Vikings, Football, Notre Dame discussed on After Hours With Amy Lawrence
Going to continue to throw around the football right now and built the world of the NFL. And also the NC double A M will do so with the former NFL linebacker now a member of the Vikings radio network, and you can also catch him on Saturdays on FOX calling college football. And that's Ben Lieber who's kind enough to join us on CBS sports radio Bennett's at gal. Thanks for a few minutes. And how are you? I'm doing great, man. How you doing? I'm doing great. And we do preciado a few minutes. Let's started off with the Vikings. It's the Vikings team coming off the bye, they have the bears in Chicago coming up on Sunday night football bear sitting at six three. Vikings at five three and one. This is one big match up in the in the NFC north just happened. This one coming up on Sunday. Yeah. It's it's hard to believe, you know, we were talking about earlier today. America radio show this morning that who would have thought that this game on Sunday nights gonna be a must win for the Vikings. If they if they feel like they want to control their own destiny, and and women division and all that stuff. You've got right now you've got to parents and a couple of weeks ago. We talked about the same scenarios about who's going to battle for the AFC north, and nobody was really taken the bear seriously. And and everybody's still seemed to think that it was between the Vikings and the Packers. And in the way, the bears have been playing have to absolutely take them. Seriously. Now Trubisky has found a nice rhythm. He's being really smart with the football. They're they're intern being really smart with how the inside and outside the pocket. And you know, I think everybody knows what they can do with that pass rush, especially when they have a lead. So it's gonna be a big time match up and. You know, even in my time when I was at the Vikings. We just didn't play well in Chicago. And I don't know what it is like even when we felt like we had the better team. And we are more talented. It didn't matter if we're playing at noon, or if we're playing at night, there's something about that stadium that the Vikings just a little bit flat. And I'm a little bit word because of that. But historically the last couple of years likings are pretty slow after the by itself. They don't come out of the gates really truly refreshed and staff so it may take a quarter or a half for them to get going. When you look at this one, and you see a big primetime stage on Sunday and hear what you're saying about the Vikings in Chicago. But you look at experience you got Mike Zimmer I know this is Kirk cousins first year there in Minnesota. But he's been around the league for a long time. And you got a young quarterback going up against a rookie head coach how much does experience matter in this one especially at that position. Well, it certainly matters. Right. I mean, yours you're probably lean on the guy that's been there and done that a little bit more often. The thing that worries me though, is this is an offense. That's folded after Andy Reid dolphins. And in Kansas City. It's very similar to the new age approach college football approach about a lot of guys in motion before the snap. Shifting personnel around. You know? Coming out in different formations with different personnel and really kind of playing the game before the balls even snapped. And that's that's the type of system has given Mike Zimmer problems going all the way back to the divisional round game against the saints. The saints are really good at doing that. They're probably not quite as progressive. As maybe the eagles are and work and the eagles game lacks really gave them problems. And that is that is sort of fallen into this season as well that the teams that do that pre snap given like, do you sense problems? Now, they have played better as late, but they really haven't played any offenses like that either. So that's gonna be a thing that I'll be watching as well as just how do they approach this game with this type of team? You know, have they learned their lesson sort of chasing ghosts like they did against the Rams, but what is it specifically more in detail about this team this year 'cause they're five three and one they still have a chance to win this division. Obviously. But they're not as dominant as what people would have thought with the Vikings going into this year. I think there's a couple of factors. I mean injuries injuries. But no doubt about it. It injuries always happen. And it seems like they they got bit pretty good with a couple of key injuries. Most notably Alvin cook. You know, I really expected him to come back in a fury after the ACO last year. And then there's been nagged by a hamstring agree in, thankfully, he played in the Detroit game right before the by and had a nice little seventy yard run. And and on top of that, you know, with all these new metrics and the way we track players, you know, they they had them clocked at twenty two miles an hour, which was the fastest biking so far this year and in one of the faster guys in the NFL. So the hamstring is back. He seems to have that top end speed back. So that's a huge huge advantage for the Vikings. They don't defensively they've been banged up. And