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The Vikings were pretty good in the red zone last year. But then they changed quarterbacks and lost their play-caller. That’s why they’re spending so much time on the close-to-the-end zone stuff in OTAs Nick Jensen Jersey , as quarterback Kirk Cousins adapts to his new environment. 鈥淲e鈥檝e spent an awful lot of time, I think this is our fourth day in the red zone,鈥?Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, via Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 鈥淚 think it鈥檚 just important we get a lot of work in there. We put a big emphasis on it last year. We鈥檙e going to continue to do so.鈥?/p> While Cousins has found some early rapport with tight end Kyle Rudolph, the rest of the passing game is a work in progress. With new聽coordinator John DeFilippo putting in new things, there’s a big emphasis on installation this time of year, with a new set of basics like snap counts and play calls. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 why we鈥檙e doing it. It鈥檚 not easy,鈥?Cousins said. 鈥淚t is condensed. You have to be on the screws. Your throws have to be that much more accurate. The routes have to be that much more perfect in terms of the depth, the cut and the timing. That鈥檚 why we鈥檙e practicing it right now. . . . 鈥淓ach play helps build a confidence. Helps build a rapport with the receivers Joel Eriksson Ek Jersey , with the tight ends. Try to get on the same page with the centers, protection calls. It is a lot of new, a lot of chemistry that still has to be built.鈥?/p> Of course, the Vikings paid Cousins a ton of money to build it, so their expectations are going to be high. John Schneider and Pete Carroll continue to refer to the makeover of the Seattle Seahawks as a reset, even if it's looked more like rebuild. The roster that brought Seattle its first Super Bowl title was deconstructed this offseason in the most massive overhaul of the franchise since the infancy of the Schneider-Carroll partnership when they arrived in 2010. Left in the wake are some stars from that title team 鈥?Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright 鈥?and an abundance of new faces trying to prove the Seahawks aren't taking a major step backward after missing the playoffs in 2017 for the first time in five seasons. "I feel like there is a different energy Andrew Shaw Jersey , a different vibe," Wagner said. "I feel like everybody is hungry, everybody has something to prove, and that brings an excitement." Seattle believes there won't be a backward slide because the principles of how it wants to play have only been reinforced by the offseason moves. The Seahawks want to run the ball to control possession with running backs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny, and some tweaks to the offensive line. They want less pressure on Wilson in the pass game and hope receiver Brandon Marshall still has something left. They want to stop the run thanks to a defense that'll be focused even more on linebackers Wright and Wagner. Those are principles Carroll created when he arrived and Seattle slowly shifted away from them in some aspects. The run game fell apart after Marshawn Lynch departed. Wilson was the entirety of Seattle's offense a year ago. And a defense that was among the best just a few years ago was exposed last season as injuries decimated the once-dominant unit. That's partly why the likes of Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Jimmy Graham, coordinators Darrell Bevell and Kris Richard and offensive line coach Tom Cable all were sent away in the offseason. Seattle needed to get younger and fresher in the hopes this reset isn't just a bridge to 2019, but with the chance of being good now. Here's what else to know about the 2018 Seahawks: RETURN OF THE RUN: The addition of new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer only reinforced Carroll's determination that Seattle had gone away too much from its offensive principles. He built the Seahawks into a powerhouse by running the ball. So the Seahawks are going to run and they're not being secretive about it. Even though Carson flashed early last season before suffering a season-ending injury Ryan Dzingel Jersey , Seattle still spent a first-round pick on Penny as a complement. A year ago, Seattle had one rushing touchdown from someone other than Wilson. No running back rushed for more than 240 yards for the season. If that happens again, the Seahawks' offense will be in trouble. "We want to run the football. That's been crucial for our success," Carroll said. "It's part of the whole system and how it works. It's probably the part of our team that I'm most looking forward to." SAFETY PLAN: Safety Earl Thomas' holdout cast a shadow of questions over Seattle's training camp as to whether second-year safeties Tedric Thompson or Delano Hill are ready to be starters. Thompson is the most likely to step in immediately in Thomas' place as a free safety, while Hill is more apt to play strong safety, meaning Bradley McDougald would move to free safety. Whatever the mix ends up being, this is not what Seattle expected or wanted, and could make the secondary a weakness after years of being one of Seattle's great strengths. FIND THE RUSH: The trade of Bennett and the loss of Avril to a neck injury left Seattle with major questions on the defensive line, such as: Who can rush the passer? Frank Clark will be the primary focus after getting 22 sacks in 46 games in his first three seasons. But Seattle must find a complement to Clark. Whether it's Barkevious Mingo Authentic Stephen Johns Jersey , Rasheem Green, Jacob Martin or someone from the interior of the line, Seattle needs to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks to keep its revamped secondary from being exposed. Dion Jordan was supposed to be that other pass rusher but another leg injury has sidelined the former top five pick for the entire training camp. SHAQUEM'S DREAM: Seattle drafted linebacker Shaquem Griffin because it believed his athleticism would be beneficial on special teams and potentially as a pass rusher. He may get a bigger role right from the start. Griffin could end up being Seattle's starting weakside linebacker in Week 1 after Wright underwent knee surgery. It's unclear if Wright will be healthy in time for the opener and Griffin 鈥攚ho had his left hand amputated as a child鈥?has been Wright's backup throughout the offseason and training camp. If Griffin starts the opener it would only add to what's been one of the most uplifting stories of the offseason after Seattle drafted him in the fifth round and reunited Shaquem with his twin brother Shaquill. NO FAVORS: If Seattle can survive a front-loaded schedule, it could be in position for a playoff run late in the season. The Seahawks play four of their final five and five of the final seven games at home. Their only road game in the month of December is to San Francisco. But getting to December will be a challenge. The Seahawks open with four of six on the road, including a trip across the Atlantic Ocean to face the Raiders in London. Survive that rough start, and there may be a chance for a late surge into contention. Tennessee Titans Elite Jerseys