VikingBuzz BLOG: 7/19

Brad Childress is a year wiser after "one lap around the track." And with more players who fit, like rookie Brian Robison, and the buy-in from veteran players like Antoine Winfield, everyone seems to be rowing in the same direction now.

>A kinder, gentler Childress in 2007?
It would appear that Vikings head coach Brad Childress has gradually taken on a softer approach with “one lap around the track.”  Here’s an insightful piece by AP reporter Dave Campbell.  Childress has made strides to shed his “Capt. Stottlemeyer-Major Dad” image.

>Robison indicative of character players
This report by Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press on the signing of rookie DE Brian Robison offers a look at the type of character players the Vikings are committed to building around.  Robison’s attitude, focus, commitment, work ethic and values are exactly what Brad Childress has been working to bring into the organization.

>Winfield on board
Veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield and head coach Brad Childress sound like they’re both on the same page now in this Sid Hartman report in the StarTribune.

>Viking running backs ranked No. 6
This report ranks the Vikings’ stable of running backs No. 6 in the league with the addition of Adrian Peterson, along with Chester Taylor and Mewelde Moore.  “Brad Childress has begun to develop a team in the image of his former employer, [but] Andy Reid never had a running back tandem quite like this,” according to this report, which had the Vikings running back corps ranked 14th a year ago.

>Greenway goes Jon Kitna
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway tells Shooter of the Pioneer Press that the Vikings will be a playoff team this year.

>Burnsie to be roasted
Former Vikings coach Jerry Burns (picture) is on tap to be roasted, according to Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press, by the Minutemen on Aug. 21.  Stu Voigt (photo), Fred Zamberletti (photo) and Wally Hilgenberg (photo) are among the scheduled roasters.  Given Burnsie's well-known vernacular, this might need to be a cable-only event.

>Crossley working as intern in scouting department
Curtis Crossley (photo), a former Northern Illinois football player, is serving as an intern in the Vikings scouting department run by Scott Studwell, according to Sid.  Crossley is a native of Kankakee, Ill.  He graduated from NIU in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.  He was a 6-2, 220-pound defensive end at NIU for three seasons (2000-02) before serving as a student coach in 2003.  He coached the Huskies’ running backs, helping the team to a 10-2 finish.  In his three years as a player, NIU was 20-14.  He served on the Saint Joseph’s College football staff as the Pumas’ defensive line coach in 2006.

>Culpepper will need friendly environment to succeed
Ex-Viking quarterback Daunte Culpepper is going to need a Culpepper-friendly situation to succeed.  As Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press points out, “You can't just fit Culpepper into your offense.  You have to fit your offense around him and his limitations…Culpepper isn't so great in an offensive environment that calls for the quarterback to be a student of the game.”  We don’t agree that a healthy Culpepper would be a better quarterback for the Vikings than Tarvaris Jackson, however.  Healthy or not, Culpepper’s me-first attitude is clearly not consistent with what the Vikings want as the face of the franchise these days.  Sid Hartman also predicts Culpepper being reunited with Mike Tice in Jacksonville.

>Ex-Viking coaches on same staff with Huskies
Former Vikings wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett, who was on Nick Saban's staff with the Miami Dolphins, is now a wide receivers coach at the University of Washington, where former Vikings running backs coach Tyrone Willingham is now the head coach.

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