As the game is creeping up on us for this Sunday against the Redskins, Favre made a headline for something like the 1000th time this season (Probably setting some new NFL record yet again) saying he would like to see the playbook simplified. I actually tend to agree with this. Coming into this year we had such high hopes for our beloved Vikings and seen the dashed by poor decision making, subpar playing for last season Pro-bowlers, a complete lack of effort at points from certain members on the defense and a string of injuries or crazy free agent signing to fill voids. Finally after 11 weeks we have a reasonably healthly team and most of our starters ready to go. Perhaps it is time for the Vikings to reduce the clutter and simplify things down.
First, try and keep your starting line-up in the game as frequently as possible. I don't know about the rest of you but I am left scratching my head every time I see the Vikings come out in a passing formation with Lewis, Baskett and Camarillo as his wideouts. Who is going to take that formation seriously? With Rice and Harvin finally looking healthy and ready to go, we need to keep one of them on the field at all points with either Berrian or Camarillo. Lewis and Baskett should not be on the field during key plays.
Next, let our receivers concerntrate on their best routes. Last year Shank tore up the middle of the field by running the seam route when Harvin and Rice were on the field drawing the safeties attention. Then when the safety would drop down to cover Shank, Harvin would have the middle of the field open for a crossing route for a short catch and long run afterwards. We need to allow our players to focus on their strengths, keep the routes simple and make the defense respect the pass.
Last, Give AP the freaking ball. The last few games he has average somewhere around 16 carries a game. I know we had to play from behind at certain points but you can't abandon the run completely and allow the defense to blitz non-stop. Exploit it and call a draw play once and awhile and let AP work his magic. Also, why not run to the left once and awhile. We put most of our money on the O-line into Hutch and Big Mac, let them do what they did so well in the past and clear a hole for AP.
Now that we are healthy, we can stop making our offense look like a merry-go-round, with people coming on and off who may not know the offense as well or do not have a great chemistry built with Favre. We need to keep the players on the field that give us the best chance to win and allow them to do what they do best instead of trying to be new and inventive. What we did last year worked, even when teams knew it was coming, why change that? There are other problems within the offense as well but these things could go a long way to curing those simple problems.