Freeman is mobile and strong. He's different than Ponder or Cassel. Will he breathe life into the offense? Maybe. Somehow, the team has to get Adrian Peterson back on track. If teams are keying on Peterson -- and they are -- then one of the quarterbacks needs to make those teams pay. That clearly hasn't happened yet, Pittsburgh victory aside.
Jeff Locke was a fifth rounder. If they liked him, and they clearly did, he's a fine fifth rounder. In that round, you're not going to find too many defensive studs.
Spielman loves to wheel and deal on draft day. You never know what will happen. But draft day is a long ways away ... again, what if Freeman is great and the Vikings lock him up for a few years? That solves that problem. We know this: Spielman went out and got Freeman because he wants him to be the Vikings quarterback this season. They are hoping he plays great. Let's wait for the season to end before we speculate too much about the draft. Or ... maybe we don't have to. Start watching Teddy B now!
Yes, exactly. The defense isn't getting off the field on third down, and that's a major issue. But long, sustained drives by an offense are the best defense. I think Knute Rockne once told Sid that.
When it's third-and-1, and you have the best RB in football, yeah, he should get the ball. But if he gets it five yards behind the line of scrimmage ... well ... we all know how that works out.
If Zach could use his stick in the secondary, he'd be scary. But I've heard he isn't as fast in street shoes as he is on skates.
Perspective has been talking to Coach Leslie Frazier, folks.
If you are still wondering where Chip is, he's still trying to fix his internet issues.
When Chip and I went to college, the internet hadn't been invented yet. So there were no classes on troubleshooting. We were amazed at microwaves.
The Vikings still believe, based on a roster similar to or better than last season's, that they can compete. The failure of Ponder to take a step ahead was a major failure. The shoddy play of the defense, frankly, was unexpected in many ways. Best-case scenario is that Freeman is strong and the defense shores up.
Hey, he's alive. I just love technology. Sorry for the delay. But I'll jump in now.
Hey, Chipper is here! How are you my friend? I'll give you the floor.
I said 8-8 before the season. It's always dangerous trying to predict future games (See: Browns game), but the schedule doesn't get any easier at this point. At the beginning of the season, most people thought the early part of the season was the most manageable.
I think he needs a strong showing rest of the season to justify bringing him back. Cook simply hasn't shown he's able to stay on the field for any length of time.
Frazier's job status will become an ongoing story line if the team doesn't make a dramatic turnaround. As everyone knows, he's under contract through 2014, but I can't see the organization allowing him to coach next season in the final year. But I also should note that the front office bears some responsibility for drafting Ponder and giving the coaching staff this secondary minus Winfield.
He's made a few plays, but you're right, his presence in the middle has been mostly quiet. The run defense up the middle struggled Sunday. I wrote about the run defense for the paper today. Would love to hear what Pat Williams has to say watching it now.
Wow, now I know what it's like to be misquoted. Nice job, Ronny ... if that is your real name.
I'll be surprised if it's not Freeman this week. The team is 1-4. They need to evaluate Freeman to see if he's possibly their long-term answer. I know he might not be 100 percent comfortable with the terminology and protections yet, but they can come up with a game plan that allows him to play.
I don't think they are that point yet, although Frazier did mention yesterday possibly giving Gerald Hodges some playing time at the Will linebacker with Bishop tearing his ACL. I would be interested to see what he can do if given a chance.
I actually think Robison has been their most active defensive lineman. They're happy with his play and they needed to start addressing the future with so many guys up after this year -- Allen, Williams, Griffen. Plus, it gave them from cap space after the Freeman signing.
Nobody said that publicly. And yes, players have a ton of respect for Frazier because he treats them with respect.
Honestly, I give up trying to predict anything with this team. I thought they would kill the Browns. And I picked then to win Sunday because that was a perfect opportunity to build some momentum and remain relevant in the NFC. Who knows how they will respond this week.
He's said all the right things so far. But that's something to keep an eye on going forward if this season continues to spiral downward.
The two sides have had some communication the past month. But at this point, not sure if Winfield would want to play for a team that is 1-4 and not heading in the right direction.
That's a hard one to answer. They've certainly been up and down. They played well against Chicago and Pittsburgh and struggled in other games. I thought that group would be one of the team's strengths this season because of the returning talent and continuity.
Ha. I don't know them, but I've sat by them on plane rides home after road games a few times on Monday morning.
I just don't see that happening. I know people mention it, but Peterson is too valuable to the franchise in so many ways.
The Winfield decision still baffles me. They didn't want to pay him a big salary, but they left themselves with no reliable replacement. Josh Robinson had never played that slot/nickel role in his career. We knew the secondary was an area of concern going into the season and that's playing out every week.
That's been an issue in the past and it could be again this season if the losing continues.
OK, everyone. I have to jump off now. I apologize for the technical issues but thanks for hanging with us. We'll do this again next week same time. Enjoy the rest of your week.