Last year, the Minnesota Vikings entered the regular season as the favorites to appear in Super Bowl XLV. Unfortunately for the Purple and Gold, they fell apart rather quickly and the entire season was surrounded with scandal, underwhelming play, injury, and stadium collapse.
This offseason, new Head Coach Leslie Frazier kick started a new era by drafting Florida State signal-caller, Christian Ponder in the 12th spot of the 2011 NFL Draft. Frazier has made numerous personnel moves from trading for Quarterback Donovan McNabb to signing Wide Receiver Michael Jenkins.
One of the best moves however, appointing Bill Musgrave as the new Offensive Coordinator.
Musgrave is known as a QB developer, most notably for his work with Matt Ryan in Atlanta (which certainly bodes well for Ponder) but his best attribute is the fact that he understands what it takes to run a successful offense. Musgrave was a back-up Quarterback to Steve Young in San Francisco and John Elway in Denver, before becoming a QB Coach in 1997. Musgrave has made an effort to build an offensive system that is tailored to the many weapons he has at his disposal.
Let's face it, last season the Offense caused the Vikings to collapse. Whether it be from Favre's performance, the Offensive Line, or the play-calling. The rest of the team however, played fairly well, the defense was again in the Top 10 of the NFL's best.
Those thinking the Vikings offense will look like it did last season are in for a big surprise. The Vikings, in my opinion, are truly a sleeper team this year. With many key offensive weapons in place, and an aggressive (yet smart) offensive system, this team should be able to put up points.
So let's look at my 2011 Projections for the Minnesota Vikings offense.