Any time you watch one of those one-hit wonder shows, you always hear that tune of bitter angst and the hope of change sitting at the top of the countdown. Oh c'mon…you know the one I'm talking about," 'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life…"
Who would have thought going into the 2011 season that an early 90s English anthem would resonate so loudly within the context of Viking nation after their 33 to 27 loss to the Green Bay Packers last week.
It is bittersweet after all, right? Here they sit at the bottom of their division, a division considered by many to be the toughest in the NFL, and we're not even at the halfway point of the 2011 season.
Countless injuries have plagued the positions the team is already weakest at, and that whole stadium situation seems to gain momentum with each passing day. Yet if you watched the game on Sunday, you realize that the Minnesota Vikings just might be the most interesting 1-6 team in the history of the NFL. Well, if not the history, certainly this year anyway.
Even though he's got a rather minimal five quarters under his belt, it's reasonable to consider that for the first time since the Daunte Culpepper era, the Vikings have found a long-term solution at the quarterback position in Christian Ponder. Whether or not he will ever mature into a pro-bowl caliber talent remains to be seen. It does appear, however, that the Vikings days of renting space to the veteran QB's of the NFL is over.
Aside from Ponder, the Vikings do posses a handful of other young prospects who will presumably have a bigger role in terms of who the Vikings plan to build around in the years to come. Setting aside the fact that they have perennial Pro Bowlers in Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson, the likes of Kyle Rudolph, Chris Cook, and Christian Ballard represent the youth this team can utilize in years to come.
The real problem, however, is that much of the rest of the roster is made up of guys who are inching closer and closer to the exit with each passing game.
Sure, they'll get a few more years out of Pro Bowlers Steve Hutchinson and Antoine Winfield. And yes, Jared Allen and Chad Greenway seem to be reaching the height of their prime. Yet when you truly look at the Vikings roster, you see that there are a lot of positions that need to be addressed in the near future if they want to compete with the Lions, and tigers,(Packers) and Bears of the NFC North. With that, here is a list of the positions the Vikings need to address first in the coming years in order to get back to that championship level.