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    Vikings mid-season report card

    [size=13pt]Vikings mid-season report card[/size]

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    Article Last Updated: 11/08/2008 11:34:41 PM CST


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    Re: Vikings mid-season report card

    Thanks Singer.


    Overall, a pretty decent assessment.
    I wonder what the grades would be IF we won the frickin Colts game?
    Or, I wonder what the grades would be IF we would not have shit the bed in Chicago.

    I'm kinda coming down to this.


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    McKinnie's suspension hurt, that's obvious...Hicks played ok in replacing him, but, I just think McKinnie's stupidity off the field hurt the Team early.


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    We need Sidney Rice on the field and out of the training room.
    I just think him being healthy and on the field will make a huge difference on an already improving offense.

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    EJ going down was a significant blow.
    Yes, Greenway and Leber have stepped up, but, EJ is a fringe Pro-Bowl MLB; very hard to replace.


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    We let Richardson fly, Tapeh lied, and Tahi is a downgrade from both.
    He's learning on the job and getting better, but, that's the one position on the field that has been a downgrade IMO.
    It's also a pretty important one given our propensity to run.


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    Now, the controversial one...starting the season with TJack starting, turned out to be a bad decision.
    I think most of us were surprised by how much of a deer in the headlights he appeared to be, but, Gus has been a demonstrable improvement.
    Yes, he shit the bed against Chicago, but, even with his 4 picks, we win that game if Special Teams does their job.

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    Jared Allen has been all that and a bag of chips as far as I'm concerned.
    His presence has released the beast, Kevin Williams.
    And, he has been a difference maker often during games.

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    Bernard Berrian is as good as we were hoping.
    Gotta be concerned about 5 drops through the first half (one against Houston is on Gus IMO), but, he stretches the field and makes plays.
    11 catches 30+ yards is evidence enough.

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    Madieu Williams' absence appears to have been a pretty big impact, given his performance in the Houston game.
    Certainly, being forced to start Tyrell Johnson (who did a fine job IMO) as a rookie is tough enough, but Williams appears to really know what he's doing...we shall see today.

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    I don't agree that Adrian Peterson has been somewhat of a disappointment.
    He has had a couple of tough games, the coaches simply have got to figure out how to attack defenses that put 8 or 9 players in the box to stop him.

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    Shiancoe is finally growing on me and contributing positively.
    We need him to continue to improve.

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    DBacks look better than last year due to the presence of a pass rush.
    Antoine has had a couple of brilliant games, and is the best "football player" on the Team.
    Griff should play exclusively on large WR's.

    I still think the Team can go 10-6, and have not changed my expectations.
    Anything short, clean house.
    Oh, sorry, my bad, that's another thread
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    Come on fellas, beat down those damn Packers today...I feel like celebrating!

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