Viking Looking to Defensive Prowess

The Minnesota Vikings have not been to the playoffs in three seasons. They’re hoping that will change and one acquisition they’re counting on to make a difference is defensive end Jared Allen.

Allen, who came to the Vikings via a pre-draft deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, is a prodigious enforcer and a veritable sack machine. Last season with the Chiefs, Allen led the league in sacks with 15.5.

Will Allen alone get the Vikings to the Promised Land? No, he can’t do it all by himself. But a quality player like the All-Pro/Pro Bowl defensive end will bolster team confidence, make others around him better and entice other quality players to become a part of the Viking organization.

Allen, who is 26 years old, was chosen in the fourth-round of the 2004 draft by the Chiefs. He had some problems with DUI convictions and the law but managed to keep focused and get his life together.

Kansas City had deemed him a franchise free agent, which would have kept him with the Chiefs. Allen may have sat out a year with the Chiefs. So the deal with the Vikings made everyone happy. When he signed with the Minnesota he became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. To get the star D-end, The Purple gave up their first-round pick and two second-round picks. Allen’s deal is for $76 million over six years.

For Minnesota, Allen could be the answer to a nagging problem they’ve had and have been trying to solve for many years—a weak pass rush. The defense was rated first in the league against the run but last versus the pass. One thing the franchise lacked was a true pursuit-driven pass rusher. Allen is just what the defensive frontline needed.

In four seasons with the Chiefs, the tight end has played in 61 games, garnering a total of 230 tackles with 200 being made solo. He made a total of 43 sacks. Allen, who is 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, averaged a bit over ten sacks a season with Kansas City. He’s nothing but business on the field, giving all on every down. Allen is quick off the snap, possesses fine moves and counters when rushing and simply doesn’t give up. The D-end is devoted to improving his game and has developed fine rush defense skills. He’s constantly charged and is unrelenting in his effort to bring down quarterbacks. Allen is especially proficient on the pursuit, can discombobulate backfields with his penetration and gets through the gap quickly. His defensive rushing skills developed precipitously between the 2006 and 2007 seasons as he made better use of his hands and ability to control offensive players.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress noted that although the sacks are impressive that Allen can defend against the run, making him an especially potent tight end. Plus, the head coach observed, “His energy is infectious.”

At least that’s what Minnesota is hoping. After all, the Vikings gave up a lot to the Chiefs and have paid a bundle to Allen to help get them into the post-season.

The Minnesota Vikings have not been to the playoffs in three seasons. They’re hoping that will change and one acquisition they’re counting on to make a difference is defensive end Jared Allen.

Allen, who came to the Vikings via a pre-draft deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, is a prodigious enforcer and a veritable sack machine. Last season with the Chiefs, Allen led the league in sacks with 15.5.

Will Allen alone get the Vikings to the Promised Land? No, he can’t do it all by himself. But a quality player like the All-Pro/Pro Bowl defensive end will bolster team confidence, make others around him better and entice other quality players to become a part of the Viking organization.

Allen, who is 26 years old, was chosen in the fourth-round of the 2004 draft by the Chiefs. He had some problems with DUI convictions and the law but managed to keep focused and get his life together.

Kansas City had deemed him a franchise free agent, which would have kept him with the Chiefs. Allen may have sat out a year with the Chiefs. So the deal with the Vikings made everyone happy. When he signed with the Minnesota he became the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. To get the star D-end, The Purple gave up their first-round pick and two second-round picks. Allen’s deal is for $76 million over six years.

For Minnesota, Allen could be the answer to a nagging problem they’ve had and have been trying to solve for many years a weak pass rush. The defense was rated first in the league against the run but last versus the pass. One thing the franchise lacked was a true pursuit-driven pass rusher. Allen is just what the defensive frontline needed.

In four seasons with the Chiefs, the tight end has played in 61 games, garnering a total of 230 tackles with 200 being made solo. He made a total of 43 sacks. Allen, who is 6-foot-6 and 270 pounds, averaged a bit over ten sacks a season with Kansas City.

He’s nothing but business on the field, giving all on every down. Allen is quick off the snap, possesses fine moves and counters when rushing and simply doesn’t give up. The D-end is devoted to improving his game and has developed fine rush defense skills. He’s constantly charged and is unrelenting in his effort to bring down quarterbacks. Allen is especially proficient on the pursuit, can discombobulate backfields with his penetration and gets through the gap quickly. His defensive rushing skills developed precipitously between the 2006 and 2007 seasons as he made better use of his hands and ability to control offensive players.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress noted that although the sacks are impressive that Allen can defend against the run, making him an especially potent tight end. Plus, the head coach observed, “His energy is infectious.”

At least that’s what Minnesota is hoping. After all, the Vikings gave up a lot to the Chiefs and have paid a bundle to Allen to help get them into the post-season.

Paul mroczka
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