Vikings did homework on Walsh

  • Updated: September 11, 2012 - 8:39 PM
hide

Vikings kicker Blair Walsh (3) celebrated after he kicked a 55-yard field goal to tie the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the final seconds of regulation Sunday. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars in overtime 26-23.

Photo: Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

The Live Chat is every Tuesday at noon. Read it in full at startribune.com/vikings.

Q Best bang for your buck so far out of the Vikes draft ... Blair Walsh? A I wish we had the media room footage from that Saturday afternoon in April when we all learned that the Vikings had taken a kicker in Round 6 with a roster that had so many huge holes. Especially a kicker who had really struggled on field goals as a senior. But the Vikings did their homework and have worked hard to polish Walsh's field goal kicking. To hit four big field goals after the third quarter ended is impressive. And that 55-yarder was pure. Really pure. Q Would you like to see more emotion from a coach? You look at how fired up Jon Gruden used to get and now Jim Harbaugh with the 49ers? Every time they show Leslie Frazier, his arms are crossed and he doesn't even talk. Doesn't emotion sometime fire a team up? A I had to laugh when watching the fourth quarter back at how subdued Frazier's reaction was on Walsh's 55-yard game-tying kick. Small fist pump. It was like he had just been told that the oil change on his car was finished. But leaders lead in different ways. The Grudens and Harbaughs and Rex Ryans and Mike Ditkas of the world were animated, screamers. Frazier is cut from the Tony Dungy cloth.

Q How many wide receiver screens can be run in a football game?

A So long as the opposing defense has no answers for it, keep running it, keep running it, keep running it. Percy Harvin is dynamic. And fearless. He had 74 yards after the catch on Sunday.

Q If Harvin has a real productive year do you see a hold out, new deal or another team picking him up?

A GM Rick Spielman has a philosophy: if you prove yourself, he'll reward you with an extension heading into the final year of your deal. He did that with Adrian Peterson and Chad Greenway a year ago. If Percy keeps playing the way he did Sunday and the way he did the second half of last season, they'll have to open up the bank and pay the man. Crazy to think about it. But he's only 24.

Q Honestly, is Adrian Peterson human?

A Absolutely stunned at where he is physically right now. We'll see if fatigue starts creeping in at all in the next month. But I remember standing beside him in the locker room in Washington on Christmas Eve and seeing how absolutely crestfallen he was. To think that was less than nine months ago and he already seems like the Adrian of old is insane.

Q Jared Allen did not have one recorded sack on Sunday. How many sacks do you think he will have this season now?

A The beat up Colts O-line should give the Vikings plenty of opportunity for pressure. But man, Allen really spoiled people a year ago. The guy goes one game without a sack and suddenly folks are panicking. Deep breaths. Jared Allen is the least of the worries for the D.

Q Do you think rotating the defensive line will upset Allen more and more each game?

A There are a lot of things that might agitate Allen this season. He'll be touchy on the D-line rotation for sure. I also wonder if he has the right level of patience/tolerance to endure the growing pains of this young defense and this young team. I'm just not sure he's wired to be able to accept a third consecutive losing season. Which is coming.

Q I must say I am a little concerned with the youth on this team. More so when the Vikes go on the road to a hostile environment. Do you think they will hold their water?

A We'll find out. But this season is about building for the future. So as long as you can tolerate a few ups and downs with this young bunch, it should pay dividends up the road.

Q I don't think Chris Cook is going to pan out. I think he has a lot of physical tools but does not have it between the ears. I don't think he has done much since we got him other than get in trouble. What are your thoughts?

A Cook is part of a large group that I call the "We'll See Bunch." The guy has only played 13 games in his career. He is big. He is quick. He has the kind of tools the Vikings need in a CB in this division. So now he has a starting role, the organization's vote of confidence and a full season to show what he can be. Let's revisit this question in Week 7 or Week 8 when we have more to review.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cincinnati - M. Latos 6:05 PM
Baltimore - B. Norris
Boston - J. Kelly 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - S. Greene
Detroit - K. Lobstein 6:05 PM
Cleveland - C. Carrasco
NY Mets - J. Niese 6:10 PM
Miami - B. Penny
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick 6:10 PM
Atlanta - M. Minor
Toronto - R. Dickey 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - J. Hellickson
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - J. Arrieta
LA Angels - C. Wilson 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Peacock
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi 7:10 PM
Minnesota - T. Milone
Texas - D. Holland 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Guthrie
Pittsburgh - J. Locke 7:15 PM
St. Louis - A. Wainwright
San Francisco - Y. Petit 7:40 PM
Colorado - J. Lyles
Seattle - J. Paxton 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
Washington - D. Fister 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw
Arizona - W. Miley 9:10 PM
San Diego - O. Despaigne
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
Buffalo 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
New Orleans 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta
Minnesota 9/7/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Cleveland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Jacksonville 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Oakland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Cincinnati 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Washington 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Tennessee 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
New England 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Tampa Bay
San Francisco 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Indianapolis 9/7/14 7:30 PM
Denver
Utah State 7 FINAL
Tennessee 38
SMU 0 FINAL
(10) Baylor 45
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
Louisville 31
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(7) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(22) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(14) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(16) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(2) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
(25) Washington
(15) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(11) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(18) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(8) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(19) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(6) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(15) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(13) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(21) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(5) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(7) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 9:00 PM
Phoenix
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 Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
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: How many fantasy football teams do you draft?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close