Everson Griffen: This is the best team I’ve ever been a part of

AP

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen couldn’t get to Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer for a sack for most of Sunday afternoon, but he finally corralled the rookie with just under three minutes to play.

That gave Griffen 10 sacks on the season and at least one sack in each of the team’s eight games this season. He’s one of three players ever to pull that off, but Griffen pointed the spotlight in other directions after the game. He said his sacks come because  “everybody’s working together” and that should bode well for Griffen’s future sack count because he’s quite high on the talent around him in Minnesota.

“This is the best team I’ve ever been a part of, from top to bottom,” Griffen said, via ESPN.com.

There’s not much competition for that title as the Vikings have gone to the playoffs twice since Griffen joined the team in 2010, but the relative ranking of different Vikings teams is less important than what this team can do in the present. With a 6-2 record and a defense that’s allowed less than 20 points in all but one game this season, things are looking pretty good on that front.

69 responses to “Everson Griffen: This is the best team I’ve ever been a part of

  1. The Vikes should sign Keenum to a long term contract now.
    In a quarterback starving NFL He’s going to be a hot commodity when this year’s contract runs out.

  2. Griffin, Hunter, Johnson, Joseph, Kendricks, Barr, Smith, Sendejo, Rhodes, Brock, Waynes, Bridgewater, Bradford, Keenum, McKinnon, Cook, Murray, Elflein, Reiff, Remmers, Diggs, Thielen, Rudolph, Treadwell, Floyd….. Zimmer. This team is stacked.

  3. Well, when you’ve spent your entire career as a member of the Minnesota Circus and their Traveling Clown Show, that’s not really saying a lot!
    skoLOL!!!!

  4. Let’s wait and see….the next 5 weeks will be tough games with no easy wins. The schedule eases quite a bit for the last 3 games so 3-2 at worst the next 5 would get to 12 wins. Everyone forgets this team won the division 2 years ago and if not for a sh!t storm of issues last year might be going for 3 straight this yr. I’m not sold on Keenum, the road games at the Redskins, Falcons and Panthers will tell the story.

  5. notice that this team is so deep while turd nation relies on a playoff choking QB to get them through the season which always ends in embarrassment….

    Rick > Ted

  6. So proud to have this guy playing for my team. Decent first half guys! Rest your bodies but not your minds the next couple weeks. The schedule is looking pretty tough the next half. Always good to have a defense like ours to fall back on though. SKOL!

  7. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:32 am
    That’s how they roll, year after year, championship Septembers and Octobers. I don’t have to remind you Viking fans how it finishes though
    ————————-

    Packer trolls obsessing over the Vikings – again.

  8. wafflestomp says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:23 am
    Well, when you’ve spent your entire career as a member of the Minnesota Circus and their Traveling Clown Show, that’s not really saying a lot!
    skoLOL!!!!
    ———————
    Obsess much?!

  9. wafflestomp says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Well, when you’ve spent your entire career as a member of the Minnesota Circus and their Traveling Clown Show, that’s not really saying a lot!
    skoLOL!!!!
    __________________

    Says a troll of a team that literally uses juggling as a form of training. The sad life of a Packer troll.

  10. That’s how they roll, year after year, championship Septembers and Octobers. I don’t have to remind you Viking fans how it finishes though…

    Good idea on this cold day. Rewatch the Seattle Green Bay playoff game from 2015, or pick any other Packer playoff game..You are right, you don’t have to remind the Viking fans how it finishes though

  11. wafflestomp says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:23 am
    Well, when you’ve spent your entire career as a member of the Minnesota Circus and their Traveling Clown Show, that’s not really saying a lot!
    skoLOL!!!!

    ***

    And just think, the Browns gave the Vikes a better run for their money than the Packers did a few weeks ago.

  12. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:32 am
    That’s how they roll, year after year, championship Septembers and Octobers. I don’t have to remind you Viking fans how it finishes though.
    —————————-
    That is correct, Sir.
    And we’ve all seen how this movie ends before.
    Just another heartwarming disaster flick.

  13. This ‘team’ approach just doesn’t cut it. Give me one good QB and I’ll be OK.

  14. WARNING! REACTIVE POST.

    ariani1985 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:26 am
    notice that this team is so deep while turd nation relies on a playoff choking QB to get them through the season which always ends in embarrassment….
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    Excuse me? Always ends in embarrassment? What’s embarrassing about four SuperBowl titles and a league-leading Thirteen World Championships?

    You’re confused. “Always ends in embarrassment” is reserved for NFL record-holding losses in the postseason accented by NFL record-holding one-and-done postseason appearances by nine other than your Minnesota Vikings.

    Sorry.

  15. Last year at 5-0 and #1 in everyone’s power rankings, the talking heads and fans were all wondering if they would even lose a game. This year’s team is MUCH different with the biggest change being the OL. Vikings are #5 in rushing and have given up just 10 total sacks in half a season compared with 41 sacks last year. Yet just like GB, it will come down to QB play. The big difference is the Vikes only need whoever is behind center not to lose the game, whereas in GB, without #12 they have already lost the season and have no shot at the playoffs.

  16. I’m still holding back my enthusiasm on this team for now. I’m happy about the 6-2 record, but with 5 of the first seven at home, and a London trip against the hapless Browns, no doubt the toughest part of the schedule lies ahead. Despite Detroit’s loss last night, the Thanksgiving match-up should still be considered a must win for the Vikings given their home loss to the Lions a few weeks back.

    The rest of the schedule looks pretty stiff, with the division leading Rams being the only home game on the slate until December. Road trips to Washington, Detroit, Atlanta, Carolina and Green Bay are a tall order. Then again, if you had told me that the Vikings would loose Bradford and Cook, and be sitting at 6-2 at the break, I’d take that in a heartbeat.

  17. I like how Griffin emphasizes team. This Vikings team is a true collective – not just a bunch of guys wearing the same colored shirts as a designated supporting cast to one guy. We’ve all seen what happens when the main character goes down and all that remains is a collection of mediocre players with zero initiative or creativity.

  18. My opinion is this team is still a top notch QB away from being elite. RB Cook will be back next year, but who is the QB? That’s a question that hasn’t been answered is quite a while. They can compete in the playoffs, but “good Keenum” would have to string together at least two good games to be playing beyond the opening round.

  19. What’s all the controversy about? This is obviously the best team Everson has ever been a part of. If he had joined the team in 2009, that would have been the best team he’s ever been a part of, but he didn’t.

  20. aypeeswhippingstick says:

    October 30, 2017 at 11:32 am

    That’s how they roll, year after year, championship Septembers and Octobers. I don’t have to remind you Viking fans how it finishes though.
    //////////////////
    I never understood “fans” that talk about the past. As if teams just remain the same year after year. The only exception to that has generally been the Patriots and Browns. We can count on those two teams to do the same as previous years. The Vikings this year are nothing like they were last year, or the year before. Lots of different personnel.

  21. 13worldchampioinships says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:56 am
    wafflestomp says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:23 am
    Well, when you’ve spent your entire career as a member of the Minnesota Circus and their Traveling Clown Show, that’s not really saying a lot!
    skoLOL!!!!

    ***

    And just think, the Browns gave the Vikes a better run for their money than the Packers did a few weeks ago.

    —-

    Well, yeah, but the Browns haven’t even come close to giving any other teams a “run for their money” this year, so your premise is flawed.

  22. That is correct, Sir.
    And we’ve all seen how this movie ends before.
    Just another heartwarming disaster flick.

    \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    the attempt of packer playoff failure is very entertaining…….

    where to start?

    1. Erin’s fumble 6 vs. cardinals?
    2. Cardinals OT wins on 2 plays?
    3. Giants???? x2
    4. Seahawks? sad…sad…sad….
    5. not even being competitive last year vs. Falcons?

  23. Griffen’s comments are a testament to Rick Spielman’s skill in putting the right players together. Beset by injuries, the Vikings are 6-2 and alone in first place in the NFCN halfway through the season. Other teams with fewer injuries don’t have near the optimism this team does – and the optimism is a byproduct of the team approach. Spielman is far and away the best GM in the NFC North, and possibly the entire league.

  24. stellarperformance says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    WARNING! REACTIVE POST.

    ariani1985 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:26 am
    notice that this team is so deep while turd nation relies on a playoff choking QB to get them through the season which always ends in embarrassment….
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    Excuse me? Always ends in embarrassment? What’s embarrassing about four SuperBowl titles and a league-leading Thirteen World Championships?

    You’re confused. “Always ends in embarrassment” is reserved for NFL record-holding losses in the postseason accented by NFL record-holding one-and-done postseason appearances by nine other than your Minnesota Vikings.

    Sorry.

    ***

    Stellar come on. You know better not to respond to ariani1985.

  25. While this team is pretty deep, it is too unsettled at QB to be considered great. The Vikes can beat poor, average and above average teams, but it will be tough to beat Super Bowl quality teams with Keenum at the helm. That an last year’s 5-0 start and resulting 8-8 record justifies some caution.

    And I see the cheesers have reverted to the no championship/lack of playoff success theme. We usually don’t hear that musty and tired old troll until they are certain their team is done for the year. Then again….

  26. the attempt of packer playoff failure is very entertaining……
    =====

    Coming from a guys who’s most noteworthy victory featured Randy Moss dropping fake trow in the Pacekrs endzone……

  27. aypeeswhippingstick says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm
    Look up the definition of “inferiority complex”. I’d be surprised if the Vikings logo doesn’t appear there in Webster’s dictionary.
    —————————-
    Says the guy who has to go onto another team’s thread to post. It’s almost too easy.

  28. coltluger says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm
    Keenum > Hundley
    ==============================================
    you forgot a few words in the middle, they are “Is better than”

  29. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    Everson, this still doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings have ZERO championships.

    ZERO.
    =================================================
    Same post every day.. while every year your Chiefs self destruct…. Never to be in the big game again.. How many decades has it been since they won a Playoff game? Marty Schottenheimer lol

  30. This seems like a good time to question a particular logic circle…. a team cannot win the Super Bowl without elite quarterback play. But….a quarterback is not considered elite unless he started for a Super Bowl winner. See the problem?

  31. I remember when a lot of people said the Vikings were crazy to give this guy $32 mil over 4 years. And Griffen merely stated “it’s time to go to work and earn that trust”. He’s gone to work. He’s earned it.

  32. Purple People Eaters says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:16 pm
    13worldchampioinships says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:56 am
    wafflestomp says:
    October 30, 2017 at 11:23 am
    Well, when you’ve spent your entire career as a member of the Minnesota Circus and their Traveling Clown Show, that’s not really saying a lot!
    skoLOL!!!!

    ***

    And just think, the Browns gave the Vikes a better run for their money than the Packers did a few weeks ago.

    —-

    Well, yeah, but the Browns haven’t even come close to giving any other teams a “run for their money” this year, so your premise is flawed.

    **

    4 of their 8 games were decided by 3 points or less, including the Steelers. So my premise isn’t flawed.

  33. I thought that was awesome of Zimmer to help Griff extend his sack streak by sending that overload blitz on the right side toward the end of the game. Griff looked like he kept trying to get there with speed, but on a slow track like that it kind of neutralized his speed. That “pitch” kind of reminded me of the Soldier Field turf, so I wasn’t that surprised to see the team struggle some, at least in the first half.

  34. Haters, please note he stated the best team he has been part of (I think he is referring to his defensive brethren) and not the best team in the NFL. Don’t take it as an insult. It’s just a true statement on his part.

  35. beer4guy says:
    October 30, 2017 at 2:41 pm
    I thought that was awesome of Zimmer to help Griff extend his sack streak by sending that overload blitz on the right side toward the end of the game. Griff looked like he kept trying to get there with speed, but on a slow track like that it kind of neutralized his speed. That “pitch” kind of reminded me of the Soldier Field turf, so I wasn’t that surprised to see the team struggle some, at least in the first half.

    ****

    The Browns actually game planned pretty well against the blitz with pretty quick plays. Zimmer even complimented them on that.

  36. Griffen > packers front 3; Zimmer > McCarthy; Spielman > Thompson; Diggs > Nelson; Rhodes > Dix; Barr > Mathews; Keenum > Hundley; Vikings fan base > packers fan base.

    Minnesota Vikings – Better Football for Better People

  37. ldbeachtecorion61 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    Everson, this still doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings have ZERO championships.

    ZERO.
    =================================================

    Same post every day.. while every year your Chiefs self destruct…. Never to be in the big game again.. How many decades has it been since they won a Playoff game? Marty Schottenheimer lol

    ________________________________________________

    The Chiefs won a playoff game in 2015 vs The Texans 30-0. The Chiefs also beat the Vikings in the 1969 Superbowl. LOL!

  38. artic19 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    right now we are not counting championships, we are counting wins and we have 6 which is better than the packers

    _______________________________________

    Right now the Packers have 13 NFL Championships and the Vikings have none. Stop bragging about beating the Browns and BARELY beating the Bears in OT……wake up dude, the division can go to any team and you’re going to eat those words like most of my pathetic fan base does every year.

  39. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    October 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    Everson, this still doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings have ZERO championships.

    ZERO.
    ———————————
    Since the Chiefs won that Super Bowl, they’ve won a grand total of 4 playoff games. In 47 seasons.

    So, please do enjoy that super bowl victory from 47 years ago (were you even alive dude?) but I’ll gladly take what the Vikes have given me on my 47 years on earth over what the Chiefs have given their poor depressed fan base over the same period.

    I mean, the Bengals, Jets and heck even the browns have won more playoff games over that period than you.

  40. Since the Chiefs won that Super Bowl, they’ve won a grand total of 4 playoff games. In 47 seasons.

    So, please do enjoy that super bowl victory from 47 years ago (were you even alive dude?) but I’ll gladly take what the Vikes have given me on my 47 years on earth over what the Chiefs have given their poor depressed fan base over the same period.

    I mean, the Bengals, Jets and heck even the browns have won more playoff games over that period than you.

    _____________________________________________________

    This still doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    I will enjoy my teams SB victory forever, while you enjoy continued failure since being in the league.

    ZERO.

