Vikings DE Jared Allen has terrorized NFL QBs for his entire career, and has 64 sacks to his name as proof. Because of his ability to rush the passer, opposing offenses are constantly switching things up to try and slow him down.
Allen gets double teamed. He gets chipped by FBs, RBs and TEs. Teams roll the pocket away from him. Opposing offenses try anything and everything to neutralize him.
But opposing offenses aren’t going to be the only ones switching things up to try and tip the scales in their favor. The Vikings are going to be doing it, too, according to assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
Last week against Green Bay, Allen spent some time moving away from his standard position as the right DE and he slid down the line to play on the left side at times. This was not because he wasn’t productive in his normal spot. Rather, it was to try and confuse the offense and get away from some of the double teams and chip blocks that were coming his way.
“If you study us, you know most teams are going to be trying to chip Jared Allen or bring protection to Jared,” Frazier said. “And we talked about this back in the offseason and I think someone asked me in training camp whether or not we would move him around. That’s exactly what we’re going to do; we’re going to move him around sometimes and make the offense have to adjust to where he is and try to get some of those chips off of him.”
Against the Packers, Frazier explained, the strategy of moving Allen around was effective. He encountered fewer chip blocks throughout the course of the game because the offense wasn’t always sure where Allen would line up.
Ultimately, the goal of moving Allen around is to create more isolated situations for the Vikings leading sack-getter. And if the teams still figure out a way to cover him up with 2 or more players, then Allen’s teammates will have to take advantage of their opportunities.
“We feel like if we can get him enough one-on-ones, we can get the results we want from him,” Frazier said. “But if it becomes a situation where they’re going to find him and try to chip him every down, then that opens up things for Ray (Edwards) and Kevin (Williams) and Brian (Robison) as well.”
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