Tag:Minnesota Vikings
Posted on: July 25, 2010 8:47 pm

Adrian Peterson will be at training camp on time

Adrian Peterson missed some of the Vikings' June training camp, and speculation was that it was contract-related. After all, it's pretty widely rumored that Peterson wants a new deal at some point .

However, Peterson's desire for a new contract won't cause him to be late to training camp, according to the Star-Tribune 's Judd Zulgad (via PFT ), who caught up with the Vikings running back at a charity event.
Peterson said he will be at training camp on time and did not miss June minicamp for contract-related reasons.
Peterson also said he is "sure that there have been talks" between his reps and the Vikes. Zulgad tweeted that Peterson "seemed somewhat annoyed" by the fact that people believed he missed the June camp because of a contract issue.

Expect to see Peterson in on time, and don't be surprised if the Vikings are trying to figure out a way to work out some sort of new deal before his base salary gets cranked north of $10 million for the 2011 season.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 8:10 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2010 8:49 pm

Beiniemy, Pola timelines expose Kiffin's behavior

Lane Kiffin hired Kennedy Pola away from the Tennessee Titans earlier Saturday, angering USC alum and Titans' head coach Jeff Fisher. Turns out, Pola wasn't Kiffin's first choice.

Eric Bieniemy, Minnesota Vikings running backs coach, was ... except Bieniemy turned Kiffin down, according to the Star-Tribune . "First off I felt I would have let my players down," he said. "On top of that, I would have let my fellow coaches down and I would have let the organization down. There was a lot pulling at me. After having conversations with our head coach, with people in management and ownership this is the right place for me and the right decision. Of course, it probably doesn't hurt that he also got a pay raise and received the title of "assistant head coach" while remaining with a team that IS eligible for the postseason over the next two years.

What's really interesting though, is how the timeline of Kiffin's offer to Bieniemy jives with the Pola-Fisher incident. You see, according to Brad Childress, Bieniemy told the Vikings head coach that he was staying on Thursday morning (after getting his raise and promotion, natch).

Kiffin then, according to a statement he made Saturday in response to Fisher's anger, "reached out to Kennedy Pola [on Friday] to gauge whether he had any possible interest in returning to USC ..."

So, assuming Kiffin's timeline is accurate, he tried for his top choice and got rejected because an NFL team had more to offer. So, he went after his second choice. Except that he most likely knew that if he alerted Fisher that he was attempting to hire Pola, Fisher would immediately offer up some sort of incentive to stay in Tennessee.

Just like Childress did.

Which is a much more reasonable explanation than whatever junk Kiffin tried to offer up instead.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 4:11 pm

Quick pop quiz

Can you guess the lone holdout from the sixth round of the NFL draft?

That’s right. It’s Vikings QB Joe Webb. The Star-Tribune has the story.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 10:29 am
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:32 am

Favre upset over 'drama queen,' gained 14 pounds

As it turns out, the two items in the title are actually unrelated, although the idea of Brett Favre reading the Men's Journal article where Bus Cook called him a "drama queen" and then eating two gallons of double-fudge, chocolate chunk ice cream while crying in his room is pretty amusing.

But, yeah, that's not what happened. However, the reasonably awkward quotes about Favre from Cook in Stephen Rodrick's article did inspire a reaction from Favre, when WDAM's Mitchell Williams caught up with Favre at Oak Grove High School on Wednesday and asked him about the whole shebang (you can watch the video here ):Really kind of Bus has caught a little grief in the story with Men's Journal ... [Rodrick] spent a day with us. We filmed the Wrangler commercial that day. We joked around and really it was a joking around [day]. You know Bus, you know me. We opened up our family lives to him. I guess the lesson to be learned in all that -- I hate to even say it -- [is] just that you can't trust anybody. That's not the way I was raised [to think like that]. Oh yeah, and he admitted that he gained 14 pounds in the offseason. What a FATTY, right?

Seriously though (since I bet everyone's pretty confident Favre can shed a couple LB's before the season starts), Rodrick's article sounds as if Bus and Brett get into semi-serious spats about Favre flying by the seat of his pants; read it carefully and you can find some humor in the Cook and Favre exchange.

Which, I think, is the point that Favre is trying to make here; the problem is he just didn't make it clear and now people believe that he's being dramatic about being called a drama queen. The easy out would have been to just say that it's "unfortunate when reporters patently take stories out of context" and then let Rodrick read between the lines the next time he wants an interview.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 10:37 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 11:02 am

Favre's ankle not where he 'would like it to be'

#FavreWatch is in full effect right now, what with Vikings coach Brad Childress visiting Brett in Mississippi recently .

But it's lacked the sufficient tension of a true offseason drama (it's seemed more like a TNT original series at this point) ... until Favre told USA Today that his ankle isn't where he wants it to be in a recent interview, sparking lots of rabble-rousing and horned-helmeted head shaking.

"After almost nine weeks, it's not where I would like it to be, but I'm working at it,'' he said. "Maybe it never gets to where I want it to be. Forty years old … three surgeries … that's all you need to know.''

Seems a little too convenient of a reason to make people nervous, but whatever -- it's not like Favre, at his age, is ever going to be "100 percent." Getting older does that to everyone, be it golfers, quarterbacks or even bloggers. (Seriously: carpal tunnel ain't not joke.)

Also not a joke -- Favre has no deadline for his 2010 decision:

"The deadline? I don't know,'' Favre said. "There obviously comes a point where you've probably gone too far, where you just have to move on. He hopes I make the right decision for myself -- one way or the other.

