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Purple Insider - a Minnesota Vikings and NFL podcast

313 episodes - English - Latest episode: about 23 hours ago - ★★★★★ - 513 ratings

Matthew Coller is joined by reporters, players, analysts and much more to break down everything Minnesota Vikings football. From discussing whether Kirk Cousins will take the Vikings to the next level to breaking down offensive line combinations to analyzing the NFC North, this podcast is for people who live and breathe football.

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CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso gives his 5 most interesting teams in the NFL Draft and talks Vikings guard prospects

April 19, 2021 05:00 - 57 minutes - 45.9 MB

Matthew Coller and CBS Sports draft analyst Chris Trapasso deep dive into the most interesting teams in the NFL Draft, starting with the Atlanta Falcons, whose decision to take a quarterback or trade down could determine how the rest of the board falls. Will Denver get in the QB mix? Are the Vikings one of the 5 most interesting teams? Chris thinks so because they have so many options. Plus who are the guards the Vikings should target in the third round?

Bonus episode: Locker Room App draft simulation -- how will the first 13 picks before the Vikings play out?

April 18, 2021 05:00 - 52 minutes - 37.7 MB

Each Thursday and Saturday night leading up to the NFL Draft, Matthew Coller gets on the Locker Room app to chat with fans about which direction the Vikings will go with the 14th overall pick. This time around, Matthew mocks the first 13 picks to see what the Vikings are looking at while also answering questions about the offensive line, Jeff Gladney's situation and more

ESPN's Courtney Cronin breaks down the best Vikings draft pick since 2015 and why they could draft a mid-round QB

April 17, 2021 05:00 - 54 minutes - 42.6 MB

Matthew Coller and ESPN Vikings reporter Courtney Cronin talk about four burning Vikings questions, starting with who the Vikings' best draft pick since 2016 is...also why didn't they consider signing Cordarrelle Patterson? Courtney thinks the Vikings will draft a mid-round QB and they talk about "our guys" in this year's draft.

Friday roundtable: Derrik Klassen of NBC Edge talks about why the Vikings should run away from mid-round QBs

April 16, 2021 05:00 - 45 minutes - 42.3 MB

Matthew Coller and Sam Ekstrom are joined by Derrik Klassen, who spent his last few months compiling a massive amount of tracking data on all the top projected quarterbacks in the draft. Does he see any potential hits in the middle rounds with Davis Mills, Jamie Newman or Kellen Mond? Would Derrik be interested in Mac Jones at No. 14 if he were available? Also which unproven quarterbacks are frauds? Does he think Jalen Hurts will be good?

Yahoo! Sports' Eric Edholm defends his mock draft, explains why the Vikings could pick Kwity Paye

April 15, 2021 05:00 - 39 minutes - 30.9 MB

Matthew Coller connects with one of the top draft analysts on the interwebs, Eric Edholm, who talks about his latest mock draft and why he thinks the 49ers could take Mac Jones with the No. 3 overall pick. Which quarterback is most likely to fall? Why is Kwity Paye from Michigan a fit for the Vikings? If they were to take Best Player Available instead, who would that be? Plus Eric shares his favorite draft-night story

Stop the Mac Jones comparisons to Kirk Cousins and whether Jeff Gladney's status matters in the draft

April 14, 2021 05:00 - 53 minutes - 49.2 MB

Sam Ekstrom returns to the show following a week off and discusses Matthew's article about why Kirk Cousins shouldn't be an insult when people compare him to Mac Jones. Would Sam take Mac Jones at 14 if he were available for the Vikings? Plus will Jeff Gladney's recent arrest matter on draft night? Would the Vikings consider another first-round corner to replace him? What do we expect will happen now with Gladney? And we play a game of what will happen to NFC teams at the top. Finally, a SimB...

Bonus episode: Listen to Michael Pierce's entertaining and interesting press conference

April 14, 2021 05:00 - 31 minutes - 24.2 MB

Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce sat out last season. He joined the Twin Cities media for a long discussion on what he learned about himself over the last year, how he watched Vikings football, how he's going to fit in Mike Zimmer's defense and much more. Here's his entire chat from Wedneady morning...

