Jared Allen Eager To Hunt Down More Than Bears, Deer And Other Wild Game

September 16, 2010 – 11:15 am by Michael Bean

The Minnesota Vikings will have had 10 days since their loss against the New Orleans Saints to prepare for their second opponent the Miami Dolphins. For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, this Sunday represents an important game for the Vikings, who obviously want to avoid starting out 0-2. All Pro defensive end Jared Allen was held without a sack in the team’s opener, and is licking his chops to get after quarterbacks and make an impact on a game. He’ll have his hands full though this weekend doing that, as he goes up against All Pro offensive tackle Jake Long. Should be a good individual and team matchup at the Metrodome.

Allen joined 790 The Ticket in Miami to talk about his summer of hunting including catching a black bear up in Idaho, what bear meat tastes like, how he eats everything he kills, what he thinks of Miami’s quarterback Chad Henne, the incident involving a female reporter and members of the New York Jets, how important this Sunday’s game is against the Dolphins, and what he thinks was most responsible for the team’s shortcomings on opening night (hint: it’s not Favre’s fault in his opinion, but rather the play of the defense).

On if he killed anything interesting this summer:

“Oh yeah, I got black bear up in Idaho, I got a pure David deer down in Florida. I think that’s about all. Let’s see. Some coyotes and stuff like that down in Texas. But probably the thing I was most excited about was the black bear I got up there in Idaho.”

On what dead bear smells like:

“Bears don’t smell too good. They’re full of tics and all sorts of crap on their fur. But you just tie a rope around it and start pulling.”

On how he eats everything he hunts and on what bear meat tastes like:

“Oh absolutely, absolutely. I’ve got a new cookbook coming out and we’ve got some bear recipes in there; a little braised bear, so bear, it ain’t too bad. It’s a little bit sweeter meat and it can be tough, so you’ve got to…a lot of people will put it in stew. So you’ve got to at least try it. That was the first bear I’d got, so you’ve got to at least try the meat and it wasn’t too bad.”

On if he’s squared off against Dolphins tackle Jake Long before:

“No I haven’t. I got to play against him in the Pro Bowl, but that doesn’t really say much. But I’ve got a lot of film and have started my breakdown process. He’s a good young player – big, athletic, so it should be a fun game.”

On if he thinks Miami’s quarterback, Chad Henne, is any good:

“I think in that system. He runs that system well. It’s not a drop back, shotgun, throw the ball 60 times down the field. You know, he gets the ball to the players he needs to get the ball to to help them win. It’s a ground and pound team, and they’re going to hit you in the mouth. I think that’s what we’re most excited about – it’s kind of an old school football game. They like to run the ball with power and run downhill, and that’s kind of our forte. We accept that challenge and that’s where we like to go with it.”

On what he thought of the incident involving the Jets and the female reporter:

“I’m not even going to comment on that one, I’m going to leave that one alone. But everyone’s entitled to wear what they want to wear; there’s lots of times people say we don’t dress professionally. But honestly, at the end of the day, the NFL allows women into the locker room, and everybody’s got a job, so as a man, put your clothes on, answer questions professionally, and go about your day.”

On who he thinks the hardest three runners in the NFL are:

“Adrian Peterson is number one obviously. I’ve played against him and that dude runs hard. Number two I’d have to say Jonathan Stewart down in Carolina. And you know what, number three, Ronnie Brown from Miami, he’s a downhill, hard-nosed runner. Him and Jones-Drew are probably on the same page.”

On if he thinks this Sunday’s game is a ‘must-win’ game:

“I don’t think it’s a must-win game. Not many people go 14-2 in the league. But I think it’s a necessary win, if that means anything, to get to where we want to get. You don’t want to start out 0-2 and get behind the eight ball, especially not at home, you don’t want to start out the season losing at home. A few years back we started out 0-2 and it was a struggle. We were at 5-5 with 6 games left, and it was a struggle to get those wins together. So I think this game is very important to win, I’m not going to say it’s a must-win, but there’s a sense of urgency and a sense of necessity towards getting ourselves back on track and getting back to that winning record because we’ve got an early BYE, you would hate to go into that 1-2, or 0-3, or whatever it would be, then have a long struggle for the next 13 games.”

On if he enjoyed watching the Jets lose their opener:

“Yes! But at the same time, I think I would like playing for Rex Ryan. He seems like a cool coach to play for.”

Listen to Jared Allen on 790 the Ticket in Miami with The Dan LeBatard Show

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