Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway (52) against the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Chad Greenway Excited By Aggressive New Defense


Last year, the Vikings defense downright embarrassed the team on several occasions.  Minnesota finished as the second worst overall defense in the National Football league for the 2013 season.

Minnesota Vikings fans and players seem optimistic about the changes that the team made during this offseason.  The team got a new, more aggressive defensive minded head coach.  A new defensive coordinator replaced the previous one.  The Vikings also added some great new faces on defense by drafting seven new defensive players.

Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway (52) warms up before the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

One member of that struggling defensive unit last year was linebacker Chad Greenway.  Despite playing most of the season with a fractured wrist, he was one of the only players to be a consistent starter for the team.  Recently, he sat down with the Minneapolis Star Tribune to talk about the changes that are being made to the Vikings defense.

“We’re not just sitting back and letting people throw darts at us. We’re matching up people. We’re playing a downhill, aggressive defense. We’re certainly not going to sit back on our heels and let people mess with us.”

Aggressive is a word that Vikings fans should love to hear.  Last year, there were too many instances where a soft defense allowed a team to pick up a 3rd and long situation or give up a big play when it should have been stopped much sooner.

Although Chad Greenway let us know it will be a more aggressive approach, he isn’t willing to give away any details about what the team’s strategy will be. The Star Tribune tried to get some of that information out of him, but this is all he said:

“We’re going to be doing some different things we haven’t seen before around here since I’ve been here. But we’ll talk about that later. Just wait. You’ll see.”

Personally, I’m excited to see what this new, more aggressive version of the Minnesota Vikings defense will be.  Thankfully, it can’t get much worse than what we saw last year.

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  • David Mallow

    exactly, we can ONLY be better than before.. very optimistic and extremely excited about where we are headed in the coming years.. SKOL!!!!!!

    • Bob E.

      LOL It is liberating knowing there is nowhere to go but up…

  • Turdd Ferguson

    Whoever designed our prevent defense should be fired….oh wait, they were. Okay, I feel much better now.

    • Cool Jack

      Totally cool….!

    • Bob E.

      Haha nice!… I found it ironic the prevent D, literally prevents nothing lol

  • Bob

    The defense will definitely go up, Bob E. but to what degree is what Vike fans can be happy about. This defense will be scary ( in a good way)and the offense also good. I know this is going to sound like a off season optimist, but I see a 11-5 recoed. This is a young, strong, well coached ball club.Enjoy the surprise Viking fans. SKOL

    • Bob E.

      Oh I agree…we are gonna surprise some people this year, when we are in the thick of the NFC North.

    • Cool Jack

      Exactly…could nt have said it better….

  • Cool Jack

    I’m with this David Mallow guy…always a positive take…I think Greenway is loving this new attitude and Zimmer”s approach…They wont be able dictate…the Viking D” will be a shutdown…….that always wins…!

  • JJSamurai

    It’s got to be better than watching the qb’s pick apart the zone coverage. The only thing we had to look forward to last year was watching Jared Allen Sack Arron Rodgers and Jay Cutler/Josh McGown, as fun as that was, I am sure there is more to an aggressive defense then just watching the QB’s eat dirt every now and then.