Purple Podcast

Purple Podcast


The best and most entertaining Minnesota Vikings discussion can be found here on The Purple Podcast with 1500 ESPN radio personality (and former Vikings beat writer) Judd Zulgad and 1500ESPN.com Vikings analyst Matthew Coller. On this podcast - part of the 1500 ESPN podcast network - you'll find strong opinions, insider analysis and no stones unturned when it comes to the Purple.


The Vikings offense explodes to 1-0 (ep 219)  

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad break down the Vikings' offensive outburst against the New Orleans Saints. What factors played into Sam Bradford's fantastic performance? How did the O-line look? Why Dalvin Cook is already RB1. And why Adrian Peterson disappeared.

Welcome back, Adrian (ep 218)  

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss the return of Adrian Peterson to Minnesota in Week 1. What role will Peterson play in the Saints' offense? Will the Saints try to set AP up for a big game or use him as a decoy? Also, who is the most important player on the Vikings' defense? And what does it mean to have Randy Moss in the Ring of Honor?

Bye Boone, hello Brock, what's up Bucky? (ep 217)  

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss an exciting two days of roster moves for the Minnesota Vikings. They released starting guard Alex Boone on Saturday, leaving Nick Easton to start at left guard. Why did the Vikings move on from Boone? How does the O-line shape up now? Who is Tramaine Brock? What led the Vikings to trade for him? And, what is Bucky Hodges' role now that he's made the squad?

The good and bad news about the Vikings' offensive line (ep 216)  

Matthew Coller and Brandon Thorn, who writes for Inside the Pylon and works with Scouting Academy, break down the Vikings' offensive line. Should we be concerned over poor play in the preseason? How can the Vikings use their line's skill sets best? Brandon also discusses how much the O-line could impact Sam Bradford and gives his list of the league's best lines.

Should we care that the Vikings' offense struggled to score in preseason? (ep 215)  

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss whether we should be concerned over the Vikings' lackluster offensive performance with the starters playing. How important is Laquon Treadwell to the offense? Is the offensive line actually better this year or was Sunday a sign of things to come?

How creative will the Vikings be on offense? (ep 214)  

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss the looooong preseason and whether the league should look into an 18-game season. Also, Sam Bradford was ranked 23rd by NFL "insiders." Did they get it right? Will all the new weapons help Bradford move up in those rankings? And will Pat Shurmur be creative with some of his best skill players?

What did we learn about the Vikings against Seattle? (ep 213)  

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad break down the Vikings' preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks. What does it say about their depth at cornerback? The first-team offense looked good, but the Vikings didn't score. Is the offensive line set now? And Ben Gedeon is making some noise at LB.

Are we buying Treadwell stock? (ep 212)  

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss whether Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell can have a productive sophomore season after a disastrous rookie year. Do we believe Treadwell has learned from his Year 1 mistakes? Also, Judd is worried about the Vikings' offensive line and it appears we could see a different look against Seattle. Plus the five players that need a big game against the Seahawks.

The Vikings offense has work to do (ep 211)  

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss the Vikings' win over the Buffalo Bills in their preseason opener. The first team offense struggled, especially on the offensive line. There were a few standout performances on second-team offense. And, what does sitting out this game mean for Laquon Treadwell?

Teddy Bridgewater and the Dolphins? And our Dalvin Cook expectations (ep 210)  

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss a report that the Miami Dolphins discussed trading for Teddy Bridgewater and go through the top storylines of the Vikings' first preseason game. What are we looking for from Dalvin Cook? Which depth receiver will stand out?

Update from the Vikings' night practice  

Matthew Coller empties his notebook from the Vikings' night practice - which will be their last ever in Mankato. How did Sam Bradford look? Rashod Hill's injury incited panic. How will the Viking use Jerick McKinnon? Dalvin Cook has the offense feeling confident.

BONUS: With Vikings defense, can Sam Bradford be a Super Bowl-caliber QB this year?  

Would you rather be the Cleveland Browns than the Minnesota Vikings? Are the Browns set to be a great team despite not targeting a franchise-changing quarterback? How confident are you that Sam Bradford can lead the Vikings to a Super Bowl? The guys name 2 key stats when assessing the Vikings chances of making it to the big game.

Laquon Treadwell and the Vikings wide receiver outlook (ep. 209)  

Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss whether Laquon Treadwell is ready to take over the No. 3 wide receiver spot. Who would be the next receiver up if he struggles? What are realistic expectations for Bucky Hodges? And why has Dalvin Cook stood out?

On the air: How much better can Sam Bradford be?  

1500ESPN reporter Matthew Coller joins Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad to discuss Vikings' training camp. How is Sam Bradford looking in his first full camp in Mankato? Can he raise his play with better players around him? What can Michael Floyd bring to the offense?

Four analytics questions about the Vikings  

1500ESPN's Matthew Coller connects with Pro Football Focus's Eric Eager to talk about how the Vikings shape up in 2017 from an analytics perspective. How much growth can we expect from Sam Bradford? Will the offensive line be better? Will the defense regress?

Update from Mankato: Corners, receivers and other notes  

1500ESPN's Matthew Coller is live from Mankato breaking down the top storylines from camp. Will Pat Elflein start at center? How will the Vikings use Terence Newman? Which depth receivers are standing out?

What the future holds for Teddy Bridgewater (ep. 208)  

ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss Teddy Bridgewater's comments to the media in Mankato. Bridgewater had been silent since his injury last year. What did we take away from his press conference? Were there hints at when he could play again? What does his recovery mean for Sam Bradford's future? And what's the No. 1 thing we're watching in training camp?

Will Mike Zimmer make changes in 2017? (ep. 207)  

ESPN's Ben Goessling and 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss Mike Zimmer's comments to Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press. Does it sound like the Vikings' coach is ready to change some of the things that didn't work in 2016? How much more aggressive will the Vikings be on defense? How will he handle the locker room? And, it's the end of Mankato. On to the new Eagan facility.

Position-by-position training camp preview: Cornerbacks  

Judd Zulgad and Matthew Coller will be previewing every position as the Vikings get set for training camp. For this episode, they look at the cornerbacks.

Position-by-position training camp preview: Quarterbacks  

Judd Zulgad and Matthew Coller will be previewing every position as the Vikings get set for training camp. For this episode, they look at the quarterbacks.

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