Minnesota Vikings: A New-Look Offense for 2009?
After the draft, there was much speculation about how the offensive roster would turn out.
Would Percy Harvin be starting opposite of Berrian? Would Loadholt be able to carry the right-tackle position after playing left for so many years? Will Chester Taylor be left out to dry?
It seems likely that Loadholt will be the starter by preseason's end and Harvin will get significant playing time. The only problem is Taylor's role in the offense.
It is unlikely the Vikings will not utilize their best pass catching running back.
Well, the Vikings have been experimenting with last season's offensive rage, the Wildcat offense.
Word out of the Vikings' organization is Childress is finally looking into the idea of using the Wildcat offense.
And why not? With guys like Harvin, Berrian, Peterson, and Taylor, it should be a no brainer. Taylor can catch, Berrian can run past anyone, Peterson can run over anyone, and Harvin can dazzle his way out of danger.
The lack of play calling over the last couple of seasons has led some Vikings' fans to lose faith in the offense. The idea of running the ball on 3rd-and-12 does not make sense, even with Peterson at the running back position.
The Vikings have a very conservative offense which ultimately led to their downfall last season. The lack of production from the quarterback position caused the offense to once again revolve around Peterson and Taylor, but moreso Peterson.
But the installment of the Wildcat offense brings a whole new dimension to the NFC North.
What does Adrian Peterson think about the new-look offense?
He loves it. With him and Taylor rotating snaps at the quarterback position with Harvin and Berrian on the field, it could mean bad news for opposing defenses.
While it in not completely certain whether they will use the Wildcat formation, the idea that Bevell is even considering it completely blows my mind. The combination of Bevell and Childress has created one of the most one-dimensional and conservative offenses in the history of the NFL. It seems as though things may change this upcoming season.
I have not been a big fan of the Wildcat offense, but with Harvin, Taylor, Berrian, and Peterson, how can you NOT like idea?
Regardless of who the quarterback is next season, the Vikings offense should be considerably better. Not just because of the Wildcat, but because they have solidified the right tackle position as well as finding a multi-purpose receiver in Harvin.
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