and that's been an issue. I think having a new offense coordinator was taking a little bit of time to find his balance. I mean, I think we we see what cousins can do. He can he can be deadly accurate. And I think everybody's starting to realize the talent. And Adam sealant is that that we've known in around these parts for a while. But now the Dacian sort of knows what's EPA talent. He is. So it's taken a while. I think for the whole offense to find that balance that are looking for. And then like I said defensively, you know, I think they came out of the season sort of thinking like, hey, we can just kind of show up, and you know, we're going to beat us rockstar defense. Like, we've always been and they got punched in the mouth a few times. And I think in in a good way they got punched the mouth and humbled a little bit. I think there are there are more aggressive tomatoes. Defense than they were previously at the start of the season. So I think they're starting to really come into form. But it has taken the team quite a few games to try to get get themselves underneath them. We're talking with Ben Lieber right now on CBS sports radio. We'll get to the college ball in just a second. But I do want to ask you about a former teammate going back to your days on the west coast with the chargers, and that's drew Brees. Well, what is it like feed is still see him play in the way that he is right now because it's remarkable year in year out what he's able to do in a football field jealous. You know, there's there's quite a few guys, you know, it was up here and he's still up your coaching with the Vikings. But he's another guy that I looked at and stay together. And I looked at him. Like, man, I I just don't know how you do it, man. I mean everybody that at this age is banged up. And you're playing always with injuries and whatnot and more than anything else. It's such mental grind, you know. It's such such a motion grind. I put my ten years in. And I'm like, I'm done, man. I I just I don't want to deal with this the stress and the the anxiety and fighting through injury all the time. So I look at what drew is doing. Now Tarrant certainly did for a long time. And I'm just jealous fan. They play the game at a high level and still be fresh. And I think, you know, jerus- his playing as strong as he's played maybe ever. I mean, he's still looks like he's right in the middle of this priming. It's thirty nine years old. It's remarkable. There's no doubt about it. Let's get to the college Notre Dame and Syracuse this weekend at Yankee Stadium. Notre Dame two games left in the regular season. They'll have Syracuse like I said this upcoming week. And then they're at USC is noted. I'm gonna win. Both these games, Ben. Yeah. I think they are. I think they are you know, with with Syracuse. It's a great story. Right. I I think you know, what Dino's done there. It's been pretty remarkable. You know, I think he's obviously proven himself as a coach I think they have some talent there. But I think the thing is when you really boil it down do they really have the talent across the board to compete against Notre Dame right now. And I don't think that they do even book is completely changed how you approach and how you think about Notre Dame. He's going to be as healthy as he's been in a while coming in for this game. That defense is is legit. And they're gonna get after Syracuse the whole time. So, you know, the neutral site, I think. Helps Syracuse a little bit. But I still think Notre Dame is still built to play in the elements. And that's one reason why I liked him. I think they are a tough rugged football team that is built for this type of weather in this type of atmosphere. So yeah, I think that they win this game and the USC game. You know, you see they they might be looking for a head coach after this weekend. I mean, they they've still a lot of things to figure out the certainly not the season that they they were into. And so I do think that Notre Dame does take care of them as well and the cultural playoffs how about Michigan will they be the college football playoff you figure? They would easily take care of Indiana this weekend. But then they had that match up against Ohio State. But Michigan looks like the rolling right now. Yeah. Same sort of thing. I I look at you know, it's the same way I sort of evaluate NFL teams, you know, who who's built for a championship run who's built to play in the elements if they have to play in the elements, and and who's a mentally tough football team. And you know, obviously, Alabama's their Clemson clemson's there, and and I feel like Michigan because of that defense. And I think that's the one thing that the the committee looks at as well is who's a balanced football team. You know, who's who's not only can control the ball and run the ball who can play really good defense. And I think they're rewarding some of these teams that played good defense. And I think Michigan should be deserves to be up there. And then the conversation. So I I do like what they got going on right now. I think they take care of business and the big ten, and and they get the college football playoff as well. We always look at the situation that can create the most chaos, and then we get into that conversation of expansion..