The Vikings have never won the big one in their 50 seasons. They have been there four times, been close a few times but never took the Lombardi home. With as much talent as this team has this year and the success they had last year, there seems to be no better time than the present. But there is more at stake than just pride. Here are five reasons it has to happen this year.
Building a stadium in Minnesota right now is a hard sell. Asking for public funding is unreasonable when the state is cutting healthcare programs and food assistance. It is hard to justify using taxpayer money to help millionaires build a stadium for a team that has not gone the distance. There is a lot of enthusiasm around the Vikings due to their increasing success under Brad Childress, but there is only one place left to go and that is win the whole thing. With the talent on the team, there is no better time than the present and the future of the franchise staying in Minnesota may hinge on winning the big one. If they don’t, Viking fans worst fear may come to fruition…..The LA Vikings. Almost as odd as the the Dallas North Stars.
This will be Favre’s last year. I have no doubt. After Favre, the Vikings go back into rebuilding around their quarterback situation. Tavaris Jackson does not look like he is ready to lead the team, Sage Rosenfels has looked good in two preseason outings but has a lot left to prove and Joe Webb might be the MVP in 2014 but it is too soon to count him in as a viable replacement. If they draft a QB next year, it does nothing immediately to fix the QB issue. This is one of the downfalls of having a veteran quarterback in the end of his career. You can’t replace a Brett Favre. With Brett leaving, it will be a step backwards. If the Vikings don’t win it this year, it may be several years before they are in the hunt again.
At the end of this season the Viking will have 19 unrestricted agents. Among them are Visanthe Shiancoe, Jim Kleinsasser, Heath Farwell and EJ Henderson. Favre referred to this in his comeback speech when he said this team could be dismantled after the season. Without going to the next level, talented players are going to want to be with an organization who can get there. With the Collective Bargaining Agreement up in the air, I don’t think anyone can really predict what 2011 is going to look like. The only thing that is for sure is that this team is together for this season and they have a good chance of repeating the success they had last year. All the chips need to be pushed to the middle.
There are a lot of mixed feeling about Brad Childress. One thing that no one can argue with is that he has improved on every year he has been here. It’s not all coaching, there is also an eye for talent. The draft has been good to Minnesota. But the bar is set high right now. There is only one place to go and that is up. It should have happened last year. Twelve men in a huddle coming out of a time out is a coaching mistake. It needs to happen this year.
The Viking have won the North division the most times and have the most playoff berths. They are consistent winners with a winning percentage of .555, 5th highest in the NFL since the merger. They have had many great players and great coaches. They have had amazing defensive lines, great running backs and outrageous receivers. The one thing lacking in their book of accomplishments is a Superbowl win. This is the one that Minnesota has to put behind them. It was the best thing that happened to Denver and it is the thing that still hinders Buffalo. Getting there 4 times yet no Lombardi. Could this be the year? It HAS to be.