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Sansevere: Forget Trading Cousins, Fix the Damn O-Line Instead

The Nano-Column Returns!

People will argue over anything, whether its politics, sports, religion, you name it. On this, though, we all can agree: The Vikingsoffensive line stinks like week-old lutefisk wrapped in yesterdays diaper.

The interior of that line is particularly odiferous.

All the chatter about unloading Kirk Cousins is pure silliness if something isnt done to upgrade the offensive line.

Does anyone with normal firing synapse really think Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson or Jimmy Garoppolo, or any quarterback, wants to come to Minnesota and play behind that white-hot dumpster fire?

Never a Cousins acolyte, I believe he should be commended for staying upright as often as he did this past season.

But what about next season?

For years, the Vikingsoffensive line has been abysmal. With a crap salary cap situation and Rick Spielman still calling shots, theres really no reason to be hopeful better players will line up at tackle, guard or center.

So heres a thought, a revolutionary thought, one that might, just might, make the O-line appear to be more successful: Get tight end Tyler Conklin more involved in pass blocking.

Now you may think hell be plenty involved helping block defensive ends and linebackers. There is something, however, the Vikings havent done with him or any tight end.

Everyone knows about pulling guards, right? How about this: The pulling tight end?

The twist is, Conklin pulls inside. New offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak may just get tagged as brilliant if he has Conklin pull toward the Vikingsineffective guards and center and pick up any pass-rushing danger hauling ass toward Cousins.

Huh? Huh?

It could stop in-season and offseason babbling about dumping Cousins and be the spark the Vikings never have had to finally win a Super Bowl.

Chew on that for a while as I take my tongue out of my cheek or, as a cynic or two might suggest, my head out of my ass, and make sure to read other stories at vikingsterritory.com and purplePTSD.com!

Bob Sansevere hosts the daily podcast The BS Show,which also is broadcast on radio stations in Duluth (KDAL), Hibbing (WNMT) and St. Cloud (WBHR).

Bob Sansevere

Bob Sansevere hosts a daily podcast, The BS Show, which also is broadcast on radio stations in Duluth (KDAL), Hibbing (WNMT) and St. Cloud (WBHR). He also writes occasional columns for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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Richard Beckish
Richard Beckish
1 month ago

Yes, the Vikings need to fix the interior of the O-line … everyone agrees. I think they need to find a way to spend some FA money on a proven guard AND spend a high draft pick on one too. That being said, I like your idea about using Conklin to help block, but, wouldn’t it be more effective if he lines up at fullback to do so? If you line him up at TE, he has farther to go if the pressure is coming from the opposite side of the line and more chance to get tangled up with guards and tackles in between, plus at fullback he has a better view of what is coming from where.

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