Minnesota Vikings Can Improve Their Season in 3 Ways
Even though I am a Skins fan and we lost to the Vikings this past week, I thought about some ways to resurrect their season. You can tell Frazier is doing something well in that locker room and that the players are playing for him—something they didn't do for Brad Childress.
Any way, here are a few ways for the Vikings to turn around their season.
Take Some Time Off the Ol' Man
All season, the Vikings have been pass-first down, run-second, throw-third.
IT HAS TO STOP!
Face it. Brett Favre is not getting any younger and to have some better success you have to run the ball more often.
Hand the ball off constantly to Adrian Peterson and you will have success. Maybe with the return of Sidney Rice have a deep bomb every now and then. Run out of the shotgun and have Percy Harvin take an end-around and take 10-15 yards for a first down.
Utilize and Install the Wildcat Formation
The Wildcat has worked in the past.
The Dolphins surprised everyone and brought it into the National Football League and went 11-5 after a season of 1-15 with Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown.
But the Vikings shouldn't use it that way. They should do it like the Browns.
The Browns use it effectively with Josh Cribbs and powerback-Peyton Hillis in the back field and either option it or quick run.
The way I see it.
Joe Webb is a physical quarterback/wide out like Joshua Cribbs and Toby Gerhart is a bruising, physical runner like Peyton Hillis. Together in the backfield with direct snaps they could be dangerous.
On the wide receiving end, put Adrian Peterson on the right and Percy Harvin on the left. Both have great speed and can easily take an end around or pass for a good long gain.
How it will work:
AP will come in motion while Joe Webb (with the ball) and Toby Gerhart start running. Either Webb can pitch to one of the them or bomb it on the slant or deep route to Percy Harvin.
Or just take direct snaps.
Rush Jared Allen More
He had 14.5 sacks last year. Record = 12-4. This year, 7.5 sacks. Record= 4-7.
Use him more often.