Tag:Bryant McKinnie
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:12 pm
 

Frazier: Cutting McKinnie was best for team

McKinniePosted by Josh Katzowitz

Say this for former Vikings T Bryant McKinnie: if he really was cut because he apparently weighed close to 400 pounds and because of high cholesterol, maybe we should blame Venus Williams.

After all, McKinnie worked out with Williams in the offseason (and took tennis lessons from her) and said at the time that he wanted to cut his weight from 360 to 340. Apparently, she’s not quite as good at being a personal trainer as she is at winning major tennis titles, because McKinnie certainly didn’t report to Vikings camp at 340* (or 360 for that matter).

*Of course, apparently spending $100,000 at a bar in one night doesn’t necessarily imply that you’re on a major health kick either.

Coach Leslie Frazier tried to be diplomatic today while talking to reporters about McKinnie, who figures to draw interest from the rest of the league assuming his health is OK.

"We made a decision for our organization that we thought was the best thing as we're trying to bring a world championship to Minnesota," Frazier said, via ESPN 1500. "In order for us to do that, there are certain things I talked to our team about on that first night, that Sunday night, that we got together as a group and I talked to them about the criteria and what I thought was necessary to win in our league. In order for us to get where we need to go, there are certain things that ha(ve) to happen.

"In Bryant's case, he's been a terrific player for the Vikings. I love him as a person. We've got a great relationship together. But at this point, for all parties involved, I just thought it was the right thing to do, and I'm sure he's going to catch on with a team and he's going to do well. He's a terrific player right now, but for where we are right now and where we're trying to go to, it just wasn't the right fit for the direction that we want to go."

Though Frazier was careful to tip-toe his way through reporters’ questions (he never actually admitted that the sole reason for McKinnie’s release was because of the weight issue), he wanted to make sure that everybody knew he wasn’t trying to send a message to players during his first full season as head coach.

"Not at all,” he said. “I didn't look at it that way at all. The only thing I've tried to do from the moment I stepped in this position, from January and even in the interim basis (last season), is to help shape this team into a championship football team. And none of that means doing this to get people's attention -- just handling every situation independently and that's what I've tried to do."

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Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:00 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Vikings cut tackle Bryant McKinnie

Posted by Will Brinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie ominously tweeted, "Its been fun." The logical speculation was that he'd been cut (or informed he'd be cut anyway) by Minnesota.

That's exactly what's happened, as the team announced Tuesday that they'd cut McKinnie.

"This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interests of our football team as we move forward," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "We appreciate Bryant’s contributions to the Vikings, and we wish him the best in the future."

McKinnie was placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list earlier in the week and was, as Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune points out, due to receive $4.9 million base salary this season, along with a $500,000 and $250,000 workout bonus.

The tackle was also apparently in pretty bad physical condition when he arrived at camp, though the team wouldn't confirm that's why he was on the NFI list. They did confirm they'd speak with McKinnie on Tuesday about the shape he was in, along with, per Zulgad, "a number of things."

"There are a number of things that we want to work on with Bryant and some other guys as well," Frazier said. "Conditioning is part of it. We just want to try to make sure that we're doing the right thing by every guy that's wearing the purple."

Conditioning will be the likely suspect for the final reason McKinnie was cut and you can expect plenty of speculation as to where the 2009 Pro Bowler will end up next, beginning with the division rival Chicago Bears who are always in need of offensive linemen, though it's hard to imagine he fits the bill (or, doesn't fit, I suppose) if he's a) not in shape and b) unwilling to take less money.

Speaking of Chicago, Sun-Times writer Sean Jensen reports that McKinnie wouldn't take a pay cut from the aforementioned base salary and that also led to the Vikings decision to cut him.

The lesson to be learned here? Showing up to work out of shape and refusing to take a pay cut is no way to go through life, son.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:41 pm
 

McKinnie working with Venus

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One of the perks of being a world-class athlete is that you get to take lessons from a world-class athlete in another sport in which you happen to be not so world class (or anything close to it).

