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Daily Norseman 6 hours ago
Pro Football Focus Gives Vikings’ Front Seven High Marks

Pro Football Focus Gives Vikings’ Front Seven High Marks

Not surprisingly, the Vikings’ defense received some high praise from the analytics site. We know that the Minnesota Vikings’ defense is among the best in the National Football League, and the folks at Pro Football Focus have provided us with some numbers to back that assertion up. PFF has released their rankings of the “front sevens” across the National Football League, and the purple came in at #6 in those rankings. Top overall grade: DT Linval Joseph, 83.3 Lowest overall grade: LB Anthony Barr, 43.1 It’s amazing that the Vikings are among the top 10 on this list with Sharrif...
Daily Norseman 10 hours ago
Wednesday Open Thread: January 18, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: January 18, 2017

Hump Daaaaayyyyyyyy! Merry Wednesday, everyone! Alright, so I can’t figure out how to insert polls on this new format, so I’ll just ask you all what you think of the decision to re-hire Pat Shurmur as our offensive coordinator. Let us know in the comments. Around the DN since our last open thread: Well, it’s that time of year. Not much new around these parts. Vikings news from other sources: Over at 1500 ESPN, they look at 10 free agent offensive linemen the Vikings should avoid. From Vikings.com: Vikings returners were selected for PFWA teams. Eric Smith gives Bradford high marks...
Daily Norseman Jan 17, 2017
Tuesday Open Thread: January 17, 2017

Tuesday Open Thread: January 17, 2017

Not a very heavy news day today Merry Tuesday, everyone! Alright, I think life has calmed a bit & the thread should be timely & consistent once again. It’s been a hectic week or two. Around the DN since our last open thread: The Vikings hired Kennedy Polamalu as their running backs coach. Chris posted the 2017 Conference Championship schedule. Vikings news from other sources: Andrew Krammer at the Strib looks at how our linebackers graded in 2016. From Vikings.com: Craig Peters looks at our plug-and-play offensive line from this past season. Around the rest of the NFL: From NFL.com,...
Daily Norseman Jan 16, 2017
Vikings Hire Kennedy Polamalu As Running Backs Coach

Vikings Hire Kennedy Polamalu As Running Backs Coach

If the name sounds familiar. . .well, it should. The shuffling of the coaching staff for the Minnesota Vikings continues, as there’s another new face on the offensive side of things. Numerous reports have indicated that the Vikings have hired Kennedy Polamalu to serve as their running backs coach. Polamalu. . .who, yes, is related to future Hall of Fame safety Troy Polamalu (Kennedy is Troy’s uncle). . .most recently served as the offensive coordinator of the UCLA Bruins. Kennedy Polamalu was a fullback for UCLA’s cross-town rival, USC, from 1982 to 1985. Since then, he’s held...
Daily Norseman Jan 16, 2017
Monday Open Thread: January 16, 2017

Monday Open Thread: January 16, 2017

It’s Conference Championship week! Happy Monday everyone! I do love Mondays. Well, the opponents in the division championship game are set. I know how it’s going to end........this sucks. It’s going to be a long off-season. We’ll all suffer together. Around the DN since our last open thread: Kentrell Brothers was recognized for his special teams play. Adrian Peterson helped a stranded motorist in Houston. The Bills hired our old pal, Leslie Frazier, to be their new defensive coordinator. I wish the best for Frazier, he seems like a good man & I hope he does well there (as long as...
Daily Norseman Jan 15, 2017
Zimmer: “No Timetable” For Teddy Bridgewater’s Return

Zimmer: “No Timetable” For Teddy Bridgewater’s Return

The Vikings’ head coach was interviewed on ESPN on Sunday, and didn’t give a specific timeline as to when #5 would be back. Earlier this week, we saw Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater doing some agility drills in his quest to come back from the non-contact knee injury that ended his 2016 season before it could even get started. While it does provide some hope for those of us that are hoping to see #5 back on the field soon, we still don’t know what sort of time frame we’re looking at for Bridgewater’s return. Apparently, this puts us in the same boat as Vikings’...
Daily Norseman Jan 15, 2017
NFL Playoffs Schedule: Conference Championships Will Be Set Today

