Center Competition? I Didn't Know There Was One.

John Sullivan spoke to Sid Hartman about the battle to become the Vikings‘ new starting center:

I anticipate as much competition as there possibly could be.  I’m going out there to earn a job. I know nothing is going to be handed to me. I hope there is a lot of competition because that’s the only way to make the team better.

Uh…competition?  From whom?  Jon Cooper and Juan Garcia are the only other centers listed on the roster, and they’re both undrafted free agents.  Maybe he means competition from Ryan Cook, the right tackle who played center in college.  Only problem with that scenario is, what if Phil Loadholt turns out to be less than we expect, and Cook is needed back at tackle?  And does anyone really want Cook playing center?  Yeah, I’m sure Brett Favre would be thrilled to sign here, then get nothing but heat up the middle until he starts wishing he was back on his John Deere going apeshit on the bermudagrass.  Is Brett fully aware of the offensive line situation here?  Maybe he thinks we still have Jeff Christy.

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  • Mike

    Hey!  How in the world could you ever think the short-armed Ryan Cook would be needed to replace the long-armed pound Phil Loadholt?  Granted we have questions at center with Sullivan battling Cook for Birk’s old job.  But I just don’t see that much of a problem since center is mostly the second man blocking one of the tackles.  Brett Favre should be impressed with two 6’8 333 pound bookend tackles, All-world Hutchinson and the under-rated Herrara at guards and somebody that can hike at center.

  • Bloom

    Yeah the title of all pro center is kinda irrelevent, it’s really not not hard to find a suitable center that’s why they don’t make nearly as much as any of the other o-line positions, Sullivan sounds like a smart guy kinda like Birk who also seems determined, I am not worried at all.