They say that records are made to be broken, right?
It seems that each season, certain NFL records come within reach – or are surpassed – by players around the league.
But there are a handful of records that truly seem out of reach, even for the most talented of modern-era athletes. NFL.com's Judy Battista, Jeffri Chadiha, Michael Silver and Jim Trotter recently engaged in a roundtable discussion about unbreakable NFL records, and Chadiha pointed to Vikings Legend Paul Krause, who retired in 1979 with 81 career picks.
We've seen a few come close. Rod Woodson ranks third all-time in league history with 71 interceptions, and he needed 17 seasons to take the ball away that often. Charles Woodson finished his 18-year career with 65 interceptions, which ties him for fifth with Ken Riley. Former Ravens safety Ed Reed actually had the best shot in recent memory – he amassed 64 interceptions – but he decided to shut down his Hall-of-Fame career after just 12 seasons.
You can see the problem already. The first thing you'd better have to eclipse Krause's mark is a defensive back who can play for a long time. That person also needs to be prolific in the latter half of his career just to have a realistic shot. As proof, Charles Woodson intercepted an incredible 48 passes after he turned 30 years old while Rod Woodson snagged 39 picks in his final eight seasons.
View photos of Vikings legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Krause.
Chadiha said that both Woodsons and Reed played at a time "when defenses were still allowed to be far more aggressive than they are today," which further makes the benchmark a difficult one to get to. He added that quarterbacks "become increasingly more effective" each season.
Of the 20 most efficient quarterbacks in the NFL last year, based on passer rating, 14 threw fewer than 10 interceptions. Twelve of those signal-callers completed at least 65 percent of their attempts. There was a time, not that long ago, when a quarterback who completed 60 percent of his throws was considered above average. Now guys like Tennessee's Ryan Tannehill and Las Vegas' Derek Carr are hitting at a 70 percent clip.
[The] NFL is going to keep creating new ways for quarterbacks and receivers to thrive. The other side of the football creates far less optimism: It's about finding a way to survive in a world where the rule-makers simply don't value what you do as much. That ultimately means fans of Paul Krause may never have to worry about his place in history.
Other noted records perceived unbreakable included Michael Strahan's 22.5 sacks in a single season, which Jared Allen came within one-half sack of in 2011; Emmitt Smith's career rushing mark of 18,355 yards, which Adrian Peterson has come to within 4,000 yards of; Tom Brady's six Super Bowl wins; and Brett Favre's 336 interceptions thrown.
Trotter also pointed out Favre's consecutive starts record, which hit 297 during his time with the Vikings, but offered a scenario in which Philip Rivers (currently at 224) reaches that milestone. Rivers, however, turns 39 this December and would need five-plus more seasons.
Omni Viking Lakes Hotel to feature top chef Ann Kim
Visitors to the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel will have the opportunity to enjoy a restaurant menu created by one of the Twin Cities' top chefs.
Ann Kim, the James Beard award-winning chef and co-owner of Young Joni and Pizzeria Lola in Minneapolis, will oversee Kyndred Hearth, the hotel restaurant that is set to open in October in Eagan. Rick Nelson of the Star Tribune wrote:
The restaurant's centerpiece will be [the] same copper-clad wood-burning oven — imported from France — that anchors Young Joni and Pizzeria Lola.
Along with Kim's wood-fired pizzas, the seasonal menu will focus on handmade pastas and "other things that I've never been able to do at the other restaurants," she said. Kim said she's also excited about the prospect of serving her first breakfast menu, which will feature what she described as "twists on what I love to eat."
That includes airy ricotta pancakes, a variation on the egg-and-cheese sandwich that sustained her when she lived in New York City ("Mine will kick it up a notch and start with a Japanese milk bun," she said) and a souped-up version of the Korean rice porridge that was a childhood staple that will call upon jasmine rice, locally sourced wild rice, mushrooms, pickled vegetables, fried ginger and fresh herbs.
The hotel is the first Omni complex in Minnesota and is part of the Viking Lakes area that is being developed by Vikings Owners Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf. Viking Lakes encompasses Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.
According to Nelson, the restaurant and lounge will be located on the ground floor of the 14-story hotel and will seat 200. The restaurant's patio, Nelson wrote, will provide views of the Vikings team facility.
"We hope that this becomes a destination for the people living in the surrounding neighborhood, and not just serving as an amenity for the hotel's guests," Kim told Nelson. "It's going to be a stand-alone restaurant that happens to be in a hotel."
Kim called the opportunity "the best of both worlds."
"Omni and the Vikings are saying, 'We trust your brand.' They're putting up the capital, and doing the legwork, and that's a gift," Kim said. "I can focus on what I do best and not worry about everything else that's involved with operating a restaurant."
PFF looks at Vikings biggest need from 2020 rookie class
Teams across the league have spent hours upon hours in a virtual classroom setting with their rookies, but most coaches are just now getting an in-person look at the youngsters' on-field abilities.
A truncated training camp and cancelation of all four preseason games due to the COVID-19 pandemic has created quite an interesting offseason, and some teams will need to ask more of their rookies than others. Ben Linsey of analytics site Pro Football Focus recently looked at all 32 teams and opined their “biggest need” from the 2020 rookie class. Linsey wrote:
There are two sides to the coin when you try to determine how the NFL's rookies will fare without a preseason and with limited offseason workouts.
On the one hand, the lack of meaningful reps in the lead-up to their first NFL season will hurt the young players' chances to make contributions early. Coaches will default to the guys they know — giving veterans the snaps early in the season, even if they don't bring quite the same talent level to the table.
On the other hand, Linsey pointed out, "doors could open for those very same rookies" in the wake of veteran players opting or being sidelined with an injury or illness.
Time will tell which of those sides wins out, but few teams are talented and deep enough not to need any contributions from their rookie class.
Looking at Minnesota, Linsey said the Vikings need first-rounder Justin Jefferson to show "he can win consistently as an outside wide receiver" along with Adam Thielen.
Stefon Diggs is out, and Jefferson is in. There is a lot to like about what Jefferson brings to the table for the Vikings. He put up video-game numbers in LSU's offense this past season, putting his after-the-catch ability (24 broken tackles after the catch) and some of the best hands in college football (12 contested catches on 13 opportunities) on full display.
The biggest thing that the Vikings need to see heading into next season is that Jefferson can consistently win against press coverage on the outside. Much of his production at LSU came through finding holes in zone from the slot, rarely facing press-man coverage outside. It's not so much that he can't do it — and his combine results indicate he has the athleticism to do so — but it's something Jefferson needs to display in game action if he is to truly replace what Diggs gave them.