Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) is sacked by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) and defensive end Brian Robison (96) during the first quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Robison Will Stay At Left Defensive End


Sounds like the Vikings are going to be trying something new while sticking with something that has worked in the past.

Sep 22, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) celebrates a sack during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Browns defeated the Vikings 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

If that statement is confusing, I apologize, but I’m referring to an article from Chris Tomasson at the Pioneer Press that states that Brian Robison will stay at left defensive end for the Vikings this season.

In a 4-3 defense, a lot of the time you’ll see the more established pass rusher on the right side.  That’s where guys like Jared Allen, Julius Peppers, and Charles Johnson line to to match up against the elite pass blockers that play left tackle.  On the Vikings team, this position will be filled by new starter Everson Griffen.

Instead, Robison will face the bigger, run blocking tackles on the left side. This is what he has done successfully over the course of the last three seasons for Minnesota.  Although he has yet to hit the double digit sack mark in his NFL career, I expect him to hit that number this year.

Expect a heavy rotation of defensive ends for the the Vikings though, with the recently acquired Corey Wooten coming off the bench to keep players fresh and defenses guessing.

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  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    Unless Clownface falls to 8

    • Adam B. Carlson

      That’s true. You never know what can happen in the draft.

      • Don Andrew Halvorson

        You’re a chill dude. Most of the other Fansided writers would be dicks about my comment, but you’re cool about it. Also, you had a really intriguing mock draft.

        • Adam B. Carlson

          I’m realistic, yet try to be optimistic. It’s all about fun anyway, right?

  • David Mallow

    love the fact that Wootton will be coming off the bench to relieve Robison and Griifen..he is a very good player and I think quite a signing for the Vikings..now add one more DE in the draft somewhere, I like Marcus Smith out of Louisville in the 3rd or 4th round, and we’ll be good to go

    • Don Andrew Halvorson

      Marcus Smith could be a good OLB for us with the right coaching

  • Spencer Davis

    It only makes sense to keep him there where he’s comfortable. He’s also pretty reliable against the run. He is more of a bull-rusher than a speed/finesse rusher which I feel Griffen is, which is more suitable against a pass-blocking left tackle. Should be interesting to see the pair go at it, but I’m not too high on sack numbers in Zimmer’s defense. His defensive ends don’t rush up the field as much to be more solidified against the run.