Assuming both CB Cedric Griffin and LB E.J. Henderson make it back to the starting lineup (things are looking that way at this point), the Vikings will return all 11 starters from last year’s defense. With that being the case, the team entered the 2010 season in good position to fortify its depth behind experienced starters.
And so far, according to assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, the team has taken advantage of that good position.
“Yeah, this is the best depth we have had on defense so far,” Frazier said on Thursday after practice. “Now it is just a matter of staying healthy and playing together. But by far this is the best depth we have had. Although, we are missing Cedric Griffin [and] we are not certain about E.J. Henderson. But we do have some quality guys at some certain positions as back-ups.”
Last year the Vikings defense led the NFL in sacks with 48, finished #2 against the run and ranked #6 overall. With all starters returning and depth improving across the board, the Vikings defense will look to build upon and improve those numbers in 2010.
Frazier declined to be specific when asked what areas of his defense he’d like to see improve.
“I want us to improve in all categories,” Frazier said. “Because I really believe that if we took another step as a unit it would help us get another step closer to a championship. Let’s just get better all the way across the board and then we will look back at the end of the year and just see if that indeed helped us take that next step as a team, which will help our defense as well.”
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