One of the biggest mistakes of the
1998 season was in regard to an announcement that this Vikings franchise just
negotiated a new $25 million dollar contract with Randall Cunningham. This
was done before the end of the season, as I recall. Is it any wonder that
we now have Primetime screaming, "Pay the Man", in reference to Case
Keenum. You need to look no further than to the expression on his face in
how desperate he is to derail this 2017 Minnesota Vikings team into making the
What is being done for Case Keenum today, by this franchise, is actually a
miracle of circumstances.
From the books perspective, how can the book possibly influence the game result,
with some sort of pay off, if Keenum has that sheep herder's staff wielded very
near to his neck at all possible times. On the one hand, if he performs on
the NFL's greatest stage, he's in line for a big long term pay-out. On the
other hand, if he does anything that is questionable on this stage ... in comes
the quick hook ... IN COMES TEDDY ... and he's made to explain his
actions. He can ill afford to screw this thing up for a little payola, as
if he does, he'll be flying rubber dog poop out of Hong Kong. That is an
incredible burden off Keenum's plate ... and historically ... this Vikings
franchise plate of indiscretions. In other words, the knife can only lie
now with the kicker Forbath & that is too much pressure for just one key
role player on the team. One spot light just cannot work, so it could help
Forbath out, unless Mike Zimmer is forced to rely on him at his most vulnerable
Special Kudos to Coach Zimmer's squad in controlling the clock versus the
Falcons. Compared to our prior history ... especially that 1998
championship game ... the "end-game" clock was managed with precision
watching all those Vikings stay in bounds ... play after play .... resetting the
play-clock at 40 seconds ... allowing the game clock to run & run &
run. We are now ready to play any team ... any clock ... we just need to
have a official crew that'll call the game both ways.
Rick Spielman, at this juncture, is probably anxious to make a historic move ...
and to be direct ... it is exactly that time to do so.
Pat Shurmur is not overly anxious to tie his future into the fledgling Sam
Bradford that most likely will be cast off by this Vikings franchise.
Shurmur's future is presently being assigned to the next head coaching gig
available because the media has become unhinged in their efforts to once again
destroy this franchise. To be direct, Pat Shurmur is not interested in
being the next Brian Billick. Sure Billick won a Super Bowl with the
Raven's in 2000 but that team was known for an incredible defense of which
Billick was the offensive mastermind of that woeful offense. In other
words, Pat Shurmur isn't really interested in starting over ... immersing
himself within a mess ... unless it is with an elite organization. To be
direct, maybe he just might not be the right fit for Eli Manning, the New York
media or the present chaos in that franchises
Instead of listening to what everyone else might be saying that he must or
should do, Pat Shurmur just might be interested in directing a dynasty of his
own ... and that means tying his interests into the combination of Case Keenum.
Bridgewater & Sloter ... as all three will be locked up by this franchise in
2018. Keep in mind that what these outside vultures are saying serves
their interests ... not Pat Shurmur's interests. Sure Shurmur's exit might
be on easy street thinking that he might be able to rope along Keenum on his
journey onto new lands but not so fast. It is now abundantly clear that
the Vikings have no interest in parting with Keenum, or Teddy Bridgewater for
that matter, which means that Shurmur's interest might be better served with
these three quarterbacks in Minnesota. For that to happen, Rick Spielman
is going to need to get into the ears or our ownership ... sooner rather than
later. Just remember to keep in mind that Stanley Kubrick negotiated
a deal for one of only three movie cameras in existence where Kubrick new which
camera was a once in a life time thing & it's absolutely clear that Shurmur
is now playing the role of Kubrick.
It is clear that no franchise has two head coaches but it is high time that we
work under that assumption. It wasn't all that long ago that Tony Dungy
found his way to Tampa to disrupt our 1998 season on his way to building a Super
Bowl champion under Gruden. Maybe you might not recall, or maybe you
wouldn't even know what I'm talking about because you're too young but Vince
Lombardi did not finish his head coaching career in Green Bay. He finished
his coaching career with the Washington Redskins franchise where in time he succumbed
Sure your thought at this moment might be that we have a gem with head coach
Mike Zimmer but not all things last forever where things can changed in a blink
of an eye. Man, this is difficult to say, but this has been hanging over
me for two years now in that avoidance is its own master. You might recall
that last year our head coach battled an event with his right eye. Well,
suffice it to say that Mike Zimmer just might be like seeing a shooting star ...
sort of a now you see it ... now you don't. No, it better not be cancer,
nor an accident, nor something else but destiny sometimes serves only a brief
opportunity that we must not take for granted. In the end ... hopefully
many years from now ... Mike Zimmer will say that he got his shot &
collectively we'll all be able to say what Mike's father understood. He
done it right.
It is for this reason that Mike Zimmer will be presented with Jarius Wrights 3rd
miracle, where he cannot deny Dalvin Cook's destiny. Keep in mind that a calendar
is a piece of paper on the wall but it clearly does not dictate any mans
destiny. If this would be his one and only opportunity to play on the
NFL's greatest stage ... would you deny him that opportunity ... based upon some
piece of paper that someone might hang on the wall? Zimmer & Cook will
soon be indelibly linked on a specific cosmic event & neither one will be
able to deny what must be. Also, Zimmer's shooting star will have nothing
to do with the length of Cook's overall career ... it's just simple opportunity
is a knocking.
As for Rick Spielman & Sir Zygmunt Wilf ... they must now come together
& signal throughout the league. Both of them know that their players
are salary capped ... but no such rule exists for their coaches. It is now
time to entice Pat Shurmur ... to treat him as if he were a head coach
salary-wise ... & to offer him a link to his quarterback ... his
dynasty. No one has ever, within this franchises, had a history that
has linked his players to his offensive scheme the way Pat Shurmur has
done. Pat must be here to sift it through to secure 1 of 3 that are under
his present wing. Within those three lies our future franchise quarterback
& that guy most certainly will be under contract in 2018.
At 40 years old, it signals the end to another
destiny & dynasty. Tom Brady's reign must end & the recent moves
by the Patriots signal its conclusion. With Brees, Ben Pitts Pizza Burger,
Eli & Rivers they are all signaling the end to an overall era where that
curtain must soon close ... but as Tom Hanks once said ... that ball keeps on
bouncing. We are seeing the emergence of two that clash tomorrow.
There are others but their future is still not clear.
Do you choose your destiny or do you have it chosen for
you by nothing more than noise that would rather gut you like a pig? There
is absolute evil within words that have been known to move mountains. In
Money Ball the key quote was, "I made that mistake once ... I'm not going
to do make that decision base upon this every again". Maybe it's time
to close that door to all that noise.
The Viking Ghost Writer
Date: December 9, 2017