Vikings have high hopes for Everson Griffen

everson_griffen_flex_flagnd_display_image.jpgThe Vikings had former USC defensive end Everson Griffen fall into their laps on the third day of the 2010 draft.

And they think they got a steal.

“He could be the next great pass rusher in our league,” defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier recently said, per Tom Pelissero of ESPN1500.com.  “He just has to know how important it is to go hard all the
time, and I get the impression he understands that now.”

So why did he slide to round four?  Said an exec from a team that took Griffen off its board, “Once you start interviewing him, you’ll call me back.”

Griffen also has a reputation for not always giving his all.

“I’ve been impressed with his work ethic and his desire to put that [inconsistency] behind him,” Frazier said.  “He knows what the knocks
were on him coming out of college.  We talked to him about it.  He’s
making a conscious effort to rev his motor up and to go hard every play.

“We’re always on him about it, because we don’t want him to slip
back, and we’ve got players on him as well. The fact that he’s responded
to that gives me hope that he will reach the potential that we think he
has.”

Though it may have been a better idea to gush about Griffen after he inks his rookie contract (since his agent may now put a thumb on the scale), the Vikes apparently have opted to try positive reinforcement in the hopes of getting the most out of Griffen.

And they need it.  With Ray Edwards holding out and unlikely to stick around beyond 2010 given the investment the team has made in the defensive line, the sooner Griffen reaches his potential, the better off the team’s defense will be.

31 responses to “Vikings have high hopes for Everson Griffen

  1. Please do not allow Ray Edwards to play for the Vikings.. Ever.
    His season wasn’t even great, he had one good game and it’s only because he is never double teamed like Jared, Pat and Kevin.
    Ray Edwards talks to much, like him beating Strahans record, maybe he should get to double digit sacks at least once in the regular season before he demands more money, not to mention on a consistant basis.

  2. Obviously the missing piece to get to the Superbowl, now if only he can give it his all, that for sure will put the Vikings over the top.
    Ray Edward’s shoes are mighty big to fill, his fat 5.5 sacks despite the double teams on the mullet headed drunk DE on the other side sets an awfully high standard.
    Now if only hot air and bull shit were requirements to win the Superbowl, the Vikings and their fans will be in the middle of a dynasty right now.

  3. “I’M GONNA BREAK THE SINGLE-SEASON SACK RECORD.” Only fell short by 15.5 sacks……
    We should have cut him right then and there…
    Everson and Robison can more than take over for him.
    I could get a sack every couple games if I knew going into it I was going to be single covered EVERY SINGLE DOWN.

  4. JimmySmith — your comment would be funny if only you had your facts straight. Edwards had 8 sacks last year, not 5.5 — and only one other DE from that side of the line finished with more. So, your comment actually sucks, and you should go put on a pink dress now and watch Dancing With The Stars. Deal?

  5. “…Griffen also has a reputation for not always giving his all…”
    _________________________
    Same rap that came with Moss. Thankfully, Griffin can benefit from the same astute Viking guidance that got Moss turned around with…Oh wait, nevermind.

  6. Jim,
    At least the Vikings players get paid lots for their hot air and bull shit. You, on the other hand, spend all day on the Vikings postings coming up with lame and empty comments.
    Too bad you’re not getting paid for that. You’d be a rich man….instead of a broke-dick, out of work Packer fan with nothing to do all day long except try and piss other people off.

  7. “I’M GONNA BREAK THE SINGLE SEASON SACK RECORD” Only fell short by 15.5 sacks…..
    He should’ve been cut right then.
    Griffen and Robison can easily take over for him.
    I could get a sack every couple games too if I knew going into every game I would be single covered EVERY SINGLE PLAY.

  8. JimmySmith: You just love hating dont you? Personally I find it hilarious, but most of my Vikings colleagues seem to disagree with me…

  9. What a surprise. Jimmy Smith appears in a Vikings-related post.
    And Jim…those Jared Allen drunk posts never get old.

  10. Florio: You’ll have to let us know if the GM that said “you’ll call me back” still has his job in 3 years when Griffen is the starting DE opposite Allen.

  11. JimmySmith always says how Allen is overrated but here acknowledges he is always double teamed. Why would he always be double teamed if he wasn’t any good?
    I think you’re in a box there JimmyBoy. Now if we could just get you 6 feet under.

  12. Watched him play and I get excited, listen to his interviews on you tube and I get nervous. This guy will be boom or bust but he could be the real deal.
    With Edwards wanting out Robison and Griffen need to be the future.
    Ray- You better sack up this year if you want to get paid what you think you are worth.

