Pete Bercich Talks Viking Free Agency

Pete Bercich returns in the first edition of Viking Soundbites for 2017.  He touches on the departures of Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil and Cordarrelle Patterson, and the arrival of 2 new tackles.  He also talks about how LaQuon Treadwell is more likely to turn out like Adam Thielen than Troy Williamson.  And learn about which 3 musical groups Pete would invite to his personal concert.  Only on VikeFans.com.

28 thoughts on “Pete Bercich Talks Viking Free Agency

  • March 22, 2017 at 1:39 pm
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    I listened to it earlier. Thought it was great. I love the view from someone who has been there. Plus he seems like a very good person.  Tom you do a great job.  Looking forward to the future interviews. As Greed stated earlier, this is an awesome site. There are many great contributors for Viking views and info. All the mocks are great but especially enjoy reading Guru’s stuff. Thanks to all. 

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  • March 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm
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    Good stuff Tom and Pete, I loved the fact that he became part of our community at the end of the podcast by letting us get to know him a little bit, I hope that continues, as I believe it will go a long way here.

    I know he cant tell us much insider stuff, but would love to get his take on what he thinks the Vikings Will do and what he thinks they Should do in both FA and the Draft. 

    Maybe an update on Teddy next show? 

    Either way, thanks for doing these Tom, and welcome aboard Pete, and stock the beer fridge!!

     

    SKOL!!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm
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    Wow, great interview! Pete’s a hard rockin, flattop wearing Viking source, like none other. Loved to hear his take on the player’s parents. Looking forward to more, thanks Tom.

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  • March 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm
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    Just listened to the interview.  It is good to hear Pete’s voice again.   Hope we can bring back a lot more of the interview stuff not only with Pete but with other older players.  We can see interviews on current players other places but I like the insight the older players give us on what they are seeing and hearing.

    I missed seeing the interview as I typically come on the site and go right to the Longship to see what has been posted skipping past the pins at the top.  I just happened to see Tom and Mike’s reminder posts and then went and listened to the interview.

    I was very interested in his thoughts on Kalil and why Carolina would spend so much on him where Minnesota would not.  Like Pete says, Carolina better hope a lot of the “ifs” become reality.

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  • March 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm
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    Thanks Pete!  Great to hear your take on things as a former NFL player.  On that, what’s the biggest change of the game since you played?  How much faster is the game compared to when you played.  I know top end speed guys are “around normal” as records are not being set every year… but are average players a lot faster than they were in the 90s?  Plus big guys are fast now… that’s gotta hurt.  

    Matt should receive motivation from his big bro.  I think it will help him produce at an NFL level.

    Liked the “get to know Pete” section at the end.  That’s how you connect with people and get them to tune in.

    Music – I’d go to Pete’s concert… although I’m not a huge Metallica fan, but a fan..  after all they did have “kill Bon Jovi” on their guitar so that was a plus.  AC/DC High Voltage is a great album.  Scott’s voice is almost perfect on it.  Live Wire is one of my favorites. 

    Thanks again Pete! 

    And thanks Tom for all you do here. 

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  • March 22, 2017 at 3:25 pm
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    That was great!! Thank you for your time and enjoy listening to your takes

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  • March 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm
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    Bezerker88 said
    Thanks Pete!  Great to hear your take on things as a former NFL player.  On that, what’s the biggest change of the game since you played?  How much faster is the game compared to when you played.  I know top end speed guys are “around normal” as records are not being set every year… but are average players a lot faster than they were in the 90s?  Plus big guys are fast now… that’s gotta hurt.  
    Matt should receive motivation from his big bro.  I think it will help him produce at an NFL level.

    Liked the “get to know Pete” section at the end.  That’s how you connect with people and get them to tune in.

    Music – I’d go to Pete’s concert… although I’m not a huge Metallica fan, but a fan..  after all they did have “kill Bon Jovi” on their guitar so that was a plus.  AC/DC High Voltage is a great album.  Scott’s voice is almost perfect on it.  Live Wire is one of my favorites. 

