In 2010, Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings ranked 23nd in offensive yards gained and 29th in points scored. They ranked 10th in rushing offense and 26th in passing offense.
When the Vikings transitioned from Brad Childress to Leslie Frazier in the head coaching spot, Bill Musgrave was hired to head the Vikings offense and their top draft picks were spent on quarterback Christian Ponder and tight end Kyle Rudolph.
This offseason General Manager Rick Spielman devoted a good portion of his resources towards improving the roster on the offensive side of the ball. Four of their top six picks were spent on offensive players, including a star left tackle and two receivers. Receiver Jerome Simpson, tight end John Carlson, and offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz were among the only notable free agency moves the team made.
So what has the improvement been?
The Vikings offense of 2012, approaching the toughest part of their schedule, is currently:
17th in points scored (improved from 2010)
22nd in yards gained (improved)
5th in rushing (improved)
30th in passing (regressed)
So, with much being made about Christian Ponder’s lack of production, people are starting to wonder if Bill Musgrave is on the verge of being dismissed. In a season and a half, Musgrave has had three quarterbacks start in his offense (McNabb, Webb, and Ponder) and none of seen any overwhelming success to speak of.
If Ponder and company, possibly without Percy Harvin, dial up another stinker on Sunday against the Lions then the echoes of boos will be ringing well into the Vikings bye week. This leads us to today’s question of the week.
So, here is a chance to cast one more vote today: