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Notable comments from the Minnesota Vikings in the lead up to the Week 3 match vs. the San Diego Chargers.
On Melvin Gordon…
“I think the thing about him is he’s got a lot of speed. A lot of guys think of him as an outside the box runner, but when you watch him on tape, he’s able to run through guys, he’s able to break arm tackles. You don’t think of him as a power back but he’s definitely got the skill set that he can do it.” - Defensive End Brian Robison
“He’s a competitor. He likes to compete and if he messes up, he’s not one of those players who gets his head down. He’s going to run even harder the next time. That’s something we saw in college when he broke the record against Nebraska. He fumbled the ball and when I saw him on the sideline, I texted our other best friend and said, ‘He’s about to go crazy.’ And that’s when he broke the record.”- Cornerback Trae Waynes
On if Norv Turner’s Familiarity Gives Them an Edge…
On Philip Rivers…
“Philip is a guy I’ve seen a bunch of tape on. Coach Turner was able to coach him earlier in his career and I’ve seen numerous throws Philip has been able to make. He’s a great quarterback; he’s one of the best quarterbacks in this league.” - Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
“He wants to sit in the pocket, he’s a pocket passer. He’s not going to do a lot of scrambling, but at the end of the day, he’s going to find the open guy. If you don’t get to him and get around his feet and get him a little nervous in the pocket, then he can pick you apart.”- Defensive End Brian Robison
“He is a great competitor. He’s extremely accurate (and) he’s really smart and tough. I really love everything about him. I’ve had some big battles with him, he’s won some and we’ve won some. In my opinion, he’s one of the best quarterbacks of all time just because of everything. It’s not just (in) the way he wins or the way he competes; the way he fights. I love the guy.”- Head Coach Mike Zimmer
On John Pagano’s Defense…
“Those guys, they get to the football. They have some playmakers on that team and those guys execute and run that defense to perfection. We know it’s going to be a challenge for us. Those guys do a great job on the back end in coverage and things like that. We know it’s going to be a challenge for us.”- Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater