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KWILL93
05-13-2006, 10:45 PM
Childress: We had a couple injuries. Fred Smoot tweaked his knee a little bit, twisted it. We just took him out to be precautionary, put an ice bag on it, and he'll probably be back out here this afternoon. We'll see if it swells at all, but he should be okay. Marvin Ward tweaked his hamstring, felt it pop, so we got him in there and got him some ice. All in all, a good start to it. You have a recalibration period that everybody kind of goes through, along with 25 new faces, new bodies. The veterans are doing a nice job of taking the lead, setting the tempo, and I thought for those guys to be good leaders, those rookies need to be good followers, and I thought they were pretty well on task. I wouldn't really single anyone out. I thought our team did a nice job of coming back and losing some weight. We had guys lose 14 pounds, 6 pounds, 10 pounds. There are a couple guys that stayed flat, but basically they're starting to bring it back down, which they need to do before they get to training camp. Other than that, not bad for the first practice.

Q: Who lost the most weight?
A: I think the HIPPA laws prevent me from telling you how many pounds somebody lost. That's nobody's business but ours.

Q: What is the philosophy to instill on players?
A: Well one of the first things we talk about is control the things that take no talent, which is knowing your assignment and being able to fly around and have yourself in great condition. That takes no talent to do those three things, so we're emphasizing that. Obviously you can't do anything unless you're in great physical condition.

Q: What are your first impressions of Chad Greenway and Tarvaris Jackson?
A: I don't know that I saw Chad until late in the day there in that special teams avoid drill. My eyes are in too many different places to zero in, but I'll get time to look at plenty of tape where I can run it back and forth and get an impression. Tarvaris, I saw made a couple of nice throws. I thought it had a little something on it, and he did a good job with all of our verbiage. I thought stepping up in the huddle and taking command of the huddle, he did a nice job there too.

Q: Do you want to take it a little bit slower with Tarvaris?
A: Yeah, when you say take it a little bit slower, it's particularly important that they slow down in what they're saying because sometimes it sounds like John Moschitta. It's like, "Whoa, slow down. You're passing out a little bit of knowledge now. You're giving everybody what's going on." They have to slow that down as well, and yeah, you're right, you get a little hyped up with your first NFL snaps. It's good for him to slow down.

Q: Did you see more drops than you would like?
A: Yeah, you hate to see balls on the ground in a pro practice, particularly where there's an opportunity to make a play. Some of them were tough tries; some of them were a little bit easier, but you have to come up with those when somebody puts it on your body.

Q: What are your thoughts on all the changes around Winter Park? A: Well I think number one it just shows you the commitment the Wilf family has to making things first class, making things right. Every one of those changes is with the players in mind. Whether it's an extra TV set here or the cafeteria being open for breakfast and lunch, all those things send a great message to those players that the Wilfs want to do it the right way.

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New Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress gives some pointers to running back Mewelde Moore, left, as the Vikings opened a three-day football minicamp Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Eden Prairie, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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New Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress, right, talks with defensive end DeQuincy Scott at the Vikings minicamp Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Eden Prairie, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Minnesota Vikings rookie center/guard Ryan Cook, from New Mexico, does a high kick during football workouts as the Vikings opened a three-day mini-camp Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Eden Prairie, Minn. Cook was drafted in the second round. (AP Photo/Jim Mone

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Minnesota Vikings first round draft choice, linebacker Chad Greenway, goes through football workouts as the Vikings opened a three-day minicamp, Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Eden Prairie, Minn. Greenway, who is from South Dakota, played college football at Iowa. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Minnesota Vikings first round draft choice, linebacker Chad Greenway, takes a breather during football workouts as the Vikings opened a three-day minicamp, Saturday, May 13, 2006, in Eden Prairie, Minn. Greenway, who is from South Dakota, played college football at Iowa. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

KWILL93
05-13-2006, 10:51 PM
We had a couple injuries. Fred Smoot tweaked his knee a little bit, twisted it. We just took him out to be precautionary, put an ice bag on it, and he'll probably be back out here this afternoon.

That is not a good sign if Smoot already has an injury even if it is minor

Vikes_King
05-13-2006, 10:52 PM
meh.. not much really to say about that, hopefully we hear more good news

VikesfaninWis
05-13-2006, 10:54 PM
Thanks for that post man.. Good to see some things that are happening from mini camp. If you get anymore, post them too. Thanks again.

KWILL93
05-13-2006, 10:56 PM
No problem. If anyone else has anything to post/add please feel free to do so.

Benet
05-13-2006, 10:58 PM
Good to see things are off and running..

Or in Smoot's case, just off.

LAVike
05-13-2006, 11:00 PM
Nice pics. Thanks.

BadlandsVikings
05-13-2006, 11:04 PM
Nice Pics, Smoot needs to stay healthy

Purple_Hope
05-13-2006, 11:39 PM
Smoot ... c'mon buddy! Not again.

Mr. Purple
05-13-2006, 11:56 PM
I'm glad we stocked up on secondary talent this year. Smoot should be fine, hes a warrior. He'd play with a broken leg if he could.

snowinapril
05-14-2006, 12:12 AM
Put Smoot on the shelf.

Dropped balls by the WRs? Come on guys!

viks_fan21
05-14-2006, 12:31 AM
Man those jerseys are slick. I love em.

singersp
05-14-2006, 01:12 AM
New-look Vikings: It's campin' time

Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
Last update: May 13, 2006 – 6:27 AM


Today's start of a three-day minicamp marks the beginning of a summerlong set of practices for the Vikings that will culminate in the start of training camp. Based on an interview earlier this week with coach Brad Childress, the following are four areas of focus for a team with most of its starting lineup seemingly in place:

ROOKIE QB TARVARIS JACKSON

The skinny: Jackson already is one of the most-discussed products of the draft, thanks to the Vikings' aggressive move to trade back into the second round to select him.

Childress says: "I can still remember the first pass that came out of Donovan McNabb's hands [when the two were in Philadelphia]. Everybody looked and said, 'Here's the guy that we drafted.' Everybody -- offense, defense, coaches, scouts, owners, personnel people -- were watching the center snap. You're watching him go back. You're watching the first ball and going, 'Whew. Okay.' "

LINEBACKER

The skinny: The team will see how fast it can get rookie Chad Greenway involved with the first team at outside linebacker. Just as important, three players will continue on a tryout basis for the middle position: E.J. Henderson, Dontarrious Thomas and Napoleon Harris.

