Vikings put boxing gloves on Xavier Rhodes in practice

AP

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes was flagged for seven penalties in the first four weeks of the season, tying him with defensive end Everson Griffen for most on the team and second-most in the entire league.

Three of those penalties came in Week Four’s close loss to the Broncos and the Vikings want to see Rhodes use his hands in a less damaging way when they resume their season against the Chiefs this weekend. Boxing gloves are part of that plan.

The Vikings had Rhodes practice while wearing the gloves on Monday with defensive backs coach Jerry Gray telling Rhodes “now you can’t grab” after they were slipped on.

“I’ve heard of that technique before; putting boxing gloves on, and make a guy just cover with his feet and his eyes. I think it’s actually a good thing for him,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said, via ESPN.com. “We know he’s a very physical guy — it shows. With seven penalties on the year, we’re just trying to get it down, and help him get it down. We’re just trying to go out there and be teammates. We want to laugh and joke with him, let him know it’s not a thing that coach is insulting you on, or anything like that. We’re just trying to get you better.”

All three of Rhodes’s penalties against the Broncos came on drives that resulted in points that loomed large in a 23-20 loss for the Vikings. If the gloves can help eliminate such losses in the future, it will be worth any laughing and joking in practice. If they don’t, the Vikings could invite Ray Edwards back for a bout at their forthcoming stadium.

85 responses to “Vikings put boxing gloves on Xavier Rhodes in practice

  1. It would probably be a good idea for all DBs to use gloves in practice. I often wonder about putting similar type gloves on offensive linemen so they can’t hold. The holding has really changed the game. You can see it in the passing yardage. But defensive players are so big, strong, and fast nowadays, the O-Linemen need some kind of help.

  2. He needs to go ask Sherman how to get away with it. Do you need to pay off the officials, do you need blackmail against the officials or is there an art to holding so the officials cannot see it but everyone else can?

  3. fanaticks says:

    He needs to go ask Sherman how to get away with it. Do you need to pay off the officials, do you need blackmail against the officials or is there an art to holding so the officials cannot see it but everyone else can?
    ———————————————————-
    Sherman doesn’t hold, he dominates.

  4. Rhodes is a complete stiff. The Seahawks got Harvin, a huge Super Bowl win and then parlayed Harvin into Tyler Lockett. The Vikings got “Highway 29,” who earned his nickname because of how fast opposing players run by him. The Seahawks stole the Harvin trade by a mile.

  5. Unless he is wearing them during games, it’s pointless.

    You can’t expect individuals who have played north of 20 years to abruptly change his playing style.

  6. Seriously someone is bragging about winning the Harvin trade? I’ll bet even Packer fans agree the Vikes smoked the Hawks on that trade. Rhodes has only been beat deep once all season and that’s after having been matched up with the opposing teams best WRs — he’s fine. And of course, everyone fears Lockett and the Hawks offense (sarcasm font).

    As to Griffen, however, the guy has to get his head in the game with the dang off-side penalties and personal foul calls.

  7. Rhodes Island was very grabby his rookie year, but he made a huge step up last year. Now it seems like he’s regressing into old habits. When you see the penalties on replay, most of the time he’s just grabbing the jersey a bit without having any effect on the play. They’re going to call it every time. Worse, he’s getting a reputation for holding so the refs will look for it more. Zimmer is smart to do whatever it takes to get him out of that habit.

  8. How long before Xavier Rhodes is forced to catch a chicken in practice.

    The boxing gloves tactic could backfire. Xavier Rhodes is an aggressive player. He plays physical with receivers. Now you are trying to train him to not battle with receivers. Gotta let him play his style. It’s bad coaching to try and get him to get away from his strength.

  9. Peewee league coaching tactics for a peewee-level team. I’m sure their fans are already scripting their excuses for future PFT articles. The Vikings have already lost the NFCN and will soon be eliminated from a wildcard spot.

    #thatsafact

  10. The joke isn’t that Rhodes is wearing boxing gloves, the joke is that Spielman is still the GM. How many chances does he get to waste a first round pick on a QB before the owner figures out that he doesn’t know what he is doing? How many WR contracts can he endorse for over $11 million per year with no corresponding production?

    Rhodes isn’t a bad player (nor is he very good) but I like him, he doesn’t beat 4 year old children so he has that going for him.

  11. osiris33 says:

    Sherman doesn’t hold, he dominates.
    —————————————
    LOL…That is funny!

