5 ways Gary Kubiak can improve the Vikings offense in 2020

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Gary Kubiak
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(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Brian O’Neill
(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Brian O’Neill /

Make changes to the offensive line

While the Vikings offensive line improved somewhat last season, more adjustments need to be made by offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak this offseason.

Minnesota will make the improvements they think are necessary this year in order to make another postseason berth. It will be up to Kubiak to ensure a good scheme is in place to keep the positive momentum going for the unit.

Getting quarterback Kirk Cousins more time in the pocket is crucial for the overall fortunes of the Vikings offensive line, especially against elite defenses. This is not going to come from him stepping out of the pocket, so Minnesota’s blockers must be at the top of their game throughout the season.

A solid scheme that they can adapt to will help with the transition process and Kubiak would do well to see more focus put on a potential bookend right tackle in Brian O’Neill.

The 2018 second-round pick gave up just one sack last season to emerge as a pivotal member of the Vikings roster. Whether they could put O’Neill to better use in terms of movement and blocking at the second level is another element worth considering given his mobility.

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Despite having prolific offensive weapons, Minnesota will only go as far as their offensive line takes them and it is imperative Kubiak gets this particular area right with the players at his disposal.