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Frazier, Vikes show McKinnie who's boss

Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:28 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 4:30 pm
 
It's unclear what forced Bryant McKinnie's release: His physical condition or his salary. My guess is that both forced coach Leslie Frazier's hand, and Frazier acted swiftly. The Vikings cut the former Pro Bowl left tackle Tuesday afternoon.

"This decision, while not an easy one, is in the best interests of our football team as we move forward preparing for the season," Frazier said in a prepared statement.

Frazier's comments would seem to support the idea that McKinnie's exit is addition by subtraction. McKinnie showed up in such poor shape that he was placed on the Non-Football Injury list and not allowed to practice. That didn't help his cause. Neither did his $4.9 million salary nor his reported failure to take a pay cut.

If you're a first-year coach putting together a club it's important the players understand who is in charge -- and it's you, not them. Maybe McKinnie didn't get the message. He has now.

 





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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:29 am
 

Frazier, Vikes show McKinnie who's boss



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Since: Jul 22, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:31 am
 

Frazier, Vikes show McKinnie who's boss

He provoked his release so he could sign with the Philadelphia Eagles!


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Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:46 pm
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Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Frazier, Vikes show McKinnie who's boss

Great? I will admit he had a few good years. He was no where near great. The only thing great about him was his girth. A whale to be pushed into the sea. I'm glad the Vikings had the sack to cut his lard laden ass!!!!



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Frazier, Vikes show McKinnie who's boss

The shelf-life for great offensive linemen is shrinking year after year, pounding after pounding.  Look at the monsters that have come out of college the last ten years.  It is no wonder that linemen, especially tackles, who have to be able to move a little bit better than their interior counterparts, are not able to play a solid 10 years anymore.  That is a rarity.  So, let me get to my point before I have lost everyone.  Finding an above average tackle is not easy.  If McKinnie was out of shape, and that is the reason for the release, why not give him some time to see how motivated he is to get in shape and lose the weight?  Why the immediate cut?  I am just not clear on what the Vikings had to lose by allowing him to stick around for a bit and what they had to gain by releasing him.  Of course, if it is a money thing, then I understand.  But if there is a chance that McKinnie could have gotten into shape and was healthy, he is too good to just drop like a bad habit.  Anyway, I just hope that Frazier did not do this just because he wanted to flex his muscles and show everyone who is boss.  That is cutting off your nose to spite your face. By the way, I am mad, because now we can't have the "Irish Connection" made up of McKinnie and McNabb.    


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Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:08 am
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