Throughout OTAs, minicamp and the first days of training camp, the Vikings have been getting Chad Greenway work at the Mike linebacker spot on the off-chance that he might be needed to hold down that position on a full-time basis.
But that little project evidently has been aborted for the time being. Matt Vensel tweeted:
Zimmer indicates that the Greenway at MIKE experiment is over. #Vikings
— Matt Vensel (@mattvensel) July 30, 2014
One gets the feeling that Greenway’s work in the middle was less about finding a position for Greenway than getting Greenway reps there just in case. Working Greenway in likely signaled, more than anything, that Mike Zimmer wasn’t all that thrilled with his other Mike options and wanted some insurance.
The move to no longer play Greenway at the Mike likely means one of two things: 1) Zimmer is satisfied that he can find a Mike from among his other options and wants to look at those guys more; or 2) Zimmer still doesn’t like any of his options but doesn’t want to hold back Greenway’s progress at learning the Will position by squeezing him in part of the time at the Mike.
If Zimmer doesn’t like any of his other Mike options – Jasper Brinkley, Michael Mauti and Audie Cole being the main three – then perhaps the best recourse would be to scan the waiver wire for alternatives.
We’re just guessing at this point, but it certainly seems possible that a move could be in the offing at linebacker. For the umpteenth straight season, the Vikings have entered camp with so much uncertainty at this position.
Let’s hope that under Zimmer’s watch, the BS stops once and for all.