Category Archive: Individual Awards

Nov 05

Jared Allen: NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October

Jared Allen is the heart of our defense.

Jared Allen was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for October based on his continued dominance at right defensive end for the valiant Vikings.

Let’s look at the stats. With the exception of interceptions, Allen is on track to exceed every metric for his position over last year. And look at the sacks: already this season Allen has 1.5 more sacks than he did in all of 2010. Putting his current pace (and 10 game streak with sacks) in perspective, last season, through 16 regular season games, the leader in the NFL was Demarcus Ware – with just 3 more sacks than Allen does right now, with 8 games to go.

Category 2010 Regular Season – 16 Games 2011 Regular Season – 8 Games
Combined Tackles 60 34
… Solo 45 26
… Assists 15 8
Sacks 11 12.5
Safeties 0 0
Passes Defended 8 5
Interceptions 2 1
…TDs 1 0
Forced Fumbles 1 3
Fumbles Recovered 1 3
… TDs 0 0

Jared Allen is having a monster year and is on track to decimate Michael Strahan’s single season sack record. Let’s continue to watch as he works towards that goal.

Skol Jared Allen!


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Feb 06

Madieu Williams: Walter Payton Man of the Year

Madieu Williams

I’ve been on hiatus for a bit. I’m in the middle of a huge project at work and that has to take priority – even though writing is more fun. I don’t believe I’ve missed too much while I was busy with my real life. I have some thoughts about Everson Griffen, which I’ll leave for another post.

This post is about Madieu Williams, who was announced as this year’s Walter Payton Man of the Year for his charity work. Most notably his $2 Million donation to the University of Maryland in 2010.

True to form, Williams wasn’t present to accept his award today as he’s in Iraq visiting US Troops. While Vikings fans aren’t always pleased with the angles he takes on the field, no one would dispute the fact that he’s very generous with his time and money. He’s the type of player the Vikings’ organization and the fans can be proud of off the field – and frankly, I think that’s as important as performance on the field.

Congratulations to Madieu Williams for winning this award and for representing the Vikings in a positive light.

You can find out more information about Williams’ charity work at

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Jan 18

Allen, Winfield & McKinnie Named as Alternates to the Pro Bowl

Jared Allen

Jared Allen, Antoine Winfield and Bryant McKinnie have been named alternates at their respective positions for the 2011 Pro Bowl.

There’s no doubt that Antoine Winfield deserved to be recognized for his 2010 performance. He was the anchor of the cornerbacks and had a tremendous season, culminated by his incredible performance against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jared Allen got off to a slow start, but ended the year strong, including a pick-6 returned for a touchdown, which put him at 1 more TD than Bernard Berrian.

Frankly, I have no idea why Bryant McKinnie was selected as an alternate. After embarrassing the franchise last year with his behavior and subsequent dismissal from the NFC team – not to mention the 2005 Love Boat fiasco – there’s no way he should have been recognized this year. Nevertheless, he was 4th overall for Left Tackle voting. I don’t know who was voting for him, but I know it wasn’t me. I hope, if he is called upon to play, he will comport himself in a manner that reflects well on the Vikings organization this year.

Congratulations to all 3 players for receiving this recognition.

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Jan 09

Greenway, K. Williams Named to the Pro Bowl

Chad Greenway

Chad Greenway (OLB) and Kevin Williams (DT) have been announced as alternates for the 2011 Pro Bowl.

Normally I wouldn’t post something about this because they will only play if others who were selected before them decline or cannot play due to injury or an appearance in the Super Bowl, but I did think that Chad Greenway was overlooked and deserved to be recognized.

Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams is a perennial favorite for the Pro Bowl, so it’s not surprising that he was named an alternate.

Congratulations to both players!

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Jan 01

Cedric Griffin Wins Ed Bloch Courage Award

Congratulations to Cedric Griffin for winning this year’s winner of the Ed Bloch Courage Award for the Vikings.

During the NFC Championship game in January 2010, Cedric Griffin was injured during the game, tearing the ACL on his left knee. 8 months later, 3 games into the 2010 season, Griffin made his return and our secondary was better for it… for 7 quarters, until he was injured again, tearing the ACL in his right knee during the Jets/Vikings game.

It was a devastating blow to Griffin and the team. But Cedric Griffin is full-steam-ahead on his recovery and will move out of the pool, where he’s been running, and onto the field in a leg brace to complete his recovery.

Griffin is optimistic that he’ll come back from this very serious injury and will be ready for the 2011 season.

Will he be able to produce the way he did prior to his original injury? With 2 surgically repaired knees, will he be able to keep up with receivers on man to man coverage? Only time will tell, but based on his recovery from the NFCCG injury, Griffin’s determination will be the deciding factor in my opinion. It’s obvious that his teammates think he has what it takes. Do you?

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Dec 30

Vikings & the Pro-Bowl: What Happened?

Adrian Peterson is selected to the Pro Bowl again.

After leading the league in Pro-Bowl representation in 2009, the Vikings have one lone representative for 2010. Adrian Peterson is on the roster, but is not the starter. So what happened?

I’m not going to relive every agonizing moment of the 2010 season in this post, but I’m not surprised, based on the team’s performance, that we don’t have more players on the roster. And unlike Packer fans, I don’t count alternates to alternates as “named players”, because while we do have a few of those, there’s no point talking about also-rans.

I do think, however, that some top performers on our team were overlooked. Chiefly Chad Greenway. Greenway is having a pro-bowl year. He’s 4th overall in tackles in the entire league. Greenway’s not a flashy player though. He’s been solid since we drafted him in 2006 and he mostly flies under the radar. Let’s hope that continues so we have a chance to keep him when he becomes a free agent in 2011.

It could be argued that Ryan Longwell would have been a great selection. He has the highest conversion rate for field goals in the NFC at 94%. He’ll also be a free agent in 2011, so hopefully being quietly great will allow us to retain him as well.

Many people think Chris Kluwe should have gotten the nod as well. He’s having a great year. His directional punting has kept us out of many sticky situations, Devin Hester notwithstanding. The last few weeks have taken a toll on his stats, however, so he’s dropped to #11 in net punting yards.

Other names brandied about are Kevin Williams and Steve Hutchinson. While those two players have been perennial favorites for us, I think it’s obvious that neither of them were performing at a Pro Bowl level this year. One might think that a Pro Bowl selection should be about a player’s body of work, but I think we all know that in the NFL it’s all about “what have you done that was flashy lately” and not about long-term performance. Unfortunately, it’s also about wins and losses because, especially in fan voting, people tend to go with the hot teams, regardless of the individual players’ performance.

Adrian Peterson is our Pro Bowler this year. And I’m okay with that. Are you?

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Dec 29

Antoine Winfield: NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Congratulations to Antoine Winfield, veteran cornerback extraordinaire for the Minnesota Vikings, for winning the Week 16 NFC Defensive Player of the Week award for his performance Tuesday night against the Eagles.

Winfield recorded 9 tackles (8 solo), 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery and 1 defensive TD. Last night’s performance brings Winfield’s stats for 2010 to: 82 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.

Watching the game last night, I was reminded of our once mighty defense. I am a fan of the pressure we applied to Vick and hope that corner blitzes will become a staple in our defensive repertoire for years to come. While not appropriate for all situations, imagine Aaron Rodgers or Eli Manning trying to withstand that pressure. Guaranteed instant meltdown. We should employ that level of intensity judiciously during the 2011 season. Assuming we have one.

Relive Winfield’s sack, strip, recovery and TD right now:

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