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    New fire ignites Kleinsasser

    I realize Benet posted a link to this article in the Onterrio Smith thread & posted the Onterrio Smith part, but this thread is about Jimmy K.

    I stripped out the part about Onterrio, so if you want to comment on that portion, go to the following thread;

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    [size=18px]New fire ignites Kleinsasser[/size]

    BY SEAN JENSEN
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    Although this will be his eighth NFL season, Jim Kleinsasser feels like a rookie all over again.

    "It's a fresh feeling," Kleinsasser said. "It's like the first day of school.

    "It's exciting. Maybe after so many years, you kind of get into a comfort zone. This kind of lights a new fire, and it's making me excited about the new season."

    Kleinsasser started 16 games last season for only the second time in his career. But he finished with a modest 22 catches for 171 yards and no touchdowns. With the departure of coach Mike Tice, there were some questions about Kleinsasser's future with the Vikings, especially after he signed a five-year, $15 million contract in 2004 that included a $4.25 million signing bonus.

    "It's a business, so you never know what's going to happen," Kleinsasser said. "But I've got a contract right now, and as long as they don't lock me out of the building, I'm going to keep showing up. I come in here and try to do the best in this offense, and do the best I can."

    More important, though, Kleinsasser has a renewed confidence in himself physically. After missing the final 15 games of the 2004 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Kleinsasser returned in 2005, but he didn't feel fully recovered.

    Asked how he feels now, Kleinsasser said, "My legs feel great, actually."

    In 2005, Kleinsasser said he sometimes would go into cuts on the wrong foot, to overcompensate for the other.

    "Now it's solid," he said. "I took some time off, and got away from everything, so the rest helped."

    For now, Kleinsasser is focusing on learning the new West Coast offense, noting that he'll do "whatever hat they want me to."

    "I'll do whatever," he said.

    South Dakota on hold: With the Vikings making some headway with their stadium efforts, Wilf said it would be "disingenuous" to consider an out-of-state option for training camp.

    "At this time, we're concentrating on our Blaine complex and Mankato," Wilf said.

    Wilf said earlier this year that he would consider South Dakota, given the state's high interest in the Vikings and the regional tie.

    "We understand they have a lot going on," said Mark Johnston, the press officer for South Dakota governor Mike Rounds. "If they're ready, we'll be prepared to talk to them."

    Defensive approach: Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin is one of the club's most animated figures at practices, showing players how he wants drills done and imploring players to play at a high tempo.

    Asked what fans can expect from his defense, Tomlin said, "What they can expect to see, we're going to create a frenzy.

    "We've defined that by big guys running and little guys willing to hit," he said. "That's what we're focused on right now. We think that regardless of scheme, historically the great defenses throughout the history of the league have played in a frenzy, so that's what we want to do."

    Briefly: Tight end Richard Owens is a fullback now. One of the special teams captains last season, Owens said, "I will do whatever it takes to make this team and stay in this league."

    • Dustin Fox switched from safety to cornerback, and guard Adam Goldberg practiced some at left tackle Saturday.

    • Asked if his three linebacker spots are wide open, Tomlin said: "We are of the philosophy that all 11 spots are open. We know there are some strong candidates at some of those spots and the likelihood of them losing those spots is minimal."

    Sean Jensen can be reached at [email protected]

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    Re: New fire ignites Kleinsasser

    The reason I extracted that part about Onterrio was because I thought you'd already posted the article! :grin:

    But I digress.. It looks as though there's a definite role in this Canada-Coast Offense for Kleinsasser, and I'm extremely happy with that because I'm a big fan of The Sauce. I think, with some 2 Tight-End sets, we could make some really big plays this season.

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    Re: New fire ignites Kleinsasser

    I'm really happy about this.

    I have always loved our Jimmy-K. I think that he is going to have a good year. All we have to do is line him up on the left end next to our near Pro Bowl Left Tackle McKinnie and we can have Taylor run anywhere he would like on the left side.

    Good year indeed.

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    Re: New fire ignites Kleinsasser

    Defensive approach: Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin is one of the club's most animated figures at practices, showing players how he wants drills done and imploring players to play at a high tempo.

    Asked what fans can expect from his defense, Tomlin said, "What they can expect to see, we're going to create a frenzy.

    "We've defined that by big guys running and little guys willing to hit," he said. "That's what we're focused on right now. We think that regardless of scheme, historically the great defenses throughout the history of the league have played in a frenzy, so that's what we want to do."



    I like that right there.. I can't wait to see our guys getting physical and pounding the snot out of other players.


    and guard Adam Goldberg practiced some at left tackle Saturday.


    I don't understand this much. I wonder if they think that with Hutch at LG, and Birk at C, that they can put a guy like Goldberg on as LT and the left side will still be dominating? I wonder if they will try and put McKinney as RT, and bolster up the right side as well?

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    Re: New fire ignites Kleinsasser

    mckinnie is staying at LT.but,if he gets hurt someone needs to fill in.hence goldberg taking snaps at LT

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    Re: New fire ignites Kleinsasser

    "VikesfaninWis" wrote:
    I like that right there.. I can't wait to see our guys getting physical and pounding the snot out of other players.
    Amen to that! Smash-mouth football. Let them "feel" your presence.

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    Re: New fire ignites Kleinsasser

    Great article there. I got in an argument with a 'Skins fan the other day about our defense. He said we'll suck, I told him he's a jackass. Fair trade.

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    Re: New fire ignites Kleinsasser

    I'm excited to see Jimmy return with a new fresh rookie feeling, I was wondering how much his recovery from the ACL injury bothered him last year. Looking forward to seeing him lowing his head and running over more people this year as he has a great heart and will be a strong leader. I want to see him catch Urlacher flat-footed and mow him down :twisted:

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    Re: New fire ignites Kleinsasser

    I hope Jimmy K has a stellar season, he is my favorite player. I followed him all through college and the Pros.

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