2011 Minnesota Vikings: Joe Webb and 5 Players on the Hot Seat

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2011 Minnesota Vikings: Joe Webb and 5 Players on the Hot Seat
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Last off-season, the Vikings' brass had it easy. Returning all 22 starters, including a league-high eight Pro Bowlers, Minnesota figured to be right back in the Super Bowl mix. Free agency and the draft were mere formalities—adding depth and competition are relatively simple tasks.

I'm still trying to comprehend how things unraveled so fast. It's like this version of the Vikings was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan—they went from remarkable (The Sixth Sense) to rotten (The Last Airbender) while we were out getting refills on our popcorn.

Stealing a page out of Haley Joel Osment's playbook: "I see bad players... they're everywhere." Holes need to be patched and the individuals featured in this slideshow will be hard pressed to retain their respective roles in purple.

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