Tag:Steve Hutchinson
Posted on: December 19, 2010 8:46 pm
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The 50 greatest Vikings ever

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One day before Minnesota takes on the Bears in what should be a strange Monday Night football game, the Vikings held a gala to honor their 50th season. In doing so, they honored the top-50 players in club history.

Here’s the list:

1. Grady Alderman, T, 1961-74
2. Jared Allen, DE, 2008-present
3. Matt Birk, C, 1998-2008
4. Matt Blair, LB, 1974-1985
5. Bill Brown, RB, 1962-74
6. Joey Browner, S, 1983-91
7. Bobby Bryant, CB, 1967-80
8. Anthony Carter, WR, 1985-93
9. Cris Carter, WR, 1990-01
10. Fred Cox, K, 1963-77
11. Daunte Culpepper, QB, 1999-2005
12. Chris Doleman, DE, 1985-93, ’99
13. Carl Eller, DE, 1964-78
14. Chuck Foreman, RB, 1973-79
15. John Gilliam, WR, 1972-75
16. Bud Grant, coach, 1967-83, ’85
17. Wally Hilgenberg, LB, 1968-79
18. Steve Hutchinson, G, 2006-present
19. Tim Irwin, T, 1981-93
20. Steve Jordan, TE, 1982-94
21. Tommy Kramer, QB, 1977-89
22. Paul Krause, S, 1968-79
23. Gary Larsen, DT, 1965-74
24. Carl Lee, CB, 1983-93
25. Jim Marshall, DE, 1961-79
26. Randall McDaniel, G, 1988-99
27. Keith Millard, DT, 1985-91
28. Randy Moss, WR, 1998-2004, ’10
29. Dave Osborn, RB, 1965-75
30. Alan Page, DT, 1967-78
31. Adrian Peterson, RB, 2007-present
32. John Randle, DT, 1990-2000
33. Ahmad Rashad, WR, 1976-82
34. Ed Sharockman, CB, 1962-72
35. Jeff Siemon, LB, 1972-82
36. Robert Smith, RB, 1993-2000
37. Scott Studwell, LB, 1977-90
38. Doug Sutherland, DT, 1971-81
39. Fran Tarkenton, QB, 1961-66, ’72-78
40. Henry Thomas, DT, 1987-94
41. Mick Tingelhoff, C, 1962-78
42. Stu Voigt, TE, 1970-80
43. Gene Washington, WR, 1967-72
44. Ed White, G, 1969-77
45. Sammy White, WR, 1978-86
46. Kevin Williams, DT, 2003-present
47. Antoine Winfield, CB, 2004-present
48. Roy Winston, LB, 1962-76
49. Ron Yary, T, 1968-81
50. Gary Zimmerman, T, 1986-92

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Posted on: October 22, 2010 9:47 am
 

Week 7 Key Matchup: Viking O-line v. Pack front 7

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bryant McKinnie, Steve Hutchinson, Ryan Cook, Anthony Herrera and Phil Loadholt should all send Jenn Sterger a gift. Obviously, not the kind their quarterback allegedly sent her. But something nice. You know, to show their appreciation. In fact, thB. McKinnie (US Presswire)ey should send Favre a gift, too. And Randy Moss.

Thanks to Sterger, Favre and Moss, no one is talking about Minnesota’s inconsistent offensive line. Yes, injuries at the wide receiver position have hurt the Vikings. And Favre has been less careful with the football this season (though the difference between ’09 Favre and ’10 Favre is not as drastic as most think). But inconsistency up front has been just as significant to the Vikings’ problems in 2010.
One of the greatest myths in all of football is that the Vikings have an upper-tier offensive line. This myth stems directly from the erroneous reports that left tackle Bryant McKinnie is a good player. There’s a difference between being big and talented and actually being effective. McKinnie has shoddy technique in pass protection (hence his benching in the Carolina game last season) and, quite frankly, he’s soft on contact.

Steve Hutchinson, who turns 33 November 1, is not quite the player he was a few years ago – his decline shows up against bull-rushers in pass protection – but shrewd run-blocking angles and fluid mobility still make him a top five guard.

The problem is that Hutchinson has been forced to play next to three different centers – John Sullivan, Jon Cooper and, lately, Ryan Cook – who lack power. That has been a major hindrance to Minnesota’s run-blocking efforts, especially when you consider that right guard Anthony Herrera struggles against lateral movement in the ground game and right tackle Phil Loadholt often seems to forget he’s 6’8”, 332 pounds. Herrera is a reliable veteran on a good line. But playing between two callow youngsters, he can be a liability.

