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Allen misses practice, but not a chance to give great quote

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Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has a groin injury that has now kept him from practicing the past two days.

Per multiple reports, Allen did some individual work “on the side” today.  The goal is to let him rest, so that he can play on Sunday against the Titans.

Though his groin may be impaired, Allen’s sense of humor isn’t.  Asked Thursday if teams are blocking him differently, Allen said, “No.  They’re still using human beings.”

Whatever they’re doing, it’s working better than last year.  With two sacks through four games, Allen is on pace for 14 fewer than last year, when he racked up 22.0.

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31 Responses to “Allen misses practice, but not a chance to give great quote”
  1. bovice23 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:27 PM

    I think he’ll trade the sacks for a 3-1 record and the 9th ranked defense.

  2. zn0rseman says: Oct 4, 2012 4:30 PM

    What teams are doing is hitting Allen with constant double teams, and/or throwing the ball quickly without dropping back more than 3 steps. The double teams are the reason the other guys on the team have all of the sacks, because they only have one guy to beat.

  3. cmstrick says: Oct 4, 2012 4:32 PM

    I wish Allen would leave the Vikings so I could start liking him…

  4. canadianvikingfaniii says: Oct 4, 2012 4:33 PM

    The difference is that the other guys are stepping up, and so it doesn’t rely solely on Jared Allen. Besides Jared has hot and cold games. Some games he gets man handled, others he just lights up the other team. Not really worried.

  5. randallflagg52 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:34 PM

    No a huge Jared Allen fan, but he does produce some funny quotes.

  6. jwreck says: Oct 4, 2012 4:34 PM

    I love Chris Cooley, but Allen is, without a doubt the funniest guy in the NFL (and yes, I am aware Captain Chaos is not currently in the NFL) (and yes, I teared up a little bit just having to type that phrase)

  7. bspurloc says: Oct 4, 2012 4:36 PM

    I am still waiting to see the great quote….

  8. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Oct 4, 2012 4:37 PM

    Although I’m a huge Vikings fan, Jared Allen has always been overrated. He waits until there is a 3rd string LT, then racks up his sack numbers. Tell me how many sacks he has recorded against legitimate starting LTs in the past few years. Not many… I like him, but he’s simply an overrated DE, imo…

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:39 PM

    I hope this preferential practice treatment doesn’t cause another schism in MN.

  10. potviking says: Oct 4, 2012 4:41 PM

    Did anyone really expect him to put up 20+ sacks again? He’s fine

  11. nashwaakkidd says: Oct 4, 2012 4:44 PM

    love the way this dude plays the game, heal up quick and get back to terrorizing qb’s.

  12. jwreck says: Oct 4, 2012 4:46 PM

    zn0rseman says: Oct 4, 2012 4:30 PM

    What teams are doing is hitting Allen with constant double teams, and/or throwing the ball quickly without dropping back more than 3 steps. The double teams are the reason the other guys on the team have all of the sacks, because they only have one guy to beat.
    _________
    That’s kind of the idea of a football team. When a player is dominant enough, opponents game plan around him and instead of that player putting up massive numbers, his teammates do. A shutdown corner doesn’t rack up picks, the rest of the secondary does; the same way a really dominant running game helps out the team’s wide receivers. Same thing with sacks: just because Allen isn’t putting up the numbers he did last year doesn’t mean anyone respects him less as a player.

  13. mintberrycrunch1 says: Oct 4, 2012 4:47 PM

    I want to have a beer with Jared Allen, that dude’s hilarious.

  14. bigfanhere says: Oct 4, 2012 4:50 PM

    The team is on pace to have 48 sacks in 2012. In 2011, only four teams hit that number: Minnesota (50), Philadelphia (50), Baltimore (48) and the New York Giants (48). I think it’s safe to say that Allen is helping his team get their number this year by diverting attention…

  15. fwippel says: Oct 4, 2012 5:00 PM

    His sack numbers will pick up, and he’ll be in double digits long before the season ends.

    That said, he is getting more help this year on defense, and the entire team seems to be much better.

    Allen’s stats of 22 sacks on a team with the league’s worst pass defense on a team with a 3-13 record last year might be one of the most incredible accomplishments any defensive player has ever put up.

    Last year’s secondary was atrocious, and most of the time the Vikings were either behind, or far behind. It’s not like teams had to pass to beat them, but when they did, if they had time, the QBs would light up the secondary. How Allen ever managed 22 sacks on that team last year is mind boggling.

