Jared Allen Rips City Of Detroit As Vikings Prepare To Hurt Detroits Playoff Hunt
Despite the Vikings epic bad year, Jared Allen is still playing fantastic football on the field. Of course, Jared also isn’t afraid to speak his mind and joke around. One thing that came out this week, just before their game Sunday against the Lions, is how much Jared hates the city of Detroit.
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen may be suffering through a 2-10 season so far, but he’s not letting it affect his dynamic play … or his sense of humor. The man who recently threatened to punch former teammate Ray Edwards “square in the weiner” during a game was very much in form through this last week as the Vikings prepared to take on the Detroit Lions.
After telling the NFL Network on Wednesday that it “sucked” to lose to a running quarterback as the Vikings did to Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos last Sunday, Allen saved some invective for the city in which he’ll be playing his next game.
“I don’t like going to Detroit,” Allen told MLive.com. “I’ll be honest. It’s gloomy, it sucks. Everything is brown, and then there is snow on the ground. There’s like brownstones everywhere, and I’m like, ‘Awesome.’ I don’t know, I couldn’t do it. If I had to live in Detroit, I think I’d just drown myself in the river that was across the way.”
More seriously, Allen was asked by the Detroit media on Wednesday how he was dealing with his own stellar season — he ranks second in the NFL with 14.5 sacks, just behind Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware’s 15 — in the wake of an obvious rebuilding year for his team. It’s got to be a blow for a guy who was a play or two away from a Super Bowl just a couple years ago.
“Yeah, you know, probably if we were having a better [season], probably be in the running for Defensive Player of the Year. But you know what? There’s a reason for it. Something good will come out of it, [and] we’ll be a better team in the future for it.”
That’s the key to Allen’s success. No matter how badly things may be going in an overall sense, Allen has a certain determination, and a very unique world view, that allows him to transcend his surroundings. After a slightly disappointing campaign in 2010 — he had 11 sacks but appeared to be overmatched at times — he’s back to his old self. This season, Allen has harassed quarterbacks as consistently as any time in his career.