With the 2014 NFL regular season a little more than 10 weeks away, it’s time to start daydreaming about seeing our favorite team on the field. There are some reasons to be excited about the upcoming year and there are also some reasons to be pessimistic. This time, we’ll focus on reasons to be skeptical about the 2014 Minnesota Vikings!
Here are my top 5 reasons to be skeptical about the 2014 Minnesota Vikings:
Dec 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen (69) reacts against the Detroit Lions in the second quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings win 14-13. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
A large portion of the team’s roster lacks experience. We’ve seen many veterans move on from the Minnesota Vikings over the past few years. For example, guys like Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Erin Henderson, Chris Cook, Toby Gerhart and J’Marcus Webb have all moved on from the team after just this season alone. While young and speedy are good things, veteran experience is important in the development of those players and transitioning them to the NFL.
Jun 17, 2014; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer watches practice at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Is Mike Zimmer the right coach for the team? New Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is a drastic change from Leslie Frazier. He has a much more abrasive attitude and approach to football. He needs to get the team to buy in to his theories and ideas. There are a lot of question marks about Zimmer’s first opportunity as a head coach, but he seems like a motivator who believes on competition instead of relying on veterans. He could be the key to the Minnesota Vikings future success.
Do you disagree with one of my reasons to be skeptical about the 2014 Minnesota Vikings? Or do you think I missed something that is a bigger question mark than those listed above? Discuss it in the comments!