Vikings beat writer Matt Vensel and Digital Sports Editor Michael Rand are bringing all you football enthusiasts another way to stay connected to the purple. Consider this podcast to be similar to any Vikings season: full of ups and downs, but never boring.
Intro: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer had a lot of interesting things to say at rookie minicamp, including optimism about Teddy Bridgewater's eventual return. What does it mean? 16:00: Get to know the Vikings rookies. 25:00: Will Zimmer be tougher on his players this year? 32:00: Marion Barber II gets his college degree. 35:00: 8.5 wins -- over or under for the Vikings?
Intro: Columnist Chip Scoggins joins. We go pick-by-pick recapping the Vikings' 11-man draft class for 2017. (19:15) Our thoughts on Rick Spielman's trade-heavy approach that landed nine Day 3 picks. (26:30) The MMQB's Robert Klemko joins to discuss his profile on Dalvin Cook, a potential star with off-field concerns. (40:00) What will the backfield look like with Cook, Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon? (45:20) What about the new guys and openings on defense? (50:15) We attempt to answer your Twitter questions.
Intro: A look at the Vikings' major areas of need in the draft; 20:00: Matt Vensel's round-by-round Vikings mock draft. 38:00: All-time Vikings draft steals. 43:00: Wait, Adrian Peterson might sign with the Saints and play against the Vikings in week 1?
Open: Catching up on significant recent news, including Teddy Bridgewater's throwing video and Sharrif Floyd's injury update; 18:00: Draft expert Matt Miller of Bleacher Report checks in on Vikings options, including controversial running back Joe Mixon; 40:00: Twitter questions galore.
Intro: Breaking down the Latavius Murray signing and what it means for Adrian Peterson. 16:00: A lot of free agents decided not to sign with the Vikings. Why? 21:00: A bunch of them did sign, though. Are the Vikings better now than they were last year? 30:00: What holes are left to fill and who would start if the season began right now?
Intro: Looking at the Vikings' two new offensive tackles; 12:00 -- so how are the Vikings doing in free agency? 22:00 -- Why didn't Alshon Jeffery sign here? 28:00 -- What about Eddie Lacy vs. Adrian Peterson; 34:00 -- A lot of Vikings players are leaving, and Rhett Ellison's dad spouted off about the organization.
Intro: With free agency starting Thursday, what exactly are the Vikings going to do. So many teams need offensive linemen, just like them. 20:00: And then there's the question of what happens with Adrian Peterson. 32:00: Giving retiring LB Chad Greenway his due.
Intro: Taking a look at the ripple effect of news that the Vikings won't pick up Adrian Peterson's option. 13:00: Story lines out of the NFL Combine with free agency looming next week. 30:00: Strengths and weaknesses by position at the NFL Draft.
Open: Columnist Chip Scoggins joins. Does he sound like Tony Gwynn? 2:55: The guys take control of the Vikings' reins for an 'ideal' offseason. 6:10: How much should go into a Xavier Rhodes extension? 9:20: On the Adrian Peterson decision. 18:30: Who to keep among Vikings' free agents? Captain Munnerlyn? Cordarrelle Patterson? 30:50: Into free agency, where a few tackles intrigue. Andrew Whitworth? Rick Wagner? 40:11: Mocking a Vikings draft after all our moves. Still an offensive lineman with the first pick? Where do they invest in a running back? 48:55: Plan at QB? Pick up Teddy Bridgewater's option? Extend Sam Bradford? 51:30: We're $45 million over the cap.
Open: What do the Vikings have to do to be this year's Falcons and get to the Super Bowl Minneapolis is hosting next year? 22:00: What will it be like to have the Super Bowl here? 31:00: Maureen Bausch, CEO of Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, joins. 45:00: Your questions.
Intro: What have we learned from the playoffs so far and is Sam Bradford ELITE; 15:00 -- Dane Brugler of CBS Sports joins to talk NFL draft and the Vikings options. 35:00 -- Breaking down Andrew Krammer's team grades. 43:00 -- Listener questions.
Part II of our massive season-ending podcast: Five burning offseason questions. Which Vikings will stay and which will go? What are the biggest positions of need to address in the draft and free agency?
Intro: Breaking down Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's comment that Sam Bradford has earned the right to start. 20:00: What about Pat Shurmur, Adrian Peterson and other decisions? 35:00: Season awards. 42:00 Drew Magary joins and tries not to swear.
Intro: Andrew Krammer and Matt Vensel take a different approach to breaking down Sunday's Vikings season finale vs. the Bears. (2:20) Have Vikings like Adrian Peterson and Matt Kalil already played their last game in Minnesota? (8:50) Are Cordarrelle Patterson, Captain Munnerlyn and others playing their last Vikings games on Sunday? (24:10) A brief preview on the Bears, QB Matt Barkley and RB Jordan Howard. (28:40) Krammer and Vensel are split on Sunday's winner.
Intro: Matt Vensel and Andrew Krammer are joined by Patrick Reusse to untangle the Vikings' coverage mess at Lambeau. (2:00) So, what happened? (18:40) Adam Thielen, 'one of the greatest stories in team history' (32:30) Where does 2016 rank among bizarre Vikings seasons? 2010? 1972? (39:00) Looking ahead to Sunday's season finale vs. the Bears. (44:20) Twitter questions on the 2017 offseason
Intro: Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press joins us to recap the Vikings' colossal letdown against the Colts. 5:00: Was Linval Joseph's gaffe an example of trying to do too much? 20:45: Krawczynski on the Gophers football scandal, Vikings' off-field troubles. 36:00: Nonsense with Terence Newman, talking his love for golf. 40:30: Previewing the Vikings' task in Green Bay on Saturday. 50:55: Twitter mailbag looking ahead to the 2017 offseason.
Breaking down the upcoming Vikings-Colts game with playoff implications for both teams. 00:25: Andrew Luck is on pace for a career-worst sack total and the Vikings' rushers are surging. 9:45: Sam Bradford dealing with a right shoulder injury. What to make of Adrian Peterson's return to practice? 24:30: DT Tom Johnson talks the start of his career in Indy as an undrafted free agent and the time they sent him to the now-defunct NFL Europe. 28:00: Andrew and Matt pick their 'X factors' for Sunday's game vs. the Colts.
Breaking down the Jacksonville victory and digesting the news on Sharrif Floyd and Adrian Peterson. 23:00: Stefon Diggs breaks down the crazy season-to-date. 35:00: Are the Lions Super Bowl contenders? 40:00: Diggs rejoins, opines on Old Bay seasoning. 45:00: Will the Vikings beat the sliding Colts?
Can the Vikings take advantage of the NFL's interception leader in Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles? What will they do without safety Harrison Smith? Why could center Joe Berger (or Nick Easton) play a critical role on Sunday in Jacksonville? And Matt Vensel has sensitive eyes.
Intro: Recapping the Dallas game, another crunch-time loss. 13:00: Chip Scoggins joins to talk about Mike Zimmer's eye problems. 19:00: The playoff picture is looking dire. 30:00: Will Adrian Peterson be healthy this year, and will it be too late? 42:00: The Jaguars are bad.