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Jared Allen to Matt Kalil: Don’t hold me and we won’t have to fight

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Before Vikings rookie left tackle Matt Kalil can line up against defensive end Jared Allen in training camp, Allen wants to make sure Kalil knows his place.

In an interview on NBC SportsTalk, Allen said that his instructions for Kalil will be simple: No holding, no illegal hands to the face, defer to the veteran and there won’t be any practice-field fights.

“Just don’t touch me,” Allen said. “I’m too old to deal with overzealous rookies right now. Keep your hands out of my face, don’t grab my jersey and we won’t have to fist fight. That’s pretty much what it is.”

As the best player on a bad team, Allen said he knows no one is predicting big things for the Vikings this year, but he doesn’t mind.

“I don’t know what our expectations are, and that can actually be a good thing,” Allen said. “Coming off a 3-13 season, no one expects us to do anything, so we can fly under the radar, focus on being a solid team and putting win after win together.”

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45 Responses to “Jared Allen to Matt Kalil: Don’t hold me and we won’t have to fight”
  1. larrydavidstern says: Jul 20, 2012 6:48 AM

    And with the #1 pick of the 2013 draft, the Minnesota Vikings select…..

  2. spellingcopfather says: Jul 20, 2012 6:53 AM

    I say fist fight, we all enjoyed the sanders vs bad moon & johnson vs finnegan!!!

  3. sudz28 says: Jul 20, 2012 6:53 AM

    Go have another drink Allen, and enjoy your mediocre 8-8 season.

  4. bluefalcon99 says: Jul 20, 2012 6:58 AM

    As Murtaugh said to Riggs: I’m getting too old for this s–t!

  5. Lev says: Jul 20, 2012 7:12 AM

    If Matt is anything like his brother then Jared Allen may be getting pancaked

  6. kw93 says: Jul 20, 2012 7:12 AM

    I’m 100% sure that those that read this story and don’t watch the video are going to say all sorts of off things about the headline of this article. If you seen any interviews with Allen,you know that he is an absolutely hilarious guy who dropped this quote for laughs. Let the hate commence!

  7. mayerobeyer says: Jul 20, 2012 7:12 AM

    Such a prima donna.

  8. glowingstone says: Jul 20, 2012 7:19 AM

    Telling your rookies what they need to do (“…just don’t touch me”) to avoid practice-field fights before camp begin is a *great* way to start the season off.

    Vikings: 4-12 this year.

  9. cyraider says: Jul 20, 2012 7:20 AM

    Jared Allen used the phrase over zealous?

  10. eaglesw00t says: Jul 20, 2012 7:24 AM

    Way to be a great teammate Allen. You dont sound like a complete scumbag. Only mostly.

  11. seatownballers says: Jul 20, 2012 7:24 AM

    Welcome aboard

  12. buchopeful says: Jul 20, 2012 7:26 AM

    “Jared Allen to Matt Kalil: Don’t hold me and we won’t have to fight”

    I guess that’s better than “Hold me now big guy or we are going to fight” :)

  13. chessic4 says: Jul 20, 2012 7:26 AM

    “Hold me now
    warm my heart
    stay with me
    let loving start”

    -Thompson Twins

  14. saintsfan26 says: Jul 20, 2012 7:30 AM

    What a great teammate.

  15. clw1906 says: Jul 20, 2012 7:34 AM

    And don’t talk about my momma!

  16. jimmysee says: Jul 20, 2012 7:34 AM

    Matt Kalil to Jared Allen — “Don’t get in my way old man and we won’t have a fight.”

  17. sportsmeccabi says: Jul 20, 2012 7:40 AM

    The problem with this is that defensive linemen always think they’re being held. There isn’t a position group in football that does more whining then them. On all levels from pop Warner to pro.

  18. rawgator06 says: Jul 20, 2012 8:05 AM

    Jared Allen is just making sure the rookie doest come in amped up and injures him. Basically, get off his lawn

  19. jamesx27 says: Jul 20, 2012 8:05 AM

    What a punk. Sounds like Allen is scared of Khalil in all honesty

  20. canetic says: Jul 20, 2012 8:06 AM

    Lighten up Francis

  21. cash804 says: Jul 20, 2012 8:08 AM

    “I don’t know what our expectations are, and that can actually be a good thing,”

    Just to clarify Jared, expectations are low…very low.

    But on a postive note, you have to love the comradery the Vikings organization is putting together…(sarcasim).

  22. knucklehead93 says: Jul 20, 2012 8:08 AM

    Love this guy! I hope he makes another sub-par Viking season actually interesting and watchable again.

  23. pappavike says: Jul 20, 2012 8:11 AM

    The rookie is gonna get “schooled” by Allen but what a great tackle he will be because of it. And Allen is right! Nobody expects the Vikes to go anywhere, So they can let it all hang-out, No presure!!

