Challenging year behind him, Everson Griffen is a “man on a mission”

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Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen had a tough 2018, missing five games and six total starts due to a medical issue. He appears to be ready to have a big 2019.

He is a man on a mission,” Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly said Friday, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “He’s coming for everything and more. He’s motivated, he’s driven. He’s back in front leading the group, and we’re going to go as far as he goes.”

Griffen doesn’t see his performance as the product of being driven to have a big year.

“It’s not really about motivation, it’s about being disciplined,” Griffen said, via Tomasson. “Last year was hard, but I got the right team around me now and my teammates, the coaches, the whole organization behind me, and that feels good. And I just stay disciplined, stay consistent and keep on doing what I’m doing.”

As Tomasson points out, Griffen agreed to slash his salary from $10.9 million to $6.4 million for the coming year. That may end up being a bargain for the Vikings.

“He made some really good plays,” Weatherly said of Griffen. “Pass-rushing plays, he was where he was needed. Run plays. He knew everything. He was making all the right plays.”

Griffen remained pragmatic about the situation.

“We’re out here to get better,” Griffen said. “We’ve got one thing in common, and that’s to win games.”

The Vikings didn’t win enough in 2018. This year, they’ve made a conscious effort to address weaknesses on the offensive side of the ball. The defense has fewer weaknesses; if they can get Griffen back to a high level of performance, the Minnesota defense will have an abundance of strengths, at every level.

39 responses to “Challenging year behind him, Everson Griffen is a “man on a mission”

  1. At every level. Say what you will, but this team is going to be a tough out… for anyone.

  2. Oh no. Another reason for Aaron to go on IR. Twice per season.

  3. After making the Persian pansy in green bay look silly the past 5 years i can see why the nfc basement dwellers bulked up their line.

  4. Look out nfc north the sack daddy and the rest of the Vikings defence is coming back to the 2017-18 form that led them to the nfc championship game. The pathetic packers will be wondering what hit them! The Bores got lucky last year and trubunksi will lay an egg!

  5. packerssuckcheese says:
    July 27, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Look out nfc north the sack daddy and the rest of the Vikings defence is coming back to the 2017-18 form that led them to the nfc championship game. The pathetic packers will be wondering what hit them! The Bores got lucky last year and trubunksi will lay an egg!

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    Go ahead and ignore The Lions at your peril!!! The Bears already surpassed the Vikings last season. With the addition of Trey Flowers, Justin Coleman, TJ Hockenson, Jesse James and now Mike Daniels, and the further development of superstars like Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson, I believe The Lions will officially surpass Minnesota. Any team with a sorry QB from the spartans (GO BLUE!!!) deserve what they get.

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE

  6. A healthy Sack Daddy (mentally and physically) is a major wildcard for Zims defense. Grif coming back to form and a young Hunter entering his prime will be a nightmare for quarterbacks. The rotation of the other quality pass rushers behind them will be consistent chaos for all opponents.

  7. Man, the picture of him on the 1st main screen with his hand in the dirt, his arm looks like the size of a leg. He’s been working & staying in shape. Sack Daddy is back. Me thinks this defense will be very fun to watch again this year.

  8. I’m a Vikes fan to the core but we’ve heard it all before, frankly. Troubled perhaps, the sack daddy gave the Vikes both on and off field issues and they didn’t need any more. Lots of stuff needs to happen for Minnesota to run with Philly, NO, Seattle and (probably) Chicago. All eyes will be on the O-line and QB but zero confidence Cook stays healthy.

    The biggest wildcard is Kubiak

  9. h0metownzero says:
    July 27, 2019 at 2:15 pm
    What I like best about Griffen is his mental toughness.
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    Making fun of someone’s mental issues because you don’t like the team he plays for is a mental disorder in and of itself.

  10. Not to make excuses, but the pathetic performance of the Vikings against the Bills in Week 3 last year had to have something to do with Griffen’s situation, which occurred a day or two before the game. The whole team looked like they were thinking about anything other than a football game. If he is truly back to his old self and able to pressure the quarterback like he used to, that will be a major boost for a defensive line that was pretty good anyway.

    It’s nice to be improving the team from within rather than signing a bunch of free agents whose teams didn’t want them and cutting our best player, like some teams think is the magic formula.

  11. “Last year was hard, but I got the right team around me now and my teammates, the coaches, the whole organization behind me, and that feels good

    +++++

    So last year he didn’t have the right team around him. Interesting, in that it’s the same team.