Adrian Peterson has helped his offensive line this season by being a more patient runner. But far, far too many of Peterson’s yards are still hard-earned. And without Chester Taylor sharing Peterson’s load, the Vikings have taken a step back in the screen pass game. That has allowed opponents to tee off against this line.

If the Packers can get Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Ryan Pickett (ankle) back, their front seven will be on the right side of a considerable mismatch Sunday night. Matthews skims the corner as well as any pass-rusher in the NFL; because he maintains his startling speed while dipping low, he can really use McKinnie and Loadholt’s height to his advantage. Inside, Pickett and nose tackle B.J. Raji have the thundering power to own the line of scrimmage.

The Vikings, of course, have enough talent at the skill positions to overcome blocking deficiencies. They managed to survive last week against a Cowboys pass-rush that swarmed their backfield throughout the first half. But last season it became just a little harder each week for the Vikings to camouflage their blocking weaknesses. That issue has carried over in 2010.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 5:00 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 7:47 pm
 

Favre is in Minnesota, watch him drive

Posted by Will Brinson

So, Brett Favre is in Minnesota now. That whole "on a plane" "heading north" thing wasn't a hoax. Neither was the Flight Tracker.

This is REAL, PEOPLE. And you can watch it. No, seriously, you can watch it live on ABC 5 in the Twin Cities.

Let me warn you, though. If you tune into this, you will be a) bored by watching a black SUV drive down the highway slightly faster than OJ, b) angry that this guy keeps hijacking our lives every season, c) eventually even angrier that people pretended his retirement was somehow real, and d) eventually resigned that this will happen again next season with similar results.

Either way, if you're at an office and can't watch ESPN News (where Favre is also being tracked live), you can do so at that link. Or you could do the more entertaining thing and listen to what our own Pete Prisco has to say. We recommend the latter.



By the by, if this is somehow the most awesome hoax of all-time and Favre is just pulling a prank on everyone and about to drop his pants on the ground at the microphone before retiring, well, we'll be pretty thrilled.


UPDATE: The Vikings are expected to officially announce Favre's status for 2010 in a press conference Wednesday.
Posted on: August 17, 2010 2:54 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Report: Favre on plane, heading north, 'back in'

Posted by Will Brinson

Brett Favre is reportedly on an airplane and headed to (presumably) Minnesota -- NFL Network's Scott Hanson reported on Twitter that Favre "is on a jet heading north."

We earlier mentioned the report that Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell and Steve Hutchinson (three of Favre's best friends on the Vikings) were in Minnesota visiting Favre and urging him to either a) return to the team or b) just make up his freaking mind about playing in 2011.

It would seem , at least based on Hanson's report, that the trio of ambassadors were successful in convincing Favre to return. (Or fly to Minnesota just to announce that he WON'T return, which given Favre's history, is totally within the realm of possibility.)

Either that or we have a very awkward and very public case of kidnapping on our hands.

It's worth noting too that Favre must really be getting old, because he's losing his touch on dragging out his press coverage -- a younger gunslinger would have let the story about the Vikings football-style intervention marinate in the press for a few hours before generating a new story.

Update (2:57): Bob Holtzman, who has likely been living in a tent at the Haittesburg airport for the past three months, reports that Favre "boarded a plane" about "40 minutes ago" ... that plane is indeed headed to Minneapolis.

Update (2:59): Jay Glazer tweets that Favre told the trio of visitors that he is "back in."

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:42 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Report: Longwell, Hutchinson, Allen visit Favre

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (2:50): Favre is reportedly on an airplane heading "north," which we presume means he's going to Minnesota.

In a story that's sure to crash the Star-Tribune 's website (again), "Access Vikings" writer and Brett Favre expert Judd Zulgad is reporting that Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson and Ryan Longwell were all absent from Minnesota's practice today.

The reason? They're believed to be in Mississippi visiting Favre and urging him to come back to the team -- or at least give the Vikes the answer that Allen recently requested from the quarterback.

None of the trio has dealt with injuries thus far in training camp, so there's no plausible alibi on that end, and Zulgad's sources confirm that the three members of the Vikings weren't at the team's morning meetings either.

There's been a pungent air of desperation regarding Favre's return in Minnesota since he announced his re-retirement recently , but Brad Childress, the team and the front office have gone out of their way to make it clear that they're fine whatever he decides.

If they've really sent a entourage of Favre's closest friends down to his home in order to convince him to return, the thin veil of confidence in Tavaris Jackson has officially been lifted.

There's also the possibility that they just want an answer other than "maybe" -- in which case the Vikings can resume pretending that Jackson can help them contend for the division and make a run at the Super Bowl.

