Tag:Jared Allen
Posted on: August 12, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 6:39 pm

Allen: 'In fairness for us' Favre needs to decide

Posted by Will Brinson

Jared Allen welcomed ESPN's Chris Mortensen into his own RV bus (spoiler: it's freaking awesome) on Thursday, in a segment that aired on Sportscenter . He also talked with Mort about Brett Favre and the looming in decision that will either give Tavaris Jackson a starting job or not.

"I do hope Brett comes back," Allen said. "But at this point, we're pushing towards the preseason, so a decision has to be made pretty quickly here. And just in fairness for us, for our team, for Tavaris, if Brett's gonna come back, we're done with camp, let's move forward. If not, we need a formal 'no' that way Tavaris has the opportunity to take this team over as his own, once that third preseason game comes. Because, as vets, that's kind of our earmark of 'we're ready to rock and roll."

Brad Childress' response was a little different, as he continued to not-so-directly point out that he would really, really like Favre to play.

"I stayed away from any artificial deadlines," said Brad Childress. "We're good with it if he plays. We're good with it if he doesn't play."

Childress, obviously, doesn't want to pressure Favre -- his job is a lot more dependent on No. 4 than Allen's is. But Allen makes a good point -- and presumably the other Vikings players are on board with his idea -- in that it's NOT fair for Favre to just sit back and wait and wait and wait some more before making a decision.

He can easily jump back into the offense and just do what he does -- Jackson's transition to a starting role is a much more difficult one, and he needs all the time he can to prepare.

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Posted on: August 3, 2010 12:47 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2010 1:19 pm

Brad Childress 'not aware' of Favre retiring

Posted by Will Brinson

More specifically, when Brad Childress took the podium at Vikings training camp, he discussed Brett Favre's REPORTED (can't stress that enough) retirement . Childress was clearly aware of the reports circulating today, even if he said otherwise and had no technical knowledge of Favre's decision.

"I'm not aware of any of those reports, obviously," the Vikings coach said. "I've been out here for the last three hours or so. But if or when the case is he does something one way or the other, I'm sure he'll communicate with me, I'm sure of that."

Clearly, Favre didn't communicate directly to Childress (although Minnesota's coach did say that he had "talked to [Favre] in the last 24 hours"), given the news that the reports from the media stemmed from teammates, but Childress seemed surprised at the notion that Favre would use other channels.

"Brett and I communicate ... So I don't suppose he'd call Jared Allen and have Jared pass the word to me -- that's not going to happen. I'll talk to him one way or the other."

Childress acknowledged, however, that it was entirely possible Favre could decide to hang up his cleats, since, after all, he is aging.

"He's a 40 year old man. He's just got to come to grips with it. He, his wife, kids, a lot of meetings with himself. He talks to people, he talks to teammates, so everyone of those are influences, but the guy who looks you back in the mirror is the one you have to answer to."

A key point that the media will focus on (and this is me doing it) is that Childress doesn't think Favre's potential retirement would be detrimental to the team, or, more specifically, the quarterback situation.

"I feel great about it. We got four, five good days of work here. People want to know "What's plan B?" Well, it's those guys and they've done a nice job in camp."

That's obviously a stretch -- the Vikings would take a substantial hit if they were forced to use Tavaris Jackson as the starter for Week 1. But even if Jackson starts the season opener against the Saints, Childress didn't rule out the possibility of Favre joining the team after their bye in Week 4.

"Those are kind of "if-then" hypotheses ... We're day-to-day right here."

Overall, Childress handled the slew of fully-Favre-related questions well (or as well as anyone could given the circumstances). At one point, he even joked, "I feel like this is Watergate. Have I done something wrong? Am I  own trial?"

That elicited plenty of laughter from media in the room, but the reality is, it's not entirely all that humorous -- Childress' job is wholly dependent on his team's performance. And while with or without Favre, the Vikings will still be a good football team, it's obvious that they won't be the same if he retires.

Although, as Childress pointed out, that's never a sure thing until you "hear it from the horse's mouth."

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 10:01 pm

What does the Packers financials mean?

Brad Biggs of the National Football Post has a good breakdown of the Packers opening their ledgers to the masses and how that will affect what the owners and the NFL Players Association say during their negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and how they spin it to the media.

If you’re the owners, you can look at the fact that Green Bay’s overall revenue and net profit rose.

However …

From the article:

But like most things, it’s not quite that simple. The operating profit, the number the owners are going to cling to, dropped significantly. The Packers reported an operating profit of $9.8 million, which is less than half of the $20.1 million it was at a year ago and far off from the $34 million the figure stood at from 2006-2007. Team president Mark Murphy said player costs are growing at twice the rate of revenue. Yes, you can expect to hear more of that in the near future.

