2014 NFL Preview: Best players in the NFC North

The NFC North was historically mediocre last season. With the Green Bay Packers emerging victorious despite just a 8-7-1 record, it’s hard to make the argument that this division is one of the best in football. But I’m going to do just that. Last year was a down year for the North, mostly due to a high level of parity and Aaron Rodgers‘ broken collarbone. Sure, the defenses...
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Continuity, consistency key for Vikings' close-knit offensive line

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Step inside the meeting room for the Minnesota Vikings offensive line and a group entering its third season together is as close-knit as one would expect. Even through a head coaching change, offensive line coach Jeff Davidson remains. The anchor of the line is center John Sullivan and some meetings are jokingly referred to as the "J.D./Sully meetings...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Vikings training camp preview: Offensive line

  This is the fifth in a series of 13 previews leading up to the Minnesota Vikings' July 25 start of camp. TODAY'S POSITION: OFFENSIVE LINE Rating (1-to-10 scale): 7 Projected starters: LT Matt Kalil (third year), LG Charlie Johnson (eighth year), C John Sullivan (seventh year), RG Brandon Fusco (fourth year), RT Phil Loadholt (sixth year) Backups (asterisks indicate players...
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July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings training camp breakdown: offensive linemen

The most unheralded set of positions in the NFL also happen to be some of the most important; winning the battle in the trenches is often the best way to win a football game. As it stands, the Minnesota Vikings have one of the most underrated lines in the league, with an elite center, a top-tier right tackle and a developing left tackle. With the emergence of Brandon Fusco at right...
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July 02, 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

Top 10 OG/C in the draft: Minnesota needs to grab one of these guys early.

In 2013 the Minnesota Vikings struggled. While quarterback is the flashy position, one of the biggest struggles was with the offensive line. With just three players currently on the roster that are listed as either center or guard, the Vikings will need to make some changes in order to get past their deficiencies. John Sullivan has become a very solid center, but if he were to go...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Which free agent OL should the Minnesota Vikings target?

One of the areas that the Minnesota Vikings will be looking to improve at during free agency is offensive line. While center John Sullivan has solidified his position on the team as well as tackle Matt Kahlil, there is room for improvement on that line, especially in pass protection. There are some big names in free agency and the Vikings will need to grab one of these guys if they...
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February 24, 2014  |  2 Comments

Lions' Ndamukong Suh fined for throat-slash gesture against Tampa Bay

Ndamukong Suh got caught up in the moment and his paycheck is a little lighter because of it. Early in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, Suh burst through the Bucs offense line and dropped running back Bobby Rainey for a three-yard loss. The star defensive tackle celebrated the play with a quick throat-slash gesture, an action the league banned in...
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November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Vikings CB Josh Robinson out with fractured sternum

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings had one starting cornerback and two offensive linemen return on Sunday and then lost starting cornerback Josh Robinson and center John Sullivan. Coach Leslie Frazier revealed that Robinson fractured his sternum in Sunday's loss at Seattle and will be out four to six weeks. Center John Sullivan suffered a concussion and will be subject...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Vikings CB Josh Robinson out with fractured sternum

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings had one starting cornerback and two offensive linemen return on Sunday and then lost starting cornerback Josh Robinson and center John Sullivan. Coach Leslie Frazier revealed that Robinson fractured his sternum in Sunday's loss at Seattle and will be out four to six weeks. Center John Sullivan suffered a concussion and will be subject...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Vikings' Robinson out 4-6 weeks, Sullivan suffers concussion

Vikings defensive back Josh Robinson will be out at least 4-6 weeks because of a fractured sternum he suffered in Sunday's loss against the Seahawks, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier announced during Monday's press conference. Frazier did not say whether they would place Robinson on injured reserve yet with six weeks left in the season. That option will be discussed today...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL exec fined Ndamukong Suh to 'get his attention'

If the first six didn’t work, the NFL tried to send Ndamukong Suh a message by fining him a seventh time this week. Suh was docked $31,500 for a questionable hit on Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden during last week’s game. The fine was Suh’s second this season. He was also forced to pay $100,000 earlier this year after throwing a low block on Vikings center John Sullivan....
October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Ndamukong Suh's historic fine is upheld after appeal

