So, many in the media as well as many of the Viking faithful are getting nervous. Why? Because they feel like the Vikings have a team that looks to be a superbowl contender. For some reason this realization brings with it a panic that "This might be our ony shot!!!" and "If we don't do it this year we are gonna be too old!!!"
Yes, it is true we may be a QB away from being superbowl favorites, but the real name of the game is not "Quick trade away everything for a decent QB under 30!!" but rather keep drafting the best athletes that you can and watch your team grow with roots strong enough to be a dynasty! The Patriots made no blockbuster deals with their team. Neither has the Steelers.
On the contrary, teams like the Cowboys trading for Roy Williams, and now likely, the Bears for trading for Jay Cutler have made themselves boom or bust for one season in many ways. Overpaying to patch up holes in your team leads to a weak foundation. Unless the patch turns out to be truly great (see Jared Allen) then your team ends up bad for quite a while.
People say the Vikes are getting too old and need to try to win it now. Well, one of those pro bowl players who got too old was Darren Sharper. He's gone now and does anyone think we're worse off at the position? Not really. We might be better even because we DRAFTED a replacement for him. Winfield and Pat Williams will be next to be replaced as they are getting up there, but we will do so, and at some point this team will have a QB who is a solid starter. Maybe its Sage Rosenfels or maybe its our 1st round pick in 2010 that we will have because we didn't trade for Cutler.
Long story short we can feel confident that the Vikes will be worth watching for a long time to come beacuse of good personnel moves by the front office.
Bears?.........not so much.....
Best of luck this year Chicago. It might be your only shot.