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Blame others for Vikings' defensive struggles too



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Major struggles for the Minnesota Vikings defense really began in 2020 when the team moved on from former defensive coordinator, George Edwards.

During their first six seasons with Mike Zimmer as their head coach from 2014 to 2019, the Minnesota Vikings consistently had one of the NFL’s top units on the defensive side of the ball.

Since Patterson and the younger Zimmer were put in charge of the defense, the unit has trended in the wrong direction, and the Vikings have been one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL.

Should others be blamed for the struggles of the Minnesota Vikings defense since 2020?

With Mike Zimmer being the guy who calls the plays for Minnesota’s defense each week, he’s going to be the one who receives the majority of the blame for the unit’s struggles during the last two seasons. It’s not fair to ignore several other factors that have contributed to the downfall of Minnesota’s defense since 2020.

Changes to the roster, changes to the coaching staff, and injuries all deserve to be included in the discussion about why the Vikings have performed so poorly on defense in the last two seasons.

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