Head coach Mike Zimmer says the Minnesota Vikings were good in spurts during the 2015 NFL season, but have some work to do to be a consistently good team.
The Minnesota Vikings had a breakout year during the 2015 NFL season. They earned a playoff spot, won the NFC North, and showed that their young team was heading in the right direction under head coach Mike Zimmer.
However, the success that the Vikings had last year isn’t impressing everyone. Zimmer is one of the first to step up within the organization and say that this team isn’t quite good yet, but have shown some great things at times.
"“I don’t think we’re very good, to be honest with you,” Zimmer said according to Vikings.com. “I think we played good in spurts, but here’s the other part: I’ve been complaining about the offense, but they don’t have three-and-outs, we don’t turn the ball over offensively, they for the most part controlled time of possession quite a bit, which helped us defensively.”"
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The Minnesota Vikings have made some big steps toward being a better team during free agency. The squad signed back a majority of their own free agents, went out and got some solid players in all three phases of the game, and recruited some new coaches to help the areas of the team in need of help.
"“There’s a lot of things we didn’t do good enough,” he said. “We were good in situations. We were good in third downs for the most part, we were good in the red zone so that kept some of the scores down, I think. But we could be a lot better.”"
Overall, the Minnesota Vikings team wasn’t that bad defensively last year. They were #5 in the league in points per game (18.9) and third down defense (34 percent converted). But the offense struggled to put points on the board, especially in the red zone.
Hopefully, the moves that the Minnesota Vikings make this offseason as well as having another year for young players to develop can help propel the team into a deeper playoff run than in 2015. But, as Vikings fans may have already noticed, head coach Mike Zimmer is one of those guys who is never ready to settle for “good”. He’s out to make Minnesota “great”.