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singersp
05-12-2006, 12:52 PM
Don't forget about "Me"welde

By Eric Krupka on May 12, 2006 02:13 AM

On March 11, the Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with former Baltimore Ravens running back Chester Taylor on a four-year contract worth $14.1 million and $5.6 million in guaranteed money. With that kind of investment, there is no doubt that the plan is for Taylor to start and get a plethora of touches. Subsequent to that, there was talk of Onterrio Smith possibly returning from his one-year drug suspension to back up Taylor, but the boat sailed on that saga when he was released last month; no pun intended. The one thing or person that has been lost in the shuffle in all the talk about the Vikings' running back situation is Mewelde Moore.

The third-year pro out of Tulane has impressed when given the opportunity. In his rookie season he made his first career start in week five against the Houston Texans , carrying the ball 20 times for 92 yards, while catching an astounding 12 passes for 90 yards. He followed up the performance the next week with 15 carries for 109 yards, and seven receptions for 78 yards.

Once again Moore set out to best himself the following week. He came off the bench and recorded 138 yards rushing on 20 carries and caught five passes for 30 yards. It was hard to argue with those stats, so Moore was then inserted into the starting lineup for another week. A costly miscue early in the next game against the New York Giants relegated him back to the bench and put him in head coach Mike Tice's "dog house." Tice was furious at Moore for the fumble and for all intents and purposes, that was the end of Moore's rookie season, as he only saw four more touches in the season's final nine regular season games and two playoff games.

This past season, his second in the league, Moore made his first start in week three against the New Orleans Saints . He carried the ball 23 times for 101 yards and caught one pass for three yards. He started the following two weeks posting stat lines of 14 carries for 57 yards in both, and in the first game he caught six passes for 63 yards, while making five receptions for 52 yards in the second game.

After not starting in week seven, Moore returned to the starting lineup for a week eight matchup with the Carolina Panthers , in what is now known as Culpepper's final game as a Viking. Moore scored his first career rushing touchdown on a four-yard plunge in the third quarter. In the game he only touched the ball 10 times for a total of 31 yards, and the aforementioned TD.

In a week 11 matchup on Monday Night Football against the hated Green Bay Packers , Moore displayed his skills for all to see, carrying the ball 22 times for 122 yards, and making two receptions for 16 yards. He followed up the strong performance with an average day the following week, carrying 21 times for 67 yards against the Browns.

Time and again in his young career Moore has shown that he is adept in both running and receiving out of the backfield, a quality than can be utilized greatly in new head coach Brad Childress' version of the west coast offense. The only thing besides the hype around Taylor that is holding Moore back now is his proneness to nagging injuries. In fact, he will be limited in this week's upcoming minicamp because of a sore wrist.

However, despite Moore's injury troubles, he deserves every opportunity to beat out Taylor for the starting job in 2006. In his career, when getting 20 or more touches, he has eclipsed the century mark six of seven times. Also, he has gone for 182, 187, 168, 104, 120, 138, and 76 total yards when receiving 20 or more carries touches. Not too shabby for a "backup" running back.

It's time people start recognizing who he is and as the song made famous by Fort Minor goes, "Remember the name," Mewelde Moore.

-Eric Krupka can be reached at ekrupka@realfootball365.com

Don't forget about "Me"welde (http://www.realfootball365.com/nfl/articles/2006/05/mewelde-moore-vikings120506.html)

whackthepack
05-12-2006, 01:23 PM
And with our (pray to God) better O-line, hopefully he and Taylor will have a easier time running this year!

Prophet
05-12-2006, 01:28 PM
However, despite Moore's injury troubles, he deserves every opportunity to beat out Taylor for the starting job in 2006. In his career, when getting 20 or more touches, he has eclipsed the century mark six of seven times. Also, he has gone for 182, 187, 168, 104, 120, 138, and 76 total yards when receiving 20 or more carries touches. Not too shabby for a "backup" running back.

The problem has been that there are very few times that a Vikings RB gets 20 or more touches. If you take any RB, including Bennett, and give him 20+ touches a game he does an order of magnitude better. I'm too lazy to do an analysis right now, but did do a few brief articles back in Sept. 2005 discussing this.

http://purplepride.org/index.php?name=Blogs&mode=user&nick=prophet)

http://purplepride.org/index.php?name=Blogs&mode=user&nick=Prophet&page=2

I'm glad MeMo is still on the team, but he is one of the most replaceable people on the team too. Average.

Warp
05-12-2006, 08:29 PM
I glad we have Memo. I think he has alot of talent especially pass-catching out of the backfield. I hope we keep him as long as possible but i see him leaving in free agency if some one offers him starter money and a chance to start. But then again if Chester doesnt work out for us Memo is more than capable to be the starter atleast for the rest of the year.

MightyVikes12391
05-12-2006, 08:32 PM
Mewelde is inconsistant

mnjamie
05-12-2006, 08:33 PM
The kid just gets it done on the field, period. Now if we could only keep him on the field .... Oh My !

YogidAbEAR
05-12-2006, 08:33 PM
i don;t like moore too much, but he could be a good backup IMO

Mr. Purple
05-12-2006, 08:34 PM
MeMo is a RB, theres no question. Where the question lies is his health. Another thing to consider was our offensive line last year. IDK if Barry Sanders could have produced behind them.I think with a better line, a line up of Taylor and Moore will be quite good. They compliment each other well, both simular backs but differnt sizes.I love MeMo and I think he'll get his time to shine this year along with Taylor, and Richardson leading the way!

cogitans
05-12-2006, 11:48 PM
If we could be sure his ancles weren't made out of glass, he should be up for some fairly good performances on the team.