So, let’s hear what the NFLPA had to say. In his response on the association’s web site , NFLPA president Kevin Mawae wrote, "It’s 1/32nd of the financial information we’ve requested in response to their demand that we give back $1 billion and increase our risk of injury by playing two additional games."

Vikings DE Jared Allen seconded that notion in a statement released by the NFLPA: "I agree with Kevin Mawae. First it was 18 percent, then it was 18 games. I can't believe that a CBA couldn't be done quickly if teams gave us the same information that Green Bay just did."

Maybe, maybe not. But the owners aren’t going to allow that to happen. Until then, we’ll wonder if Green Bay’s financial details are the rule or the exception to it.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 12:38 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 12:50 pm

Position rankings: defensive ends

Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit resume their debate, with today’s focus on defensive ends.
D. Freeney (US Presswire)
Andy Benoit’s top five

5. Richard Seymour, Raiders

4. Justin Tuck, Giants

3. Mario Williams, Texans

2. Jared Allen, Vikings

1. Dwight Freeney, Colts

Since we’re classifying Haloti Ngata as a DT, Seymour sneaks in as arguably the NFL’s best run-defending end.

Tuck is by far the best left end in the game. Left ends tend to be run-stopping anchors. Tuck is strong enough to do this, but his sinewy frame and athletic versatility also enable him to turn the corner or attack gaps inside. What’s more, Tuck has arguably the richest repertoire of one-on-one moves in the league.

Williams is blessed with every athletic gift man possesses – including the strength and speed to both anchor and chase against the run. He needs to command more attention on a weekly basis, though.

Allen is impossible to contain without double teams, and even then, he’ll still wear an opponent down. Everyone talks about Freeney’s speed and spin move, but his greatest asset is actually his bull-rush.

Josh Katzowitz’s top five

5. Justin Tuck, Giants

4. Trent Cole, Eagles

3. Mario Williams, Texans

2. Jared Allen, Vikings

1. Dwight Freeney, Colts

Yet another similar list where there’s hardly any disagreement. Either I’m learning something from you, Andy, or your film-watching, note-taking, research-doing, obsessive-compulsive nature is being badly influenced by me.

You want to talk about a pass-rusher, you talk about Freeney. He had an amazing first four years of his career, and after slumping (in part, because of injury) in 2006-07, he’s returned to form the past two seasons. He’s a troublemaker for even the NFL’s best offensive tackles, because he can go inside on them and still get to the quarterback.

In the past three years, Allen has recorded at least 14.5 sacks, accumulated at least 50 tackles and caused at least three forced fumbles. He’s simply one of the top DEs in the NFL. He’s rather average against the run, which is why he’s not No. 1 on my list, but the man can rush the quarterback. Combine him with teammate DE Ray Edwards and Minnesota DT Kevin Williams – our unanimous pick for the top 4-3 DT – and the Vikings front line is the scariest in football.

Good thing the Texans didn’t take Reggie Bush with the No. 1 pick in 2006, eh? Instead of a RB that hasn’t lived up to his billing, Houston got a player who’s improved immensely the past three seasons and anchors that defense.

Did you know Cole has 42 sacks since 2006? Maybe not, because Cole flies a little under the radar, but the Pro Bowls in 2007 and 2009 won’t be his last. Tuck’s quickness is one of his biggest strengths, but you don’t like to see his sacks go from 12 in 2008 to six in 2009.

Andy’s rebuttal

Credit Charley Casserly for making the Mario Williams pick. That was Casserly’s last stand as the general manager in Houston. I had an opportunity to ask Casserly once if he ever looks back on that pick and smiles satisfactorily for proving so many people wrong. He basically said he was so dialed in on his job at the time that he never really knew there was much controversy surrounding the Williams pick. He wasn’t boasting or being coy – he was just stating a simple truth.

I love Cole. Not only is he a fantastic edge-rusher – which is due to his leverage as much as his speed – but he’s a terrific run-defender, as well. Cole maneuvers through the trash and makes stops as well as any player in the league.

That’s the nice thing about our DE lists: there are no Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilia types. Everyone here is an elite four-down player.

Josh’s final word

That’s funny: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilia is actually No. 6 on my list.

I don’t buy that for a second about Casserly – now one of CBS’ own analysts. I’m sure that, wherever he lives, before he goes to bed, he walks outside in his slippers and pajamas, looks at the moon, shakes his fist at the sky and says, “Dammit, I was right! I was right!” And before he goes inside to drift off into a fitful slumber, he turns back and screams to the heavens, “And Bill Belichick can suck it!”

Other positions: Safety | Cornerback | 3-4 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Punter  | Kicker | 4-3 Scheme Outside Linebacker | Inside Linebacker | Defensive Tackle)

--Josh Katzowitz and Andy Benoit

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