VU Daily Blog: 6/4/10

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Friday, June 04, 2010 at 11:00:00 PM

Journeyman QB retires from CFL; will settle in Minnesota

Only the most serious of football fans have probably ever heard of Gibran Hamdan, a graduate of Indiana University, who served as a backup during most of his seven seasons in professional football.

Hamdan has decided to retire from professional football and plans to settle down in Minnesota, with his new wife, Jenny Grant, who happens to be the daughter of legendary Vikings head coach Bud Grant.  The two were married in May.

This report details the interesting path Hamdan has taken, beginning with losing everything his family owned when Iraq invaded Kuwait when he was a young child.  It's an interesting read.

Posted on Twitter at: 6:48:00 PM
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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, June 04, 2010 at 5:25:00 PM

Saints shut Sharper down

Vikings coach Brad Childress said he might reel in a Twitter war of words between Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe and Saints safety Darren Sharper at some point, but Saints coach Sean Payton beat Childress to it.

"I think it's fairly silly that we're sitting in the month of June talking about two players … it would be different if they were texting each other,'' Payton said after Friday's first minicamp practice for the Saints, according to ESPN.

Instead of texts with private trash talking, Sharper and Shiancoe have taken the barbs to the public domain of Twitter, which anyone with Internet access can see. It started with Sharper tweeting that "X marks the spot" after Brett Favre had ankle surgery, an inference that the Saints defense might target the surgically repaired ankle. Shiancoe responded that he knew which knee Sharper had surgery on, and it's been escalating for the last week.

"I don't have a Facebook and I don't have a Twitter or anything like that," Payton said. "But when you decide to do something like that, you are having a mini press conference. We make sure the players understand that."

"I don't anticipate it being any more of an issue."

It must not be because the normally media-seeking Sharper wasn't available during an open locker room session on Friday, according to ESPN, but he did talked to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

"He had a few words for me," Sharper said of Payton. "He asked me to tone it down."


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, June 04, 2010 at 4:07:00 PM

E.J. Henderson ‘ready to rock' by training camp

It's a phrase E.J. Henderson used often during an interview Friday afternoon while helping build a playground at a grade school in North Minneapolis: Henderson said he will be "ready to rock" by training camp.

The middle linebacker suffered a gruesome fractured femur on Dec. 6 in Arizona that cause him to stay overnight at a hospital in the Phoenix area, and it's an injury he has been busy rehabilitating ever since.

"Right after I got hurt, my mindset was to do whatever I have to do to get back. At this point, I think we're right on track where we need to be, where in two months I'll be in good enough position, where I'll have my football movement under me enough where I can be the player that I was," Henderson said. "That's what it is. Like I said, by camp I'll be ready to rock."

The transition started with being in a wheelchair, then a scooter, then using a cane. It's not exactly how observers were used to seeing an NFL middle linebacker moving around. Sunday will be exactly seven months after the injury and he has almost two more months to get himself back into football shape before the start of training camp.

"The mindset right now is to get in football shape, get my football movements back in order," he said. "A lot of that's muscle memory, so it's just going to be repetition over the next couple months. Like I said, I think I'll be ready to rock."

Henderson spoke about a buildup to the rematch against the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 9, but he categorized the NFC Championship Game as a low point for him because he was watching his teammates go farther into the playoffs than he had ever experienced and all he could do was watch.

Over the last week, he has been able to begin football workouts and said he is able to run full speed right now. Once training camp starts, he and the titanium rod permanently inserted into his leg should be on the field, but despite "being ready to rock" he's unsure how much the coaches and training staff will allow him to do when camp begins at the end of July.

With his sights focused firmly on the future, there were a few questions about his frustrating injury-riddled past, but he said he has not and will not watch the replay of his injury. He might watch the first half of that Arizona game, but he doesn't plan to review one of the ugliest injuries of the season.

John Holler will have the full story from the Henderson interview, as well as reaction from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, later today on


* Vikings coach Brad Childress confirmed Friday that the Vikings have no interest in pursuing free-agent safety O.J. Atogwe. ESPN speculated that the Vikings could be in the mix for Atogwe, but Childress said there is no interest, adding, "We've got who we need right now on this football team."

* Childress indicated he hasn't received an update on DE Ray Edwards, who still hasn't signed his tender, has missed all of the organized team activities and wasn't planning on attending next weekend's minicamp. "I don't have any expectations at this time of year," Childress said when asked about Edwards.


Posted on Twitter at: 2:58:00 PM
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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Friday, June 04, 2010 at 2:30:00 PM

An in-depth breakdown of Peterson early last season

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post does a terrific job of breaking down the issue of blocking schemes and uses the Adrian Peterson 64-yard touchdown run in last year's regular-season opener against Cleveland as an example.

The Vikings are in Jumbo personnel on offense (1 WR, 3 TE, 1 RB).  The Browns are in their base defense with a 3-4 front.  The Vikings use man blocking to the ball side of the formation and "scoop" the backside to cut off any penetration.

The two key blocks that Bowen highlights are those of center John Sullivan, chipping on the nose tackle and then working to the second level, and left guard Steve Hutchinson.  Hutch has to work immediately to the second level and cannot allow the open-side linebacker to step up and fill the hole.  Hutchinson comes off of the ball and drives the ILB to the ground.

Of course, the two broken tackles by Peterson are what take this play the distance.

Posted on Twitter at: 2:11:00 PM
Brad Childress confirmed that the #Vikings have no interest in OJ Atogwe, saying they have all the football players they need right now.

Posted on Twitter at: 1:31:00 PM
EJ Henderson said he will be ready by training camp and its just a matter of how much the #Vikings coaches let him do then.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, June 04, 2010 at 8:06:00 AM

Browner running for mayor, owes city

Joey Browner wasn't easily deterred by occasional setbacks when playing safety for the Vikings from 1983 to 1991, so having to settle for a write-in candidacy for the Eagan City Council in 2008, which failed, isn't sidetracking him from a bigger goal this year.

Browner was late in filing his candidacy for a City Council seat in 2008 and his write-in campaign garnered only 2 percent of the votes. This year, he has his sights set on becoming the mayor of Eagan and made the deadline (by 10 minutes) to submit his campaign paperwork earlier this week.

He will be running against incumbent Mike Maguire.

But the most interesting part of the story comes from the Star Tribune, which reveals that Browner has never paid a $510 judgment awarded to the City of Eagan to pay legal fees associated with his suit against the city. In that suit, Browner alleged that the filing deadlines in 2008 were vague as he tried to get his name on the City Council ballot after missing that filing deadline. Browner's suit was ruled a nuisance and therefore he was ordered to be the city's legal fees. Now he wants to represent the city as mayor.


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