Rob Searles was born and raised in Minnesota, with a lifetime of covering his eyes to the inevitable shortcomings courtesy of our favorite local sports teams. He currently serves as a featured writer for FantasyPros, providing expertise on fantasy football, varying from redraft, dynasty, and superflex formats, and he coaches the wide receivers and serves as the passing game coordinator for Simley High School's varsity football program. Before coaching at Simley, he spent five years in the same role for Mounds View's varsity football program. He also covers the NBA, first serving as a staff writer for Daily Thunder, covering the Oklahoma City Thunder as a credentialed media member for the 2018-19 season. Rob also covered the Houston Rockets for SB Nation during the 2019-20 season. While attending the University of Nebraska, Rob was a featured columnist for Bleacher Report covering the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.
When and Why Did Our Expectations For the Vikings Change?
By Rob Searles - May 31, 2021
As the Minnesota Vikings embark on head coach Mike Zimmer’s eighth season, I often find myself circling back to a William Shakespeare quote. “Expectation,” he said, “is […]
The Rodgers Situation Raises the Stakes for Zimmer and Spielman in A Pivotal Season
By Rob Searles - May 17, 2021
It’s been two and a half weeks since Adam Schefter dropped the bombshell that legendary Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was no longer interested in returning […]
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Murphy and Gutekunst Only Have Themselves To Blame For Rodgers’ Discontent
By Rob Searles - May 10, 2021
Tyler Dunne had a telling quote in his April 2019 piece titled “What Happened in Green Bay?”. “Nobody holds a grudge in any sport like Rodgers,” he […]
With Kellen Mond In the Fold, the Vikings Should Consider Bringing In Colin Kaepernick
By Rob Searles - May 3, 2021
Much to the delight of Minnesota Vikings fans everywhere, general manager Rick Spielman spent a Day 2 pick on the succession plan at the quarterback position. With […]
How Underdogs Like Trey Lance Historically Stack Up Against Highly-Ranked QBs
By Rob Searles - Apr 26, 2021
Welcome to NFL Draft Week, ladies and gentlemen. After months of listening to the various talking heads picking and prodding at the NFL’s latest and greatest, we […]
Trade Up and Bring Trey Lance Home
By Rob Searles - Apr 19, 2021
Even though Alex Smith won 42 games and a playoff game over four seasons as the starting quarterback, Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs shocked the […]
If Nick Saban Can Adapt, Why Can’t Mike Zimmer?
By Rob Searles - Apr 12, 2021
Two weeks ago, legendary Alabama head coach Nick Saban made headlines for a certain admission. Despite garnering iconic status for his defensive mastery after winning seven national […]
How Much of Kirk Cousins’ Production Comes From Garbage Time?
By Rob Searles - Apr 5, 2021
Over the past three years, we’ve heard plenty of explanations for Kirk Cousins‘ propensity to irk Minnesota Vikings’ fans. Whether it be his contract, his inability to […]
Where’s the Recent Return on Investment at Cornerback?
By Rob Searles - Mar 29, 2021
When you share a division with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, you better make damn sure you have competent play in your secondary. No one […]
Vikings Fans Should Keep Their Eye On Todd Downing
By Rob Searles - Mar 22, 2021
Over the past three years, two of head coach Mike Vrabel‘s offensive coordinators have been elevated to head coaching positions, Matt LaFleur and Arthur Smith. Stepping in […]
Mike Zimmer’s Continuity Struggles Compared to Other Long-Tenured Head Coaches
By Rob Searles - Mar 15, 2021
Entering his eighth year as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, Mike Zimmer is the seventh-longest-tenured active head coach in the National Football League. On the surface, […]
Was Minnesota’s 2020 Injury Excuse Valid?
By Rob Searles - Mar 8, 2021
Make no mistake about it: It’s extremely difficult to have sustained success in the National Football League when your stars are not playing between the lines on […]