Vikings: Comparing the candidates' offenses

The Vikings appear to be targeting Mike Zimmer as their next coach. If not, how do the offensive options left out there stack up?

The Minnesota Vikings have Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer interviewing for a second time, meeting other team personnel and likely at the top of their list as the next head coach of the team.

Yesterday, we compared the defensive rankings of the Vikings' top candidates who were defensive coordinators in 2013, showing that Zimmer isn't only the most established NFL defensive coach among them, but also that his defenses have been the most consistent over the past three years.

So what about the offensive options the Vikings have interviewed, just in case Zimmer isn't their ultimate hire? The charts below show that some of their offenses didn't beat what the Vikings did in 2013.

2013
Name/Team Pts/
Game
Plays Yds/
Game
Yds/
Play
1st Dn/
Game
3rd Dn
Eff.
4th Dn
Eff.
Avg. Time
of Poss.
Bevell/Seahawks 26.1 973 339.0 5.6 19.2 37.3 54.5 29:57
Roman/49ers 25.4 961 323.8 5.4 17.9 36.5 63.6 30:35
Gase/Broncos 37.9 1,156 457.3 6.3 27.2 46.3 88.9 30:66
Vikings 24.4 1,013 344.3 5.4 19.3 36.4 52.6 27:39
Notes: All three offensive coordinators remaining as coaching candidates for Minnesota averaged more points per game than the Vikings in 2013, but only the Broncos, with Peyton Manning, had more plays, averaged more yards per game and more first downs per game. Seattle ranked 17th in yards, San Francisco 24th, Denver first and Minnesota 13th. The Seahawks ranked eighth in points, the 49ers 11th, the Broncos first and the Vikings 14th.
2012
Name/Team Pts/
Game
Plays Yds/
Game
Yds/
Play
1st Dn/
Game
3rd Dn
Eff.
4th Dn
Eff.
Avg. Time
of Poss.
Bevell/Seahawks 25.8 974 350.6 5.8 19.4 40.2 61.1 31:36
Roman/49ers 24.8 969 361.8 6.0 20.1 35.1 66.7 30:49
Vikings 23.7 1,001 336.6 5.4 19.1 37.1 63.6 28:36
Notes: Gase was the quarterbacks coach of the Broncos in 2012, so he isn't included in this chart. The Vikings lagged behind the Seahawks and 49ers in most offensive categories in 2012. Seattle ranked ninth in points, San Francisco 11th and Minnesota 14th. The Seahawks ranked 17th in yards, the 49ers 11th and the Vikings 20th.
2011
Name/Team Pts/
Game
Plays Yds/
Game
Yds/
Play
1st Dn/
Game
3rd Dn
Eff.
4th Dn
Eff.
Avg. Time
of Poss.
Bevell/Seahawks 20.1 1,003 303.8 4.8 16.6 33.8 46.7 28:07
Roman/49ers 23.8 993 310.9 5.0 17.6 29.4 64.3 32:02
Vikings 21.3 1,007 329.7 5.2 18.6 38.4 38.9 28:39
Notes: It's interesting to note that in 2011, Bevell, Roman and Bill Musgrave were all in their first year as offensive coordinators of their current teams. The Seahawks ranked 23rd in points, the 49ers 10th and the Vikings 19th. Seattle ranked 28th in yards, the 49ers 26th and the Vikings 18th.

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