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Need versus Want
versus Covet! and the Dinosaur!
People! People! People! That big bright thing in the western sky,
that's about to do the 2012 dance within Taurus means something big.
Really big! A new dynasty! It begins with the draft where Jupiter
is about to hide within obscurity ... for a bit. I've been waiting for
this since January of 1977.
Allow me to explain the difference between the words "Need" ...
"Want" ... and of course "Covet". You never ... ever
... ever ... draft based upon "Need"! That is a fact Jack. Might I
remind you that we didn't "Need" Adrian Peterson. At the
time we needed a quarterback. Good thing we didn't pull that trigger ...
isn't it. The question is ... do we remember what those two 1,000+ yard
rushers brought us?
Under Ponder, our 0 wins and 10 loss bust, he of course needs a left tackle to
protect his sorry ass. Thus the words ... "Safe Pick" ... when it comes to the word Kalil. Problem is,
the offense was only broken with Ponder running it. That is a fact
Jack! However, I digress as apparently we are still in serious denial
about Ponder at this juncture but the gods are soon to take control of this
situation and put it to bed forever. His ego just can't cash that check
which is soon followed by the word "Jettisoned", or maybe something
worse based upon the extent of the charade. No player is above
"Team" and the die has been cast for this little rag doll Patzer (Potzer).
What is of fact is that there are several incredible specimens
available at left tackle in this years draft ... as well as from other
sources. As for the word "Need", the Vikings need safeties,
corners, linebackers, and a dominant "anchor-in-his-ass" defensive
tackle ... and that's just on defense. On offense we "Need" to upgrade at
receiver, at left tackle, and we most certainly can use a 10-12 year starter at
guard. All of these needs just make our head swim ... enough to make
stupid vital mistakes ... if we listen to the garbage out there.
As for the word "Want" ... well we might "Want" Andrew
Luck ... but that just is not going to happen. What Joe Webb tells us is
that we are just too stupid to "Want" RG3. As for the draft,
the Viking's better have RG3 written on a card (Kevin Williams), at the ready, if he's available at #3, as he's the
most coveted player available in this years draft.
Which brings us to my favorite draft-word "Covet"! Apparently the
Skin's "Covet" RG3 enough so that they dealt away a kings ransom
in draft picks to have the right to select him. Hello ... Joe Webb ...
smell the toast! The problem is that the Colt's could select RG3 and put the
Skin's into an immediate death spiral, which could take a decade or more to
recover from ... but are the Colt's smart enough to know it? Allow me to explain. Everyone expects the
Colt's to select Andrew Luck. He of course is the safe pick.
Everyone expects that since the Colt's selected Manning that they have some
sort of special ability at drafting the next Hall of Fame quarterback (Manning). Allow me to be the
first to bust that bubble as that has never happened in the history of the NFL
... and for good reason ... relating to the will of the gods. Let's not
forget that Walsh traded for Young
who followed Montana because he of course was a special guy named Bill Walsh.
He didn't draft back to back Hall of Famer's.
Here's the rub. What the Skin's sense is that the league never stands
still ... it is in perpetual evolution. On December 28, 1975 the league
looked nothing like it did the under Bill Walsh's era. What Shanahan
senses is that the traditional quarterbacks like Ryan and Sanchez, the safe
picks based on how the league once played, are now in fact
"Dinosaurs". Let me say this unequivocally ... Peyton Manning
is in a class of one ... all to himself. I know ... I know ... what
about Rodgers? Let me tell you this once again, so you'll never forget
it ... no defensive back can turn his back to Rodgers on any play because he's
a threat to run on every down. This changes the way the corner defends
the receiver, which by default opens that receiver to "very real"
opportunities ... that gets them open. If Rodgers loses his mobility ...
he's nothing more than a dinosaur. What I'm here to tell you
unequivocally is that Andrew Luck is yesterday's dinosaur and RG3 is the prize
pick of the 2012 draft. Said another way ... RG3 is the sh-t!
This never ending evolution points to the NFL's future. RG3, Cam Newton,
and Joe Webb, and maybe to a lesser extent Josh Freeman, and a few others,
represent the future of this league as these are the prototypical players that
will be winning the near-future league championships. Mike Shanahan
recognizes this fact and was willing to do anything to make it happen where
only the Colt's refusal to make the safe play ... can gut the Skin's like a pig.
Shanahan's gamble is that the Colt's hands and feet are bound or tied ...
where Shanahan rolled the die. His neck is way out there where all he
wants to here from our commissioner is ... At pick #1 ... Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck, in time, will prove
to be the wrong pick, no matter who selects him!