Former Viking Jeremiah Sirles argues for the Vikings to take an offensive lineman over QB and WR

April 13, 2021 05:00 - 51 minutes - 47.2 MB

Tuesday Morning Left Guard is back! Matthew Coller and ex-Viking offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles break down the Vikings' options with the 14th overall pick by making Sirles argue against every other position outside of offensive line. Would he be willing to make an exception for a top quarterback? How about if the Vikings could trade down and get a wide receiver? Should they just go best player available? Which spot would he make an exception for? Plus they talk about Garrett Bradbury's 202...

Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports breaks down a draft sim with Trey Lance going to the Vikings + talks receivers

April 12, 2021 05:00 - 58 minutes - 46.6 MB

Each Monday Matthew Coller is joined by Chris Trapasso, draft analyst for CBS Sports. On this week's episode we break down a draft simulation to start the show that has the Vikings landing Trey Lance with the 14th overall pick and whether that would be a good choice for the Vikings considering their present situation with Kirk Cousins's contract. Chris also breaks down the different styles of top wide receivers, including what makes Rondale Moore like Percy Harvin in his eyes. Plus they talk ...

Bonus episode: Locker Room app Vikings draft simulation after dark, trade up edition

April 10, 2021 05:00 - 50 minutes - 36.2 MB

Every Thursday and Saturday night Purple Insider hosts a draft simulation on the Locker Room app. For this week's edition, Matthew Coller does a trade up to the 10th overall pick to see how it works out. Would the Vikings take Trey Lance if he's still on the board? Plus fans ask questions and share their opinions... a Lions fan even drops in to give his take on what Detroit will do at No. 7.

Friday Roundtable ft. The Athletic's Arif Hasan: How does the outlook of recent draft picks impact this year's draft?

April 09, 2021 05:00 - 53 minutes - 49.1 MB

Matthew Coller and Intern Paul (who is technically no longer an intern) talk with Arif Hasan of The Athletic about how the Vikings are finally in a position to draft the best player available and how the progress of Garrett Bradbury, Irv Smith Jr. and Cam Dantzler will impact the future. We touch on the lack of depth at multiple positions being a driver for the trade down thought process except for when a quarterback is in play.

670 The Score's Laurence Holmes breaks down the Bears' Dalton decision and offseason QB movement

April 08, 2021 05:00 - 41 minutes - 33.3 MB

Matthew Coller gets together with Chicago host Laurence Holmes to talk about whether the Bears have regrets after Teddy Bridgewater and Jimmy Garoppolo's teams made trades for quarterbacks and the Bears are left with Andy Dalton. Plus Laurence is confused by the Panthers' trade and talks about the strange reports about Justin Fields. He also asks if Matthew has ever tried Taco Bell breakfast.

Could the Panthers' trade set up the Vikings with a QB choice at 14?

April 07, 2021 05:00 - 55 minutes - 43.9 MB

Matthew Coller is joined by Paul Hodowanic, who is filling in his week for Sam Ekstrom. They begin the show with a game matching terrible Panthers QBs who led the team in passing for 1 season to random factoids about said QBs to celebrate the Sam Darnold trade. Then they discuss whether the Vikings will now have a chance to draft a QB at No. 14 because the Panthers traded for Darnold. They also discuss which QB is most likely to be there at 14 and whether the Vikings would consider it and tal...

What will the Chargers do in the draft with their pick right before the Vikings?

April 06, 2021 05:00 - 51 minutes - 39.4 MB

Matthew Coller opens the show by briefly touching on Jeff Gladney's arrest and then talks with Los Angeles Chargers reporter Daniel Popper about what will happen with the No. 13 overall pick now that the Carolina Panthers have acquired Sam Darnold. Does that mean the Chargers will trade out of the pick? Will they draft the offensive lineman? Will they take a corner? Plus how will Brandon Staley change the Chargers' defense and will Justin Herbert be a star? Daniel certainly thinks so.

