Jared Allen prepares for season in his own way

  • Article by: CRAIG MALVEAUX , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 20, 2012 - 8:26 AM

He was the only Viking to miss OTAs, preferring to work with his team of trainers in Arizona.

Five months and 16 days -- that's how long Jared Allen had been separated from his Vikings teammates.

"When he came by my office yesterday afternoon, I gave [Allen] a big hug," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "It was the first time I've seen him in a while. [OTAs] are voluntary sessions. You can't get around that. Guys have the option to attend them or not, but the fact that he is here is a positive."

His absence during voluntary organized team activities was little cause for concern, but Allen was the only Viking who missed them all. Other veterans heeded Frazier's desire to show up for optional practices and build rapport with new personnel.

The All-Pro defensive end returned to Winter Park for minicamp Tuesday, addressing his offseason whereabouts.

"If it's not broke, don't fix it," said Allen, who will be entering his ninth NFL season. "Coach understood why. I wanted to keep my routine through the offseason. I have a great team in Arizona. Everything was focused and in the right direction."

Allen, 30, said he felt most comfortable with his trainers and conditioning regiment, the same program that guided him last offseason, when an NFL lockout prevented any OTAs or minicamps. Despite that, Allen recorded his best statistical season, registering a career-high 22 sacks.

"I was in a great mental state, even though we weren't winning," he said. "But things were real positive for me coming off that 2010 season when it was just a big ball of negativity around here. So I wanted to stay there."

Frazier trusted his veteran defensive end's judgment, although he would have preferred to have Allen with his young teammates.

Allen returned to many unfamiliar faces on defense. Alan Williams is the new defensive coordinator; there's a new defensive line coach in Brendan Daly, who replaced Karl Dunbar; and some young players will fill key roles left by departing veterans.

Allen said he has been in constant communication with the new staff and expects defensive philosophies to remain the same.

"Dunbar did a great job of managing us and I think Daly knows that," Allen said. "We can trust that he knows when to work us when we need to be worked and rest us when we need to be rested. He's not going to try to come in and teach me to be a spinner. We're going to mesh."

As for the new teammates, Allen said training camp serves as the proper place to provide veteran leadership and tutelage.

"The best way I can lead is by being the best player that I can be on the field," he said. "And I feel like that was having a full offseason with my trainers."

Allen said breaking Michael Stra-han's NFL record of 22.5 sacks was his goal after finishing last season a half-sack short.

"There were a couple in my arms or the ones that were just that close," he said. "I'm kind of bummed out because I'm 23 away again vs. one away, but when you start working out again, it's motivation."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - LP: C. Frias 2 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa 16
San Francisco - WP: S. Romo 4 FINAL
Arizona - LP: A. Reed 2
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano 9
Toronto 1 Top 9th Inning
Baltimore 6
Washington - LP: R. Detwiler 1 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: A. Wood 3
Miami 4 FINAL
NY Mets 3
NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: A. Cobb 2
Cincinnati 1 Top 8th Inning
Chicago Cubs 2
Chicago WSox 1 Bottom 7th Inning
Kansas City 5
Cleveland 2 Top 9th Inning
Houston 0
Detroit 4 Bottom 6th Inning
Minnesota 3
Milwaukee 0 Bottom 7th Inning
St. Louis 0
Seattle 0 Bottom 1st Inning
LA Angels 0
Texas 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Oakland 0
Philadelphia 0 Top 1st Inning
San Diego 0
Tampa Bay 9/18/14 7:25 PM
Atlanta
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
(5) Auburn 9/18/14 6:30 PM
(20) Kansas State
Connecticut 9/19/14 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Toronto 9/19/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Do you support Wednesday's decision to sideline Adrian Peterson again?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close