Anthony Barr among 2018’s most disappointing players so far In the early portion of the 2018 NFL season Harrison Smith Jersey
, whenever something has gone wrong for the Minnesota Vikings, it seems as though linebacker Anthony Barr is connected to it in some way. Whether it’s through any fault of his own or not. . .such as being stuck in coverage against a wide receiver, for example. . .it just seems like we haven’t been getting the Anthony Barr we’ve become accustomed to throughout much of his NFL career.Bill Barnwell of ESPN has taken notice of this, and in his column recapping the first quarter of the 2018 NFL season named Barr as his “Most Disappointing Player.” Here’s what Barnwell had to say about #55:I’m not going to speculate on why Barr hasn’t had the rough start he has in 2018 thus far, and as both Barnwell and I stated here, not everything bad that has happened to him so far this year has been his fault. I don’t know if Barr’s lack of impact. . .positive impact, in any case. . .is connected to his contract or anything like that Stefon Diggs Jersey
, or if this is simply a matter of how he’s being used.After all, we heard this offseason that the Vikings wanted to use Barr more frequently as an edge rusher. I’m not sure if I’ve just missed it or whatever the case might be, but I don’t know if I’ve actually seen Barr line up with his hand in the dirt at any point this season. You would think that in the absence of Everson Griffen that the Vikings might be doing more things along those lines to generate more pass rush, but as I said. . .unless I’ve just flat out missed it, I haven’t seen anything like that so far this year.If the Vikings are going to turn around their defensive slide from the first quarter of this season, getting Barr back to making positive plays in both the run and the pass game would be a pretty solid start. Hopefully we’ll see some of that going forward, starting this Sunday in Philadelphia. The story that this comes from is nearly a year old Harrison Smith Jersey
, but given that Bill Belichick is back in the Super Bowl. . .again. . .it’s worth taking a look at once again and talking about.Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has brought us the story of the time that Belichick almost became a part of the Minnesota Vikings’ coaching staff in the early 80s.This came at a time when the Vikings were in serious flux. At the end of the 1983 season, legendary head coach Bud Grant said that he would not be returning to the Vikings’ sidelines. The team promoted wide receivers coach Les Steckel to the head coaching spot, and one of his first moves was to demote then-defensive coordinator Bob Holloway. His intention was to fill that spot on the coaching staff with Belichick, who at the time was a linebackers coach for the New York Giants under Bill Parcells.The Vikings brought Belichick in for an interview, and from Steckel’s recollection, things had gone fairly well.It was a done deal. . .until it wasn’t, as Steckel would find out the next morning.Steckel still isn’t sure who Belichick spoke to in Minnesota that turned him away from taking the job as the Vikings’ defensive coordinator Adam Thielen Jersey
, other than noting that he spoke to then-General Manager Mike Lynn.As it turned out, Belichick’s premonitions were fairly accurate. The 1984 season turned out to be a clusterfudge of monumental proportions, ending with the Vikings finishing with a 3-13 record in what might have been the worst season in franchise history. Steckel was fired after that season, and Bud Grant came back to the sidelines for the 1985 season before turning things over to Jerry Burns.Given the success that Belichick has had over the course of his career, you have to wonder how much. . .if at all. . .the trajectory of his coaching career would have changed if he had decided to take Les Steckel’s offer back in 1984.