The Purple Podcast is a weekly (sometimes 2x weekly) Minnesota Vikings discussion, hosted by beat writer Ben Goessling and 1500 ESPN radio personality (and former beat writer) Judd Zulgad. On this podcast - part of the 1500 ESPN podcast network - you'll find strong opinions, insider analysis and no stones unturned when it comes to the Purple.


Bridgewater's past, Barr's future and defense with no parachute (ep. 200)

1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss the Vikings' incredible...1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss the Vikings' incredible new practice facility and what it might mean to keeping players in Minnesota. Also, they dig into what Matthew learned from reporting on Teddy Bridgewater's background and what it means to his recovery. And, Matthew and Judd look at Anthony Barr's key role in the 2017 defense and how he could turn things around.   Show More


Past Episodes

Matthew Coller wrote an article arguing the Vikings should make Anthony Barr a pure pass rusher rather than hoping he can be an all-around linebacker. He joined Mackey and Judd to explain why Barr's play slipped last year and how he can get him back to being a top-notch player next year.
ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss Mike Zimmer's comments about taking a tougher approach and trying to be more "blue collar." Also, Anthony Barr's fifth-year option was picked up, Teddy Bridgewater's wasn't, so what does each mean to the future of the Vikings? And, mid-podcast, the Vikings signed Michael Floyd. How might he fit in the lineup?
Mackey and Judd talk with Matthew Coller about a statistic showing that Sam Bradford had the highest accuracy percentage in the NFL last season. Does this mean he's better than some think or or does it suggest Bradford should have been better?
ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss the Vikings' draft. Was taking a risk on Dalvin Cook the right move? Why the Vikings took the wrong approach to handling his selection. Should the Vikings count on Pat Elflein to start at center? Is the roster mostly set now or should the Vikings still look to free agency to fill spots they left open in the draft?
1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad discuss a report that the Vikings will not pick up Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option. How should the Vikings handle Sam Bradford's contract with so much uncertainty? What's the best, worst and most likely scenario with the Vikings' QB situation? And Judd breaks down Matthew's final draft simulation and gives him a grade. Will it look like the Vikings' board?
ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad go game-by-game through the Minnesota Vikings' schedule. How many wins will the Vikings finish with? What are their toughest games? Some of the picks may surprise you...
ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgad go all-in on the Minnesota Vikings' draft. Is there a good argument for trading back into the first round? Which position should the Vikings prioritize with the 48th overall selection? Also, how should the Vikings view the 2016 draft and who is the most interesting player in the draft this year?
If you're a future NFL player -- or someone who wonders why all these seemingly rich young athletes go broke -- you need to listen to this podcast. ESPN's Ben Goessling and 1500 ESPN's Judd Zulgad are joined by Institute for Athletes president Blake Baratz, who returns to the show to talk about a passion of his: helping young players manage their money well in the NFL. How should players budget for careers that can end at age 25? What's the smartest way for a first-round pick to handle his signing bonus -- and how should he handle things when the requests for money start rolling in? We discuss all of that and more in this episode.
ESPN's Ben Goessling along with 1500ESPN's Matthew Coller and Judd Zulgadd dig into Todd McShay and Mel Kiper's latest two-round mock. What do their selections say about the Minnesota Vikings' roster? How should the Vikings' front office approach the receiver position? Should they trust in Laquon Treadwell? Plus, Matthew is a Tony Romo Truther and Jim Nantz's amazing toast.

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