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singersp
03-21-2013, 07:52 AM
On Chris Kluwe's future with the Vikings

On Chris Kluwe's future with the Vikings - NFC North Blog - ESPN (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/54485/on-chris-kluwes-future-with-the-vikings)

Purple Floyd
03-21-2013, 08:29 AM
We need to draft a new punter to replace him with one if the too picks

vikinggreg
03-21-2013, 09:35 AM
Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com brought up the topic first, asking Spielman if Kluwe would be the Vikings' punter in 2013. Spielman's response? He laughed.

Can hardly wait till we draft Ryan Allen in the 4th round and the pitchfork and torches come out for Spielman......or are they ever really put away :think:

jmcdon00
03-21-2013, 10:13 AM
Can hardly wait till we draft Ryan Allen in the 4th round and the pitchfork and torches come out for Spielman......or are they ever really put away :think:
Never heard of him before, but I think a 4th might be worth it.

i_bleed_purple
03-21-2013, 10:14 AM
Can hardly wait till we draft Ryan Allen in the 4th round and the pitchfork and torches come out for Spielman......or are they ever really put away :think:

If we waste a 4th round pick on a punter I'll be leading the mob. Not because I like Kluwe, just because it's rediculous to burn a 4th rounder on a damn punter.

vikinggreg
03-21-2013, 10:56 AM
If we waste a 4th round pick on a punter I'll be leading the mob. Not because I like Kluwe, just because it's rediculous to burn a 4th rounder on a damn punter.

well we do have 2 4th round picks :rolleyes:

but I'd would rather see other positions filled, like Mike Gillislee if he's there would be nice and he would be a possible kick returner and 3rd down back, from what I've read he's an aggressive pass blocker

or ilb or cb or another wr or dt.....

PackSux!
03-21-2013, 11:33 AM
Everyone said the same thing about Blair Walsh last year. How do you feel about Spielman's move on that one now?


Kluwe needs to shut his mouth and stop worrying about gay rights and start kicking the ball inside the twenty like he used to do. Or he needs to be replaced.

i_bleed_purple
03-21-2013, 11:37 AM
Cutting Kluwe at this point would be stupid. He doesn't cost us much, he's proven, and lets us use our picks on actual needs. Upgrading punter is pure luxury, not a need. We could do a LOT worse than Kluwe (Remember the days with Drew Bennett?)

i_bleed_purple
03-21-2013, 11:48 AM
Everyone said the same thing about Blair Walsh last year. How do you feel about Spielman's move on that one now?


Kluwe needs to shut his mouth and stop worrying about gay rights and start kicking the ball inside the twenty like he used to do. Or he needs to be replaced.

Difference is, the guys harping on Longwell at least had a point, whether it was right or not is up for debate. Kluwe can still boot it a long way, and can still pin teams deep. I wish he'd b ea little more focused, but he's still quite effective. His leg strength is not an issue.

vikinggreg
03-21-2013, 12:06 PM
Cutting Kluwe at this point would be stupid. He doesn't cost us much, he's proven, and lets us use our picks on actual needs. Upgrading punter is pure luxury, not a need. We could do a LOT worse than Kluwe (Remember the days with Drew Bennett?)

Well with our 37% 3rd down percentage after a QB the kicking game is important

but 7 round pick or free agent rookie

The punter the Panthers draft last year is getting 480k this year compared to Kluwe at 1.4 mill

so there is some value to an upgrade with a rookie.....if it is a true upgrade

i_bleed_purple
03-21-2013, 01:04 PM
if it is a true upgrade

That's the thing, it's gotta be a real upgrade. A guy with a huge leg. If it's the next Lechler, then fine. If it's another upper-mid tier guy, there's no real point.

digital420
03-21-2013, 02:16 PM
I just don't see Kluwe being shown the door. unless there is something really needed about his salary, or the fact that he's entering his last year. maybe a deal gets done and he stays for less money.. or we do find some massive upgrade in the draft near round 6.

he did do some good things the special teams, we pinnned a lot of kicks. there were some flubs. not sure if it was hiim trying to aim it, place it, or just missed his foot.

i've liked what i've seen out of him for years so far, and i think we'll be hearing his name this season.. and if he comes out of his little focus funk.. for years 2 come.

