Brian Robison: Anthony Barr can be a “force to be reckoned with”

AP

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater might be a long shot for the Vikings starting lineup to open the season, but the team’s other first-round pick looks like a sure bet to be on the field.

Linebacker Anthony Barr had a sack and a forced fumble against the Cardinals last Saturday night to go with the half-sack he had in the team’s preseason opener. He’s also proven to be a versatile piece who can play standing up and with his hand on the ground in pass rushing situations, which has caught the eye of defensive end Brian Robison. Robison has been impressed by Barr’s athleticism and work ethic, which leads him to believe that he can be “a force to be reckoned with” as a pass rusher if he masters the necessary techniques.

“He can give us that versatility on defense to where we can all kind of move around and have different parts of the defense and allow us to keep offenses offbeat,” Robison said, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “[Offenses] can’t key in on one guy. If they have one guy they need to take care of, they can’t because they don’t know where he’s going to be. So whether it’s myself, [right end] Everson [Griffen] or Barr, you are not going to know where those rushers are coming from. You might be on the right side one time, you might be on the left side one time, you might be inside one time. You might be blitzing from the back end one time. You just never know where you’re going to be.”

Head coach Mike Zimmer has a long history of building imposing defenses and Barr’s versatility will likely play a big part in his attempt to put another one together in Minnesota.

54 responses to “Brian Robison: Anthony Barr can be a “force to be reckoned with”

  1. I like Barr. I think he’s got ridiculous upside. As a Lions fan I was, more than a little, unhappy when he went to the Vikings prior to the Lions pick.

    He’s raw, but he’s got all the tools. Could be special.

  2. The Best Franchise in the NFL

    And it isn’t even close.

    Let the Dynasty Begin.

    Teddy Bridgewater + Anthony Barr = Future Hall of Famers.

    We have the youngest & most lethal team in the NFL.

    With young talent at every single position.

    All other fans envy us, and wish they were Viking fans.

  3. So exciting! What an awesome time to be a Viking fan! I’m so thankful that my kids are going to grow up with this team. Zim and Spielman are doing all the right things to position this team to succeed for the next 10 years or more. Thanks, Zygi, for the Decade of Dominance on which we are about to embark!
    SKol!

  4. so impressed with Barr thus far. he is one of those rare athletic talents coupled with obvious intelligence and a relentless motor. has looked much better than the two pass rushers we gave a bunch of money to (robison and griffen).
    he is going to be a sack a game average kind of guy…maybe not this year but in the near future.

  5. Sharrif Floyd, Erasmus James, Demetrius Underwood, Anthony Barr…the list goes on of great Vikings 1st round pass rushers

  6. I loved this pick. The Vikings’ offense was easy to focus on last year. It was the easy place to lay the blame of a losing season. The Vikings’ defense was a MUCH bigger problem. It was flat out awful. The hiring of Zimmerman, the drafting of Barr, and the signing of nose tackle Joseph will immediately help this group. I believe the Vikings are a 10 win team this year largely due to what I believe will be a greatly improved defense.

  7. Based on projected starters the Queens are the 17th youngest team.. Old made of glass, injury prone Peterson and joke of a QB are bringing the age up

  8. Anthony Barr is definitely going to be the X-factor for the Vikings on defense this year.

    Mike Zimmer is being careful not to show how he will use Barr in pre-season, but he definitely is going to use him all over the field in a lot of ways.

    6’5″, 255lbs, and 4.4 speed – this kid is going to be a disruptive force. Sacks, TFLs, forced fumbles, coverage- he can do it all.

    Opposing offensive lines will start looking for where he lines up very quickly after the regular season starts. I would not be surprised if he knocks at least one QB out of the game this year- this kid can hit.

  9. It is almost unfair to the rest of the league that the Vikings were able to snag the top defensive player in the draft, along with the best quarterback, to add to an already historically talent-loaded roster.