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 12:36 pm
 

Position rankings: guards

Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, with today’s focus on guards.

Andy Benoit’s top five
J. Evans (US Presswire)
5. Leonard Davis, Cowboys

4. Steve Hutchinson, Vikings

3. Carl Nicks, Saints

2. Kris Dielman, Chargers

1. Jahri Evans, Saints

As you can see, an unsexy list from the unsexiest position in football. Leonard Davis makes it because he knows how to use his 365-pound size. Everyone thinks Steve Hutchinson is a God, but that’s only because most fans don’t know the names of any other guards. Hutchinson was once the best, but at 32, he’s lost half a step (which is half a step less than Alan Faneca). Of course, Hutchinson had plenty of steps to spare. He still offers good mobility, but his strength in a phone booth has declined.

You might read the name “Carl Nicks” and say Who?! The Saints left guard is a monster in the run game, getting to the second level with regularity. The only thing he struggles with is lateral movement as a pass-blocker. Dielman is rock-solid. Evans is an even better run-blocker than Nicks, plus he’s reliable in pass protection.

Josh Katzowitz's top five

5. Bobbie Williams, Bengals

4. Kris Dielman, Chargers

3. Chris Snee, Giants

2. Jahri Evans, Saints

1. Logan Mankins, Patriots

I agree that Evans is one of the best guards around, but I don’t think he’s earned the title of No. 1 quite yet. Yes, he had a heck of a season last year, and he was rewarded with a seven-year, $56-million contract. But he needs to mirror that performance for at least one more year before I can knight him as the top guy.

Mankins has been the most talked-about guard throughout the offseason because of his contract clashes with New England’s front office. The fact he might not play this year has to be worrisome to Patriots fans. Mankins is strong, and he has good quickness and agility. If he’s playing, he’s the best out there. Andy, I’m surprised you didn’t even put Mankins on your list.

Snee has a great initial punch at the line of scrimmage, and when he gets to the next level, he makes linebackers pay. Plus, he’s durable, starting the last 78 games the Giants have played.

Williams has been the rock of a Bengals offensive line that continues to turn over year after year. He’s underrated and has never made a Pro Bowl squad. He’s not going to wow you, but that doesn’t mean he’s not on the top five fringe. He’s just too consistent and solid for me not to put on this list.

Andy’s rebuttal

Top five fringe is different from top five, Josh. More on that in a second.

I like the Snee pick, and I can certainly live with Mankins (though, obviously, I think No. 1 is too high). Both those guys have the unique ability to land square, domineering blocks off of movement. I still think Hutchinson is elite (or borderline elite), and I’m disappointed you didn’t praise my prescience for going with Nicks now, and not after he gets his first Pro Bowl (either this season or next).

Okay, let’s talk about the fringe pick, Williams. You’re a (former) Bengals Rapid Reporter. I’m not suggesting you lack journalistic integrity – not at all – but I’m willing to bet you have a good working relationship with the 11th-year veteran. From afar, Williams seems like he’d be a good guy. He shows great on-field leadership. So, be honest, did Williams help you write your list?

The problem is, as a player, Williams is too close to the fat part of the bell curve. I’m going to break my rule of never publishing raw notes from film study to share some of what I took away from watching Williams these past two years:

Raw notes from ’09 Bengals film:

Williams shows good power and size when he’s able to be the aggressor. If he’s stepping into a block between first and second level, he’ll move guys. But if the action starts from standstill, he may not win.

Raw notes from ’08 Bengals film:

Williams is about the same as always....decent but not great. Moves okay, doesn’t have ideal power but gets in his spots, etc.
These are descriptions of a solid starter, not a top five player.

Josh’s final word

Ha! If Williams and I had written this list, we would have spent all day laughing about your exclusion of Mankins. True, I’ve covered the Bengals for various outlets for the past five seasons, but I’m an objective journalist and I don’t play favorites (hell I haven’t had a favorite NFL team since I was a kid, and it certainly wasn’t the Bengals). There are a few guys on the Bengals squad that are wonderful with whom to deal, but I haven’t put them on any of our lists. Considering this is the 11th top five list we’ve done and Williams is the first Bengals player I’ve put in the spotlight – and probably the only one I’ll include for the rest of our top five series – well, I think those facts speak for themselves.

Truth be told, I thought about Hutchinson, I thought about Nicks and I thought about Faneca (he’s just nowhere near his prime anymore). I knew you’d hate the Williams pick, but in all my extensive research – and the fact I’ve seen him play scores of games the past few years – I’m more than confident in defending the selection. He’s just too good and consistent.


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