Childress says: "I just think it's a great, competitive position, and we're identifying guys that have the ability to play a couple of different positions. Will they have a primary and a secondary position? Yes, that's how we're going about it."

PUNTER

The skinny: With incumbent Chris Kluwe still recovering from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the Vikings will give a long look to rookie free agent John Torp of Colorado, one of three punters the team scouted during the pre-draft period.

Childress says: "You don't go out and work out a ton of people at that position. We worked out him, a guy from Nebraska and a guy from Illinois. We like this guy. We were in a battle for him with the 49ers. I felt like I was back doing college recruiting."

TIGHT END

The skinny: After running a two-tight end offense for years, the Vikings are switching back to a base set that included one tight end and a fullback, Tony Richardson, meaning Jim Kleinsasser and Jermaine Wiggins are battling for playing time. But Childress said there is room for everybody.

Childress says: "We're going to be in multiple personnel packages. You have to keep throwing fastballs at the defense. If you're standing back there in the same personnel package all the time, I think you become predictable. There's plenty there for them."

New-look Vikings: It's campin' time (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/430272.html)

Ltrey33
05-14-2006, 01:31 AM
I like the new helmets! The 3D horn looks pretty sweet.

slinkey
05-14-2006, 01:34 AM
smoot equals overated bust

viks_fan21
05-14-2006, 01:42 AM
"slinkey" wrote:

smoot equals overated bust

Why, he got lazy and had a down year. He seems to have rededicated himself to football, and supposedly in the best shape of his life. I think he's actually underated because of everyone thinking he sucks. Come on, he didn't have that bad of a year, mostly just that one game. No one can single cover Steve Smith.

slinkey
05-14-2006, 01:47 AM
well, its like i tell my stockbroker....i pay you to not lose money...not even for a day....I CAN LOSE MONEY...Smoot, same thing, what are we paying him for? so he can say, well noone person can cover smith?

viks_fan21
05-14-2006, 02:47 AM
"slinkey" wrote:

well, its like i tell my stockbroker....i pay you to not lose money...not even for a day....I CAN LOSE MONEY...Smoot, same thing, what are we paying him for? so he can say, well noone person can cover smith?

Champ Bailey won't shut down Steve Smith. I blame Cotrell for not giving Smoot any safety help. I agree that Smoot wasn't too sharp (actually he was pathetic), but still, he didn't get very much of a chance.

singersp
05-14-2006, 03:07 AM
Posted on Sat, May. 13, 2006

Vikings players unfazed by Foley saga

JON KRAWCZYNSKI
Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Fran Foley's messy exodus from the Minnesota Vikings drew plenty of attention - both for the timing of his firing as vice president of player personnel and his pledge to sue the team.

The players' response to the latest turmoil at Winter Park? Yawn.

"I didn't know too much about it," Pro Bowl free safety Darren Sharper said Saturday. "If you put him in front of me, I wouldn't know what he looks like."

Foley was fired on May 4, three days after playing a major role in the team's draft. The move ended a tumultuous three months in office for Foley, who admitted to lying on his resume and had several personality conflicts with members of the organization.

Foley hired high-profile sports attorney Jeffrey Kessler to handle the lawsuit and figures to get an arbitration hearing with NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue in the near future.

It's just the latest in a long, long line of negative press for the Vikings, from last year's "love boat" scandal to Daunte Culpepper's trade demands to Onterrio Smith's Whizzinator. And that was just one year.

As center Matt Birk once put it, "We put the 'fun' in dysfunctional."

The players around here are used to dealing with off-the-field distractions, and this one was no different.

The separation between the front office and the field has never been more clear than in this case. The players say they simply go about their day-to-day business as if nothing has changed, and for them, nothing really has.

Foley's primary responsibilities were evaluating talent and then helping coach Brad Childress, vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski and the rest of the staff decide which college players to draft and which free agents to sign.

Once the players are in purple, Foley's job was essentially over.

So as long as Childress is still the coach, and their checks are still getting signed, the players had little reason to worry about the move.

"Obviously I heard about it," fullback Tony Richardson said. "But we don't really have any details about it. If and when the organization decides to give us the details, we'll go with it."

They're not the only ones being kept in the dark with regard to the firing.

The Vikings announced the move in a one-sentence press release and have provided little insight into their reasons for making the decision.

Vice president of operations and legal counsel Kevin Warren said the pending litigation prevented the team from discussing the matter publicly.

Many have speculated that director of college scouting Scott Studwell would take Foley's place. On Saturday afternoon, owner Zygi Wilf announced that Studwell signed a three-year contract extension, but did not specify what his role would be.

"The Vikings plan to announce the entire structure of the player personnel department in the near future," a release from the team read.

Whatever happens in the front office, it was business as usual on the field Saturday at the opening of the team's second minicamp.

"It really doesn't affect us as players," Richardson said. "They pretty much do their own thing in the front office and we do our thing out here on the field."

Notes: CB Fred Smoot twisted his left knee in the morning practice, but returned to the field a few plays later. ... CB Marvin Ward strained his hamstring in the morning and sat out the rest of the day. ... SS Willie Offord, recovering from knee surgery, practiced in the morning but sat out the afternoon session. ... FB Joey Goodspeed injured his knee in the afternoon practice. Team officials were unavailable for comment on his condition.

Vikings players unfazed by Foley saga (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/state/minnesota/14573766.htm)

mnvikes61
05-14-2006, 03:09 AM
Hope Smoot's slight knee tweek isn't a sign of things to come this season. I can deal with him doing pretty crappy last year but if he does it two years in a row.

RK.
05-14-2006, 03:18 AM
Many have speculated that director of college scouting Scott Studwell would take Foley's place. On Saturday afternoon, owner Zygi Wilf announced that Studwell signed a three-year contract extension, but did not specify what his role would be.

I was glad to read that. I like Studwell and think he has done a fine job for the Vikes. :smile:

Mr. Purple
05-14-2006, 03:19 AM
"viks_fan21" wrote:

"slinkey" wrote:

well, its like i tell my stockbroker....i pay you to not lose money...not even for a day....I CAN LOSE MONEY...Smoot, same thing, what are we paying him for? so he can say, well noone person can cover smith?