Now what in the world does the word "Covet" have to do with the
Minnesota Viking's. Our organization of course is too stupid to
understand the word "Covet" ... Right? Not so fast. Not so
long ago, Eli Manning, which if you check the record books, has won two (2) NFL
championships, was coveted by the New York Giant's. Eli stated
that he did not want to play in San Diego. The Charger's selected him
anyway because the league coveted Manning. As it turns out, the Giant's
underpaid for the rights to Manning. Said another way, coveting Walker, the so called
final piece in our puzzle, resulted in Emitt Smith, the Vikings #1 pick ending
up in Dallas the following year. Enough said.
Today the Patriot's, with two #1 and two #2 picks "Covet" Trent
Richardson. I'd deal with them only with payback for the Randy Moss
fiasco firmly in mind. The Giant's also "Covet" Richardson, which are willing to do just about
anything to get him. Let's not forget the Bengal's which also openly
"Covet" Richardson and are willing to deal ... at too low a price. Each of
these teams are willing to give up that Knight's ransom to select Richardson
at #3 but to be direct, none of them have the weight that it's going to take
to land this prized fish.
Again, if Kalil is that safe pick, then Richardson is expected to land safely
in Cleveland, OH. Why? Because this Vikings organization doesn't
have the balls to do anything other than what they are told to do. After
all, Kalil is expected to be a perennial "Pro-Bowler". Problem
is, as the Minnesota Vikings can attest to first hand, Pro-Bowlers don't win
championships ... Championship teams do!
You see, we don't "Need" Richardson. We don't
"Covet" Richardson. We don't "Want" Richardson and
that is exactly why we are going to draft Richardson. You see, when we
are in this position, we become facilitators as opposed to buyers or sellers
where, "We care" ... "But not that much". Some call
it the "Cat-Bird" seat.
Now what about Cleveland, sitting in that #4 slot. They are awfully
quiet up there on the shores of Lake Erie. They don't openly
"Covet" anyone but they want the world to know that they can be very
happy with the Richardson pick. Word on the street is that they are willing to
swap first and second round picks with the Vikings in exchange for the Vikings
picking up pick #22 in the first round. Problem is that this just pissed
the Vikings off "Royally-in-Spades" by having the unmitigated audacity to force
the swap of 2nd round picks. What they didn't know is that they pissed off
the gods too, which means that they now must pay the price at this
dance. You see ... the bluff on that coveted player can be called and in
this case this particular pick is off the charts. Why? Because
just like in the Peyton Manning draft ... there is only one true blue chip
quarterback available (RG3), based upon the future direction of the league, which means the Viking's #3 pick this year is
actually the #2 player in this years draft.
It all starts with the statement, "What the hell do you care what I'm
going to do with Trent Richardson at #3? That is my
business!" The Vikings message under Webb, Rudolf, Peterson,
Carlson, Gerhart, Harvin and now Richardson ... with others to be named later ... is
off the charts skewed. It makes an abnormal disorder look distorted and
twisted to the extreme. It can't work ... right? How can any coach
deal with this? Are you absolutely nuts? Just let it settle in
for a moment. It's the opposite of sharing the wealth ... isn't it ...
the way true championships are formed. Funny thing about the word "Covet" is that you have to be
bull goose loony enough to try just about anything. With high risk, comes
high reward. You put enough incredible athletes on the field and they
become unstoppable. Let them all think that the Vikings are going to deal
Richardson (the good oldie Czonka/Kick). Let it end with the words, "We are going forward with a plan that has never
been tried before in the history of this league. Today ... nothing is
conventional ... it is filled with hybrids ... combined with abnormal
behavior. Now deal with it." On the other hand ... there is
the 3-13 safe play! Or was that 1 & 15?
Always remember that the success of Bill Walsh was in his ability of making the
defenses that he faced to be forced into dealing with the unconventional.
He didn't conform to the league to make nice.
Now, as for the price, not only are we not going to swap our 2nd round picks,
for the Browns selecting at our #3 pick, we want the Brown's #4, #22, and
their #67 pick in this years draft. That is our final offer. Call
it being pissed off for the Bernie Kosar thing. Why would the Browns
even consider this? It is because for the #2 player in the 2012 draft, future
2013 picks are going to be waived in this organizations face to bolster a fine
selection of 2012 picks. The absolute & utter chaos begins with the
earnest annoucement that, "The Minnesota Viking's will be selecting Trent
Richardson, if he's available at the #3 slot of the 2012 draft as expected.
darn good thing that the Brown's don't "Covet" anyone ... because
Trent Richardson will not be playing in
Cleveland. Now deal with that!
The Viking Ghost Writer