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In hindsight, there are several points to this season that many of us can simply pick apart and say: "if the Vikings [ENTER TEXT HERE]."
But the fact of the matter is, this is the perfect time to begin taking a forward look at the offseason and the possible aspects that can take a season left in ruination, and cultivate the new year into a reversal of fortunes.
Between the 2012 NFL Draft, NFL free agency and a full offseason, the Vikings have plenty to look forward to this offseason, even if the 2011 season has left a stain in their mouth.
We as writers and fans already know that this team is a bit better than their horrid 2-10 record suggests.
I can easily make debate over the notion that the Vikings could've easily been 7-5 right now, but they're not, and here we are.
This type of situation allows a team, and their fanbase, to begin mentally exploring the vast amounts of opportunities that will be ahead of them as solutions to what exactly ails them.
Does it fix the current situation? No. But there always comes a point where you have to let go, even if you don't want to, in an effort to explore other options, and find a new way—exactly where the Vikings are.
And where these Vikings always are, winds up being the same location—in spirit—as their fan-base.
Keep with me all week, as I begin to take a look at what the future holds for the Vikings.