A Vikings beat writer conducts a Live Chat every Tuesday at noon. Here are edited excerpts from this week’s session with Chip Scoggins and Chris Miller.
Q: Is this a make-or-break season for cornerback Chris Cook? When is he a free agent? Has he shown enough so far to justify keeping him around after all the trouble?
A: He needs a strong showing rest of the season to justify bringing him back. Cook simply hasn’t shown he’s able to stay on the field for any length of time. He will be a free agent after the season.
Q: We have nothing to lose so put in Josh Freeman!
A: I’ll be surprised if it’s not Josh Freeman at QB this week. The team is 1-4. They need to evaluate Freeman to see if he’s possibly their long-term answer. I know he might not be 100 percent comfortable with the terminology and protections yet, but they can come up with a game plan that allows him to play.
Q: So who is going to back up Freeman? Is there any chance on trading Ponder and getting something for him?
A: Lots of people remember when the Vikings had to dump Donovan McNabb because he wasn’t happy being a backup to Ponder. Ponder or Cassel won’t be pouters if they have to back up Freeman. Unhappy? Yes. Pouters? No. And if Freeman gets hurt, they have to throw Cassel or Ponder back in there. They need to stay engaged.
Q: Defense does need to improve … but the offense needs to give the defense a break and use some clock time.
A: The defense isn’t getting off the field on third down, and that’s a major issue. But long, sustained drives by an offense are the best defense.
Q: When do we start to see the “lost season, put in the rookies?”
A: They aren’t at that point yet, as coach Leslie Frazier stressed Monday. He mentioned possibly giving Gerald Hodges some playing time at the Will linebacker with Desmond Bishop tearing his ACL.
Q: Questioning the wisdom of the Brian Robison contract extension — why not keep flexibility now, given how this season is going and how quiet the front four has been?
A: Robison has been their most active defensive lineman. They’re happy with his play, and they needed to start addressing the future with so many guys up after this year, including Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Everson Griffen. Plus, it gave them from cap space after the Freeman signing.
Q: I hear that the players like Frazier. Do you think they feel that the performance on Sunday may have cost him his job?
A: Nobody said that publicly. And yes, players have a ton of respect for Frazier because he treats them with respect.
Q: What’s the real story about not getting cornerback Antoine Winfield in here? They obviously need him, does he not want to come here or don’t they want to pay?
A: The two sides had some communication the past month. But at this point, not sure if Winfield would want to play for a team that is 1-4 and not heading in the right direction.
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|Baltimore||12/16/13 7:40 PM|
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|Aug 9 - vs. Houston||7 pm||X||27-13|
|Aug 16 - at Buffalo||6 pm||X||20-16|
|Aug 25 - at San Francisco||7 pm||X||34-14|
|Aug 29 - vs. Tennessee||7 pm||X||24-23|
|2013 regular season|
|Sep 8 - at Detroit||Noon||X||34-24|
|Sep 15 - at Chicago||Noon||X||31-30|
|Sep 22 - vs. Cleveland||Noon||X||31-27|
|Sep 29 - vs. Pittsburgh (in London)||Noon||X||34-27|
|Oct 6 - Bye|
|Oct 13 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||35-10|
|Oct 21 - at. NY Giants||7:40 pm||X||23-7|
|Oct 27 - vs. Green Bay||7:30 pm||X||44-31|
|Nov 3 - at Dallas||Noon||X||27-23|
|Nov 7 - vs. Washington||7:25 pm||X||34-27|
|Nov 17 - at Seattle||3:25 pm||X||41-20|
|Nov. 24 - at Green Bay||Noon||26-26|
|Dec 1 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||23-20|
|Dec 8 - at Baltimore||Noon||X||29-26|
|Dec 15 - vs. Philadelphia||Noon|
|Dec 22 - at Cincinnati||Noon|
|Dec 29 - vs. Detroit||Noon|