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This may be a gray area now, but don't count them out just yet.
One of the major concerns entering into the 2010 offseason was addressing the defensive depth charts, and what to do with certain contracts and players.
Ray Edwards is the biggest question mark as he has already made it clear he will not play for the restricted tender this season.
Pat Williams was considering retirement, but now admits he has a 50/50 shot at returning.
Cedric Griffin is hoping to be healthy enough by the time camp comes rolling in, and Coach Frazier has already stated that he will retain his starting role if as is well.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The point here to remember, though, is last year was a disappointing year for the Vikings defense, simply because they are a much better core of players than last year’s collective performance would suggest.
And sometimes that’s a good thing.
There aren’t any question marks concerning the team’s ability, only on a handful of curious situations.
Even so, the Vikings did make some moves in this year’s draft to help alleviate any unforeseen pressure that may come about.
In the end, this defense is still a top-five defense in the NFL, and there is a very good chance this defense could rediscover that personal aspect about themselves, making the defensive end of the ball another dangerous facet of the Minnesota Vikings.
To sum everything up: The Vikings are not your garden variety team.
This is a team that is built for postseason play, and eventually dominate straight across the board.
In reality anyone who claims the Vikings don’t stand a chance at postseason play, is basically limping to the barn with a weak argument at best.
Do they have pressing questions that need to be addressed? Of course they do
But so did the Packers in 2010 with their injury woes, as did the Saints in 2009 and as did the Steelers with a suspect O-Line all season long in 2008.
All Super Bowl winners who began their journey much like the Vikings will: One step at a time.
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