Skip to main content

Vikings clear out, optimistic for 2013

  • Author:
  • Updated:

(Photo courtesy

It's clean-your-locker day at Winter Park as the Vikings enter the offseason.

Rookie safety Harrison Smith says he’d love to be playing this weekend, but his body needs a rest. As for losing to Green Bay Saturday, Smith says the Vikes “just didn’t make enough plays.”

He also told KFAN-FM 100.3's Paul Allen that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is as good as advertised.

Allen runs down the on-air day in his "Monday Bits and Boredom" blog, RIGHT HERE. As Allen writes: "Today was a day for me to transition from self-loathing to the reality this is a team on the improve and it will be even better next year."

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, meanwhile, is angry about losing to the Packers, but is filled with optimism.

Greenway said Minnesota will have an "unbelievable" team in 2013, a team he says that’s going to have to be dealt with -- each and every week.

“When it ends up not going your way … you wish you had another week,” Greenway said. “We believed."

Pro Bowl kicker Blair Walsh agrees, saying: "I think we are on the edge of being great."

For potential MVP Adrian Peterson, it's time to relax -- for just a bit. He told Fox Sports North he'll take a few days off and then get back what he calls "the grind." In his words, he wants to "come back and be better than I was this year."

Next Up

Semi into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

Semi drives into house near Sturgis, South Dakota

The force from the semi was so strong that the foundation of the house was moved.


18-year-old from Zumbrota dies in Goodhue County crash

The crash happened in rural Goodhue County around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.

thomas beach, bde maka ska - lake calhoun

3 Minneapolis beaches closed due to E. coli contamination

No illnesses have been reported, according to the MPRB.


'Hockeyland' documentary debuting in Minnesota movie theaters

The documentary has received great reviews at numerous film festivals.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Former Minnesota Olympic runner accused of driving drunk in Eden Prairie crash

Police said the man's blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit.


Man, 79, killed in ATV rollover near Faribault

The man was declared dead at the scene.

minneapolis police

Woman fighting for her life after shooting in Minneapolis

The woman was shot only about a half-hour after a 14-year-old suffered critical injuries in an apparent accidental discharge.

prior lake high school

Two students face discipline over racist messages at Prior Lake High School

Families and students were largely uncooperative with the investigation.

Sharon and Herb Vasser

Cause of Hopkins house explosion that killed couple revealed

Sharon and Herb Vassar were killed in the explosion. Herb built the home back in 1962.

Arrows on target

Charges: Minnesota camp counselor fired arrows at kids, injuring boy

An 8-year-old boy was shot in the arm with an arrow.

North Shore Mayor Chris Swanson.

Two Harbors votes overwhelmingly to recall Mayor Chris Swanson

The mayor had been scrutinized for several things leading up to the vote Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2022-08-10 at 8.43.50 AM

Suspected gunman at large after homicide near Albert Lea

The 32-year-old suspect was last seen in a 2004 white Ford F-150 with Minnesota license number EUZ-057.