DiGiTaL

singersp
03-22-2013, 07:28 AM
(Remember the days with Drew Bennett?)

I don't.

Drew Bennett was a WR for the Titans in the early 2000's. We had a Darren Bennett once who was a punter. ;)

NordicNed
03-22-2013, 08:00 AM
Not everyone Pack, if you look up the thread, I was very happy with the draft pick of Walsh.

Everyone said the same thing about Blair Walsh last year. How do you feel about Spielman's move on that one now?


Kluwe needs to shut his mouth and stop worrying about gay rights and start kicking the ball inside the twenty like he used to do. Or he needs to be replaced.

Randy Moss
03-22-2013, 08:20 AM
Kluwe is easily the coolest player in the NFL. I hope they keep him around as long as he can kick well.

NodakPaul
03-22-2013, 09:51 AM
Everyone said the same thing about Blair Walsh last year. How do you feel about Spielman's move on that one now?


Kluwe needs to shut his mouth and stop worrying about gay rights and start kicking the ball inside the twenty like he used to do. Or he needs to be replaced.

Kluwe's views and activism regarding social issues have nothing to do with his ability to kick. I see no reason for him to shut his mouth or stop worrying about issues that he is passionate about.

Now if Kluwe was sucking out there, then I could absolutely agree with replacing him. He is one of my favorite players, but football is a business. However, Kluwe's performance has been very good the past 8 years. He currently has the highest gross punting average in Vikings history. Last year he did have a two game streak in which he struggled a bit, but the rest of his season was decent. A completely different situation from Longwell, who couldn't put the ball into the endzone on kickoffs.

singersp
03-23-2013, 09:27 AM
Kluwe's views and activism regarding social issues have nothing to do with his ability to kick. I see no reason for him to shut his mouth or stop worrying about issues that he is passionate about.

Now if Kluwe was sucking out there, then I could absolutely agree with replacing him. He is one of my favorite players, but football is a business. However, Kluwe's performance has been very good the past 8 years. He currently has the highest gross punting average in Vikings history. Last year he did have a two game streak in which he struggled a bit, but the rest of his season was decent. A completely different situation from Longwell, who couldn't put the ball into the endzone on kickoffs.

He ranked 24th in punt average & 32nd in longest punt last year. That's average at best. Going forward it doesn't much matter what he did 8 years ago.

Purple Floyd
03-23-2013, 09:39 AM
So we should get rid of Kluwe because he may not be what he was 8 years ago but yet you want to bring winny back and bring in Urlacher who is ready for the glue factory? Man, you are all over the board on everything.

singersp
03-23-2013, 09:58 AM
So we should get rid of Kluwe because he may not be what he was 8 years ago but yet you want to bring winny back and bring in Urlacher who is ready for the glue factory? Man, you are all over the board on everything.

LOL! I'm not all over the board on everything. That's your game.

Did I say to get rid of Kluwe at all? Nope! All I said was don't look at what he did 8 years ago to base a decision on. He was average last year.

The same would apply to Winfield & Urlacher. Winfield had a really good season last year & was a huge asset to the team.

Urlacher didn't have a great season last year & has lost some of his step, but he's a hell of a lot better than anyone we have at MLB right now. Like I said, I'd sign him & then draft a MLB who would be brought along with Cole with one to start next year if they pan out. Especially if he's willing to sign cheap & has an axe to grind with the Bears. He's not going to play every down which bodes well with getting the young guys some playing time.

Personally, I didn't have any issues with Brinkley and thought they should have resigned him.

vikinggreg
03-23-2013, 10:03 AM
He ranked 24th in punt average & 32nd in longest punt last year. That's average at best. Going forward it doesn't much matter what he did 8 years ago.

Kicks inside the 20 he was 31st with 18, fair catches he was 27th with 12, and with punts returned he had 41 which was the 6th most returned punts. In 2011 he was ranking more like 12th to 18th, so he might have gone from being average to below average lately.

vikinggreg
03-23-2013, 10:09 AM
So we should get rid of Kluwe because he may not be what he was

It might be time to start looking around, the Vikings did sign Conley to a futures contract as insurance since Kluwe is had some work done on his knee in January.