A nice article by ESPN 1500's Judd Zulgad on the return of Sage Rosenfels today. I like the inside dirt about ex-Vikings head coach Brad Childress burying Rosenfels on the bench behind Tarvaris Jackson despite the fact director of player personnel Rick Spielman traded for Rosenfels and favored him over Jackson.
Rosenfels also says a lot of interesting things in the piece about his professional journey the past couple of years and his current role with the Vikings.
I'm pretty sure a veteran like Rosenfels doesn't want to be a third stringer next year, and you would think somebody (Seattle? Cleveland? Chicago?) could use a guy who has shown he can be a quality backup, but Rosenfels would be a great fit in 2012 as a third-string mentor in Minnesota.
He's a guy who isn't going to sulk if he isn't playing. He's been around the league a while, so he'd have a lot to teach Christian Ponder and Joe Webb. And if Ponder is hurt for an extended period and something similar happens to Webb, or he's ineffective (a distinct possibility), Rosenfels has had success in the league as a starter. I would like to see him back next year.
* I haven't paid much attention to what's going on with the Vikings stadium smozzle – I can't keep track of it all. But this Pioneer Press story caught my eye.
I haven't allowed myself to think what my NFL football experience would be like if the Vikings moved to another city – although during seasons like this one I fantasize often about what it would be like to not be emotionally invested in a team. I know I couldn't cheer for the relocated Vikings or whatever they would be called. And I probably couldn't get behind any new team in Minnesota that wasn't called the Vikings. It would be different.
* The National Football Post's Matt Bowen breaks down how Denver's Tim Tebow beat the Vikings Cover 2 on Sunday. As one of the commentors who responsed to the piece noted, you don't need to have played six seasons in the NFL – as Bowen did – to figure out how Tebow could go 10-15, throw for over 200 yards and post a quarterback rating of 149.3 against this team. There are four reasons Tebow was able to do what he did Sunday, and their names are Griffin, Sanford, Sapp and Raymond.
* Sam Monson gives us his weekly tape breakdown of the Vikings next opponent – the Detroit Lions. Calvin Johnson could very well set a world record for catches and receiving yards in this game.
* Finally, ESPN 1500's Tom Peliserro gives out his weekly grades for the Vikings positional units.