Mixing It Up
The more the Vikings’ offensive line struggled during the 2018 season, the more I wondered why they didn’t shake things up.
The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That’s what Minnesota did with their offensive line last season.
Why not try different combinations of players? They could’ve given Danny Isidora a chance to start, or tried Brett Jones at center, and moved Elflein to guard. Those were all options, but not once was it attempted.
The Vikings could’ve even looked at moving Brian O’Neil to left tackle and switching Riley Reiff over to play on the right side of the line. Maybe it wouldn’t have helped, but change can be good and it could’ve been the spark the unit needed last season.
Hopefully in 2019, Minnesota and whoever is coaching the offensive line are more open to the idea of trying guys at different positions, especially if the initial lineup results in Kirk Cousins getting killed game after game.
Will the Vikings be bringing in help for their offensive line through free agency and the draft this year? Absolutely, but there are other ways this unit can get better in 2019.
Improved coaching, shuffling the players on the line, holding players accountable for poor play, and getting guys healthy will help this unit greatly in 2019.
Minnesota invested a ton of money in making Cousins their starting quarterback and they have to get better play out of their offensive line or it will end up being a waste of money and a great opportunity.
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