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Football Outsiders: Can the Vikings overcome their offensive line issues?

in Deutsch in Medien und Literatur 03.11.2018 03:09
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We’re continuing our series of questions with Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders Customized Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , which we’re doing in conjunction with the release of the Football Outsiders Almanac for 2018. Yesterday we asked about the fit of quarterback Kirk Cousins in the Minnesota Vikings’ offense, and today we stay with the offensive side of the ball and focus on what is the weakest spot on the roster, the offensive line.The biggest point of contention this season for the Vikings is going to be the offensive line. They were better in 2017 than they were in 2016, but they still don’t seem to be highly regarded. What are your impressions of the Vikings’ offensive line?See, you guys? Even if the offensive line is awful, the Vikings can still contend for a championship!Actually, before we slam on the panic button too hard, I’m not sure if the Vikings’ offensive line is going to be as bad as some pundits think they will be, and it certainly won’t be nearly as bad as the dumpster fire that we saw in 2016. The level of talent on this year’s offensive line is significantly higher than the 2016 line, quite frankly.While we’ve seen them struggle a bit thus far, I think we can chalk that up to the fact that a lot of players on the line have been out with injuries for much of camp and the first two preseason games. I also tend to think that we haven’t seen a whole lot of what we can expect during the regular season from the play calling of John DeFilippo thus far in the preseason. So, while the Vikings’ offensive line might not be in the top half of the league this season, they certainly aren’t going to be in the sort of abyss they were in during the 2016 season www.authenticsminnesotavikings.com , either.But, as Scott says in his answer, in order for the team to contend with an offensive line like Minnesota’s, they have to be great everywhere else. . .and it’s definitely hard to argue that this team doesn’t fit that description. Will it be enough? I damn sure hope so.We’ll have one more offensive question. . .or, more specifically, question about the offense. . .tomorrow before we toss out a couple of questions about the defense. Once again, you can follow Scott on the Twitters at @FO_ScottKacsmar, and be sure to get yourself a copy of the 2018 Football Outsiders Almanac.Minnesota coaching legend John Gagliardi passes away Before any of the football action got underway on Sunday, the state of Minnesota lost a truly legendary football coach.John Gagliardi, who spent six decades at St. John’s University in Minnesota as the school’s football coach, passed away on Sunday at the age of 91.Gagliardi too over the football program at St. John’s in 1953, and was the head coach of the Johnnies until the 2012 season, when he finally hung up his whistle. In 2003 Minnesota Vikings T-Shirt , he passed the legendary Eddie Robinson as the winningest coach in the history of college football (at any level), and finished his college coaching career with a record of 489-138-11. He also won four Division III national championships along the way, and the trophy that the outstanding player in Division III football takes home every year (their equivalent to the Heisman Trophy) was named for Gagliardi in 1993.Gagliardi had an unusual coaching style, from all accounts. This comes from the story that ESPN did on him after his passing was announced earlier on Sunday.Gagliardi’s coaching career actually went all the way back to his high school, Trinidad High School in Colorado, when he was hired as the coach of the football team at the age of 16. Yes, a sixteen-year old coach. What happened was the team’s regular coach was drafted into military service (for World War II), and was a player-coach in his senior year. He continued coaching high school football while getting his college degree as well.Legendary Minnesota Vikings’ head coach Bud Grant paid tribute to Gagliardi just a short time ago with one simple picture on his Twitter account.Picture from the Twitter account of Bud GrantI’m not sure how many St. John’s alumni we have out there among our readers, but I think that if you’ve spent any time in the state of Minnesota watching football, you know who John Gagliardi was. He had a unique style, and he produced a lot of upstanding young men that went on to do big things after their football careers were done.Our thoughts prayers go out to the family and friends of John Gagliardi in light of John Gagliardi’s passing.

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