NFL Playoffs Schedule: Conference Championships Will Be Set Today

Half of each Conference Title game has been decided. What action is there for today? Yesterday, we got half of the field for the NFL’s Conference Championship games filled, and the other halves of those games will be decided today. Just like yesterday, the NFC will kick things off on Sunday with the “Why do Minnesota Vikings fans have to cheer for either of these teams Bowl.” The game will be on FOX at 3:30 PM Central, and it will feature the Green Bay Packers taking on the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas is favored in this one. . .personally, I’m hoping they can hold serve at home. Vikings...
Daily Norseman Jan 14, 2017
Buffalo Bills Hire Leslie Frazier As Defensive Coordinator

Buffalo Bills Hire Leslie Frazier As Defensive Coordinator

For the teams that aren't in the National Football League playoffs, the coaching carousel is spinning at full speed, and one of our old friends has gotten himself a pretty prominent job again. Leslie Frazier, who was the Vikings' head coach for three and a half seasons, and the team's defensive coordinator for three and a half seasons prior to that, has signed on to be the Defensive Coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. He had been serving as the secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens. Frazier stepped in as the interim head coach for the Vikings following the firing of Brad Childress, and...
Daily Norseman Jan 14, 2017
Adrian Peterson Helps Stranded Motorist

Adrian Peterson Helps Stranded Motorist

The running back helped to push a vehicle out of harm’s way in Houston. 2016 may have been a season to forget for Adrian Peterson, but he’s helped to make the early part of 2017 more memorable for a stranded motorist in Houston, Texas. Courtesy of the Twitter account of Larry Fitzgerald, Sr., we have photos of the Vikings’ all-time leading rusher helping to move a pickup truck out of traffic. Vikings star leading rusher Adrian Peterson helps stranded motorist.Peterson helped push vehicle to safety. pic.twitter.com/2llptS1Vcy— Larry Fitzgerald Sr. (@FitzBeatSr) January 12,...
Daily Norseman Jan 14, 2017
Kentrell Brothers Recognized For Strong Special Teams Play

Kentrell Brothers Recognized For Strong Special Teams Play

The Vikings’ rookie got some love from the folks at Pro Football Focus. Gotta give credit to Adam Carlson over at The Viking Age for having this one before I got to it. By pretty much any measure, the 2016 Draft Class for the Minnesota Vikings was a disappointment. Wide receiver Laquon Treadwell struggled to get on the field, cornerback Mackensie Alexander looked pretty rough before finally going on injured reserve, and most of the rest of the class didn’t contribute very much, either. One rookie that did make some contributions, however, was linebacker Kentrell Brothers. The...
Daily Norseman Jan 13, 2017
Horns, Swords and a Longship: January 13,

Horns, Swords and a Longship: January 13,

Well it’s another Friday, let’s see what this one brings us. What else is new, am I right? Anybody freeze to death on the way into work? Longship Log In what I can only describe as a travesty of justice, Linval Joseph has FINALLY been named to his first Pro Bowl. Around the Horns VT has an article on Mark Craig’s answers to three questions. 1500ESPN.com has some fun with hindsight. The newest episode of the Purple Podcast is up. PFF had a few nice things to say about some of the special teamers for the Vikings. Swords from the Opposing Hordes The (now) LA Chargers...
Daily Norseman Jan 12, 2017
Norse Code Podcast Episode 171: A Blank Sheet of Paper

Norse Code Podcast Episode 171: A Blank Sheet of Paper

This week, Arif and Dusty save the Vikings news for the mailbag as they recap the wild-card playoff round and preview the divisional round. Featuring a fully fleshed-out Hall of Wasted Potential and the imagined return of Bill Musgrave, this episode is not to be missed! The all-unfulfilled potential team is finally done! Please argue with it. We also go over the point spreads for all the playoff games as if I’m some kind of expert or something. Dusty and Arif also go deep in the weeds on food advice and are relatively light when it comes to discussing quarterback coaches. *****Download...
Daily Norseman Jan 12, 2017
Linval Joseph finally makes the Pro Bowl

Linval Joseph finally makes the Pro Bowl

The Vikings defensive tackle has been named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career. It took long enough, but Big Goon is finally going to the Pro Bowl. With Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald dropping out, Linval Joseph has been named to his first Pro Bowl, which will be held on January 29 in Orlando this year. Since arriving in Minnesota in 2014, Linval Joseph has been one of the unsung heroes of the Vikings defense under Mike Zimmer. His impact on the field doesn’t always blow up the stat sheet, but few defensive tackles in the league pass the eye test better than Joseph....
Daily Norseman Jan 12, 2017
Thursday Open Thread: January 12, 2017

