Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Toby Gerhart

[Note From Adam:  This is part two of my position-by-position breakdown of this Vikings roster.  Part one, The Passers, can be found by clicking here.]

The Vikings running game was not unsuccessful in 2011, as they ranked fourth in the league, despite numerous challenges such as struggles along the offensive line and injuries to their running backs.  The position of running back, however, suddenly has a number of question marks that need to be discussed this offseason.

Let’s take a closer look.

Rick Spielman spent Wednesday discussing his plans to make the Vikings roster younger in age, and he also signed a couple of guys of the street that fit that description.

The Vikings signed offensive tackle Jose Valdez (6’ 5” – 315) who went undrafted in 2009.  He has spent some time since then on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad, so it would be seem likely that Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave had some input with this signing.

They also signed tight end Daniel Hardy (6’ 4” – 249) who was a seventh round selection for Tampa Bay last year, who broke his arm while playing for Idaho his senior season.  Hardy didn’t make it past the final cuts in Tampa, and spent some time on the New Orleans practice squad.

Both players were signed to futures contracts.

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A long drawn out process that featured a handful of candidates (and no, I’m not talking about the GOP race to the White House) has finally come to an end, with the Vikings hiring former Colts defensive backs coach Alan Williams as their new Defensive Coordinator.

After 10 years in Indianapolis, Williams is widely expected to officially join the Vikings shortly, in time to go to Mobile, Alabama and coach the North squad at the Senior Bowl.

Last year’s Defensive Coordinator, Fred Pagac, will return to be Minnesota’s linebackers coach.  He occupied this position for four years prior to 2011.

Mike Singletary, also interviewed as a candidate for the Coordinator position, will remain with the Vikings as an Assistant Head Coach.

Brendan Daly will replace Karl Dunbar as the defensive line coach.  Daly has held that position in St. Louis for the last three seasons, and previous to that was an assistant defensive line coach for the Vikings.

The Vikings defense is unlikely to experience much in the way of a scheme change, as Leslie Frazier has managed to maintain a staff that supports his preference of running a Cover-2 defense.

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[Note From Adam:  This is the first segment of a position-by-position breakdown of the Vikings roster, how they fared in 2011, and where they might be headed in 2012.  I will include the contract status for key players, possible Draft and free agency targets, and my predictions for how things will play out this offseason.]

Since the Vikings still have an unsettled coaching situation on the defensive side of the football, I thought it best to get started on these segments by first addressing the offense. 

For the first time in years, the Vikings lack a will-he-won’t-he situation and have a fairly set depth chart at the quarterback position.  That isn’t to say the position is an area of strength, but we all pretty much know who we will be seeing in 2012.

Let’s take a closer look.