    Thanks again Pete! 

    And thanks Tom for all you do here.   

    I was never  a big Metalica fan either though I do respect the hell out of them and would love to cover some of their songs in a different style. Oh and i love the AC/DC song. You know… their song? Which is their entire catalog. Seriously though how can you not like AC/DC?

    Oh that’s right this is a football site isn’t it? Ummm yeah I’m not nearly smart enough to get into football takes with you guys but I do appreciate all the knowledge. I’ve had my head buried in computer code the last few weeks though and haven’t had a chance to really delve into the goings ons. You guy’s will let me know what’s what right? right? guys? 

     

    Thanks Pete, thanks Tom, and thanks to all of our members as well!

     

    You guys Rock and I roll. 

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  • March 22, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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    Thanks for the feedback all – Pete wants to know if you have questions, do you want him to address them in the next show, or do you want him to post here?

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  • March 22, 2017 at 5:55 pm
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    Viking Bob said
    Good stuff Tom and Pete, I loved the fact that he became part of our community at the end of the podcast by letting us get to know him a little bit, I hope that continues, as I believe it will go a long way here.

    I know he cant tell us much insider stuff, but would love to get his take on what he thinks the Vikings Will do and what he thinks they Should do in both FA and the Draft. 

    Maybe an update on Teddy next show? 

    Either way, thanks for doing these Tom, and welcome aboard Pete, and stock the beer fridge!!

     

    SKOL!!  

    True on the insider stuff, but more than you think.   He is alluding to the fact that Patterson was not always the hardest worker at his craft as compared to an Adam Thielen.  Pete will be pretty candid, but he won’t trash current players, but he will critique attitudes or on the field performance.

    Pete will talk FA, but less draft – it is not his forte, and he has passed that torch to Geoff Nichols (NFL Draft Guru) for our site.

     

    On Teddy, he simply won’t know much more than us.  If it were in-season, he’d get some tidbits, but he does not return to Winter Park until late July, so his news will be second hand.

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  • March 22, 2017 at 5:56 pm
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    Thanks Tom and Pete! That was very insightful, entertaining and an excellent listen. I can’t wait until the next edition. 

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  • March 22, 2017 at 5:56 pm
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    Kentis said
    Wow, great interview! Pete’s a hard rockin, flattop wearing Viking source, like none other. Loved to hear his take on the player’s parents. Looking forward to more, thanks Tom.  

    As a High School Head Coach at Murray Hill in the Twin Cities, Pete says he deals with this constantly (not always from his side).  Parents are harder to control than kids and are doing their kids no favors by behind “seen and heard”

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  • March 22, 2017 at 5:59 pm
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    ThunderGod said
    Just listened to the interview.  It is good to hear Pete’s voice again.   Hope we can bring back a lot more of the interview stuff not only with Pete but with other older players.  We can see interviews on current players other places but I like the insight the older players give us on what they are seeing and hearing.

    I missed seeing the interview as I typically come on the site and go right to the Longship to see what has been posted skipping past the pins at the top.  I just happened to see Tom and Mike’s reminder posts and then went and listened to the interview.

    I was very interested in his thoughts on Kalil and why Carolina would spend so much on him where Minnesota would not.  Like Pete says, Carolina better hope a lot of the “ifs” become reality.  

    TG – -we will have former players – Paul Krause, Mitch Berger and Jim Marshall are due next, and then we will try to focus on players from 1995 – 2010.   We have interviewed most of the key players from the 1970s and 1980s, and many fans (regrettably) don’t recognize or connect with players before their era.  So, we will try to be as relevant as we can be.

