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Preseason Game 4: Vikings Lose To Cowboys 35-31

Posted by LOTGK on September 5, 2009

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The Childress "O" Face

The Childress "O" Face

Earlier this week, Doctor Brad Childress removed the balls of Tarvaris Jackson by sending feelers to the NFL to gauge the interest in Jackson. Just a year earlier, Childress touted Jackson as the starter possessing all the tools of a top-flight NFL quarterback.

The tides have turned however since Childress revealed his “O” face after luring Brett Favre to the purple side. (Luke, I am your fathers mothers sister twice removed brother in law on your mothers side. So what does that make us? Absolutely nothing!) See ya Tarvaris. I hear the 49ers are looking for a back up.

Last night, the Cowboys defeated the Vikings 35-31 with the help of two interceptions for touchdowns and an 82 yard punt return. Rosenfels and Booty each tossed a bone headed interception while Jackson played a limited amount of time. I would have thought Childress would have showcased him for a potential trade.

The “Turk” waits for no one. The Vikings need to cut down to 53 active players late this afternoon. Players on the bubble that may have won spots on the team are running back Ian Anderson with his 17 rushes for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Jaymar Johnson and Darius Reynaud with their excellent special team play perhaps have earned a spot as well. For John Booty, if Jackson doesn’t get traded, the best he could hope for is a trip to the practice squad.

The preseason is officially over. The Brett Favre era begins in Cleveland next Sunday. Brad Childress is securely joined at the hip to Favre. How Favre fares and if he can remain healthy will determine the future of Childress.

For this Viking fan, I am excited for the upcoming season. In addition to Brett Favre, Percy Harvin will add a significant impact to the kick return game, running game, receiving game, and even at quarterback. E.J. Henderson is back healthy and looking faster than last year. Peterson and Taylor are the best running back tandems in the NFL and I predict seeing both of them on the field together more often. Let us hope Favre maintains his iron man record of starts and he gets through the season injury free and guides the team to the super bowl.


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Preseason Game 3: Vikings Defeat Texans 17-10

Posted by LOTGK on September 1, 2009

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Favre River Dances To Victory

Schism - Smism! Everyone River Dance!

Schism (skiz′ em)
1. A split or division in an organized group or society, or a church, as the result of difference of opinion, of doctrine.
2. The act of causing or trying to cause a split or division.
3. Any of the sects, parties, etc. formed by such a split
4. Brett Favre

When you hear the name Brett Favre, certain words come to mind. MVP, Winner, Competitor, Packers, Circus, Media whore. This week we add another. Schism! Rumors from Viking camp report a rift, or schism if you will, between the Viking players on who they believe the starting quarterback should be. I must admit, I believe a schism does exist. Not in the locker room of the team, but in the minds of the fans.

In tonight’s game, Favre went 13-18 for 142 yards and a TD pass and zero interceptions. End of byline. Show a few hundred pictures of Favre smiling on the field, on the sideline, and after the game. Toss a few accolades on how quickly he has absorbed the offense and taken over as team leader making the Vikings a legitimate super bowl contender. However, if these were Tarvaris Jackson’s numbers, and Favre was not on the team, his byline would have gone something like the following.

Tarvaris Jackson commanded the first team offense tonight completing 13 passes out of 18 for 142 yards and one TD and no interceptions. However, Jackson looked tentative at times resulting in several sacks and misreads. Jackson’s timing was off as well as he missed a wide open Percy Harvin in the end zone and Bobby Wade in the middle. Jackson must maintain his consistency, become more comfortable with the offense, read the defense better, and make less mistakes if he wants to be considered the starter. And what was Jackson thinking throwing that stupid ass crack back block.

Do you see the difference? The schism?

I understand Favre has only been in purple for two weeks and the more he plays, the better he will become. Supposedly! And so far, the Favre euphoria has everyone anxious for a super bowl appearance. But what happens if he falters, if the team falters. If he throws an interception resulting in a loss the schism will increase. You don’t have to be a psychic to know that this season will be a roller coaster ride from hell. (Same as it ever was)

The Vikings actually played a game last night. They defeated the Texans 17-10 in a hard hitting, emotionally charged game. Both teams were hitting hard and Favre’s illegal crack back block didn’t help alleviate tensions any. Both teams got out relatively injury free except for quarterback Schaub who pulled up gimpy on a scramble. He returned and finished out the half however. Wilson also looked to be OK after he left the field.

