I have to admit, I have been pretty sour towards the Vikings opening game because they looked, well, awful.
That doesn’t mean they won’t get better, however, and that starts with getting some more players healthy and finding time for more chemistry-building practices in which EVERY player participates, even the 40 year old quarterbacks.
Here are some things to provide some hope on this Monday:
Harvin Feels Confident He’ll Be On The Field Consistently
Percy Harvin had some rough days since joining the Vikings, particularly in dealing with illness and migraines.
Harvin feels confident, however, that a recent breakthrough will keep him on the field consistently from here on out.
After his training camp collapse, Harvin’s heart actually stopped beating, and doctors decided to explore the possibility of sleep apnea. He now wears a device that supplies him with oxygen while he sleeps, and this has apparently had a positive effect on his ongoing migraine problems.
“I don’t know if it’s the solution,” he said. “I know I’m definitely sleeping a whole lot better. I know one of the main causes of migraines is a lack of sleep so with the tests they were showing that I wasn’t going into a deep sleep. I was always waking up and things like that … It’s 100 percent difference. I’m not waking up groggy. I wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go so hopefully that’s it.”
“It’s great, the best thing ever,” he said of no longer having to take medicines. “Hopefully, this sleep thing will be the No. 1 key and like I said I’m feeling great.”
Harvin had one rush for two yards and one catch for 12 yards in the opener against the Saints. He also averaged only 20 yards on two kickoff returns. This type of slow start may be attributed to him (and his quarterback) missing a great deal of training camp and the preseason.
Rookies Are Practicing
Against the Saints, the Vikings didn’t field a single member of their 2010 draft class.
On Monday, however, it was obvious that both Toby Gerhart and Chris Cook are making progress with their respective injuries.
Gerhart was practicing after suffering a knee injury and Cook was practicing after having surgery on a torn meniscus.
Childress said he is not sure if Cook will be ready to go against the Dolphins on Sunday.
He said that Cook, “went through some individual periods. He doesn’t look completely comfortable. As always, it’ll be seen how he comes back in and treats and how he shows back up.”
Kennedy’s “Big Ass” Is “Cool”
During our live chat of last week’s game, I saw a number of comments from readers suggesting that Pat Williams was not being spelled enough which resulted in a tired out run defense that the Saints were able to exploit late in the game.
Part of the reason for that is defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy was unable to play due to a knee injury. Now, however, he sounds anxious to get back out there and help this defense out and described himself as “cool” after Monday’s practice.
“I’m always trying to push,” Kennedy said. “I’ve had enough of missing games. If they see fit to have my big ass out there running around, then we’re going to be out there running around, making plays.”
McKinnie Is Fine
Bryant McKinnie provided viewers with a scare on Thursday when he was seen being carted off the field. McKinnie had a nasty dislocated finger, but was able to practice on Monday after Tweeting this weekend that his finger was all better.
His absence in the fourth quarter on Thursday, however, illustrated just how shallow the Vikings are along the offensive line.
Home Opener In Style
The Vikings “throwback” uniforms are often praised for how much better they look than their regular uniforms.
We’ll be graced by the presence of throwbacks on Sunday, however, as the Vikings will be putting on the deep purples against the Fins.
Bill Cowher Is Our New Head Coach
Okay, I made that one up.