So often in the NFL we hear about teams acquiring players because they fit the defensive scheme or the offensive system. While that strategy certainly works in many places, it sounds like the Vikings will take the opposite approach when it comes to collecting offensive talent.
“We like to tailor make or customize our system to fit our players,” offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said, “so it’s not a system where we’re going to sit here and say Donovan didn’t fit or another player didn’t fit into our system. We’re going to customize it to really play to their strengths and I think you do that not only with the veteran guys, but also with the young guys, whether it be Christian (Ponder) or Donovan. We want to identify their traits that can help us win and then play to their strengths.”
There are two players who come to my mind when reading that quote from Musgrave – WR Percy Harvin and QB Joe Webb. Harvin is one of the best play-makers in the NFL and is coming off of two consecutive impressive seasons to open his career. He’ll be a focal point in Musgrave’s offense.
“I think we do,” Musgrave responded when asked if the team sees a go-to guy in the WR corps. “But again, that would mean we would need to tailor our offense around his (Harvin’s) strengths. He is not a big 6-1, 6-2 or 6-4 Randy Moss-type that’s going to win outside versus a corner all day long. We’re going to do a good job with Percy by moving him around, making defenses have a tough time identifying what his role is on that specific concept and then simply get the ball in his hands.
“The key is getting him his touches to let him do his thing.”
As for Webb, we’ve already explained that a new roster rule could allow the Vikings to utilize Webb’s talents on the field more often going forward. Judging by what Musgrave said on Wednesday, that’s precisely the plan.
“He is doing a nice job at quarterback now,” Musgrave explained. “We want him to focus on quarterback and not dilute his pot too much, but we know he can run, we know he can throw it eighty yards and we know he can make people miss. The new rules will enable us to kind of have a Joe Webb package that I can see in the future, too.
“If he proves to be one of our eleven best (offensive players) at times then we’ll get him on the field.”
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