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I was looking at the defensive line situation and was wondering about
-- Nate A.
The defensive line has been an area of strength for the Vikings during Robison’s four seasons and as a result he’s not been able to crack the starting lineup with any regularity. Jared Allen and
This year, though, Robison’s role could change and there’s a chance he’ll get a promotion to be the starting DE opposite Allen. Edwards is set to become a free agent whenever the work stoppage concludes and he’s been quite vocal about his desire to leave Minnesota. If that happens, Robison would be the logical candidate to enter the preseason as the starter. The left DE in the Vikings defense is required to be stout against the run as well as effective in rushing the passer, and Robison’s skill set is such that he can succeed in that role.
I have two questions regarding the upcoming season. First, Brett Favre has filed for retirement and it appears as though he is planning to stay retired. Do you think there would ever be a possibility of Favre joining the Vikings coaching staff as a quarterbacks coach? He is an incredibly smart player with tons of experience and his insights could be very beneficial to a couple of young QB's like
-- Casey H.
I agree that Favre’s football experience and intelligence would allow him to be a valuable asset on a coaching staff that is trying to groom a young QB or two. But at this time I just don’t see the coaching profession appealing to Favre and I also think the Vikings already have the coaches they need to develop Ponder and Webb with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and with QBs coach Craig Johnson. Favre is retired from the game and will presumably want to enjoy his time off with his family, rather than coming back to an NFL facility to put in 80 hour weeks for half the year. Maybe somewhere down the line he’ll want to enter the coaching profession, but right now I don’t see that as even remotely possible.
The second question is tough answer at this point because the CBA hasn’t been ratified by the players yet, so all the details have not been released. But I can give you a rough guess – based on what others have been reporting about the new CBA – of which current Vikings will become free agents. My best guess is that the following players will be unrestricted free agents: WR
Again, those two lists are not official and they are my best guess based on what NFL insiders have been reporting about the new CBA.
A lot has been said about pursuing LB Mark Herzlich in free agency. I think that would be great, but what do you think the chances are of the Vikings looking at S DeAndre McDaniel or DT Ian Williams? If we lose Ben Leber, we have a pretty deep linebacker corps to draw from, but if we cut
-- Robb S.
The names Robb brought up are players who went undrafted last April and will be free agents once the work stoppage ends. College free agency is an important part of the offseason and we haven’t had it yet because of the work stoppage.
Right after the draft on the vikings.com Blog, we took a look at some of the better players that went undrafted. Both Herzlich and McDaniel were on the list of defensive players that the Vikings could consider bringing aboard to bolster the roster. Check out the link above to read about McDaniel, Williams and several other undrafted college free agents who will soon be finding teams and, perhaps, making teams for the 2011 season. http://blog.vikings.com/2011/05/05/undrafted-free-agents-to-watch-defense/
What do you think about implementing a two tight end set? The Patriots ran it last season and had a lot of success with it and it seems to me that we have all the tools to have great success with
-- Sean W.
I think you’ll see this quite frequently and I think it will become the most effective if the Vikings can establish a productive ground game. If the ground game is productive, teams will stack up to stop it and the defenses will especially expect the run when the Vikings employ a two TE set. That would allow the Vikings an opportunity to use play-action to catch defenses anticipating the run and utilizing the TEs in the passing game.