Harrison Smith had about 24 hours of nervousness wondering what discipline he would receive from the…
Vikings defense striking a hard-hitting pose
Last year when the Vikings finished with a franchise-worst 3-13 record, much was blamed on the defense. The Vikings finished with the 21st-ranked defense (11th rushing, 26th passing), which was better than the team with the best record in the NFL (Green Bay) and better than the two teams that played in the Super Bowl (the New York Giants and New England Patriots). The Vikings defense was vulnerable, but not overwhelmed. As the team has gotten off to a 4-1 start to the 2012 season, much of the credit can go to the defense. Through five weeks of the season, the Vikings have the seventh-ranked defense in the league and are consistently making big plays to either end drives or knock players to the turf with big hits that send a message. The impetus for the Vikings aggression began back in late July. The Vikings coaching staff felt a bit hamstrung by the new CBA rules that allow only one full-pad practice per day with the days of the Bataan Death March two-a-days a thing of the...
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