Mike Zimmer didn’t maintain again after a really poor efficiency from the Vikings protection.
If Mike Zimmer has made something abundantly clear over his 43-year teaching profession, it’s the truth that he’s a vocal, demanding basic who expects his protection to play quick, aggressive, suffocating soccer. Whereas that mixture has typically led to some profitable Minnesota Vikings crew, an injury-riddled 2020 season has the Vikings’ protection so distraught that the New Orleans Saints put up 52 factors in opposition to them, most of which could be credited to Alvin Kamara.
Zimmer went proper after his younger protection, calling the unit “dangerous” and “the worst unit I’ve ever had.” Given how lengthy Zimmer has been teaching, that’s saying quite a bit.
The Vikings might need a foul protection, however is it the worst Mike Zimmer has ever seen?
In 1990, when Zimmer was in his second season because the defensive coordinator at Washington State, the Cougars ranked a hundredth in factors allowed out of 107 FBS groups with 34.6 per recreation. Whereas he carved out a particularly profitable profession because the defensive backs coach on the dynastic mid-90s Dallas Cowboys earlier than being promoted to DC, his 2007 Atlanta Falcons crew, which was “coached’ by Bobby Petrino, gave up 414 factors and ranked twenty ninth within the NFL.
Zimmer quickly re-established himself with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier than taking the Vikings job in 2014. Contemplating how profitable he has been with Cincinnati and Minnesota, this protection does rank up there along with his worst ever.
Zimmer needed to give his protection a little bit of a break right here. All-Professional linebacker Eric Kendricks’ damage made an already skinny protection much more shambolic. Yannick Ngakoue is in Baltimore, Danielle Hunter hasn’t performed all yr, and each Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris at security have taken a step again. Throw in two rookies at cornerback in Jeff Gladney and Cameron Dantzler, who has admittedly performed extraordinarily properly in spots, and you’ve got a recipe for catastrophe.
Zimmer has been across the block a couple of occasions, and his sharp defensive thoughts appropriately assessing the gamers round him as poor must be a wakeup name for GM Rick Spielman so as to add expertise this offseason.
Or…possibly don’t fireplace George Edwards and rent your son, Adam, as co-defensive coordinator? Only a thought. Much less nepotism is at all times good.