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ckparrothead
06-17-2005, 12:52 PM
Don't get me wrong, I like Ronnie Brown and like him even better with Ricky Williams on board to help him out on the carry totals, but I do remember prior to the draft a lot of chatter about our options at runninback.

And, I remember, prior to the whole Whizzinator fiasco with Onterrio Smith, Michael Bennett was one of those options. Trade options were discussed regarding Michael Bennett.


http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/sports/11904934.htm


Unbelievable. The dude just smoked a 9.91 seconds in the 100 meters. That is good enough to have taken 5th place at the last OLYMPICS in Athens, Greece. Guy doesn't even train like Olympic sprinters do, and he's dang near an olympic medal in speed.

I'm not sayin anything, not saying we should or should not have gotten him, or that we should or should not have gotten Ronnie, or that we should or should not have let Ricky come back. But there was a lot of discussion around here about the merits of Michael Bennett. I seem to remember a lot of folks down on him because of his injury history, some even suggesting he lost speed etc.

I think we'll be happy with Ronnie Brown. But, I also think the Vikings will end up happy with Michael Bennett. His injury history isn't really as extensive as some have made it out to be.

NJPHIN34
06-17-2005, 12:58 PM
That straightaway, sprinter speed doesn't always translate to the NFL. I think a RB's most important skills are his vision, followed by his agility, than maybe power, than I think top speed. But it doesn't matter how fast a guy is if he can't stay on the field. And if he doesn't have the power to break tackles, what good is that breakaway speed?

ChambersNBoston
06-17-2005, 12:58 PM
Yea i read that somewhere...and I couldn't believe it...he is soo fast and a force to be dealt with in the NFC..glad thats not our problem...he will be my second round RB grab for my yahoo fantasy league...steal...Ronnie is my third round choice of course...im confident with our rbs and Linehans ability to use them in his sophisticated screens and run plays.

John Biello
06-17-2005, 01:28 PM
i mewntioned something like this around draft time when everyone was throwing around trade scenarious with minny for there 2 first round picks. a deal involving bennett cuz of his great speed. it def didnt get a good response, it was along the lines of, he sucks, he gets hurt alot, hes not really that fast anyway, maybe people just dont like my ideas!

burger13
06-17-2005, 01:39 PM
It was widely known since he entered the league that michael bennett was one of, if noth the, fastest players in the league.........

But I am VERY skeptical of that time.......who clocked him?? Was it an electronic time? I doubt it. I know he is fast, but I think that time may be skewed by human error.

Boik14
06-17-2005, 02:05 PM
Normally that straight sprinters speed doesnt translate but it seems to be translating just fine for Bennett and Kevin Jones. One player is a fluke, two you start to wonder if its the begining of a trend.

painnotpleasure
06-17-2005, 02:09 PM
Michael Bennett running... :escape:

MelbournePhin
06-17-2005, 02:16 PM
speed isnt everything. remember james jett? (wr for LA Raiders)

cnc66
06-17-2005, 02:35 PM
bob hayes

MelbournePhin
06-17-2005, 02:45 PM
john capel from UF is another example of world class sprinter/failed football player

phinz_fan
06-17-2005, 02:46 PM
Stay tuned for my upcoming threads: Deion Sanders is Black, Dan Marino is retired, and Terrell Owens is arrogant. They will contain a lot of equally redundant information - much like this thread.

Boik14
06-17-2005, 02:49 PM
speed isnt everything. remember james jett? (wr for LA Raiders)Different position, different skill level. Both bennett and Jones have shown themselves to have a good change of direction and be more than just the type of back who gets 2-3 big plays a game and does nothing else. Theyve shown they can grind it it out; in bennett's case he just needs to stay healthy and jones just needs more time to prove himself further after leading the league in rushing yards the 2nd half of last year. Speed isnt everything at RB but it adds a very nice dimension.

MelbournePhin
06-17-2005, 02:51 PM
kevin jones is gonna be a stud imo

ckparrothead
06-17-2005, 05:00 PM
It's one thing to turn a sprinter into a football player, it's another IMO to have a football player who has olympic sprinter speed. Bennett is a good runningback. He's shown that before. IMO, if he stays healthy, he'll continue to be an excellent runningback.

ChambersNBoston
06-17-2005, 05:06 PM
vikes need to learn that boy some route running so he be dangerous as a reciever too

Bottle Nose
06-17-2005, 05:20 PM
bob hayes

Bullet Bob Hayes was a 2 sports star. At one time he was known as the worlds fastest human. All pro 4 times... literly paved the way for speedy recievers... I can remember (showing my age) unbelievabe seperation between him and defensive backs... I hope you were not using him as an example of speed not translating into football greatness.

phinphan11
06-17-2005, 05:32 PM
Stay tuned for my upcoming threads: Deion Sanders is Black, Dan Marino is retired, and Terrell Owens is arrogant. They will contain a lot of equally redundant information - much like this thread.

Deion is black??? :eek:

Dphins4me
06-17-2005, 10:41 PM
Unbelievable. The dude just smoked a 9.91 seconds in the 100 meters. That is good enough to have taken 5th place at the last OLYMPICS in Athens, Greece. Guy doesn't even train like Olympic sprinters do, and he's dang near an olympic medal in speed.

I'm not sayin anything, not saying we should or should not have gotten him, or that we should or should not have gotten Ronnie, or that we should or should not have let Ricky come back. But there was a lot of discussion around here about the merits of Michael Bennett. I seem to remember a lot of folks down on him because of his injury history, some even suggesting he lost speed etc.

What good is that speed if its always on the sidelines broken? Bennett will always be a tease, simply because he will always be broken.