    He hasn’t been dominating this year, although it seems he holds his “dominating” style down until the games become more important to the viewers. Once that happens, the officials do not want to decide the games and then all of a sudden he is the fastest, most agile, best prepared CB in the game…funny how the “dominating” returns.

  12. Ahmad Carroll 2.0.

    Its funny, remember how Viking fans talked smack about GB drafting basketball players and college safeties to play CB. Well GBs 1st and 2nd round CBs have combined for 3 ints (1 pick 6), 7 passes defensed and nary a penalty between them.

  13. He needs to go ask Sherman how to get away with it. Do you need to pay off the officials, do you need blackmail against the officials or is there an art to holding so the officials cannot see it but everyone else can?

    =================================

    Sherman has figured out they aren’t going to call holding on every play so that’s exactly what he does.

    Meanwhile to the East the Packers 1st and 2nd round (that basketball player Viking trolls bashed) DB’s have been making plays all year long. Has Trae Waynes even seen the field this year? SKOL!

  14. This doesn’t change the fact that Rhodes was one of the top-rated cornerbacks in the NFL in his second year. He’s covering the other team’s best receiver every game. He is nothing close to a bust and anyone claiming the Seahawks “won” that trade does not have a firm grasp on reality.

  15. osiris33 says:
    Oct 13, 2015 10:38 AM
    fanaticks says:

    He needs to go ask Sherman how to get away with it. Do you need to pay off the officials, do you need blackmail against the officials or is there an art to holding so the officials cannot see it but everyone else can?
    ———————————————————-
    Sherman doesn’t hold, he dominates.
    ___________________

    fanaticks, I know osiris33’s response doesn’t match up with what you see. I don’t want you to be confused by his response. The ’12s’ are neophytes, domination is what the ’12s’ call world class illegal contact and holding. They don’t realize that the great corners have turned it into an art form

  16. Notice that our little sisters to the east passed on him twice to select another pair of busts!
    ———
    In case you haven’t noticed, both CB’s the Packers drafted have been playing extremely well. So much better than Waynes and Rhodes. 1st rounder has been like glue in coverage and the 2nd rounder had 2 INT’s on Sunday, one of them being a pick 6. And this is on the #4 ranked pass defense in the NFL. SKOLOLOLOL

    Waynes can’t even get on the field.

  17. Gotta hand it to Zimmer for trying something new to get the best out of his guys. Sometimes you have to be innovative to get the job done.

    You never have to be innovative to make fun of the Vikings. They provide enough ammunition to last several generations…and that’s just on the field.

  18. ariani1985 says:
    Oct 13, 2015 11:22 AM

    Notice that our little sisters to the east passed on him twice to select another pair of busts!
    In turd you still trust?

    ========================

    Viking fans never cease to amaze. When the facts are in your favor, just make some up!

    Rhodes was drafted #25 overall in 2013. The Vikings had two first round picks #23 and #25 overall.

    The Packers first selection was #26.

    Maybe you are thinking about the 2005 NFL draft where the Vikings picked Troy Williamson and Erasmus James over Aaron Rodgers?

  19. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:

    The Seahawks stole the Harvin trade by a mile.
    ——–
    LOL Get real. You not only gave up a ton for him, but you also gave Harvin a huge contract and carry the dead cap money because of it. Nobody won in that deal.
    ———————————————————-
    We gave up the chance to draft Rhodes, who is a stiff, and a 3rd and 7th round picks in bad drafts both of whom are out of football. We got Harvin, a spectacular performance which helped us win our first Super Bowl, and a 6th round pick which we parlayed into Lockett. When we traded Harvin it was a net cap savings because of the way the contract was structured, and the dead money is off the books this year — a year in which we were so cap strapped we traded for Jimmy Graham and his salary.

    I know you want to live in a fantasy land that makes the Vikings look good, but Seattle got a Super Bowl, some draft picks used to acquire a good young player no real cap issues and the Vikqueens got a below average starter.

    Seahawks win

  20. I’m not really surprised when you consider that Rhodes plays for that historically bad Viking defense.

    It has been years since this defense has been rated even in the top half of the NFL.
    And with these cheap peewee football practice techniques, they should retain their bottom dwelling rankings for a few more.

  21. Well, for decades the Vikings haven’t been what fans would call “football.”

    It’s only natural to have them try a new sport, since the one they’re paid to play seems to be too much.

