This article was updated on January 20, 2012
With 2011 squarely in the rear view mirror, and a coaching staff that seems to be set, although I cannot understand why Joe Woods, defensive backs coach, and Mike Priefer, special teams coach, are still with the team. If you think about it, the only person removed was Karl Dunbar, and some of the others reshuffled Hmm, curious about those changes they were talking about. Anyhow, we soldier on.
The off season is a time of excitement, anticipation, and yes, even anxiety. We waited a while for the Vikings to name Alan Williams as the new DC, let us hope that works out for us. Do not be too quick to judge this decision, let's let this play out. Now if they had named Deputy Dog as the new DC, then we could gripe.
In reality, other than Steven Spagnuolo, what other DCs were available? We can go in to "what ifs" and "what should be's", but we are who we are and we are where we are, so let's get to an area that will be one of great interest to the Vikings and every team, free agency.
Actually, the Vikings off season starts this weekend in Mobile, Alabama, and this is a great opportunity for this coaching staff to evaluate talent, develop greater camaraderie, and start the process.
Then it's on to the combine before free agency. I don't know about you, but I am already excited about this. It's like getting a surprise package in the mail every year.
The purpose behind this article is to gaze into the crystal ball and look at positions of need and perhaps some players coming up in free agency who could step in and help the rebuilding process.
I am sure the Vikings would like to be like those in Washington and just spend, spend, spend, but they are on a budget, so we have to think logically about where the money goes, and who we can get.
The Vikings can go the Wal-Mart route and get several cheap free agents, or go the L.L. Bean route and target two or three and "pay the man."
The positions are in alphabetical order, not in order of priority.
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