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MONDAY MORNING HANGOVER

Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Nov 18 2013 @ 1:32 pm In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments

The Minnesota Vikings fell to 2-8 on Sunday after getting blown out in Seattle 41-20.  The fact that the Seahawks won big should surprise nobody.  But Minny’s record should disappoint everybody.  Coming off a 10-6 playoff season expectations were high, but not unreasonable.  In 2012, the Vikings rode Percy Harvin during the first half of the season, then jumped on AP’s back for the second half, running off four straight wins to make the playoffs.  This season Harvin is in Seattle and Peterson is not going to rush for 2,000+ yards(the nerve of this guy).  Instead of focusing on the playoffs, the team and it’s fans are looking some relief for this hangover of a season, and some answers for the future.

If you are looking for reasons for why the Vikings are 2-8, there are two big ones.  The first obvious problem is the quarterback, or lack there of.  I am not going to hammer on Christian Ponder anymore than I already have.  He is not a starting NFL QB and at this point I think that is pretty much a consensus opinion.  Minnesota doesn’t have a legitimate starter right now.  Matt Cassel is a nice back-up, while Josh Freeman is a $3 million roll of the dice.  The second problem has to do with the defense.  They are bad, really bad.  The Vikings’ D ranks 30th overall, but the most important stat is 3rd down conversions.  Minnesota is giving up 3rd down conversions at a rate of 49%, dead last in the entire NFL.  They cannot get off the field on 3rd down.

Moving forward, what are the solutions?  The first is simple, the Vikings must draft a franchise QB.  Of course, we’ve been down this road before.  What will make this time different?  How bout firing Rick Spielman.  He is the guy responsible for the Vikings’ lack of a QB.  Does Zygi Wilf really want him making that decision again?  If you are going to fire him, Leslie Frazier is probably going to have to go as well.  Frazier does deserve some credit, as his team has continued to play hard, even with nothing to play for since about week 5, but ultimately he is responsible for the fall-off this season.  A new coach and GM would infuse a new outlook and energy to the team as they get ready to transition to some new surroundings.  Minnesota will be playing the next two seasons outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium, before moving to their new indoor stadium in 2016.  As far as the defense, that is an issue of continuing to get younger.  Jared Allen, even if he stays in town, is on the second half of his career.  Kevin Williams is almost done, and Chad Greenway is now a seasoned veteran.  The team needs some of the younger guys to make an impact.

The Vikings and their fans are in a difficult spot.  Nobody likes to think about next season in the middle of the current one, but changes have to be made.  The Vikings have the opportunity for a quick turnaround.  Adrian Peterson is still the best RB in the NFL.  There are other big pieces on the team like Kyle Rudolph and the explosive Corderelle Patterson.  Minnesota has to make some changes from the top down if the team wants to be a consistent winner.  Mr Wilf, you got your stadium, now let’s rebuild the team, quickly.

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