Purple Podcast

Purple Podcast

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The Purple Podcast is a weekly (sometimes 2x weekly) Minnesota Vikings discussion, hosted by ESPN.com beat writer Ben Goessling and 1500 ESPN radio personality (and former beat writer) Judd Zulgad. 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.

Episodes

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.

Position-by-position training camp preview: Linebackers  

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 linebackers.

Position-by-position training camp preview: Offensive Line  

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 offensive line.

Position-by-position training camp preview: Safeties  

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 safeties.

Position-by-position training camp preview: Wide Receivers  

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 wide receivers.

Position-by-position training camp preview: Defensive line  

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 defensive line.

Position-by-position training camp preview: Running backs  

Judd Zulgad and Matthew Coller will be previewing every position as the Vikings get set for training camp. They start with the running backs.

The training camp outlook for Vikings draft pick (ep. 206)  

ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller run down the chances of earning a starting job or making the team for each 2017 draft pick. Can Dalvin Cook take over the running back position? Will Pat Elflein win the starting center job? Which late-round pick will step up? Plus, Ben and Matthew take Twitter questions.

Mini Purple Podcast: The many possibilities for Sam Bradford's future  

Judd Zulgad and Matthew Coller discuss Matthew's breakdown of Derek Carr's numbers versus Sam Bradford's. The results over the last two years are pretty surprising and may give us an indication what Bradford's agent will be seeking. Also, how do all the what-ifs surrounding Teddy Bridgewater affect Bradford's future?

Grading the Vikings roster strength (ep. 205)  

Judd Zulgad and Matthew Coller discuss Pro Football Focus's ranking of the Vikings 2017 roster. Also, they look at several starters who are going into pseudo contract years because how their deals are structured. Judd and Matt also decide which team they'd most like to play for.

The NFC is wide open (ep. 204)  

ESPN's Ben Goessling along with Judd Zulgad and Matthew Coller break down the Vikings' position groups they are most and least confident about, then get into the type of competition the Vikings will be facing this year. Which NFC teams are trending up, which are trending down? Did the NFC North teams improve? And which division has the best jerseys?

Mini Purple Podcast: What does the future hold for Xavier Rhodes?  

Judd Zulgad and Matthew Coller get together for a conversation about Xavier Rhodes' future, short and long term. This year the Vikings will be facing some stiff competition at No. 1 receiver. How will they handle it? Will Rhodes be up to the task of facing Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, AJ Green and other elite receivers? And, should the Vikings sign him long term before camp starts?

What's next for Michael Floyd and the Vikings at receiver? (ep. 203)  

ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss Michael Floyd's future with the Minnesota Vikings after a (now confirmed) report that Floyd violated terms of his house arrest by failing an alcohol test. Should the Vikings immediately be looking for a replacement? Could Floyd's time in Minnesota be over before it started? Can the Vikings rely on Laquon Treadwell if Floyd can't play? Plus, Mike Zimmer is evolving as a head coach and Randy Moss got emotional talking about his past with the Vikings.

Zimmer returns (ep. 202)  

ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss Mike Zimmer's return to practice after taking several weeks off to rest following his eighth eye surgery. Also, who are the most interesting Vikings players in 2017? Should the Vikings trade for Eric Decker? And, who is the worst quarterback of all time?

On Air: Ranking the top 10 Vikings QBs in history  

Judd Zulgad offers up his 10 best Vikings quarterbacks in franchise history, which leads to debate and dissection with Phil Mackey and producer Dave Harrigan. Was Warren Moon high enough? Was Brett Favre here long enough to warrant his ranking?

Would you sign Sam Bradford now or what to see what happens this year? (ep. 201)  

ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss Sam Bradford's comments about his contract situation. Would the Vikings be wise to sign him now to a reasonable deal or wait to see whether he can lead them back to the playoffs? How does Teddy Bridgewater's recovery play into the decision? Should Bradford's agent be playing for a deal now? Also, what's Sharrif Floyd's status? What creative ways might Mike Zimmer replace him? And, who should be the next face of the franchise with Adrian Peterson gone?

On Air: Are we buying the Vikings' hype of two 2016 draft picks  

Matthew Coller joined Mackey and Judd to discuss Mike Zimmer's recent comments praising cornerback Mackensie Alexander and receiver Laquon Treadwell. Both had rough rookie seasons, but the Vikings' head coach says they are on the right path in OTAs. Should we believe in in their progress or is this just typical offseason hype?

Breaking down the Teddy tape (ep. 201)  

ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss the Vikings' decision to release 39 seconds of Teddy Bridgewater throwing. Does the video mean Bridgewater is on his way back? How does Bridgewater's health impact the Vikings' future at quarterback? Also, Mike Zimmer is away from the team as he recovers from eye surgery, did his eye issues impact the Vikings' collapse from 5-0 to 8-8 last season?

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