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1996 Minnesota Vikings

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9-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.1, Offense: -0.9, Defense: 0.7, SoS: 0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 298 points (18.6/g), 23rd of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 315 points (19.7/g), 15th.
 Differential of -17 points (-1.1/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 7.5-8.5.

Coach: Dennis Green (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Brian Billick
 Defensive Coordinator: Foge Fazio
 Other Notable Asst.: Mike Tice (Tight Ends)

Stadium: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Warren Moon 40 12 8 134 for 247, 1,610 yards, 7 td, 9 int, & 9 rushes for 6 yards and 0 td
RB Robert Smith 24 3 7 162 rushes for 692 yards, 3 td, & 7 catches for 39 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 21st pick / 1993
WR Cris Carter* 31 9 16 96 catches for 1,163 yards, 10 td Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 3rd pick / 1987 Supp
WR Jake Reed 29 5 15 72 catches for 1,320 yards, 7 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 68th pick / 1991
TE Greg DeLong 23 1 8 8 catches for 34 yards, 0 td
TE Andrew Jordan 24 2 9 19 catches for 128 yards, 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 179th pick / 1994
LT Todd Steussie 26 2 16 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1994
LG Randall McDaniel*+ 32 8 16 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1988
C Jeff Christy 27 3 16 Phoenix Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1992
RG John Gerak 26 3 10 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 57th pick / 1993
RT Korey Stringer 22 1 15 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 24th pick / 1995
 Defensive Starters
LDE Fernando Smith 25 2 16 9.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1994
LDT Esera Tuaolo 28 5 9 2.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1991
RDT John Randle*+ 29 6 16 11.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RDE Derrick Alexander 23 1 9 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 11th pick / 1995
LLB Darryl Talley 36 13 12 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 39th pick / 1983
MLB Jeff Brady 28 5 16 1.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 323rd pick / 1991
RLB Dixon Edwards 28 5 13 3.5 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 37th pick / 1991
LCB Corey Fuller 25 1 14 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1995
RCB Dewayne Washington 24 2 16 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 18th pick / 1994
SS Robert Griffith 26 2 14 2.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
FS Orlando Thomas 24 1 16 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1995
 Special Teams Starters
K Scott Sisson 25 3 0 22 of 29 field goals & 30 of 30 extra points New England Patriots / 5th / 113th pick / 1993
P Mitch Berger 24 2 0 88 punts for a 41.1 average, 2 blocked Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 193rd pick / 1994
PR David Palmer 24 2 1 22 punt returns for a 9.8 average and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 40th pick / 1994
KR Qadry Ismail 26 3 2 28 kick returns for a 18.8 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1993

