The Minnesota Vikings notably failed to reach the postseason in 2016 after having done so just one year prior in 2015. While the NFC North franchise did most recently produce an even 8-8 record, the Vikings offense appeared to lose a step in the absence of injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
As a result, Vikings offensive lineman Alex Boone believes that the team’s blocking brigade along the offensive front needs to do a better job going forward.
“As a group, we have to be able to kind of dominate teams and go out there and put our foot on their throat right away and kind of squeeze as hard as we can,’’ Boone said, via TwinCities.com.
With Bridgewater still on the sideline, it appears as though former St. Louis Rams and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford will once again find himself under center for the 2017 campaign.
“We got to keep Sam standing up,” Boone added. “Two sacks is unacceptable any way you look at it. That’s one of the things that you get in the [meeting] rooms and, ‘How do you fix this?’ We can’t have him on the ground.’’
The Vikings did manage to win the team’s preseason-opener against the Buffalo Bills, 17-10. The Seattle Seahawks are next on the slate.
“This is the preseason,’’ Boone continued. “People are going to freak out. Who gives a [expletive]? As long as the guys in that room understand one thing, at the end of the day we got to get better … we’ll be fine.’’