     

    We want Favre, Winfield, and Tice…..make your suggestions!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 6:21 pm
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    Thanks Pete & Tom. That was great. Looking forward to more. Oh, especially waiting for the one when Pete asks Tom some questions. wizard_blink

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  • March 22, 2017 at 6:22 pm
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    great job guys!  I would say that if Pete could use these forums to  do his Q&A,  it would be a more direct connection to the fans and would likely help boost listenership.  you could still comment on fans takes and questions in the next weeks shows,  but some direct interaction if possible would be good for the podcast and the site IMO.

     

    oh and I would definitely hit that show up,  but Metallica is headlining.. hands down,  no questions asked.

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  • March 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm
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    Tom Moore said
    Thanks for the feedback all – Pete wants to know if you have questions, do you want him to address them in the next show, or do you want him to post here?  

    Great interview… 

    I’ve always enjoyed Pete’s take….he never disappoints…

    Thanks Pete for taking the time and I look forward to the next one…

    And Tom….ty_01

    As far as Pete answering question..I think it’s a good idea for members to have a thread to ask him questions….But we can’t expect him to keep coming back to answer them…my guess is he’ll be inundated..

    Maybe he can look at the questions asked and answer the ones he wants to in his next podcast…

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  • March 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm
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    FYI Folks – Pete has read our feedback, and is deciding his best way to interact.   His Twitter will soon guide his 22k followers here for content and interaction.

     

    he is trying to figure out if he is best to post (given his schedule, he could be spotty at times), write a blog and post it on the front page, or answer your questions in audio format.  He is committed to build and grow with us

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  • March 22, 2017 at 10:17 pm
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    That was a great show, big thanks to Tom and Pete!  Looking forward to more and his top 3 bands are awesome.  

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  • March 22, 2017 at 11:40 pm
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    clap_girl-vikingPete and Tom — the best of the best of VikeFans!  Loved the questions Tom–what everyone wants to know.  And Pete’s answers are always direct and informative.  Thanks Guys!!

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  • March 23, 2017 at 8:41 am
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    I listened to this on my way home from work yesterday…  I really enjoyed the podcast.

    Couple comments/thoughts:

    1) Pete is spot on with his opinion of why Carolina felt comfortable signing Matt Kalil to that type of contract.  I’m skeptical if reuniting him with his brother, Ryan, will resurrect his career…  but I think that played a large part in their pursuit of him.  Personally, I don’t think that will make much of a difference because I think most of Kalil’s issues stem from keeping on more weight than his body type can handle.  I think he will continue to struggle with nagging injuries as a result and it will hurt his production.

    2) Again, Pete is right on the money about Thielen.  In my opinion, he’s a guy who many fans wanted to discount as a viable WR early in his career, but as Pete states, he has a tremendous work ethic and possesses the mental traits needed to be successful in the NFL.  The only thing I’ll disagree with Pete on is that Treadwell is a better athlete than Thielen.  I actually think Thielen is an extremely underrated athlete.  The main reason one guy was an UDFA and the other a 1st round pick is their level of competition in college.  One guy played in the SEC and the other played in Mankato.  For reference here are their measurables:

    Thielen – 6’1, 192 lbs, 40-yd dash – 4.45, 10-yd split – 1.52, 20-ss – 4.49, 3-cone – 6.77, vertical – 36 in, Broad – 120 in

    Treadwell – 6’2, 221 lbs, 40-yd dash – 4.63, 10-yd split – 1.62, 20-ss, 4.29, 3-cone – 7.05, vertical – 33.5 in, Broad – 117 in

    3) Another comment that resonated with me was Pete’s point about Reiff and Remmers providing “consistent” play.  For those that haven’t listened, Pete thinks both these guys will be better than the guys they replaced for the fact that they will give you a consistent level of play week in and week out.  It might not be as good as what Kalil provided at his best, but it also won’t be as bad as his worst.  That matters when you are trying to game plan each week and the coaching staff knows what to expect from their players.

    Thanks for a great show and I’m looking forward to the next one!