Changing gears, Adrian Peterson has established that the additional weight gain did not slow him down as he raced through the defense on the first play of the game and took the ball to the house for a 75 yard touchdown. Will the presence of Favre help Peterson or perhaps will the presence of Peterson help Favre. Viking Thunder believes both.

Anticipation, Is keepin’ me waitin’…
Percy Harvin is just waiting to explode. Dare I say he has that Randy Moss mystique surrounding him. Every time he touches the ball, anticipation swells that he could take the ball all the way. I am waiting for the quick slant to Harvin in full stride and watch him take it all the way.

Rice and Shiancoe hauled in some very tough catches Monday but Bobby Wade, well, he is on the bubble to lose his job.

Chester Taylor! All he does is execute positive plays when he is on the field. He would be a starter for many teams. Taylor is so fluid coming out of the backfield and has the hands of a receiver and the shiftiness of a scat back. He turned a simple safety valve completion into a 28 yard touch down run with anifty move at the 10 yard faking the defenders on his way to the end zone.

Special teams played exceptionally well for a third straight game. I know, it’s only pre-season, but the coverage and containment has been very good. The plus yardage will only help our defense and set up our offense. If special teams can maintain in the regular season, it will help the Vikings win several games.

Jared Allen is worth every penny he earns. Pat Willaims didn’t miss a beat. Or a sandwich. Winnfield is at all pro form. Henderson, Greenway, and Leber are the best trio of linebackers in the league.

The only concerns are the deep threat and penalties. The Vikings need to curtain the penalties as it stalled several drives Monday that were potential point scoring drives. As for the long ball, Favre attempted only one deep pass and it was way off target. I know Berrian is the main deep threat, but Sidney Rice and Percy harvin are as well. Is it Favre’s arm, or merely waiting for Berrian to get healthy?

Back to the schism. The Vikings have four quarterbacks on the roster. one of them will most likely get a visit from the Turk. Perhaps they will try and trade either Jackson or Rosenfels. Sage has a fresh 3 year 9 million contract which is very reasonable. Jackson is playing in his option year. Booty is the forgotten man. He didn’t even get to sniff the field last night.

This coming Friday, the Vikings host the Cowboys for the final pre-season game. I would like to see Favre play at least a series, he needs the work to get him timing down. Perhaps Sage and Jackson will be showcased for potential trade bait putting an end to the so-called schism in the locker room over who should start.


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Preseason Game 2: Vikings Defeat Chiefs 17-13

Posted by LOTGK on August 24, 2009

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Keep Your Eyes On The Prize Tarvaris

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize Tarvaris

Today, we open this update with a song by Three Dog Night, aptly titled Liar.

I won’t ever leave while you want me to stay
Nothing you could do that would turn me away
Hanging on every word
Believing the things I heard
Being a fool
You’ve taken my life, so take my soul
That’s what you said and I believed it all
I want to be with you as long
As you want me to
I won’t move away
Ain’t that what you said?
Ain’t that what you said?
Ain’t that what you said?
Liar, liar, liar

Three weeks ago Brad Childress held a press conference declaring that he and the Vikings had moved past the Brett Favre saga and would now concentrate on the quarterbacks he had in camp now that Favre himself announced that he would remain retired and would not be joining the Vikings.

That was good news for newly signed Sage Rosenfels, who was told by Childress before he signed his contract that he would be given a legitimate opportunity to compete for the starting job against Tarvaris Jackson.

The Grassy Knoll Institute disgustingly replies:

Viking fans. We’ve been hoodwinked, held hostage, and lied to and we should not be happy about it. I fear Brad Childress has done a great grievance to the organization and it’s fans. Perhaps the acquisition of Media Whore Brett Favre will help the Vikings win a super bowl but his actions will no doubt have long lasting effects on the team.

