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Published August 05, 2009, 08:20 AM

Patience at Viking camp and criticism of Bohl's punishment

(WDAY Sports) - Tonight on Further Review, a call for patience at Vikings camp and a criticism of Craig Bohl's latest round of punishment.

By: Steve Hallstrom, WDAY

(WDAY Sports) - Tonight on Further Review, a call for patience at Vikings camp and a criticism of Craig Bohl's latest round of punishment.

Every year when I get back Vikings camp, friends will ask how I thought the Vikings looked. I try to be honest with them, and say sorry for being a wet blanket, but we're only there for 2 days of guys running around in shorts so i really have no idea, but yet every year after one day of drills, I’ll read some reporter's comments that this guy looked great or this guy really struggled.

This year it was T-Jack had a great command of the offense, while Sage looked shaky and threw wobbly passes. We have no idea what routes the receivers are supposed to run, or what the offensive linemen are supposed to do so don't buy any conclusions drawn after one day that should take weeks to form.

I have a great deal of respect for Craig Bohl and the job he does at NDSU, but I think he's making a mistake with this recent round of suspensions. Shamen Washington gets one game for a DUI arrest after several of his teammates had already gotten in trouble with alcohol, and Jose Mohler gets two games for his DUI. His second alcohol related arrest in his first nine months on campus.

If you're scoring at home, his arrests have a 2-nothing lead on his game snaps. Bohl says that the guys have learned their lessons. Ok maybe they have, but do you really think the other players will see this as punishment to be avoided at all costs?

One and two game suspensions have been the norm, and so have, not so coincidentally, the continuance of the problems. Washington needed at least 2 games, Mohler at least 4. The latest round of suspensions sure can't send much of a message to the team, or a community that's getting tired of the same old song and dance.

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