Yahoo sports posted a story today about how the Vikings corners believe they are among the best tandems in the league. Click HERE to read that story. (It’s a short one)
Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin are the starting corners for the Vikes this year. They have some confidence. That is a good thing for defenders to have.
I have to say I share that confidence.
The Vikings passing defense had looked bad for years, but was it ever really the fault of players like Winfield? I really don’t think so. No corner in the league can cover a wide receiver for 8, 9, 10 seconds, and before this past year, that’s what the Vikings DBs were often asked to do. The Vikings were consistently putting talented guys in their backfield, but even though their D-line was amazing against the run, it produced no pass rush at all.
Of course last year, the appearance of Jared Allen on the Vikings scene changed all that. Allen not only had 14.5 sacks (and who knows how many hurries and knock downs), his mere presence on the line allowed guys like Kevin Williams, Ray Edwards, and Brian Robison to spend more time in the opposing team’s backfield. The Vikings also seemed a little more willing to blitz this year as well, which also helped to pressure the other team’s QB.
The combination of the added pressure and the fact that the Vikes really do have talent in their defensive backfield meant that the Vikings skyrocketed up the stats list when it comes to pass defense.
And I really don’t see any reason it should be any different this year.