VU Daily Blog: 7/7/10

We remember an old Toby Gerhart video and see how the Williams Wall works in concert with teammates to form an imposing defensive front. 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, July 07, 2010 at 4:20:00 PM

Bring back the Gerhart video

The slow time of the NFL offseason brought us back to a memory of seeing a Toby Gerhart video that was entertaining.

The Vikings are in much better shape for ticket sales this year than they have been in the recent past, but if they are ever stuck for a promotional video to try to sell them, we offer this Toby Gerhart attempt to generate interest in buying Stanford football tickets.

We're not really sure how good or bad of a voice Gerhart has, but during this mock tryout for a Stanford signing group he did a good job acting. The punchline – "Toby can carry the ball, but he can't carry a tune" – makes us happy that at least he didn't embarrass himself like Chester Taylor at a Cubs game earlier this year.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, July 07, 2010 at 10:44:00 AM

Working it with the Williams Wall

Former NFL defensive back Solomon Wilcots, now a reporter and analyst for NFL Network spent some time with Pat and Kevin Williams to find out what has made them such an effective duo in the middle of the defensive line.

The Williams Wall demonstrated working in concert with each other, their defensive line teammates and their linebackers. They also play a big part in the success of the Vikings' pass rush.

"Mainly, we … give him (Jared Allen) free reign," Kevin said. "I come over on the left side with Ray (Edwards) and we work our thing here and we let the wild thing get his thing over there. We press the middle and Jared's turning the corner over there."

When it comes to the run defense, where the Vikings finished first in the league three years in a row before finishing second last year, Kevin credited defensive line coach Karl Dunbar and the fact that they've had the same defensive system for the last four years and the same coordinator, Leslie Frazier, for the last three.

"We also are tremendous athletes," Kevin said. "Me and the big guy can move really well and we're trying to get pushing. If they can't move us up front, you know you can't gain yards."

"It's all attitude," Pat said.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, July 06, 2010 at 5:02:00 PM

Vikings in middle of ESPN's franchise rankings

The Vikings were not big winners or losers in ESPN's Ultimate Standings, which are rankings of professional teams in several different categories, but a couple of other Minnesota teams were.

The Timberwolves were ranked in the bottom 10 – 116th overall in overall rankings of 122 franchises. The Wolves were also ranked dead last in "title track," which measures "championships already won or expected within the lifetime of current fans." Ouch!

The Twins getting out of the Metrodome did their fans a world of good (you think the Vikings don't want the same?). The Twins were ranked first in stadium experience, which measured "quality of arena and game-day promotions; fan-friendliness of environment." That's the category where the Vikings ranked lowest (118th of 122 teams).

The Vikings were ranked 59th overall. Here are some of the rankings for the Vikings and ESPN's explanation of the categories:

* They were 12th in bang for the buck: "Wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules."

* They were 77th in fan relations: "Openness and consideration toward fans by players, coaches and management."

* 67th in ownership: "Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community."

* 56th in affordability: "Price of tickets, parking and concessions."

* 118th in stadium experience: "Quality of arena and game-day promotions, as well as friendliness of environment."

* 35th in players: "Effort on the field and likability off it."

* 88th in coaching: "Strength of on-field leadership."

* 71st in title track: "Championships already won or expected in the lifetime of current fans."

For the complete rankings of the 122 teams, click here.


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