Brian Hall's Dec. 31 Vikings mailbag

Steps were taken by the Minnesota Vikings in coach Mike Zimmer's first season. Sunday's season-ending win against the Chicago Bears allowed Minnesota to end the season with positive feelings but knowing it hadn't done enough to be a playoff team. Another offseason of change is likely coming for the Vikings as Zimmer and offensive coordinator Norv Turner continue to rebuild the team...
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears Vs. Vikings: Mushroom Stamp Winner

It’s finally here! The last poop stamp of the season. All year long, Vikings players (and some real ****-head coaches!) have fought over the opportunity to crowned with a brown smudge atop their foreheads. For some, it was a remarkable achievement. For others, it was an uneditable mark. Of poop. But, they deserved it. For sucking. If this was a normal year, Adrian Peterson would...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings notebook: LB Cole shines in start for Greenway

MINNEAPOLIS -- Heading into Sunday's season finale, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer spoke of the importance of the final game and still making evaluations of his team, learning more about his players heading into the offseason. Zimmer learned quite a bit about third-year linebacker Audie Cole in Sunday's 13-9 victory. Making a habit of flashing in late-season opportunities, Cole...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Bridgewater leads Vikings to 13-9 win over Bears

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Teddy Bridgewater threw the go-ahead 44-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen in the third quarter, guiding the Minnesota Vikings past Chicago 13-9 on Sunday to put one more blemish on a forgettable year for the Bears. Blair Walsh kicked two field goals, Audie Cole had 11 tackles in his first start of the season and the Vikings (7-9) ended coach Mike Zimmer's first...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Bridgewater, Vikings get by Bears 13-9

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Teddy Bridgewater threw the go-ahead 44-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen in the third quarter, guiding the Minnesota Vikings past Chicago 13-9 on Sunday to put one more blemish on a forgettable year for the Bears. Blair Walsh kicked two field goals, Audie Cole had 11 tackles in his first start of the season and the Vikings (7-9) ended coach Mike Zimmer's first...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Minnesota Vikings Predictions

Why not throw out some random predictions for the 2014 Minnesota Vikings? Below the Lupagus and I go through some of the more important predictions for the Vikings and player predictions. We tried to not let our purple hearts get in the way but we’ll let you be the judge of that. 2014 Predictions Onebar Lupagus Team Record  9-7 8-8 Leading Passer  Matt Cassel Matt...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Evans, Crocker, Coleman among 19 released by Vikings

The continued transition on defense for new coach Mike Zimmer was evident as the Minnesota Vikings reached the 53-man roster limit on Saturday afternoon. Defensive tackle Fred Evans, who has been with Minnesota since 2007, was released along with 18 other players to get to the regular-season roster limit. The Vikings likely will look to continue to tweak the bottom of the roster...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Meet the 2014 Minnesota Vikings | 53 Man Roster

With the final cuts in the books the roster appears to be set for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings. Biggest surprises that stick out to me is rolling with 2 TE’s (for now), keeping 2 FB’s, and the cuts of Reisner, Crocker, and Coleman. While this won’t be the roster the Vikings end the season with it will surely be what they start the season with (barring...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

PJD’s Preseason Week 3 Recap: Preseason Powerhouse

What is the most confident you have ever been? Have you ever been so confident in an argument that you knew you’d win that you sat back with a **** eating grin on your face, crossed your arms, let some moron run their mouth and rant until days’ end, while you coolly waited to mic drop their ass? Have you ever been so confident that you actually unbuttoned TWO buttons at the top...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings Who Need To Make An Impact In 2014 No. 6 Middle Linebacker

#6 | Middle Linebacker Number 6 on the list goes to an entire position once again and that is Middle Linebacker. The Vikings have had a rotating door at the middle linebacker position since EJ Henderson broke his leg back in 2010. They’ve had players like Jasper Brinkley and Erin Henderson who have been serviceable.  They’ve also tried young guys like Audie Cole.  While...
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July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Head to head: inside linebackers

As we hurtle towards training camp (Minnesota starts it’s festivities on July 24th, a little over a week from now), it’s worth looking more closely at some of the training camp battles. We’ve gone a little broad at the linebacker position before, but this week we’re going to punch in on some specifics—mainly the inside linebackers. These days a middle linebacker has to...
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July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings training camp preview: Linebackers

  This is the seventh in a series of 13 previews leading up to the Minnesota Vikings' July 25 start of camp. TODAY'S POSITION: LINEBACKERS Rating (1-to-10 scale): 4 Projected starters: Chad Greenway (ninth year), Jasper Brinkley (sixth year), Anthony Barr (first year) Backups (asterisks indicate players expected to make the roster): *Audie Cole, Larry Dean, Dom DeCicco, *Gerald...
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July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings training camp preview: potential disappointments