    Even a roster full of all-stars from the pathetic AFC wouldn’t be able to hang with this Vikings dynasty team for more than two quarters at best, as any objective observer with knowledge of the game would tell you.

    I only worry that the Vikings will be so dominant, in fact, that Roger Goodell might actually be forced to disband the roster to allow for at least some semblance of competition in the league.

  10. The defense stunk last year. They could not hold a lead to save their life. I like bringing in Zimmer and adding some new pieces on defense. I think it could be a few years to get more of the players he needs, and the system in place, but the team seems to be heading in the right direction.

  11. 6’5″, 255lbs, and 4.4 speed – this kid is going to be a disruptive force. Sacks, TFLs, forced fumbles, coverage- he can do it all.
    ————————————————————

    In your dreams.

    He’s 6’5″ and 255lb but he doesn’t run anything close to 4.4.

    Try 4.7.

    He’s also weak (15 reps), not very explosive 34″ vert and under 10ft broad jump and he’s raw. Add in the fact that he’s had at least two separate head injuries already and he’s a risky pick. Maybe he works out but he’s going to need time to get stronger, learn to play and stay healthy.

  12. vikessuperbowlchamps2015 says:
    Aug 18, 2014 3:30 PM

    Vikings will have the OROY and DROY and will be going 11-5.
    __________________________

    The player that looks most likely to win DROY right now is Clowney…. 3TFL in 25ish plays…. He already looks unblockable.

  13. I hope we can all just be a little patient with Barr and Bridgewater. Both have elite talent but they’ll need time to develop. Barr will probably have his ups and downs as a rookie, but if he makes one mistake, that doesn’t make him a bust. It looks like he should make a nice impact this year and has a chance to be a great one.

  14. arrowtoyourknee says:
    Aug 18, 2014 3:44 PM

    Loving all the haters.
    Did someone seriously just try and say we don’t have a quarterback? That’s cute. Fear makes me smile.
    ____

    I question the QB talent in Minny. The positive is you have fresh evaluators, after beating Pitt. in London last year I was flabbergasted that Cassel didn’t get more starts.

    You can’t count Ponder, because everyone knows he is awful.

    Theodore hasn’t shown hasn’t played regular season talent either, if Madden made QBs great players I promise you that their would be a lot more depth at that position than there is now.

    They do have some nice pieces, but they have a long way to go. Which is ironic because teams that use 7 first round picks in 3 drafts.

    Which is a lot for a team that’s going to be .500 if they are lucky.

  15. When you think about it, if the Viking defense just improves from “atrocious” to “terrible,” they should win a few extra games. The additions of Zimmer, Barr, Joseph, and Munnerlyn, with Smith back from injury, ought to be enough to accomplish that.

  16. When they say he is raw, that’s just code for he doesn’t have an instinct for the game despite all his athleticism. I view him the same as Chris Cook, a big rangy corner who should have succeeded at the NFL level. He did succeed in letting other teams win by throwing over his head, time and time again but was a bust for the Vikings defense.

    So before we anoint him ROY or HOF honors, why not wait till the real games begin? It seems all this projection from a small sample of meaningless preseason games makes the Viking fans look like fools. Well, they already look like fools but more so than normal is my point.

  17. Poor Packer fans…All they have is the 35 YO planter faciatis unmotivated case study in Julius Peppers…The injured White Chick…and 3-4 first round busts….Jones, Perry, Sherrod and Bulaga….

    Not wonder they are criticizing…

  18. I miss Zim in Cincy already. No one talks about this, but when Mike Zimmer arrived in Bengals camp first time, they started turning that corner. And have been winning ever since. Minny will be successful with him leading the band. bet the farm on it.

  19. One more thing. Zimm will do it thru the draft. Don’t look for a bunch of high dollar free agents. Aint gonna happen.

  20. Barr is new to the linebacking position and hasn’t played it much. If he works out maybe he is worth it as he can be an upgrade over Greenway.

