With the introduction on Friday of Mike Zimmer as the next head coach for the Minnesota Vikings, general manager Rick Spielman can cross the top item off his to-do list. Now the offseason can really get cranked up for the Vikings.
The Vikings and their rookie head coach have plenty of work in front of them if they are going to turn around a team that only won five games last season.
The good news for Vikings fans is that in today's NFL, a turnaround can occur very quickly. Looking back to last season, there were four teams that improved by at least five wins—Kansas City (+9), Philadelphia (+6), Carolina (+5) and Arizona (+5).
The Vikings themselves made a big jump from their 3-13 season in 2011 to a 10-6 mark in 2012; the seven-game improvement was the largest in franchise history.
During his introduction on Friday, Zimmer was already talking about winning a Super Bowl. If that's going to happen, then he really needs to get busy.
Here are some tough decisions the team needs to address this offseason.