  22. Reports are that now every three minutes he needs to sit down for one minute before resuming action.

  23. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 13, 2015 11:31 AM

    This doesn’t change the fact that Rhodes was one of the top-rated cornerbacks in the NFL in his second year

    ——–

    Now you’re claiming individual paper awards to go along with your annual offseason paper championships? Nice. Oh well, at least you’ve got a loser-proof game against the Chiefs to get your vikes back on track…or so I’m told.

  24. Packer fans will remember coaches trying to use this tactic… but Ahmed Carroll couldn’t help himself…. so many teams would just run deep routes on him, heave it up on the guy he was covering and take the penalty….

    Some DBs panic, and the Denver WRS and Manning had him doing so.

  25. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Is posting on a story about Rhodes your way of forgetting how bad your Chiefs are? I’ll bet you even have a whole room stuck in 1969?
    Everybody seems to forget to mention Rhodes is
    top of the stats of thrown at vs defended….

  26. Just punch those fools right in the face off the line. who cares. This Vikes D is fearless, relentless. I feel bad for the rest of the NFC North we are going to be so dominant its going to be ridiculous. We humiliated the Lions so bad that Stafford is close to retiring. Discount Double Choke better check himself.

  27. I know you want to live in a fantasy land that makes the Vikings look good, but Seattle got a Super Bowl, some draft picks used to acquire a good young player no real cap issues and the Vikqueens got a below average starter.
    ———
    I’m not even a Vikings fan. You are an idiot if you think you won the trade. Harvin didn’t win you the SB. They would have easily won it without his contributions. You got a player pawned off on you that was a complete disaster.

  28. Notice that our big brothers to the east pass by him twice each game on the way to the endzone because he’s a colossal bust!
    In Ted we still fear!!

  29. Rhodes has the making to be a solid CB. He’s quick, has size, and matched up and pretty much shut down Megatron last season. He doesn’t have the recognition to get away with the ticky-tack calls. He may someday, but the officials are going to look for those calls out of young CBs; they always have. As for the argument against packer’s db’s, they look a heck of a lot better than anyone thought they would be before the season started.

  30. osiris33 says:
    Oct 13, 2015 12:43 PM

    4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:

    The Seahawks stole the Harvin trade by a mile.
    ——–
    LOL Get real. You not only gave up a ton for him, but you also gave Harvin a huge contract and carry the dead cap money because of it. Nobody won in that deal.
    ———————————————————-
    We gave up the chance to draft Rhodes, who is a stiff, and a 3rd and 7th round picks in bad drafts both of whom are out of football. We got Harvin, a spectacular performance which helped us win our first Super Bowl, and a 6th round pick which we parlayed into Lockett. When we traded Harvin it was a net cap savings because of the way the contract was structured, and the dead money is off the books this year — a year in which we were so cap strapped we traded for Jimmy Graham and his salary.

    I know you want to live in a fantasy land that makes the Vikings look good, but Seattle got a Super Bowl, some draft picks used to acquire a good young player no real cap issues and the Vikqueens got a below average starter.

    Seahawks win
    __________

    Here’s where you’re wrong: First, Rhodes is not a stiff or a below average starter. He is, at worst, an above average starter. Also, you didn’t have to draft Rhodes if you kept the pick. You could have drafted anyone you want.

    Second, the third round pick is not out of the league. His name is Jerrick McKinnon and he is the backup running back for the Vikings.

    Finally, Harvin had a nice game in the Super Bowl, but he was hardly a difference maker. The score was 43-8.

  31. wafflestomp says:
    Oct 13, 2015 12:48 PM

    It has been years since this defense has been rated even in the top half of the NFL.
    ________

    Well, it’s been one year. They were 14th last year.

  32. Talk of getting rid of Spielman is just crazy. I hope he is the GM of the vikings for the next 20 years.

    His draft picks have been unbelievable. Bridgewaster, Hwy 29, Cordello Patterson, Matt Kalil, Josh Robmyson, Ponder, Rudy, Chris Cook, Toby, Tyrell Johnson, Headache Harvin, Asher Allen, and those not good enough to make the vikings roster.

    Rick Spielman is everything I want the vikings GM to be.

  33. Rhodes was picked 25 in the first round of the 2013 draft. Packers rarely have that high of a pick. Packers first pick was 26. The Vikings had 3 busts in that round

  34. Queens, Heidi’s, Purple Pigtails, please stay with your con-artist owner, your GM, Great Man, Spielman and bring your ponytail power each week. I get great humor out or watching games aka highlights or low-lights and laugh out loud humor from listening to your oh, so pathetic dribble about how bad the pride of the NFC North aka G.B. is.

