I'm not an NFL coach, but it doesn't take one to understand where a team is going wrong, or how a team can improve.
More often than not, it is the little things and tiny changes that can fix a growing problem and I have discovered just a few:
- Don't blitz on the opening drive against a team with a lot of speed down-field. It has hurt you in the past and learning from one's mistakes is paramount.
- Run more, block less. This is a team that can open holes for the best RB in the NFL, but couldn't block a B squad out of their local high-school. Play the run first, and the O-line doesn't have to block as much, and the TYPES of plays you get to utilize with a successful ground attack, changes the blocking schemes.
- If you continue to play as a divided team, then you will eventually separate and fail individually without ever being able to piece things back together—play unified.
We all know that the Vikings have plenty of talent, and have played in many winnable games this year, but it has been a rash of idiosyncrasies, and a few reoccurring problem that have stood in their way which can be resolved with smaller solutions.
The Packers are the next team on deck, and if something doesn't happen soon, this team will be reeling before it knows it.
Stay tuned later this week for an official extended breakdown of the Packers and Vikings.