Minnesota Vikings: 5 Things to Fix by Next Season

Matt LeirdahlContributor IIINovember 11, 2011

Minnesota Vikings: 5 Things to Fix by Next Season

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    The Vikings have been one of the most disappointing teams of the 2011 season. 

    However, there are several things that they can do to fix it by next year.

    Some of the things they need to do involve getting new players, but a lot of the things that they need to fix can be done with the existing team.

    Here are five of the most important things they need to fix.  

Find a No. 1 Receiver

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    One of the Vikings' biggest problems is that they don't have a true No. 1 receiver. 

    Percy Harvin is a great asset, but he isn't a No. 1, he is a slot receiver. 

    Wether they develop Michael Jenkins or Devin Aromashodu into a No. 1 or go out and get someone, it is a necessity. 

    Defenses need someone in the passing game to worry about, so they don't just focus on Adrian Peterson

Improve the Secondary

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    One of the biggest problems in recent years for the Minnesota Vikings has been the fact that they have a very poor secondary. 

    Antoine Winfield is great, but he is getting old.

    No one really knows what the future holds for Chris Cook. He may be in prison next season. 

    The Vikings need to go out and get a shutdown corner, or a really good safety, in order to fix one of the biggest problems in the Vikings' defense, the passing game.

Find a Use for Joe Webb

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    Joe Webb is one of the most dynamic players on the Minnesota Vikings' roster.

    What is he doing? He is sitting on the bench. 

    Finding a way to use Joe Webb will greatly improve the effectiveness of the Minnesota Vikings offense. 

    Putting him somewhere like wide receiver will put defenses on their toes, never knowing what the Vikings will do next.


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    One of the biggest challenges that the Vikings have been trying to overcome is their own coaching staff. Some of the things that they have done is just baffling. 

    The Vikings have blown double-digit halftime leads several times. That is on the coaching staff. They need to make the correct adjustments.

    Strategy has also been questionable. Calling the final timeout five seconds before the two minute warning was probably not the best decision in Week 7.

    Leslie Fraizer is still new at being a head coach. He will get it right. 

Get Percy Harvin the Ball More

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    There is no question that Percy Harvin is the most dynamic player on the Minnesota Vikings. He can run the ball, catch the ball and return kicks. 

    He is not getting the ball enough, however. 

    They need to find creative ways to get him the ball, such as lining him up in the backfield.

    No, bubble screens are not creative, and defenses are well aware that the Vikings are fond of them.

    The Vikings offense will skyrocket in effectiveness the more they get Harvin the ball.