VU Daily Blog: 1/31 - 2/5/11

From the Pro Bowl to the Super Bowl, the Vikings were making news, some good, some bad. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.


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Packers overcome the odds, injuries: The Packers overcame key injuries all season long, making their ability to ...
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What We Learned: Super Bowl XLV: As expected, Super Bowl XLV was a good one and came down to the end. So what di...
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Game Day Chat: Super Bowl XLV: If you're watching Super Bowl XLV from home but want to feel like you're in the m...
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Sunday slant: A Vikings offense on display?: The Vikings offense is still being formulated, but there could be s...
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Column: Outrage over the comeback award: The NFL Comeback Player of the Year was Michael Vick, whose own stupidi... 
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Notebook: Labor worries continue: The league is set to put on its biggest game of the year, but it could be the ...
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Super Bowl game plan: The last time the Steelers and Packers met, late in the 2009 season, it was a passing exhi...
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Packers, Steelers focus on offensive keys: The Packers emphasize jumping on Steelers early and they know how to ...
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NFL Notebook: Eagles make risky move: The Eagles made a risky move that could backfire both on defense and on th...
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Super Bowl gives gamblers props: The Super Bowl is full of fun prop bets. Even if you aren't placing any wagers,...
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2011 Vikings draft guide: Links to the draft order, Vikings-specific draft stories, interviews, videos, analysis...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 AT 14:44:00

Everson Griffen party apparently still a go

A Las Vegas Super Bowl party hosted by Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen is apparently going to happen, even if the USC athletic department is prohibiting athletes at the school from participating.

According to ESPN, USC athletic directors have banned all of its athletes from participating in the event, fearing it could jeopardize their eligibility because of the belief that the party is being hosted in part by former USC linebacker Jordan Campbell and 1st Round Entertainment, run by Teague Egan, a former NFL agent whose license was revoked by the NFL Players Association in December because he gave a free golf cart ride to USC tailback Dillon Baxter, according to ESPN.

Griffen denied on his Facebook page that the party was being co-hosted by Egan.

"This is not a 1st Round Entertainment Event. This is held by Everson Griffen," Griffen wrote on his Facebook page. "I heard there was an email sent out by the Athletic Director Pat Hadden [sic]. Just had to clarify and make sure that 1st Round is not throwing this party in Vegas. This Vegas trip is planned by hugh ever [sic] whenever. Baby let's get it poppin that why you got to pay 100 dollars for no NCAA violations. Thank you. If you have any question contact me." (Punctuation was added here to help clarify.)

Griffen reportedly told ESPN that he was looking to get his promotions business started. Apparently the scrutiny is not dissuading him from continuing on with the party.

He posted on his Facebook page at about 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time Friday morning: "Attention to all vegas people all party buses are heading to usc the 1st bus should be there around 1 and the 2nd bus is leaving around 4 or 5 last buses at 7 or 8."

Griffen was arrested last Saturday for public intoxication and again on Monday for fleeing police after a traffic stop. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 25 for the latest incident.

The Vikings said earlier this week they were aware of the arrest, were gathering facts and withholding further comment.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 AT 11:14:00

Frazier talks Super Bowl

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier has seen plenty of the Green Bay Packers over the last four years serving as Minnesota's defensive coordinator. He hasn't played against the Packers yet while he was in the head-coaching seat, but Frazier admitted last week that he was a bit conflicted about how to approach the Super Bowl – cheer for an NFC North rival or against it?

"You have Pittsburgh and Green Bay. It's hard to root for the NFC North when we're not in (and) it's hard to root against the NFC North. But may the best team win," he said, comfortably straddling the fence.

But Frazier knows which players would be the focus of his defense if he were playing against one of those teams.

"You'd better contain those two quarterbacks," he said, referring to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger. "They make a lot of plays moving around. I've seen Rodgers do it up close and personal, move around and make plays and I've seen Roethlisberger do it. Those are the two keys – whoever has the best game at quarterback, probably their team is going to win."

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ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2011 AT 09:03:00

Metrodome ranks poorly among NFL playing surfaces

The Metrodome ranked 12th out of 13 artificial surfaces in the NFL, according to a survey of more than 1,600 NFL players representing all 32 teams. Not surprisingly, players favored natural grass surfaces over artificial surfaces, but when it came to artificial surfaces, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the site of the NFL Scouting Combine later this month, ranked first.

