Minnesota Vikings could never get settled at quarterback and it hurt their passing game. Adrian Peterson is a dynamic running back with the ability to carry the team if needed. He has the heart of a Lion and plays the game like a 3 ton super truck. Sometimes the offense gets to reliant at what he can do that it hurts them in the passing game. If Minnesota can get solid play from their starting quarterback in the passing game the Vikings offense could be difficult to defend. They have plenty of skilled players offensively to put pressure on defenses in a variety of ways.
Defensively the Vikings are going through a change from older veterans to younger prospects. Past stars such as Kevin Williams, Jared Allen, Erin Henderson, and Antoine Winfield are no longer with the team. They will be relying on recent first round draft picks Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes to produce and lead the defense. If the Vikings get settled at quarterback and the defense starts to gel they could be in the playoff hunt. Below you will find who should make a difference in the Vikings making progress.
Mike Zimmer – head coach
Mike Zimmer was one of the best defensive coordinators in the NFL, formerly with the Cincinnati Bengals. He finally got his well deserved chance at being a head coach. Zimmer is a player’s coach and well respected by his peers. He will bring a no nonsense type of work ethic to the Vikings that should rub off on both the offense and defense. Since his specialty is defense, one should expect an aggressive, attacking, and ball hawking unit similar to Cincinnati’s.
Teddy Bridgewater – quarterback
Teddy Bridgewater just made it as a first round pick. The Vikings traded up to the 32nd overall selection (the last pick in the 1st round) to make Bridewater their future franchise quarterback. He may not be the most athletic, but he is mobile in the pocket and can make any throw with good arm strength. One of the most accurate quarterbacks in college football the last couple seasons. He is a pass first pocket passer and not a RG3 or Michael Vick speedster. He has plenty of talent around him to succeed immediately. Would not be surprised if he won the starting spot during training camp and preseason games.
Anthony Barr – linebacker
Anthony Barr has versatility and athleticism that Minnesota has been lacking with their linebackers. Minnesota selected him with their 1st of two first round 2014 NFL Draft picks. The other being Teddy Bridgewater. Barr’s length and overall explosiveness will make a difference on a defense that needs an upgrade with overall speed. He can rush the quarterback by attacking with edge pressure. He can drop and cover adequately and pursue the ball sideline to sideline with his speed. Barr needs to add some bulk to be better equipped at disengaging from blocks. He is a good wrap up tackler using his length well, but not a knockout hitter. Barr will add a dimension to the linebacker unit that has been lacking for awhile.
Norv Turner – offensive coordinator
Norv Turner, one of my favorite offensive minds, spent the 2013 season as the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator. Should not be a coincidence that wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron had breakout seasons under his watch. He is great at teaching quarterbacks the position and getting their all out best. He has worked with quarterbacks such as: Troy Aikman, Drew Brees, Phillip Rivers, Alex Smith, and even had Cleveland Browns backup Brian Hoyer looking like a starter. Turner is great at running a balanced offense. His offenses can pound you in between the tackles with the run then spread you out with the pass. Pairing him with Adrian Peterson, Kyle Rudolph, and Cordarrelle Patterson might not be fair for their opponents. He is the perfect coach for rookie Teddy Bridgewater.