Marcus Johnson Lands in Oakland


Marcus Johnson, the guy a lot of us thought would wind up being the Vikings‘ right tackle for years to come, has left Minnesota and signed with the Oakland Raiders.  Johnson, we recall, was drafted in 2005 out of Mississippi, and wound up in a starting right tackle rotation with Adam Goldberg.  The end of the Mike Tice era spelled the end of Johnson’s run, however:  Brad Childress spent a draft pick on Ryan Cook and began rotating him and Johnson, and finally ended up giving the starting job to his guy Cook at the expense of the incumbent.  Johnson spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons watching from the bench, often inactive, never getting a chance to win back his job in spite of Cook’s clear ineptitude.  Now the Vikings find themselves without a viable starting option at right tackle, and Johnson has moved on to black-and-silverer pastures.

Far be it from me to question Brad Childress’s player evaluation skills, but I just have to wonder why Johnson never seemed to get a fair shake.  I realize he was never going to be Korey Stringer, but when you consider the crap we’ve had playing over there the last couple years, it does seem silly that Johnson never got any real playing time.  Was he really going to be worse than Cook?  Tarvaris Jackson and Cook have arguably been Chilly’s two most questionable draft picks – most agree that both were reaches at the spot they were taken – and he seems unwilling to concede defeat on either guy.  Cripes Chilly, we all make mistakes.  Just admit it and move on.

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  • Mike

    The Vikings need to consider ultimate draft success compared to the round selected: the lower the round selected, the higher chance of success.  First rounders seem to have by far the highest chance for success and anything over round three has a very low chance.  Consider the players mentioned in this article: Korey Stringer was a first rounder while Marcus Johnson and Ryan Cook were second rounders and Adam Goldberg was undrafted.   Tarvaris Jackson was a second rounder compared to Cutler, who was a first rounder (and Favre was the first pick of the second round).  If the Vikings really want to solve their right tackle problem they better pick one in the first round.  The Vikings QB and WR problems should be solved through free agency or trade, because it usually takes years to develop these positions through the draft even when they do succeed, and the Vikings need to win now like Chicago, who is talking about grabbing Plaxico Burress.

  • Mike

    Plaxico Burress was a 1st rounder, the 8th player selected in the 2000 draft.  Get him!

  • Chuck

    And if you don’t grab Burress, figure out a way to get Auquan Boldin, Sure he would cost some But if your not going to bring in a Vet QB, help the QB’s you have now !!!

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    I would rather have Boldin than Burress, but it seems like a mute point to even talk about either of them ever playing for Minnesota, since we seem to duck, every time there is another talented player or players available. Chuck, you make a good point about at least considering one of these two guys,  just to give our QB’s any kind of a chance of winning. I still can’t believe we did’nt pick up another QB or veteran WR, because like Mike says, it usually takes draft picks a couple of years to pan out, yet so many never live up to expectations. Let’s get real, and bring in some veteran team leaders on offense, if not, get ready for another dissapointing season.

  • Chuck

    Bernie,
    I’m with You and Mike and others , It just doesn’t make sense. Maybe they will do something( Maybe a trade???) during the draft or after, During the 2nd part of FA… It’s hard not knowing what the Staff is really thinking, You know what I mean…

  • Mike

    My biggest problem with Boldin, of which there are many, is I am still troubled by his yelling at the offensive coordinator while they were winning at the NFC championship game because they were using Fitzgerald more than him. I would rather have Burress who just yells at cops, shoots himself and is late for team meetings.

  • Mike

    Burress seems OK during the games.  I also don’t like Chad Johnson’s displays during games.  Braylon Edwards might be OK if he stops dropping balls, which reminds me too much of Troy Williamson, the worst first round pick in NFL history, done out of desperation to cover up the trading of Randy Moss, the stupidiest move in NFL history, done for sale of the team to holier than thou Zigi Wilf and his b—boy Brad.  I am getting so disgusted I might not be back here again.

