The Vikings and Scott Linehan are developing the Eagles-style West Coast Offense, where wide receivers don't matter (but quarterbacks do, which apparently is a memo Linehan forgot to steal). The result? Troy Williamson's struggling to run nine-yard out patterns while the Vikings started acquiring guys like Billy McMullen and Bobby Wade to prove to college receivers with average speed everywhere that you, too, can be the 52nd or 53rd man on a 5-11 team. The potential breakout player here: Martin Nance, whose 6-foot-5 frame and excellent speed once made him the target of passes from Ben Roethlisberger at Miami of Ohio, but he suffered a knee injury that lingered as he entered the NFL. Rapidly rising up the depth chart, Nance is likely to have a big role in the offense by the end of the year.
Now, normally I love FootballOutsiders. Still do, quite frankly. But it's kind of hard to this analysis seriously when the person doing said analysis can't even be bothered to get the name of the head coach right. Scott Linehan hasn't been part of the Vikings franchise since early 2005 after the Vikes got knocked out of the playoffs.
I will go way out on a limb and predict that both the Vikings' quarterbacks (also ranked #32 by FootballOutsiders) and the Vikings' receivers will perform better than FO.com has them ranked. . .if for no other reason than, mathematically, it's impossible for them to be any worse. I'm sure FootballOutsiders.com articles insulting the Vikings' running backs and offensive line will be coming in the relatively near future.