5 biggest takeaways from the Vikings during the 2021 NFL season

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This coaching staff was not a good fit

Sometimes getting a new voice and a fresh perspective on things can help to take a team to the next level. That wasn’t the case for the Minnesota Vikings, who relied heavily on nepotism to fill two of the most important roles on the coaching staff.

As if Mike Zimmer’s old-school approach to football wasn’t enough, bringing his son Adam on to be the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach may have been a major contributing factor to how badly the team’s defense struggled at times.

In addition, Klint Kubiak got his first opportunity to be an offensive coordinator this season, and the son of former Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak left much to be desired when it came to executing and drawing up strategies.

Odds are that coaching changes will need to be made this offseason starting with the team needing to make a decision on head coach Mike Zimmer then looking for a replacement if needed and filling the staff with positional coaches and assistants that fit the new regime.