Kind of off topic, but I couldn't resist: this is the right approach; much better than the negative, "I hope the guy sucks", or "forget it, this guy sucks and you are wasting a roster spot on him" deal.At the end of the day, I make my own mind up and go with it, so it doesn't really matter to me what others say, but I just don't have much patience for the negative crap!Good luck to you O owners and I hope for my sake that it doesn't play out this way.
I wasn't thinking in terms of game planning, just getting the Atlanta D more riled up. You don't hear coaches publically planning on getting their rookie rb - who isn't even starting - 100 yards running very often. That's bulletin board material - and it might keep the Atlanta D a bit more intrested than they'd otherwise be if it goes to garbage time. Of course they could end up like the Browns against Lewis and rolling over.The walking zombie thing was funny by the way.Edited to add:I find it interesting that after being so protective/conservative with Smith so far this year, Tice turns around and singles him out now for this game. He basically has painted a big target on the kid's back, and added the pressure of high expectations. Either he's screwing with Atlanta's collective heads and will actually emphasize the pass all day, or he's setting up a nice little test for Mr. Smith. I'm hoping it's the latter and Tice is as anxious as the rest of us to find out what Onterrio can bring to the table.I believe Tice in this case.In terms of defensive gameplanning, there really isn't much to gain for Atlanta in knowing this information. Both Onterrio and Moe will be used in the same manner, and it's not like we're talking 'thunder and lightening' in terms of different frame sizes between the two.If anything, the only 'hidden throughline' in Tice's comments is that he probably figures the Vikes will steamroll the Falcons and thus expects to be in a situation to let Onterrio loose without having to worry about protecting a narrow lead or protecting his big QB. If Onterrio misses a blocking assignment, who cares? Frerotte gets killed, big deal. They have the bye week, and Culpepper comes back.With Atlanta's depleted secondary, I would expect the Vikings to torch them deep early and often. By mid-second quarter Tice will begin feeding Onterrio for the rest of the day, and Randy Moss can then float around like a walking zombie for the rest of the game.
http://vikings.theinsiders.com/2/184610.htmlWEDNESDAY NOTES* VU has been told to look for Onterrio Smith to see more time in the backfield and perhaps get a full drive or two with just him in the backfield vs. Atlanta. While Smith's time has increased each week, his workload has been part of a platoon in every drive.
lol, I'd believe reg over Tice too.I'm starting O. Don't have much of a choice, but hearing this makes me feel better.I believe Reg, he's good for it. But I don't know that Tice is.I wonder how the Atlanta D will feel about this - then again I wonder if it matters how the Atlanta D feels. Maybe this is actually the week Chapman gets his big shot?Allright Tice, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice.....
If that was directed toward me:*Don't have Moe in any league because I anticipated Minnesota would be more of a RBBC all year.*Own Smith in one league because I got him cheap and I thought there was a 15% chance he would be a viable starter in the middle of the season.*Never "bashed" Smith at all. Think he can run. Don't think he has a great chance to have a lot of fantasy value this year.*Don't know why it would be considered a "miracle" if Bennett plays this year since that was the goal and expectation of everyone involved since he had the surgery.*If I see one more Portis comparison, I'm going to puke.If Tice gives Onterrio Smith a large workload he will get 100 yards or close to it. All of the Onterrio bashers are probably the same one's who didn't believe in Clinton Portis last year at this time. Maybe they have Moe Williams on their fantasy team or still praying for a miracle that Michael Bennett can play again this year?
LOL don't worry you have.Those #####ing about Tice prolly did not watch the Detroit game or you would know why OS did not get many carries.GDB making judgements on box scores!Yeah, that whole thing two weeks ago with the no carries after Tice saying he was going to get Onterrio involved was a real laugh riot. It really upped credibility for Tice's word. Glad we can provide entertainment though.
I don't care how well Smith does.. Barring injury the best he will do is a 50/50 split like Hearts/Barlow. Remember they are talking about finally getting a chance to SHARE the load.If Tice gives Onterrio Smith a large workload he will get 100 yards or close to it. All of the Onterrio bashers are probably the same one's who didn't believe in Clinton Portis last year at this time. Maybe they have Moe Williams on their fantasy team or still praying for a miracle that Michael Bennett can play again this year?
If you pipe dreamers really think Moe will fade out then you are blind. Moe will always be a factor cause he knows the offense better. He blocks better and yes he's been running better. The only reason Smith is being invoved more is to save Moe from wearing down.. I really wish people would stop blowing things out or proportion.. Smith has talent and if there was no viable option I think he could be starting and also be a decent fantasy starter.. This is not a Portis situation.. If you want a Portis situation grab Pinner and store him. There are 2 cluster ####s running the ball in Detroit. They will not be able hold off Pinner. Why?? Well the Lions will be out of the playoff hunt and the RB's they have are not that good.. Bryson has been servicable but I think they will give it to Pinner for the second half..Onterrio Smith's role will continue to grow and that he will share time with starter Moe Williams on Sunday, coach Mike Tice said.
Reg, what's the latest on Moss, did he practice today? Any news on the MRI, or was it called off?
Haven't seen anything about him getting an MRI.Wide receiver Randy Moss (back) and linebacker Greg Biekert (ribs) are also listed as probable. Moss was held out of practice Wednesday.
Get your facts right. Portis was "THE MAN" starting in Week 3 where he went for 100 and a touchdown. If you want to pimp Onterrio, that's fine, and I'm ready to take my medicine if I'm wrong (I've said that Bennett will quickly get his job back when he returns), but it drives me INSANE when people make analogies that aren't factually accurate because it suits the conclusion they're looking for.HERDThis is the same time that Clinton Portis got going and has yet to look back.
Get your facts straight. Portis wasn't the man until week 5. In fact the only reason he came into week 3's game is because Gary was injured. He promptly returned to the bench in week 4, got like 5 carries in the game, and wasn't the man until week 5.In fact I find it quite similar that Tice thinks week 5 is O's big week, after spotting in for Moe quite a bit week 4 and getting a TD and a decent YPC.
Hey Switz, what's your problem? Its like you have this venom for anyone who disagrees with you and you're completely unopen to changing your mind about anything because you're more interested in being "right" then being reasonable. Give diplomacy a try my friend... Portis 2002 -Get your facts straight. Portis wasn't the man until week 5. In fact the only reason he came into week 3's game is because Gary was injured. He promptly returned to the bench in week 4, got like 5 carries in the game, and wasn't the man until week 5.
Week 4....18 runs and Portis got less than half of the carries. The fact that he excelled doesn't mean he was "the man" coming into week 4, but he was after week 4.He may have been undiplomatic, but Switz was factually accurate.Portis 2002 - Week 3 BUF W 28-23 18c 103y 5.7ypc 1td 1rc 4y (107ty) Week 4 @BAL L 34-23 8c 55y 6.9ypc 0td 3rc 30y (85ty)Week 5 SD W 26-9 20 102 5.1 0td 2rc 17y 1td (119ty)Mike Anderson was 5/19 and Gary was 5/18 week 4 last year for the Broncos, if you're wondering.HERD