MANKATO -- Vikings defensive coordinator Alan Williams spent part of his Tuesday news conference explaining to the media how his defensive line rotation will resemble a "hockey lineup" with eight guys rotating through on a regular basis.
Apparently, he hasn't explained it to his All-Pro right defensive end yet.
"Nah, they're probably going to drop that on me toward the beginning of the season and I'll get really [mad] at them," Jared Allen said after Wednesday's practice.
Allen came within half a sack of the NFL record when he had a league-high and franchise-record 22 a year ago. He's stuck now between not wanting to rock the Vikings ship and not wanting to come off the field.
"I'm willing to do anything to win, but I don't like coming off the field," Allen said. "I work so hard in the offseason to get in the best shape that I can. My theory has always been, `You want to rest me, rest me during the week because I get paid to play on Sundays.' That's when I'm out there to make plays.
" I feel that if I'm on the field, I can make a play to help our team win. I understand you have to have a rotation and I'm going to do what they ask of me. There will be a diplomatic conversation if they ask me to roll back too much."
Allen has spent the last few offseasons training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) near his home in Arizona. That kind of training, he says, should allow him to stay on the field and still play at a high level, even at age 30.
"I work my butt off to make sure I can play 60, 70 snaps a game," Allen said. "There are times in a game, yeah, during a 12-play drive, when I don't need to tap my helmet, I'm looking to the sideline [to come out]. I know it's part of it. I'm not looking forward to it if that happens. But that's just because I'm a competitor and I think I can make every play that's out there."