Defensive guru Zimmer will have work to do with Vikings

  • Article by: Kent Youngblood and Master Tesfatsion , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 11:48 PM

Fixing a porous Vikings defense will be Mike Zimmer’s first big task.

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puckster55picsJan. 15, 14 9:36 PM

If the Vikings are ever to return to being a dominant force not only within the division but the league then we MUST get back to being an aggressive ball hawking defense & Coach Zimmer has done that with the other teams he coached-Good and who knows maybe he can get out of Chris Cook the kind of play making ability he showed in college but under Frasier's leadership was never seen.

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edkroetenJan. 15, 1411:53 PM

Attacking 4-3 unless he find 2 DE and a NT (Floyd is a 3 tech type tackle. In a 3-4 Robison becomes an OLB and Greenway moves inside that is a lot of moving parts for not a lot of gain. When you can run an attacking 4-3 and force the QB to get rid of it quick or take a sack.

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zoilovJan. 16, 14 7:15 AM

With Greenway being adequate and Audie Cole having promise, the Vikings are short two linebackers from running a 3-4. They will also be short two decent linemen to run a 4-3, and not to mention only Rhodes and Smith in the defensive backfield looking like quality. O.K., they are 6 quality starters from being decent defensively...good luck with that!

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u4775Jan. 16, 14 7:51 AM

IT was reported that Mike Singletary is leaving regardless. Singletary said. “I knew that this would be my last year as things were as linebackers coach. It’s time to move on. I just felt I had grown as much as I could here.” Truer words were never spoken, Singletary was a prime example of the Peter Principle. Good luck getting that next head coaching position Mike, you helped take down Leslie Frazier.

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yalebulldogsJan. 16, 14 2:19 PM

Speculation in Bengal-land that Michael Johnson will follow his beloved coach via free agency. That would give us a top-5 defensive end.

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edkroetenJan. 17, 1412:31 AM

Zoilov, Robison moves to OLB as a rush guy in a 3-4 so you need 1 more LB and 3 D Line guys as Floyd isn't a 3-4 NT (so in essence you have wasted a first rounder by switching to a 3-4). Allen has said he won't play in a 3-4 and Griffin the guy we expect to sign won't sign for a 3-4 because he won't get the sack #s. Both of these guys have other options that would be more attractive than being a 3-4 DE.

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