The historic fine levied against Ndamukong Suh for a low block on Vikings center John Sullivan has been upheld according to the Associated Press. The fine of $100,000 was, at the time, the largest fine ever handed down for on-field play. Since then, that fine has been equaled by the $100,000 fine of Dashon Goldson. It's no surprise that the fine was upheld. In fact, the surprise...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Ndamukong Suh’s latest cheap shot versus the Arizona Cardinals (VIDEO)

via YouTube Ndamukong Suh continued his rather impressive unimpressive list of run-ins with the authorities in Week One when he hit Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman John Sullivan with a low block from behind. He said he wouldn’t alter his (overly) aggressive play.  In Week Two, he proved to be a man of his word. Watch this play that occurred with just under 9:30 in the third...
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September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Maybe, just maybe, Ndamukong Suh has a gripe (VIDEO)

Maybe, just maybe Ndamukong Suh has a gripe. In interviews with any media source he always seems to hint at his frustration with not being able to strike back at opponents when they do dirty stuff to him. Watch this and see what I’m talking about. If he has to deal with better attempts than this, I totally understand the frustration, and can sort of rationalize some of the ...
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September 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Butt Wipes company signs four NFL centers to endorse product

NFL centers aren’t known as the most marketable guys, but Dollar Shave Club’s One Wipe Charlies decided to give four of them a new role as their chief endorsers.  One Wipe Charlies are a flushable wet toilet paper product and the four centers they have selected are: Travis Frederick of the Dallas Cowboys; John Sullivan of the Minnesota Vikings; Eric Wood of the Buffalo Bills...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL centers land elusive endorsement deal, now being used to sell butt wipes for men

Offensive lineman have long been the most unheralded players on football teams. Relatively anonymous for the most part, usually the only time we hear their names is when they do something wrong, like when they commit a holding or false start penalty. It’s hardly surprising, then, that endorsement opportunities for these guys are few and […]The post NFL centers land elusive endorsement...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL players to star in ads for men’s moistened toilet wipes

Four NFL players are about to give offensive linemen the most media exposure they've had since the New York Jets' infamous Buttfumble on national TV last Thanksgiving —and the view still ain't pretty. The burly linemen have signed to get behind a small Venice, Calif., company and crack a new market — moistened toilet paper — targeted at men. The small but...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Suh likely to be suspended for future flagrant fouls

Ndamukong Suh came very close to a suspension for his latest illegal hit -- this one a low blow on a defenseless player in Week 1 -- but was granted the benefit of the doubt based on the fact that there was at least a slight chance Vikings center John Sullivan could have impacted the play downfield sources said. The arguments were strong in favor of suspending Suh who has been suspended...
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September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Suh facing suspension for next personal foul?

getty images Detroit Lines defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh  “will likely be suspended for the next egregious flagrant foul” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports, citing a source. This comes shortly after Suh was fined $100,000 for a low block on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan in Week 1. Ndamukong Suh will likely be suspended for the next egregious flagrant foul, per a...
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Vikings contemplate NFL’s discipline system

After Ndamukong Suh received a $100,000 fine for a low block on John Sullivan, Vikings players with a history of fines, like Jared Allen and Harrison Smith, responded to questions about fines versus suspensions, or a dollar amount that makes an impression.
September 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Ndamukong Suh Receives Even Newer Fine for Illegal Hit

It was all anyone could talk about this week after the Detroit Lions beat up on the Minnesota Vikings; Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was in line for a huge fine, thanks to a cheap hit he put on Vikings center John Sullivan's knee during a play. Suh took a dive towards Sullivan's knee far away from a play, blindsiding Sullivan, who went down with an apparent injury...
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September 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Ndamukong Suh Fined $100k for hit, I Don’t Think It’s Enough

How can I be a scumbag and try to hurt another player this time…   Detroit Lions DT Ndamukong Suh has been fined $100,000 by the NFL for his dirty hit on Vikings’  C John Sullivan during Sunday’s game.  The NFL’s dirtiest player (don’t give me that Richie Incognito ********, I’m talking blatant display of dirtiness) dove at Sullivan’s knees after a Detroit...
Via Total Sports Blog
September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Suh fined a record $100,000 for low block on Minnesota’s John Sullivan

Today the NFL dropped the financial hammer on Ndamukong Suh fining the Lions defensive tackle $100,000 dollars for his low block on Vikings center John Sullivan Sunday afternoon. The fine itself was the largest for an on the field football related incident in league history. Ndamukong Suh's $100,000 fine is largest financial penalty – not including lost pay for suspensions...
Via The Majors Detroit
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Suh slapped with 100K fine for illegal block

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit star Ndamukong Suh has been fined 100,000 by the NFL for his illegal low block in the season-opening victory over the Minnesota Vikings last weekend. NFL spokesman Randall Liu says vice president of football operations Merton Hanks notified the Detroit defensive tackle of the fine. Suh hit Vikings center John Sullivan during an interception return, drawing...
Via Fox Sports North
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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