Kalil gets Jared Allen cursing

AP

Some rookies get a baptism by fire.  Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil has been thrown into the bowels of a blast furnace.

He’s regularly facing defensive end Jared Allen, the 22-sack bright spot on a generally bad defense in 2011.  Allen, who would be holding the single-season sack record but for Brett Favre’s hook-slide gimme for Michael Strahan in 2001, doesn’t get nearly the attention Allen deserves, because he plays for a team that has become an afterthought in the NFC North.

The “afterthought” status could change, if Kalil can play against opponents the way he performed against Allen on Tuesday.

Per Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, Kalil “stonewalled” Allen on consecutive plays, prompting Allen to curse loudly.

Cursing could lead to fighting, based on Allen’s recent comments from an appearance on NBC SportsTalk.  “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.”

Kalil’s brother, Panthers perennial Pro Bowl center Ryan, told PFT Live last week that Matt had been pestering Panthers left tackle Joran Gross for information on how to deal with Jared Allen.

Whatever Matt Kalil is doing, it’s apparently working.  And if he can make it work against Allen, Kalil likely can make it work against anyone.

52 responses to “Kalil gets Jared Allen cursing

  1. Can’t wait to see this guy in action this year. Should make a huge difference on that OL.

  2. Whatever Matt Kalil is doing, it’s apparently working. And if he can make it work against Allen, Kalil likely can make it work against anyone.
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    I hope Kali does well,and Allen is great,but pass rushers are different,and how you deal with them is different. Kali’s early training camp success against Allen doesn’t mean he’ll he same success against Ware,Babin,Harrison Suggs,etc. Why are we so exited to label everything andeveryone so quickly these days? Like Phillips calling Watt a HOFer after one season.

  3. I think Kalil better let Allen beat him a couple times a day. Jared doesn’t seem like the most mature guy in the world. Even though Kalil probably outweighs him by 40 lbs. I don’t think the rookie could handle the raging redneck.

  4. Florio, watch the Strahan sack again. he burst into the backfield, and Favre is dead to rights. he gave it up because he was going to get sacked anyways.

  5. If that were a game Kalili would be called for holding!

    I mean he’s practically stripping Allens jersey off!

    Kids got a lot to learn.

  6. Nice. I hope he is as good as he has been advertised. With the complete departure of what was once a very formidable left side in Birk, Hutchinson, and yes even McKinnie, and uncertainty on the right side, we really need this guy going on all cylinders. Hopefully they can find a young guard for the future because Johnson isn’t going to be around for long, nor should he be.

  7. I hope Kalil touches him, puts his hands in his face, and grabs his jersey. Is Allen too good for practice?

  8. Doesn’t sound like they’re getting along though. I don’t know who to side with.

  9. Jared Allen was joking when he said that. Jared is hardly ever serious. It was super easy to tell that he was sarcastic if you actually saw the interview. It should have been mentioned that he was being sarcastic in this article…but I suppose it is a much more entertaining read if one just puts quotations around words without context….

  10. Are people seriously taking Allen’s prior comments seriously? Dude is always being sarcastic and its noted that he made those comments with a huge grin. Some people will bitch about anything…

  11. ctattles says:
    Jul 31, 2012 7:20 PM
    NFC North-

    Vikings
    Packers
    Lions
    Bears

    Vikings Win Super Bowl
    ——————————-

    Um, OK. Perhaps we need mandatory drug testing for PFT posters? I am amazed you have the Pack 2nd! The same evidence that indicated the Vikings winning the division surely indicates the Pack finish last.

  12. If the kid can play well against Jared Allen, he’s gonna be great. Nice to have to have someone great to teach you the ropes!

    But like the Lions, the Vikings still need a lot of help on the O-line.

  13. yaryers says:
    Jul 31, 2012 7:16 PM
    Florio, watch the Strahan sack again. he burst into the backfield, and Favre is dead to rights. he gave it up because he was going to get sacked anyways.

    Not true. I have seen Brett Favre get away from the most sure sacks. Favre gave up too easy. I would much rather see Allen with the record than Strahan. I can’t stand Strahan’s attitude.

  14. 4th or 5th day of training camp, and he’s the next Anthony Munoz yep book your tickets to the big easy Queens fans. What a laugh.

  15. purplehayseuss says:Jul 31, 2012 7:43 PM

    Looks like Kalil has a handful of jersey there….

    His hards are on the inside, that will never be called unless Allen turns to change his angle of pursuit. It is actually something you are taught starting in Highschool.

  16. kobra2k4 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:51 PM
    Jared Allen was joking when he said that. Jared is hardly ever serious. It was super easy to tell that he was sarcastic if you actually saw the interview. It should have been mentioned that he was being sarcastic in this article…but I suppose it is a much more entertaining read if one just puts quotations around words without context….
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    I could buy your argument if this were the first time he spoke of these conditional “rules,” but it isn’t. There’s truth in humor and the new kid is under his skin. Maybe Kalil is the first Viking player in a long time that I could actually like. If Allen doesn’t like him….. he can’t be all bad.

  17. Kalil will be the best left tackle of all time when he hangs it up. He and Ponder will rebuild the Vikings into a powerhouse for years to come. And Rogers will be sliding around behind the line of scrimmage giving Allen a whole bunch of sacks. #packersloseinLambeu

  18. I’ll be more interested in seeing him face Peppers. If Peppers is actually trying that game and Kalil keeps him off the QB, that will be more impressive that stifling Allen in a couple practices.

  19. Hey it’s only the second day of camp is it good to see Kalil hold his own? Sure it is but lets not forget he’s gonna make mistakes! But he’s only gonna get better too. Charlie Johnson will be just fine as a guard! He just wasn’t suited for left tackle. I just hope are tightend will be ok! a sprain is tough enough but a tear! he would be out for a while

  20. ctattles says:
    Jul 31, 2012 7:20 PM
    NFC North-

    Vikings
    Packers
    Lions
    Bears

    Vikings Win Super Bowl
    ————————————————-
    Really? Is Matt Kalil gonna play QB, RT, RG and the entire secondary for you as well?

  21. Matt Kalil rules, this battle down at Mankato is going to be fun to watch for years to come. Great draft pick. Ponder just added 5-10 TD’s this year thanks to #75, probably’ll decrease a few INT’s as well.

  22. I forgot what that Strahan play looked like, so I was going to look it up.

    Then I realized googling “Favre + Sack” was not a good idea.

  23. Strahan “burst into the backfield” because Favre called a run to one side and then kept the ball, not even trying to conceal it, as he stopped and looked straight at Strahan. Perhaps the cheapest “record” in all of sports. As Packers OT Mark Tauscher said after stonewalling Strahan all day only to be charged with the sack, “It was a little late for Christmas.”

  24. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry will run around this scrub sacking Vikings QBs for the foreseeable future.

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