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The Minnesota Vikings 2022 will be remembered for the dismissals of offseason general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer, followed by the subsequent replacements of Kiwis Adopho-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell. That’s right.
For the “big names” in free agency, any move by Adopho-Mensah would surpass the onboarding of JDarius Smith of EDGE Russia – for two reasons. A) When healthy, he is wonderful B) Smith deviates from the Green Bay Packers, a tactic that always excites fans.
But while Smith’s addition has been hailed as Adofo-Mensah’s most significant offseason move, the most significant area of improvement this spring was Attention assigned to the right guard.
Minnesota Dakota Dozier, Drew Samia and Oli Udoh had a full two years of squabbling, and now those days are over. A parade could be held on Henepin Avenue to celebrate the end of the guaranteed RG vanity.
In 2021 – and even looking forward – the Vikings are stuck in a strange place. Thanks to Brian O’Neill and Christian Dariso, the franchise closed the edges of the offensive line. Yet, within 1,000 miles of the organization’s fanbase, no one believed the attack was in good condition.
Why? Well, aggressive trench interior stunk. Straight and simple.
The man in the middle, Garrett Bradberry, is still scheduled to start in 2022, but at least the new coaching staff believes it can work to its full potential. Conversely, the right guard position has gone through a complete disaster.
If the Vikings fight Again At RG in 2022, that would mean that three people would be stunned.
Adopho-Mensah has brought three new players to the franchise for an honest-to-goodness RG contest this summer: Jesse Davis, Ed Ingram and Chris Reid.
Adfo-Mensah’s high-profile 2022 NFL Draft Class product, Ingram is the first to launch in RG. Teams do not select a guard in Round 2 without their upcoming game plan. But if Ingram is swing-and-miss [God forbid]Davis and Reed are accidental.
The Vikings did not have RG contingency with Spielman and Zimmer.
It was always “well, this dodger guy will find it out in the end” – or a pivot for any other right guard who usually played tackle or center in past lives. Davis, from the Miami Dolphins, falls into the tackle-turn-guard category, so he could probably be a reserved candidate for Darris and O’Neill. Reed (Colts) is a true-blue guard who posted a grade of 67.2 Pro football focus In 2021.
Overall, Ingram’s job would be lost if new coaching staff did not have a calm plan to move LSU alumni to the center.
The men who have been living in the right guard spot since the start of the 2018 season have been a nuisance to the Vikings. The new leadership brain has recognized this – seemingly immediately – and signed three new personalities to solve the problem.
Za’Darius Smith should go down in history books as a splashist of the season, but the three-pronged approach to RG resolution is the most significant.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to her daily YouTube channel, VikesNow. She Hosts a podcast With Bryant McKinney, which airs every Wednesday Raun Sai And Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking Fandom dates back to 1996. Listed Criminal Pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos’ and The Doors (Band).