About the Labor: A Minnesota Vikings Podcast

“Don’t Tell Me About the Labor, Just Show Me the Baby” - Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer

Episode 42: Pick Your Peterson Successor

January 27th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald discuss how deserving each of the Minnesota Vikings' six Pro Bowl selections is of receiving the honor and continue their draft prospect discussion with running backs and wide receivers.

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Episode 41: Ramcyzk Usurps Robinson

January 23rd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald officially establish the About the Labor format for NFL draft season with the show split in half with random Minnesota Vikings analysis and the beginning of an ongoing prospect discussion revolving around rankings and best fits for the Vikings' needs and resources. Primary talking points include a debate surrounding where cornerback Xavier Rhodes ranks relative to professional cornerbacks, Wisconsin Ryan Ramcyzk rises to the top of the guys' offensive tackle rankings, Alabama OT Cam Robinson's sliding status, Temple's Dion Dawkins mauler mentality, remember the name Antonio Garcia and a crash-course on potentially the best class of cornerback prospects ever.

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Episode 40: 2017 NFL Free Agency Preface

January 20th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look back at Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman's free agency trends as well as the Vikings' salary cap situation and attempt to make sense of how these elements may apply to 2017. Primary talking points include a review of Minnesota's salary cap standing, what the cost retaining a few key Vikings headed for free agency, examples of a few guys who make sense given Spielman's history, a crazy idea of pairing up two nose tackles and Drew attempts to find the good in Adrian Peterson's rant on ESPN's First Take.

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Episode 39: 2017 NFL Draft Preface

January 16th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take a look back at Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman's draft history, outline multiyear trends, take a very early look at a few different ways the team can maximize the return of its 2017 draft class and introduce their new offseason close-out segment Skol Spin. Primary talking points include the difference between Spielman's role from 2006-11 and from 2012-present, Spielman's intrigue with athletic wonders during the middle rounds, Mike Zimmer's influence on the Vikings' draft strategy, a discussion revolving around how many offensive linemen need to be selected with the team's Day 2 selections, an analysis of Spielman's issues drafting offensive linemen as well as where it stems from and BJ attempts to find the good in the Green Bay Packers' last-second win over the Dallas Cowboys during the inaugural Skol Spin segment. Note: We apologize for the excessive static; our microphones were acting up.

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Episode 38: Reviewing 2016 Special Teams

January 14th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings' 2016 special teams performance and take a look at what might be to come in the future. Primary talking points include remembering Blair Walsh, just how good Kai Forbath was in relief, celebrating Marcus "cockroach" Sherels and what Minnesota may do on kick returns next season if Cordarrelle Patterson leaves via free agency.

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Episode 37: Reviewing 2016 Defense

January 9th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald review the Minnesota Vikings' outstanding defensive season, sift through specific areas in need of improvement, evaluate the year-long performance of the unit's greatest contributors and speculate both on if the defense will be better next year and how to assure improvement in 2017. Primary talking points include the gaudy statistical rankings of the Vikings' defense, the spectacular play of Minnesota's defensive line and pass-rush, Mike Zimmer's ability to develop his secondary into one of the best in the NFL, Anthony Barr's regression and specific areas in need of improvement heading into next year.

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Episode 36: Reviewing 2016 Offense

January 5th, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald begrudgingly begin the Minnesota Vikings offseason with a thorough review of the team's offense. Primary talking points include Sam Bradford's first season in Minnesota, why it's difficult to debate quarterbacks at this point, the future of both Adrian Peterson and Jerick McKinnon, a breakout season for the wide receiver and tight end positions and telling it like it is with regard to the offensive line.

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Episode 35: Final 2016 Postgame

January 2nd, 2017

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald finish off the inaugural season of the About the Labor podcast with a little discussion and analysis regarding the Minnesota Vikings' uplifting 38-10 victory over the Chicago Bears at U.S. Bank Stadium to finish with an 8-8 record on the year. Primary talking points include an incredible stand-in performance by the left tackle most Vikings fans didn't even know existed, Rashod Hill, quarterback Sam Bradford taking a bow, running back Jerick McKinnon finally waking up from his season-long slumber, the disappointment of wide receiver Adam Thielen falling just short of 1,000 receiving yards and a handful of little previews regarding what you should expect from us all summer long.

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