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NFL Analyst Lauds Vikings 2022 Upside

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NFL Analyst Lauds Vikings 2022 Upside

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Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA;Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Danielle Hunter. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

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Nov 25, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA;Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Danielle Hunter. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

Minnesota Vikings training camp begins on Sunday, with rookies reporting for the 12 months, followed by veterans two days later.

Oddsmakers aren’t too high on the franchise for 2022, forecasting an end-of-season win total around eight or nine games. The Vikings are also the twentieth likeliest team to win the Super Bowl.

Still, Minnesota is becoming a trendy pick for various pundits’ “sleeper” team, implying the Vikings may turn heads in 2022 — unlike the 2020 and 2021 seasons. One such analyst is Warren Sharp, who runs SharpFootballAnalysis.com.

Sharp tweeted concerning the 2022 Vikings upside, “[I’m} so glad the Vikings moved on to a recent coach. It’s been frustrating to look at this team intentionally play below its offensive ceiling for years. I believe the upside for the 2022 Vikings may very well be higher than it’s been in years.”

He also expanded on the subject in a transient video.

so glad the Vikings moved on to a recent coach

it’s been frustrating to look at this team intentionally play below it’s offensive ceiling for years

I believe the upside for the 2022 Vikings may very well be higher than it’s been in years pic.twitter.com/sf8Tlq9J9S

— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) July 21, 2022

The “frustration” called out by Sharp pertains to Zimmer’s philosophy, which really didn’t change over eight years in charge. Zimmer pounded the table for defense, defense, and more defense — with a platter of running the football, plus taking shots downfield every now and then. Sans a Super Bowl, the tactic worked for Zimmer, who guided Minnesota to the NFL’s Tenth-best record from 2014 to 2021.

However the ex-Vikings head coach couldn’t close the deal — or come anything near it within the last two seasons. The issue for Zimmer from 2020 on was the decline of his beloved defense. In his first six seasons, the Zimmer defense was phenomenal — untouchable within the league’s pecking order. Yet, in 2020, that very same Zimmer defense abruptly died.

Vikings Defensive Rating,
Per EPA/play,
Since 2014:

2014-2019 = 1st
2020-2021= twenty third

— Dustin Baker (@DustBaker) July 5, 2022

And since Zimmer wasn’t an offensive guru, the team’s offense was less than the duty of circumventing the NFL’s Tenth-worst defense in 2020 and 2021. It also didn’t help that Zimmer principally employed a recent offensive coordinator each season, generally watching the annual, flavor-of-the-year OC walk away for job promotion or retirement.

VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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