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Screw mathematically possible playoff chances, planning for next year needs to start now.

Well after today's demoralizing loss it's becoming pretty apparent that there's a lot more work to be done in order for this team to be competitive.  I won't go too in depth on these suggestions, so I'll leave it up to you guys to discuss.

1.  It's a pretty common phrase we've been hearing this season: "Fire Chilly."  His inability to lay down the iron fist on his players and let it be known that this is his team is costing us beyond the Brett Favre drama.

2.  Bring in a no nonsense coach a la Bill Cowher or Brian Billick.  The only man that fits the bill within the organization is Lesley Frazier.  Loved by the players and fans.  Would be a great option to replace Chilly if he is fired.

3.  Rebuild the offensive line.  Steve Hutchinson is the only player I would definitely want to stick around and maybe Phil Loadholt.  McKinnie, Sullivan, and the now done for the year Herrera have been underachieving and the chemistry with the line is sometimes non existent.

4.  Bring in some secondary help.  After today's roasting of Chris Cook and Asher Allen need I say more?  I know Cook is a rookie, but he isn't even ready to be a solid nickel back yet.  Maybe next year, but it was quite a disappointing performance.  Minnesota should also be putting tons of their healthcare dollars towards healing Cedric Griffin.  On a side note, Antoine Winfield isn't getting any younger despite his consistent play.

5.  This may be a touchy subject, but next Sunday needs to be the day where fans can hear Tavaris Jackson announced as the starting QB.  He may not light up the score board, but a change of pace will pay huge dividends to this team.  Just a reminder that in his last 5 starts (including the Philadelphia playoff debacle) he had 9 TD passes to 3 INTs.  The 58% completion wouldn't blow too many people away, but you have the give the man some credit for making progress.

6.  Test Joe Webb out in different game situations.  I'm pretty confident that he will never be a great NFL quarterback, but it would be nice to see what else he can do.  The Vikings could utilize him in a wildcat formation with Percy or Adrian in the backfield with him.  I also think it would be interesting to see what he can do in the return game.  He obviously wouldn't take Harvin's spot on kickoff returns, but I could see him dethroning Camarillo on punt returns.  He can be successful in this league, but most likely not as a full time quarterback.

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