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Alex Boone: Vikings’ line knew we had to pick our game up

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The Vikings’ rapid decline from the best record in the NFL to missing the playoffs last season was due in large part to struggles on their injury-plagued offensive line. Vikings guard Alex Boone says he knew the line wasn’t getting the job done, and that was a weekly frustration as the team fell in the standings.

Boone said on PFT Live that when a team begins to struggle like the Vikings did last season, it’s natural to look around and ask who’s to blame, and the line takes a large share of the blame.

“It started to get frustrating, and once you get frustrated as a team, it’s hard,” Boone said. “It’s hard to overcome that. Because everybody’s mad at everybody. Everybody is kind of like, ‘If this group would pick it up, or if this group would just pick it up.’ And a lot of people were looking at the o-line, and I was hurting for the team because I knew we needed to pick our game up, and there was nothing we could do. Everybody kept getting hurt.”

There’s only so much you can do to add personnel during the season, but the Vikings have made improving the line a big priority in the offseason, with two new starting tackles in Mike Remmers and Riley Reiff. They’re hoping that results in a line that looks a lot better in 2017 than it did in 2016.

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36 Responses to “Alex Boone: Vikings’ line knew we had to pick our game up”
  1. jjb0811 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:32 AM

    I thought last off season they beefed up their line, wasn’t that the narrative?

  2. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:43 AM

    Alex Boone- Four year college attendee. Nelson Peterson – Acknowledged idiot and father of a chlid abuser. Anyone criticizing Boone here is as low down as the Petersons.

  3. GenXJay says: Mar 16, 2017 8:43 AM

    Lesson learned for Zimmer. There’s reliability. Then there’s Long, Kalil, Clemmings, and Smith.

  4. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:09 AM

    It’s difficult to overcome frustration because you’re quitters.

    A true contending caliber team would have run the table or something.

  5. dawoger says: Mar 16, 2017 9:24 AM

    In other words according to Alexis, the locker room is a complete reflection of our nickname: the minisoda clown revue.

  6. cribbage12 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:53 AM

    Boone’s a buffoon. The fact that he is the unofficial spokesman for the Vikings O-line is analogous to LaVar Ball telling Nike what to do with their marketing budget.

  7. atthemurph says: Mar 16, 2017 9:56 AM

    Schism!!!

  8. nflpoker says: Mar 16, 2017 9:57 AM

    Why couldn’t Spielman have taken a good chunk of that money that they will be paying Remmers, added that to the amount of the offer to Ricky Wagner, and submit an offer to Wagner that would beat out the other teams without breaking the bank. Spielman had enough cap space. Still, that all depends of course, if Spielman even tried to get Wagner. Spielman is cheap. You have Wagner and no Remmers.

    Reiff has experience at RT and LT. Wagner would be at RT. Problem solved.

    You get what you pay for. Fixing the tackles on the Vikings line was the most important thing during FA for them.

  9. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:58 AM

    Ahhh….. DER!

  10. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 16, 2017 10:00 AM

    The O-line was the first group to quit. Injuries or not, you do not just quit. And they quit.

  11. originate421 says: Mar 16, 2017 10:01 AM

    GenXJay
    ————-
    You forgot the preseason losses of Phil Loadholt and Mike Harris.

  12. h0metownzero says: Mar 16, 2017 10:03 AM

    Toxic football.

    For toxic people.

  13. QB Film Room says: Mar 16, 2017 10:12 AM

    He spent more time on weekly radio shows, talking about music, food culture whatever etc. Which is fine if you want to be an interesting human being but I want you to be all football 24/7 during season. he struggled last year

  14. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Mar 16, 2017 10:39 AM

    Upgraded ??? I guess a little but if you go back and think about it, both these guys weren’t resigned by their teams for one reason – they couldn’t get the job done. Minn just pays em more. You line problems are still there.
    According to what I read Remmers was a revolving door at Tackle in Baltimore and Reiff never lived up to the 1st round hype in Detroit. Am I wrong ????

  15. nickdamjanovic says: Mar 16, 2017 10:39 AM

    Boone sure does like to talk. He’ll say something different tomorrow. Then he’ll read the tea leaves and find something else to say. Just stick a mic in his face.

  16. brettfavreisapacker4ever says: Mar 16, 2017 10:41 AM

    My bad – Remmers was in Charlotte.

  17. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 16, 2017 10:46 AM

    cardinealsfan20 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 8:43 AM

    Alex Boone- Four year college attendee. Nelson Peterson – Acknowledged idiot and father of a chlid abuser. Anyone criticizing Boone here is as low down as the Petersons.
    _______

    I’m not criticizing Boone and I think a lot of the people who are criticizing him don’t even read what he’s saying, but I don’t know why attending college for four years makes you above criticism.

  18. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 16, 2017 10:49 AM

    nflpoker says:
    Mar 16, 2017 9:57 AM

    Why couldn’t Spielman have taken a good chunk of that money that they will be paying Remmers, added that to the amount of the offer to Ricky Wagner, and submit an offer to Wagner that would beat out the other teams without breaking the bank. Spielman had enough cap space. Still, that all depends of course, if Spielman even tried to get Wagner. Spielman is cheap. You have Wagner and no Remmers.
    __________

    The Vikings probably offered Wagner around $50 million, so you’re saying add Remmer’s $30 million to give a right tackle an $80 million contract? And that wouldn’t be breaking the bank? Since when is Ricky Wagner the key to winning a Super Bowl?

  19. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 16, 2017 11:06 AM

    @The Phantom Stranger – Because, in this particular situation, Boone is obviously smarter than the Petermans. The four years of college is simply a way of illustrating that. Apparently the people critizing him are happy siding with a grandfather who doesn’t care if his grandchild is beaten bloody.

