Hartman: Vikings betting on Walsh to fill Longwell's shoes

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 20, 2012 - 12:19 AM

Team officials liked what they saw before drafting him, and with training camp approaching, expect good things.

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DufferHJul. 19, 1210:33 PM

"Team officials liked what they saw BEFORE drafting Walsh." One would certainly hope so.

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belascoJul. 19, 1210:50 PM

I'm the one who coined the phrase, "The Blair Walsh Project". If its anything like its namesake, there will be a plenty of hype, but it won't actually be very scary.

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milkey30Jul. 19, 1210:57 PM

Sid, you're kidding, right? What's more "amazing" - that 3 players from the absolute worst NFL football team in the league last year DON'T have jobs... or that they actually might at some point?

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wontgoawayJul. 19, 1211:15 PM

I can't wait for the re-building of the Purple's entire front office and coaching staff to begin after this season!!!

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tmwinkel1Jul. 20, 1212:54 AM

I understand letting Longwell go IF Walsh can replace him but to just anoint him as the starting kicker is a bad idea. Longwell has a pedigree good enough to get a job immediately after being released regardless how close it is to the start of the season.

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zoopupJul. 20, 12 3:43 AM

Every new leader brings in his own people. I'm curious who was replaced with Mr. Teague's guys.

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dlhoff16Jul. 20, 12 4:26 AM

NFL teams can't afford to have a kicker with "potential". If Walsh isn't one of the top 32 kickers in the world he shouldn't be on the team.

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rms316Jul. 20, 12 6:55 AM

You can't just "replace" Ryan Longwell. He has been one of the steadiest kickers ever. And he produced under pressure indoors and outdoors. I wish Walsh the best. We'll see what happens under pressure.

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stanbobJul. 20, 12 7:47 AM

may as well go on the cheap for someone who will be used 2-3 times a game.

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Zekeman10Jul. 20, 12 8:11 AM

It's amazing that Sid can't figure out that the three Vikings he mentioned don't have new NFL teams is because they all applied extreme suction as players last year - THEY AREN'T ANY GOOD, THAT'S WHY NO TEAMS HAVE SIGNED THEM YET.

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