Cowboys Stadium, home of Sunday's Super Bowl, ranked fifth among artificial surfaces. The only artificial surface to rank lower than the Metrodome's was at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills.

Within the NFC North, the Detroit Lions' Ford Field ranked eighth out of 13 artificial surfaces. The Green Bay Packers' Lambeau Field ranked fifth among 18 natural-grass surfaces and the Chicago Bears' Soldier Field ranked 17th among grass fields.

The Arizona Cardinals' University of Phoenix Stadium, which has a surface that rolls outside the dome on tracks, ranked first among grass surfaces.

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Frazier learning to scout offensive talent: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier comes from a defensive background, so h...
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Price of tag is expensive for Vikings: The Vikings haven't used the franchise or transition tags often, but if t...
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Stop with the Favre Questions Already: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has enough to worry about try...
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Packers still answering Favre questions: Aaron Rodgers has completed the difficult task of replacing a legend in...
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NFC North news, notes and quotes: The Packers are staying away from showing too much negative from their last ma...
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Eagles bypass Vikings' Woods; Castillo hired: The Eagles made an interesting in-house hire for their defensive c...
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Polamalu Not Impressed with Himself: Super Bowl XLV will feature several of the premier defensive players in the...
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ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2011 AT 18:44:00

‘Nigerian Nightmare' likes ‘All Day'

One has a nickname that reflects the night, the other the day. But Christian Okoye, "The Nigerian Nightmare," said Wednesday that he likes watching Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who has been nicknamed "All Day" because of his never-ending energy.

"I never thought about [the nickname]," Okoye said Wednesday in Dallas, the site of the Super Bowl. "I just like to watch guys, Adrian Peterson mostly. To watch him play, he's a great joy to watch."

But the man who logged 370 carries in 1989 and led the NFL with 1,480 yards said he is in favor of a two-back system.

"It has to be that way because running backs, we take a lot of abuse on the field. So you have to have somebody come in and help you out," he said. "You can't just have one player take all the abuse, because if you do that, that player is not going to last. And then, if anything happens during the course of the season, then the team is going to hurt. So you need to have one or two other guys behind him to come in and share the blows."

All of Okoye's carries added up after retirement in 1992 after just six seasons in the NFL. Okoye has 16 screws and two bars in his neck, according to Scout.com's John Crist, who has more on Okoye right here. Now Okoye is promoting Past Pain, an organization that donated $2.2 million worth of surgical procedures to former professional athletes last year alone. Okoye isn't just a spokesman, he is also a client.

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Good news, bad news for Griffen: Everson Griffen won't be facing felony charges for his Monday arrest, but the N...
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Character concerns handled individually: The arrest of Everson Griffen brought to the forefront the issue of cha...
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ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2011 AT 07:52:00

Woods interviews for Eagles job

Vikings secondary coach Joe Woods interviewed for the Philadelphia Eagles' vacant defensive coordinator position this week, according to multiple reports, including Comcast Sports in Philadelphia.

Woods joined the Vikings when then-head coach Brad Childress came to Minnesota in 2006 and hired Mike Tomlin as his defensive coordinator. Tomlin, who coached with Woods in Tampa Bay under Jon Gruden, picked Woods to be his secondary coach in Minnesota, a role he has held since then.

The Eagles fired Sean McDermott, who succeeded the late Jim Johnson, after the season. New Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier had experience under Johnson's system in Philadelphia and instilled some of the principles of the Eagles defense with the Vikings and Woods.

The Eagles have also interviewed Saints defensive backs coach Dennis Allen, who already accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Broncos, and Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, according to Comcast.

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Steelers O vs. Packers D: A Breakdown: Ben Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl rings and is looking for No. 3, but...
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ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2011 AT 17:41:00

The Favre-Packers reconciliation continues

Two weeks ago, shortly after filing his retirement papers, Brett Favre started his make-up session with the Packers.

In an e-mail to ESPN's Ed Werder, Favre said he considered the Packers the best team left in the playoffs "by far." That was before the conference championship games when there were four teams remaining.

