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The Minnesota Vikings are coming off one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history, but there is plenty of optimism among coaches, players and fans.
The team made a smart decision when they hired Leslie Frazier as their head coach. He is a great communicator and will bring a new attitude and a strong sense of accountability to the Vikings organization.
The Vikings also hired Bill Musgrave to run the offense. Musgrave will employ a variety of schematic strategies in order to get the most out of the Vikings' offensive talent instead of being married to one particular offensive philosophy.
On the defense, Fred Pagac steps in as defensive coordinator. Although the Vikings will be running the same defensive scheme, the play-calling will likely be more aggressive this year.
The team did lose some solid players in Sidney Rice, Ray Edwards, Ben Leber and Pat Williams, but there are many young, talented players on the Vikings roster that are ready to step in and contribute.
With the Green Bay Packers coming off a Super Bowl Championship, the Chicago Bears trying to get back to the NFC Championship, and the Detroit Lions on the rise, the NFC North is quickly becoming one of the toughest divisions in football. However, the Vikings, who will be heavy underdogs going into the season, are lying low like a snake in the grass, waiting for the opportunity to strike.
With a revamped coaching staff, a new attitude and a giant chip on their shoulder, the Vikings will bounce back to win the NFC North and make another run at a Super Bowl.