I have to disagree here. I think Zimmer wants balance.S197 wrote: ↑Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:32 pmI think it's evident the Vikings are a run-first team by the way Zimmer manages games. If this team is sitting on a 10-point lead, they're looking to run out the clock, not put the game away. We've seen this on many occasion.
Then there's Gary Kubiak, who has been very successful taking his zone blocking scheme and turning it into a highly successful rushing offense. As mentioned, very different from JDF who was canned after a crazy lopsided offense that simply didn't work.
You can also look at personnel. We utilize a lot of 2 TE sets. We are also one of the few teams that regularly uses a FB. We had Thielen, Diggs, and a bunch of no-names making up the rest of the WR corps. Meanwhile we kept 4 RB's on the roster. That's in addition to Ham.
I think if you asked Zimmer he would say he's looking for balance, which is probably true. But being a defensive minded coach, he's one that frequently relies on his defense and emphasizes both ball control and ball security. This team finished the year ranked 3rd in rushing. Passing? 17th.
Rather than looking at one season under Zimmer, let's look at all six.
In 2019, the Vikings ranked 17th in passing and 3rd in rushing, as you mentioned.
In 2018, we were 13th in passing and 30th in rushing.
In 2017, Zimmer's best team, we were 11th in passing and 7th in rushing -- balanced.
In 2016, 18th in passing and 32nd in rushing.
In 2015, 31st in passing and 4th in rushing.
In 2014, 28th in passing and 14th in rushing.
It's all over the map, but when Zimmer's Vikings are at their best, they have both a competent (not amazing like KC passing or Baltimore on the ground) rushing AND passing attack. The 2017 team was 10th in total offense. Very solid, very balanced. Zimmer really hasn't had that in any other year, and a third of the time it's been the running game that has been abysmal.
Now when it comes to ball security ... I agree with you wholeheartedly. Zimmer wants that more than anything. And why not? In the NFL, teams that win the turnover battle win a minimum of 68% of the time ... and that 68% number is if you are +1 in turnovers. If it's +2, that number goes up to 82%, and more than 92% after that. I don't blame Mike Zimmer one bit for valuing ball security. Again, I go back to his best team in 2017. Only 11 fumbles (not sure how many lost) and 8 picks total for the season, for a +5 turnover differential (the only reason the differential wasn't higher was that we only forced 8 fumbles on defense). That team took care of the football and won.