After watching Saturday night’s preseason Minnesota Vikings game against the Seattle Seahawks, I’ve noticed that the Vikings have the same big problem as they had last year: a stinky offensive line. And it doesn’t seem like head coach Brad Childress and the Vikings are too terribly concerned about it.
Yes, Brett Favre was rusty last night, but did anyone expect him not to be? He didn’t attend Vikings training camp, didn’t play in the first preseason game, and only took four snaps last week. Of course Favre is rusty. That’s why the Vikings played Favre so much last night against the Seahawks.
Actually, if we’re talking rusty Minnesota Vikings, I’m far more worried about wide receiver Bernard Berrian than I am about Brett Favre. You can’t drop passes that hit you in the numbers. Or passes that hit you in the hands. And Berrian did both on Saturday night. So much for thinking that Bernard Berrian could pick up the slack from Sidney Rice’s departure.
And it goes without saying that I’m concerned about the Vikings offensive line. Really concerned.
The Minnesota Vikings offensive line has got to do a better job of protecting Favre and blocking for Adrian Peterson, or our season will be over before it starts. Remember, the Seahawks aren’t very good. A good team – like the Saints, for example – will go to town on the Vikings offensive line and try to destroy Brett Favre.
And Favre is far too delicate to take the beating he took last year. Favre’s a grandpa now, remember?
Why is it that the Minnesota Vikings did nothing to remedy their offensive line problem during the off-season and training camp? It’s utterly horrifying to me. The Vikings just have not addressed their offensive line problems whatsoever.
I know that the Vikings o-line got better as Saturday night’s game went on, but they need to start blocking well from the get-go. Blocking and protecting late in the game won’t help if Favre’s already been torn to pieces and Adrian Peterson’s been stuffed all over the place.
So now, the Minnesota Vikings are going into their final preseason game demonstrating that their offensive line has improved not a bit over last year. They just can’t block – they can’t protect Favre, and they can’t open up a hole for Adrian Peterson.
How does something as big as the offensive line slip through the cracks? What is wrong with the Minnesota Vikings?
The one ray of hope from Saturday night: Greg Camarillo. Camarillo, the wide receiver the Vikings picked up last week from Miami, looked terrific in Saturday’s game. Camarillo and Favre got a decent rhythm going – considering they’ve known each other for mere hours – and made some plays.
After watching Saturday night’s preseason game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks, I think that if anyone is going to fill Sidney Rice’s wide receiver void, it’s a combination of Greg Camarillo and Percy Harvin (if he stays healthy).
Is it enough? Can the Vikings offensive line pull itself together? Does head coach Brad Childress even care? We’ll see.