Monday Morning Mailbag

Posted Feb 1, 2010

Do you have a comment or question? Send it to the Mailbag! Every Monday during the offseason we’ll post several comments and/or questions as part of the Mailbag feature. Although we can’t post every comment or question, we will reply to every question submitted.

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Chester Taylor is going to be a free agent this offseason. How will the Vikings handle that situation? Will they bring him back?
-- Deb C., Parma, OH

Only time will tell how the situation plays out and how the Vikings handle it. The first decision has to be made by Taylor – does he want to leave and be a feature back somewhere? Or is he satisfied with his role here with the Vikings?

There might not be many teams who would value Taylor as much as the Vikings. He’s been a do-it-all RB in Minnesota. In 2006 he was a feature back and gained 1,200 yards. Since Adrian Peterson has arrived, Taylor has been a terrific change of pace back and has become a threat out of the backfield as a receiver. He’s been great on 3rd downs.

My guess is the Vikings want to keep him and will do everything they can to have him in uniform. It could be a franchise or transition tag. It could be a multi-year contract extension. I’m sure other teams will take a serious look at him, but again, he might be valued the most by the Vikings.

[Cleveland Browns President] Mike Holmgren the other day said there isn't going to be a QB battle like the last season. Do you think that the Vikings should offer the Browns a trade for Derek Anderson?
-- Mike M.

I’m careful to have too strong of an opinion on a matter such as this because I don’t know if Anderson will wind up here and I don’t want to be too critical of him only to see us trade for him a month later. With that said, I don’t see a trade for Anderson as being a prudent move for the club. We made a similar trade last offseason for Sage Rosenfels and, if Brett Favre doesn’t play next year, I think the Vikings will see what Rosenfels has to offer in terms of competing with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job.

Suffice it to say, I don’t think Anderson represents an upgrade over Rosenfels, and therefore I don’t see the value in a trade that would land Anderson here. The assets needed to acquire Anderson in a trade could be better utilized elsewhere.

What has Adrian Peterson learned from Eric Bieniemy over the past 3 years? I'm looking at Adrian's stats. They have gotten worse. He seems to be regressing, not progressing.
-- Andrew, Texas

I couldn’t disagree with your assessment any more strongly, Andrew. I think coach Bieniemy has done a fantastic job with Peterson.

While it’s true Peterson’s yards-per-carry average has gone down each season, his total rushing yards and rushing attempts have not gone down each year. On top of that, Peterson’s reception totals have gone up each season and from 2008 to 2009 his receptions sky rocketed from 21 in ‘08 to 43 in ‘09. I think coach Bieniemy has done a nice job with the RBs since he was hired in 2006. We’ve gotten better each year overall at the RB position and Peterson has also gotten better each year while working under Bieniemy.

I had the pleasure of going to the first Vikings game at Met Stadium with my father (in my first year of high school), and have been a Vikings fan ever since. Haven’t had the opportunity to see many games in person, since I was in the Navy from 1964 to 1977 (active), and reserve until 1991, but am not one of the “fair weather fans.” Win, lose, or draw, these are the Minnesota Vikings. This is just a heartfelt Thank You to the team and the staff for all their hard work in making it to the NFC Championship Game. Things happen during a big game and I hope the Vikings players do not dwell too much on the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” during the offseason. They will work on that during the offseason. Again, a heartfelt thank you for a great season.
-- Dan R., Lakeville

Thank you to this team for the most exciting season I’ve ever experienced. I enjoyed every minute – highs and lows.Brett Favre is not only a heroic football player but a gentleman.I’ve enjoyed watching this team start out wary (like their fans) and build a team as fluid and cohesive as any in the NFL. And so much fun to watch! Thank you to all of the Vikings coaches, players, trainers, nutritionists and all others involved for giving us a wonderful season!
-- Robin L., Minneapolis