Souhan: Rationale of some Vikings decisions can be questioned

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 28, 2013 - 11:14 AM

Sure, managing dollars is in play. But so is managing personalities.

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RuschApr. 27, 13 9:03 PM

His defense is creating the best competition at every position, so why wasn't a QB drafted to compete against the weakest player on the team?

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bobajoulApr. 27, 13 9:20 PM

More politics and nothing to do with production. Sounds to me like Kluwe is smarter than his position coach and that is threatening to the coaching staff. Sounds like a sign of weakness, particularly when they need LB's and CB's. Waste of a pick if you ask me.

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Doctork777Apr. 27, 13 9:24 PM

Why an article written to defend Kluwe? If Kluwe wins the job he stays, if he doesn't he goes. I don't think to many Viking fans are going to be upset if he's gone. If the rookie wins the job the Vikings will be set in the kicking game for years to come. The question in this draft is Cordarrelle. Vikings gave up a lot for him. If he doesn't pan out that is going to hurt for a long time. If the three first round picks pan out, then it should be a good draft.

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dragon62Apr. 27, 13 9:24 PM

Kluwe's career best net avg. was 17th in the league and his career 3rd best overall avg. was 22nd in the league. He also was 31st in the league on punts inside the 20. Nothing exceptional there.

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bruisedupApr. 27, 13 9:32 PM

@Rusch: Wouldn't that reason be due to the Vikings getting Cassel in free agency to compete with Ponder if Ponder fails? I would also have to believe that if you have to cut Webb to make room for the drafted rookie you have just hurt the team's ability to use Webb in different ways while he is the 3rd stringer. Teams are allowed to do that with their 3rd string quarterbacks. We have one more year to get a look at Webb's skills outside of the quarterback position. The drafted rookie quarterback is going to be either a wasted pick this year or a pick that causes us to most likely cut Webb. The Vikings are not going to cut Ponder or Cassel.

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nevisbradApr. 27, 13 9:35 PM

Right on Souhan. The question isn't about whether Kluwe should have competition but rather why spent a precious 5th round pick on punter competition. The NFL needs more players like Kluwe. Maybe we should have considered a middle linebacker instead and find punter competition in the free agent ranks. Unless of course this draft pick is the next Ray Guy...not!

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rbeckishApr. 27, 13 9:37 PM

As for Harvin, great player but wanted Megatron money ... The Vikings got far more in the trade than anyone dreamed possible, so, chalk one up for Spielman & Co. As for Winfield, agreed, a blunder but, long term looks like its covered. As for Kluwe, look, in the firat place, a sportswriter should stick to sports. All this gay activist garbage belongs on the political page. It has NOTHING to do with FOOTBALL. If Kluwe was the second coming of Ray Guy, fine, you put up with his antics and him running his mouth. But he isn't. I think you have your facts wrong concerning his punting. He was in the bottom half of the leauge in every statistical catagory last year, he pulled several HORRIBLE shanks in crucial moments of games, and he eats up over $1.3m in cap space to boot. The kid they drafted is a real weapon that the Vikings needed (even put 55 kickoffs into the stands last year). So I say good riddance to Warcraft Boy ... and his left wing politics.

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manoliveApr. 27, 13 9:39 PM

The only rationale that can be questioned is the 5 minutes of my life I'll never get back after reading this article. C'mon Jim. The Vikes were universally praised for the quality of their picks, and all you can do is criticize them for using a late round pick on a punter? Kluwe was inconsistent last year, many times muffing a punt and leaving the Vikes in bad field position. While I like Kluwe, you can't blame them for going younger and getting possibly the best punter in the draft. They are thinking of the future, Jim. You should do the same.

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garyanelson56Apr. 27, 13 9:43 PM

Just when Rick was gaining my respect, he blunders.

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bruisedupApr. 27, 13 9:44 PM

Locke kicked 34 of his 77 punts this year inside the 20 yard line and 21 of those punts ended up inside the 10 yard line. Kluwe kicked 18 of his 70 kicks inside the 20. Locke has also shown that he can kick long kickoffs and long field goals if something happens to Walsh. Isn't this like last year's comparison between Longwell and Walsh? Walsh was better then Longwell in several ways and Locke is probably better than Kluwe in several ways. My biggest concern would be that the holder for Walsh does as good of a job as Kluwe did for him.

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