  24. sawasta says: Jul 20, 2012 8:11 AM

    It’s hard not to like Jared Allen. He comes across as a genuinely nice person and not some d-bag. I wish more athletes were like this.

  25. savocabol1 says: Jul 20, 2012 8:12 AM

    “As the best player on a bad team, Allen…”

    Ummm excuse me? Have you forgotten about the best RB in the game?

    In the words of Mr. Chad Johnson “Child Please!!”

  26. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Jul 20, 2012 8:43 AM

    Browns fan here but big Jared Allen fan. Outside of a couple mis-steps early in his career he has been a steady force ever since. He’s just one of those guys who’s fun to watch play.

  27. knucklehead93 says: Jul 20, 2012 9:04 AM

    Hard to believe that there are so many people that don’t see that he’s trying to be funny.

    It’s humor, people. Time to get on board and stop being such haters.

  28. adlent says: Jul 20, 2012 9:09 AM

    I love Jared Allen.

  29. onermedboxer says: Jul 20, 2012 9:58 AM

    People calling Allen a “punk” and “prima donna” are out of their skulls.
    There are countless players in this league deserving those titles – this guy is not one of them

  30. threedeep1998 says: Jul 20, 2012 10:11 AM

    Can’t believe anyone is taking his words seriously. Dude is a comic during his interviews.

  31. phillyphan72 says: Jul 20, 2012 10:24 AM

    Jared Allen plays with
    A high motor…If I’m a coach I’d want him on my team

  32. tjacks7 says: Jul 20, 2012 10:36 AM

    The number of people who took his comments seriously amazes me. Have you ever heard someone joke around? Geez.

  33. 20lions81 says: Jul 20, 2012 10:37 AM

    Big time Lions fan here but those of you calling Allen a scumbag and all that obviously didnt watch the video. Allen is one of the funniest and genuinly kind hearted players in the leauge. Watch the video and you will see that he clearly is joking.

    Also GO LIONS!!!!

  34. realitypolice says: Jul 20, 2012 10:40 AM

    I love Jared Allen, and I’m sure he was trying mostly to be funny.

    That said, If I’m Matt Khalil, my hand is going to his face on Play #1.

  35. skleech22 says: Jul 20, 2012 10:42 AM

    Matt must have been holding ol’ trailer park himself by his infamous SHE-MULLET!!

  36. SparkyGump says: Jul 20, 2012 10:45 AM

    Go shoot some squirrels, Jared, that’ll make you feel superior.

  37. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 20, 2012 10:47 AM

    Next year when Allen is asked who is the best tackle he’s gone up against, the answer will be “Matt Kalil.”

  38. theroc5156 says: Jul 20, 2012 10:48 AM

    In other words, “don’t try to hard in practice so it can be easier on me”.

    3-13 looks good.

  39. muskyhunter2542 says: Jul 20, 2012 11:06 AM

    sudz28 says:
    Jul 20, 2012 6:53 AM
    Go have another drink Allen, and enjoy your mediocre 8-8 season.

    ________________________________

    I got them at 2-14 or 3-13… 8-8 is a longshot

  40. 7ransponder says: Jul 20, 2012 11:25 AM

    Get off your high horse people, a rivalry like this is great for the development of a young stud. Rookies always get hazed in some fashion coming in to the NFL, there’s a long history of that, look it up.

  41. vikings28 says: Jul 20, 2012 12:07 PM

    Kalil will only benefit from going against JA day in and day out! I hope Kalil can bring it cause I know JA can. Big VIKINGS FAN here and I think the VIKES could surprise people if their secondary holds up. No pressure this year so they can let it all hang out every game and we lost 9 games last year by 7 points or less…got some bad breaks last year.

  42. twonis says: Jul 20, 2012 12:16 PM

    I think it’s fairly obvious that if you know anything about Jared Allen then you know he is humorously stirring the pot. I’m a born and raised Cheesehead but I’ve got major respect for this guy. The guy claims that he is from a culinary school in his NFL bio and wore a mullet for a full season- You’re honestly going to take anything he says in pre-camp interviews seriously?

  43. expertop says: Jul 20, 2012 12:20 PM

    muskyhunter2542 says:
    Jul 20, 2012 11:06 AM
    sudz28 says:
    Jul 20, 2012 6:53 AM
    Go have another drink Allen, and enjoy your mediocre 8-8 season.

    ________________________________

    I got them at 2-14 or 3-13… 8-8 is a longshot
    ———————————————————-
    What a relief – someone who can actually see into the future. The world has been waiting for you, muskyhunter.

  44. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Jul 20, 2012 9:46 PM

    Jared Allen is a cool dude. I wish he was on Pittsburgh. Dude just plays his but off

  45. kchoya says: Jul 31, 2012 9:43 AM

    Jared Allen is right – Willie Roaf was a bad mother. Top-3 left tackle of all time. Glad to see him going in to the Hall this weekend.

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