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The Vikings are not a young team trying to figure it out, they are an experienced team that needs decent play out of their quarterback and a couple of pieces to help take them to the next level.
The 2009 Vikings reached the NFC Championship and if not for a five-yard delay of game penalty, the Vikings would have had a chance to win the Super Bowl.
What is the difference between the team going into 2012 and the 2009 team?
The coaching staff in 2012 can not get worse than the 2009 staff. Head coach Brad Childress really held back the team and should not have been a head coach in the NFL. Darren Bevell was not a great offensive coach and was lucky to be around Sidney Rice, Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin.
The secondary was better because Antoine Winfield was younger, although he was injured for a huge part of the year, and Cedric Griffin was not hurt. The 2012 Vikings may sign CB Cortland Finnegan or draft CB Morris Claiborne, Chase Minnifield, Janoris Jenkins or Desmond Trufant. A secondary with any of these cornerbacks and with the hopeful return of Chris Cook, the Vikings will have a stronger secondary than they did in 2009.
The offensive line was much better in 2009 with a younger Hutchinson and great play out of Bryant McKinnie. If the Vikings select Matt Kalil then the Vikings may get similar play from their offensive line like they did in 2009.
The wide receiver corps was better because of Sidney Rice and Visanthe Shiancoe playing at such a high level. One big wide receiver signing in the offseason can easily replace with production. Kyle Rudolph will put up numbers similar to Shiancoe in 2009 if he is used properly. Expect the passing attack to be strong in 2012 for the Vikings.
The Vikings team is full of experience and if veterans like Chad Greenway, Kevin Williams, Jared Allen, Adrian Peterson, Steve Hutchinson, etc. can help the newer players develop, including Ponder, then expect the Vikings to compete and win the NFC North division next year.
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