  12. theyearofthecat1 says:
    July 27, 2019 at 11:50 am

    packerssuckcheese says:
    July 27, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Look out nfc north the sack daddy and the rest of the Vikings defence is coming back to the 2017-18 form that led them to the nfc championship game. The pathetic packers will be wondering what hit them! The Bores got lucky last year and trubunksi will lay an egg!

    ———————

    Go ahead and ignore The Lions at your peril!!! The Bears already surpassed the Vikings last season. With the addition of Trey Flowers, Justin Coleman, TJ Hockenson, Jesse James and now Mike Daniels, and the further development of superstars like Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson, I believe The Lions will officially surpass Minnesota. Any team with a sorry QB from the spartans (GO BLUE!!!) deserve what they get.

    ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #ONEPRIDE
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    Dude are you new to PFT or just feeling left out of the conversation? Bears and Packers might be historically the biggest rivalry, but in the last few decades it really is the Packers/Vikings and then the Bears. I personally think the Lions have a good QB and team, but they have a track record that is ignored by everyone until they prove it. I’m not really sure how your mind works by saying the Bears already surpassed the Vikings. The Bears have played great in US Bank Stadium and last season took it to another level. The NFC North has become a very strong division by all 4 teams, but don’t act like any team is overlooking the Lions who beat the Patriots last year. Your rant is very vanilla. I give the Lions a lot of credit, but until they show consistent improvement it means nothing…

  13. packertruth:
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    In the beginning of his statement the right team he may have been talking about is medical professional.

  14. packertruth says:
    July 27, 2019 at 6:49 pm
    “Last year was hard, but I got the right team around me now and my teammates, the coaches, the whole organization behind me, and that feels good

    +++++

    So last year he didn’t have the right team around him. Interesting, in that it’s the same team.
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    By team he means outside help. No too bright today truth. Or maybe it’s just a packer fan thing.

  15. Your defensive team leader needs an actual team of individuals outside the organization just to keep his head straight?

    This should work out well.

  16. packertruth:
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    Everybody has a flaw of some sort & not everybody is in the public eye to have as much known about what’s going on in their personal life. If Everson was on your team I don’t imagine you’d be talking the way you are.

  17. packertruth says:
    July 27, 2019 at 7:40 pm
    Your defensive team leader needs an actual team of individuals outside the organization just to keep his head straight?

    This should work out well.
    ____
    Barr leads the defense. Post again and make it 3 for 3 being wrong. 🤡

  18. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 27, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Barr leads the defense. Post again and make it 3 for 3 being wrong.

    ++++

    Weatherly said “He’s back in front leading the group, and we’re going to go as far as he goes.” Weatherly thinks he’s the leader. Not the guy who promised to sign with the Jets.

    Don’t worry though. Whichever overpaid player you believe leads your declining defense, it’s all good. Just choose amongst yourselves.

  19. packertruth:
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    Well last year the Captains on defense were Griffen, Joseph, & Barr, but with this much talent on defense there are many leaders including Harrison Smith and Eric Kendricks plus a few more. In general, a player can lead vocally & by example, or mainly lead by example. Which ever way you wanna look at it, you would love to have any of these players on your team, but I doubt you would admit it.

  20. Liberalsruineverything:
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    I saw Griffens presentation on proper beard maintenance & you’re right, it was awesome. It reminded me of the days of 96 questions with Brian Robison 😂. Sack Daddy is back, Skol Vikes

  21. So far on this article there are about 4 trolls commenting about a guys mental health and making fun of it. I’m not sure if it’s 4 different people or just the same guy with multiple SN’s. I would love to see you walk up to Griffen and say that to his face, you would pee down your leg which would then match your team colors. If you’re representing the Packers fan base, I would hope the rest are embarrassed by your comments. Who knows, maybe they’re not.

  22. Harrison Smith makes the defense different because of what he brings to it. And without Smith the defense isn’t anywhere as good but Barr is more of the QB than Harrison. Zimmer has mentioned this before after they resigned him.

  23. Ev must have gone off his meds which is common. After last year’s episode he understands and is in a better place. I look for Griffen and the Vikings to bounce back in 2019. It will be fun to see how they do.

  24. h0metownzero says:
    July 27, 2019 at 2:15 pm
    What I like best about Griffen is his mental toughness.
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    Like Cole Madison? or Rashaan Gary?

  25. Only in the child beater worshipping capital of the world could anyone say “he was just off his meds” about a guy who threatened to kill everyone in a hotel.

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