Vikings roster still feels underwhelming despite new additions

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Harrison Smith
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Harrison Smith /

It’s difficult to be optimistic about the Minnesota Vikings for the 2022 season when they haven’t really improved their roster from a year ago.

Following the firings of head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman this past January, Minnesota Vikings co-owner and team president Mark Wilf did his best to make it known that he still wants the team to contend for a championship next season.

These expectations from the team’s owners have only made the decisions by the Vikings this offseason that much more confusing.

If Minnesota’s goal is to contend for a title during the 2022 campaign, then why would they bring back the core group of a roster that has missed the playoffs in three of the last four seasons?

Have the Minnesota Vikings improved their roster this offseason?

This offseason, the Vikings have added a number of new players to their roster. Guys like defensive tackle Harrison Phillips, linebacker Jordan Hicks, and pass rusher Za’Darius Smith were all brought in to try and help a Minnesota defense that struggled to stop their opponents during the 2021 campaign.

But are these additions, along with several other mid-tier free-agent signings, enough for the Vikings to improve in 2022? Are these new players going to make a big enough impact when combined with the same core group of guys that have failed to make the playoffs in three of the last four seasons?

Minnesota is basically hoping that hiring a new head coach and general manager is going to be enough to elevate a roster that has significantly underachieved during the last few seasons.

That’s one gigantic risk to take considering all we can guarantee right now when it comes to new Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell is that he will be nicer and much more approachable than the guy who held the job before him.

This topic and more were discussed during the most recent episode of “The Viking Age Podcast”. The video version of the episode is available on our YouTube channel and the audio version is available pretty much wherever you can find podcasts.

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