Breeland got into an “altercation” the Saturday before the Vikings’ primetime win over the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. The team’s decision-makers deemed the veteran cornerback’s final day with the franchise.
Breeland has made amends with the Vikings via Twitter. However, Breeland did take a tweet personally from Pioneer Press reporter Chris Tomasson and decided to call out Tomasson for pointing out an embarrassing statistical trend.
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‘You Been at Me Since I Got to Minnesota’
On Monday following the Vikings’ 30-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Tomasson pointed out that Breeland, ranked 117th of 120-graded cornerbacks by Pro Football Focus (PFF) ahead of his Week 15 release, had improved his ranking in the past two weeks by not playing.
“Former #Vikings cornerback Bashuad Breeland has improved his Pro FootballFocus ranking by not playing. When he was released by the #Vikings on Dec. 18, he was ranked No. 117 among all NFL cornerbacks. After being out two games, he is now No. 112,” Tomasson tweeted.
Tomasson, notorious for his matter of fact yet often untimely delivery, came under fire after Breeland saw the tweet.
“You been at me since I got to Minnesota. I leave u still feel the need to speak on me. Wats ur deal? Wats ur issue wit me? Speak now cuz it won’t be a next Time ‘A wise man told me don’t argue wit fools cause a n**** from a distance Cant tell whose who!’ jiggaman,” Breeland responded via Twitter.
Breeland reached out over direct message, but no public conversation has followed since Monday afternoon. The Arizona Cardinals signed Breeland later on Monday following his Twitter feud with Tomasson.
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Not the First Time
Breeland had a similar reaction to Tomasson earlier this season following a win over the Detroit Lions in Week 5. Breeland was a target of fans at the game despite the team’s success, receiving a barrage of boos during the game.
Already under fire for a NSFW tweet responding to fans, Breeland was asked by Tomasson if his league-worst PFF position ranking at the time was embarrassing.
— Heavy On Vikings (@HeavyOnVikings) October 12, 2021
Tomasson: Out of 103 cornerbacks, Pro Football Focus ranks you 103 and last. Is that embarrassing?
Breeland: That really don’t bother me. I mean if we do your ratings on your reports, you probably 101? That don’t bother me it just keep me going I’m just getting ready for the next game.
Zimmer, who has had his own tiffs with Tomasson over the years, defended Breeland for his response.
“I actually think he played pretty well (against the Lions). If I was asked the question by that reporter that he was asked the other day about being embarrassed about being 103rd in PFF, I think might go off on him too,” Zimmer said.
Vikings Pass Defense Improves Since Breeland’s Departure
Despite a small sample size, the Vikings have improved their pass defense since Breeland was released.
Averaging 251.9 yards per game for the first 13 games with Breeland, the Vikings have given up 226 passing yards in their past two games.
Minnesota gave up 255 passing yards to one of the league’s worst passing attacks in the Bears but impressively held the Rams, ranked sixth in passing yards, to a season-low 197 passing yards on Sunday.