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The Vikings used the 4th overall selection on Matt Kalil in the 2012 NFL Draft and will plug him in at left tackle, where he will be a major upgrade. However, that doesn’t solve all of their offensive line problems. Guard is still a major position of weakness for them. The Vikings started Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera there last offseason and now both are gone. Hutchinson signed in Tennessee, while Herrera remains available on the open market, which shows just how much he struggled last season.
At one guard spot, the Vikings have moved Charlie Johnson, who struggled mightily at left tackle last season, inside to play left guard. We’ll see how that works out. At the other guard spot, the Vikings signed Geoff Schwartz, who was once a solid starter, but missed all of last season with injuries. According to ESPN Twin Cities, however, Schwartz is not a lock to start there as Brandon Fusco will be given “every opportunity” to win the job. Fusco, a 6th round pick in the 2011 NFL Dra...
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. When the Minnesota Vikings traded back into the end of the first round of April's NFL draft to select Harrison Smith, it was widely believed the team had a certain starter at one of its two safety positions.
Minnesota gave up its early second-round pick and a fourth-round slot to ensure it wouldn't miss the change to acquire Smith. A day later, coach...
The Minnesota Vikings feel they have benefitted from a full offseason, able to implement systems and work side-by-side with their players after missing all of last year's program because of the lockout.
Obviously, the loss of last offseason played a part in the team's further slide to the league bottom and a 3-13 record. Coach Leslie Frazier feels a different energy this...
While the Vikings try to figure out the right combination of new players on their offensive line, fans might be trying to figure how much the changes will really help and where the anticipated improvements will come.
A look at the stats from last year certainly offer a blurred and confusing picture of what went wrong, what is left to salvage and how much, if any, the changes made...
Antoine Winfield’s veteran experience and leadership is expected to help the secondary rebound from a poor showing at the end of last year. So, too, will having a deeper group to weather injuries and allow Winfield to play his best position. Plus, Toby Gerhart is feeling more comfortable and the fullback battle is one to watch.
The NFC North is widely considered one of the strongest overall divisions in the NFL right now, and coaching has a lot to do with their success. Let's take a look at the four coaches
4. Leslie Frazier, Minnesota Vikings – Hired 2010 – Overall Record 6-16 – 0 Playoff Appearances
There really can't be any argument for Frazier being the fourth best coach in this division...
The Vikings are following the NFL wave, hoping their pair of young tight ends can produce similar results to some of the most productive tight ends in the league. Can Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson live up to the billing?