Favre told Werder he doesn't hold a grudge against the Packers even though that seemed to be his motivating factor for coming to the Vikings in 2009.

"There is no bitterness. I'm happy for them and very happy and content with my legacy," Favre told Werder.

"I think they will win it all! I hope they do, if you are wondering."

Fast forward to Tuesday.

It would seem the Packers are preparing to kiss and make up for their messy divorce from Favre in 2008, too. At the time, Favre reportedly felt forced to retire as the Packers were ready to move on with Aaron Rodgers, but when Favre relented during the summer he was told he wouldn't be competing for the starting job in training camp and he asked for his release. The Packers didn't want him ending up with the Vikings, so they eventually traded him to the Jets with a provision that he couldn't be traded to the Vikings.

After one year in New York, Favre said he was going to retire again, the Jets drafted Mark Sanchez and followed that up by granting Favre his release. The Vikings and Brad Childress were all too eager to get Favre in purple.

On Tuesday, Packers president Mark Murphy said the team wants to mend its relationship with Favre, who was the last Packers quarterback to start in a Super Bowl 14 years ago.

"At the appropriate time, we'll reach out to him," Murphy said, according to USA Today. "And I envision he'll come back into the fold."

Eventually, Favre's number will be retired as well, meaning it's all working out like just about everyone figured.

"Yeah we want to make sure it's the right time for him," Murphy said.

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ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 01, 2011 AT 10:36:00

Everson Griffen released from jail

Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has been released from jail in Los Angeles County after being arrested Monday afternoon when he tried to run from officers who had stopped him for a traffic violation, according to police records.

Griffen was arrested at 4 p.m. Pacific Time Monday and booked for suspicion of felony battery after allegedly assaulting a police officer. According to the Los Angeles Times, Griffen ran from police after the traffic stop, grabbed one of the officers in the groin and then was tased in order to make the arrest.

Bail was set at $50,000 and Griffen was released at 1:21 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to court records. He is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 25.

"We are aware of yesterday's alleged incident involving Everson Griffen," Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson said. "At this time the team is gathering all the facts and will withhold any further comment."

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Vikings DE Griffen tased, arrested: Vikings DE Everson Griffen was arrested Monday afternoon in California. He t...
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ON MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011 AT 10:05:00

Herschel Walker wins MMA fight; Frazier reacts to NFL interest

Herschel Walker may have to delay his apparent desire for an NFL comeback. Walker, the former Vikings running back, moved to 2-0 in Mixed Martial Arts matches after his first-round technical knockout of Scott Carson (4-2) on Saturday.

Walker said last week that he was contemplating an NFL comeback and that he was in the best shape of his life. He targeted the Vikings and Atlanta Falcons as the two teams he would like to play for.

We asked Vikings coach Leslie Frazier about those comments last week at the Senior Bowl. Frazier, whose last game in the NFL was in the Super Bowl with the 1985 Chicago Bears, when he suffered a career-ending knee injury, didn't appear inspired by Walker's comments.

"Interesting. That would be my reaction," Frazier said when informed of Walker's pre-fight statement. "How old is he now?"

After playing in the NFL from 1986-97, including with the Vikings from 1989-91 following a blockbuster trade, Walker is now 48.

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Vikings all-time Pro Bowlers: A look at the Vikings' history in the Pro Bowl throughout the franchise's history.
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ON MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011 AT 08:50:00

Peterson sets Pro Bowl record

For the first 10 minutes of Sunday's Pro Bowl, there wasn't any scoring. That changed in a big way late in the first quarter of the NFC's eventual 55-41 win. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was a part of the points-fest.

Peterson was the game's leading rusher, carrying 14 times for 80 yards and scoring a 14-yard touchdown with one minute left in the first quarter to give the NFC a 14-0 lead. His touchdown gave him four touchdowns in Pro Bowls, setting the all-time record for the all-star game. He came into the game tied for the lead with Houston's Earl Campbell and Tampa Bay's Mike Alstott. Peterson also had one kickoff return for 12 yards.

Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield finished with two tackles, an interception and a pass defensed. He returned his second-quarter interception of Matt Cassel 19 yards.

Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson was one of 15 NFC players that wasn't active.

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