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‘Unfiltered’ NFL exec tees off on Vikings’ offseason in ESPN article

By Matthew Coller

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Last week, ESPN’s Mike Sando gathered analysis of every team’s offseason from fellow team executives and coaches. While the consensus in Minnesota is that the Vikings made a significant improvement on their offensive line (but didn’t magically become the 1990s Dallas Cowboys by signing Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers), one team executive that Sando interviewed said he doesn’t see much of an upgrade.

Not to suggest that this team exec is being a “hater,” but Reiff played left tackle for the first four seasons of his career and posted his highest Pro Football Focus rating in 2015, one season before he was moved to right tackle. PFF grades are not the be-all, end-all, but in the last three seasons, neither Matt Kalil or Andre Smith posted a grade as good as Reiff’s worst at left tackle.

Also, Reiff and Remmers aren’t really replacing Kalil and Smith. Both were done for the year after Week 3, so the two new pickups are really taking the spots of TJ Clemmings and Jeremiah Sirles (who may move over to guard in 2017). Pass blocking by the tackles was so poor, the Vikings were forced to alter their offensive scheme to get the ball out quickly, which cut down on total sacks allowed but had a major impact nonetheless. In pass blocking, PFF ranked Clemmings 73rd of 74 tackles and Sirles 51st.

It is worth saying that teams that spend big on average players do get burned pretty often in NFL free agency. In this case, however, It’s a pretty big stretch to think that two career starters on good offenses wouldn’t improve one of the league’s worst offensive lines.

How much better does Reiff make the Vikings’ offense?

The post ‘Unfiltered’ NFL exec tees off on Vikings’ offseason in ESPN article appeared first on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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