Vikings linemen know they have to “play better” with what they have

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It’s been a rough year so far for the Vikings offensive line. Injuries, a revolving cast of replacements, and your boss calling you “soft.”

But they also realize there’s only so much they can do at the moment.

“I think it’s just playing better with what you have,” veteran left guard Alex Boone said, via Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I mean, what are you going to do? There’s not much you can do. It’s not like you’re not going to go down to Carl’s Jr. and find somebody.”

They’ve done everything but so far, including dragging Jake Long out of what appeared to be retirement to start at left tackle. And the lack of continuity is as important for an offensive line as any group in the game, and with both starting tackles on IR, that’s hard to find.

But the ultimate indignity was being labeled “soft” by head coach Mike Zimmer, who added for good measure: “We didn’t block anybody.”

“We’ve got to play better. That’s the bottom line,” Boone said.

When the “soft” remark was run by him again, Boone kept it low-key.

“I feel like we’ve got to play better. I think when you get your quarterback hit that many times it’s a problem,” Boone said. “So we’ve got to play better.”

Of course, there’s a meat-grinder aspect to the Vikings season as a whole, but after Sam Bradford was sacked six times and hit 13, they may need more than a sack of burgers (or the guy who sells them) to fix things.

41 responses to “Vikings linemen know they have to “play better” with what they have

  1. Would help if the backs (Asiata and Hillman) don’t whiff on their blocks also. Jake Long should not have been thrown out there so soon considering Jim Schwartz D that likes to blitz. Schwartz overloaded Longs side and caused confusion.

    Would be dumbest move ever to trade any more future picks for either Thomas or Staley, but what about trading Shariff (fragile) Floyd for Thomas straight up? Obviously the D does not require the services of Floyd. Plus they need to resign Rhodes and Patterson from that class.

  2. Is Boone the player we were led to believe he would be? I have a hard time seeing how he is playing when every Vikings pass looks like a jail break.

  3. You don’t kick people when their dream has been exposed, laid bare, and shattered. They have no reason to hope, so I’m not going to rub it in. But, for their sake, I hope Zim has another genius motivational ploy in mind for this week.

  4. Instead of a restaurant that building looks like a condo in Florida where hamburgers go to retire after being under the heat lamp for too long.

    Boca Burger Vista.
    Mrs. Seinfeld please….I’m begging you….put the air conditioning on.

  5. “I mean, what are you going to do? There’s not much you can do. It’s not like you’re not going to go down to Carl’s Jr. and find somebody.

    __________________

    So wait the Vikings are in fact going to Carl’s Jr. to find lineman?

  6. Zimmer was seen at a local Target store purchasing a pirate costume. He intends to growl at the linemen Monday night, and say “RRRRRRRRR” a lot…….to get them motivated.

    That doesn’t work with my pre-school grand-kids……they’re still sorta soft.

  7. “With the 42nd pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings select, from Carl’s Junior over on 22nd and Willow Street, offensive lineman…….”

  8. You can tell Boone hates it in MN. He’s exposed, and his mind is still in the Bay Area. There are no Carl’s Jrs in Minneapolis. What’s to like? He regrets his decision to move to MN. As Packers fans, let’s encourage him to stay and re-up.

  9. It’s one loss. It was an ugly loss, but it’s only one. I mean, people thought the sky was falling after the 49ers game to open last season. I understand the joy some people feel when watching another team do what theirs couldn’t, defeat the Vikings. Us Vikings fans needed that same kind of vicarious joy up until week 17 last year as well. I have faith that this team will recover.

  10. If you’re an NFL player, you have to play better than that, especially if you’re getting the kind of money Boone is. At the same time, the offensive coaches’ plan to go away from the shotgun and quick passes in favor of an old-fashioned play-action, 7-step drop approach was asinine. Neither of Bradford’s fumbles would have happened if not for the deep dropbacks. This is the same offensive line we’ve been using all season but it wasn’t that much of a problem until the offensive scheme returned to the stone age.

  11. There are a lot of people here who are exceedingly giddy over the Vikings’ first loss. I have good news for you. You’ll be able to have this same feeling about twice more this season.

  12. gaetz23 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 10:07 AM

    It’s one loss. It was an ugly loss, but it’s only one. I mean, people thought the sky was falling after the 49ers game to open last season. I understand the joy some people feel when watching another team do what theirs couldn’t, defeat the Vikings. Us Vikings fans needed that same kind of vicarious joy up until week 17 last year as well. I have faith that this team will recover.
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    That says it all. The Vikings reached their greatest pinnacle by actually beating the Packers 1 out of 2 last year as opposed to getting swept, as is there custom… and they went no further. Small goals for small fans of small teams.

  13. It’s one game. I know our friends to the east love to lurk on Viking’s boards, especially after a loss — but I’d be more worried about your quarterback play than how your divisional adversary is doing.

    I mean, what are you going to do with yourself after our Halloween Massacre of Chicago? No witty batter to post, no friends to talk to. Who am I kidding.. you’ll all be too wasted to see straight.

    Enjoy — the season..

  14. The offensive line will look better for the next game. It won’t be the adjustments, it won’t be that Long is less rusty.
    It will be the bears.

  15. The local paper loves to troll the home team. They never want to be labeled as rube homers. In Zimmer’s second year this same paper had a headline Love Boat 10 YEARS later.

  16. Wow. I’ve never seen so much season-ending talk over a single loss.

    Yes, the O-line is concerning, but they played terrible 1 game out of 6. Have they been great the other 5 games, no, but not terrible either.

    The Vikings have a real chance to be 8-1 over the course of the next 3 games.

