Adam Caplan Spreads Some Vikings Knowledge


Adam Caplan is a pretty well-respected NFL insider who has broken plenty of stories (I believe he knew about Bernard Berrian coming to the Vikes before anyone), so when he starts talking rumors and speculation, there’s some real meat to it.  Thankfully, Caplan was willing and able to share some of what he’s been hearing on a chat at the subscription site Viking Update – and, again thankfully, someone was nice enough to take the text of said session (which I missed cause I ain’t paying for Viking Update) and post it on Rube Chat.  The full text is here if you want to read it.  Or, if you’re not in the mood to sift through the whole thing, you can check out the little synopsis I have compiled, hitting what I think are the major points Caplan addressed:

  • Derek Anderson is “a possibility” for quarterback.
  • Matt Birk is gone for sure.  The team was happy with his performance, but evidently, he has had a “philosophical” disagreement with Brad Childress.  Hmm…
  • Brett Favre shouldn’t be ruled out.
  • John David Booty is viewed as a back-up quarterback, period.  He will never start unless things fall totally apart.
  • T.J. Houshmandzadeh is almost certainly not coming.  Nnamdi Asomugha is definitely not coming (how awesome would he be lining up opposite Antoine Winfield though).
  • Antonio Bryant might be a possibility at receiver, but there are concerns about his character.
  • C Jason Brown is the #1 free agent target, followed by RT Vernon Casey or RT Mark TauscherJordan Gross if the Panthers don’t franchise him.  The team does not believe Ryan Cook or John Sullivan is a long-term solution at center.  Cook will almost certainly be replaced at right tackle as well.
  • Caplan sees 2 large free agent signings overall.
  • Darren Sharper is gone.
  • If the Vikings do elect to go out and get a new quarterback, Matt Cassel is the #1 choice, followed by Jeff GarciaCarson Palmer and Matt Hasselbeck are out of the picture.  Caplan dismisses my guy Sage Rosenfels.

My own personal reactions:

  • Just say no to Anderson.
  • Sad to see Birk go…he’s the only interview I’ve ever landed as a blogger and, obviously, he’s one of the great all-time Viking linemen.  Clearly, if you get in Chilly’s doghouse, you’re finished (just ask Dwight Smith and Marcus Robinson).  It must mean something that a guy like Birk, who is smart and knows the game inside and out, would have philosophical differences with Chilly.  This is another strike against Childress as a coach, in my opinion.
  • I’m tired of thinking about Favre.
  • I believe I’ve said that all along about Booty.  No one seriously believes that guy will ever start.
  • I never thought they would go after Houshmandzadeh.  Signing two expensive free agent receivers in consecutive years would not be a smart allocation of funds (especially if you don’t know who your QB will be).  The Asomugha thing was always a pipe-dream.
  • Bryant…maybe…I don’t know…get back to me on it.
  • I wouldn’t overspend for a center.  It’s fine with me if Cook never starts again.  I’m cool with Tauscher coming here if that’s the way things go.
  • Nothing more need be said about Sharper.  He was good for awhile and then he wasn’t.  We need to be faster at safety.  It’s all about covering space.
  • Cassel just got franchised, so who knows if he’s a realistic possibility.  Garcia?  I thought Chilly didn’t like gunslingers.  Well, if he’d be willing to sign Favre…

Tags: Adam Caplan Antoine Winfield Antonio Bryant Bernard Berrian Brad Childress Brett Favre Carson Palmer Darren Sharper Derek Anderson Dwight Smith Jason Brown Jeff Garcia John David Booty John Sullivan Jordan Gross Marcus Robinson Mark Tauscher Matt Birk Matt Cassel Matt Hasselbeck Minnesota Vikings Nnamdi Asomugha Ryan Cook Sage Rosenfels T.j. Houshmandzadeh Vernon Casey

  • ya dig

    I wouldn’t mind Anderson, he can be off target at times. But he’s way better than anything we got.
    Birk > Childress
    F Favre, who wants to win a Superbowl with the enemy anyways.
    Booty can stay where he is.
    Asomugha would be awsome
    Brynat sounds really good too
    I don’t know about a Center, I wish Brik would stay. Cook can kiss it.
    I agree Sharper lost a step, but I got a lot of respect for him. T.J. will fill in just fine for him.
    My top Qbs for the team would be Jeff, Matt (I guess thats not going to happen), Mcnabb would be nice lol. I don’t know what you see in Sage?

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  • ya dig

    whats wrong with my post…

    I wouldn’t mind Anderson, he can be off target at times. But he’s way better than anything we got.

    Birk > Childress

    F Favre, who wants to win a Superbowl with the enemy anyways.

    Booty can stay where he is.

    Asomugha would be awsome

    Brynat sounds really good too

    I don’t know about a Center, I wish Brik would stay. Cook can kiss it.

    I agree Sharper lost a step, but I got a lot of respect for him. T.J. will fill in just fine for him.