    Ted will entertain 1st round offers for Tolzien or Hundley at the end of the year…ha, ha, ha, ha…..

  35. In Teddy We Trust says:

    Here’s where you’re wrong: First, Rhodes is not a stiff or a below average starter. He is, at worst, an above average starter. Also, you didn’t have to draft Rhodes if you kept the pick. You could have drafted anyone you want.

    Second, the third round pick is not out of the league. His name is Jerrick McKinnon and he is the backup running back for the Vikings.

    Finally, Harvin had a nice game in the Super Bowl, but he was hardly a difference maker. The score was 43-8.
    ————————————–
    Exactly right, all Harvin did was cost money and picks, he helped nothing in the superbowl game. Other than upsetting the team and who knows the selfishness on that team since he left, was probably his doing.

    But if Seattle wouldn’t of given up a 1st for him, how would DeAndre Hopkins look right now in Seattle colors? Instead of being beaten by Gionvani Bernard he could of helped you or LeVeon Bell instead of paying for turmoil, either would of been a better selection than the recently departed Christine Michael.

  36. Packer fans on here giving the Vikings grief about not drafting Rodgers. Daunte Culpepper was a MVP candidate the year before that draft. They had almost $40 million in contract money tied up with Culpepper. They aren’t looking for a QB then.
    If you have a QB you aren’t taking a QB in the first round. Look at your own team. Since you have Rodgers you haven’t drafted a QB in the first round. wake up.

  37. In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 13, 2015 3:36 PM

    wafflestomp says:
    Oct 13, 2015 12:48 PM

    It has been years since this defense has been rated even in the top half of the NFL.
    ________

    Well, it’s been one year. They were 14th last year.
    ***********************************************

    Oh really, my bad.
    They were 14th last year, all the way up from 31st in 2013.
    The Viking D paired with that pedestrian offense, you must be so proud.

  38. fmc651 says:
    Oct 13, 2015 7:10 PM
    Packer fans on here giving the Vikings grief about not drafting Rodgers. Daunte Culpepper was a MVP candidate the year before that draft. They had almost $40 million in contract money tied up with Culpepper. They aren’t looking for a QB then.
    If you have a QB you aren’t taking a QB in the first round. Look at your own team. Since you have Rodgers you haven’t drafted a QB in the first round. wake up.

    —–

    That’s a good point. All GB had at the time at starting QB was that schlub Brett Favre. No wonder they picked a QB in the first round.

  39. If you have a QB you aren’t taking a QB in the first round. Look at your own team. Since you have Rodgers you haven’t drafted a QB in the first round. wake up.
    ————
    Everyone knew that Culpeeper was a product of Moss, not his own talent. You don’t go drafting QB’s in the first round when you have a star caliber QB still well in their prime.

    Culpeeper was a fraud built on Moss, which anyone outside of MN knew. The same thing that built Cunningham and Jeff George into great QB’s even though they were geriatric scrubs that weren’t even in football at the time.

  40. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Oct 13, 2015 8:37 PM

    Culpeeper was a fraud built on Moss, which anyone outside of MN knew. The same thing that built Cunningham and Jeff George into great QB’s even though they were geriatric scrubs that weren’t even in football at the time.
    ________

    Come on thats not completely true, Culpepper had some skill, I agree that Moss makes any QB better, but it wasn’t ALL Moss…. Cris Carter and his HOF career helped out with Culpepper looking great too.

  41. After watching the Zim presser, he didn’t seem too happy about the boxing gloves thing…or maybe it was the mention of XR that soured him. Smith is having an All Pro year, Rhodes isn’t. Not yet.

    Zimmer expects more. Watching him speak I get the impression he’s deep-dark mad. He does not lose well, but goes off the hook if they give it away.

  42. ^^^^^

    Nothing you said takes away from the truth if you have your QB you do not pick a QB in the first round. Follow the conversation.Again the vikings had a reason for not picking a QB in the first round that year. They had a lot of guaranteed money already tied up with their QB. Name the packer QB picks in the first round since they drafted Rodgers…….. crickets.

  43. That’s a good point. All GB had at the time at starting QB was that schlub Brett Favre. No wonder they picked a QB in the first round.
    )))))))))))))

    Wow really, Farve was quite a bit older at that time too . Use your head now. The Broncos should be looking next year too and they have Peyton.

