Bernard Berrian is back at practice with the Vikings and Leslie Frazier says he’s still an important member of the wide receiver corps. Did I ever tell you the story about my cousin Hjalmar who used to think he could make sticks start on fire just by staring at them? Never once did Hjalmar succeed in actually pulling off this miracle but nevertheless he went to his grave believing if he just concentrated hard enough he could make flames leap from that darned stick. Leslie Frazier is starting to remind me of cousin Hjalmar. In the end everyone just felt sorry for Hjalmar and thought he was crazy. It would be sad if this happened to Leslie Frazier who seems like a nice guy. Leslie, please listen to me: That stick is never going to start on fire, no matter how hard you stare. Just cut the damn stick already and move on with Aromashodu.
Of course he should be back in the WR rotation. The bottom line is the coaching staff is trying to light a fire under Bernard and we fans can only hope that the suspension accomplished that. There is no question that he is talented and he can get open. I have to ask myself, would I invite someone over to watch film with me only to make myself look bad? Of course not. Berrian thinks he is getting open and he has the video evidence to prove it. One thing is clear and that is McNabb is not finding him. This conversation could easily shift the blame to McNabb. He has come under much fire for not throwing the ball downfield. McNabb has historically been in West Coast offenses that focus on short, timing routes. Well if McNabb would look up and down field he would see that Bernard is open. We need Berrian’s speed to stretch the field and we need McNabb to take chances with Berrian. Here is the stat you need to know: McNabb’s Yards Per Attempt is an anemic 6.43. Again, throw the ball downfield because that is where Bernard will be…open.
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