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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Everyone knows what Mike Zimmer is capable of defensively. Minnesota has been tough on that side of the ball ever since Zimmer was hired back in 2014. However in order for the Vikings to be competitive they have to put up points on offense because that’s an area that Zimmer doesn’t specialize in.
Which is exactly why this team signed Kirk Cousins a year ago and the idea was their new quarterback would open things about up a little bit. That wasn’t the case though and Minnesota failed to make the playoffs. If that happens again the entire front office and coaching staff will be on the hot seat meaning it’s a make-or-break season for Skol Nation. On draft night GM Rick Spielman felt like he had to get better at the center and tight end positions. Spielman ended up taking Garrett Bradbury with the team’s first round pick and that will help the running and the passing game. Bradbury can open up holes for Dalvin Cook and that should result in a more balanced attack. By controlling the time of possession with Cook the Vikings can beat teams by handing the ball off and that’s less risky than asking Kirk Cousins to win every contest. Irv Smith Jr. could also be a contributor as a rookie and he was an incredible talent at the University of Alabama. Smith Jr. is primarily a receiving tight end and this selection was about adding a dynamic playmaker to go along with Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. By putting a guy in the middle who is quicker than Kyle Rudolph or any of the other players at the position Minnesota is upgrading their aerial attack. Down in the red zone Smith Jr. can make a huge impact and that means Cousins has no excuses heading into the season. It’s win now or be held accountable.
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The Minnesota Vikings upgraded their offense and now they have to get back to the playoffs.