An epic mock draft of the first 14 picks with CBS Sports's Chris Trapasso

April 05, 2021 05:00 - 1 hour - 61 MB

In order to figure out who will be on the board when the Minnesota Vikings pick at No. 14, Matthew Coller and Chris Trapasso decide to mock the first 13 picks and things get very interesting as they debate the top three quarterbacks, break down why the Falcons need Kyle Pitts, how Dallas could surprisingly end up with an offensive lineman, why Mac Jones makes sense to Denver and then they debate whether the Vikings would take defensive end or offensive tackle with the 14th overall pick

Bonus episode: Locker room app Saturday Night Draft Simulation with "my guys"

April 04, 2021 05:00 - 45 minutes - 34.4 MB

Every Thursday and Saturday night, Matthew Coller goes live on the Locker Room app to talk with Vikings fans and do a draft simulation. In this episode, he picks his favorite players in each round regardless of how they fit with the Vikings. Fans ask about Orlando Brown Jr. trades, the defensive and offensive line and much more...

Friday roundtable: Will the Vikings actually draft an offensive lineman?

April 02, 2021 05:00 - 46 minutes - 42.8 MB

Matthew Coller and Sam Ekstrom are joined by Will Ragatz of Sports Illustrated for the Friday Roundtable. They open up by talking about whether the Vikings actually feel like they are set along the offensive line and if they can go best player available in the draft. Then they discuss what's missing from Mike Zimmer's mindset on offense versus his approach to always pushing the defense forward. And then they talk hills to die on for the draft, including not taking a mid-round quarterback.

ESPN's Courtney Cronin has questions about the offensive line and breaks down how Mike Zimmer is doing the offseason his way

April 01, 2021 05:00 - 47 minutes - 37.4 MB

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PFF NFL Draft analyst Austin Gayle breaks down O-line prospects and what the Vikings should do if a QB is on the board

March 31, 2021 05:00 - 46 minutes - 35.7 MB

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17-game season and a live instant reaction to the Vikings re-signing Dakota Dozier

March 31, 2021 05:00 - 58 minutes - 53.4 MB

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Have the Vikings closed the gap on the Packers? ESPN Wisconsin's Jason Wilde joins to discuss

March 30, 2021 05:00 - 56 minutes - 45.2 MB

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CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso joins to talk about the 49ers' big trade and grades a Vikings draft sim

March 29, 2021 05:00 - 48 minutes - 38.7 MB

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Bonus episode: Reacting to Xavier Woods signing + Locker Room app mock draft

March 28, 2021 05:00 - 54 minutes - 49.6 MB

On this bonus episode, Matthew Coller and Sam Ekstrom give their takes on the Vikings signing Xavier Woods and the audio from Matthew Coller's Draft Sim After Dark on the Locker Room app is included. There's much discussion over whether the 49ers will take Justin Fields or Trey Lance and whether the Vikings should pick a WR or OT at 14

Vikings sign Mackensie Alexaner and Matt Harmon of Yahoo! Sports talks Justin Jefferson and DeVonta Smith

March 27, 2021 05:00 - 53 minutes - 43.7 MB

Of course the Minnesota Vikings made a late Friday afternoon move, signing cornerback Mackensie Alexander. Do we like the signing? What do we expect from Alexander's role? What does this mean for Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler? Plus Matt Harmon of Yahoo! Sports joins to talk about his Reception Perception project and why Justin Jefferson was so special and what the numbers say about Alabama's DeVonta Smith, who NFL Network mocked (once) to the Vikings

Friday roundtable: Star Tribune's Ben Goessling talks Anthony Barr's contract and helping Kirk Cousins

March 26, 2021 05:00 - 47 minutes - 40.4 MB

Matthew Coller, Sam Ekstrom and the Star Tribune's Ben Goessling deep dive into Anthony Barr's restructure and the odd relationship between Barr and the Vikings. Also why the Vikings haven't done more to help Kirk Cousins, whether the cap space they recently created means a big move coming and how the Danielle Hunter situation will play out.