Champ Bailey won't shut down Steve Smith. I blame Cotrell for not giving Smoot any safety help. I agree that Smoot wasn't too sharp (actually he was pathetic), but still, he didn't get very much of a chance.



ehh didnt wanna have to go through this again but heres my take.


Smoot was Over hyped coming in. Alot of pressure was placed on him bye the Media and fans. Hes a great CB but hes not god of the position in any way shape or form. (I'm a supporter too)He played in one of the worst defensive schemes out there. Had a off year due to injury.Is still wrongfully blaimed for the "Steve Smith Show". This guy has caught alot of bad rap for reasons unknown. Everyone loved his mouth before the season started. Everyone was calling for his head after Carloina. What went wrong? Well he was horribly coached on a off year .I really think Smoot is gonna turn his game around and play solid, like his Washington days.Alot of people in the NFL last year had a tough time covering smith. Ask the Bears defense.

COJOMAY
05-14-2006, 03:34 AM
From the official Vikings Website:


Mini-camp Notes and Quotes

Notebook
Author: Mike Wobschall

This weekend, the Minnesota Vikings are in the midst of their second minicamp of the 2006 off-season. Today the team practiced twice and the camp will continue tomorrow and into Monday. This weekend will be Head Coach Brad Childress' first look at his full squad, including the 2006 draft class that features first-round (17th overall) selection Chad Greenway and second-round selection Tarvaris Jackson. 17 undrafted rookie free agents have been invited to camp as well, including former Minnesota Golden Gopher linebacker Kyle McKenzie.

Saturday's session opened with a 10:30am practice that concluded at 12:30pm. The afternoon session began at 3:10pm and ended just shortly ahead of schedule at about 3:00pm. Four members of the Vikings roster are not scheduled to participate. Wide receiver Troy Williamson, after a minor surgical procedure on his hip, will sit out the three-day camp. He was in attendance, however, observing drills and following along with a playbook. Three players are currently on NFL Europe rosters and will not be at Winter Park for camp - they are: Sean Bubin (T), Aaron Hosack (WR), and Roynell Whitaker (CB). Running back Mewelde Moore is participating in camp this weekend despite his wrist injury - he will be wearing a brace for the duration of the weekend for protection.

This weekend's camp will give coaches and the media their first look at some players that the team hopes will fill key roles when the 2006 regular season begins. Clearly the team had prioritized addressing two specific positions -- linebacker and offensive line -- and it appears the task may have been accomplished. After drafting Greenway in the first round and adding free agent Ben Leber from San Diego, competition has been stiffened at the linebacker position. The team addressed the offensive line during the off-season by acquiring one of the league's premier offensive guards in the game, Steve Hutchinson. They also traded for guard Artis Hicks and drafted center Ryan Cook in the second round to add depth. Other acquisitions during the off-season have added even more depth at the position.

Second-round selection Cedric Griffin was in attendance, as well as fellow secondary member Greg Blue, a rookie drafted in the fifth round out of Georgia. Rookie Ray Edwards, Jr. was also in camp. He was drafted in the fourth round out of Purdue.

Childress was relatively short in his remarks to the press following the first practice. He was happy, however, with how the first session went.

"All in all, a good start to it," Childress said. "You have a recalibration period that everybody kind of goes through, along with 25 new faces, new bodies. The veterans are doing a nice job of taking the lead, setting the tempo, and I thought for those guys to be good leaders, those rookies need to be good followers, and I thought they were pretty well on task."

There were two minor injuries the team sustained during the first session this morning. Cornerback Fred Smoot tweaked his knee, but did partake in the afternoon session. Marvin Ward, a second-year defensive back out of Northwestern, injured his hamstring and did not participate in the afternoon session. During the afternoon session, fullback Joey Goodspeed seemed to have injured his knee, but the extent of his injury was not immediately known.

Here are a few other observations from Saturday's two practices at Winter Park:

Getting started
Practice was slated to begin at 10:30am, but many players began entering the indoor practice facility just before 10:00am. The defense was dressed in white for the two sessions, while the offense wore the dark purple uniforms. The morning session began at 10:32am.

Practicing fast
The veteran's minicamp held last month seemed to feature rather fast-paced practices, but Saturday's action seemed even more up-tempo. Childress and his staff did comment during the veteran's minicamp about the importance of practicing fast, and the same philosophy seemed to be in play on Saturday.

"The coaches want us to practice fast so we get used to playing fast," linebacker E.J. Henderson commented after the afternoon session.

As advertised
The report on rookie Tarvaris Jackson is that he can make throws that other quarterbacks just can't make. It appeared to be true upon observing him on Saturday. He has clearly the strongest arm of any of the Vikings four quarterbacks, and that was obvious to anyone watching.
Improving returns
Although Koren Robinson represented the Vikings in the Pro Bowl as a kick returner last season, one of the first things some of the players worked on was kick returns. Joining Robinson in returning kicks was Adimchinobe Echemandu, Ciatrick Fason, Mathis Wendell and Ryan Hoag.

For what it's worth
Certainly no decisions will be made during or after this minicamp as to who will fill starting roles on the team. But, it is fun to note who is playing with the first team and what position they are occupying.

Napolean Harris spent the majority of his time during team drills as the middle linebacker on the first team. Ben Leber and E.J. Henderson played the outside positions. Erasmus James played with the first-team defensive line, along with Kenechi Udeze, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams.

Artis Hicks played right guard with the first team. Marcus Johnson was at right tackle, with Matt Birk, Steve Hutchinson and Bryant McKinnie playing center, left guard and left tackle, respectively.

Seven on seven
One of my favorite parts of practice is the seven on seven drill. This drill pits a quarterback and six receivers against seven defensive players. Brad Johnson typically excels at this drill as he uses his precision passing and solid decision making to complete passes. The defense also played well, however, and often times kept pass receivers from making catches and gaining yards after the catch.

The seven on seven drills for the Vikings have typically featured a flurry of short-yardage routes, especially to running backs out of the backfield. This is a trait of the west coast offense, which of course Childress is employing in Minnesota.

Chester Taylor, Mewelde Moore and Ciatrick Fason are getting most of the first-team reps during the drill, but Taylor seems to be getting even a few more than Moore and Fason. It's hard not to draw comparisons to Bryant Westbrook when watching Taylor, at least in the way the teams chooses to use the six-year veteran acquired from the Baltimore Ravens this off-season.