But, I also think the Vikings will end up happy with Michael Bennett. His injury history isn't really as extensive as some have made it out to be.
Its not? He has only been available for 19 out of the last 32 games Minn has played in. He has only played one full season in 4 years. Been available to play in 48 of the 64 games he has been a pro. He has missed 25% of his career due to injury and 41% of the last two years.

Just what do you call extensive?

ROCHESTERPHISH
06-17-2005, 10:45 PM
was it bob heinz that we had .
he was an olympic sprinter back in 71 or 72

akfinfan
06-17-2005, 10:56 PM
Don't get me wrong, I like Ronnie Brown and like him even better with Ricky Williams on board to help him out on the carry totals, but I do remember prior to the draft a lot of chatter about our options at runninback.

And, I remember, prior to the whole Whizzinator fiasco with Onterrio Smith, Michael Bennett was one of those options. Trade options were discussed regarding Michael Bennett.


http://www.twincities.com/mld/pioneerpress/sports/11904934.htm


Unbelievable. The dude just smoked a 9.91 seconds in the 100 meters. That is good enough to have taken 5th place at the last OLYMPICS in Athens, Greece. Guy doesn't even train like Olympic sprinters do, and he's dang near an olympic medal in speed.

I'm not sayin anything, not saying we should or should not have gotten him, or that we should or should not have gotten Ronnie, or that we should or should not have let Ricky come back. But there was a lot of discussion around here about the merits of Michael Bennett. I seem to remember a lot of folks down on him because of his injury history, some even suggesting he lost speed etc.

I think we'll be happy with Ronnie Brown. But, I also think the Vikings will end up happy with Michael Bennett. His injury history isn't really as extensive as some have made it out to be.

INJURY PRONE!! INJURY PRONE!! INJURY PRONE!!

Fact is Bennett has been injury prone and has only finished one season the last 4 years without getting hurt.

You should know this CK, your smarter that this buddy!!

dolphan north
06-17-2005, 11:16 PM
That straightaway, sprinter speed doesn't always translate to the NFL. I think a RB's most important skills are his vision, followed by his agility, than maybe power, than I think top speed. But it doesn't matter how fast a guy is if he can't stay on the field. And if he doesn't have the power to break tackles, what good is that breakaway speed?

Kind of like they always talked about Terrell Davis. Not a combine eye popper, but whne in pads and playing...well you all know.

djfresh47
06-18-2005, 12:07 AM
I really like Michael Bennett, when he is healthy. As much as I like Linehan, I really thought he was a much better back than Smith and Moore. The guy is a burner, and hypothetically if he was traded for, who would Saban of picked 2nd overall? I hated the idea of Braylon Edwards, there was not a defensive tackle/LT who was worth picking, and while I thought Rodgers had value, I was proven wrong by him dropping to GB. With keeping the 2nd overall pick, it appears that the best option was a RB, while I disagree with the RB who was chosen because I think Cedric Benson will be the best back, a RB probably was the right choice, even though RB's who I think would probably of been taken much higher in previous years fell to the 2nd day in Fason and MB3. If Michael Bennett stays healthy, he is a pro bowl caliber RB, while I don't know what kind of offense Minnesota will run without Linehan, if better options were available at need positions, I would've been all for the trade, but with the top defensive tackle prospect, Rod Wright, and the top 2 LT prospects in McNeil and Fergusan not declaring, taking a RB probably was the safest pick.

ckparrothead
06-18-2005, 01:17 AM
What I KNOW, is that 13 of the 16 games that he has missed are due to ONE injury. That is not so bad. It is the equivalent of a guy blowing out his knee for a year.

David Boston has played in 70 of 96 career games, which works out to even less of a percentage than Bennett. Yet, I see nothing but blind optimism about him around here. Guess Bennett should have been a dolphin first, and THEN I could get away with singing his praises. :rolleyes:

Fresh
06-18-2005, 01:26 AM
john capel from UF is another example of world class sprinter/failed football player

LOL @ your Dolemite avatar...funniest movie ever.

"Mothaf*ckaaaaaaaaaz!" :rofl3:

godfater21
06-18-2005, 02:58 AM
Speed is not everything. look at michael bates. he medaled in the olympics in sprinting. he was a good return man but that was it. to be a good running back you either have to be elusive or a hard nosed runner who will run right through a guy. bennett is not an elusive runner he is north and south. he can't break tackles, hell too strong of a wind and he goes down. No Bennett needs to play on a team with a powerfull o-line so he can get passed the defense and out run them. he would not fit in good with miami.

dolphan north
06-18-2005, 10:44 PM
I really like Michael Bennett, when he is healthy. As much as I like Linehan, I really thought he was a much better back than Smith and Moore. The guy is a burner, and hypothetically if he was traded for, who would Saban of picked 2nd overall? I hated the idea of Braylon Edwards, there was not a defensive tackle/LT who was worth picking, and while I thought Rodgers had value, I was proven wrong by him dropping to GB. With keeping the 2nd overall pick, it appears that the best option was a RB, while I disagree with the RB who was chosen because I think Cedric Benson will be the best back, a RB probably was the right choice, even though RB's who I think would probably of been taken much higher in previous years fell to the 2nd day in Fason and MB3. If Michael Bennett stays healthy, he is a pro bowl caliber RB, while I don't know what kind of offense Minnesota will run without Linehan, if better options were available at need positions, I would've been all for the trade, but with the top defensive tackle prospect, Rod Wright, and the top 2 LT prospects in McNeil and Fergusan not declaring, taking a RB probably was the safest pick.

I think he would have only tried (like he did) to get someone to trade up for Edwards by faking piking him. I think if he couldn't trade he would have taken Rodgers. The only reason he fell to GB was because nobody needed a QB that badly. Rodgers' value did not plummet. At 21 he was a steal.