#7 | Mike Remmers
The Vikings brought in a couple of free agent tackles this offseason. They signed Riley Reiff from the Lions to man the left side, and they also brought in former Viking Mike Remmers who had been recently playing with the Panthers. Remmers is definitely an upgrade over the rotation that was used a season ago at right tackle. He’s 6’5 310 lbs and nasty as they come.
Why Remmer’s Performance is so Important
This is easy. The Minnesota Vikings offensive line was a joke a season ago. They weren’t very good to begin with and then were ravaged by injuries. They were literally signing guys off the street to come in and try to protect Sam Bradford and open holes in the running game. They proved they couldn’t do either. Remmers, as stated above, is a big upgrade over what was used a season ago. He’s very experienced, with 37 career starts. If he can perform even averagely, it will be a huge boost to this offense. The line needs to give more time to QB Sam Bradford, as he played all last season under duress. The Vikings running game was also non existent, so hopefully Remmers can help improve both of those things. If he can, and the offense can sustain longer drives and become more two dimensional, it will help keep the defense off the field, and allow them to be fresh and be able to better implement the attacking style that head coach Mike Zimmer enjoys so much.
Remmers comes in and plays very well. The Vikings suddenly have a running attack, and Sam Bradford gets plenty of time to survey the field and make big time throws. The defense is able to stay fresh throughout the game, as the offense rarely goes three and out. The team has a deep playoff run which ends in heartbreak.
Remmers sucks. He isn’t any better than what was put out there a year ago. The Vikings still can’t run the ball and Sam Bradford gets repeatedly pounded. The defense doesn’t play well because they are completely gassed half way through the third quarter. The team finishes 6-10 and Mike Zimmer’s seat begins to get quite warm.