4 ways the Minnesota Vikings offense can improve in 2022

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Become more expansive

One criticism that’s been laid at Mike Zimmer’s feet was how rigid the offense was at times. This was obviously not all the head coach’s doing, given his defensive background, but it became a great source of frustration nonetheless.

Having Kevin O’Connell as head coach should change all that in an instant. The respected figure comes from the Sean McVay coaching tree and was an influential part of the Los Angeles Rams conquering all en route to a Super Bowl triumph.

Looking at the Vikings from an offensive standpoint, everything is in position for them to become dominant. Their wide receivers are high-class at the top end, Dalvin Cook is a supreme force out of the backfield, we’ve already spoken about the offensive line, and Kirk Cousins is still producing the goods despite his obvious limitations.

Becoming more expansive and allowing these dynamic playmakers to do their thing with confidence is going to help the Vikings enormously. Every little helps, and if the defense also responds well to their upcoming 3-4 switch, then the sky’s the limit.

It’s not going to take much and Zimmer did have some exceptional moments throughout his stint in Minnesota. But a fresh set of ideas could make the biggest difference imaginable.