No one likes to be lied to. When free agency rolls around next season, perhaps players will re-evaluate a Viking offer if promised to say, compete for a starting position or the promise to play a certain defensive alignment, or to pass more, or run more, or be the key returned. Sometimes it’s not always about the highest bidder. (See T.J. Whosyourmomma)

The Minnesota Vikings came home Friday night and hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in their second pre-season game which was the beginning of the Favre era. Of course Brett Favre started the game after only having two and half days of practice. Here is a trivia question for you. Who caught the first pass from Brett Favre as a Minnesota Viking? Answer: Percy Harvin, hauled in a 5 yard pass. I remember Randy Moss once stated that he wouldn’t mind having Brett Favre throwing passes to him. Sorry Randy, you are on the wrong team.

BTW, Brett Favre’s first pre-season stint with the Vikings numbers were 1-4 passing for 4 yards. However, if you believed what the announcers were spewing, Brett Favre pitched a perfect game. They talked about how comfortable he looked under center. How he was able to scan the defense. How fluid he was dropping back. Pah…leaseeeee! He looked terrible Friday. If it were Sage, Tarvaris, or JD, the byline would have been, Catch the Next Train Out Of Town.

On a side note: Tarvaris Jackson did pitch a perfect game. He went 12-15 for 202 yards and two TD passes. Sage did not play but Booty mopped up and went 6-8 for 61 yards.

Percy Harvin was on the field Friday. He caught two passes, one in traffic and two kick returns. I have to tell you, on the kick offs, I was holding my breath as I was expecting him to break them for TD’s. Yes, he has that much talent, I just hope he stays on the field long enough to showcase it.

Shoutout to the special teams. Last year the Vikings were horrid on special teams, but if the first two pre-season games are any indication, field position should be vastly improved. Plus, once Harvin gets comfortable in the kick return, the special teams will be one of the best.

I can see that this season is going to be all about the Favre. Perhaps the hoopla will die down a bit as the season progresses, unless of course if the Vikings are doing well (Which I expect) then a media frenzy not seen before would emerge. Hell, even John Madden might come out of retirement to announce a few games.

The Vikings have four quarterbacks on the roster currently. Brett Favre by default makes the team. That leaves Rosenfels, Jackson, and Booty. Rosenfels signed a three year contract with guaranteed money and has practiced and played well in training camp. Jackson got off to a rocky start but played very well in Fridays game. That leaves Booty, who has not gotten significant playing time and when he did, he was relegated to 3rd and 4th team sessions. Booty is the odd man out.

I am glad that I got my rookie football card of #4 J.D. Booty.


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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme

Posted by LOTGK on April 26, 2009

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Athos, Parthos, Adramis, And Sage

Athos, Parthos, Aramis, And Sage

Meet Sage Rosenfels, The Lesser Known Musketeer

The Minnesota Vikings traded a fourth round draft pick for the services of journeyman quarterback Sage Rosenfels, a 31 year old, 8 season veteran to compete with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job in 2009. Childress became enamored over Sage after witnessing him throw just one perfect pass back in the 2006 season that defined his entire NFL career. Forget about his interceptions to TD ratio. Forget about his paltry 12 starts in 8 years. Childress saw him throw one single pass 3 years ago so he’s our guy.

After the signing of Rosenfels, Childress deemed the team ready for the NFL draft. Which just happened to be yesterday and today.

Before the draft, the needs for the Vikings were QB, OL, WR, CB, ST. With quarterbacks Stafford, Sanchez, and Freeman taken before the Vikings pick, the Vikings stood pat on number 22 and selected Percy Harvin, receiver from Florida. Just a few weeks ago, Harvin was projected a top 10 pick, but after a failed drug test at the combine, his stock began to drop faster than GM and Chrysler.

Round 1 (22)

Percy Harvin (WR)

This is such a cliche, but Harvin has all the tools to not only start in the NFL, but to excel and dominate. His 4.4 speed makes him a threat from anywhere on the field. He has excellent hands, runs fantastic routes, and like Adrian Peterson, can score from anywhere on the field. Harvin is a quadruple threat. Yes, quadruple. He can score from the receiver position, the running back position, special teams punt and kick returns, and at the quarterback position in the wildcat formation.

However, with all that talent and potential and the multimillion dollar contract on the line, Percy decided to let it go up in smoke. To me, this sends up the reddest of red flags. Harvin knew he would be tested at the combine and yet, he couldn’t control himself. Clearly, this screams a lack of common sense and good judgement. Unfortunately, with his failed test, he is already in the program and one more lapse of judgement and he will be sitting four games.

