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Offensive line says it has Christian Ponder's back

Post by Mothman » Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:19 am

http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_21 ... ays-it-has
Second-year quarterback Christian Ponder should get every chance to maximize his potential this season. An improving offensive line plans to make sure of it.

With fewer moving parts than a year ago and an infusion of youthful talent, the Vikings' line is looking to establishing an attitude, a physical identity that will hold up for 16 games.

"Assert our will. That's something (offensive line coach Jeff Davidson) believes in," left guard Charlie Johnson said. "You keep doing it over and over and over, hopefully you can make a defense break. That's kind of what we're doing."

Among the Vikings' most depleted positions from last season, the line appears poised for the biggest breakout, at least on paper.
I'm not sure I buy that but hopefully PP writer Jeremy Fowler is right and the OL will have a breakout year. That would be great news for the Vikes.
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Post by S197 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:44 pm

Reminds me of when Herrera came out early all offended about the O-line criticism and how they were going to show everyone. Prove it on the field, not to the microphones.
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Post by The Breeze » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:59 pm

yeah...I'll wait til I see it too. They are the lynchpin for the whole season on offense.
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Post by VikingLord » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:20 pm

Couldn't be worse than last season. It just can't. The offensive line last year was a complete disaster with the exception of Sullivan, some good performances by Loadholt, and a natural guard playing at LT all year (Johnson actually did pretty well all things considered). Hutch was a shadow of his former self and Herrera was awful.

Even if the offensive line is just marginally better it will make a huge difference.
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Post by The Breeze » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:12 pm

VikingLord wrote:Couldn't be worse than last season. It just can't. The offensive line last year was a complete disaster with the exception of Sullivan, some good performances by Loadholt, and a natural guard playing at LT all year (Johnson actually did pretty well all things considered). Hutch was a shadow of his former self and Herrera was awful.

Even if the offensive line is just marginally better it will make a huge difference.
I was also going to suggest it couldn't be worse...but Murphy's law and all that. Now we can blame you if it goes in the tank :wink:
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Post by HardcoreVikesFan » Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:22 pm

Mothman wrote:http://www.twincities.com/vikings/ci_21 ... ays-it-has
I'm not sure I buy that but hopefully PP writer Jeremy Fowler is right and the OL will have a breakout year. That would be great news for the Vikes.
Honestly, I believe that the offensive line will be one of our strongest groups on the team. So far Kalil has been as advertised. Charlie Johnson looks much better at LG than he did at LT. Sullivan plays with confidence now and has stood up as leader on the team. If Loadholt can play ok and Fusco can live up to his potential I say this line can be a top 15 OL in the NFL.
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Post by VikeMike » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:33 am

I think we'll have a good indication by the half way point of the season. I don't expect to see this line blowing away opponents out of the gate. Just as QBs and receivers need time to get timing down, so do offensive linemen. It's good that the linemen themselves are feeling like they are gelling, but two preseason games and training camp is a little early to know. It makes sense on paper that they will improve but the proof is in the fourth quarter when they (hopefully) are running the ball and running the clock.

As all things Vikings, I am hopeful.
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Post by mansquatch » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:10 am

I agree there will be hiccups, people need to remember that Kalil is still a rookie and will be subject to those kinds of mistakes. However, I like the talk coming out of this group. They are starting to develop a bit of swagger and that is a good thing. Hopefully they can walk the walk and start knocking some people off the ball. You have to think that AP is just dying to get back in the fold and run behind what is likely the single best OL he has had in his career.
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Re: Offensive line says it has Christian Ponder's back

Post by Mothman » Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:38 am

mansquatch wrote:I agree there will be hiccups, people need to remember that Kalil is still a rookie and will be subject to those kinds of mistakes. However, I like the talk coming out of this group. They are starting to develop a bit of swagger and that is a good thing. Hopefully they can walk the walk and start knocking some people off the ball. You have to think that AP is just dying to get back in the fold and run behind what is likely the single best OL he has had in his career.
It might be a little premature to refer to the line that way but it has potential. Don't forget, AD gained over 1700 yards rushing in 2008 behind a line that included Hutchinson (in his prime) and Birk.
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Post by Demi » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:00 am

Mothman wrote: It might be a little premature to refer to the line that way but it has potential. Don't forget, AD gained over 1700 yards rushing in 2008 behind a line that included Hutchinson (in his prime) and Birk.
And don't forget while McKinnie was a saloon door in pass blocking, he could still maul guys when it came down to it. Hutch was pretty damn good himself in that department. I don't think anyone on this line is as good as a run blocker as either of them.
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Post by dead_poet » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:05 am

Demi wrote: And don't forget while McKinnie was a saloon door in pass blocking, he could still maul guys when it came down to it. Hutch was pretty damn good himself in that department. I don't think anyone on this line is as good as a run blocker as either of them.
Towards the end, I think Loadholt was probably on par (or better) than McKinnie in run-blocking.
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