"I played with Chester in Baltimore," receiver Marcus Robinson said after practice this afternoon, "and he's a great back. He can move the pile, catch the ball, and he's shifty. You saw today where he made a catch down the sideline coming out of the backfield. He's a great back and I think he can carry the load for us."

Time for teaching and learning
The coaches weren't the only ones doing the coaching during Saturday's two practice sessions. Childress made mention after the morning practice of veterans providing leadership to the younger players during the weekend and into the season - and that happened on Saturday. Many times I spotted a veteran helping a younger player with pass routes, technique and fundamentals.

During the seven on seven drill, second-year receiver Chris Jones appeared to have beaten linebacker Napolean Harris on a seam route, only to have Harris come in at the last moment and bat the ball out of his hands. Upon coming back to the huddle, Travis Taylor spoke with Jones for a couple of minutes and was showing him how to better position himself to avoid defenders knocking the ball away. Jones made a graceful catch on his next route and acknowledged Taylor on his way back to the huddle.

Hurry-up field goal
One interesting drill the Vikings executed took place at the very end of the early session. 24 seconds were placed on the game clock and Childress instructed the team to run one play followed by a field goal attempt. The first attempt resulted in place-kicker Ryan Longwell hitting the goalpost with eight seconds remaining. On the team's second try, Longwell booted a field goal through the uprights with seven seconds remaining.

COJOMAY
05-14-2006, 03:37 AM
Interview With Brad Johnson at Mini-Camp:

Q: What are your impressions of Tarvaris Jackson?
A: I remember when I was a rookie 14 years ago. You'd go to the line and hear "double right check," and you're like "Check what?" There's a lot to learn; they throw it at you fast. Obviously he was with Reggie Barlow, who I was with in Tampa, and he helped him with concepts and things like that, so I think that did help him progress. Obviously he's a very talented kid. He wants to learn. He listens, and that's probably the greatest attribute that he has right now, especially as a rookie, that he's open to learning. The more he learns the system, the more he'll be able to create different types of throws and the better he'll become. But for the first day, he did quite well.

Q: Have you had a chance to talk to him?
A: Right now it's been kind of brief. Obviously I just met him this morning. I've heard a lot of great compliments about him. The big thing right now is just to sit back and learn, learn from your mistakes, learn from mistakes other players are making, and just keep getting better. The more time that we have in the film room and the more time we have on the field, the better he'll become, but right now there's being a lot that's being thrown at him pretty fast. Through time he'll become much better, but for the first day he did quite well.

Q: Talk about your overall impressions of the first day and how things are progressing.
A: Yeah, there were a lot of new players today, so it kind of does throw some of the looks off, but in general, I thought from the veterans it was a pretty good day. The tempo was there. I think there is a lot of improvement that can be made. A lot of players retained what they learned in that first mini-camp. Obviously that was four weeks ago, but I thought guys retained pretty well. I think it's just about getting more reps, more reps and learning the terminology. The plays are very similar from system to system; it's just mostly terminology and what the coaches want from each particular play.

Q: Do you feel more comfortable with your role at this point than you did a couple months ago?
A: No, I think I've played, if you watch me, it's always the same. I love playing; I love working. I love being a part of meetings and looking for different ways to attack different defenses. I can't get enough of it. I draw plays up at night; I bring them in here. I can't talk enough football. My wife gets tired of me. I love it, and I think enthusiasm goes a long way. Sometimes you need to fake it, but there's no fake to it. I enjoy it.

Q: What's your take on how much this team has improved?
A: It's hard to say. If you ask every team, they're going to say they've improved, whether it's through the draft or free agency. I can't sit here and say that one guy is going to tell you they regressed. We did make some moves. We feel like offensively we made some huge strides. Obviously getting Matt Birk back is huge, and then bringing in Steve Hutchinson. Last year we had at least 10 new starters on the offense, at least 10. Bryant McKinnie was the only guy that started (all 16 games). We had three guys start at different positions last year. I do feel like it's a strong nucleus. I think the biggest thing now is getting used to the terminology and taking it to another level. The tempo is pretty strong in practice. It's quick, and I feel like great things can be in front of us, but we have a long ways to go before we can get to that kind of talk.

Q: What's the communication process like with the new coaches?
A: There are a lot of changes that have been taking place from knocking down walls to putting in playbooks. Obviously the first few weeks here I've been mostly with my quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers and (Offensive Coordinator) Darrell Bevell. The more time that I've gotten with Brad Childress has been more in mini-camps, and over the next few weeks, especially in June, I'll get to spend more time with Brad. It's probably more meeting room time. That's the kind of time I need with him more than the on-field stuff, just to kind of go over concepts, just the "Who are you and who am I?" That's really where you build up your trust and your relationships. Obviously there's a lot of respect for what he's done and for what I've done, but really just to kind of get on the same page. I've been in four different systems before; this is my fifth, and I've kind of grown with every play-caller, so I'm looking forward to that.

Q: How similar is this to Tampa Bay?
A: It's terminology, west coast terminology. General plays are very similar to me...you can call them whatever you want to. They're all very similar to me. It's just the way you want to call it, and I want to know exactly what you want from that concept. That's the kind of relationship I'm trying to build with the coaches. More than the plays, I need the relationships as far as understanding concepts. I feel like that's where we can grow, as far as quarterback-play-caller relationship. As far as the systems, they're pretty similar to me.

Q: How key will a healthy, stable offensive line be for you?
A: The key, like you said, is to stay healthy. But those guys are proven winners; they've been part of some great offenses, some great teams. The big thing is just the timing that we get together now during these OTA days and the mini-camps. We need to set a foundation that we're going to be able to run the ball and then stay away from turnovers in the passing game. We need to be able to get our running game going early in the season, be able to score points early in games and set a tone early.

Q: Is that going to be the identity, more of a run-first offense?
A: No, I don't think so. I think whatever's there, we'll take. But we have to be able to create that definitely.

Q: How is your agent going to handle your current contract?
A: I love playing the game. I've been a part of different situations all through my career. I've been a rookie free agent, I've been traded, I've been a free agent, I've dealt with different contracts and different situations, and over time those things just take care of themselves. Usually that's just the way I play things out.

