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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Can Smoot play?

People grieve in different ways. And Fred Smoot showed the first sign that he wants to play by requesting the game plan for this week, along with his playbook.
But after his younger brother's death last Sunday, will Smoot be in the right frame of mind for Sunday's game against the Packers?
I think it'll come down to how Smoot acts when he sees Brad Childress Saturday night, at the team hotel. If he looks down, then Smoot won't play. But if he looks Childress in the eyes and asks to play, because it's important to him, than Smoot will.
There is certainly no right way to handle this situation, and no one will think more or less of Smoot if he does or doesn't play. But Childress has handled the situation correctly thus far, giving Smoot the space he needs and not peppering him with questions and demands.
The Vikings certainly are a better team with Smoot. But Cedric Griffin is more than capable of filling in against a Packers team that doesn't boast too much depth at receiver.


Blogger wildfan72 said...


I gotta ask, do you REALLY think the Vikings are a better team with Smoot? All respect and condolences to him over the loss of his brother. But as far as football, Smoot is as overrated as they come. I could cover WR's better than Smoot and I weigh 300 pounds!

2:20 PM  
Blogger Sean Jensen said...

Yes, they are better with him. Cedric Griffin is still too raw. Smoot is not having a great season. But he still has been solid.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Jackson said...

I hope everything is ok with Smoot.

Between Cedric Griffin,Greg Blue and D. Edwards, our secondary will be pretty dam good for years to come. Have we signed D. Edwards to a long time deal?

Our defense in general is going to be good for a long time.

What's up with the rumors that Mike Tomlin maybe leaving within a year or so to answer head coaching calls?

10:14 AM  

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