Minnesota Vikings: 5 Defensive Changes That Have To Be Made

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Minnesota Vikings: 5 Defensive Changes That Have To Be Made
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The Minnesota Vikings are well on their way to the worst record in franchise history. Losses to the Redskins and the Bears to finish out the season would forever cement this team in infamy as the worst Minnesota Vikings team to ever play the game.

While you could look on the bright side of this horrendous season and recognize that the Vikings will likely end up with a great new wide receiver or left tackle, it's hard to ignore the fact that the defense seems to get worse and worse with each coming week.

The most difficult aspect of that take is that, with all the needs on offense, the Vikings will likely ignore their need on defense through the first two rounds of the draft. This means that Minnesota will have to be very active in free agency and work very hard to develop the young players they already have into consistent role players who can step up if need be.

Their most recent loss to the Saints was low-lighted by a 419-yard, five-touchdown thumping at the hands of QB Drew Brees. With the secondary in shambles, there's no confusion as to why the Vikings keep getting burned deep, but ultimately, most of the players on the defensive side of the ball could be playing for their jobs in these coming weeks.

By next season, expect to see a lot of new faces on the Vikings' roster. It would be hard to imagine a Vikings team worse than this one, but here are five changes that need to happen for the Vikings on defense in 2012.

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