy until a run-in with the law got him fired. He's now serving as a poster boy for the Packers desperation while Williamson has blossomed.

    In the Vikings' opener at Washington, quarterback Brad Johnson kept throwing at the speedy, open Williamson even though he dropped almost as many passes (three) as he caught (four). Against Carolina, Williamson caught six for 102 yards, including a 30-yarder in overtime that helped set up the winning field goal.

    "People were down on him about his drops and he had a great week of practice, had a smile on his face all week," Johnson said. "As the game went on, we really kind of leaned on him and he made a bunch of big plays for us, especially at the end making the play of the day on the drag route."

    Harris and Williamson are part of a makeover so extensive that many Vikings starters don't even realize they are wearing a newly designed uniform. In the last two seasons, the Vikings have added 12 starters, plus star kicker Ryan Longwell, from 11 different teams.

    Half arrived under former coach Mike Tice and half under new coach Brad Childress.

    For 2005 Tice brought in Harris from the Raiders, Johnson from the Buccaneers, Pat Williams from the Bills to join 2004 cornerback Antoine Winfield from the Bills, safety Darren Sharper from the Packers, cornerback Fred Smoot from the Redskins and receiver Travis Taylor from the Ravens.

    Childress added Longwell from Green Bay, linebacker Ben Leber from the Chargers, safety Dwight Smith from the Saints, guards Steve Hutchinson from Seattle and Artis Hicks from the Eagles, running back Chester Taylor from the Ravens and fullback Tony Richardson from the Chiefs.

    Receiver Marcus Robinson came in 2004 from the Ravens by way of the Bears. Bears pro personnel director Bobby DePaul suspects Robinson may still be the Vikings' best receiver, although he has caught only one pass, a 20-yarder for their only TD of the season by a wideout.

    Robinson has seen the dramatic transition in personnel and believes it could be an advantage for so many new faces to arrive at once. In essence, with so many new people, nobody has to worry about fitting in because everybody is fitting in.

    "We have a great group of guys who have bought into a system and are willing to play as a team, just like New England," Robinson said. "They really don't have big names on that team, just a group of guys who buy into a system."

    The Vikings have better offensive and defensive balance than either the Packers or Lions, which makes them the Bears' strongest rival in the NFC North.

    "People always counted the Vikings out even when they had Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss," Robinson said. "These days you never know who's going to be on top. That young guy last year may blossom this year. You don't know who's going to be the contenders."

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    Re: Moss trade looking good for vikings

    This is the same old stuff being discussed in the other thread.
    The Mpls media stole the idea from PP.O then the Chicago media stole it from the Mpls media.
    Don't believe me?
    Look at the dates of the origination of the other thread and the subsequent articles.
    Coincidence?
    I think not.

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    Re: Moss trade looking good for vikings

    Good Read!
    Were getting more love from Chicago media than our own ???

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    Re: Moss trade looking good for vikings

    "Prophet" wrote:
    This is the same old stuff being discussed in the other thread.
    The Mpls media stole the idea from PP.O then the Chicago media stole it from the Mpls media.
    Don't believe me?
    Look at the dates of the origination of the other thread and the subsequent articles.
    Coincidence?
    I think not.
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    Re: Moss trade looking good for vikings

    "Prophet" wrote:
    This is the same old stuff being discussed in the other thread.
    The Mpls media stole the idea from PP.O then the Chicago media stole it from the Mpls media.
    Don't believe me?
    Look at the dates of the origination of the other thread and the subsequent articles.
    Coincidence?
    I think not.
    as someone else said, they also took the idea for the baskett vs mcmullen thread, and compared stats like we've been updating


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