VikesfaninWis
05-12-2006, 11:55 PM
I disagree with that article on one thing.. MeMo is a excellent backup at best.. If Taylor is healthy now, and has no limitations in camp, then he should be the starter plain and simple.. MeMo has had several chances to prove himself and be the starter. The problem he has, is he can't stay healthy. If he would have stayed healthy all this time, we would never have gotten Chester Taylor, and MeMo would be the starter right now.. The job is Taylor's to lose..

umaguma1979
05-13-2006, 10:28 PM
MeMo was a steal in the 4th round when we took him. I think his body has caught up to NFL size and he is a complete back. But like I have said on other threads - there are plenty of touches for both Taylor & moore.

howkings
05-13-2006, 10:47 PM
I think anyone running in back of the left side of our line is going to have a huge year.

Benet
05-13-2006, 10:54 PM
If he stays injury free, then MeMo can be a productive running back in the NFL. He's proved that he can carry the ball.. He's proved that he can catch the ball.. All he needs to do is prove he can stay healthy for a season, and if he does, he'll get his chances.

stateVIKE44
05-13-2006, 11:06 PM
A costly miscue early in the next game against the New York Giants relegated him back to the bench and put him in head coach Mike Tice's "dog house." Tice was furious at Moore for the fumble and for all intents and purposes, that was the end of Moore's rookie season, as he only saw four more touches in the season's final nine regular season games and two playoff games.

You Dont think Tice had favorites at all do you!?! :lol: Daunte fumbled all the time, bennet didnt have the surest hands in the world, and yet Mewelde fumbles once and gets the axe. Like was stated earlier though, Mewelde is pretty replaceable.

tampaviking
05-14-2006, 12:27 AM
he should be kept for his special teams abilities too, i just like the little guy, starter no. but he should definently be on the team.

Benet
05-14-2006, 12:03 PM
"stateVIKE44" wrote:


A costly miscue early in the next game against the New York Giants relegated him back to the bench and put him in head coach Mike Tice's "dog house." Tice was furious at Moore for the fumble and for all intents and purposes, that was the end of Moore's rookie season, as he only saw four more touches in the season's final nine regular season games and two playoff games.

You Dont think Tice had favorites at all do you!?! :lol: Daunte fumbled all the time, bennet didnt have the surest hands in the world, and yet Mewelde fumbles once and gets the axe. Like was stated earlier though, Mewelde is pretty replaceable.

I hated Tice's Dog House.. It was a stupid, petty way of managing players.

singersp
05-14-2006, 12:57 PM
"Benet" wrote:

"stateVIKE44" wrote:


A costly miscue early in the next game against the New York Giants relegated him back to the bench and put him in head coach Mike Tice's "dog house." Tice was furious at Moore for the fumble and for all intents and purposes, that was the end of Moore's rookie season, as he only saw four more touches in the season's final nine regular season games and two playoff games.

You Dont think Tice had favorites at all do you!?! :lol: Daunte fumbled all the time, bennet didnt have the surest hands in the world, and yet Mewelde fumbles once and gets the axe. Like was stated earlier though, Mewelde is pretty replaceable.

I hated Tice's Dog House.. It was a stupid, petty way of managing players.

If you didn't come out on the field with the gung-ho attitude of "I want to play & give 100%" why should you be allowed to play?

Benet
05-14-2006, 03:54 PM
"singersp" wrote:

"Benet" wrote:

I hated Tice's Dog House.. It was a stupid, petty way of managing players.

If you didn't come out on the field with the gung-ho attitude of "I want to play & give 100%" why should you be allowed to play?

I agree with you completely. But with Tice, that was never the reason for benching a player, or rather, putting him in "The Dog House". If it was, why was Randy Moss never benched? "The Dog House" was Tice's way of scapegoating individuals and kicking them while they were down. He never treated the players equally, and it was obvious he used "The Dog House" as a way of either punishing, humiliating, or humbling rookies who he thought were getting arrogant.

Did I already ask why Randy Moss never got benched?

singersp
05-14-2006, 04:09 PM
"Benet" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"Benet" wrote:

I hated Tice's Dog House.. It was a stupid, petty way of managing players.

If you didn't come out on the field with the gung-ho attitude of "I want to play & give 100%" why should you be allowed to play?

I agree with you completely. But with Tice, that was never the reason for benching a player, or rather, putting him in "The Dog House". If it was, why was Randy Moss never benched? "The Dog House" was Tice's way of scapegoating individuals and kicking them while they were down. He never treated the players equally, and it was obvious he used "The Dog House" as a way of either punishing, humiliating, or humbling rookies who he thought were getting arrogant.

Did I already ask why Randy Moss never got benched?

We had quite the thread going last year why Tice didn't put Memo in the game & I really don't want to bring that one back up, but it had to do with Memo's lack of enthusism.

Benet
05-14-2006, 04:38 PM
"singersp" wrote:

We had quite the thread going last year why Tice didn't put Memo in the game & I really don't want to bring that one back up, but it had to do with Memo's lack of enthusism.

Fair enough, I wasn't around last year so I'm not aware of that particular thread.

I also wasn't aware that MeMo had a lack of enthusiasm for the game. However, I would argue that being dropped entirely after 1 fumble and being publicly lambasted would do nothing but harm to a rookie's confidence, especially one as susceptible to injuries as Mewelde is. It only adds insult to injury, quite literally in this case.

But I'll consider the matter closed so as not to bring up old comments and arguments from last year.