Minnesota Vikings Offseason Needs
Here at Lexington Hills apartments, we are huge fans of the Minnesota Vikings. With Eagan, MN so close to Minneapolis, we try to make it up to a couple games a year, and this year was a ton of fun. Unfortunately, like most Vikings fans, we’ve been very underwhelmed by the team’s performance this year. That’s why this month, we wanted to take a look at how the Vikings can improve in the offseason and get back to their previous heights.
The problems with this team this year have mostly stemmed from the offensive side of the ball, but we’ll talk about them in a second. First, the defense. With most of the starters already signed for next season, the defense will be pretty solid again next year. However, they are losing defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and linebacker Anthony Barr to free agency. Richardson will likely be re-signed and come back with the time, but Barr shouldn’t receive another contract from the Vikings. Since his elite rookie season, Barr has declined since then. He has shown an inability to stop the pass, which is crucial in the NFL this season. It is often the responsibility of the linebackers to cover running backs in the passing game, and the RBs carved up Minnesota all year. Look for them to find a replacement for Barr rather than bringing him back.
On the offensive side of the ball, there are a few more issues. First and foremost is the contract of Adam Thielen. Thielen was signed at a significant discount before he really emerged in the last two seasons. Since he signed his extension, Thielen has worked himself into maybe the best receiver in the NFL. As such, Thielen is likely to demand a raise in the offseason, and the Vikings need to pay it. Losing Thielen would decimate their offense. With weapons like Thielen, Kirk Cousins, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph, and Dalvin Cook, it’s hard to imagine this team struggling as much as they did, but it happened. The fault lies with the offensive line. They were atrocious all season. Diggs, Thielen, Rudolph, and Cook couldn’t make anything happen because the O-line couldn’t hold the defense back long enough for the plays to develop. If they want to compete next year, the line needs to be drastically improved, and maybe entirely overhauled.
While this season didn’t quite go how everyone expected, with a few tweaks, the Vikings should see themselves back at the top of the league next year. Here’s to a great 2019, Minnesota!