The Minnesota Vikings coaching staff and the advanced analytics site Pro Football Focus are having quite the relationship as of late.
Earlier in the week it was head coach Mike Zimmer who offered unsolicited insight regarding his thoughts on the website in response to a breakdown of offensive tackle Matt Kalil’s night against the Chiefs’ outside linebacker Tamba Hali. PFF wrote the following regarding Kalil’s preseason performance:
“For Kalil, it was one of his worst games in pass protection in his career, surrendering five total pressures on 23 attempts to finish at -3.6. Hali notched an impressive +3.5 grade as a pass rusher with all four of his pressures coming against Kalil on only 12 rushes for the game.”
In his Monday press conference, Zimmer replied with this:
“This Pro Football Focus thing, I know everybody wants to get the scoop on this,’’ Zimmer said. “But quite honestly there’s not really anybody that really (knows). I look at the grades and I can’t tell you what a 0.7 is or anything like that, but I know that the people that are grading our games and our defenses and our offenses, they don’t know if the tackle gets beat inside, if we weren’t sliding out to the nickel or who our guys are supposed to cover.”
On Tuesday, reporters asked Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner about the analysis and, according to 1500ESPN.com’s Andrew Krammer, to which Turner echoed Zimmer’s sentiment by saying "trying to evaluate our tape and not know what we’re doing doesn’t make sense".
So far, the numbers and the Vikings are not getting along.