COJOMAY
05-14-2006, 03:39 AM
Intereview with Chad Greenway At Mini-Camp:

Q: How did that first interception feel?
A: It felt good. The first practice was obviously a huge adjustment, just to get the feel for everything and knowing where you're supposed to be on the practice field. The game is extremely fast and there are a lot of adjustments you are trying to make. The second practice I felt a lot better, a lot more comfortable out there. I played a little better I thought and it was just about letting the game slow down a little bit for me and start learning the schemes. It will come eventually, but I feel a lot more comfortable now than I did this morning.

Q: Were you working with the 3rd-team mainly today?
A: Yeah. I was mostly with the 2nd team, a little bit with the 1's and a little bit with the 3's. I was kind of all over the place a little bit. It's good for me right now to kind of just get a feel for it and work my way in to wherever I'll fit in.

Q: What stood out to you on the first day?
A: Nothing that really stood out to me. I just knew there would be adjustments you'd have to make because they don't really tell you a lot going into practices. You don't know what to expect. When you go out there the first time, you're just trying to be in the right place at the right time and not be the one getting yelled at. That's just the big adjustment that happens no matter where you play or what level. It's the same thing going into college or wherever, so no real surprises I guess.

Q: Did you have any nerves coming in?
A: Oh yeah, I was nervous. You're going to be nervous when you're out here for your first time. You're playing with professionals for the first time and you've got some nerves, but you just go out there and play hard and do what you can do and control the things that you can control and you'll be alright.

Q: You made the switch from nine-man football to Division I, and now you are making the move to the pros. What will be the biggest hurdle?
A: I think it's just about keeping your game the same. Football is a game where if you can run hard to the ball and tackle people, you can be pretty good. Just keep the game simple, that's what I tried to do going into college was just try to keep the game as simple as possible. Just do what you are supposed to do and do your job first, and then run to the ball and make plays. That's what it's all about, getting the ball carrier down as a linebacker, so that's the way I try to think. Just keep things simple, do your job in the scheme, be a teammate and then try to communicate and run to the ball and have fun.

Q: You have great body language. Did you learn that in nine-man football?
A: Yeah, I don't know. It must have been the nine-man football I guess. It was so much more difficult than the 11-man in the NFL. That's a joke.

Q: What's it like to have the South Dakota connection with Ben Leber?
A: I never had the chance to meet Ben. I actually saw him run a track meet when I was like an 8th-grader and I was an awe of him. (I thought) this guy is a great athlete and going to Kansas State. I was extremely impressed and then I get a chance to play with him here. It's a pretty cool feeling to get a chance to meet him and know that he's from the same state that I hail from. It's great because it's nice at this level to have somebody, especially as a rookie, that you can kind of count on to know if I've got to be some place he can let me know and give you little secrets and ins to get on the right start. But it's a great opportunity and all of the linebackers have been good. They've been extremely helpful.

Q: Are you expecting to come in and start and will it be disappointing if you don't?
A: At this point I'm just trying to learn. I'm just trying to go out there and do the best I can in practice. If that takes me to that place, then that's where it's going to take me. The first hurdle is to learn the defense and know where I need to be. When I learn that and know where I can be, then I can run around and start making plays and just keep the game simple. That's what it all comes back to. If I can do that, I think I'll have a good shot at playing quite a bit.

Q: Did your mom give you any advice for this weekend?
A: My parents never really gave me a lot of advice in sports. They just said do it as hard as you can do it, and that's what I try to do. That's really the only advice I could give anybody too.

Q: Did any of the other veterans give you any grief on day one?
A: Not really. There haven't been any bumps in the road. There has not really been any guy, I think (Steve) Hutchinson was laughing at me today because I took a shower after the first practice and we practice like an hour later. I guess he's played a little bit of football in his day so he would know what to do. It's just little things. No one has given me any problems. It's just been pretty smooth sailing for all of the rookies coming in.

Q: You look like you're in good shape. Have you been working out a lot since the college season ended?
A: I thought I was in great shape, and then we did the pursuit drill six times in a row this morning. You can soon feel like you're out of shape. It's a different type of shape to be in football shape, doing four-second speed bursts rather than doing long sprints like I have been doing. I have been doing a lot of conditioning trying to get ready for this. I think I've helped myself quite a bit but there is still more conditioning and more that I can do.

Q: Do you have to resist the urge to want to pop somebody out here?
A: When you play ball for a while, we do the same type of stuff at Iowa. There are certain days when you're in shells or just jerseys, but naturally you want to go out and stick somebody, and that's just in our nature as linebackers and as a defensive player. I think that's what's great about our defense from what I have known so far is that there are a lot of guys out there who want to get physical and be a great defense. That's why it's fun to learn under these guys because they all think the right way and the coaching staff definitely thinks the same way. It's going to be fun and exciting and we'll keep the licks for camp and the season.

Q: How much do you have to study between now and the July camps?
A: Coach (Mike) Tomlin tries to keep it simple and tries to keep a small menu as he calls it. That's big, especially for a guy, well everybody is learning a new system now because of the new staff. As we add to it, you've just go to continually study. Now you have to put a bunch of time in because it's all new to you, but as you go it's kind of a steady process of putting things in, four or five things a day or whatever. That process is kind of just continually studying rather than a bulk of stuff at once, which is nice.

Q: What have you been doing since the draft?
A: I got a chance to come up here after the draft obviously and I had a chance to get the playbook. I went back to Iowa to try and get all of my things in order and my apartment packed in the back of my Tahoe. I've been trying to get in the book and have a good feel for it when I came up here. I've really kind of had a head start because I already had the playbook. I knew the basics and there is obviously stuff that is going to happen in the course of a practice, motions and different types of things that you haven't seen or they don't explain well in the book or something, and those things are going to happen and get you. I had a pretty good feel for at least the base stuff we had, so now it's just keep adding on to that and then you can eventually just play ball.

singersp
05-14-2006, 04:10 AM
The report on rookie Tarvaris Jackson is that he can make throws that other quarterbacks just can't make. It appeared to be true upon observing him on Saturday. He has clearly the strongest arm of any of the Vikings four quarterbacks, and that was obvious to anyone watching.

I just love to read stuff like that. I hope this kid develops into a franchise QB.

V4L
05-14-2006, 05:12 AM
Mewelde hurt his wrist..

Wow isn't he always hurt?!

VikesfaninWis
05-14-2006, 05:27 AM
Sounding pretty good so far.. Let's keep it up boys..

vikeswin2005
05-14-2006, 05:34 AM
good read guys thanks

viks_fan21
05-14-2006, 05:49 AM
"Vikez4Lyfe" wrote:

Mewelde hurt his wrist..

