Welcome to the second installment of our five-post sequence of questions with the people from Football Outsiders about the 2022 Minnesota Vikings in celebration of the launch of this 12 months’s model of the Football Outsiders Almanac (out there in each digital and print variations).
Our questions for this 12 months went to Derrik Klassen, who yow will discover on the Twitter machine @QBKlass. He wrote the chapter on the Vikings for this 12 months’s Almanac, so he took the time to reply the 5 questions that I posed for this 12 months’s squad. Today’s query has to do with the new faces on the Vikings’ roster and which one can have the best influence. Derrik’s reply was not one which I anticipated.
Outside of the new teaching workers, which of the Vikings’ new additions do you suppose can have the best influence on the crew this season?
I’m excited to see if DL coach Chris Rumph could make this unit any higher. I assumed he did properly with what he had in Chicago and made clear progress with some youthful gamers, particularly Trevis Gipson and his second-year soar.
Now, I do know I stated “outdoors of the new teaching workers,” however I’m not going to fret about that an excessive amount of as a result of Chris Rumph just isn’t a reputation I’d have instantly considered. When individuals consider a brand new teaching workers’s influence, I’m guessing they typically take into consideration the head coach and coordinators and never a lot right down to the place coach stage.
Rumph has had a reasonably lengthy teaching profession, however is comparatively new to the NFL. After his enjoying profession and a while as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, South Carolina, he coached the crew at his former highschool for 5 years. Then, after a 12 months at South Carolina State, he spent 5 years teaching defensive ends at Clemson. He did a tour of a superb portion of the SEC after that, with stints at Alabama (line of defense coach), Texas (line of defense coach), Florida (co-defensive coordinator and line of defense coach), and Tennessee (co-defensive coordinator and out of doors linebackers coach).
He lastly obtained to the NFL in 2020 as the outdoors linebackers coach for the Houston Texans. After only one 12 months there, he went to Chicago to educate their line of defense however was washed out when Matt Nagy’s workers was relieved of their duties. He’s now in Minnesota, and he will have a chance to form a whole lot of younger and growing gamers.
Klassen mentions Trevis Gipson in his reply, and it seems to be like Gipson did develop fairly a bit on Rumph’s watch. After a rookie season the place he performed in solely seven video games (with no begins), Gipson appeared in 16 video games for the Bears final season, beginning 9 of them. He was second on the crew in sacks with seven and now seems to be to be a strong long-term piece for the Bears to construct round on the defensive entrance.
While the Vikings have a few established veterans on the entrance line in Harrison Phillips and Dalvin Tomlinson, will probably be attention-grabbing to see what Rumph can doubtlessly do with a few of the youthful expertise, corresponding to Armon Watts, James Lynch, Esezi Otomewo, and Jalen Twyman. Watts and Lynch have had their alternatives to flash already, whereas Otomewo is a rookie and Twyman is coming off of a misplaced 2021 season. Can Rumph get the most out of their expertise?
I did not consider Chris Rumph doubtlessly being the most impactful newcomer to the Vikings this season. . .I used to be fairly solidly centered on gamers. . .but when Rumph can work a bit little bit of magic and observe in the footsteps of a few of the superb line of defense coaches the Vikings have had in recent times in Karl Dunbar and Andre Patterson, it could go a good distance in the direction of serving to the Vikings’ protection recuperate from what’s occurred to them over the previous two seasons.