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Jared Allen is Overrated

 

 

 

I know. Nothing is more fun during a game thread than watching Jared Allen sack a QB and a poster (usually Cyberuck or Eric) flashing a Jared photo in his non-knee touching lasso stance saying "He Went to Jared". I can't get enough of that. But is the formerly mulleted one on the decline? I'd like to explore that after the jump (and after I research the issue which I can hopefully do before the Cubs (my only other true sports love besides the Vikings) game.

Allen started 33 of 41 games for Idaho State and was a three-time All-Big Sky Conference selection, recording 250 tackles and a whopping 38.5 sacks. He was also, during his high school years, an excellent player and was apparently a roadie for Motorhead, which is bad ass in itself. Allen was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round (126 overall) in 2004 and was signed to a one year deal, $100,000 contract.

After a few very good seasons with KC (he started in the 2007 Pro-Bowl) he was eventually traded to the Vikings on April 22, 2008. The Chiefs received a first round pick, two third round picks (the Vikes can't keep third rounders to save their lives) and swapped 6th round picks. Allen signed a $72 million dollar deal, and ever since has been a hugely popular member of the Viking defensive line.

During the 2008 season Allen recorded 14.5 sacks and again went to the Pro-Bowl.

In 2009 he again registered 14.5 sacks and a Pro-Bowl. (keep in mind he's getting some very big bucks this whole while.)

 

Jared Allen 2009 Highlights (via zlf14)

 

 

 

Defense Stats
YEAR TEAM G TOT SOLO AST PD SACK FF REC INT YDS TD
2004 KC 15 31 29 2 0 9.0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 KC 16 55 48 7 5 11.0 7 0 0 0 0
2006 KC 16 77 65 12 11 7.5 3 0 1 3 0
2007 KC 14 64 55 9 10 15.5 3 0 0 0 0
2008 MIN 16 54 41 13 3 14.5 3 0 0 0 0
2009 MIN 16 50 42 8 4 14.5 5 54 1 -4 0
2010 MIN 16 60 45 15 6 11.0 1 0 2 40 1
Career 109 391 325 66 39 83.0 22 0 4 39 1

Despite having played almost every game during the course of his career and with numerous injuries -

Injuries

Nov 26, 2010  Neck  Dec 26, 2008  Knee  Dec 19, 2008  Knee  Dec 12, 2008  Knee  Dec 05, 2008  Shoulder  Nov 28, 2008  Shoulder  Nov 21, 2008  Shoulder  Nov 14, 2008  Shoulder  Nov 07, 2008  Shoulder  Oct 13, 2004  Knee  Sep 22, 2004  Knee 
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/players/6885/index.html#ixzz1KUdrtYjp

Jareds 2009 rating :

Allen2009_medium

via www.profootballfocus.com

His 2010 rating:

Allen2_medium

via www.profootballfocus.com

Note that he did improve a great deal towards the end of 2010 which this chart sadly lacks but it was all I could find.  But I think one of the areas the Vikes really need to focus on is the d-line. With Phat Pat likely gone and without the mulleted one of old, we are going to be in a world of hurt in this area. I think it would be wise to trade Allen the sooner the better, see what we can get for him while he still has value, and draft or find a replacement in free agency. That's about it. Next week I'll discuss why we should trade A.P.    NOT

 

 

 

 

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