What is the first thing you need to build a solid franchise?
It's time to wake up, Minnesota Vikings organization. You're lucky your fans have been gracious enough to allow the shenanigans of pushing starting quarterbacks that we all know have little chance to succeed, far before they snap the ball.
You're blessed with one of (if not) the best running back in professional football. For the first time in a long time, you finally have managed to put together a feared defensive squad. You've done a good job of attempting to acquire solid receiving talent.
The first thing you should have tried to build in the first place, a quarterback.
Trying to push a 37-year-old backup or a second-round disappointment is not going to gain the Vikings anything beyond temporary satisfaction stemming from the success of every other aspect of the football team besides the quarterback.
This isn't meant as an attack on the Vikings, because they are one of my favorite teams. I'm just tired of seeing them go in the wrong direction. They deserve credit as a team for putting together an excellent season.
I understand that Tarvaris Jackson has done good job during limited playing time this season, but his temporary success is not enough to convince me that he is their quarterback of the future. I have not forgotten the seasons of poor football he has played.
Giving the fact that they have been (for the most part) held back from the production in the quarterback department, the team has done an exceptional job at winning games, despite having the lack of necessary leadership from the team's most important position.
I feel that the Minnesota Vikings are one solid draft pick or good free agent pick-up away from becoming a true force in the NFC. Let's just hope that the Vikings organization decides to wake up before beginning the 2009 offseason.