Minnesota Vikings fans seem to be split on the future of the team's first-round draft choice, quarterback Christian Ponder. Is Ponder the franchise quarterback that can lead the Purple and Gold back to being a perennial playoff team?
Looking back over the Vikings' history, there are two distinct eras where Minnesota dominated. The Bud Grant era started in 1967. In only his second season as head coach, he would lead the Vikings to their first playoff appearance in 1968.
Over 11 seasons until 1978, the Vikings would make the playoffs 10 times, failing only in 1972 to make the playoffs.
Grant's dominance would end at the NFC Championship game. In four trips to the Super Bowl, the Vikings would go 0-4.
The other era of playoff appearances belongs to Dennis Green. From his first year as head coach in 1992, Green would take the Vikings to the playoffs eight times in nine seasons. He would coach the Vikings to their best regular-season record ever in 1998 when the team would finish 15-1.
Unlike Grant, Green and the Vikings would falter in the NFC Championship games, losing both appearances.
These two eras had great quarterback performances that propelled the Vikings to the postseason.
I took a look back over the 26 seasons the Vikings made the playoffs and ranked the season performance of the quarterbacks.
Expanding beyond their quarterback rating for the regular season, I included the team's performance in the playoffs, giving a slight boost to those quarterbacks that lead the team to the ultimate objective—the Super Bowl.
Here are the top 12 quarterback seasons for the Minnesota Vikings.