Mike Zimmer: Vikings defense will probably look “completely different” this year

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After being shredded on Christmas Day by the Saints and Alvin Kamara (who became the first player to score six touchdowns in a game since Gale Sayers in 1965), coach Mike Zimmer declared that the 2021 Vikings was the “worse one I’ve ever had.” This year, it figures to be better.

It can’t be any worse.

The Vikings added multiple veteran defenders to the mix, signing defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, cornerback Patrick Peterson, and cornerback Bashaud Breeland and bringing back defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and cornerback Mackensie Alexander. The Vikings also will have defensive tackle Michael Pierce back from a COVID opt out, linebacker Anthony Barr back from a season-ending pectoral injury, and defensive end Danielle Hunter back from neck surgery and contract disgruntlement.

“Our guys in the front office have done an outstanding job,” Zimmer told reporters. “It’s probably gonna look completely different on the defensive side of the ball than it did last year, with the guys coming back and the additions that we made. So I am excited about that.”

The Vikings also will have their home-field advantage again, with plenty of noise coming from the stands — and bouncing off the specially-designed roof — when the opponent has the ball. That will be a huge factor as well for a team that started very slowly in 2020 before putting together a respectable record. This year, the Vikings could be one of the more balanced teams in the NFC, if they can stay healthy.

11 responses to “Mike Zimmer: Vikings defense will probably look “completely different” this year

  1. If it got any worse Zim might be unemployed. That’s kind of his thing. Last year was his mulligan.

  2. I’m sorry, but I think it’s idiotic to think that Zimmer did a bad job last year in any capacity considering the number of losses of players on defense.

    Essentially the entire starting secondary (except for Harrison Smith) and D-line and best linebacker.

    That they were able to string 4 or 5 wins together at one point was amazing.

    And truth be told, they COULD have been “worse”. They were not LAST in any defensive category. They were in the bottom 10, but not last.

    So, technically speaking… They COULD Have been “worse”

  3. Last year was just weird. They went into the season with a lot of rookies and very little depth. When important players were lost for the season, they had no one to be a competent replacement. They took the opposite approach this year by bringing in a lot of established veterans and using their young players as depth. It’s odd that they could manage this in a season where the salary cap dropped by so much but they couldn’t do it last year.

  4. Total bottom-to-top rebuilds can be like draft picks. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. There’s a whole lotta wishing, hoping, and praying going on………it’s hotseat season!

  5. Vikings defense will probably look “completely different” this year
    ——————————————-I certainly hope that means better. The way I look at it, it can’t get any worse.

  6. Kind of a Captain Obvious statement. The DL will have 3, if not 4 new starters with Pierce and Hunter back, adding Tomlinson in FA. At LB Barr missed the entire year, and Kendricks missed 4 games. At DB, only Smith will be there from last year, Peterson, Breeland, and Mack competing with Dantzler for playing time. Last year the Vikings had no pass rush, with a player leading the team in sacks while only playing 5 games, which exposed a young and inexperienced cornerback group.

  7. I think it’s the beginning of a trend because the coaching staff will look completely different next year.

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