Jun 17, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) speaks with the media after practice at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Cordarrelle Patterson on Captain Munnerlyn: ‘I Don’t Want to Hear His Mouth’


We keep hearing how this year’s Vikings practices are louder than in past years, thanks largely to the verbal effusiveness of coaches Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner. But it isn’t only the coaches contributing to the higher volume level, it’s also the players. Especially Captain Munnerlyn.

The newly-signed cornerback, late of Carolina, really enjoys talking. Just ask Cordarrelle Patterson who evidently has already grown a little weary of Captain’s jawing. Patterson was asked about his practice battles with teammates, and had this to say about his match-up with Munnerlyn (via Access Vikings):

I’m up on him right now 2-0, because I beat him in one-on-one twice and he hasn’t got me yet. We’re going to keep that to us right now. We ain’t going to tell him because he’s going to have something to say, and I don’t want to hear his mouth.

Munnerlyn has apparently also been giving his new teammates grief about his Panthers’ 35-10 thrashing of the Vikings in 2013. I’m sure that makes Josh Robinson feel great, considering it was Robinson who gave up that game’s most memorable big play.

Patterson, for his part, sees Munnerlyn’s yapping as an overall positive (even if he doesn’t want to hear Captain jawing at him personally). “That’s Captain, that’s the kind of guy he is,” the receiver said. “He likes to talk, but we need that on our defense.”

Indeed, the Vikings could use an infusion of attitude on the defensive side of the ball. I agree with Patterson there. So Captain Munnerlyn, you just keep on talking.

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  • guest

    Have they moved Josh Robinson to the outside CB position yet? He certainly didn’t fit in with defending the slot & nickel position. I wonder if they tried him out with his more natural position during training camp…

    • David Crosby

      I can’t believe Robinson is still on this team they shoulda packaged him with Cook to the 9ners.

      • Bob E.

        Part of me agrees with you but under Zimmers coaching he could flourish… He got the physical gifts for it.

      • Trabbsboy

        It’s hard to package a player when Cook signed as a free agent. Not a trade.

        • David Crosby

          Oh yea that’s right thanks for the reminder now I can sleep better. I’m sure you knew exactly what I meant.

          • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2844586/ JJSamurai

            Watch Cook turn out to be a shut down corner some day. He just was never taught correctly. He can stick to the receiver like glue. He just couldn’t deflect or intercept anything. I always had a wild thought that maybe he should have turned his eyes toward the ball at least once.

          • Mark Van Dorp

            He still doesn’t have an interception yet haha he was drafted in like 09 right?

          • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2844586/ JJSamurai

            2010, This cat was drafted 34 overall in the 2010 draft. Chris Cook hasn’t even came close to an interception, personally I don’t think he has even seen the football in the air, and playing as a starter on Right corner he averages about 3 pass deflects(no not a game) a year. I think the NFL should start a new bowl game, the opposite of the Pro Bowl. Instead of Hawaii, they can play on Junior College stadium in New Mexico( or UNM, same thing as JC) They could call it the “Toilet Bowl,” and the Fans could elect the absolute donkey starters of the NFL to it. I think Chris Cook could definitely be a three time bowler, and might even get the Toilet Bowl “LVP” honors, Least Valuable Player.

      • kyle

        Robinson posted 57 tackles and 2 picks as a rookie on the outside. Those aren’t bad numbers. He’s 5’10 200 pounds so he has good size to go up against some of the bigger receivers in the league. The kid has talent. It’s a matter of finding the proper system for him to flourish in. Obviously, the Tampa 2 wasn’t a great fit for him. Hopefully, this press scheme suites him better.

        • David Crosby

          Well if anyone can fix him in Zim we trust.

        • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2844586/ JJSamurai

          Those Interceptions fell out of the sky as a flapping duck to him. I haven’t seen him as a disruptive player, yet. Robinson looked a little slow and unsure. Prater looked better in coverage last year.

          • kyle

            That’s not true. I know on one of them he was in man to man coverage, jumped up and got the ball. I can’t remember who he got it against. This could be his year to prove everybody wrong. A more aggressive press scheme should fit him nicely. He was timid last year because he didn’t have any idea what he was doing in the slot (he’s admitted it, too). He should be fine.

          • kyle

            I could’ve swore I saw Robinson in one on one coverage on a receiver and picked it off. Oh well. That was just about two years ago now. He has been used as a backup kickoff and punt returner in the past. He’s had problems fumbling the ball, so the old coaching staff pulled him off those duties until injuries ravished the special teams return men (minus patterson, of course).

          • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2844586/ JJSamurai

            Those are the only two int’s. Well, I guess that explains it. His 40 time is faster than he plays on the field. I hope he speeds up his reaction times.

          • kyle

            I agree. He’s got the tools to be a good corner. He just needs to put everything together and, hopefully, he can be Zimmer’s reclamation project this year.

    • Makabe Aberle

      He’ll probably end up across the field from Rhodes because Munnerlyn plays almost exclusively in the slot

  • Bob T

    Not a big fan of Robinson landing the CB job. Hoping Cox will return to 2012 form under Zim and while rookie Exum hits more like a safety, Sanford has been taking most of the 1st team reps at that position. Exum is big enough at 6′ and knows both positions. Nice to see this new staff mold a good ball team.

    • Robert L

      Sanford has been nursing an injury… Robert Blanton has been taking most of the first team snaps, not Sanford. Exum I’d imagine won’t see a ton of time this season (definitely not as the starter at least unless he just completely blows away the competition in training camps and the preseason) and being a 6th rounder, that’s perfectly okay with me. Have him see most of his playing time this season on ST and basically give him a year to really recover from his ACL injury like they did with Mauti last year while learning from some vets and he should be good to go as the starter next to Smith in year 2.

      • Bob T

        oops on 1st team safety reps. Thanks for correcting. I agree with your view on Exum.So let me ask you. Who would you like to see mirror Rhodes?

        • Robert L

          Personally, I’m waiting to see if they really make a run at Brandon Flowers or not. If they don’t end up with him, then I’d love to see Cox end up winning the job. If not Cox, then probably Robinson because he showed some promise on the outside his rookie year and I’d hate to see him go back to playing the slot because he was just down right terrible there last year. I also wouldn’t mind to see what Shaun Prater could do there in a full season either because he looked pretty decent in the short amount of time he played last year. I think Munnerlyn needs to strictly be our slot guy. He was actually one of the best CBs in the league last year while mostly playing the slot.

          • Bob T

            Thank you for your opinion. I like Munnerlyn in slot only situations also.I am not interested in Flowers and I would like to see Cox win the competition for CB. Maybe I am a bit hard on Robinson for reasons you point out in regards to his slot play.He is 5’11″ and maybe he was just used in the wrong position. Thanks again. SKOL VIKINGS