  • Chuck

    Mike,
    Everybody Feels that way at times, But it’s too bad we can’t do something about it… Randy might have pulled some stunts, But they were really harmless. Wilf and Childress would never admit it, But they screwed up as far as keeping him… If Childress doesn’t win any playoff games this year, I think Leslie Frazier will be the New Head Coach and he will hire somebody else instead of Darrel Bevell…

  • Chuck

    Any player that get his face Broken and Smashed in and wants to come back early for his team to play is a Warrior!!! I’ll take him any day, Yeah he yelled at his coach, He wears his feelings on his sleeves, But hasn’t had trouble with the law…

  • Mike

    Boldin’s other big problems are the $10 mil he is demanding and the 3 draft choices Arizona wants in a trade.  Maybe if they come down in price Boldin would be OK.  But I know if I was the coach the last thing I would want is someone yelling at me.  I realize some people don’t mind it as much.  But I would rather have a player that yelled at other people, including the cops, than me.

  • Chuck

    Yeah,
    I’m not a T.O. fan and he yells, I don’t think he is like T.O. all the time. It was a Big Game though, Your’e right he shouldn’t have done it, I don’t think he makes a habit out of it, The money thing, But not the 3 draft choices… What do you think he should get as far as  money per year Mike???

  • Mike

    I didn’t think TO yelled at the coaches.  But you are right if I was a QB I probably wouldn’t want him either.  Perhaps, this is the reason he keeps moving.  I don’t think Garcia, McNabb or Romo wanted him.  I was hoping the Vikings would get Favre and maybe TO.  I think TO would have respected Favre more than noodle arm Garcia, sucking air McNabb or playboy only throw to my roomate Romo.  Favre is talented, competitive, just loves to play football, speads the ball around and compliments players like Driver when he wasn’t getting the TDs.  There is no quit in him. 

    As far as money for Boldin I was thinking $6 mil per year.  I think that is about what Berrian gets, maybe a little more.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Mike, Boldin isn’t worth the 10 mil he’s asking , because  he thinks he’s as good as Fitzgerald, but he’s not. Even though Randy Moss gave the Vikings years of exciting catches, and hope of a Super Bowl, we all can agree that he had his own temper tandrems with Culpepper on so many occasions, and even gave up on pass patterns in the playoff games, which eventually led to his exit, so he himself was no angel on or off the field, smokin’ pot and running into people with his SUV.  Nowadays it would be real hard to find an NFL player without troubles on or off the field, in fact the only athlete in the last 20 or so years that was by far the most humble in any sport i’ve seen was Cal Ripken jr. Here’s a guy who loved his sport, his family, his team and respected fans. He also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to charities and never pouted on the field ,or disrespected other players. The NFL needs a few Cal Ripken -type players to regain respect from fans.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Mike, this new update in today’s local paper in Pennsylvania= Terrel Owens already showed up two weeks late for the Bills voluntary early workout sessions. Also, teammate Marshawn Lynch just got suspended by the NFL for the first three games for breaking policy personal conduct policy rules. This is what i mean about the athletes of today. Some of them are spoiled and overpaid babies, who think they can do whatever they want, when they want, and do drugs and tote guns at will. Are these really the types of players the Vikings want? Really, i would’nt want Burress or Boldin on this team. I don’t think it has anything to do with religion, what Zigy and Chilly expect from their players, as far as staying clean. I think the players have an obligation to the league when they sign their contracts, to abide by certain rules laid out by the league. I realize no one is perfect, but some of these guys get drugged up and drunk, time and time again, and consistently do stupid things by breaking the law. What ever happened to self-respect? When i was a kid, a lot of top athletes were looked up to and respected, now most of them are ridiculed, because of their conduct on and off the field.

  • Mike

    Bernie, good points but I think I would also need drugs or alcohol to survive in the violent game of professional football, if I was crazy enough to do it.  Even the great role model Brett Favre got addicted to pain killers and alcohol.