A Time For a Vikings Fan To Vent: The Problems In Minnesota

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IMarch 22, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 14:  Head Coach Brad Childress of the Minnesota Vikings yells from the sideline during their NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 14, 2008 in Glendale, Arizona. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 35-14. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

I've had the idea to put my thoughts out to the world for quite some time now. I sat on my bed thinking of the potential the Vikings have to be a Super Bowl contender. My good thought was instantly ruined when I realized Minnesota has never won a Super Bowl.

You've been in the league since 1961, yet you have no Super Bowl wins! What is up with that? The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six titles already. Is the need to fail in the clutch something that you covet? We are sick of the phrase "Maybe next year..."

Can we do something to fix this problem?

How about you have the best running back in the league along with a great offensive line. Is that good enough?

How about a tremendous defense, who holds opposing running backs to under 80 yards per game? That still can't get you past the second round?

I can think of several teams that went further in the playoffs this year that have less-talented players on their team.

What is the problem then? Lack of a strong head coach? Get over it!

Mike Smith led the Falcons to a 11-5 record. He was a rookie head coach. Brad Childress is not the problem. The Falcons had a new running back and a rookie quarterback leading their team. Somehow, Atlanta made the playoffs.

For those of you who like to blame everybody but the actual team, face the facts. A lack of chemistry is the problem.

If you bring in a new quarterback to lead your team every year, you will not succeed. What is preventing the Vikings from getting a quarterback with equal success to Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?

I've heard every single rumor about Jay Cutler over the past couple of weeks. I, quite frankly, am fed up with all of it. He's a great quarterback, but in no way is he royalty. Nobody is un- trade-able. Big deal, Josh McDaniels wanted to hear what they would offer.

If the Colts were offered first round picks from the Lions for the next 10 years for Peyton Manning, they would do it. No deal will ever be that good, but it still goes to show that a player can be traded for the price.

You want Jay Cutler to be a Minnesota Viking? I do too. Wake up and smell the coffee, he won't be on the team next season or any season for that matter. Don't go out writing articles about how the Vikings should get him, when somebody posted the same thing the day before. I'm not telling you to stop writing articles on him all together. All I ask is that you come up with your own ideas.

For example, I posted an article called "Vince Young and Matt Leinart on Vikings' Radar?" the next day there was a new article about Matt Leinart possibly going to Minnesota. Don't break off pieces of other articles to make it into your own. Do you know what that is? It's plagiarism.

I sit around for days coming up with my own ideas. The Vikings seven round mock draft idea was made by me. I did not see anybody else doing anything reasonably close. To my surprise, nobody went and copied my idea. I appreciate those of you who didn't plagiarize my work.

By now you think that I need to grow up and just deal with it. Perhaps I need to, but I won't go out without stating the opinions and feelings that I have.

Back to the reason for this article. The Vikings are one of those teams that wants to spend as little cash as possible to sign somebody. A couple million dollars more would have landed the Viks T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Sadly, they couldn't make the move, and he is now a Seattle Seahawk.

Zygi Wolf, quit being a penny-pincher. You think that Sidney Rice scares any player in the opposing secondary? The only person that is afraid of him is himself.

Also for those of you who say that the Vikings need a star quarterback, no they don't. Minnesota is not about finding a pro-bowler at the quarterback position. What they need is a leader.

Daunte Culpepper was the closest thing we had to success leading the team. A devastating ACL injury ended his season in 2005. Do you know where he is now? Leading the abysmal Detroit Lions.

Sage Rosenfels hasn't had much time to display the skills that he may have. So, you write him off because he's not a big name. Who are you to judge? You haven't seen the guy play for the Vikings yet. What if he leads us to a 12-4 record? Will you then take back your words?

Call me a hypocrite if you must. I am not pleased with the quarterback situation as it is, because I feel that we could easily have a better quarterback yet we refuse to not sign one. We are stuck with what we have right now, and that is how the cookie crumbles.

If Gus Frerotte can win us eight games, can you imagine what a somewhat talented quarterback can do for us? Sage Rosenfels is much better than Gus, in my opinion. Disagree with that if you want, but take a strong look at Gus' stats from last season.

I'm just tired with the Vikings signing players that used to be good, and players that have a hint of potential on other teams and are not re-signed, only to be signed by the Vikings.

Visanthe Shiancoe was a decent player with the Giants, and where we are right now, he's a pretty darn good tight end. He started out slow, but really turned it on this past year. I'm proud of him, and I am one of the many that wrote him off as a bust acquisition.

It just shocks me why the Vikings don't succeed more than they should. Their team is full of great players. The only area that concerns me a lot is the secondary, which seems to be improving. I believe Tyrell Johnson will one day be a pro-bowler. I'm starting to display my expertise at "homerism".

I want to believe that this year will be different, but I am done. I am done convincing myself that this will be the year we make it to the promise-land. I'm going to let the chips fall where they may. Case in point, whatever happens, happens.

I'm one of those fans that is going to be in it through thick and thin. I have seen the highs and the lows. I've only been on this beautiful planet for 15 years old. In those 15 years, I have fallen in love with a football team.

Ever heard of the phrase "If you love it so much why don't you marry it?", I have. If I were able to marry the Minnesota Vikings, I would. I'm speaking hypothetically. I would teach them wrong from right. I would tell them what they need to do to be terrific.

I, am in no way, saying that I'm smarter than Brad Childress or the Viks front office, because I am not. I probably don't know half of the things that they do. If us fans could have our way, things would be much different on this team.

My fingers have started to cramp up. I have much more to say, but I will hold off. If you feel the need to comment me saying "The Vikings will do none of the things that you have mentioned here. They suck!", save it. I don't need to hear that. Please, tell me something that I don't know.

There is a reason that I'm the number one writer for this franchise. It's not by the number of articles I write. It's not by how many reads or comments they get. It's me displaying to the world what I know. I hope to remain on top for as long as I live.

One day I hope to raise a family of Tanner Jr's., and have a beautiful wife. I hope to be a sports writer for ESPN the Magazine. This is the dream I've had since I was 5 years old.

I want to write about the one team that has made my life what it is today. That team wears purple and gold on Sundays. That team has no Lombardi trophies, only 4 NFC Championship trophies. That team is one of the more respected franchises in the NFL today.

The team I have described is one of the biggest failures in NFL history. The team I cheer for every single week is the Minnesota Vikings.

Make it right in Minneapolis. Work with what you have. No more screwing up the opportunities that you receive. Work harder than any team ever has, and bring a title home to Minnesota. Win one for the fans who have cried over you, and to the fans who would give anything to see "Vikings win first Super Bowl in franchise history!", headline on sports section.

To sum it up, the time for winning is now. We aren't in re-building mode. We are in winning mode now, and party later mode. Just don't party too hard. None of us want another boat scandal incident.

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