Vanilla Offense Won’t Do with These Flavors to Serve

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Just a few years ago, the Minnesota Vikings were a team with very few playmakers. You know, real game changers. The instruments that make the difference in 7-7 tie in the fourth quarter. In most NFL games the difference between W’s and L’s comes down to One Big Play.

The Vikings have the players to fight it out in the trenches. But what they didn’t have were game changers. But that all changed when they drafted Adrian Peterson out of the University of Oklahoma. Now He’s the very definition of the term “Playmaker”.

Since then, they have Drafted WR Sidney Rice. A potential Playmaker who hasn’t yet made the big impact hoped, but still remains in the game breaker category.

The signing of Bernard Berrian added another piece to the puzzle. A very important and necessary piece of the puzzle. He’s the Long threat.

The defense stretcher. Without him, defenses have no reason to keep the safety deep, and Peterson’s chances to break a long one diminishes greatly.

Percy Harvin adds another missing ingredient. The sure handed quick slant artist with the ability to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.

So what is left ? Obviously, it is the ability to get the ball to these people in a position where they can perform their craft to the fullest abilities. For without the capable QB, the other pieces are rendered moot. The Vikings declined to consummate the Jay Cutler deal, and Brett Favre is far from a sure thing. Thus the drama involved as fans hang on every morsel of Favre news. He could well be the missing part that propels the team into elite status.

Which brings us to my point. Is it me, or does the Vikings play calling seem a bit “Ordinary” and “Predictable” ? Weren’t there times last season when you couldn’t help being a tad frustrated with the Run Peterson left on first down, left again on second down then on third and eight throw a 3 yard pass to set up forth and whatever.

It just seemed all too predictable and “Vanilla”. Let’s hope that Childress and Co. , can get more imaginative and with their new toys this season. It is very difficult to prepare a defense against a team when you have no idea what they are going to do. Especially if they have the tools to do just about anything.

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