  13. Jim, I’m happy for you that being a fan of a team that used to be good makes you feel like a winner in life. Just take it easy on us lesser guys that root for another team. What’s you jersey number Jim? I wanna look for you this fall so I can point you out to my friends and say I posted a note to you once.

  14. I’m gonna say the red flag thing is well deserved and verified by the fact that the Seahawks passed on Griffen despite their need for a pass rusher. Carroll has known Griffen for four years and decided he was not worth making a move to the bottom of round 3 or top of found 4 to get. If the coach thought he was worth the move it would have happened.

  15. You can change a lot about the way a player play’s, his approach to training, study, technique. You can build his body and his confidence. You can get him experience, and teach him about things he’s yet to experience.
    But you can’t change who he is. If he’s a low motor guy, he always will be. You can push him, cajole him, humiliate him, threaten him. You can increase his productivity, but he’ll always end up being what he always was.

  16. Let’s see if he can follow the wonderful path set up by the current d-line,
    Allen – 3 dui suspended by nfl
    Pat & Kevin Williams – Suspended by nfl
    Ray Edwards – roids, suspended by nfl
    I’m sure the boys will make sure he follows the viking path.

  17. Ray Edwards had the exact same things said about him coming out of Purdue. Great strength and speed off the edge, terrible motor.
    Both were selected in the 4th rd, so will the Vikings be in the same spot 4 yrs from now? Hopefully, Everson Griffen learns a thing or two from the Williams’ and Allen about playing 40 for 60.

  18. Jimmy,
    Ray Edwards would be a star in Green Bay.
    5.5? I believe that would have been tops over there in thugville.
    Maybe you should rethink your comments.

  19. Color me suprised, Florio pimping a Vikings rookie that a coach raves about. Imagine if a team, say the Cowboys, had a few members of the organization parse out a few compliments to a rookie. Mr. Florio wouldn’t have a hissy fit if the Cowboys or any other team circulated some typical offseason fluff to boost a rookies confidence like the Vikings did would he? Oh yeah…
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/05/10/finally-someone-in-dallas-offers-a-more-realistic-assessment-of-dez-bryant/
    My comments in that post seem eerily prophetic now.
    Make sure to tune into 1130AM tomorrow at 9:35 to listen to Mike try to pretend not to be a Viking Bobo while secretly yearning for Paul Allen’s affection.

  20. Jimmy how’s that stellar draft pick of Thompson’s doing? What’s his name again, Underwood or something? Or what about Jolly? Is he still trying to traffic drugs? Man, Green Bay sure does know how to find the gems don’t they? (these are all rhetorical questions, don’t beat your dick trying to find an answer) Now… if only Arby’s had an opening, you’d have a job.

  21. bluestree says:
    June 7, 2010 10:16 PM
    You can change a lot about the way a player play’s, his approach to training, study, technique. You can build his body and his confidence. You can get him experience, and teach him about things he’s yet to experience.
    But you can’t change who he is. If he’s a low motor guy, he always will be. You can push him, cajole him, humiliate him, threaten him. You can increase his productivity, but he’ll always end up being what he always was.
    Tell that to Chris Carter.

  22. Packer fans, don’t worry about a half assed effort on a rookie Viking.
    I’d worry about history repeating itself:
    Four sacks in one game
    One of them being a strip-sack
    one for a safety.
    Ouch – did that actually happen?
    On the other foot,
    Griffen has a bigger upside in the NFL than Pete Carroll.
    If Pete Carroll cared he would’ve taken a job where he could actually win. It ain’t happening in Seattle. He’s phoning it in.

  23. I heard Everson Griffin’s interview on Sirius NFL radio after the draft, and he might have been nervous (which I don’t understand since he went to USC and probably had hundreds of radio interviews already), but he sounded like an idiot. Not sure if that matters for a DLineman…..but after that nationwide interview, the NCAA should have immediatley opened up an(other) investigation on how he made it to be a junior.

  24. We should give him the ROY right now!!! What a great and balanced article. I don’t know how the Packers could even hope to think they might win with such a great team as the vikings.

  25. Hey, Florio….I mean, JimmySmith, even as a Viking rube, I have to admit that you crack me up. Bob Nelson, on the other hand, should crash into an AIDs tree.

  26. Yes!! Steve Grogan is retarded..jared alens suspensions were with Chiefs and the Williams havent served any suspensions what a moron!!! Follow in their footsteps and play all the games with the vikings!

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