This is Zimmer's defense. There are no bones about that. Maybe he will get a look because that's how the NFL works. But I would be surprised if he actually was seriously considered for a job. Doesn't seem to be the most dynamic, charismatic of characters.
As I said earlier, I had no problem with it.
It depends on your definition of bust and who you are attaching that label to. I know Mike has had some drops and hasn't been getting open a ton. But I still don't understand why the Vikings brought him in and are paying him close to $10 million if they aren't going to throw it deep and their quarterback has limitations. I tend to put more of the blame for them, though I'm surprised Mike has been THIS unproductive. It's safe to say that Wallace is probably not going to be back next year.
Did you watch the game the other day? The Falcons had 8-9 guys in the box on a bunch of plays. I mean, teams can't just let guys run right by them after 30 yards. I know Teddy has been inaccurate deep, but they can't just concede the deep ball.
I think the more important trend has been using more of the multiple-TE sets.
I don't know. A lot of that is based on the offense and what the quarterback is asked to do. Brian Hoyer has been putting up big numbers because the Texans throw all the time. Would you rather have Hoyer or Teddy?
The Vikings' pass rush philosophy is to collapse the pocket without necessarily getting sacks. That means the defensive ends contain the quarterback and the defensive tackles stay in their rush lanes to keep the quarterback from stepping up in the pocket. Then they hope the QB runs out of time and the pocket collapses. They will put an extra emphasis on that this week, especially with the defensive ends. Not sure if Zimmer will have a linebacker spy Wilson, but I guess it's a possibility.
They do run quite a bit of play-action, actually. According to Pro Football Focus, they do it on 28.3 percent of Bridgewater's pass attempts. Only two quarterbacks use play-action more frequently. So, um, yeah.
That's a good point. They have been fortunate after losing Loadholt and Sullivan. I've got no updates on Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo. Harrison said he had no update for us yesterday and Sendejo got an MRI, but Zimmer hadn't seen the results by the time he chatted with us.
I'd recommend reading my story in today's paper. The Vikings wanted to run more of a shotgun spread set to accommodate Bridgewater, but they quickly realized that they need to stick with what their personnel does best. Check out the story for some depth on that.
He's been fine. Last I checked, he had made 17 straight field goals or something like that. Missed a couple of longer ones since then, but that's going to happen.
Good question. You'd think they would try to get the ball to Wright or Wallace that way, but they haven't really been doing that. Not Norv's thing, I guess.
That pick had Zimmer written all over that. Kudos to Spielman for trusting the coach and making the pick for him. Some in the organization were skeptical about Barr's ability to play in the 4-3. But Zimmer saw that Barr was more than a 3-4 pass rusher and Barr has the look of a future star -- if he can stay healthy.
No. Last I checked, the weather in Seattle typically isn't sunny and 80 degrees.
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I think the big runs are a concern. But in the Green Bay game, it sounded like the Vikings were willing to let the Packers get some yards on the ground as they tried to keep Rodgers in check.
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I don't know if they should go to the pass to spell him. But they do have a pretty good running back there in Jerick McKinnon who gave them a spark in the second quarter on Sunday. I asked Zimmer about Adrian's workload yesterday, though. Obviously, it would be nice if they could pull away from some teams and get Adrian some rest. But in so many close games, they feel they have to use him. After all, he is the centerpiece of that offense.
I think 10 wins will definitely get them in. Nine, in some instances, might work, too. As I said earlier, I would not be surprised if they dropped these next two games. I think they should feel pretty good about going 1-1 against the Seahawks and Cardinals. The Bears and Giants are games they should win. And we know how they have fared at Lambeau. So I think they're looking at going 3-2 or 2-3 over that span. But what do I know?
I don't think so. A lot of good linebackers in the league and he hasn't been consistent enough to get in, in my opinion.
Nate, my take on Teddy, summed up quickly, is this: It's hard to knock the guy for not putting up big numbers when they aren't asking him to do that much, but he has to do a better job of taking advantage of the big plays that are there. He's missed Wallace deep a couple of times and that interception he threw against the Falcons should have been a touchdown.
Pretty good. Sixth in the league, I believe. Atlanta was first in the league before Adrian ruled through town. They're 10th now.