Emergency podcast: ESPN's Courtney Cronin breaks down the Vikings' trade for lineman Mason Cole

March 25, 2021 05:00 - 40 minutes - 31.9 MB

The Vikings sent a 6th round pick to the Arizona Cardinals... was that a good idea? Based on Cole's history, they aren't actually thinking of starting him, are they? Would they move Garrett Bradbury? Will they still draft a tackle? Plus Courtney picks a mock Vikings schedule and the results are not great...

Safety should be a priority for Vikings in free agency and ranking Zimmer-era signings

March 25, 2021 05:00 - 50 minutes - 41.1 MB

Matthew Coller and Sam Ekstrom dive into PFF's Improvement Index saying that Anthony Harris was a more important loss than we would think. Will it be hard to replace Harris on the free agent market? Can the Vikings put anyone next to Harrison Smith? And how are we feeling about the NFC North's decline versus what the Vikings have done. Plus Matthew and Sam rank the top 10 free agent signings by the Vikings during the Zimmer era.

Is there a big target the Vikings should spend their remaining cap space on?

March 24, 2021 05:00 - 49 minutes - 40.7 MB

The Minnesota Vikings curiously cancelled a press conference for a linebacker they were set to sign and Anthony Barr's contract creates more cap space than expected... so does that mean the Vikings are targeting another big-name free agent? Let's go through the list and decide whether we are in our out on the remaining big names.

Bonus episode: Alex Clancy of FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix talks Patrick Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald and NFC West

March 23, 2021 05:00 - 32 minutes - 30.1 MB

Matthew Coller and Alex Clancy, who works for FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix and hosts the Locked On AZCards podcast talk about whether Larry Fitzgerald will ever become a Viking, why Patrick Peterson's last few seasons haven't gone as planned, why Kliff Kinsbury is already on the hot seat and what the Vikings can expect from the NFC West

PFF's Kevin Cole breaks down where the Vikings sit after the first week of free agency in the 'Improvement Index'

March 23, 2021 05:00 - 54 minutes - 44.5 MB

Matthew Coller and Pro Football Focus analyst Kevin Cole talk about his "Improvement Index" which is meant to quantify how much a team has improved during the offseason. The Vikings are presently on the positive side of the chart but many NFC teams are on the negative side. Why are the Rams lower and the Lions last on the list? How much does the Vikings' lack of answers at safety, offensive line and edge rusher matter? Is Washington the most improved team?

Fun with free agency: Which FA signings would have changed the Vikings' outlook and all-time busts

March 22, 2021 05:00 - 51 minutes - 47.4 MB

While we wait for more Vikings moves to happen, Matthew Coller got together with his old 1500ESPN teammate Manny Hill to have some fun with Hot Routez... 5 questions about free agency that always send us down interesting paths. Which free agents would have seriously altered the 2021 season, no matter how realistic? What are the worst busts in NFL free agency history? When's the next time the Vikings will be equal at quarterback in an elite matchup and what were the worst signings this year?

Bonus episode: Draft simulations and Q+A from Purple Insider live locker room app session

March 20, 2021 05:00 - 46 minutes - 42.2 MB

Every Thursday and Saturday night around 9:30 CT, Matthew Coller goes live to simulate the draft and talk Vikings with fans on the Locker Room app. His Thursday night session included talk about Orlando Brown, the offensive guard position, how the first round will play out, why trading down makes so much sense and why a YOLO draft with Trey Lance might be better than the more likely options.

Bonus episode: Giants host Lance Medow talks Dalvin Tomlinson (and Eli Manning debates)

March 19, 2021 15:00 - 34 minutes - 28.4 MB

XM Sports host and pre/halftime/postgame New York Giants host Lance Medow joins Matthew Coller for a fun episode talking about what Dalvin Tomlinson meant to the Giants last year, how he took steps forward and how he might help out

Friday roundtable: The Athletic's Arif Hasan talks about Patrick Peterson and Dalvin Tomlinson's scheme fits

March 19, 2021 05:00 - 43 minutes - 40.4 MB

Matthew Coller and Sam Ekstrom are joined by Arif Hasan of The Athletic to dive deep into the X's and O's of the Minnesota Vikings' two big signings. What did Dalvin Tomlinson have to say about his own pressure statistics in his press conference? What are the odds that he has a major impact next year? Is there something to Patrick Peterson and the scheme change in coming to Minnesota?

