5 nightmare scenarios for the Minnesota Vikings in 2023

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Nightmare scenario No. 4

The new defense doesn't improve anything

Last season, the Minnesota Vikings made the switch to a 3-4 defense run by defensive coordinator Ed Donatell and it didn't go well. The team gave up the second-most yardage on the year and made mediocre quarterbacks look like MVPs.

Minnesota moved on from Donatell after his first year and now the defense will be run by new defensive coordinator Brian Flores in hopes of creating more pressure and not allowing as many yards as in the previous season.

But what if replacing the defensive coordinator and moving on from older players doesn't result in a faster or more efficient defense and the team needs to re-evaluate this phase of the team again after the season is over?

It would be nice to think that the Vikings defense couldn't be any worse than last year, but there is always that possibility. While unlikely, it would raise a lot of questions regarding the hiring of coordinators and the ability to use the talent available to find success.