    Remember this guy is drafted extremely high like Brian Urlacher, AJ Hawk, and Ray Lewis. So he better play well to show he was worth such a high pick.

    Otherwise he will be just another highly picked vikings defensive bust like: Dewayne Washington, Derrick Alexander, Duane Clemmons, Dwayne Rudd, Kailee Wong, Underwood, Chris Hovan, Fred Robbins, Micheal Boireau, Willie Howard, Raonall Smith, Kenechi Udeze, Dontarrious Thomas, Darrion Scott, Erasmus James, Tyrell Johnson, Chris Cook, etc.

    Maybe Barr can beat the odds so don’t call him Rosanne (250 lbs).

  21. He’s raw and still has lots to learn, so I don’t suspect he’ll start making a significant impact till next year. Hope I’m wrong though. However, it is refreshing to have LBs under the age of 30, unlike some teams we’re fairly familiar with. . . . .

  22. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 18, 2014 4:38 PM

    According to ex-Viking linebacker great, Ben Leber, Barr is a 1-trick pony and that pony don’t run in the NFL…
    __________________________

    Why lie? Show me where he said this.

  23. It took a couple of years before the Vikings knew what to do with Chris Doleman. Once they put his hand on the ground, he turned into a Hall of Famer. Nowadays, I think the defenses are all much more versatile than they were in the early 80s, and I think players can be even more productive in unconventional roles. I hope that’s the case for Barr. His athleticism is beyond belief, and he was incredible as a linebacker at UCLA.

    Its easy to get jaded when high picks don’t live up to expectations. I had such high hopes for Kenechi Udeze out of USC. But I think Spielman, in spite of his critics, is legitimately an excellent evaluator of talent. I think Barr will turn out more like Robison, Griffen and Doleman than Clemons, Erasmus James, etc.

  24. numba1wiscosportsfan says:
    Aug 18, 2014 3:23 PM
    Good player. He could be a top LB in a few seasons. Wouldn’t mind him on the PACK

    You forgot to lead off with the I’m a pseudo Packer fan comment. Why is it with all these future all pros that the team finishes in last perennially? I guess that’s the difference from a team like the Packers that proves it on the field vs. a fan base in minnesota that says you just wait and see.

  25. coreyn23 says: Aug 18, 2014 5:39 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Aug 18, 2014 4:38 PM

    According to ex-Viking linebacker great, Ben Leber, Barr is a 1-trick pony and that pony don’t run in the NFL…
    __________________________

    Why lie? Show me where he said this.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Carl I watched the Vikings telecast and I have to ask…..why are you so enamored with the Vikings?
    I mean you just admitted that you watched the game, you scared much? He’s coming to your town man, sorry!
    and Ben Said ” Barr is a flat out stud and yes he used to play my strong backer side but Anthony will be doing so much more under Zim’s system.”
    Now for me, just like I said about Patterson last year “This guy is a Freakshow waiting to happen. The same can be said about Barr this season. The only difference is that we have Zimmer and he won’t make the mistakes that Frazier did, as in not playing Patterson from opening day. Zimmer knows talent and the Vikes are going to 2 trick pony your Pack this year.

  26. Why are so many Packer fans listening to our radio stations? Is it because they need to get as much Viking information as possible, or is it just because they can’t stand to live in Wisconsin?

  27. You Packer fans are mean. Just let us have our off season championship glory. In two weeks you can have the glory back when the games count and we are looking up at you in the standings again!

  28. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 18, 2014 4:37 PM

    I hope we can all just be a little patient with Barr and Bridgewater. Both have elite talent but they’ll need time to develop. Barr will probably have his ups and downs as a rookie, but if he makes one mistake, that doesn’t make him a bust. It looks like he should make a nice impact this year and has a chance to be a great one.

    I agree with this statement 100% We need to be patient with these guys and let them learn as much as they can!! SKOL VIKINGS!!

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