Former Vikings coach, Denny Green used to say that a successful modern NFL passing offense was comprised of a tall quarterback throwing to tall receivers. Green successfully translated that model with the likes Brad Johnson to Cris Carter, Randall Cunningham and then Daunte Culpepper to Randy Moss.
Several head coaching changes later and it may be time for the Vikings to re-implement Denny’s model. It’s not a completely unique one. Norv Turner had tall receivers in Dallas with Michael Irvin and Jay Novacek. In San Diego, he had Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson.
In theory, the tall receiver can help improve a quarterback’s accuracy. Bridgewater has struggled as of late hitting wide receivers, but in the last 3 games has completed 17 of 24 passes to the tight end position for a 71% completion rate. Note the Vikings don’t have a tight end shorter than 6’5.
The Vikings hope Cordarrelle Patterson develops quicker, but another tall receiver with route running chops will benefit Bridgewater’s development.