WCCO's Cory Hepola gives a Viking fan perspective on the offseason

March 18, 2021 17:58 - 42 minutes - 35.3 MB

Matthew Coller and WCCO host Cory Hepola get together to talk about the Vikings' offseason. Cory talks about whether he'd like to see the Vikings get aggressive with signings and tells a great story about getting super excited about a Vikings signing when he was in college.

Emergency podcast: Reacting to the Vikings signing Patrick Peterson

March 17, 2021 05:00 - 41 minutes - 38.1 MB

The Vikings added a veteran corner at a high price. Will it work out? What does Peterson's recent play say about the odds he changes the Vikings' defense for the better?

ESPN's Courtney Cronin gives some new (league) year resolutions for the Minnesota Vikings at pass rusher, receiver and corner in free agency

March 17, 2021 05:00 - 48 minutes - 43.1 MB

The NFL league year officially began on Wednesday and Matthew Coller and ESPN's Courtney Cronin got together for talk about some new year's resolutions for the Vikings. They end up talking about free agents who are still on the market that the Vikings should chase and how they are going to make up the big gap in pass rushing from last year now that they've added Dalvin Tomlinson and let go Ifeadi Odenigbo.

Day 2 of free agency: Tomlinson has become a debate topic and you can't laugh at the Bears

March 17, 2021 05:00 - 50 minutes - 46.1 MB

Matthew Coller and Sam Ekstrom talk about everything that happened on Day 2 of free agency's "legal tampering period," including a surprise exit from Ifeadi Odenigbo. After a day of sitting on the Dalvin Tomlinson signing, how are we viewing it? Why we like Tomlinson as a player but have to wonder about the price tag and now that Shamar Stephen's become a cap casualty, who's next up on the DLine? Does Danielle Hunter's social media mean anything? Plus the Bears signed Andy Dalton and while yo...

Reacting to the Vikings signing Dalvin Tomlinson

March 16, 2021 05:00 - 45 minutes - 39.4 MB

At the final hour of the first day of NFL free agency, the Minnesota Vikings made a signing, picking up New York Giants nose tackle Dalvin Tomlinson. Why did they sign a run stuffer when they already have Michael Pierce? What else should they be thinking about repairing the defense? Where does the offensive line fit into the equation?

The Bears aren't getting Russell Wilson, right?

March 15, 2021 05:00 - 42 minutes - 39 MB

Matthew Coller is joined by Locked On Bears podcast host Lorin Cox, who breaks down why a Russell Wilson trade to the Bears is unlikely and what other options Chicago has at quarterback. He talks about the similarities between the Vikings and Bears and goes into the situation with Chicago's GM Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy and how much longer they are likely to be in Chicago. Plus they talk about the most ridiculous recent Bears/Vikings games.

Bonus Purple Insider: Quick reactions to Barr, Hunter, Thuney news

March 15, 2021 05:00 - 22 minutes - 20.7 MB

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Vikings free agency Day 1 recap: Nothing happened and probably won't but maybe that's for the best

March 15, 2021 05:00 - 59 minutes - 54.7 MB

Matthew Coller and Sam Ekstrom break down a day of inactivity for the Vikings and answer Viking fan questions about what's next.

Bonus episode: Q+A and mock draft of the first 14 picks

March 14, 2021 06:00 - 49 minutes - 36.7 MB

Every Thursday and Saturday night during free agency and draft season, Matthew Coller is hosting live Q+As and draft simulations on the Locker Room App. This bonus episode is the audio from his live session, which includes great questions and "call-ins" from listeners about WR3, Mike Zimmer's impact on the offense, why the Vikings should be team trade down and looks at the first 13 picks leading up to the Vikings' selection at 14.

