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Postby fntsyrookie » Fri Oct 17, 2003 1:26 pm

Learning From Experience?
By Viking Update Staff
Date: Oct 17, 2003

* Michael Bennett began full-speed cutting drills Thursday and finished his practice showing no ill effects. He is still targeting Nov. 2 vs. Green Bay for his return. It will be interesting to see how the Vikings' offensive gameplan will change when and if he returns to the lineup.
* As a follow-up to that, a tight VU source has said that, even if Bennett is 100 percent, he won't be the featured back this season. It will be a time share and, if Moe Williams shows no signs of wearing down, Bennett won't get the majority of the carries. We're told that, while Tice wants to save Williams and give Onterrio Smith every chance to earn a larger role, until something drastic changes, Moe will continue to shoulder most of the load.

I read another article as well regarding this, and Bennett's foot is showing no signs of not healing well. It looks like we will see him later in the year. Take note of Moe shouldering most of the load. Interesting.
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Postby Buckychudd » Fri Oct 17, 2003 1:33 pm

Good news for me since I have Moe!

I don't blame Tice for sticking with him, he has performed pretty well so far......I don't think Bennet can pound the line like Moe can anyhow!
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Postby K-One » Fri Oct 17, 2003 2:27 pm

The better and QUICKER overall back is bennett. Hope Tice recognizes this when he returns...
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Postby deftdelivery » Fri Oct 17, 2003 3:19 pm

I certainately hope Bennett is involved in the pass game at least - be nice to get the extra FF points and perhaps trade bait. It's too bad that Moe Williams may very well continue to get most of the carries - Bennett will continue to be sidelined once the team hits the 10 yard line.

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Postby K-One » Fri Oct 17, 2003 5:03 pm

My question is if Moe will still be used heavily when Bennett comes back, why will he be splitting carries this week with Smith like all of the sites say? I mean if he is going to be splitting with Bennett he should be THE man right now then. I don't buy it. I still say its mainly Bennett's job.
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Postby moochman » Fri Oct 17, 2003 5:12 pm

If you own Bennet don't read too much into this. Remember Tice saying Smith would get 100 yards and then giving him 5 carries to do it with. I think Tice likes to mislead, thinking his opponents are dumb enough to beleive him.
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Postby Mudd » Fri Oct 17, 2003 6:39 pm

I think Tice just says things sometimes w/out really thinking about them. He will see that Bennett is a FAR better back, and he will get most of the carries when he returns to 100%.
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Postby deftdelivery » Fri Oct 17, 2003 9:07 pm

good.
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Postby Sloopyseconds » Fri Oct 17, 2003 11:42 pm

i just hope the better choice is clear between the 2 backs...in retrospect, i made possibly the worst trade of the year, trading garner for peerless price, thinking that MN's schedule is easy for the rest of the year, and my RB slot will be effectively filled with A. Green and "the MN back"... bah, bad DECISION!
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Postby Baltimoron » Sat Oct 18, 2003 9:43 am

I bet Williams will turn into a Bettis type back. Give him the ball in the redzone, but Bennett will get the majority of the carries.
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