Wow isn't he always hurt?!

Not a biggie. He hurt it during the regular season I'm guessing (it definitely wasn't in the playoffs :grin: ). He just got work done on it now so, by preseason, he's good to go.

PurplePeopleEaters
05-14-2006, 05:49 AM
Good stuff there. Random observation- Brad johnson says obviously a LOT.

DaunteHOF
05-14-2006, 06:41 AM
Smoot isnt gonna let me down, biiiig year from him this season

cogitans
05-14-2006, 11:15 AM
When I read what Brad says, I get a really good feeling inside. He's a true leader, he's as smart as anyone, and he has so much experience. I'm hyped about him behind center for the coming season.

He draws up plays at home to bring in and show to the coaches :smile:

Also, he will be an outstanding teacher for T-Jack in the coming years.

singersp
05-14-2006, 12:06 PM
"cogitans" wrote:

When I read what Brad says, I get a really good feeling inside. He's a true leader, he's as smart as anyone, and he has so much experience. I'm hyped about him behind center for the coming season.

He draws up plays at home to bring in and show to the coaches :smile:

Also, he will be an outstanding teacher for T-Jack in the coming years.

That's IF he teaches him. I think Brad will be more of a "You want to learn, watch me play" type teacher, rather than a one-to-one type teacher.

cogitans
05-14-2006, 12:27 PM
"singersp" wrote:

"cogitans" wrote:

When I read what Brad says, I get a really good feeling inside. He's a true leader, he's as smart as anyone, and he has so much experience. I'm hyped about him behind center for the coming season.

He draws up plays at home to bring in and show to the coaches :smile:

Also, he will be an outstanding teacher for T-Jack in the coming years.

That's IF he teaches him. I think Brad will be more of a "You want to learn, watch me play" type teacher, rather than a one-to-one type teacher.

I believe he'll be learning him a lot about how to read defences. Especially siting in the video room, showing him what to look for.

singersp
05-14-2006, 01:02 PM
"cogitans" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"cogitans" wrote:

When I read what Brad says, I get a really good feeling inside. He's a true leader, he's as smart as anyone, and he has so much experience. I'm hyped about him behind center for the coming season.

He draws up plays at home to bring in and show to the coaches :smile:

Also, he will be an outstanding teacher for T-Jack in the coming years.

That's IF he teaches him. I think Brad will be more of a "You want to learn, watch me play" type teacher, rather than a one-to-one type teacher.

I believe he'll be learning him a lot about how to read defences. Especially siting in the video room, showing him what to look for.

It seemed to me that Brad didn't share any of his expertise or experience with DC, so I don't expect him to wth T-Jack, McMahon or JT.

singersp
05-14-2006, 01:10 PM
Posted on Sun, May. 14, 2006

MINNESOTA VIKINGS MINICAMP REPORT: Smoot hopes to bounce back

By Don Seeholzer
Knight Ridder Newspapers

ST. PAUL - The 2005 season was a forgettable one for a number of Minnesota Vikings, but no one was more anxious to put it in the rearview mirror than cornerback Fred Smoot.

With a new number (21) and a more muscular physique, he's looking forward to a brighter future after a turnover-filled offseason that he said represented a change for the better.

"I think it benefited a lot of us," Smoot said Saturday on the first day of a three-day minicamp. "It kind of cleaned the slate for the Vikings. Brad (Johnson) stepping in at quarterback, new coaches, new trainers, new everything. I think that gives the whole organization a clean slate, and then coming out with the new jerseys. These are the new Vikings. All we can ask is that people judge us from now on."

Signed last offseason to a six-year, $34 million contract, Smoot suffered through a rocky first campaign with the Vikings, missing five games because of a fractured collarbone and losing his starting job to Brian Williams.

All in all, Smoot called it a year to forget.

"The injury really humbled me," he said. "I've started every game since my 10th-grade year of high school, so that was the first time I actually had to sit and have to watch my team go play without me. That really humbled Fred Smoot. It didn't stop me from talking, but it really touched me. Now I've got a newfound passion for my game."

Smoot's new attitude is evident in his physique, which includes about 15 more pounds of muscle than last year, and he's confident the Vikings will be a stronger team under new coach Brad Childress and his staff.

"This is my fifth head coach in six years," Smoot said. "My sixth defensive coordinator in six years. By now I'm used to change, but I can say it's a very good change. I promise you that."

Greenway highlight

No. 1 draft choice Chad Greenway spent most of Saturday's practices working with the second- and third-team defense, but the former Iowa linebacker did intercept a J.T. O'Sullivan pass for a touchdown during an afternoon drill.

"It felt good," Greenway said. "The first practice was obviously a huge adjustment ... . The second practice felt a lot better. I felt a lot more comfortable out there."

Jackson fan

Veteran quarterback Brad Johnson said he was impressed by the talent and attitude of rookie QB Tarvaris Jackson, a second-round draft choice from Alabama State.

Johnson was less interested in a question about his contract, which calls for him to make a relatively modest $1.2 million this season.

"I've been a rookie free agent, I've been traded, I've been a free agent," he said. "I've dealt with different contracts and different situations and over time those things just take care of themselves. Usually, that's just the way I play things out."

Stadium talk

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said he remains optimistic that his club can move forward with its stadium proposal, but he seems to be preparing himself for a worst-case scenario.

"I would be disappointed," Wilf said. "But I would hope that if we don't get the issue resolved now, we at least not forget the need for a new Vikings' home and that we just don't get put in the political backburner. We've always stated that we won't leave (Minnesota), but unfortunately that's something that politicians might feel is something that warrants their immediate attention."

Injury report

Fullback Joey Goodspeed injured his left knee during the afternoon practice while making a cut and had to be assisted from the field.

The Vikings had no immediate update on the injury, but Goodspeed felt good enough to do some jogging on the sideline.

Cornerback Marvin Ward suffered a knee injury during the morning practice and sat out the afternoon workout, as did strong safety Willie Offord, who is recovering from knee surgery.

Numbers game

Wide receiver Koren Robinson said he debated long and hard before switching his jersey number from 18 to Nate Burleson's former 81 but ultimately decided to return to his original NFL number.

Robinson added that he would like to continue as the team's kickoff returner but isn't sure if the coaches will allow it.