    BOOM

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  • March 23, 2017 at 9:28 am
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    Tom Moore said

    True on the insider stuff, but more than you think.   He is alluding to the fact that Patterson was not always the hardest worker at his craft as compared to an Adam Thielen.  Pete will be pretty candid, but he won’t trash current players, but he will critique attitudes or on the field performance.

    Pete will talk FA, but less draft – it is not his forte, and he has passed that torch to Geoff Nichols (NFL Draft Guru) for our site.

     

    On Teddy, he simply won’t know much more than us.  If it were in-season, he’d get some tidbits, but he does not return to Winter Park until late July, so his news will be second hand.  

    I totally understand not trashing any players, as he has to see them face to face during the season  hahaha

    I too, love the work that Geoff puts into his draft 

    maybe suggest to Pete to log in to the board every now and then and just be one of the guys, as it would go a long way in promoting the place to new people…?   confused_yellowthinking

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  • March 23, 2017 at 11:06 am
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    Tom Moore said
    Thanks for the feedback all – Pete wants to know if you have questions, do you want him to address them in the next show, or do you want him to post here?  

    Thanks for a enjoyable podcast!

    When is comes to the next show maybe you could set up a thread where we can submit questions or themes that he then can elaborate around. That way the podcast will stay relevant to what the listeners wants his takes on.

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  • March 23, 2017 at 11:36 am
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    Wetlander said
    I listened to this on my way home from work yesterday…  I really enjoyed the podcast.

    Couple comments/thoughts:

    1) Pete is spot on with his opinion of why Carolina felt comfortable signing Matt Kalil to that type of contract.  I’m skeptical if reuniting him with his brother, Ryan, will resurrect his career…  but I think that played a large part in their pursuit of him.  Personally, I don’t think that will make much of a difference because I think most of Kalil’s issues stem from keeping on more weight than his body type can handle.  I think he will continue to struggle with nagging injuries as a result and it will hurt his production.

    2) Again, Pete is right on the money about Thielen.  In my opinion, he’s a guy who many fans wanted to discount as a viable WR early in his career, but as Pete states, he has a tremendous work ethic and possesses the mental traits needed to be successful in the NFL.  The only thing I’ll disagree with Pete on is that Treadwell is a better athlete than Thielen.  I actually think Thielen is an extremely underrated athlete.  The main reason one guy was an UDFA and the other a 1st round pick is their level of competition in college.  One guy played in the SEC and the other played in Mankato.  For reference here are their measurables:

    Thielen – 6’1, 192 lbs, 40-yd dash – 4.45, 10-yd split – 1.52, 20-ss – 4.49, 3-cone – 6.77, vertical – 36 in, Broad – 120 in

    Treadwell – 6’2, 221 lbs, 40-yd dash – 4.63, 10-yd split – 1.62, 20-ss, 4.29, 3-cone – 7.05, vertical – 33.5 in, Broad – 117 in

    3) Another comment that resonated with me was Pete’s point about Reiff and Remmers providing “consistent” play.  For those that haven’t listened, Pete thinks both these guys will be better than the guys they replaced for the fact that they will give you a consistent level of play week in and week out.  It might not be as good as what Kalil provided at his best, but it also won’t be as bad as his worst.  That matters when you are trying to game plan each week and the coaching staff knows what to expect from their players.

    Thanks for a great show and I’m looking forward to the next one!

    BOOM  

    Great takes Wet.  I have to admit that I was surprised to hear Pete thinking Treadwell is a better athlete than Thielen.  Did you know… Thielen beat Patterson, Diggs and Mike Wallace in a 40 yard dash 2 years ago?

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  • March 23, 2017 at 11:40 am
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    Viking Bob said

    Tom Moore said

    True on the insider stuff, but more than you think.   He is alluding to the fact that Patterson was not always the hardest worker at his craft as compared to an Adam Thielen.  Pete will be pretty candid, but he won’t trash current players, but he will critique attitudes or on the field performance.