Friday roundtable with PFF's Eric Eager on the big picture of the Minnesota Vikings' free agency decisions

March 12, 2021 06:00 - 50 minutes - 44 MB

Matthew Coller and Sam Ekstrom are joined by PFF's Eric Eager to talk about how the Vikings would approach the coming weeks if everyone in the front office had no threat to their job security. What does that say about where Kirk Cousins stands with his performance and contract versus the rest of the roster and how far the Vikings need to go in order to be a Super Bowl contender? Plus who is each of our favorite QB in the NFL draft that isn't named Wilson or Lawrence?

Jeremiah Sirles breaks down how the Vikings will move on after Riley Reiff

March 11, 2021 06:00 - 47 minutes - 43.6 MB

Matthew Coller and former Minnesota Viking Jeremiah Sirles dive deep in the Vikings' decision to release Riley Reiff. What is the best option to replace him? How does Brian O'Neill's contract play into it? Is drafting a LT going to solve the problems right away? What's the deal with Ezra Cleveland? How would Jeremiah handle free agency and the draft if he was the GM and had zero chance of being fired?

ESPN's Courtney Cronin reacts to the Vikings cutting Riley Reiff

March 10, 2021 06:00 - 46 minutes - 40.1 MB

Matthew Coller and ESPN's Courtney Cronin get together to talk about some of the regrets the Vikings should have in their handling of Riley Reiff's situation and what the Vikings will do next at left tackle. Will they play Brian O'Neill on the left size? What does this mean for Ezra Cleveland? How about the cap space they have left? And is Anthony Barr next?

NFL News is flying around everywhere, how do the latest deals and tags it impact the Vikings?

March 10, 2021 06:00 - 43 minutes - 39.7 MB

There's so much going on in the NFL right now and Matthew Coller and Sam Ekstrom attempt to capture it all and debate its impact on the Vikings. Does Sam agree that Kirk Cousins should view Dak Prescott's deal as a reason to attempt to hit free agency in 2022? Will Allen Robinson getting franchise tagged affect Russell Wilson's desire to play for the Bears? Will two tackles getting tagged make Riley Reiff want to hit the free agent market? And why the Raiders are a cautionary tale of making m...

Dak signs, Saints QB situation with Nick Underhill and Q+A questions

March 09, 2021 06:00 - 55 minutes - 50.9 MB

Matthew Coller gives a quick reaction to the news that Dak Prescott has signed a mega contract with the Dallas Cowboys and what that might mean for Kirk Cousins's future plus a franchise tag for Brandon Scherff. Then Matthew is joined by Saints reporter Nick Underhill to talk about how the Saints' QB situation is being overlooked. And how will they get out of cap hell? And then Matthew answers questions from listeners about how the Vikings should build their roster and about how to look at a ...

CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso breaks down 5 Minnesota Vikings mock drafts and what could impact their pick in free agency

March 08, 2021 06:00 - 49 minutes - 45 MB

Matthew Coller and CBS Sports draft analyst Chris Trapasso take five mock drafts from ESPN, NFL Network and PFF and break down five different players who analysts have going to the Minnesota Vikings. Does it make sense for the Vikings to take a beast tackle? What would that say about Ezra Cleveland? How about an edge rusher whether Danielle Hunter stays or not? Why trading down makes sense and how a receiver pick would help the Vikings the most right away.

The Athletic's Chad Graff joins to discuss GM Rick Spielman's media session and the future of Vikings' stars

March 05, 2021 06:00 - 53 minutes - 49.3 MB

Matthew Coller and Sam Ekstrom hold another Friday Roundtable in which Chad Graff of The Athletic comes by to answer burning Minnesota Vikings questions like whether Rick Spielman was telling the truth about Kirk Cousins being their quarterback going forward, how the Danielle Hunter situation plays out, whether they should consider moving Harrison Smith and if drafting a QB makes any sense.