VU Daily Blog: 6/30/10

Brad Childress spends some extra time in Germany, Toby Gerhart speaks at the rookie symposium and Adrian Peterson gets props. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 2:22:00 PM

Childress gets unintentional grounding in NFL-USO tour

Vikings coach Brad Childress is one of four NFL coaches making an overseas USO tour to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but his trip to the Middle East was delayed when their C17 plane departing Germany struck a bird on takeoff. That sent them back to the base with the blame being placed on Childress' former boss, Eagles coach Andy Reid, who was in the cockpit of the plane at the time.

"As soon as the head coach of the Eagles descended from the cockpit, the group was ready for him: ‘Who let Captain Eagle up there? . . . Nice work, Birdman. . . Reid is done; no more flying for him!' I think I even heard Fox mention that it was a good thing that we didn't have to call in Sully for the emergency landing," read an entry on about the trip.

"I guess a USO tour really is like a football game," Childress told the league's official web site. "You go in with a game plan. But to be good, you have to be flexible, know how to deal with ambiguity, and adjust."

The group that included Childress, Reid, Panthers coach John Fox and Bengals coach Marvin Lewis spent Tuesday in Germany visiting wounded veterans in the hospital and touring the Warrior Center at Ramstein Air Base.

For more on the NFL coaches' tour, click here.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 12:51:00 PM

Favre, Shiancoe get little fantasy respect

Brett Favre said after the NFC Championship Game that he knew if he left the game he was going out on top. Not according to's fantasy rankings.

The league's official web site has Titans running back Chris Johnson ranked No. 1 overall in fantasy value with Adrian Peterson right behind him.

The top five players are running backs, but Aaron Rodgers is No. 6, the first quarterback listed and well ahead of Favre. Drew Brees (8th), Peyton Manning (10), Tom Brady (22) and even Tony Romo (31) are all ahead of Favre.

Favre isn't even the next Vikings listed after Peterson in fantasy value. That belongs to WR Sidney Rice at No. 32. Favre barely registers in the top 50 overall, coming in at No. 49.

But how seriously should these rankings be taken? Consider that Visanthe Shiancoe, who ranked third in touchdowns among NFL tight ends last year, is ranked 10th – at his position.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 at 8:16:00 AM

Study time for Gerhart

Because of an NFL rules relating to Stanford's late schedule finishing school this spring, second-round pick Toby Gerhart missed the Vikings' organized team activities and then missed the final day of minicamp to walk in his graduation ceremony.

To make up for lost time, Gerhart took a couple of red-eye flights between Minnesota and California and told NFL Network he has plenty of installation review and film to study between now and the start of training camp on July 30, when he hopes to begin living up to expectations.

"It's a little bit of pressure, but that's why you play the game. You're here to compete. I love to compete and I'm just doing everything I can to get ready," Gerhart said at the rookie symposium in Carlsbad, Calif.

Of course, even the rookies are asked about their expectations when it comes to Brett Favre's decision on whether or not to play again in 2010.

"I have no idea what's going to happen, but when he's there he makes the team a better team," Gerhart said. "Hopefully he comes back and we'll see what happens."


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