Thursday Open Thread: January 12, 2017

It’s Thirsty Thorsday! Merry thirsty Thorsday, everyone! Thanks to just_rob for pinch hitting this morning, I’m a bit under the weather here. Around the DN since our last open thread: Chris posted a video showing Teddy rehabbing his knee. According to PFF, there were worse offensive lines than Minnesota’s. Danielle Hunter made the top 25 under 25 list. Per a report, the Chargers have announced their intention to move to L.A. Vikings news from other sources: The Star-Tribune has a list of all 19 Vikings free agents. Ben Goessling looks at the Vikings offensive line and potential...
Daily Norseman Jan 11, 2017
Report: Chargers Announce Intention To Move To Los Angeles

Report: Chargers Announce Intention To Move To Los Angeles

It appears that Los Angeles has gotten their second team. It appears that the Minnesota Vikings, as well as every other team, have played their last NFL game in San Diego for the foreseeable future. A stunner: Chargers plan to announce as early as Thursday they are moving to LA, ending 55-year stint with SD, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2017 Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the San Diego Chargers will be announcing their intention to move to Los Angeles as early as Thursday. They will join the Los Angeles Rams, who moved from St. Louis...
Daily Norseman Jan 11, 2017
Danielle Hunter Makes “Top 25 Under 25”

Danielle Hunter Makes “Top 25 Under 25”

The second-year defensive end is turning some heads. We know that the Minnesota Vikings have a lot of good, young players on their squad that they can build around going forward. According to Pro Football Focus, however, none of them are as impressive as second-year defensive end Danielle Hunter. On their list of the Top 25 NFL players under the age of 25, Hunter is the only member of the Vikings listed, coming in at #24. Hunter is still just 22 years old, and he only turned 22 in late October. He is younger than most of the rookie class that has just completed its first season in the...
Daily Norseman Jan 11, 2017
Pro Football Focus: There Were Worse Offensive Lines Than Minnesota’s

Pro Football Focus: There Were Worse Offensive Lines Than Minnesota’s

Yeah, I don’t believe it either. The folks from Pro Football Focus have released their offensive line rankings from this past season. The most surprising takeaway from the list? Apparently there were offensive lines in the National Football League that were worse than the Minnesota Vikings. I’m not sure if I buy that, but these aren’t my rankings. According to PFF, there were actually three offensive lines that were worse than the Vikings’ this season, as they have them ranked at #29 out of 32 teams. Let’s take a look at what they had to say about them. Top overall grade: C Joe...
Daily Norseman Jan 11, 2017
Video: Teddy Bridgewater Rehabbing His Knee

Video: Teddy Bridgewater Rehabbing His Knee

It’s Teddy! And he’s doing things! With the offseason officially underway, I’m sure there’s been at least one occasion where just about every Minnesota Vikings fan has said to themselves, “You know, I wonder how Teddy Bridgewater’s rehab from his knee injury is going.” Well, we have an answer. Six glorious seconds worth of an answer. A “Vine” was put out today showing #5 going through some of his rehab at a medical facility in Parts Unknown. From the looks of things, his rehab seems to be going just fine. Bridgewater is doing an agility drill of some kind. For someone...
Daily Norseman Jan 11, 2017
Wednesday Open Thread: January 11, 2017

Wednesday Open Thread: January 11, 2017

Hump Daaayyyyyyyy! Happy Wednesday, everyone! I’m gonna be scarce again, so please shoot me an email if there’s anything that needs to be addressed. Around the DN since our last open thread: The Vikings defensive coordinator, George Edwards, is to coach the East-West Shrine Game, per Chris. Hey, it never hurts to have an extra guy scouting (although that didn’t work out for us with Ponder after Chilly coached him in the Senior Bowl) Vikings news from other sources: From The Viking Age, Danielle Hunter was on PFF’s list of the top 25 under the age of 25. From Vikings.com: Eric...
Daily Norseman Jan 10, 2017
George Edwards To Coach In East-West Shrine Game

George Edwards To Coach In East-West Shrine Game

The Vikings’ defensive coordinator will be heading up the West team. When it comes to the Minnesota Vikings’ defense, Defensive Coordinator George Edwards doesn’t seem to get a whole lot of credit. (Yes, we’ve been guilty of this, too.) The defense is generally considered Mike Zimmer’s defense, but Edwards has played a role in their rise since joining the Vikings with Zimmer back in 2016. Well, we might not always give him the proper credit, but it appears that someone has noticed his coaching skills. Per the folks at Scout.com, Edwards will be one of the two head coaches in the...

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