By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Mankato, MN - With real-life game tape in their hands, the Minnesota Vikings take on their final week in Mankato with hopes to right the wrongs and continue offseason progressions for veterans and rookies alike. Monday morning defensive coordinator George Edwards, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and recently hired interim special teams coordinator Joe Marciano took to the stand to update us on the state of the team.
Here is some of the coaches had to say...
How will Anthony Barr be used going forward?
Rookie linebacker Anthony Barr played in his first NFL game last weekend and while he didn't play poorly, he visibly has some room to grow going forward. "He's come a long way since coming here," Edwards said of Barr. "We've put a lot of hats on him, we'll use him in some different ways here as we go into this next ballgame. Last week we pretty much just played him at the linebacker...He's still got some things he's got to improve on. I think the first game there were still some things he was unsure of..."
Any concern going forward with Linval Joseph missing time?
Nose tackle Linval Joseph was a innocent victim of a shooting on Friday night in Minneapolis. With a bullet wound in his calf, Linval returned to Mankato Sunday but is unlikely to take the field before the team's week-one matchup with the Rams. "Linval is a true pro," Edwards said. "He's going to stay caught up in what we need to get caught up in. There is no doubt here, he was right back here going to work and paying attention to the details of what we are asking him to do. From that aspect of it, we are just whenever we are able to get him back out there we are looking forward for him to get back out there and get him going."
How do you evaluate Teddy Bridgewater after preseason game #1?
Offensive coordinator's and coaches who are on the inside often evaluate things a little differently than the arm-chair quarterbacks may from the comfort of their barcaloungers. That seems to have been the case with Norv Turner and Teddy Bridgewater coming out of Friday's game. "I am not interested in evaluating Teddy," Turner said Monday. "I'm interested in coaching him, and continuing to help him get better. We evaluated Teddy before the draft and we know what he is capable of doing, now we just have to keep coaching him and coaching him, so he knows exactly what he needs to do on each play."
On the signing of tight end Kory Sperry...
With an open roster spot, the Vikings made a move on Sunday and signed tight end Kory Sperry to a contract. "We brought Kory in a couple of weeks ago and worked him out," Turner said. "He is familiar with the offense. He is a big, physical guy. I think he'll help us at the point and we will get the opportunity to evaluate him now."
On getting the call to fill in for the Vikings...
"When you do well, you're reputation speaks for itself. When you don't do well, you get fired...I'm thankful for this opportunity."
On what he's inheriting on Vikings special teams...
"I'm going to coach my butt off and extend what Coach Prief and Coach Fick have started here. I've got to pinch hit for a couple of games, that's all I've got to to. Mike will be back...it's as good of a group as there is in the league. There's no reason why they shouldn't kick off and kick ass."