Final Analysis On Percy Harvin: A bold pick for the Vikings. Management realizes that they must stretch the defense to allow Peterson to run and control the game. Sage and Tarvaris ain’t going to do it. Harvin, along with Berrian and Rice on the field will demand that the corners and safties will not crowd the box.

Percy Harvin: Round (1) Pick (22) Viking Thunder Approved.

Phil Loadholt (OT)

Phil Loadholt (OT)

The Vikings filled one of their immediate needs in round one and moved onto another critical need. Offensive tackle. The Vikings wasted little time in round two selecting Phil Loadholt, the 6 foot 8 inch 332 pound OT. Ryan Cook was not the answer at right tackle. Loadholt has massive size and his strength is run blocking. Peterson should be smiling even more than he usually does with this pick. Loadholt dominates defenders on the run and is more than adequate on pass defense. Training camp and O line coaches should improve his technique.

Final Analysis on Phil Loadholt: With All pro center Matt Birk allowed to seek employment elsewhere, the Viking offensive line, which used to be a strength, is now average at best. Only left guard Steve Hutchinson is at an all pro level. Left tackle Mckinnie is only adequate at best, and has not lived up to his hype or potential. (Unless throwing a stop sign at bar bouncers late at night in Miami counts) Loadholt has the potential to win the starting job at right tackle and assist the run game. A certain upgrade from Cook.

Phil Loadholt: Round (2) Pick (54) Viking Thunder Approved.

Allen Asher (CB)

Asher Allen (CB)

Day two for the Vikings afforded one pick in the third round, and one pick in the fifth, and two picks in the 7th round. Round three would need to count and with the selection of Asher Allen, cornerback out of Georgia, the Vikings stayed on target. Special teams is a major concern for the Vikings and Allen’s return skills will be implemented right away. Allen, five foot 10, 4.6 forty speed, came out of college a year early and joins a semi crowded defensive back field of the Vikings.

Final Analysis On Asher Allen: Allen’s speed is adequate, not great, not bad, just adequate. If the Vikings didn’t play cover two, he would not fit in. Allen will fill the role as kick and punt returner and special teams coverage guy. With some hard work and study, he will see action in the nickel and dime rotations.

Asher Allen: Round (3) Pick (86) Viking Thunder Approved

Jasper brinkley

Jasper Brinkley (LB)

The Vikings traded away their fourth round pick this year for Sage Rosenfels, journeyman quarterback, and had to wait for the fifth round for their next pick. Jasper Brinkley, linebacker out of South Carolina fills a spot for special teams and training camp reps. Brinkley is six foot two inches tall and weighs in at 252 pounds, and runs a 4.7 forty. All good numbers indeed but it will be tough for Brinkley to crack the lineup. In fact, unless Brinkley is a special teams warrior, he will not make the team.

Final Analysis On Jasper Brinkley: Jasper is coming off a 2007 season injury that kept him out the entire season. His pass coverage skills are not NFL adequate. I am concerned that his injury has slowed him enough not not be effective in the NFL.

Jasper Brinkley: Round (5) Pick (150) Barely Viking Thunder approved

Jamarca Sanford (FS)

Jamarca Sanford (FS)

The sixth round, the Vikings were silent as they had zero picks and had traded away a 7th round pick to Washington that originally came from Washington for E. James. The Vikings final pick was Jamarca Sanford, free safety, from Mississippi. Sanford is five foot ten inches and weighs 214 pounds. His speed, 4.56 is not blazing for a strong safety.

Final Analysis On Jamarca Sanford: Alas, methinks Sanford is training camp fodder. I predict he will be a final week casualty when the “Turk” knocks on the door. I hope he proves me wrong and excels at training camp and pre-season but i wouldn’t buy his jersey number.

Jamarca Sanford: Round (7) (231) Barely Viking Approved

The draft is officially over. The dust has settled, the signing now begins. Hopefully Percy is sincere when he says he has coaches back since Childress selected him.

Are you going to Scarborough Fair,
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Wild Card Weekend: Vikings Lose To Eagles 26-14

Posted by LOTGK on January 7, 2009

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Our Playoff Chances Went Thatta Way!

