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Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, right, is tackled by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes during the first quarter of a game Dec. 1, 2013 on Mall of America Field at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. USA TODAY Sports

Zimmer focusing on improving Vikings' pass defense

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EDEN PRAIRIE — New Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is defensive-minded with an expertise in teaching defensive backs. The Vikings are coming off a season in which they ranked last in the league in touchdown passes allowed (37), first-down passes allowed per game (15.4), completions allowed per game (26.2) and blown leads in the final minute of regulation (five).

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