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