The Minnesota Vikings hosted the Philadelphia Eagles for the first round Wild Card weekend Sunday. This was Brad Childress’s first playoff game as head coach. The Vikings lost the game 26-14. At halftime, the score was 16-14 Eagles. The Vikings did not score a point in the second half. His lack of adjustments during half time, his lack of his special teams being able to contain a return, and his fantasy that his ill conceived offense is kick ass led to his demise. Same as it ever was.

Viking Thunder’s last post of the season reveals what we have learned in 2008?

* The Minnesota legislature will never approve a new stadium for the Vikings. Especially now in this recessionary climate. When the Metrodome lease expires, the Vikings will pull up stakes and move out of the state. I’m guessing Columbus, Ohio, the 10th largest media market in the United States. Just so you know, the Vikings currently reside in the 49th largest media market. The Vikings would generate millions of dollars more in revenue residing in this market.

Moving to Columbus achieves and satisfies several key issues. One being that the location is still close to Green Bay, Detroit, and Chicago. This maintains unity for the division. Another issue is fan base. Columbus citizens are ravenous college football fans. The Buckeyes stadium holds 105,000 fans and it is sold out to capacity each and every home game. Just this week, the Vikings had trouble selling 60,000 tickets, and it was for a playoff game for God’s sake. And another issue, a stadium complex. Perhaps the Buckeyes would strike up a deal with the Vikings allowing them to use their stadium on Sundays until a deal could be struck with the NFL and the Columbus officials to build their own stadium. Possibly a joint venture between the Buckeyes and the Vikings.

* Tarvaris Jackson has potential. After three years, Jackson, after coming off the bench, played well down the stretch advancing the team into the playoffs. Alas, we are only talking potential here. Donavon McNabb has talent. Do you see the difference? Jackson when blitzed, faltered big time, locked onto his receiver, and threw the ball regardless whether he was open or not. McNabb was having fun on the field. When blitzed, and it was often, he routinely made the right read and found the open man for a first down. I hope the Jackson experiment is over and the Vikings move on to a new quarterback. Three years is a long time to waste.

* Brad Childress. Someone needs to educate him on clock management and to adjust his game plan at half time. One more case in point. At the end of the half against the Eagles, the Vikings had the ball, first down, and decided to run. On second down, they passed, which was incomplete. On third down, another run into the line. Eagles call time out, get the ball back not having to spend all their time outs with field position to put them in scoring position.

About game plan adjustment. The Vikings gained only 106 yards in the second half. And scored zero point. Jackson was blitzed and taken out of his comfort zone. Childress had no remedy for this. The offense just got more sick as the game wore on. Perhaps several designed quarterback run plays allowing Jackson to evade the blitz and pick up positive yards would have slowed the Eagles a tad. But no, Childress was right. His kick ass offense was the best.

Andy Reid versus the pupil, Brad Childress. As usual, Childress was schooled.

* Special Teams. Nothing special about them except for being the worst in the history of the NFL. I’ll let that sink in for a minute… OK, let’s continue. The 2008 Vikings special teams allowed more return touchdowns than any other team in history. Not just this year, but in the 100 years the NFL have been keeping stats. And what happened during Sundays wild card game? You got it, Eagles receiver Jackson returned several punts, not for touchdowns, but one for 62 yards, and another for 45 yards setting up two eagles scoring drives. Without the lousy special team play, the Vikings could still be playing next week. Coach Childress should be very proud of this accomplishment.

* Adrian Peterson: He is one hell of a running back, the best in the business at this moment. However, although he led the NFL in rushing with an impressive 1760 yards, he also led the NFL in fumbles. If he doesn’t get his fumbling under control, I’m afraid he will be taken out of key situations limiting his effectiveness.

* Chester Taylor: Whatever it takes to keep him on the Vikings, management needs to do so. He is a selfless player, an excellent runner, fantastic receiver, kick returner, and blocker. Peterson needs to watch game film of Taylor to see how a complete running back plays the game.

* Darren Sharper: Perhaps it is the last we see him in purple. Although admittedly he has lost half a step, he is still a great leader on the field and although T. Johnson, rookie safety is talented, grasshopper still need more training.

* Matt Birk: As well, possibly the last he plays in purple. IMO, he is an all pro center with still plenty in the tank. Does anyone really believe rookie Sullivan or Ryan Cook can be a better center than Birk? Didn’t think so. Wise up Wilf and sign him to an extension before he explores free agency.

