Let's see if there really is an issue with over drafting defense over offense.TSonn wrote: ↑Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:00 pmI actually think Rick has been a pretty great GM who has been negatively motivated by Zimmer and his meddling for high draft pick defensive players (mostly DBs).
I think about it like this - our head coach is supposed to be some defensive guru, right? If our HC specializes in defense, shouldn't he be able to put together a damn good defense with middle round talent? I'm not sure who has made the final call on these picks but just look at how much draft capital we put in the defense since Zimmer got here:
Rhodes, Floyd, Barr, Kendricks, Waynes, Hughes, Alexander, Crichton, Hunter, Gladney, Danztler - all top 3 round picks, with the bolded guys getting picked in the first round. I mean, c'mon - add in Harrison Smith and Everson Griffen who were already here and ANY coach would get good production out of all that talent.
It would make way more sense to load up the other side of the ball with top talent since our head coach doesn't have an offensive mind. His defensive scheme and playcalling should be able to make up for a lack of top tier talent some years and he should be able to coach up guys picked later in the draft.
I just wonder how many of those top picks were supposed to be OL and Zimmer made a call to grab a DB.
In the first 3 rounds the Vikings have selected 10 offensive players and 10 defensive players.
In round 1 they have select 4 offensive players and 4 defensive players, and actually considering we gave up a first for Bradford, it is really 5 offensive players to 4 defensive.
Pretty balanced. The Vikings have had a lot more luck drafting defensive players in those rounds, with only 1 real bust in Crighton out of the 10. On offense they have wasted a 1st on Treadwell, a 3rd on Elflein, and gotten nothing for their 2nd on Smith Jr, so maybe that is why you think there is an imbalance?
I mean, we just spent our top 4 picks in the 2019 draft on offense, and it isn't all Zimmer's fault only one of those players is contributing as a starter (I don't consider what Samia is doing as contributing).
In the end it is a pretty odd to blame the HC and not the GM for the lack of talent on the team while simultaneously giving Rick credit for the talented rosters we have had in the past.
I think if you looked at the roster we fielded today at the end of 2019, you would think the team was tanking and would have had no chance to beat the Titans. Instead the HC managed to get these guys fired up and ready to go for a game they had no business even being in.