Jared Allen Would Rather Retire Than Rotate

Nov 24, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) following the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Vikings and Packers tied 26-26. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Allen is an every-down player or he is nothing. Rotating with other guys to remain fresh is not something Jared will ever be down with. Becoming a third-down pass rush specialist, also something he would not consider.

“I’ll retire before taking a step down and being a rotational guy. That’s for the birds,” Jared said when asked about accepting a more limited role.

Jared is currently sitting on 7 sacks, putting him in danger of missing double-digits for the first time since 2006. Many attribute his diminished production to fatigue brought on by playing too many snaps.

Allen has heard that argument himself in the past and always bristled at the suggestion he needs to sit down in games to stay fresh. Two years ago when this came up he suggested the team rest him in practice instead of during games.

Alan Williams has always been adamant about installing a rotation on the defensive line, to keep fresh guys coming in, preserving his best pass rushers for late in games. The way the Vikings have struggled in late-game defense this year? Maybe Williams has a point.

But Williams has never successfully argued his point to Jared Allen. He has never gotten the rotation he’s always envisioned.

Pride is one thing, but you can argue that Jared has hurt the team by taking such a stubborn, selfish position. And why by the way does Leslie Frazier need Jared Allen’s permission to sit him? Why is Leslie Frazier such a pushover when it comes to veteran players?

Leslie Frazier and Alan Williams have mis-managed the defense all year. Their refusal to rotate Jared out more often has only been part of the problem. They’ve also been clueless in evaluating personnel. Which is how Audie Cole wound up sitting on the bench most of the year. They even cut Audie Cole when they needed to bring up O-line depth from the practice squad. Because they love Larry Dean so much?

Actually it’s Mike Priefer who loves Larry Dean. I guess it’s not just the players who push Leslie Frazier around.

Next year, softie Leslie Frazier will be somewhere else. So will Alan Williams. And Jared Allen will be rotating right out of Minnesota. Maybe right out of football, unless he adjusts his stance on rotating.

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  • Tommy Yarbrough

    I think that the majority of Viking fans want Frazier AND Williams gone during the offseason. The thing is, Zinski, you can’t leave Musgrave out of the party. I’m no expert by any means, and I’m sure that these three guys DO know the game, but I think that the Wilfs need to look far and wide for some people that are more enthusiastic about not just winning, but winning a championship. I mean, are they building a new stadium so the rafters can grow cobwebs where championship banners are supposed to get hung? I don’t know, this might be stretching it a little, but it does make one think strange thoughts. For instance, what would the people of Minnesota think if the Wilfs left those folks holding the bag for that new billion dollar stadium, and up and moved the team to L.A. after all? Look, I’ve been a purple bleeder for more than 40 years, and honestly, I’ve seen more downs than ups, (see NO TROPHIES in the Viking front offices), probably one of the longest lines of mediocre quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen, (including the last three seasons), and I mean, c’mon man, having some of the most talented and feared defenses in NFL history, only to watch those defenses scored on practically at will in the most important, coveted game that an NFL team can play! And I am SO SICK of watching the team(s) get the lead, play for three and a half quarters, and then the opposition getting the Viking defense on its’ heels, moving back down the field, (pretty much at will), and score without enough time left in the game for someone on the Viking offense to let a fart in the huddle. Sometimes, I literally feel like throwing up! Seriously, the Wilfs need to give some of the best football minds that money can buy a new job. I know it’s a stretch, but I’d do EVERYTHING IN MY POWER…MONEY IS NO OBJECT best to wrangle Gruden or Cowher, or I would DEFINITELY find some people with the same kind of enthusiasm; the same will to win, and if there are any players that didn’t want to get on board with the same enthusiasm and will to win, let ‘em walk.
    Win, baby, just win.- Al Davis…Winning isn’t everything, it’s the ONLY thing.- Vince Lombardi. There isn’t ONE PLAYER in the entire NFL that can argue that point.