NFL players use MMA skills to sack the opposition

NFL players are increasingly using mixed martial arts (MMA) training to help them become better football players. A recent AP story highlights how some top pass-rushers are spending time off the field, honing MMA skills in order to get around offensive linemen and to the quarterback. In particular, the Denver Broncos' DeMarcus Ware, the Vikings' Brian Robison, and Datone Jones all...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings see progress, through blurriness of defeat

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The frustrating losses in coach Mike Zimmer's first year with Minnesota have piled up higher than the signature wins. The latest example came on Sunday at Detroit, when the Vikings let a two-touchdown lead in the second quarter slip into a narrow defeat by the Lions. The Vikings controlled much of the game against the NFC North co-leaders, a stark contrast...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Notebook: Fourth-quarter play a learning experience for Vikings

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Another loss by eight points or fewer had the Minnesota Vikings focused on their struggles at the end of Sunday's game at Detroit. Minnesota allowed the final 16 points to the NFC North-leading Lions Sunday and weren't able to capitalize on two late drives with a chance to retake the lead in the 16-14 loss. The Vikings' last four losses have been by a total...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Robison trims locks for first time in nearly 5 years

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The end of the 2009 season for the Minnesota Vikings was Jan. 24, 2010. There's little need to remind most fans or people associated with the team of the day. The heart-breaking NFC Championship game loss to the New Orleans Saints still is painful more than four years later. The timing meant something else to Minnesota defensive end Brian Robison until Tuesday...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings' Brian Robison chops hair for charity

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison got his hair cut, for a good cause. Robison showed off his newly shorn look before practice Wednesday, two days after getting a chop for charity. He donated his hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit organization that provides wigs to children with long-term hair loss from any type of medical diagnosis. Robison had...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings defensive end Brian Robison cuts off long hair for Locks of Love (photo)

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison underwent a radical transformation as it relates to his appearance on Monday, going under the scissors and getting his long hair cut off. “Tomorrows agenda…….. Send this to lockslove …. That’s right its gone,” Robison wrote regarding the below Instagram post, revealing that he would be donating all that...Read More The post...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Crucial Matchups for Panthers in Minnesota

1. Panthers offensive tackles vs. Everson Griffen, Tom Johnson and Brian RobisonThe Vikings rewarded a relative unknown in Griffen with a big contract this offseason. Many people questioned why they gave him such a big contract. But he has shown what the front office saw in him and leads the Vikings with nine sacks; which is tied with DeMarcus Ware for ninth in the league. Johnson...
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November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Allen struggling in Chicago while replacement Griffen thriving

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- With nicknames like Cowboy, B-Rob and Ev, the mutual admiration between Jared Allen, Brian Robison and Everson Griffen is easily apparent. For four years, the Allen (Cowboy), Robison (B-Rob, of course) and Griffen (Ev) were friends and part of perhaps the most cohesive -- and loudest -- position group for the Minnesota Vikings, along with Kevin Williams. There...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Vikings return from bye refreshed

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brian Robison sprinted over to the blocking sled and urged the rest of the Minnesota Vikings' defensive line to hurry along with him. Back to practice after five days off, Minnesota tried to prove there would be no letdown as it returned from a bye week. "Feeling refreshed and ready to go, I feel like I'm 29 again," the 31-year-old Robison joked to reporters...
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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings' defense comes up with big late-game stop for victory

MINNEAPOLIS -- Fabled wrestling icon Dan Gable competed in 183 collegiate and high school matches. He lost one of them. Why? Priorities, he says. "When you finally decide how successful you really want to be, you've got to set priorities," Gable, who wrestled and coached at Iowa and did the same thing for the United States at three separate Olympic Games, says on his official website...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Defensive Improvement the Biggest Positive in Minnesota

Considering that the Vikings were ranked 31st in the league last year in total defense and gave up the most points in the NFL, they had nowhere to go but up this year. The question was how much better they would be. So far they have played better than expected. They are currently ranked 13th in the league in points per game (22.1) and are first in the NFL with 30 sacks. Mike Zimmer...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Notebook: Vikings' Robison, Patterson likely to play Sunday

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brian Robison called a member of the Minnesota Vikings media relations staff over and joked he was about to make a spectacle with the media as he sat at his locker on Friday. Robison wasn't about to throw a tantrum. The veteran defensive end only wanted to set the record straight on the bruise which caused him to miss Wednesday's practice and limited him on...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings' Robison has had a pain in the butt

