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Marrdro
08-11-2011, 02:38 PM
Apparently Gerhart has passed the necessary locker room tests in the last year.

"He goes out there, does his job, doesn't complain, works hard every time he gets on the field," Winfield said. "We need him. He produced a little bit for us last year."




Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave calls Gerhart "awfully sharp." After his rocky start, perhaps absorbing Musgrave's new offense should be a minimal test for Gerhart.

"He has a different running style than Adrian, but we're going to do a good job of keeping Adrian fresh and getting Toby on the field," Musgrave said.



After proving himself to fellow Vikings during his rookie year, Toby Gerhart is ready to prove himself to fans
(http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_18656610?source=rss)

Marrdro
08-16-2011, 05:17 PM
Wow, no comments on Toby? Here's another interesting article with some nice quotes about what happened last year and whats expected this year.......

Gerhart pays dues, learns from it
(http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/127800518.html)

On a side note, this is what I think of when I think of Vets teaching rooks.

jmcdon00
08-16-2011, 05:33 PM
I like everything about Gerhart. He definetly has all the tools to be a pro for many years.
I think ball security has to be a top priority this year.

Marrdro
08-16-2011, 05:36 PM
I like everything about Gerhart. He definetly has all the tools to be a pro for many years.
I think ball security has to be a top priority this year.
I found the last comment in the article interesting as it relates to the last staff using him as a 3rd down back.

Atleast for me, I never saw them do that. My understanding has always been that he is the primary backup to AD. Not a 3rd down back. That was CT's and then Bookers job.

Johnson14
08-16-2011, 05:37 PM
I like everything about Gerhart. He definetly has all the tools to be a pro for many years.
I think ball security has to be a top priority this year.

Yup agree.

Still don't like the pick we took him with, but he is a solid kid, smart and is a nice option to AP.

triedandtruevikesfan
08-16-2011, 05:54 PM
I like everything about Gerhart. He definetly has all the tools to be a pro for many years.
I think ball security has to be a top priority this year.

I'm with you completely. I don't think the fans have really given him a fair shake. He has a giant shadow to back up... not many running backs, rookie or not would be able to come close to the shadow of AP.

I think he has all of the fundamentals, now its a matter of working on the tecnique. He'll get the turnovers down and he'll be a very solid back up. In a couple years, most teams would probably kill to have him as a starter.

Marrdro
08-17-2011, 04:50 PM
Is Toby Gerhart Already A Bust? (http://thevikingage.com/2011/08/16/is-toby-gerhart-already-a-bust/)
Ohhh Lord.

Johnson14
08-17-2011, 07:58 PM
With recent news that Adrian Peterson is going to be more involved with the passing game including playing third downs in unison with Lorenzo Booker’s solid preseason game versus the Titans, it begs the question if we should start considering Toby Gerhart a bust... i stopped reading at that point. SMDH

jmcdon00
08-17-2011, 08:06 PM
I think last year he was one of the very few improvements on the team. Chester average 3.6ypc as part of an incredible offense the year before(still better than the 2.4 he had with the bears last year). Gerhart averaged 4.0 on an incredibly mediocre offense.

Brad C.
08-17-2011, 08:10 PM
He's averaging around a half-yard more per carry than Reggie Bush was after his rookie season.

People who say Toby is a bust simply don't understand his role and think every RB drafted in the 1st or 2nd should look like Peterson.

Johnson14
08-17-2011, 08:12 PM
I think last year he was one of the very few improvements on the team. Chester average 3.6ypc as part of an incredible offense the year before(still better than the 2.4 he had with the bears last year). Gerhart averaged 4.0 on an incredibly mediocre offense.

I think the only thing that stopped last year being a great one for Toby was the fumbles.

BloodyHorns82
08-17-2011, 08:18 PM
IMO, The reason he's not a fan favorite just yet is because he's not that fast, not very elusive, and showed a tendency to cough up the ball. I have a feeling he will turn into a fan favorite eventually, perhaps along the same lines as say Kleinsauser, but first we as fans have to accept he's not going to be the speedy elusive back. He's a bruising, straight line runner who should only show improvement, especially if he can hold on to the ball. Again, not the sexiest of styles, but if he becomes a bigger part of the offense fans will appreciate him more.

Johnson14
08-17-2011, 08:21 PM
IMO, The reason he's not a fan favorite just yet is because he's not that fast, not very elusive, and showed a tendency to cough up the ball. I have a feeling he will turn into a fan favorite eventually, perhaps along the same lines as say Kleinsauser, but first we as fans have to accept he's not going to be the speedy elusive back. He's a bruising, straight line runner who should only show improvement, especially if he can hold on to the ball. Again, not the sexiest of styles, but if he becomes a bigger part of the offense fans will appreciate him more.

Good post.. agree with the 'Sauce comparisons, just likeable, solid guys.

purplemonstar
08-18-2011, 05:06 PM
He's gonna have a big year! I'm feeling it!

Johnson14
08-18-2011, 10:38 PM
He's gonna have a big year! I'm feeling it!

Hope so, im expecting a good year from all 3 of our backs

battleaxe4cheese
08-19-2011, 12:04 AM
I like Toby and I think he has a great work ethic and doesn't have a mouth on him for the most part.

My biggest beef with him is he tends to stand up or get leveraged up at the point of contact too often which stops him in his tracks. I think he needs more of the Mike Alstott approach of running with a really low center of gravity and keep the boom lowered and drive.

Marrdro
08-19-2011, 02:59 PM
IMO, The reason he's not a fan favorite just yet is because he's not that fast, not very elusive, and showed a tendency to cough up the ball. I have a feeling he will turn into a fan favorite eventually, perhaps along the same lines as say Kleinsauser, but first we as fans have to accept he's not going to be the speedy elusive back. He's a bruising, straight line runner who should only show improvement, especially if he can hold on to the ball. Again, not the sexiest of styles, but if he becomes a bigger part of the offense fans will appreciate him more.
I'm still suprised at how many people seem to question his speed.

Marrdro
08-19-2011, 03:00 PM
I like Toby and I think he has a great work ethic and doesn't have a mouth on him for the most part.

My biggest beef with him is he tends to stand up or get leveraged up at the point of contact too often which stops him in his tracks. I think he needs more of the Mike Alstott approach of running with a really low center of gravity and keep the boom lowered and drive.
Now thats one hell of a good observation. Truth is, I've never really given it much thought but am going to watch for it a bit more now.

Thanks.