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Vikings plan lockout practices

Chris Cook, Joe Webb

Add the Minnesota Vikings to the list of teams whose players plan to keep working, even after the owners lock them out on March 4.

Three different Vikings offensive players told the Pioneer Press that they expect to get together for practices during a lockout to work on whatever aspects of new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave’s offense that they can learn. During a lockout, the players wouldn’t be able to get any coaching from Musgrave, but there’s nothing stopping the players from getting a playbook and some tape from Musgrave now and working things out on their own once the lockout starts.

We almost have to be our own coaches,” Vikings quarterback Joe Webb said.

Webb isn’t the only quarterback talking about getting his guys together and working during the lockout; Josh Freeman of the Buccaneers made similar comments. If you’re a fan who wants your young quarterback to be a team leader who’s dedicated to getting better, you have to like those comments.

But if you’re a union member who wants the best deal you can get from the owners, you might not want your teammates working for free during the lockout, sending a message that they’ll be ready to go just as soon as the owners feel like paying them again.

And so we can expect players like Webb, who just want to bring their teammates together, to create some tension with their most stridently pro-union teammates.

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16 Responses to “Vikings plan lockout practices”
  1. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 21, 2011 9:59 AM

    I’m a little surprised the NFLPA would even allow these guys to engage in any football related activities outside official venues.

  2. sterling7 says: Feb 21, 2011 10:08 AM

    Unfortunately being the biggest Minnesota Viking follower (a true glutton for punishment), I can honestly tell you-all the practice in the world won’t help this team. I’m anxious to see just who in the world they can even compete with? The Vikings are so bad even my Packer and Bear freinds can’t tease me because they feel sorry for me. When you say “Minnesota Vikings” you’re scrapping the bottom of the barrel-time for honesty not patronage :-(

  3. ejmat2 says: Feb 21, 2011 10:09 AM

    I say screw the agents and union reps. Maybe one day they will see that bargaining for more is not necessary. Their players make more than enough money. In fact, rookies make more money than they should. Find me any normal occupation where rookies get paid more than veterans that have contributed to the company for years. It’s a joke!

  4. peopletrains says: Feb 21, 2011 10:17 AM

    Vikings should give Webb the ball this season. He has shown he has as much potential (and more ability) as anyone that is going to be available to them in the draft.

  5. FoozieGrooler says: Feb 21, 2011 10:33 AM

    ejmat2 says: Feb 21, 2011 10:09 AM

    “I say screw the agents and union reps. Maybe one day they will see that bargaining for more is not necessary. Their players make more than enough money.”

    [sigh]
    What I don’t understand is the constant desire of posters to put their ignorance on full display.

    The players aren’t asking for a single penny.

  6. moondog7 says: Feb 21, 2011 10:51 AM

    yea your some fan sterling 87.

    Who knows if joe webb will even be the qb for the vikes next yr. But at least he is showing he wants the job and is showing some leadership here.

    I truly appriciate that as a viks fan and would be more willing to see him get a shot if that’s the direction the team takes.

  7. thegreenviking says: Feb 21, 2011 11:17 AM

    Joe’s a good kid and I really wish that he will someday will live up to his potential. It’s a good thing he’s doing and any pro-union player that berates his actions can talk a walk. Just because you’re striking doesn’t mean you have to let yourself waste away.

  8. jc1958cool says: Feb 21, 2011 11:26 AM

    maybe the purple queens will be a real team by practicing them selves!!

  9. schmitty2 says: Feb 21, 2011 11:53 AM

    Unless the Vikes can draft wisely and maybe sign a couple of free agents then they are battling it out with the Lions for last place I’m afraid

  10. purpleguy says: Feb 21, 2011 11:57 AM

    Please. It’s in the players’ and the NFLPA’s best interest for them to stay in shape and work out whether its for health, safety, performance or financial reasons. Hell, as to my Vikes, players coaching themselves can’t be any worse than being coached by Klink.

  11. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Feb 21, 2011 12:20 PM

    With time off from work and two to three game checks in the bank, shouldn’t NFL players return to their universities to earn an advanced degree? Like a Master’s of Playground Management?

  12. JimmySmith says: Feb 21, 2011 12:29 PM

    This story really illustrates how some teams (Vikings among them) are worse off with a lock out.

    They have a new OC, a new system, and a new QB and they can’t offically get started until the labor deal is resolved.

    So look for 2011 standings not to change much, the last place teams like the Vikings will repeat, finishing in last place again. The one bit of good news, at least we wouldn’t have to hear from the Viking fans that this is the year they win the Superbowl, how did that work out for you last year?

  13. jebdamone says: Feb 21, 2011 2:23 PM

    uuhhhhhh….foozie is right, the players aren’t asking for anything in addition, they are satisfied with the current CBA. it is the owners that are unsatisfied, want more money and want to pay the players less. and like ive said in numerous other posts not even the majority of these guys are raking it in. average nfl salary is a little over a million with the median at about 900k. average nfl career 3 and a half years.

  14. jebdamone says: Feb 21, 2011 2:27 PM

    i, for one, am all for players practicing and keeping in shape. it shows the owners and fans that ‘we are ready to play, you are the one’s keeping us from doing so.’ shows a maturity and desire for competition that is above bargaining or money.

  15. tpanorseman says: Feb 21, 2011 3:06 PM

    Does JimmySmith have a stand-in now? His post actually made sense … well at least until the last paragraph. No one can predict how a season will play out.

    For the Vikings the biggest problem last year was turnovers from the QB position … not all INT’s were Farve’s fault (Berrian!), but there were too many sack/fumbles too. Webb – if he’s the guy – has already shown way less propensity for to’s, and the kid can flat out run too. His issue, as pointed out, is learning a new system and becoming more competent in the passing game. Still I like this team with Cedric Griffin, Hutchinson, Herrera returning from injuries – and hopefully full seasons from Sydney Rice and John Sullivan – to an already solid nucleus of players. But they absolutely need better play from the safeties – whether that means drafting one and/or taking a chance on Sanders, imo that’s an even bigger need than QB.

  16. ejmat2 says: Feb 22, 2011 10:26 AM

    jebdamone says:
    Feb 21, 2011 2:23 PM
    uuhhhhhh….foozie is right, the players aren’t asking for anything in addition, they are satisfied with the current CBA. it is the owners that are unsatisfied, want more money and want to pay the players less. and like ive said in numerous other posts not even the majority of these guys are raking it in. average nfl salary is a little over a million with the median at about 900k. average nfl career 3 and a half years.
    ———————–
    uuuuhhhhhhh….foozie is right but show me where I said anything about the PLAYERS asking for more.

    The agents and union are the jackasses in this ordeal. The players are caught in the middle. You are also correct in saying the owners have a stake as well. Let’s also throw in Goodell.

    Everyone involved in this are a big problem. The people hurt are the fans that help pay the salaries as well as the vendors that can lose a lot of jobs.

    My point was that these people need to understand the risk involved with the economy before they act like stubborn mules. All because they are afraid players won’t make more than they do now. I’m all for players getting paid what they are worth. What I am totally against are rookies coming into the league making more money than players that have been solid contributors for many years.

    For those of you that don’t understand that I don’t know how better to explain it.

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