  20. grizzly224 says: Mar 16, 2017 11:15 AM

    I find it funny that the Vikings and the Panthers both feel they upgraded their lines by switching tackles that under performed for each team.

  21. ragnarthegreat says: Mar 16, 2017 11:34 AM

    I am not as sure that these are big upgrades. It looks to me like we might be getting to the point where, with some luck, our line can become average. That would still be an improvement and several teams have won big with average lines, but I hate that we paid premium money for it. Sellers market this year.

  22. katientony says: Mar 16, 2017 11:36 AM

    The Vikings line was bottom 3 last year…so it would be pretty difficult NOT to improve the line. I think that in it’s current form the Vikings o-line is middle of the pack this year. That’s a pretty significant improvement from bottom 3. I am not the hugest Bradford fan out there, but if he can stay healthy again and gets a little more time we may actually be able to start completing passes of more that 15 yards! And if Latavius Murry can put up another 1000 yard season…yeah…we might we in for a decent turn around! Here’s hoping!

  23. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 16, 2017 11:38 AM

    @cardineals – The grandfather beat his child bloody too, which is why the pattern was repeated with his son. I think it’s better to just look at people’s words and actions to decide how smart they are rather than their level of formal education. Adrian Peterson “attended college” for three years and easily could have made it four if he hadn’t left early for the NFL.

  24. The Phantom Stranger says: Mar 16, 2017 11:42 AM

    grizzly224 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 11:15 AM

    I find it funny that the Vikings and the Panthers both feel they upgraded their lines by switching tackles that under performed for each team.
    _______

    Remmers was playing out of position at left tackle but was a good right tackle before that. Kalil will be an upgrade at left tackle for the Panthers and Remmers will be an upgrade at right tackle for the Vikings.

  25. whatjusthapped says: Mar 16, 2017 11:45 AM

    I seem to recall that Zimmer assessed his team going into training camp last year by saying, “No excuses”

    And now we have Boone’s own analysis, “Everybody kept getting hurt” which, correct me if I’m wrong, sounds like an excuse. But fear not, there are plenty more with that came from and 2017 is sure to be a different year in that they will have a different excuse.

    It’s been that way for 56 straight years so why should 2017 be any different.

  26. eatme2259 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:16 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 9:09 AM
    It’s difficult to overcome frustration because you’re quitters.

    A true contending caliber team would have run the table or something.

    /////////

    Like the Pats, cause GB kinda quit in NFCGC

  27. cardinealsfan20 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:32 PM

    @The Phantom Stranger – I’m pretty sure there’s a huge difference between Boone’s and Peterson’s class attendance. Nevertheless, I get your point. The truly sick people are the one’s who actually support that chain of abuse.

  28. macneil4025 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:43 PM

    It’s really simple, Riki Ellison and Nelson Peterson are jackasses!! I would hope their sons regret allowing their dads to jump into the fray, fight your own fight and don’t let the door hit you on the way out!!

  29. djvh2 says: Mar 16, 2017 12:56 PM

    “It started to get frustrating”

    Welcome to Minnesota Alex. This is their theme. Emmett Pearson died at age 83 with a long 39-year-old beard hoping for things to change. Good Luck.

  30. JaminJake says: Mar 16, 2017 12:58 PM

    BUT THEY WERE THE GREATEST LINE IN THE LEAGUE!

    According to Mr. Boone that is.

  31. fwippel says: Mar 16, 2017 1:57 PM

    If the OL can avoid injuries this season, that alone will constitute an upgrade.

    However, after the final cuts are made, if they haven’t removed some of the lesser talented linemen from their roster and replaced them with upgrades, heads need to roll. TJ Clemmings does not need to be protecting Bradford or Bridgewater or any other Viking QB.

  32. twinfan24 says: Mar 16, 2017 3:13 PM

    Most seem to keep ripping Reiff and claiming he can’t play LT. But, he was only moved to RT (after playing LT) because the Lions drafted someone else to play on the left. Reiff may not be a All Pro, but he will be better at LT than the Vikings have seen in 2-3 seasons.

    As far as the injuries on the OL being an “excuse”, it is really a reason, not an excuse. If you have one injury on the OL, you should be expected to overcome that. But, the Vikings had injuries (and missed games) from Loadholt, Smith, Kalil, Harris, Berger, Boone, Long, and Fusco. Show me another team that had 8 guys miss games from one position group.

  33. LombardisHouse says: Mar 16, 2017 3:20 PM

    Wait a minute. The Vikings had injuries on their o-line? I thought you’re not supposed to use injuries as an excuse, that’s what Viking fan tells Packer fan all the time.

  34. 60for90 says: Mar 17, 2017 5:01 AM

    Say what you will but Brad Cbildress knew that a key to winning starts on the line. It’s amazing that AP led the NFL in rushing in 2015.

  35. universalchurchoftruth says: Mar 17, 2017 7:07 PM

    …cause GB kinda quit in NFCGC
    ——O
    kinda quit!? Mike McCarthy admitted they just threw up their hands because they had run into a buzz saw during the NFCCG.

    The Pats showed how not to quit against that ‘buzz saw’ in the Super Bowl.

  36. kmartinson says: Mar 21, 2017 11:22 PM

    How many bad free agent acquisitions have the Vikings made? Answer: Way too many. Example(s)…see what they just signed on the offensive line…and wait…. Alex Boone before that. Why is he the guy that always speaks up? Poor leadership…Chad Greenway will be missed. No leaders equal same old same old……

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