Jared Allen wants the sack record and more in NFL Daily Digest
Minnesota Blues: As the Vikings prepare for the 2012-2013 season, the big question that usually comes up is when will RB Adrian Peterson get back on the field?
As WR Percy Harvin hints at a holdout for untold “issues” and DE Jared Allen thinks about the ones/sacks that got away there are other headlines coming out of the land of purple and gold.
Harvin’s deal is pretty simple for now. There are some things that he’s upset about and they need to get fixed before he comes back. Ok….and….
The typical road to go down is that of the contractual variety. I tend to think if that were the case, he would have started arguing this point some time ago.
I would not be surprised if he’s unhappy with the offense and/or ball distribution.
As for Allen he talked to the media today about how close he came to getting the sack record in 2011-2012 and what he can do to snatch it up if he gets close again.
“Before you get that close, you’re not really sure if it’s attainable,” Allen said. “You think it is, because you always think if someone did it, I could do it. But being right there and actually leaving some stuff on the field — they took the one away in Green Bay, they gave it a team sack — and there were a couple in my arms that I didn’t get it. Or the ones that I was that close. The ones at the end of the year… It was kinda like, ‘Ah, bummed out.
Now I’m 23 away again, versus one away.’ But when you start working out again, it’s motivation. How can I push myself just a little further?.
“I always think it comes down to conditioning,” Allen said. “Maybe if I had one more step or this and that. So, you go back and watch film and try to correct technique and just use it as motivation to go to work. It’s always a personal goal. And if I’m fortunate enough and blessed enough to break it one day, I’m going to try to break it again. It’s always a personal goal, but personal goals never get in the way of team goals. Our ultimate goal is to win a championship. Otherwise, there’s no point in playing the game.”
This Won’t Die: At the moment no one seems to be quite sure about when this Bounty Gate circus will end.
The NFL does have a few smoking guns although they are more like pistols rather than the shotguns that we all thought they were.
The players involved and their brothers-in-arms are understandably upset but long-term this situation is shaping up to cause a lot of divisive feelings.
As seen in Roddy White’s comments yesterday, the NFLPA is hardly unified in a lot of this mess and as seen in various comments made by other players such as Eli Manning, there is large faction of players that support Goodell’s decisions.
Like it or hate it, the best thing that could happen now is for this thing to simmer down into a non-factor.
As seen by the media yesterday, ringleader Gregg Williams’s testimony alone proves that there was a bounty system in place.
If we keep going deeper down the rabbit hole, be prepared to see Williams dragged out into the open to discuss in graphic detail what went on.
The details will involve finger pointing and eye witness testimony as to who did what and when. That is really the next step that the NFL will have to take if the suspended players continue to discredit the case that the league has against them.
That’s where it will get even uglier as at that point the statement there is no honor amongst thieves will ring true at the highest platform.
Quickies: Why does Seahawks coach Pete Carroll keep downplaying the status of free agent pickup Matt Flynn? Chad Johnson is “impressing” the Dolphins at their camp. I thought he had a poor football I.Q.? Have you ever been more entertained by Wes Welker in any previous offseason? He never struck me as the type to almost get arrested during his bachelor party type.