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E34: Pocket Protectors [Previewing The Vikings Defense]

Eric Eager and Nick Olson join Jayson Brown for an in-depth preview of the 2019 Vikings defense

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Eric Eager and Nick Olson join Jayson Brown for an in-depth preview of the Vikings defense.

In this episode:

Defense is very volatile from year to year!

Shamar Stephen is not Sheldon Richardson

Is the defense getting old?

Regression Alert?

Mike Zimmer is the exception to the rule re: defensive regression

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Vikings defensive adjustments are very strong for the Vikings

Zimmer is the MVP of the Vikings defense

Danielle Hunter continues to improve

Mackensie Alexander became a premier slot corner

Anthony Harris > Andrew Sendejo

Q: Why is defense so difficult to sustain? A: Quarterbacks!?!

A lot of defensive efficiency is related to turnovers.

Vikings were last in the league in fumble recovery rate in 2018.

Ranking the Positions by Importance

  • CB
  • Edge
  • S
  • LB
  • IDL

Depth is more important at CB than Edge

Vikings are one of the most top-heavy rosters in the NFL

Is Holton Hill being overrated?

Zimmer doesn’t ask too much of his players

Do the Vikings have the worst defensive line in the NFC North?

Linval Joseph the worse NT in the division