Vikings react to win over Lions 30 Dec 13

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Vikings Defensive End Jared Allen

Q: It is your last game at the dome. Do you think it is your last game as a Viking?

A: I don’t know. However it falls, I know that the last six years here have been amazing. I could

not have asked for more from this organization and I could not have asked for more from this

state. It has all just been a blessing for me, for my family, and more so just how much I’ve grown

as a man. When I came here when I was 25 compared to how I am now has been life changing.

Since then I’ve met my wife, I got married, and now I have a daughter. It has just been an

absolute blessing. I’ll take some time to reflect. This isn’t just a one-sided decision so we will

see. I will have this conversation with everybody and we’ll see where it goes. However it works

out, it will work out the way it is supposed to.

Q: Have there been any conversations or negotiations this year?

A: No, the conversations that we have had are between us and I’d like to keep it that way. I’ve

always told you guys that I’ve always been on the same page as them. There’s no rug that is

going to be pulled out from underneath anybody. I am not naïve to the business side and neither

are they. The relationships here with the management and the coaches have been nothing but

great. I’ve made some great friends so it will be a conversation about where they are going and

where I see myself going and if it is on the same path great but if not we will part ways but we

will do it with the best intentions for everybody.

Q: How much of a release was it to get double digits?

A: My life kind of changed for me in Green Bay. We had a chapel service and they basically

just gave a message on selling them out on what you’re doing and not letting certain situations

control your mindset. That night I had two sacks in that game. My rush was better and looking

back on film I saw some things that I was doing a little differently. I just focused on being

here and having the last moment. Sometimes you let the circumstances of a bad year or

circumstances that happen in your life get to you and it doesn’t become excuses. I was just able

to put that aside and finish the way I wanted to finish here. I knew once I started doing that, the

double digits would come. If you just stay grinding and go out and play as hard as you can then

everything will be okay.

Q: Was he the Chaplin that was here today?

A: No, it was Tony Peterson. He went to the University of Minnesota. He was a gold medal

wrestler when they had the Olympics in Athens. He talked about how he flipped the switch in

the Olympics and how he came for the silver and he ended up winning the gold. It was a really

good message and story that really stuck with me. I don’t think I could have gone on with my

career if I would have had the mindset I had when I was younger. Every drive, every snap, and

every play you don’t want to take for granted. You just have to go out there and be aggressive

on every play.

Q: Were you trying to angle yourself in there?

A: We had that play all week. That play actually has been there for two weeks. So I tried to get

out there and shock them.

Q: How did you end up being the intended receiver, was it a planned play?

A: Yeah, we just didn’t get in the goal line position last week, but we got in the situation this

week and it was an intended play. I did it a couple times in Kansas City. Cassel and I could have

made history. We could have been three for three. I mean those kind of stats, Tony Gonzalez,

watch out.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Vikings Wide Receiver Cordarrelle Patterson

It was a great for us, great memories in the Dome. It was a great way for us to go out

with a win this year and get ready in the offseason. We got the win so there is a lot of

motivation for next year.

Q: What happened on the opening kickoff?

A: I don’t want to talk about that, but I was getting a little too happy, I was ready to break a

record or something. They did a good job, they saw me on the other side and they kicked

the ball to Chase (Ford), Chase got it and I told him to just take a knee.

Q: In your seven games here do you have a favorite moment?

A: Probably today, coming out with a win. They are planning to blow it up, or whatever

they are going to do with it. This is a great memory for us to leave the Dome with a win, it

couldn’t be any better.

Q: Would you walk us through your rushing touchdown, it looked like a designed

pass?

A: Just like last time we were in the Dome, it was supposed to be a pass, I saw Greg

(Jennings) covered at first and I was thinking about running. Then he got open, and I told

him when I scored that I was sorry, I saw you get open at the end but my mindset was that I

was going to run.

Q: Did Greg Jennings give you a hard time about it?

A: Nah, he tells me all of the time that I’m a special player, you can’t take that out of you,

just keep doing you and you’re going to make plays, just do what you do best.

