Good morning all, I’m powering down that 1st coffee of the day, and thankfully it’s strong enough to take the enamel off my bath. There’s a fair bit of Vikings’ news today, mostly building on old stories though, but you gotta make the most of it, because it’s all going to dry up in the coming months, especially if Brett makes his mind up sooner rather than later.
So, on with business. Cornerback Antoine Winfield is set to see a foot specialist in North Carolina, which should hopefully sort out the sub-par form he had at the end of this season. We missed Winfield when he was out, and when he came back he was only at around 80%, so our secondary still suffered. Having Winny back at full strength will be a big boost for our pass defence next year.
But his partner in crime, Cedric Griffin could miss the start of the season as he is due to undergo major knee surgery, which will see him out of action for 6-9 months. Griffin has proven his worth to the team time and time again, and when he and Winfield are fit we look a lot more assured at the back, so we’ll just have to hold our breath that he will be good to go in September.
Should Cedric Griffin fail to make the start of the season, his understudy is likely to be Asher Allen who we picked up in the third round of last years draft. Whilst no relation to dear old Jared, Asher made an impressive start to his Vikings career, making Big Ben Sethrogensberger* fumble in the fourth, and he made a key tackle on a kick return to save a touchdown. He’d relish the chance to get out on the field again and pick up some more experience, especially considering Griffin is no spring chicken.
* Ever seen Seth Rogen and Ben Roethlisberger in the same room? Thought not… Imagine if Rogen guest starred in House, now that would be really weird.
But I digress, the next order of business if McNabb Watch! Speaking to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (wasn’t he Aragorn in Lord of the Rings?), he stated that “We’ve been going through this the last two or three years, and I’ve been in one spot. I don’t want to be anywhere else but Philly. Andy came out to say it, and the guys want me back, and that’s the most important thing.” That seems like a pretty clear “I’m going nowhere” to me, but I also have a feeling the speculation will continue at least until Favre makes his mind up. Chilly’s links to McNabb should also add fuel to the great fire that is the sports rumour mill.
Kevin Rogers, our quarterback coach will interview today for the vacant Offensive Coordinator post at the Chicago Bores. It would definitely be a step up for Rogers, but I don’t know how much he’d fancy the donut incentivized training that Jay “Pass the Krispy Kreme” Cutler is used to. Still there is the possibility that he could go in as a Vikings’ Secret Agent, and make Cutler even more of an interception machine.
On NFL Total Access, VP of Officiating, Mike Pereira talked about some of the key calls in Sunday’s game, explaining why the key decisions were not overturned. But as the article points out, it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference to the result, and it might just make the average Viking boil with rage…
If you are still peeved at the end of our season, Phil Hartman wrote a very good article about keeping the faith for next year so do check it out.
And as usual, I’ll end with more chatter from the NFL’s water cooler, it’s FAVRE WATCH
Scott Favre, Brett’s brother talks about how the Silver Fox was “beat up physically and mentally” by the Saints on Sunday. He also talked about how he’s torn as to whether he wants his brother to return to football, but added that Brett’s bond with the team was so strong that Brett’s likely to feel the pain of loss even more because he wanted to win for them as much as himself, but this could also drive him on for another season.
And amazingly that’s it so far for FAVRE WATCH today… But I’ll be sure to update if there’s anything else to report.