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Vikings Lose To Rams 41-21 12/31/2006

Posted by LOTGK on December 31, 2006

tarvaris jackson game 16 2006

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

The Vikings began the 2006 season with a new owner, a new head coach, all new coaches in fact, a new offensive scheme, a new defensive scheme, several new impact players, a new philosophy, a new mission, a new hope. How bittersweet that the Vikings finish with a 6-10 record winning only 2 games in their last 10. I did not believe that I would be singing Auld Lang Syne on New Years Eve and having it directed at the Vikings.

The off season started at 4pm Sunday thus it is time to look at the 2006 season, the last game, and to the future, free agent signing period, the NFL draft, mini camp, and training camp.

Today’s game looked like the Vikings had already called it a season. No enthusiasm. No snap. I saw something very troubling today. After Tarvaris Jackson got knocked down today, and after an interception, he was pointing fingers laying blame. That is not a good sign. Jackson needs another several years to learn the game before he can start. That leaves the Vikings in a very tough position come this off season.

The season is over and with that the purple glasses are off. Chester Taylor is an adequate back at best. Yes, he gained over 1200 yards in just over 300 carries, but I think Artose Pinner looked better when Taylor was out for a game. And Moore looks faster and shiftier.

Troy Williamson is a bust. Marcus Robinson was cut, and he was our TD leader. He had a differing opinion than Childress and was cut. MCMullen, see you later. Bethel Johnson and Travis Taylor are a good three and four receiver. Vikings need to address the receiver position in free agency and the draft.

The defense needed to hold the Rams to under 152 yards in rushing today to lay claim to the best run defense since 1941. They blew it today allowing over 160 yards. 142 yards to Jackson alone. It just added to the level that the team played at today.

Viking Thunder now has secret agent man Brad Childress on the clock. As he stated from day one. It’s his team, his vision, his offense and defense. This statement scares me for Dennis Green, former coach of the Vikings, who just got fired today by the Cardinals, said that “His” system could be run by anyone. Just plug in the player and it goes.

The Vikings were awarded the #7 over all draft pick in this April’s NFL draft. With the Vikings needing a quarterback, running back, wide receiver, right offensive line, defensive end that actually records sacks, and a corner back. Not in that order. With only one pick, that is a lot to fill.

If Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma, is available, do the Vikings select him?
Or Calvin Johnson, WR, GA Tech.
Or Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC.
Or Tedd Ginn, WR, Ohio State?
One of these four players will be available to the Vikings. My selection is that the Vikings slide out of their pick and move down a few slots picking up another draft pick and then select Tedd Ginn in the low teens. Vikings need a receiver ASAP. Ginn will also help in the special teams as he is an excellent punt and kick returner. As a receiver, he has exceptional speed, perhaps the fastest man in college and would be an immediate deep threat.

Have a great new year watching all the bowl games scouting out our potential new draft picks for the NFL draft.
SKOL Vikings!

Letting the days go by/let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by/water flowing underground
Into the blue again/after the moneys gone
Once in a lifetime/water flowing underground.

Same as it ever was…same as it ever was…same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…same as it ever was…same as it ever was…
Same as it ever was…same as it ever was…

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