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Without Jared Allen, we no longer have a guaranteed leader on our defense in sacks. Do you expect
-- Colton M.
Among those three, I’d say it’ll be a tight race between Griffen and Robison. More importantly, I expect the sack numbers to be spread out pretty liberally among Vikings front seven defenders. In looking at
I've noticed that the Vikings have several defensive players (Anthony Barr,
-- John M.
Yes, I do see Zimmer switching things up frequently because he has so many versatile players at his disposal. A product of that will (hopefully) be that opposing offenses are off-balance, but the motivation is more about the desire to put those players in positions to succeed. Griffen and Robison have displayed an ability to rush the passer from the defensive tackle position, Blanton stepped in as a cornerback at times last season,
Which current Vikings will benefit the most from the defensive and offensive scheme change?
-- Mitch K.
Los Angeles, CA
Both the defensive and offensive schemes will put a lot of players in a position to succeed. Two players who come to mind immediately, though, are
Knowing that the starting safety across from Harrison Smith is open, is draft pick Antoine Exum even in the discussion to possibly start or at least be considered? Where exactly is he in the eyes of the coaches?
-- Brian K.
I can’t speak for where he is in the eyes of the coaching staff, but I do feel he’ll be in the mix for a starting spot if he continues to progress during camp the way he did during the offseason program. Something tells me Zimmer is into competition deciding who plays and he is not into handing out jobs based on past performance or hype.
I often hear of “morning walk-throughs” and wonder exactly what happens at a walk-through?
-- Mary L.
Detroit Lakes, MN
Walk-throughs can serve a variety of purposes, depending on how they are structured and when they are held. I’m sure they vary from team-to-team, but the basic idea is to use them as a teaching tool. Typically, coaches use walk-throughs to deliberately go through what will be executed at practice later that day or to slowly review what was executed in a previous practice. The walk-through gives players a primer or review of practice, and it gives coaches an idea of what they’ll need to emphasize and/or reinforce in practice and in meetings. If guys have a tougher time picking up on a concept in walk-through, then they’ll have to pay special mind to that concept in practice.