Last week I looked at the players who could surprise some people during training camp. Besides unexpected players who stand out, there are always those players that fizzle out. Some may lose their starting job and others may get cut all together. Who might be this year’s training camp disappointments?   Jasper Brinkley, MLB Jasper is back with the Vikings after a short and disappointing...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings training camp preview: surprises

With training camp just over two weeks away, the wait for the return of football is almost over. With new coaches, players and schemes, fans will finally get a glimpse of what the 2014 Vikings will ultimately look like. Each year at training camp there are always a few surprise players that stand out. They won’t all necessarily become starters, but it’s fun to watch them increase...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings camp preview: linebackers

Earlier we took a look at the defensive line heading into camp and as promised, we now take a look at the other half of the defensive front: the linebackers. Most of the linebackers who will comprise the back end of this 4-3 defense fared better than their comrades on the defensive line did. Of course, in some respects, that’s like saying they died slightly more slowly. There...
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Biggest Sleepers from the Vikings 2014 Draft Class

#491530989 / After replacing the Vikings’ coaching staff following the 2013 season, Rick Spielman, Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner teamed up to produce a draft class that, on paper, looks like it could be the beginning of a good run in Minnesota. Most people know about them drafting pass rush specialist Anthony Barr with the 9th pick and then trading back into the...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Zimmer Signs Self to Play Defense

It only took three days of rookie mini camps in new Minnesota Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer’s first year to decide that the defense he was working with just wasn’t good enough. Too many young players, too many mistakes, too many break downs in pass and run coverage to prove to the new, defensive minded coach that this team was going to be able to stop anything from a heavy...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings LBs Fight to Establish Roles in Zimmer's Defense

During the 2013 NFL season while Zimmer was the defensive coordinator in Cincinnati he employed a 4-3 defense that would evolve into different matchup based situational alignments such as the 4-2-5 look or 3-3-5 to better protect against the pass. Zimmer has stated his day one goal and fundamental need within his defensive scheme is to stop the run and control the line of scrimmage...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Linebacker situation still unclear for Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings kick off their offseason program in a week with a defense that has been changed dramatically since Mike Zimmer took over as the team's new head coach. Zimmer has tried to reserve judgment on many of Minnesota's current roster until he has time to see each player on the field. The Vikings will hold a voluntary minicamp before May's NFL Draft. Zimmer's perception...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 Free Agent Linebackers: Do the Vikings need to take a look?

By now I think it is pretty clear that the Minnesota Vikings have so many holes on this team, especially on defense. Linebacker, what once was a strong area for the team, is now very weak. Chad Greenway has been a stalwart since he was drafted by the purple and gold. But, with so much movement around him, the core has been effected. The one bright spot of the 2013 season was the...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

What non-QB options do the Minnesota Vikings have in the first round?

Despite the NFL draft being months away, the scouting combine has the draft talk at a fever pitch. We know that the Vikings need a quarterback, but what if the team decides to go in a different direction with their first round pick? With so many holes on defense and the sting of a first round QB bust fresh in Rick Spielman’s mind, a defensive playmaker would make a lot of sense...
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February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Draft Thoughts

  Adam Dickinson Minnesota Vikings Writer The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a less than stellar year but showed upside with young talent such as Cordarelle Patterson, Xavier Rhodes, and Audie Cole.  This is a very important off season for the Vikings to hit the ground running with new head coach Mike Zimmer. The NFL draft is one of the best ways to find young talent just as...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings fans hope to see more of Audie Cole in 2014

For a lot of Minnesota Vikings fans, Audie Cole made a splash during the 2012 preseason. Cole was a seventh round pick in 2012 for the Vikings, and although he made a splash amongst fans he did not see any playing time. Cole made an even bigger splash once Erin Henderson went down with an injury this last year. In week 13 Cole was named starting middle linebacker. Cole finished...
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Full 7 Round Mock Draft

While it is only January it’s never to early to start thinking ahead for the Vikings 2014 NFL Draft. Below are predictions on what the Vikings could do with each of their 8 selections in the May’s draft. It is no secret that Minnesota has quite a few needs to fill and depending on how free agency rolls out come May half of these picks could be irrelevant, which is why this will...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

5 Vikings to Watch Vs. Eagles

The Vikings second to last game ever in the Metrodome takes place this Sunday afternoon and here our five players to watch for in that game. 5. Marcus Sherels Marcus Sherels has just been solid for the Vikings this season.  He often comes in off the bench during a game, and steps right in without missing a beat.  Sherels is rarely out of position and is a sure tackler.  He has...
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December 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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