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While many of us were sad at the loss of Percy Harvin, I feel GM Rick Spielman and crew deserve a huge amount of credit for acquiring
-- Paul P.
I’ve been saying this for a few weeks and my opinion is emboldened after Sunday’s game: Patterson should be the Offensive Rookie of the Year. I don’t believe the voters will award it to him, but to me he is the best rookie in the NFL and deserves that recognition. The competition – mainly Chargers receiver Keenan Allen, Bengals running back Giovani Bernard and Packers running back Eddie Lacy – is stiff for the award, but I don’t believe any of those three players impact the game as profoundly or in as many ways as Patterson.
Do you think that the Vikings offense has become too focused on being a run-first outfit? Having an MVP running back has seemed to make this the obvious first choice and that running a pass-first offense would run the risk of under-utilizing this valuable resource. With our emerging wide receiver unit, is it time to open up more of a pass-first, run second offense that is more akin to the potent style of offense that rolled over teams in the 2009 Favre season?
-- Will J.
Sleepy Eye, MN
This is an interesting question and one certainly worth a lot of thought. Balance should be the ultimate goal because it allows you the ability to be run-first or pass-first at any time, depending on the situation. A balanced offensive approach allows a team to build up a lead with the passing game in the first half, then work on the clock with the running game in the second half. Or, a balanced attack will allow a team to go pass-heavy in the second half to catch up after falling behind early in the game. Or, a balanced attack allows a team to be pass-heavy for some games and run-heavy for other games, based upon the weaknesses of the opponent or based on the injuries and personnel that team has. I wouldn’t build a team to be always run-first or always pass-first. I would build a team that is capable of doing both. Perhaps the offense wouldn’t be equally capable, but in an ideal world it would be pretty close, allowing that team the flexibility to do whatever the situation dictates.
What is happening at the linebacker position? I think
-- Steven L.
I do not know the team’s plan at linebacker going forward, but I agree with Steven that Cole has the makings of being a middle linebacker; he was one of the Vikings most productive tacklers since entering the starting lineup in Week 12. The good news is the Vikings do have talent and plenty of numbers at the position heading into the offseason. Cole,
When the Vikings selected
-- Terrel T.
Granted, Floyd’s production this season is not what some would expect from a first-round pick. But let’s keep in mind that he wasn’t a high first-round pick (he was selected 23rd) and let’s also keep in mind that Floyd wasn’t a regular starter and was a rotational player. With that said, there were several times this season, including against the Lions on Sunday, where Floyd flashed the playmaking ability that caused the Vikings to select him with their first first-round pick last April. Floyd does have a bright future in the NFL, and what excites me the most about his skill set is an explosive first step and an innate ability to avoid blocks by contorting his body and using his agility. He could probably improve at the point of attack and learn a lot from veterans such as