    As Rogers would say R-E-L-A-X.

  17. If I were Packer fans I would worry about Detroit dropping them down next to Chicago in the race for the cellar.

  18. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Oct 26, 2016 10:49 AM
    gaetz23 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 10:07 AM

    That says it all. The Vikings reached their greatest pinnacle by actually beating the Packers 1 out of 2 last year as opposed to getting swept, as is there custom… and they went no further. Small goals for small fans of small teams.
    _______

    This from the guy who spent the entire offseason bragging about a first-round playoff win over the terrible Redskins, and has spent this whole season bragging about only losing to the Vikings by 3.

  19. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Oct 26, 2016 10:49 AM

    gaetz23 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 10:07 AM

    It’s one loss. It was an ugly loss, but it’s only one. I mean, people thought the sky was falling after the 49ers game to open last season. I understand the joy some people feel when watching another team do what theirs couldn’t, defeat the Vikings. Us Vikings fans needed that same kind of vicarious joy up until week 17 last year as well. I have faith that this team will recover.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    That says it all. The Vikings reached their greatest pinnacle by actually beating the Packers 1 out of 2 last year as opposed to getting swept, as is there custom… and they went no further. Small goals for small fans of small teams.

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    The goals started small and became bigger. I live outside of the border rivalry, so the Israeli/Palestinian style relationship between fanbases isn’t something that I have lived. There will always be a portion of each side that revels in the others’ misery. The Packers were 4 time defending division champs. They were a dragon the Vikings needed to slay on their road to respectability. They did it and won the division. They did it again this season. The Packers happened to win a playoff game, good for them. Maybe they can ask the Colts where they got their participation banner. The Packers are no longer a concern for the Vikings. The goals are much bigger now.

  20. sgmjerry220 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 11:50 AM

    If I were Packer fans I would worry about Detroit dropping them down next to Chicago in the race for the cellar.
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    Of course you would. You’re conditioned to losing. We’re not. We’re conditioned to good (although not always great) play and contending almost perennially.

  21. cribbage12 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 9:50 AM

    You can tell Boone hates it in MN. He’s exposed, and his mind is still in the Bay Area. There are no Carl’s Jrs in Minneapolis. What’s to like? He regrets his decision to move to MN. As Packers fans, let’s encourage him to stay and re-up.
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    It seems strange for a “packers” fan to chime in about player personal yet completely ignore the fact their team is starting a wide receiver at running back because their “genius” GM didn’t have more the 2 running backs on the roster ” an I use the Running backs term loosely cuz lets face it, Lacy looked like an offensive lineman….but hey maybe that’s non of my business…Please tell me how Good TT is again?

  22. ever since the Eagles loss the trolls have been making a lot of stupid comments. Yeah they lost but it wasn’t like the Vikings got rolled up like the Steelers did in Philly. They should have won. They had a chance to win. the Steelers didn’t. Nice perspective here trolls. Not the same at all.

  23. idurenn says:
    Oct 26, 2016 11:37 AM

    Wow. I’ve never seen so much season-ending talk over a single loss.

    )))))))))))))))))

    That is the fudges noise only. It is what they do here.

  24. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Oct 26, 2016 12:20 PM

    Of course you would. You’re conditioned to losing. We’re not. We’re conditioned to good (although not always great) play and contending almost perennially.
    ________

    I guess that’s why you’re so insufferable.

  25. ah, the green bay trolls are back out…they’ll be back in hiding after blow outs by Atlanta and Vikings this week…enjoy your few days of a glimmer of hope in other team losses…you’ll be 9-7 at season’s end and not in the playoffs. SKOL!

  26. fmc651 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 11:22 AM

    The local paper loves to troll the home team. They never want to be labeled as rube homers. They spent two days reminding the team Zimmer called them soft and that they got overpowered. On a side note no player snapped at the reporters for doing this for days. On other teams the “star player ” will snap on the local reporters for doing this, especially if they have thin skin.

  27. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    Oct 26, 2016 12:20 PM

    Of course you would. You’re conditioned to losing. We’re not. We’re conditioned to good (although not always great) play and contending almost perennially.

    )))))))))))))))))

    The facts however do not match up to your talk. To no one surprise. The Vikings have the sixth-highest regular-season winning percentage in modern NFL history, ahead of teams like the Ravens, Packers, Patriots and Colts. Throw in 13 Hall of Famers and they fare pretty well as a franchise. Maybe those other teams are the teams you are talking to?

  28. packer fans might want to worry more their defensive secondary vs matt ryan than the vikings o-line depth issues.

  29. Here is a hint Norv. Stop calling 7 step drop plays and long balls. quick slants, screens, short routes etc.. You’re going to get bradford killed you POS washed up has been of an OC!

  30. Frazier28/7 says:
    Oct 26, 2016 1:31 PM
    packer fans might want to worry more their defensive secondary vs matt ryan than the vikings o-line depth issues.

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    True, and also worry about a road game after 4 in a row at Lamblow.
    Hit the road you dogs!!!

    Who gets 4 home games in a row? And every disgusting game televised? Packers do, yep blame them for the lowest tv ratings in years! I know I won’t watch them either America has spoken, get them off our TV’s please!!!

  31. We were assured of all world pass blocking all offseason by Viking fans as Spieldope spent ridiculous sums on useless cast offs. Now they have assembled the most expensive collection of lifeless carcasses in NFL history.

    The result?

    0 championships.

  32. Who gets 4 home games in a row? The packers do.
    )))))))))))))))))))
    The packers got 4 home games in a row because for the first time since 1924 the packers had to start the first 2 games of the season on the road.

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