Q: Do you wonder what you could do if you were a bigger part of the offense?

A: No, you really can’t think about it like that. Coach Musgrave, he is doing a good job

putting me in the offense, no matter if it was late in the season, so I really can’t say what I

would have done if it would have been that way the whole season, I probably could have

got hurt, I don’t know so I don’t even think about it like that.

Q: How does the body feel?

A: I’m still young, the body is feeling good, no injuries or anything, so the body is feeling

great.

Q: How do you feel about playing the next two seasons outdoors?

A: I really don’t want to play outside, it’s kind of cold up here in Minnesota. My family came

up this weekend, they said that they probably weren’t going to come back because it was

too cold. So playing outside, I wish it wasn’t true, but you have got to do what you have got

to do and this is my job, so I can’t say no.

Q: How much did you enjoy your first year in the league, it looked like you were

enjoying yourself?

A: You have got to enjoy your job. I’m a guy, I like to have fun, I’m always happy. You will

probably never see me down, unless something bad happens, so I enjoyed my first year.

There are great memories here in the Dome, we couldn’t do it without the fans behind our

back 100%, each game I’m enjoying it and always smiling just trying to make plays and

trying to help my team out.

Q: What’s your biggest priority this offseason?

A: The biggest priority is to do the right thing, don’t get into trouble. We have a lot of

time off, some guys they get into trouble sometimes. I would just like to keep my head

clean, make sure that I’m hanging with Greg (Jennings) J. Wright (Jarius Wright), Jerome

(Simpson), hang with those guys and I’m really going to keep my head clean.

Q: How many touchdowns did you think you would get, did you have a number you

wanted to get to?

A: I really don’t, that’s God. I couldn’t do it without the grace of God. I’m a praying guy, I like

to pray, it happened. Nine touchdowns, I wish there could have been more, I wish I could

have broken some more records but I’ll go with nine touchdowns this year.

Q: What has Coach Frazier meant to you?

A: Coach Frazier, he’s an amazing guy on and off of the field. Every time I was walking

through the locker room, he would always pull me aside and talk to me about life, not about

football, just talk about my family, see how they are doing, see how I’m doing, he means a

lot to me. He’s a great coach, he doesn’t yell at you, he will sit down and talk to you and tell

you the things that you need to do. He has been there since day one and I appreciate him.

Q: Would you rather be known as a wide receiver or a kick returner?

A: I would rather be known as whatever they label me as. I just like to get the ball in my

hands, like I said I just like to do special things when I get the ball in my hands. I just feel

like Flash, so I call myself Flash.

Q: You will play here, TCF Bank Stadium and the new Vikings Stadium, is seems as

though you’re becoming the face of this offense with Adrian Peterson do you feel

excited about that possibility?

A: It’s hard to say, I really don’t have a comment for that.

Q: Does all of the uncertainty with the coaching staff make it tough to come in and

perform day to day?

A: It does not, like I said, this is our job. We have been dreaming about this since we were

little, you can’t worry about what’s going on with the coaching staff. Some of us guys know

we are going to be here, some are going to be free agents, so we have just got to do our job

and do what’s best for us and come out and perform every week.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Vikings Defensive Tackle Kevin Williams

Q: You guys never laid down for Leslie Frazier did you?

A: No, without a doubt and that’s one thing we’ve preached all season. The games

haven’t gone the way we’ve wanted them to, but we have to continue to fight and do your

responsibility, be where you’re supposed to be, do your job and that’s one thing we’ve hung

our hat on and played hard all year.

Q: Whether you’re back or not, you’d like to see Frazier back here?

A: He’s done a great job with us. When he stepped in a couple years ago he got us a

couple of wins in that bad season and the playoff season last year. The wins didn’t go the

way we wanted this year, but he’s hung in there and he’s encouraged us as well.

Q: This isn’t your final year as a Viking is it?

A: I wouldn’t say that. Hopefully I’ll play a couple more; that’s my hope and dreams, but it’s

a business and you have to see what happens when free agency hits. Who knows what will

happen.

Q: That season long record for points, how much emphasis did you guys put on that

this week?

