The Vikings have a winning record. Barely. They have a certain amount of offensive dysfunction. Clearly.
Coach Mike Zimmer, a defensive specialist who chooses to delegate the entirety of the offense to his offensive coordinator, has periodically complained about the fact that the Vikings too quickly abandon the running game. After Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Patriots, Zimmer was at is again.
“What do you think you need to do to get the offense back to rolling a little bit better?” Zimmer was asked by reporters.
“Same thing I have been saying all year,” Zimmer said.
“Do you think you ran the ball enough?”
At one level, it’s Zimmer’s own fault for treating the offense like an absentee landlord. Yes, his efforts on the defensive side of the ball have helped the Vikings become a top-level unit. But in an age of pinball offense, the fact that Zimmer isn’t involved at all with his own offense is becoming more and more glaring.
Here’s what else is becoming more and more glaring: The efforts of current offensive coordinator John…