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A Look At The Vikings Depth On Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 20, 2010 – 7:01 am

Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said on Thursday that this year’s Vikings defense has the best depth he’s seen so far during his tenure with the team. In a game as violent as football, depth is essential to sustaining success, so hearing Frazier’s comment about the Vikings depth on defense should be encouraging for Vikings fans.

Let’s take a look at a few players who are currently providing the Vikings with solid depth on defense…

Defensive End
Starters: Jared Allen and Ray Edwards
Key Reserve: Brian Robison
Other Reserves: Everson Griffen, Jayme Mitchell

Robison is an explosive pass rusher who can come off the edge and beat OTs to get to the QB. But he’s also a stout player who can battle inside, which allows the Vikings to play him inside on some 3rd downs. Whether he’s subbing for Allen or Edwards with an outside pass rush or sliding inside on obvious 3rd down passing situations, Robison is a key element to the Vikings defensive line rotation.

Defensive Tackle
Starters: Kevin Williams, Pat Williams
Key Reserves: Letroy Guion, Jimmy Kennedy

The Vikings re-signed Kennedy this past offseason because he provides a solid option in the DT rotation. But the player to watch here is Guion, who’s had a great training camp and then played well last weekend against St. Louis. Guion has been with the Vikings since 2008 as a developmental prospect, but things seem to be clicking for him now. If Guion continues to trend upwards, he and Kennedy help provide the Vikings with a strong rotation at DT.

Click here to read on about the Vikings depth at LB and in the secondary…


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10 Responses to “A Look At The Vikings Depth On Defense”

  1. By Jennine on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    You had me at Jared Allen.

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    I always thought that Fred Evans played a key role at DT as well…

  3. By Lito on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    Now how about a 6’6″ 330 lbs offensive center or right offensive guard to protect Bret Favre and/or create holes for AP, AY, TG and company?

  4. By brad on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe it is me but with the videos that they put up is very hard to hear anything that they are saying. It is like they aare whispering into the mic and my volume on my computer is all the way up. Does anyone else have this problem?

  5. By Carl K on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    Lito, you must be a parrot… you keep saying the same thing over and over.

  6. By Carl K on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    Factor in Fred Evans solid play and the Vikings are looking very good on the DL. Sounds like Guion might be out playing Evans so far this year.

  7. By dee expacker fan on Aug 20, 2010 | Reply

    I’m glad someone mentioned the problems with hearing the interviews. That has been a real problem for me too. On some sites the interviews are also written up so that when you can’t hear the questions (especially) you can read the interview in its entirety. As far as I know we cannot get a written version. Wish we could.
    I’m really worried about the situations with Harvin, Rice, and the (?) conflict between Brett and Childress. Hope these things work out and don’t any become problems during the season.
    Go Vikes.

  8. By 4eversteve on Aug 21, 2010 | Reply

    Lito couldn’t agree with you more, the Vikings need more push off the line of scrimmage not seeing much attitude in the run blocking game especially up the middle. Our center is way to light to hold up against NFL caliper nose guards. We witness time and time again the O-line being pushed back into the running backs as they were receiving the hand off and being tackled. We need to see a meaner and nastier attitude from the O-line this year, this means more pancake blocks and hopefully the O-line breaking the huddle to turn around and see the opposing teams defense with both hands on their knee pads sucking wind. I have a great deal of faith that our defense that they are going to bring it on every play I only wish I could say the same about our O-line was not impressed with the O-line play at all. Loadholdt held his own for being a rookie but they will have to step up their game if they want to play in and win a Superbowl!

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