Minnesota Vikings News Roundup: The Purple Plot Thickens
No one was satisfied with this season’s special teams. The same can be said for the offensive line. As they prep for the 2021 season, the Vikings will be doing their utmost to ensure these perpetually-pathetic parts of their team can not only raise their floor, but hopefully become meaningful contributors to future success. This week’s Minnesota Vikings news roundup thus focuses on the signing at kicker and the Riley Reiff financial situation before offering a few thoughts about TVG and our Purple Partners’ content.
Bringing in Kicking Competition
Dan Bailey, in all likelihood, will be retained and forced to earn his job. Ryan Ficken, our recently hired special teams coordinator, had this to say about Bailey: “I think Dan has got the opportunity — he’s here on this team — I think he’s got the opportunity to have great success here in the future and I’m looking forward to that opportunity, but it’s somewhat difficult at times to go ahead and work through some of those challenges. He’s such a pro’s pro in the way he approaches this game that there’s no one else you’d rather have on a team to go through this battle with.”
Ficken also discussed the importance of competition: “In terms of competition, we’re always looking for competition. It doesn’t matter if you’re bringing in a backup quarterback to compete for the quarterback job or wide receivers or running backs.”
As the article on Vikings.com explained, “Bailey made 15 of 22 field goals (68.2 percent) and 37 of 43 extra points (86.0 percent) in 2020. He also had 53 touchbacks on 83 kickoffs (63.9 percent). Minnesota also ranked 32nd in overall field goal percentage at 68.18 and was the only team below 70 percent around the league in 2020.” Keep in mind that Bailey’s best season in Minnesota came after he beat out Kaare Vedvik for the starting job. That’s not a coincidence.
Doing Right by Reiff
Riley Reiff missed a 1M bonus because he couldn’t play in Week 17 due to Covid.
In the humble opinion of yours truly, the Vikings don’t make this move unless they hope to bring back Reiff on a restructured deal. Before the season began, the Vikings squeezed Reiff into a pay cut after the Yannick Ngakoue trade. Reiff had to be frustrated with this development, especially seeing as how he initially refused to take less money. The fact that they’re giving him this money now suggests that Minnesota is trying to build goodwill so they can extend Reiff and keep him for at least another year or two. If they were going to cut him, they’d probably keep that million and simply move on.
TVG and Our Purple Partners
Lots of good stuff from TVG and our Purple Partners. Let’s start at home.
Mimir’s Head put forth yet another excellent contribution to our Moron’s Guide To Football series. He covers the blitz this week. There was discussion about the trade rumors surrounding Russell Wilson, an open letter imploring Danielle Hunter to stick around Minnesota, our first installment in the Questions for Kub series, and even a look at a recent NFL.com mock draft.
Justin from the Bless the Knees podcast stopped by to discuss the defense (complete with a great LOTR/Vikings meme). The Vikings Report – a super energetic, entertaining YouTube channel – provided TVG with some great insight in their interview. Over at Purple Pain Forums, there has been ongoing discussion about FA fits, Lil’Kub, and how to fix the trenches. Hop over and join the discussion!
That’s all we’ve got for your Minnesota Vikings news roundup, folks. We appreciate you, valued reader. Have a great weekend, and stay safe. Also, if you’re looking for a last-minute idea for Valentine’s, give our Chocolate Mousse recipe a try.