* Leslie Frazier: Quite possibly the Vikings will lose another defensive coordinator two years in a row. Mike Tomlin left to be the head coach and Pittsburgh and now Frazier is making the circuit rounds. To bad nobody wants Childress.

* Pat And Kevin Williams and Star Caps. What a mess. Still looming is a possible and more than likely four game suspension at the start of the 2009 season. I’m sure lawsuits will be filed fast and furious, and I believe the players will be compensated for the loss of money, reputation, and invasion of privacy they were put through. But, I see them sitting out games 1-4 next season.

* Gus Frerotte: Gus got more than he bargained for this year. He was signed to ride the pine and be the emergency back up. Instead, he is tossed in as starter game three and played his heart out for 11 games. Gus has guts. I admire him for that. And he has proven that he is a reliable back up. I would hope he stays on for another year.

* Jared Allen: Allen is worth every penny on his contract. 14.5 sacks is the highest total on the Vikings in a long time. And he had two in the playoff game. Not only does he pressure the quarterback, he defends the run quite well. Also, he never stops. I noticed that he was one of few Vikings that pursued Westbrook when he broke for the long 70 yard gainer. Allen chased him all the way to the endzone.

* Bernard Berrian: Berrian came close to a 1000 yard season coming up 36 yards short. And for missing games and times, that is a pleasant surprise. Berrian also had the league’s best yards per catch ratio just over 20 yards per catch. If Only Sidney Rice would have matured the receiving team would have been solid. Instead, Bobby Wade led the team in catches.

* Visanthe Shiancoe: Here is your shoutout. I was wrong about you. Last year and beginning this year, I likened you to the Venus-De-Milo statue, (The no hands statue) for all of your dropped passes. Midway through this season, the light went on. You became a force to be reckoned with. Viking Thunder salutes you. Shiancoe ended with 42 catches, 596 yards, over 14 yards per catch, (Big for a tight end) and 7 touchdowns.

* Chad Greenway. E.J. Henderson. Ben Leber. The best trio of linebackers in the NFL. Will be a force for many years coming.

Final 2008 Season Thoughts:
As other fans gear up for this week’s playoff games, this fan sits alone on his computer, (Not really sitting on it, but by it) and ponders now that the off season is officially upon us, what is in store for the Vikings in 2009.

Can Childress guide this team to a superbowl victory? With Jackson at QB? With his so-called kick ass offense? And his inability to adjust at half time? All good questions with no real answers in sight. I don’t think so, but according to Wilf, Childress is the man for at least one more year.

Free agency begins in about a month and right now the Vikings have about $20 million to spend. $33 million if they don’t resign Birk, Sharper, Kleinsasser. I say this every year at this time. What is it going to take for the Vikings to get to the top level. (Is there a secret handshake Viking management isn’t aware of?)

Here’s what I think.
#1) A new quarterback. Jackson is not the answer. Either is Frerotte. Nor Booty, although he could come along in a year or so. Imagine if the Vikings had Garcia at the helm this year. They would still be playing, with carolina visiting them this Sunday.

#2) Wide receiver. Berrian was a good pick up, and Rice was hurt, and completely ineffective, and Wade is just terrible, and Allison, well, he is on his way out. Add a top flight receiver next to Berrian and have Rice in the slot and the offense gets in gear.

#3) A new right guard and right tackle. Cook and Hicks suck. Plain and simple.

#4) A bigger offensive playbook. When Peterson is in the game, the Vikings run. When Taylor comes in the game, the Vikings pass. Defenses know this. Why not have both on the field to eliminate the defenses teeing off on the QB?

#5) Depth. The draft needs to add key players for depth. The D-Line was hurt when Udeze got sick, and Edwards and Robison got hurt. Add experience on the O line with free agency, at safety, corner, and linebacker.

#6) And finally, a new head coach. Childress is so paranoid he believes waiters at restaurants are trying to steal game signals when he orders dinner. Take a lesson from Belechick, no wait, strike that. I know a new coach will put the Vikings in start over mode, but if the Falcons can achieve success with a new head coach, and the Dolphins can achieve success with a new head coach, and the 49ers achieve midseason success with a new head coach, why couldn’t the Vikings?

See you all next month when free agency season opens.


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