The offseason has been busy for the Minnesota Vikings, stirring up excitement and debate in a near simultaneous fashion. The team looks to improve in several key areas, with difficult decisions pending for the front office heading into the 2013 season.
General manager Rick Spielman has made a point to bring in talent through free agency and the draft, but those players will only be as successful as the opportunities provided before them. High-potential athletes strive when coached appropriately and fail when their strengths are misdirected.
That's the important point here: getting it right when the fate of a player or coach's career is at stake. One decision or fundamental approach can make the difference between a winning season and one of disappointment and regret.
The following slides examine five key decisions that must be made prior to the upcoming season. While some areas may evolve into the season, the front office will need a well-constructed game plan before kickoff on Sept. 8 against the Detroit Lions.
Be sure to comment on the decisions you feel will give the Vikings the best chance to have a successful season.
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