  16. threedeep1998 says: Oct 4, 2012 5:12 PM

    Everson Griffen has been a good change of pace as well.

  17. gridassassin says: Oct 4, 2012 5:12 PM

    He hasn’t played against Green Bay’s or Chicago’s putrid left tackles yet, has he?

    Give him time….

  18. purplekoolaid1 says: Oct 4, 2012 5:15 PM

    A 30 year old man trapped in a frat boys immaturity level. This guy bugs me so much. Keep your trap shut and perform on the field.

  19. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 4, 2012 5:16 PM

    He’s no Chris Kluwe.

  20. purpleguy says: Oct 4, 2012 5:21 PM

    When the title to this article said groin injury and funny quote, I think most of us expected the quote subject matter to be a bit different than how he’s being blocked.

  21. FANof28 says: Oct 4, 2012 5:25 PM

    claymatthewsisonsteroids says:
    Oct 4, 2012 4:37 PM

    He has more sacks then Ware since ’07, and Ware is regarded as one of the best in the game. He actually leads everyone in sacks since then… I dont think every team in the past 5 years has played there 3rd string tackles. Find a new team to hate on

  22. whatjusthapped says: Oct 4, 2012 5:46 PM

    He is actually the perfect metaphor for the 2012 Vikings. Both are overrated, both had their best years some time ago, both are funny to look at and neither has a ring or a chance at one anytime soon.

  23. madesian says: Oct 4, 2012 6:00 PM

    The guy had three games last year with three sacks, one of those he had 3.5. He’ll be fine this year. The problem with having a huge season is that anything less than that the next season is considered failure or drop off. That’s a lot of why the “madden curse” is a big subject.

    I’ll only consider it a disappointing season for him if he doesn’t hit double digit sacks this year.

  24. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 4, 2012 6:04 PM

    you will be waiting a long time cm as we wont be letting jared allen go anytime soon skol vikings

  25. chargedblast says: Oct 4, 2012 6:10 PM

    It’s funny how much a simple sack number has become the metric for rating guys…especially Allen.
    - His presence is constantly disruptive
    - The opposing team has to locate him on every play or pay for it, which in effect creates a huge opportunity for our other guys (something they’ve really seemed to take advantage of)
    - He’s a locker room and on-field leader whom the guys respect and look up to

    Jared Allen is a cornerstone piece on what, so far, has been an improved defense. What criticisms can you honestly or fairly level at the guy? If you want to say he’s opportunistic in taking advantage of an under skilled match-up from time to time, more power to him. A sack is a sack, period.

  26. rushmatic says: Oct 4, 2012 6:16 PM

    purplekoolaid1 says:

    A 30 year old man trapped in a frat boys immaturity level. This guy bugs me so much. Keep your trap shut and perform on the field.

    _______________

    “No, they’re still using human beings.” What is immature about that? It’s hilarious, given the dumb, mundane, redundant questions he’s asked every day.

    How about you relax?

  27. jhuck92 says: Oct 4, 2012 6:56 PM

    We’re talkin bout practice. Not even a game, but *practice.*

  28. norwegianwud says: Oct 4, 2012 7:45 PM

    Allen is hilarious. The guy is an animal. I doubt there is an O-Lineman in the league that would say different. The comments about him being overrated etc. are being made by football fans. I would tend to lean toward opinions of those who play on the field with and against him over those who drink a brew and make their judgements while checking their fantasy stats.

  29. conormacleod says: Oct 4, 2012 9:33 PM

    Always hilarious to read one guy say he’s overrated. Yes, the guy with the most sacks in the NFL over the past 6 years is overrated. Which makes every other defensive end in football over overrated I guess. Hate the guy if you must, but stop looking foolish by calling the best defensive end in football overrated.

  30. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 5, 2012 12:23 PM

    claymatthewsisonsteroids says:Oct 4, 2012 4:37 PM

    Although I’m a huge Vikings fan, Jared Allen has always been overrated. He waits until there is a 3rd string LT, then racks up his sack numbers. Tell me how many sacks he has recorded against legitimate starting LTs in the past few years. Not many… I like him, but he’s simply an overrated DE, imo…
    ________

    He must have faced a lot of 3rd string LTs last year when he had 22 sacks.

  31. jazz11001 says: Oct 5, 2012 12:26 PM

    This is a real opportunity to see how good Everson Griffen is. I expect big things from the ends this weekend. Fantasy players better put in the Vikes D this weekend.

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