  41. artic19 says:
    October 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm
    right now we are not counting championships, we are counting wins and we have 6 which is better than the packers
    ///////////////////////////////////

    That’s a safe and reasonable rationalization and a deserved one. The Vikings are in first place and things are looking good for them, there’s no denying it.

  42. 10 1 Rate This
    1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:11 am
    Since the Chiefs won that Super Bowl, they’ve won a grand total of 4 playoff games. In 47 seasons.

    So, please do enjoy that super bowl victory from 47 years ago (were you even alive dude?) but I’ll gladly take what the Vikes have given me on my 47 years on earth over what the Chiefs have given their poor depressed fan base over the same period.

    I mean, the Bengals, Jets and heck even the browns have won more playoff games over that period than you.

    _____________________________________________________

    This still doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    I will enjoy my teams SB victory forever, while you enjoy continued failure since being in the league.

    ZERO

    ————————————————
    You do know the Chiefs have actually 0 NFL championships don’t you? The Vikes were the NFL champions for 1969. The Chiefs were AFL and Super Bowl Champs.

    So your handle only serves to demonstrate your lack of knowledge about the history of your own team.

  43. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    October 31, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Since the Chiefs won that Super Bowl, they’ve won a grand total of 4 playoff games. In 47 seasons.

    So, please do enjoy that super bowl victory from 47 years ago (were you even alive dude?) but I’ll gladly take what the Vikes have given me on my 47 years on earth over what the Chiefs have given their poor depressed fan base over the same period.

    I mean, the Bengals, Jets and heck even the browns have won more playoff games over that period than you.

    _____________________________________________________

    This still doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings have ZERO Championships.

    I will enjoy my teams SB victory forever, while you enjoy continued failure since being in the league.

    ZERO.

    >>>

    Did you walk in on your mom and Denny Green or something?
    That was like 50 years ago, nobody outside of Wisconsin or Kansas City cares.

  44. You do know the Chiefs have actually 0 NFL championships don’t you? The Vikes were the NFL champions for 1969. The Chiefs were AFL and Super Bowl Champs.

    So your handle only serves to demonstrate your lack of knowledge about the history of your own team.

    _________________________________

    Ahhh yes, this lovely excuse again. It’s common knowledge that false NFL Championship you claim is the equivalent to an NFC Championship game, you still lost the SB to the Chiefs…..cry more, get more mad…..Viking’s fan are the goofiest fan base in the NFL and the most easy to Troll.

  45. If the Vikings have an NFL Championship, then the Packers have 15 Championships, not 13. Same logic. Same reasons.

  46. @stellarperformance while I am a fan of good Football more than just a single club, and I believe Rodgers is kind of a jack-ass…I like the cut of your jib. Its a joy to watch you work on these threads. Keep it up.

  47. Well, yeah, but the Browns haven’t even come close to giving any other teams a “run for their money” this year, so your premise is flawed.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________

    Really?
    Lost to Steelers 21-18
    Lost to Colts 31-28
    Lost to the Jets 17-14
    Lost to the Titans 12-9 in overtime

    Losing four games by 3 points is giving the opponent a run for their money in the real world.

  48. 1969nflchampionskansascitychiefs says:
    October 31, 2017 at 1:48 pm
    You do know the Chiefs have actually 0 NFL championships don’t you? The Vikes were the NFL champions for 1969. The Chiefs were AFL and Super Bowl Champs.

    So your handle only serves to demonstrate your lack of knowledge about the history of your own team.

    _________________________________

    Ahhh yes, this lovely excuse again. It’s common knowledge that false NFL Championship you claim is the equivalent to an NFC Championship game, you still lost the SB to the Chiefs…..cry more, get more mad…..Viking’s fan are the goofiest fan base in the NFL and the most easy to Troll.

    ——————————————
    No anger here. I think it’s funny that you take so much pride in a championship that occurred before you were born and by one of the teams that had had markedly less playoff success than the Vikings do.

    And the championship is what the championship is. The Chiefs have no NFL championships, so your moniker is factually wrong, just like your belief that the Chiefs have been the superior organization to the Vikings.

    4 playoff victories in 47 seasons?
    9 playoff victories total?

    That’s just SAD!

  49. Chiefs and packer fans seem really angry. They sure like coming on Vikings threads trying to convince someone (themselves maybe) that they’re somehow better people because of their arbitrary decision to follow a jersey.

  50. the attempt of packer playoff failure is very entertaining…….

    where to start?

    1. Erin’s fumble 6 vs. cardinals?
    2. Cardinals OT wins on 2 plays?
    3. Giants???? x2
    4. Seahawks? sad…sad…sad….
    5. not even being competitive last year vs. Falcons?
    You left out the historic loss to the Kaep lead Niners. That pack team was the only team in NFL history to go 15-1 and lose their first playoff game.

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