The 2008 Minnesota Vikings were thought of as something special when Tarvaris Jackson was looking very good in his preseason performance. But with a slow start behind their original starter, the Vikings were quick to make the change to Gus Frerotte.
Frerotte helped the team jump back, getting them to a 7-4 record before getting hurt during the Lions road game. Then, the Jackson from the preseason took over and led the Vikings to their first ever NFC North title; the last time Minnesota took a division, they were in the NFC Central in 2000.
It was argued last year that the only thing holding the Vikings back from a Super Bowl was their lack of a quarterback. Will the addition of Sage Rosenfels this offseason be the key to another Viking division title and more?
Now with the draft approaching, another question is added: What young talent can the team pick up?
Minnesota lost Pro Bowlers C Matt Birk and S Darren Sharper, so there are various directions in which the Vikes could go.
Will the Vikings of 2009 be the team to bring the Lombardi trophy to the "Land of 10,000 Lakes?"
It is clear that the special teams need some assistance and that the signal caller must be solidified. The O-line might also be an area to look at.
But with an easier-looking schedule than last year's, it should be expected by the fans that another division title is on its way.
Minnesota Viking fans are very hungry for more than an "above average" team. Those in purple want a Super Bowl, not another season of questions.
This squad is very easily one of the more talented teams in the league, and once they get their pieces in the right areas, it'll be "checkmate" for opponents.
Watch the excitement build throughout the summer and peak during the season.