Vikings' areas of concern and of strength

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  • Updated: December 28, 2013 - 8:58 PM


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vikingsDec. 28, 13 9:45 PM

I'll bet you're glad you took Creative Writing courses in college so you could write about Vikings' "strengths"!

klide2Dec. 29, 13 8:50 AM

Enjoyed the article as it was thoughtful and well laid out. Those who do not recognize the tremendous strengths of this team need not be even recognized. However a few things that were in need of fixing with the article. Harrison Smith is a pro bowl safety. Apparently the author missed last season? The left guard spot needs an upgrade. The rest of the line is among the best in the league. They need a complete coaching overhaul. This season was lost in large part because of an inability of defensive coaches to either listen to the players or just a lack of understanding of the defensive side of the ball. Anyone who follows the team knows this could have easily been a nine win season had we had a defensive coordinator. On the offensive side, this team is the most talent laden in all of the NFL. There is no other team that can trot out the best player on the planet, pair him with an up and coming superstar, a stud tight end, depth at each position. This team should be the ruler offensively in the NFL . Period. Patterson can change a game the way Peterson does. But in even more ways. This team has record setting scoring just waiting . With one thing needed. A reliable, not great, quarterback. The draft is a simple one this year. Defense first and always with only one exception. Somewhere between 2 and 5, draft a quarterback. That's it. With the coaching staff overhaul and an influx of defensive players, right back in the hunt.

fishanhunt2Dec. 29, 13 9:10 AM

Good assessment. The Vikings do have some bright spots and certainly some new talent has stepped forward this year. However, there are some huge glaring holes that need to be dealt with as this article points out. The most pressing need is a competent Head Coach and staff. Face it, the Vikings Frazier Era, (20-33-1) has been a miserable failure by NFL standards. Until the Vikings leadership vacuum is addressed, all else will prove to be a moot point.

thomasme262Dec. 29, 1310:40 AM

Klide2 is wrong about the O-line! Both guard positions need upgrading!!!! No it is not one of the best in the NFL. You must have missed the report on the NFC north teams. All of them were reported to have average to mediocre O-lines. This season has proved that report true.

vikeforlifeDec. 29, 1310:45 AM

With an upgrade or 2 in the O line the Vikes could be highly competitive in 2014 with Cassel at QB. Even though I have supported the Ponder pick I hope the Vikes try to get something for him rather than bring him back he needs new surroundings and the Vikes need to move on. I wouldn't mind the Vikes resigning Freeman if they can do it cheap enough because chances are he is not going to be in high demand. This way the Vikes can see him play again in camp and preseason. Spielman has wanted to rebuild through the draft but if he remains free agency needs to be addressed to provide some the needs and depth on defense which has really gotten away from the Vikes the last 2 seasons.

solutionsDec. 29, 13 1:14 PM

do the common sense test; Jared Allen leads the team for the 5th straight year in sacks, pressures, caused fumbles by a DE and he sells tickets. Why the heck would you let him go. Can we let Spielman go instead?

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