Smoot hopes to bounce back (http://www.grandforks.com/mld/grandforks/sports/14575337.htm)

singersp
05-14-2006, 01:13 PM
No. 1 draft choice Chad Greenway spent most of Saturday's practices working with the second- and third-team defense, but the former Iowa linebacker did intercept a J.T. O'Sullivan pass for a touchdown during an afternoon drill.


An interception thrown by JT. That doesn't surprise me in the least.

Benet
05-14-2006, 01:39 PM
Good reports on Chad and T-Jack.. Let's hope these good reports continue throughout the summer!

COJOMAY
05-14-2006, 02:23 PM
"singersp" wrote:

"cogitans" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"cogitans" wrote:

When I read what Brad says, I get a really good feeling inside. He's a true leader, he's as smart as anyone, and he has so much experience. I'm hyped about him behind center for the coming season.

He draws up plays at home to bring in and show to the coaches :smile:

Also, he will be an outstanding teacher for T-Jack in the coming years.

That's IF he teaches him. I think Brad will be more of a "You want to learn, watch me play" type teacher, rather than a one-to-one type teacher.

I believe he'll be learning him a lot about how to read defences. Especially siting in the video room, showing him what to look for.

It seemed to me that Brad didn't share any of his expertise or experience with DC, so I don't expect him to wth T-Jack, McMahon or JT.

Maybe that's because DC was a idiot who thought he knew it all and didn't want to learn? Isn't that a tiny bit possible? :lol:

Vrehna
05-14-2006, 02:39 PM
I really like what I am hearing from the team.

An injured Smoot doesn't effect me at all. I lost my hopes in him a while ago. But it would be nice if he surprized us all by playing his A game.

singersp
05-14-2006, 02:54 PM
"COJOMAY" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"cogitans" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"cogitans" wrote:

When I read what Brad says, I get a really good feeling inside. He's a true leader, he's as smart as anyone, and he has so much experience. I'm hyped about him behind center for the coming season.

He draws up plays at home to bring in and show to the coaches :smile:

Also, he will be an outstanding teacher for T-Jack in the coming years.

That's IF he teaches him. I think Brad will be more of a "You want to learn, watch me play" type teacher, rather than a one-to-one type teacher.

I believe he'll be learning him a lot about how to read defences. Especially siting in the video room, showing him what to look for.

It seemed to me that Brad didn't share any of his expertise or experience with DC, so I don't expect him to wth T-Jack, McMahon or JT.

Maybe that's because DC was a idiot who thought he knew it all and didn't want to learn? Isn't that a tiny bit possible? :lol:

Usually when an offense calls a time out, I'm used to seeing both QB's talking with the coach.

Many times it was just Tice & Daunte.

singersp
05-14-2006, 02:57 PM
"Vrehna" wrote:

I really like what I am hearing from the team.

An injured Smoot doesn't effect me at all. I lost my hopes in him a while ago. But it would be nice if he surprized us all by playing his A game.

To quote Smoot from another article regarding the more up-tempo practices;


Smoot said he would rather pay the price now than later.

"It's tiring and it hurts. But this is the time of year you want to hurt, rather than December," Smoot said. "Everyone says you win in December and January. But you win right now, and coach has that mentality. He knows you have to be prepared."

Childress stressing up-tempo practices (http://www.purplepride.org/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=22524)

NodakPaul
05-14-2006, 03:03 PM
"Vrehna" wrote:

I really like what I am hearing from the team.

An injured Smoot doesn't effect me at all. I lost my hopes in him a while ago. But it would be nice if he surprized us all by playing his A game.

That wouldn't surprise us all, just the Smoot haters out there. :wink: Smoot will be just fine under decent coaching.

whackthepack
05-14-2006, 07:38 PM
During the seven on seven drill, second-year receiver Chris Jones appeared to have beaten linebacker Napolean Harris on a seam route, only to have Harris come in at the last moment and bat the ball out of his hands. Upon coming back to the huddle, Travis Taylor spoke with Jones for a couple of minutes and was showing him how to better position himself to avoid defenders knocking the ball away. Jones made a graceful catch on his next route and acknowledged Taylor on his way back to the huddle.


This is my favorite thing that I have read about the camps so far.

vike_mike
05-14-2006, 08:09 PM
I am going to reserve judgement until end of summer camp. I am talking about Smoot. Really like the new uni's. We are going to look good, just hope we play like it.

vike_mike
05-14-2006, 08:14 PM
I am hoping to see a lot more of Chris Jones as he is a big receiver. I wonder what his 40 time is. Vikings.com said he has big play speed. I don't know if that is true or not.

PurplePeopleEaters
05-14-2006, 08:37 PM
"whackthepack" wrote:


During the seven on seven drill, second-year receiver Chris Jones appeared to have beaten linebacker Napolean Harris on a seam route, only to have Harris come in at the last moment and bat the ball out of his hands. Upon coming back to the huddle, Travis Taylor spoke with Jones for a couple of minutes and was showing him how to better position himself to avoid defenders knocking the ball away. Jones made a graceful catch on his next route and acknowledged Taylor on his way back to the huddle.


This is my favorite thing that I have read about the camps so far.

I agree. I think our reciever will be very good next year with Troy and Koren as the starting two and Travis in the slot. Travis had a very good yet quiet year last year. Marcus can fill in well as a 4th WR.

vike_mike
05-14-2006, 08:42 PM
A bit worried about dropped balls that Childress was describing. Lets not call in the inventor guy with his receiver vest to show them how it's done.

Muggsy
05-14-2006, 08:45 PM
"singersp" wrote:

"COJOMAY" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"cogitans" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:


When I read what Brad says, I get a really good feeling inside. He's a true leader, he's as smart as anyone, and he has so much experience. I'm hyped about him behind center for the coming season.

He draws up plays at home to bring in and show to the coaches :smile:

Also, he will be an outstanding teacher for T-Jack in the coming years.

That's IF he teaches him. I think Brad will be more of a "You want to learn, watch me play" type teacher, rather than a one-to-one type teacher.

I believe he'll be learning him a lot about how to read defences. Especially siting in the video room, showing him what to look for.

It seemed to me that Brad didn't share any of his expertise or experience with DC, so I don't expect him to wth T-Jack, McMahon or JT.

