Posted August 02, 2012 on AP on Fox

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings lines up in a three point stance on defense against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
(Eds: With AP Photos.) Jared Allen is happy to help out the younger Minnesota Vikings, answering questions, giving advice or critiquing their performance. But be clear about this, young fellas: You're getting paid to play, so the expectations are just as high as they are for the veterans. ''This isn't high school or college,'' said Allen, who is beginning his ninth season in the NFL and fifth with the Vikings. ''I can show them how to be a pro or show them the standards we expect, but at the end of the day, you have to do your job. If you can't, we'll find out pretty quick out here.'' The Vikings are a case study of how fast the NFL landscape can change. In less than two years, they went from an experienced team with deep playoff hopes to a young squad that looked lost during most of 2011. ''I still feel like I'm playing at a high level, but every year is a concern of if I'm going to win a championship,'' Al...
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