X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

NFL Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings: 5 Ways Coaching Changes Will Help In 2014

5 Ways Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner Will Make the Minnesota Vikings Better

Minnesota Vikings
USA Today Sports

The Minnesota Vikings' front office decided it was time for some coaching changes this year. Instead of blowing a solid team completely up, the Vikings brought in two proven coordinators on each side of the ball. Mike Zimmer was promoted from Bengals' DC to head coach, while Norv Turner laterally moved from Browns' OC to Vikings' OC.

Here are five things in Minnesota that will be different with Zimmer and Turner running the show:

5. Offense Will Throw Down the Field More Often

Matt Cassel-Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

5. Offense Will Throw Down the Field More Often

Matt Cassel-Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

While the days of dink-and-dunk passing aren't over in Minnesota, it's well known that Norv Turner likes to throw the ball downfield in his 'Air Coryell' system. After watching hundreds of short Christian Ponder throws over the past couple of years, fans will welcome this change in offensive approach.

4. Defense Will Give Up Fewer Yards

Mike Zimmer Minnesota Vikings
USA Today Sports

4. Defense Will Give Up Fewer Yards

Mike Zimmer Minnesota Vikings

It would be hard to give up as many yards per game in 2014 as the Vikings did in 2013 (397.6), but with Mike Zimmer now in charge, you can almost guarantee significant improvement in yards allowed. Zimmer's Bengals ranked third last season in total defense, giving up just 305.5 YPG.

3. Special Talents Will Be Utilized Regularly

Cordarrelle Patterson
USA Today Sports

3. Special Talents Will Be Utilized Regularly

Cordarrelle Patterson

Many Vikings fans found themselves yelling at their TVs last season because of the underutilization of Cordarrelle Patterson. "Just get him the ball!"

Well, that should no longer be the case in 2014. With a full year under his belt and one of the best offensive minds in the game giving him direction, Patterson should improve by leaps and bounds in 2014, while getting plenty of touches.

2. Development of Young Players

Minnesota Vikings- DT Sharrif Floyd Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports (1)
USA Today Sports

2. Development of Young Players

Minnesota Vikings- DT Sharrif Floyd Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports (1)

No one had Geno Atkins pegged as an NFL star when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, but Mike Zimmer turned him into one. Vikings fans should be optimistic that the same thing will happen to players in Minnesota. Sharrif Floyd, Everson Griffen and Anthony Barr could all become perennial Pro Bowlers under Zimmer too.

1. Adrian Peterson Will Catch More Passes

Adrian Peterson-Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
USA Today Sports

1. Adrian Peterson Will Catch More Passes

Adrian Peterson-Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

When you talk about things in Minnesota that are long overdue, AP catching more passes out of the backfield is one of them. But the good news is that plans to make him more of a pass-catcher are already in place. Turner has said he wants to get Peterson the ball in space more often in 2014, something that should make his and the QB's life much easier.