I think what I’m trying to say is that it must be cool for Vikings T Bryant McKinnie gets to take tennis lessons from Venus Williams.

You can see in the video below what kind of progress McKinnie makes (he looks out of his element a little bit, but he doesn’t look exactly terrible on the court).



The reason McKinnie is working out with Williams, writes the St. Paul Pioneer Press is because he wants to lower his playing weight from about 360 to about 340 while improving his lateral quickness.

So far, so good.

"One thing I learned with Venus, you have to be ready to work for a long lesson," McKinnie said. "She tires you out."

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: April 10, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Minnesota Vikings

Posted by Andy Benoit



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The Vikings’ perils couldn’t have been any worse for Minnesotans and any better for bloggers. Brett Favre drama took on a whole new tenor. Added to the cacophony of “Will he play?” questions was “Do you think it was him?” speculation.

Favre’s acrimonious relationship with Brad Childress did not improve, either, which was part of the reason the head coach was unable to survive through November.

Things didn’t pick up once Childress was fired. Symbolically, and fortunately for Zygi Wilf and his cadre of business cohorts seeking a new stadium, also literally, the Metrodome roof collapsed, leaving this team homeless for the holidays. The novelty of relocated Monday night games distracted from the fact that the Vikings finished the season in the same way they started it: with a thud.



Fullbacks

There is no reason to keep Naufahu Tahi on the roster. Even if the 29-year-old fullback had played well in 2010 (and he did not), his presence would be a hindrance. Adrian Peterson is a violent, decisive runner who does not have good patience when it comes to setting up his blocks. Peterson’s natural tendency is to get the ball and explode.

When there is a fullback in front of him, he’s forced to slow down and wait for the play to develop. Tahi, like most fullbacks, can’t hit the hole as quickly as Peterson can, even when he’s starting out two yards closer to the hole.

Peterson is better in an empty backfield. And, with a plethora of tight ends already on the roster, including blocking specialists Jeff Dugan and Jim Kleinsasser, the Vikings are better running out of dual tight end formations anyway. Save a roster spot; dump the fullback.




1. Quarterback
Favre is really gone this time (*) and, with Childress gone, the front office has realized it is finally free to admit that Tarvaris Jackson is not the answer.

2. Offensive Tackle
The Vikings won’t draft someone at this position because that’d be admitting it was a mistake to sign Bryant McKinnie to a long-term deal and invest a second-round draft pick in Phil Loadholt. The reality is, the 6’8” 350-pound McKinnie’s heart is the size of a dwarf’s. The 6’8”, 335-pound Loadholt is still developing but is yet to show any signs of ferocity.

3. Cornerback
Antoine Winfield is creeping up in age but can still play, especially if asked to man the slot. Problem is, Minnesota doesn’t have any stability outside. Cedric Griffin tore both ACL’s at different times in 2010. Asher Allen has become every quarterback’s favorite opponent. Last year’s second-round pick, Chris Cook, has character concerns and just six games to his name, thanks to injuries as a rookie.




This team’s window of opportunity has closed. The Vikings knew this was coming – why do you think they were so desperate in their pursuit of Favre last summer? Now they must develop a new green quarterback behind an offensive line that is much, much worse than people realize (Favre’s quick decision making masked many pass protection deficiencies last season).

The defense, which already needs help in the secondary given that the pass-rush has tailed off, will take a step back if nose tackle Pat Williams does not return (he’s an unrestricted free agent).

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Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:26 pm
 

McKinnie responds to $100K bar tab story

B. McKinnie told his side of the story to the $100,000 bar tab story. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We had some fun last week with Vikings T Bryant McKinnie when we wrote about his extravagant night out, when he apparently spent $100,000 on his bar tab at a Los Angeles club.

According to McKinnie, though, that number is a little high.

Speaking with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, McKinnie told his side of the story.

From the article:

McKinnie was at a concert in Los Angeles for rapper and friend, Rick Ross, who gave McKinnie a shout-out from the stage. Seconds later, Ross made a reference to spending $100,000 on bottles in the club.

Apparently TMZ thought Ross was talking about McKinnie spending the money, he said.

"All of a sudden that became my tab somehow," McKinnie said. "Like seriously, at the time i was laughing thinking it was in good fun until people started talking about it and took it a little too far."

Added McKinnie: "I don't even see a possible way to consume that much alcohol by 2 a.m."


How much did McKinnie spend? Well, that remains unclear, though he said it was nowhere near $100,000.

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Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Teammate(s) to Graham: can I borrow $100K?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

During the past year, the NFLPA has been rather vigilant about warning players to start saving money in case of a lockout. Don’t spend lavishly, the union has said. Set aside a rainy-day fund.

But because many of the players in the league are young, they spend recklessly. They buy too many cars. They spend $100,000 on a single night’s bar tab. They buy things they don’t need.

Perhaps, in this labor fight, the NFL owners are counting on that to break the union’s resolve. Once the paychecks stop coming and the players begin to miss payments on their cars and houses, what will they do if they didn’t heed the union’s advice and put money away?

Try to borrow from other teammates, maybe?

That might be the case, according to Eagles DE Brandon Graham, who tells Philadelphia Sports Daily he’s been approached by teammates who have asked to borrow a little bit of money. How much, exactly? The equivalent of one night out with Bryant McKinnie -- $100,000.

“They try not to make it awkward,” he said. “They’ll come to you like they’re joking, but they’re serious. They’re trying to feel you out, to see what you’ll say.”

Graham, however, denies the request.

“I’ll be like, ‘What are you going to do with it, other than blow it?’ I don’t want to be beefing with guys on my team because they owe me money,” said Graham.

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Posted on: February 20, 2011 1:37 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Bryant McKinnie apparently has $100K to burn

B. McKinnie supposedly dropped $100,000 on a bar tab (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you’re having a good, but expensive night out with your friends, how much are you spending? Couple hundred bucks, maybe? Or, say, $500 for a really special night with your significant other?

I know a guy who once spent $1,000 at a strip club in one night – a move we all thought was rather excessive. Especially considering the dude didn’t make $4.6 million that year or was scheduled to earn $13.4 million during the next three years.

Well, whatever your spending threshold is, chances are it’s probably not as much as Vikings T Bryant McKinnie spent Thursday.

According to TMZ, Bryant dropped a cool $100,000 at a celebrity party Thursday night in Hollywood. Apparently, he ordered 15 rather large bottles of rather expensive champagne that had the entire club completely entranced, but still, it’s hard to imagine dropping 1/10 of $1 million in one night.

You know how, after you spend a night out and you wake up the next morning only to dread looking at the ATM receipt that’s stashed on top of your wallet? Can you imagine McKinnie the next day, looking at this bank statement and exclaiming, “Wait, I spent how much last night?”

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 8:46 am
Edited on: October 31, 2010 8:47 am
 

Top Ten with a Twist: Halloween costumes

A. Cromartie would look great if he went as a dandelion for his Halloween costume (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Today will be a packed day for you. Naturally, you’ve got a full slate of NFL games to watch – either on TV or in the stadium of your choice – and then there’s going to be the few hours you need to recover from your team winning (beer!) or from your team losing (beer mixed with tears!). Then, you’ve got to take the kids trick-or-treating, because, lest you forget, it’s Halloween.

With that in mind, we’ve come up with the top-10 best costumes the NFL could make use of this year. Most would require a sense of humor from the individual player, but if that player DID dress up in what we’re suggesting, they would automatically be included in our Awesome Hall of Fame.