Maybe that's because DC was a idiot who thought he knew it all and didn't want to learn? Isn't that a tiny bit possible? :lol:

Usually when an offense calls a time out, I'm used to seeing both QB's talking with the coach.

Many times it was just Tice & Daunte.

Ok, Ok, singer, we gets da point, youse don't like BJ!

Dis is from some QB school I hoid about from "Big Moose" Snidecki.

http://www.guspurcellquarterbackschool.com/superqb.html

The Enquirer-Journal
By: Lee Noles

Super QB
Local camp allows young QBs to work with reigning Super Bowl champion

WINGATE
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Campers at Gus Purcell's quarterback school got a special treat Monday.
Brad Johnson - last season's Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers- spent the day teaching fundamentals to the 150 athletes who attended. This is the 10th year that Johnson has taught at the camp at Wingate University.
This year's camp has seen athletes come from nine states, ranging from rising 8th graders to seniors in high school.
One of those is Union county resident Cameron Jones.
A freshman at Charlotte Catholic, Jones is from Waxhaw and is in his first year at camp.
"I didn't think he was going to be that tall," said Jones of 6-5 Johnson. "And when he explained things it felt like we could shoot for the same things."


Da guy likes ta teach, singer. An' he's apparently good at it or dey wouldn't have had him dere for 10 years.

Tice mebbe thought dat Daunte knew it all, and Daunte thought dat he knew it all. Mebbe BJ was right dere ready ta give his two cents if he was asked. I dunno.

All I knows is ya oughta wait an' see if Brad teaches T-Jack foist before ya badmouth him, y'know? Give 'im a chance, y'know? If he don't, I'll eat crow and badmouth him wit' ya, ok? :smile:

singersp
05-15-2006, 04:05 AM
"Muggsy" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"COJOMAY" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"cogitans" wrote:



When I read what Brad says, I get a really good feeling inside. He's a true leader, he's as smart as anyone, and he has so much experience. I'm hyped about him behind center for the coming season.

He draws up plays at home to bring in and show to the coaches :smile:

Also, he will be an outstanding teacher for T-Jack in the coming years.

That's IF he teaches him. I think Brad will be more of a "You want to learn, watch me play" type teacher, rather than a one-to-one type teacher.

I believe he'll be learning him a lot about how to read defences. Especially siting in the video room, showing him what to look for.

It seemed to me that Brad didn't share any of his expertise or experience with DC, so I don't expect him to wth T-Jack, McMahon or JT.

Maybe that's because DC was a idiot who thought he knew it all and didn't want to learn? Isn't that a tiny bit possible? :lol:

Usually when an offense calls a time out, I'm used to seeing both QB's talking with the coach.

Many times it was just Tice & Daunte.

Ok, Ok, singer, we gets da point, youse don't like BJ!

Dis is from some QB school I hoid about from "Big Moose" Snidecki.

http://www.guspurcellquarterbackschool.com/superqb.html

The Enquirer-Journal
By: Lee Noles

Super QB
Local camp allows young QBs to work with reigning Super Bowl champion

WINGATE
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Campers at Gus Purcell's quarterback school got a special treat Monday.
Brad Johnson - last season's Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers- spent the day teaching fundamentals to the 150 athletes who attended. This is the 10th year that Johnson has taught at the camp at Wingate University.
This year's camp has seen athletes come from nine states, ranging from rising 8th graders to seniors in high school.
One of those is Union county resident Cameron Jones.
A freshman at Charlotte Catholic, Jones is from Waxhaw and is in his first year at camp.
"I didn't think he was going to be that tall," said Jones of 6-5 Johnson. "And when he explained things it felt like we could shoot for the same things."


Da guy likes ta teach, singer. An' he's apparently good at it or dey wouldn't have had him dere for 10 years.

Tice mebbe thought dat Daunte knew it all, and Daunte thought dat he knew it all. Mebbe BJ was right dere ready ta give his two cents if he was asked. I dunno.

All I knows is ya oughta wait an' see if Brad teaches T-Jack foist before ya badmouth him, y'know? Give 'im a chance, y'know? If he don't, I'll eat crow and badmouth him wit' ya, ok? :smile:

I never said I don't like Brad. I like him as our QB right now. I believe he can get the job done this year with the revamped line.

What I said was it was my opinion that he won't be teaching T-Jack on a one on one basis, but more teach by example.

Nowhere did I bash BJ. I just stated my opinion & you don't have to agree with me.

Teaching kids how to play is a bit different than teaching someone that is trying to win your job away from you.

whackthepack
05-15-2006, 03:30 PM
From the little video footage that the local media carried this weekend from minicamp there was a clip of Greenway doing directional drills, if anybody thinks he is not quick you are wrong! He has a very good initial burst of speed and can change directions very fluently, he will have no problem making up distance and or closing on a receiver or TE.

MightyVikes12391
05-15-2006, 03:49 PM
nice good stuff thanks

Muggsy
05-15-2006, 06:41 PM
singersp wrote:

I never said I don't like Brad. I like him as our QB right now. I believe he can get the job done this year with the revamped line.

What I said was it was my opinion that he won't be teaching T-Jack on a one on one basis, but more teach by example.

Nowhere did I bash BJ. I just stated my opinion & you don't have to agree with me.

Teaching kids how to play is a bit different than teaching someone that is trying to win your job away from you.

Oh, uh..... I ...... uh.... I knew dat. :oops:

Yeah, teachin' kids is different than teachin' someone that is trying to win your job, but Brad knows he ain't got but a few more years left. He knows T-Jack will be da new guy someday. I was just sayin' he likes to teach, y'know? But, we gots a QB coach, so mebbe he's da guy to talk to T-Jack, not Big Bad Brad.

From what dey said, T-Jack really looks good, acts like a leader, y'know? Mebbe we done good takin' him, y'know?

cajunvike
05-15-2006, 06:45 PM
Can we rock??? What's up Doc???

2beersTommy
05-16-2006, 03:16 AM
The skinny: After running a two-tight end offense for years, the Vikings are switching back to a base set that included one tight end and a fullback, Tony Richardson, meaning Jim Kleinsasser and Jermaine Wiggins are battling for playing time. But Childress said there is room for everybody.[/b]

where does Goodspeed fit in here ?

Vikes_King
05-16-2006, 04:13 AM
goodspeed is basically already marked as a backup sounds like; which doesnt make much sense because if.. richardson did get hurt, kleinsasser could take the spot, not that he would really want to