    My top Qbs for the team would be Jeff, Matt (I guess thats not going to happen), Mcnabb would be nice lol. I don’t know what you see in Sage?

  • Mike

    My preferred order for QB would be Favre, Garcia, Cassel and Derek Anderson.  Garcia and Cassel are no better than T-Jack against the blitz.  Moreover, the asking price for Cassel is ridiculous – 2 first rounders.  Like the author says, just say no to Derek Anderson.

  • Ryan

    I think Derek Anderson would be the best pick up, he’s young and would be a great long term solution, he made it to the probowl his 1st full year as a starter, he had 9 td’s and 8 int’s this year and gets injured and everyone writes him off? Umm…? Okay? You all would rather have some old geizure that is already long passed his prime come in and take over as a starter?

    Best possible solutions..

    1.) Browns cut Anderson or trade him for a 3rd round pick.
    2.) Eagles are dumb enough to give us Mcnabb.
    3.) Jets cut Favre and we pick him up.

    4.) I don’t like Cassell coming here, 
    3,697 yards, 21 touchdown, 11 interceptions, 47 sacks.
    Not at all that impressive when you are throwing the ball to Randy Moss and Wes Welker. Any QB could look decent with those WR’s.

    5.) Garcia’s a pansey guarantee he’s out for atleast another half year.

     

     

     
     
     

  • Mike

    I would like to see Adam Caplan’s evaluation of Derek Anderson.  Why does he consider him a possibility?  I have heard the Vikings consider him as worthy of only competing for the job - not exactly an endorsement.  Cassel was rated higher.  Why did Anderson have such a poor season before his injury?  His QB rating of 66.5 was T-Jack-eresqe.  Why did he decline so much from 2007 to 2008?  Is he a 1-year wonder?

  • Mike

    Also how serious was the PCL injury to Derek Anderson?  Why did he lose the starting job to Brady Quinn and how good is he?  Why shouldn’t the Vikes have a better QB than the hapless Browns?

  • Mike

    The other BIG issue is the WCO.  As far as I know the only teams that run a version of the West Coast Offense, besides the Vikes, are GB, TB, Phillie, Seattle, Denver and the Texans.  This would favor Favre and Garcia (especially since McNabb will remain an Eagle, Hasselbeck is damaged goods, Cutler is unavailable and nobody likes Rosenthals).  This would make one year wonders Cassel and Derek Anderson even more of risk.  

  • jeege

    1. Hate Anderson for us…HATE ANDERSON…I really hope that we don’t fall for that guy. He is absolutely no better than anyone we have, that is for sure.

    2. Birk…really sad that he’s not getting along well with the current coaching staff. Thats really unfourtunate, but I’m glad that Birk and Childress have avoided all of the catty bullshit that most coach-player relationships that have soured turn into. Good for them both to be so proffesional about it. I like that and good luck to Birk wherever he ends up.

    3. I like Garcia, McNabb, or Favre to come in here and compete. I think any one of those guys would at least give us a fighting chance at QB compared to the weak sauce we have now.

    4. Asomugha should be a Viking. Thats all I have to say about that.

    5. Love Housh, but it would never work. Bryant…that could work. He’s a West Coast guy, runs good routes and has the hands and a ton of speed. He and Berrian would be formidable. Housh is great, but he plays more of the Randy Moss role, run deep and out muscle the other guy in the end zone. Thats why his TD totals are so high. Would never work well in the West Coast Offfense.

    6.  I LOVE Vernon Carey in  a different shade of Purple. That guy is a BEAST. Him combined with Jordan Gross would be unfair to the rest of the league.

    7. Finally, Asomugha SHOULD BE A VIKING.

    Now, on to the offseason!

  • Outkast3380

    Please  no Anderson. And hopefully we do not and let me rephrase this DO NOT give up two first rounders for Cassel. The guy I want is Favre. For one he would put ppl in the seats. Which is what the organization needs so they can keep the team in Minnesota. Second, he can still play, I dont care what anyone says the guy can flat out play the QB position. Were not asking him to carry the team on his shoulders, thats What All Day is for. Just for him to control the clock make smart decsion’s, not too many INT”s. He can run the WCO we know that. Our D is Rock solid and I think if we get Favre we can get hopefully a Good Olineman with the 22nd pick or maybe Hakeem Nicks, Percy Harvin, or Jeremy Maclin to help out at the WR position. If they dont get Favre them im hoping on Garcia, he knows how to run the WCO and doest make too many mistakes. But put Brett in the Purple, wish it would have happend last year

  • Restless

    ^ no way. Favre should never put on a purple jersey. I see him as the enemy like he has been since the start of his career. I wouldn’t be very happy if we won a Superbowl with Favre.

  • Ryan

    You wouldn’t be happy if your team won the super bowl?  Get the hell out of here then, were facing a potential relocation in 2011 and now is the time we need to win a superbowl to keep the Vikings here.

  • Mike

    Restless is probably a Packer fan, who can’t stand the thought of Favre in purple.

  • Ryan

    Why are my posts not working now?