I actually feel that our QB situation is one of the only spots we're good at (Wow! Been a long while since I thought that!?!??) But, really, we've got two young guys with a good potential and a decent vet with some experience as our third guy.
But, no QB can do it on their own. Its still a team game and its pretty freaking hard to get yards on offense when you're hitting the ground most every play! I think OL is still our number 1 need. I'm not even sold on Sullivan, and at this point, he's probably our best guy. Hutch is getting up there in years and has been playing semi-injured the past 3 years. McKinnie wasn't great but he was better than Charlie, and who knows what happened to Loadholt but that solid rookie year is looking like a fluke right now. Granted, we were one of the teams hurt most by the lockout and the missed practices due to all the new schemes going in, but come on man! 4th in sacks allowed! Again!?? D'oh!!
And Harvin is best in the slot and/or backfield. He's OK on deep routes but doesn't have the leap or range of Rice, and it shows when we throw deep. Jenkins and Aromashadu might be all right filling one of the outside spots as a tandem, but we really need one true deep threat. Much like fixing LT, a deep threat helps our passing game AND our running game by backing off defenses just a bit.
Secondary has 6 injured guys! OUCH!! (counting Cook as a "head injury"...dumbass!) Griff seems to have lost a step and he's the only starter we have left. But this may require more than just personel upgrades, This is where I think we need a change of scheme...
The zone defense has been at least partially out-dated by the NFL's new focus on "safety." Alot of what makes the zone tick is the big hit. You're not right on the guy covering, but near enough to hit him as the ball does, and hopefully, hard enough to knock it loose. Doesn't look like big hits are allowed anymore, so we may have to adjust to more of a man cover scheme, and that will likely require some new personel.
Its really too bad about Cook, cuz he was sure showing some potential, but now, I think he's probably going to jail.
But, that's the big three. LT, 1 WR, and multiple Secondary. With an early pick every round except the 6th, we should be able to snag a 2 or 3 difference makers in the draft, leaving us to fill 2-3 holes in FA, but if we can hit on a couple of "deals" there, we could possibly compete for the division as soon as next year, and maybe even have more hope for the future as these young guns improve.
SKOL VIKINGS!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HOPPY HOLIDAZE PPO!!!
Control the line, control the time, and give your D a chance to shine!!
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