Minnesota Vikings' New Unstoppable Offense
Among all the talk of thee who shall not be named, I've been thinking, the Minnesota Vikings' offense could and/or would be the same even with a certain scrutinized quarterback (Tarvaris Jackson). One thing I've noticed over the past couple of years is that a lot of his mistakes are due in part of him having to scramble out of the pocket, therefore, resulting in costly turnovers.
Another observation I've made also includes the fact that many of the Vikings' losses in the past two or three seasons have been solely put on the shoulders of Jackson. Many of those losses were results of many turnovers, not just by Tarvaris Jackson, but by other members of the offense or even blown plays by the defense. However, #7 has taken the brunt of the blame and even rode the bench for the greater part of the 2008 season due to it.
If the Vikings can find a way to give Jackson more time in the pocket, I'm sure he'll be a more successful quarterback and face more glory rather than scrutiny. The fact the Vikings line him up center most plays and run the ball, which is expected by defenses, doesn't help matters much.
Now the Purple and Gold have additional offensive weapons at receiver. An athletic group of receivers which include Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, Bobby Wade, and the recently drafted Percy Harvin will give whoever is quarterback plenty of weapons to help exploit the opposing defense. But as the saying goes: Time is money. So I figured if blitzing lineman and linebackers have a longer distance to get to the quarterback, then it will give the quarterback more time to throw the ball. Even if it's just a split second.
That brings me to this conclusion. I feel if the Minnesota Vikings, my beloved football team, ran more of a spread offense they could find additional success through the air and even on the ground. That means Jackson would, of course, have to learn to read defenses even better so he can audible out of the given play but I feel he has that ability. If Minnesota can line four receivers up and Peterson in the backfield, they'll have more playmakers on the field more consistent plus they'll be able to thin the defense and create more mismatches resulting in more big plays. Jackson would have to handle his checkdowns a little better. Time will only tell.
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