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Brian Robison has had quite the pain in the butt. The Minnesota Vikings defensive end landed on the injury report this week with a rarely listed body part: glute. That's short for the gluteal muscles that form the buttocks. Robison was inadvertently kneed there by an opposing player last Sunday at Tampa Bay. Robison was declared probable for the game this...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings' Robison: Thursday was 'like some people had checked out'

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. --€“ Brian Robison is the third-longest tenured member of the Minnesota Vikings and assumed more of a leadership role in the locker room and with the defense with long-time standouts Jared Allen and Kevin Williams now gone. Robison can always be found by his locker, willing to speak with the media through good times and bad and isn't afraid to share his opinion...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings 4-man rush could be problematic

Photo from Fansided.comOn Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings ripped apart the St. Louis Rams by a score of 34-6 and a lot of it had to do with the Vikings defense. According to to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings were able to generate pressure on 17 of 41 plays when rushing 4. While it may have taken a little while for their best pass rushers, Everson Griffen and Brian Robison, to generate...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings keep win in perspective, but defense appears improved

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- In the aftermath of a resounding 34-6 win on the road and a defensive showing which hadn't been seen since late in the 2012 season, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer quickly tempered the enthusiasm surrounding his first win as a head coach. Minnesota had allowed just two field goals to the St. Louis Rams, the first time the Vikings had held a team without...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Even as head coach, Vikings' Zimmer still a hands-on teacher

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The public got to know Mike Zimmer as the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator when the team was portrayed on HBO's "Hard Knocks." The way he demanded more from his team with a red-faced, profanity-laced tirade in one episode became Zimmer's persona. To those who only knew him from snippets on "Hard Knocks," Zimmer was a tough, fiery coach. In some ways...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr adds versatility to Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have enjoyed the presence of Anthony Barr. The former UCLA star has been very solid in the preseason. He leads the team with 1.5 sacks and has the teams only forced fumble. He is making the veterans smile and happy, especially Brian Robison. “He can give us that versatility on defense to […] The post Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr adds versatility to Vikings...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Five Things to Watch in Minnesota Vikings' Preseason Opener

Five Things To Watch For In Minnesota Vikings Preseason Opener By Chris Schad Preseason games usually don’t mean that much to the casual football fan. With the Minnesota Vikings giving their franchise a makeover during the offseason, Friday’s preseason opener has a little more importance than usual. Their first game comes up Friday when the Vikings host the Oakland Raiders...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

New-look defense helps Vikings turn page from forgettable 2013

MANKATO, Minn. -- Picture lining up against Aaron Rodgers, one of the NFL's best quarterbacks leading one of the best offenses. Now, picture Rodgers surveying the defense and calling out the exact play the defense is running. Good luck stopping the offense, right? That scenario is essentially what the Minnesota Vikings have been facing for some time, so engrained in the Cover-2 defense...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Vikings Training Camp Suck Off: Top 5 Topics on Defense

Feel that bulge in your pants? Yup, football is back! And before you pass out from all the blood rushing out of your head and into that saucy spot between your thighs, let’s take a deep breath and get you prepared for the season. As training camp opens for the Minnesota Vikings this Friday, we’re running through some of the BIG SPORTS TAKES on both sides of the ball leading up...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Training Camp Preview: Defensive Line

For several seasons, the defensive line has been a key component of the Minnesota Vikings defense. With the linebackers and secondary playing a conservative zone, it was up to the front four to create pressure to make the rest of the defense effective.The past two seasons have told a different story when it comes to the defensive line. In 2012, they were able to get to the quarterback...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Crichton signs with Vikings, ready to learn under Robison

Coming into the NFL Draft, Scott Crichton was compared to Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison. Now Crichton will get the chance to learn under Robison, after being selected in the third round by Minnesota and signing his rookie contract with the Vikings. Crichton tweeted the news Wednesday evening and the team officially announced the signing on Thursday. A 273-pound defensive...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NFL Draft-or-Bust Off: Vikings Select DE Scott Crichton

Once again we’re back to that post-draft sex sheen we all get when we start talking about young men in shorts who are now OURS. And since it coincides with the beginning of the long NFL offseason, we’ll take our damn time in reviewing each Vikings draft pick from 2014. In Purple Jesus Diaries’ NFL Draft-or-Bust Off 2014, we continue our amateur insight into the draft picks...
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May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Vikings draft preview: Defensive line

  FOX Sports North's Brian Hall provides complete coverage of the Vikings and the 2014 NFL Draft in his 14-part preview. Today is the eighth day of his Vikings draft previews. You can find the entire series here. TODAY'S POSITION: DEFENSIVE LINE Importance (1-to-10 scale): 6 On the roster The long-expected makeover of the defensive line was sweeping and dramatic. Gone are longtime...
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May 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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