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
90 Derrick Alexander 23 RDE 12 9 277 6-4 Florida St. 11/13/1973 1 5 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 11th pick / 1995
23 Tomur Barnes 26 2 0 188 5-10 North Texas 9/8/1970 2 0
42 Harlon Barnett 29 db 16 4 200 5-11 Michigan St. 1/2/1967 6 3 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 101st pick / 1990
56 Pete Bercich 25 lb 15 1 240 6-1 Notre Dame 12/23/1971 1 2 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 211th pick / 1994
17 Mitch Berger 24 P 16 0 220 6-4 Colorado 6/24/1972 2 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 193rd pick / 1994
50 Jeff Brady 28 MLB 16 16 235 6-1 Kentucky 11/9/1968 5 9 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 323rd pick / 1991
52 Richard Brown 31 14 0 240 6-3 San Diego St. 9/21/1965 9 1
80 Cris Carter* 31 WR 16 16 202 6-3 Ohio St. 11/25/1965 9 9 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 3rd pick / 1987 Supp
62 Jeff Christy 27 C 16 16 284 6-3 Pittsburgh 2/3/1969 3 6 Phoenix Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1992
92 Duane Clemons 22 13 0 275 6-5 California 5/23/1974 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 16th pick / 1996
85 Greg DeLong 23 TE 16 8 250 6-4 North Carolina 4/3/1973 1 0
76 Scott Dill 30 t 9 1 294 6-5 Memphis 4/5/1966 8 1 Phoenix Cardinals / 9th / 233rd pick / 1988
71 David Dixon 27 rg 13 6 343 6-5 Arizona St. 1/5/1969 2 3 New England Patriots / 9th / 232nd pick / 1992
59 Dixon Edwards 28 RLB 14 13 230 6-1 Michigan St. 3/25/1968 5 7 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 37th pick / 1991
29 Charles Evans 29 fb 16 6 240 6-1 Clark (GA) 4/16/1967 3 1 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 295th pick / 1992
72 Jason Fisk 24 ldt 16 6 295 6-3 Stanford 9/4/1972 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 243rd pick / 1995
83 David Frisch 26 te 10 1 260 6-7 Iowa Central,Missouri,Colorado St. 6/22/1970 3 0
27 Corey Fuller 25 LCB 16 14 220 5-10 Florida St. 5/1/1971 1 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1995
54 Dave Garnett 26 lb 12 4 219 6-2 Stanford 12/6/1970 3 2
66 John Gerak 26 RG 14 10 290 6-3 Penn St. 1/6/1970 3 4 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 57th pick / 1993
94 Robert Goff 31 5 0 280 6-3 Auburn 10/2/1965 8 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 4th / 83rd pick / 1988
87 Hunter Goodwin 24 te 9 6 268 6-5 Texas A&M-Kingsville,Texas A&M 10/10/1972 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 97th pick / 1996
31 Scottie Graham 27 11 0 217 5-9 Ohio St. 3/28/1969 4 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 7th / 188th pick / 1992
24 Robert Griffith 26 SS 14 14 197 5-11 San Diego St. 11/30/1970 2 8
23 Steve Hall 23 1 0 209 6-0 Kentucky 4/15/1973 Rook 0
51 Ben Hanks 24 12 0 223 6-2 Florida 7/31/1972 Rook 1
91 Martin Harrison 29 RDE 16 8 252 6-5 Washington 9/20/1967 6 5 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 276th pick / 1990
44 Leroy Hoard 28 rb 6 6 225 5-11 Michigan 5/15/1968 6 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 45th pick / 1990
82 Qadry Ismail 26 KR 16 2 196 6-0 Syracuse 11/8/1970 3 3 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1993
25 Alfred Jackson 29 wr 14 2 183 6-0 San Diego St. 7/10/1967 7 0 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 135th pick / 1989
14 Brad Johnson 28 QB 12 8 226 6-5 Florida St. 9/13/1968 2 7 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 227th pick / 1992
35 Chris Johnson 25 5 0 205 6-0 San Diego St. 8/7/1971 Rook 0
89 Andrew Jordan 24 TE 13 9 260 6-6 West. Carolina 6/21/1972 2 1 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 179th pick / 1994
32 Amp Lee 25 rb 16 3 200 5-11 Florida St. 10/1/1971 4 4 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 45th pick / 1992
64 Randall McDaniel*+ 32 LG 16 16 276 6-3 Arizona St. 12/19/1964 8 12 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1988
1 Warren Moon 40 QB 8 8 218 6-3 Washington 11/18/1956 12 4
68 Mike Morris 35 16 0 276 6-5 Truman St. 2/22/1961 9 1
33 Harold Morrow 23 8 0 232 5-11 Auburn 2/24/1973 Rook 0
22 David Palmer 24 PR 11 1 173 5-8 Alabama 11/19/1972 2 1 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 40th pick / 1994
40 Anthony Prior 26 3 0 185 5-11 Washington St. 3/27/1970 3 0 New York Giants / 9th / 238th pick / 1992
93 John Randle*+ 29 RDT 16 16 290 6-1 Texas A&M-Kingsville 12/12/1967 6 16
86 Jake Reed 29 WR 16 15 216 6-3 Grambling St. 9/28/1967 5 10 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 68th pick / 1991
9 Scott Sisson 25 K 16 0 197 6-0 Georgia Tech 7/21/1971 3 2 New England Patriots / 5th / 113th pick / 1993
95 Fernando Smith 25 LDE 16 16 287 6-6 Jackson St. 8/2/1971 2 9 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1994
26 Robert Smith 24 RB 8 7 212 6-2 Ohio St. 3/4/1972 3 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 21st pick / 1993
69 Ariel Solomon 28 16 0 290 6-5 Colorado 7/16/1968 5 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 269th pick / 1991
73 Todd Steussie 26 LT 16 16 320 6-6 California 12/1/1970 2 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 19th pick / 1994
77 Korey Stringer 22 RT 16 15 350 6-4 Ohio St. 5/8/1974 1 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 24th pick / 1995
55 Darryl Talley 36 LLB 12 12 235 6-4 West Virginia 7/10/1960 13 6 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 39th pick / 1983
43 Orlando Thomas 24 FS 16 16 222 6-1 La-Lafayette 10/21/1972 1 9 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1995
98 Esera Tuaolo 28 LDT 14 9 277 6-2 Oregon St. 7/11/1968 5 5 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1991
37 Sean Vanhorse 28 9 0 180 5-10 Howard 7/22/1968 4 1 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 151st pick / 1990
6 Jay Walker 24 1 0 229 6-3 Long Beach St.,Howard 1/24/1972 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 7th / 198th pick / 1994
81 Chris Walsh 28 15 0 194 6-1 Stanford 12/12/1968 4 0 Buffalo Bills / 9th / 251st pick / 1992
20 Dewayne Washington 24 RCB 16 16 195 5-11 North Carolina St. 12/27/1972 2 8 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 18th pick / 1994
21 Moe Williams 22 9 0 205 6-1 Kentucky 7/26/1974 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 75th pick / 1996
Team Total 26.7 16 240.7 6-2.0 3.5