Is the coaching staff holding the Vikings offense back?

(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer /

The Minnesota Vikings have one of the most explosive offenses in the league, so why isn’t it clicking?

A team with Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, and Kirk Cousins shouldn’t be struggling to move the ball. The Minnesota Vikings have scored on the opening drive of every game so far this season apart from the first game but for some reason, the Vikings seem to struggle for first downs after this.

The first drives of games are usually scripted, and the Vikings tend to do very well on these drives and come away with points. The game plan becomes very conservative and it’s clear to see that the Vikings are no longer interested in pushing the ball down the field but instead run and take what you’re given.

When the Vikings are down in the last few minutes of a game, the offense magically wakes up again. Head coach Mike Zimmer is known for his conservative approach to games but when you have this much talent on offense, your best bet is to just let them play.

The Vikings are 16th in pass yards attempted, this is borderline unacceptable when you have arguably the best wide receiver duo in the league, with KJ Osborn emerging as one the better third choice receivers in the NFL. There is no reason to be such a run-heavy team when you have all these weapons and one of the most accurate quarterbacks in history throwing to them.

Going forward, is Mike Zimmer able to lead the Minnesota Vikings?

A lot of fans have made their feelings known about Zimmer. With the league evolving and so many young creative coaches being employed, and doing well, maybe it’s time for the Vikings to move on.

Although Zimmer has done a phenomenal job for the Vikings, maybe the Vikings need a change at head coach to make that next step. There is no question regarding the talent on the roster, it’s just a matter of getting the best out of them.