A: We didn’t break it right, so that’s good. There wasn’t any thought about it, I saw it printed

somewhere, but no one paid any attention to it. We just wanted to come out and put on a

good showing, if the score was 38-35, or 13 points, whatever it was.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Vikings Quarterback Matt Cassel

Well, it was a great win for us today. Obviously, any time you are able to close

out the Metrodome like that. It was outstanding. There were a lot of alumni

here. I am sure that a lot of our fans have had great experiences here, so we

were happy to get a win today against a division rival. On paper it says that we

were not playing for much, but we definitely were playing out there. You could

tell that everyone gave his heart. It was an exciting win.

Q: What have you seen in Cordarrelle Patterson’s growth from training camp to now.

A: Cordarrelle Patterson has done a tremendous job throughout the year growing as a

player. Obviously, he has tremendous physical attributes. He’s big. He runs. There was

never one time this year that I remember when the first player to come in contact with him

made the tackle. He has all the physical attributes that you look for in outstanding players.

It’s just him learning, playing a little football, and learning on the football field. He went to

one year of junior college, one year at Tennessee and now he is in the NFL, so for him, I

think that the sky is the limit as long as he continues to work and continues to grow.

Q: Will you look back on this season and wonder what the season would have been

like if you had been quarterback all year?

A: No, people have asked me that a lot, but the fact is, you stay in the present. Every

football season brings its own challenges, brings its own adversities. This season was no

different. I am excited that when I did get the opportunity I was able to contribute some wins

and play well. I am excited about moving forward and what the future holds.

Q: What will it take for you to come back?

A: It’s way too early to think about that, but at the same time, I love playing for the Vikings.

The fan base here is absolutely amazing. The team was special. It was a great team

to play for. I really enjoyed my time with my wife, myself, my kids, a great community

and everything else that goes along with it. So, would I love to be a Minnesota Viking?

Absolutely, without a doubt.

Q: What else will go into making your decision?

A: I am sure that there will be multiple things that go into my decision, but right now is not

the time to think about it. I am going to enjoy this win. I am going to sit down with my wife

after the season. Right now it’s been a long season, but it was an exciting way to end it.

We’ve got a lot to celebrate.

Q: There are reports that Leslie Frazier might get let go. Do you have any comments?

A: I don’t. I enjoyed playing for Leslie Frazier all year. He came in each and every day

with a demeanor to try to get his team ready to play, and I respect that about him. He was

consistent in how he went about his business. There was never anybody hanging his head,

especially in his case, when something went wrong. He always continued to motivate and

push our players forward. As you can see, nobody in that locker room quit at any point in

the season. Some games didn’t turn out the way we wanted them to turn out, but I think

Leslie (Frazier) is a great coach.

Q: Do politics that occur behind the scenes determine your fate as a quarterback in

this league?

A: That’s part of this position. There’s going to be times where you think you should play and

it doesn’t happen that way, but I think that, as a player, you just have to be ready when your

opportunity comes and take advantage of that and play well and play consistently. When

you do that, you put yourself in position to continue to stay on the field because it’s hard not

for coaches, the organization or politics of it all, not to play you when you continue you play

well.

Q: As players how do you stay focused when things aren’t going very well?

A: The thing is, you have to have a larger perspective on things. We’re all blessed to play

this game. We’re one percent of the population that’s lucky enough to come out here on

Sundays 16 weeks out of the year and play in front of the fans that love us and everything

else and it’s a blessing. You take that approach and you don’t look at it as, ‘Oh man, I’m

getting slighted here.’ If you take that approach and you put that prospective and you go out

there and you do your job and say, ‘I’m thankful to have this opportunity and be doing what

I’m doing.’

Q: This being the last game here, was that discussed a lot in the locker room?

A: I think it was absolutely discussed this week. I think that just the fact that we wanted to

go out and send the Metrodome out in a good way and these fans have had such great

experiences and the players that have played here, the great players, the alumni that was

here. It was a great day for us to go out there and get a win because I think that’s what

everybody deserved.