    Pete will talk FA, but less draft – it is not his forte, and he has passed that torch to Geoff Nichols (NFL Draft Guru) for our site.

     

    On Teddy, he simply won’t know much more than us.  If it were in-season, he’d get some tidbits, but he does not return to Winter Park until late July, so his news will be second hand.  

    I totally understand not trashing any players, as he has to see them face to face during the season  hahaha

    I too, love the work that Geoff puts into his draft 

    maybe suggest to Pete to log in to the board every now and then and just be one of the guys, as it would go a long way in promoting the place to new people…?   confused_yellowthinking  

    Viking Bob said

    Tom Moore said

    True on the insider stuff, but more than you think.   He is alluding to the fact that Patterson was not always the hardest worker at his craft as compared to an Adam Thielen.  Pete will be pretty candid, but he won’t trash current players, but he will critique attitudes or on the field performance.

    Pete will talk FA, but less draft – it is not his forte, and he has passed that torch to Geoff Nichols (NFL Draft Guru) for our site.

     

    On Teddy, he simply won’t know much more than us.  If it were in-season, he’d get some tidbits, but he does not return to Winter Park until late July, so his news will be second hand.  

    I totally understand not trashing any players, as he has to see them face to face during the season  hahaha

    I too, love the work that Geoff puts into his draft 

    maybe suggest to Pete to log in to the board every now and then and just be one of the guys, as it would go a long way in promoting the place to new people…?   confused_yellowthinking  

    I talked to Pete this morning and he does intend to post and interact with the fans here and on Twitter.  We are working out his format.  He’s currently jacked-up about the targeting of receivers by defensive players.  We are working it all out, but we are about to explode with new. Intent over the next 2 weeks

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  • March 23, 2017 at 11:42 am
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    ilovebritney said

    Thanks for a enjoyable podcast!

    When is comes to the next show maybe you could set up a thread where we can submit questions or themes that he then can elaborate around. That way the podcast will stay relevant to what the listeners wants his takes on.  

    Yes, we’ve tried that before with Pete, but got limited suggestions.  Pete is just like one of us, so feel free to interact with him and ask whatever questions youlike

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  • March 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm
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    Thanks Pete. Great stuff as always. Interesting take on the stage dads. I agree that it was time to move on from Kalil and Peterson. Maybe a change of scenery will help. But I also think a change of direction on offense will help the Vikings and yes consistency with the OL would help tremendously. Hoping for the best because we have already seen the worst. And after listening to this soundbite, I want to go to Cossetta. It is very cool to see your name on the front page. I doubt the takeover was hostile though.

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  • March 23, 2017 at 10:22 pm
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    Got a chance to listen to it today. Great stuff. Enjoyed thoughts on Treadwell and Thielen. Along with the other topics.

    Thanks to both Tom and Pete for doing this. Let’s keep these coming.

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  • March 23, 2017 at 10:27 pm
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    JimmyinSD said
    great job guys!  I would say that if Pete could use these forums to  do his Q&A,  it would be a more direct connection to the fans and would likely help boost listenership.  you could still comment on fans takes and questions in the next weeks shows,  but some direct interaction if possible would be good for the podcast and the site IMO.

     

    oh and I would definitely hit that show up,  but Metallica is headlining.. hands down,  no questions asked.  

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Jimmy can’t let this go unchallenged. Bud we agree probably 99% of the time but let the young fellers learn from the Masters of Maiden. Maiden has been around since 1975 I believe and are still going strong.

    Maiden has better musicians hands down! Vocalists would be up to what style you prefer.

    Maiden Rules. UP THE IRONS! Even the guys in Metallica follow Maiden. Lars really enjoys Nico’s percussion talents. 🙂

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  • March 25, 2017 at 8:44 am
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    Great stuff. For how good treadwell was in college, im so curious as to what happened to him last year. 

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