After a surprise playoff appearance in 2012 fueled by the production of running back Adrian Peterson, the Vikings took a step back last season amid instability at quarterback and struggles in the secondary. Coach Leslie Frazier was fired at the end of the season and replaced by Mike Zimmer.
Zimmer takes over a club that has undergone major changes on defense and seeks to upgrade the quarterback position with a combination of Matt Cassel and first-rounder Teddy Bridgewater.
The Vikings hired Norv Turner as offensive coordinator to improve an offense that was tied for 14th in points per game but struggled with passing efficiency (21st in yards per attempt) despite defenses focusing on the run. The Vikings were able to overcome a woeful passing attack in 2012 thanks to Peterson's epic season, but a mere All Pro effort last year put more pressure on the team's quarterback. Christian Ponder didn't respond and was benched after losses
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