This isn't surprising -- we mentioned that such a deadline was unlikely when first discussing Childress' visit . And the thing is, there won't be a deadline either.

That's because Favre's a top-five quarterback in the NFL , his backups are most certainly not, and if Childress wants to make a Super Bowl run this year, he needs No. 4. The leverage is obvious almost to the point of embarrassing.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:14 am
Edited on: July 20, 2010 11:30 am

Favre's agent has harsh words for his client

The August issue of Men’s Journal may be worth reading. There’s a story in there by Stephen Rodrick that provides very candid (and, we’ll assume, light-hearted) griping from Bus Cook, aka Brett Favre’s Agent. Apparently Cook isn’t always thrilled by his client’s well-known flair for the dramatic. Here’s an excerpt:

“Brett talked to (goshdarned) Ed Werder at ESPN, says he needs ankle surgery. Now why did he do that? I’ve got Childress calling. I’ve got reporters calling all damn morning. Goddammit, why does he have to be such a goddamned drama queen? Play, don’t play, goddamn, people are getting sick of it. I’m getting sick of it! Why does he have to talk to these people? What good does it do? Ed Werder at ESPN! What’s he ever done for anybody other than say, ‘Look, look, Mommy, I got this first, ain’t I special?’ You got problems with surgery, talk to your wife. Why talk to goddamned Ed Werder?”

A giant white pickup truck rumbles into the parking lot. The driver gingerly steps down from his perch. Cook looks out the window. He mulishly paws the rug with his sneakers.

“Goddamn, there’s Brett. This is going to be interesting.”

The silver-haired Favre is dressed in shorts and a sleeveless T-shirt, looking simultaneously like a kid and the grandpa he has just become. As he comes in the front door, his ruddy face breaks into a sheepish grin, one he’s flashed a thousand times, chinstrap undone, at head coaches after throwing across his body into double coverage. He didn’t flash it the last time he tried that maneuver on New Orleans turf. He was too tired, too broken. Actually, we may never see that smile again. That’s why we are here.

“Hey, Bus,” says Favre.

He speaks slowly, a boy trying to delay a spanking.

“I guess I screwed up. I didn’t think it was a big deal. I just told him that I might need surgery. He made it into a big thing.”

Bus stares him down, but his face crumples into an exasperated grin.

“Jesus, Brett. You never learn. You guys go talk. I’ve got goddamn phone calls to make.” He pokes a finger at Brett. “Thanks to you.”
Favre eases himself into a chair with the slight, obligatory groan of the middle-aged. (He turns 41 in October.) He knows what you’re thinking. On the field, you want him drawing plays up in the dirt, making things happen without a plan. You don’t want to know that’s how Favre lives the rest of his life. The ankle surgery kerfuffle — getting the procedure done, the speculation goes, may indicate he’s coming back — is just the latest production number in year three of “Will He or Won’t He Play,” Favre’s one-man show. At this point everyone is counting ceiling tiles and looking at their watches.

“You’d think I’d know better by now,” he says. He offers a different kind of smile: sad and weary. “I’ve learned a lot through the years. What I haven’t learned is what I’ll do and when I’ll do it.”

-- Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 2:41 pm

Brad Childress in Hattiesburg visiting Favre

The "Brett Favre Watch" -- an annual event in which the media, fans and some NFL team are held hostage by the whims of a veteran quarterback -- should get revved up pretty, pretty, pretty hard starting today.

That's because Vikings coach Brad Childress is in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, at Southern Miss' 7-on-7 passing camp, which Favre routinely attends . Childress was approached by WDAM TV and when asked about his visit, responded like so:

"You can fill in the blanks."

Don't mind if I do!

How does "To lock down Favre and avoid getting stuck holding a bag with Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels inside" sound?

Probably pretty accurate, although if you disagree and think he's there for the lovely weather that the deep south provides in the middle of July, please feel free to say as much in the comments.

It is worth noting that a) Favre was unwilling last week to make a commitment and b) it's highly unlikely Childress is down there pressuring Favre to make a decision now -- as long as No. 4 is committed to joining the Vikings at any reasonable point before the season begins, he'll be a more than welcome addition, not to mention an upgrade from the previously mentioned backups.

Of course, for the rest of us, that means we get full-on saturation until he finally makes up his mind. Although since we've suffered through LeBrocalypse Now since the last Favre Watch, this one should at least be easier to handle.

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 10:12 am

Favre still not saying if he'll return

Though it seems crystal clear that Vikings QB Brett Favre will return for his 20th season – he probably wouldn’t be throwing to high school receivers if he wasn’t planning to come back – he still refuses to say for sure.

In an interview with ESPN after Wednesday night’s ESPYs awards, as captured by Fanhouse , Favre played coy.

"I would love to play and be the best I can possibly be, and that's what I'm working towards right now,” he said.

After an outstanding 2009, Favre had offseason ankle surgery that was deemed minor. But the recovery time has been slower for Favre than he’d like.

"I still have a little bit of time," Favre said during a post-ESPYs interview. "I'm still, believe it or not, not completely healthy, and I may never be. … I'd hope it (the ankle) would be a little better at this point. I can walk on it, but you don't walk in football."

Either way, I wouldn’t expect to see much of Favre at Vikings training camp this season. He didn’t attend last year’s camp either, and that seemed to work out OK for everybody.

--Josh Katzowitz

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