Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Fullback? We don't need no stinking fullback!
This, at least, was the attitude of the Vikings for the last 14 seasons. Denny Green usually used two TEs or three WRs instead of a FB, and Mike Tice's offense was pretty much the same. I always thought this hurt the Viking HBs. But you're not running the West Coast Offense without a FB, and now the Vikings won't be running their 2006 offense without former Pro Bowl FB Tony Richardson, who spent the last few years blocking for the likes of Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson. He's 34; he's no long-term answer at this "new" position. But in 2006, Chester Taylor could be following Tony Richardson through a hole plowed out by Matt Birk and Steve Hutchinson. That's more encouraging than anything that was happening in the running game in 2005.