There were quite a few costumes we left off, because they simply weren’t good enough (or were too obvious). One of which was Terrell Owens/Chad Ochocinco as Batman/Robin. We’ve been there, done that. We also had a Wizard of Oz theme working with Albert Haynesworth as the tin man, Norv Turner as the scarecrow, Bryant McKinnie as the lion, and referee Gene Steratore (the official who had to make the replay calls on the Calvin Johnson non-TD catch and the Ben Roethlisberger non-TD fumble) as the actual Wizard (pay no attention to that man behind (or, in this case, underneath) that curtain!)

10. Joe Flacco = The Situation. This is the reason we had this idea in the first place. The other day we told you about Flacco dressing up like the Jersey Shore’s biggest star (complete with faux-hawk, racing stripes and the state map of New Jersey shaved into the back of his head). Yes, Flacco, at face value, doesn’t seem to have much in common with The Situation. But he was the impetus for our idea, so we include him.

9. Tom Brady = Justin Bieber. Obviously, the hair. And yes, this story has been a bit played-out, but we can’t get over the fact that Bieber tried to call out Brady in his terrible bit of freestyling on that ridiculous video. It makes me sad.

We miss J. Allen's mullet, but probably not as much as he does (Getty). 8. Jared Allen = Samson. You know, the biblical character. The guy who had so much strength because of the length of his hair, and then cut it all off because of that damn Delilah (that’s the basic framework of the story, right? It’s been a long time since I was in Sunday school). Well, Allen – who’s recorded only one sack in six games this year – has been invisible for most of the season after cutting off his mullet, because of, sigh, a woman (now his wife).

7. Brett Favre = Bill Clinton. The only prop he needs is a cigar.

6. Brett Favre = Verizon cell phone guy. Actually, this one wasn’t my joke, but I think it’s funnier than the Bill Clinton gag. Yet, IF Favre went as the Verizon guy with a pair of the No Fly Wranglers made famous by SNL, he might shoot to No. 1 on this list.

5. Ben Roethlisberger = a stop sign. First of all, Roethlisberger has the solid width to support an octagonal sign. Second of all, Roethlisberger would do well to heed the sign’s message the next time he’s out at a bar or a golf course or anywhere where there are females present. Roethlisberger would get even bigger props if he could pair the sign with a motorcycle helmet (safety first!). 

4. Wade Phillips = Bernie Lomax from “Weekend at Bernie’s.” At this point, Andrew McCarthy might as well be slapping flies off Phillips' forehead. Phillips obviously is still the head coach of the Cowboys, but the way the season has gone, he’s a dead coach walking. McCarthy and Jonathan Silverman don’t yet have to intertwine their shoelaces with Phillips’ to drag him out to the field, but if things get much worse for the Cowboys, we’re not far away from having a big boozed-out party at Phillips’ island getaway.

3. Jeff Fisher = CSI investigator. The Titans coach has become a private detective after his WR Kenny Britt was arrested last week at a club a couple days before Tennessee took the field against the Eagles (where he pounded Philadelphia single-handedly). Later, Fisher admitted he visited the Karma Lounge on a fact-finding mission to find out what had really happened with Britt. No word on whether he went inside wearing a trench coat and a top hat. Or whether David Caruso was with him.

2. Braylon Edwards = taxi driver. This might be a stretch for Edwards, considering it’s entirely possibly he’s never actually been INSIDE a cab before. Especially when he’s out for a night on the town and allegedly has had way too much to drink. Or, even better, Edwards could dress as a limo driver. Get the nice suit, the jaunty hat, maybe a scarf and (definitely) the driving gloves.

1. Antonio Cromartie = dandelion. Do you know why? Can you figure it out? Why would we compare the Jets cornerback to the flowering plant from the genus taraxacum? Think about what happens when you blow a fully-bloomed dandelion. The seeds scatter to the wind in an effort to reproduce and to make new dandelions. How does that relate to Cromartie? Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, check the video below. Happy Halloween indeed.




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