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.