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Kalil gets Jared Allen cursing

Jared Allen, Matt Kalil, Christian Ponder 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.

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52 Responses to “Kalil gets Jared Allen cursing”
  1. urcrap says: Jul 31, 2012 7:01 PM

    Nothing better than to learn from the best!

  2. blacknole08 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:03 PM

    Don’t exactly know who Joran Gross is, but Matt Kalil sounds as good as advertised.

  3. robert831 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:03 PM

    As a Vikings fan this is exactly what I want to hear.

  4. hedleykow says: Jul 31, 2012 7:03 PM

    Kalil evidently isn’t impressed by Culinary Institute alumni.

  5. lmoneyfresh says: Jul 31, 2012 7:10 PM

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

  6. raqaiw says: Jul 31, 2012 7:11 PM

    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.

  7. trojanwarrior007 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:13 PM

    That’s why I hope Matt Barkley got that injury insurance this year.

  8. purpleprideinps says: Jul 31, 2012 7:15 PM

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. kingbeason52 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    Is that a belly-button tattoo on Allen? LOL

  11. 49erscott says: Jul 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    I’m a Niner fan so I really don’t care.But good for Kalil. That’s football baby!

  12. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    Going at each other every day is only going to make both Allen and Kalil better players.

  13. ctattles says: Jul 31, 2012 7:20 PM

    NFC North-

    Vikings
    Packers
    Lions
    Bears

    Vikings Win Super Bowl

  14. voiceofreason says: Jul 31, 2012 7:23 PM

    We’ll get to see Jared Allen vs Riley Reiff before long…

  15. houstontexans99 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:24 PM

    Good sign for Vikings fans. If he can block Jared Allen…

  16. vikings7064 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:25 PM

    So good to hear

  17. borisbulldog says: Jul 31, 2012 7:25 PM

    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.

  18. hypotheticallyspeakin says: Jul 31, 2012 7:25 PM

    Smh… he touched him

  19. veence69 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:31 PM

    I love this. Matt Kalil is a BEAST.

  20. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jul 31, 2012 7:42 PM

    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.

  21. stellarperformance says: Jul 31, 2012 7:43 PM

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

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

    Looks like Kalil has a handful of jersey there….

  23. straighcashhomie84 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:43 PM

    Kalil is the real deal! Has a nice ring to it

  24. mrlaloosh says: Jul 31, 2012 7:44 PM

    Another Vikings All-Pro that doesn’t show up in big games. Chokers.

  25. footballalldayeveryday says: Jul 31, 2012 7:45 PM

    I’m not liking how Allen’s been acting lately. Seems a bit immature.

  26. vikingsfan1994 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:46 PM

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

  27. vikefan284296 says: Jul 31, 2012 7:46 PM

    Ohhhhh yesssssss

  28. 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….

  29. lmoneyfresh says: Jul 31, 2012 7:58 PM

    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…

  30. brownoholic says: Jul 31, 2012 8:01 PM

    Joe Thomas flashbacks can be frustrating . . .

  31. andrewsherylandharry says: Jul 31, 2012 8:18 PM

    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.

  32. jimmylions says: Jul 31, 2012 8:26 PM

    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.

  33. wingzson says: Jul 31, 2012 8:47 PM

    Not a bad dude to learn from

  34. EJ says: Jul 31, 2012 8:57 PM

    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.

  35. pnut87 says: Jul 31, 2012 9:10 PM

    Even if Strahan didn’t have the record, 22 sacks is only good enough to TIE the record, not beat it.

  36. briwis7 says: Jul 31, 2012 9:49 PM

    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.

  37. thraiderskin says: Jul 31, 2012 9:59 PM

    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.

  38. threedeep1998 says: Jul 31, 2012 10:10 PM

    Smh Allen is a comic… He’s just having fun out there.

  39. cleveland1980 says: Jul 31, 2012 10:10 PM

    Jared is hilarious. as a browns fan, i wish we had a player on the team as interesting and funny as Jared Allen. culinary institute’s own!

  40. stellarperformance says: Jul 31, 2012 10:42 PM

    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….
    ==================================

    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.

  41. scottieplongballs says: Jul 31, 2012 10:59 PM

    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

  42. purpleguy says: Jul 31, 2012 11:08 PM

    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.

  43. pappavike says: Jul 31, 2012 11:18 PM

    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

  44. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Jul 31, 2012 11:27 PM

    the kalil brothers are legit. by the way, if you don’t know who jordan gross is, you don’t appreciate the game, nor do you have any credibility.

  45. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Jul 31, 2012 11:28 PM

    kalil < joe thomas < jake long

  46. wyrdawg says: Aug 1, 2012 12:07 AM

    “Don’t tase’ me bro”

  47. staffordsyear says: Aug 1, 2012 6:53 AM

    Good luck against that lions dline there rook..bears dline isnt bad either.

  48. m2karateman says: Aug 1, 2012 9:30 AM

    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?

  49. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 1, 2012 2:39 PM

    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.

  50. ltrey33 says: Aug 1, 2012 3:27 PM

    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.

  51. stavreafavre says: Aug 1, 2012 4:01 PM

    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.”

  52. dukemarc says: Aug 2, 2012 2:49 PM

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

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