Minnesota Vikings: What To Expect from Our LB's

DJ FlowContributor IApril 3, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 9:  Linebacker Chad Greenway #52 of the Minnesota Vikings celebraters a score against the San Francisco 49ers during a game on December 9, 2007 at Monster Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)

Not that the guy got off to one of the most unfortunate injuries to kick off his career, but tearing your Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) during a preseason game in your rookie campaign is bound to set you back right?

Well, in the Case of Mr. Greenway, it looks like we found at least an above-average Will Linebacker that will keep things interesting for many years to come.

Last year, there was a generous debate that Greenway should have been in the pro-bowl. Seeing as that didn't happen and that's behind us we're going to leave it at that, but lets look at whats to come.

Our other young stud E.J. Henderson (Mike Linebacker) is set to return after the painful injury of dislocating his toes on his right foot.

Initially, I thought that dislocating your toe wasn't a serious injury at all, but then a buddy of mine had it happen who plays for the Gophers football team also came down with it, and apparently its a painful ten-week recovery program...if you're lucky.

Enough on that, but the optimism from the beginning of last year that E.J. could make a push for a pro bowl nod is also going to be a key ingredient to our defense as well.

Finally, a scrappy lad named Ben Leber will be entering I believe his third season as a member of the Vikings, and i don't know what you guys think, but I see him as a model of efficiency, with the exception that he sometimes plays a little to downhill ( which as a Sam Linebacker can sometimes be a crucial problem).

But with such excellent tackling corners, we can generally get away with having such aggressive linebackers.

Things to look forward to:

Two above-average to Pro Bowl LB's and one average to above-average Lb whom can both play the Tampa-Two Defense efficiently in pass coverage, as well as maneuvering stealthy blitzes from any point of attack.

Also, the underrated feeling form these guys is the fact that they all have exceptional leadership qualities, which are natural intangibles that can't just be taught or idealized. Truly a work of art