Mike Zimmer wants to see Trae Waynes be more aggressive in Year 2 with Vikings
The popular perception of the Minnesota Vikings' defense is that the team relies primarily on press man coverage, using physical cornerbacks to reroute receivers at the line of scrimmage. If that were completely the case, the transition to Mike Zimmer's scheme for both Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes might have been simpler, and perhaps wouldn't have required as much attention from the head coach as both corners have received San Diego Chargers Jerseys early in their careers.
In reality, while Zimmer does prefer taller corners who can disrupt timing between a quarterback and his targets, the Vikings use a more complex system of zone principles cheap NFL Jerseys and man coverage downfield. The Vikings ask their corners to press at times, but they spend plenty of time with their corners playing off the receivers. That's the part of the game Waynes needed to master in a rookie season that mostly functioned as a tutorial for him, and it's where Waynes has to show the improvement Zimmer has seen from Rhodes.
"The one thing about him and Xavier here is we can bump-and-run here and we can press, which is probably Trae’s strength," Zimmer said. "So like Xavier, his strength was always bump-and-run. This is the first spring where I feel like he’s really improved off-coverage, and so it’s a little bit like that with Trae. I think when he gets in there and starts playing more bump-and-run and things like that, he’ll show better. It just takes a little while in off-coverage because there’s air in the coverage, which makes it a little bit more difficult for the defenders."
With Terence Newman back for 2016, the Vikings still Wholesale NFL Jerseys don't have to be in a rush with Waynes, but it's tough to imagine they won't want to see more this year from the 11th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Now that Waynes has had time to get up to speed in the defense, Zimmer expects the cornerback to play with more self-assuredness.
"Well, you know, he’s progressed," Zimmer said Tuesday. "Here’s what I told somebody earlier today: Last year was more about learning what to do. Now it’s having a feel for the game and playing -- understanding the tightness that he has to be in to Wholesale San Diego Chargers Jerseys cover. It’s time to continue to push him into making more plays on the ball, and that’s what I’m trying to get him to do. My expectation is to get him to be more aggressive in the coverage because he knows what to do now."