Welcome to today's Vikings Live Chat with Matt Vensel. He'll be here at noon to answer questions and field comments. You can start leaving them now.
Good afternoon, everyone. Let's talk Vikings.
Logan, if you are asking me, I think they should consider giving Newman an opportunity to play safety alongside Smith. I also thought Harris played well the other night. I think we know what Sendejo is at this point, though a case could be made that the Vikings were still winning games and playing well defensively with him in there. Let's worry about this once Harrison Smith gets back.
Logan, I think he is part of the long-term plan on the offensive line, yes, but nothing is going to be handed to him. As for Loadholt, I don't see him coming back unless he is willing to slash his salary.
Thanks for the kind words about the podcast. I hope everyone else is tuning in, as well. Michael Rand and I have fun doing it. As for your question, I still think the Vikings should be open-minded about addressing the safety position. Newman would be a stopgap if he moved to safety and Exum and Harris are still unproven. I'm not saying that you definitely draft a safety in the early rounds. But if there is one you really like, why not consider it?
I think they will shadow him with Xavier Rhodes and give him safety help on most of the plays. I don't think you have to worry too much about Chicago's other receiving threats.
Well, I think the bigger concern is getting their three injured defensive standouts back. But there are guys that need to step up, specifically on offense. They will need Teddy to play as his peak if they want to make a deep playoff run. They also need their offensive line to step up. And they need Stefon Diggs and/or Mike Wallace to become a consistent receiving threat.
Well, we haven't had access to Norv since the game, but I heard he was on the radio today defending the call and perhaps pushing the blame to Teddy. I think they can split the blame up 50/50. The play call was not good, in my opinion, but Teddy cannot take a sack there.
Is there a question in here somewhere?
Brian Robison will be 33 next season and is making a decent chunk of change, so he could find himself in a Chad Greenway-type situation this offseason, yes.
Sorry, but I cannot. Nothing new to report.
Kalil is at the very least a distant third on the blame depth chart.
T.J. Clemmings and Brandon Fusco are vying for that honor.
I assume we are talking positives here. A few weeks ago, I would have said Stefon Diggs, but he has come crashing down to earth. So I'll go with Terence Newman. Not that I expected Terence to be bad, but I thought he would eventually give way to Trae Waynes. But he has kept the top pick on the bench.
That's going to be the plan every week unless they fall behind by multiple scores in the second half.
I heard a lot of cranes and bulldozers when I was there last.
Well, that stat says it all. He's a good young corner who gets his hands on passes but can hang on to them. He was probably running before catching that pick, which would have been a game-changer.
I think he has gotten a better grasp of how he wants to handle clock management. I've liked that he has been aggressive late in the second quarter when it comes to calling timeouts when he thinks he is going to get a stop on D and get the ball back for the offense. He has gotten scrutinized for the last-minute decision the other night. I was fine with the decision to push for more yards because 47-48 yards is no chip shot for Blair Walsh. The play itself was what was disastrous.
Jeff has been OK this year. Not perfect by any stretch, but definitely improved from a year ago.
Sure, go for it. He does have two TDs this year, though.
I'd guess, but it would be uneducated, so I'll pass. Keep in mind, guys, that the Vikings have been off all weekend and we haven't had access to the coach since Friday. So we don't really have anything new to report.
If they let you in the press box, I'll shake your hand.