  44. Rank of the 5 passing offenses faced by the almighty #4 GB pass D: 21, 26, 27, 30, 31. Yup, 4 of the worst 7 in the league….

    Vikings have faced 2 of the top 9 in their 4 games.

    Sorry for injecting baseline information into your rhetoric, trolls.

  45. packer fans on this site sure are a special kind of stupid.

    fat, drunk and packer is no way to go through life son

  46. coachkilla6 says:
    Oct 13, 2015 11:00 AM
    Peewee league coaching tactics for a peewee-level team. I’m sure their fans are already scripting their excuses for future PFT articles. The Vikings have already lost the NFCN and will soon be eliminated from a wildcard spot.

    #thatsafact
    ————————–
    What’s a fact? The fact that you spew typing here out of your backside? I will gladly admit the Packers are a better team and have been since 2009. However they are only better cause of one person and that’s Aaron Rodgers. Everyone in the NFL and fanbase know that without him the Packers are not that great. In fact bottom half of the league. But the fact that you say they already lost the NFCN and will soon be eliminated from the playoffs is just plain idiotic. They are 2 1/2 games out of first with 12 left to play. A third grader can do the math here and tell you how dumb that statement is.

  47. 4 SB Losses & 0 Championships ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ says:
    Oct 13, 2015 8:37 PM

    Everyone knew that Culpeeper was a product of Moss, not his own talent. You don’t go drafting QB’s in the first round when you have a star caliber QB still well in their prime.

    Culpeeper was a fraud built on Moss, which anyone outside of MN knew. The same thing that built Cunningham and Jeff George into great QB’s even though they were geriatric scrubs that weren’t even in football at the time.
    ———————————–
    You actually make decent points for once. The only point I will debate with you is calling Culpepper a fraud. I admit having Moss helped him but a QB doesn’t throw for 4717 yards and a 70% completion rate in a year by being a fraud. In 2004 when he threw for 4717 yards, Moss only played in 13 games and three of them he played hurt as a decoy. Moss only had 767 yards receiving in 2004 so it wasn’t like Moss was the reason he did that well that year.

    Now if you want to say Culpepper’s career was ruined after his knee injury in 2005 I will agree. The reason is he never learned how to read defenses and when he lost his mobility he had to get away from his strength. Culpepper did throw a very accurate pass and one of the best deep balls in the league. But the fact he couldn’t learn to read defenses made him very vulnerable as a QB after his injury.

    But if you want we can talk about how the Packers have the same type of situation. They have a phenomenal QB that makes their offense several times better than what it truly is. They have good players but without Rodgers their offense is no better than average. We saw that a couple of years ago when he was hurt.

  48. wafflestomp says:
    Oct 13, 2015 7:20 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Oct 13, 2015 3:36 PM

    wafflestomp says:
    Oct 13, 2015 12:48 PM

    It has been years since this defense has been rated even in the top half of the NFL.
    ________

    Well, it’s been one year. They were 14th last year.
    ***********************************************

    Oh really, my bad.
    They were 14th last year, all the way up from 31st in 2013.
    The Viking D paired with that pedestrian offense, you must be so proud.
    _________

    Just pointing out the facts, rather than making them up to support an opinion.

  49. These are Culpepper’s stats the year before Rodgers was drafted:

    69.2% completion percentage, 4,717 yards, 39 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 8.6 ypa, 110.9 passer rating, 406 yards and 2 TDs rushing.

    Here are Moss’ stats that year:

    49 receptions, 767 yards, 13 TDs. He was hurt most of the year.

    Culpepper was 2nd in the MVP voting. It’s idiotic to suggest that Moss made him that year or that the Vikings should have been in the market for a first-round QB.

  50. You can’t talk football with packer fans here they just want to troll. I made a comment that if you have your QB teams aren’t taking a QB in the first round. Some troll said the packers did when they had Favre. Really, his career was winding down. Not the same situation as the Vikings with Culpepper at all. They also conveniently disregard the financial part as well.
    And I asked a question that the trolls ignore as well. – Name the QB’s the packers drafted in the first round since they had Rodgers?None, because it is stupid too. So your troll angle of taunting the Vikings for not drafting Rodgers is pointless.

  51. One might also point out that George and Cunningham had the benefit of Carter and Reed to throw to, Smith in the backfield, and 4 PB lineman. By the time 2004 came around, Carter and Reed had been replaced by Burleson and Marcus Robinson, Michael Bennett was the tailback, and the OL had been almost completely turned over.

