By HCR Staff | Jan. 12, 2020
It wasn’t surprising to us the Vikings lost to the San Francisco 49ers yesterday. After all, the 49ers were playing at home and coming off a bye week.
Plus, the 49ers were bringing back into action defensive stalwarts Kwon Alexander and Dee Ford.
It simply was going to be a very tough game for the Vikings.
What we don’t get about the Vikings is how they lost.
The Vikings were incredibly meek. They didn’t have much fight or energy. And the coaches, particularly offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, didn’t seem to have any answers, or even an inclination to make adjustments.
The Vikings’ effort reminded us of their second game against the Green Bay Packers this year. In an important contest, the Vikings simply didn’t show up. We just don’t get how this team can look like world-beaters one week, and completely disappear the next.
This Vikings team has just as much talent as the 49ers, but their performance can fluctuate wildly from week to week.
Obviously, we’re not there, but the performances indicate to us it is either a cultural or chemistry issue. If we are right, then HC Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman have to have some hard discussions this offseason.
If it’s a cultural matter, then we believe that will fall on Zimmer. And there should be a top-to-bottom examination of what Zimmer is doing culturally.
If it’s a chemistry issue, then we feel that falls mostly on Spielman and his Personnel Department. Perhaps they’re bringing in players that simply don’t, collectively, have the requisite makeup.
This is something the Vikings organization has to figure out. On paper, they look as if they should be able to deliver better results. But it hasn’t happened, and that has to be incredibly frustrating to all Vikings fans.