    2004 was a great season for the 28yo QB of the Vikings. No one burns a first on a QB at that time.

  52. Teams that aren’t afraid to draft a QB with a 1st round pick do have a slightly easier transition than ones where that didn’t plan for it. Manning to Luck was one, but that was due to injury and a Luck never got teaching from sitting behind Manning.

    Favre to Rodgers, is an easy one, not only did Favre lead his team to the NFC Title game, he also lead Dautne Culpeppers team to an NFC Title game years later, so its clear he had quite a bit left in the tank. If Rodgers wasn’t there TT wouldn’t have drafted a QB in the first round. He would do as always and draft the BEST Player available according to his board.

    One I feel people forget about is the Chargers had Drew Brees and let Rivers who was drafted in the sit behind him for a few seasons, He has done pretty well after replacing him.

    It may not be popular with fans but as they feel a 1st round pick is “wasted” because it doesn’t help te team immediately, having 1st round QB sit on the bench for a few seasons cleary has benefits. Its just a matter of if the team has the courage and patience to do so. I tink its far better than waiting til its too late, then missing on multiple QBs like Mia, Buff, Cle, or Jets

  53. You are correct, Shaggy. Often, however, QBs are taken earlier than a board would warrant. There is also the problem of FA, as well, meaning that a team must be willing to move on from the current QB within a couple years, further reducing the incentive to use that pick with forward thought.

    Very rarely are 1st round picks used without immediate need, for better or worse.

  54. brewdogg says:
    Oct 14, 2015 7:56 PM
    You are correct, Shaggy. Often, however, QBs are taken earlier than a board would warrant. There is also the problem of FA, as well, meaning that a team must be willing to move on from the current QB within a couple years, further reducing the incentive to use that pick with forward thought.

    Very rarely are 1st round picks used without immediate need, for better or worse.
    ________________________
    QBs are taken off the board early…. but whomever is drafting them is fault for that if JaMarcus Russell…. Sam Bradford…. there are PLENTY of teams that should be willing to move on in FA the Bears should have been looking at QBs FA or Drafting that last 3 seasons… along with the Bills, the Phins the Jets and in my opinion even the Ravens should be looking hard at this off-season considerng what they should do. thats just the short list….

    If you are going to let someone go have someone better or about to be in their place…. whether its a head coach… QB (Favre to Rodgers Ponder to Bridgewater) and that goes the same for ANY other position in the front office down to the Punter… thast how teams get better. Ask Dan Snyder how Washington’s going for him…Why do you think Houstons QB situation is sooo wonky…. they went aboutit the wrong way. I am not trying to say that Hoyer was the better of QBsin Cleveland last year…. but if he was that great they would have kept him… and made an EASY trade to Dallas for Manziel… even more so now when Dallas is hurting…. I think GB shold trade Tolzien for a midround pick to those cats..

  55. Not arguing the premise, just the reality. I agree with your assessment of what is best in the long term, but that is just not how these clubs operate. Even the Packers are guilty of it. Do you really want to try justifying Jones, Sherrod, etc as the best player available at the time they were drafted? They were the BPA at a position of need.

  56. Viking fans like Linda are already conceding a road loss to the Packers while praying they can beat GB in Minny. And she boasts about “possibly” going .500 against their rival (not ours).

    Your fear is real and justified.

  57. ^^^^

    Actually no fear at all. Vikings fans think they will beat the packers at the Bank this year. And if the packers are resting guys for the playoffs at the end of the year. The pack could be in for a sweep.

  58. Shaggy just stop, name the number one draft the packers made since Rodgers? I will make it easy for you none. In a couple more years when Rodgers in the future when Rodgers career is winding down (like Favre) the will do the same. Culpepper was a young player who had a ton of cap money. The Vikings weren’t afraid. It is just not the smart move to make.

  59. The packers have one, maybe two years at the top of the NFC North. Rodgers is the team, and he’s at the apex of his intelligence and physical talent. His legs keep plays alive, and there’s nothing his brain or arm can do to prevent his slowing speed. It will be back to magic man QB’s mean and mold.

  60. Randall Cobb clay Matthews Bj Raji JerMichael Finley was good but injured Eddie lacy Mike Daniels is playing great Morgan Burnett are some that would start on quite a few teams. They also have Bahktiari and Lindley who have played very good on the OL but keep pretending likes it’s ALL rodgers and wonder why the Vikings couldn’t beat GB with him out and a 14 point lead and only came up with a. Tie…

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