Okay so I have read a few hundred posts on this most excellent site in the last few months an I felt like it was time for me to chime in. First off I BLEED PURPLE !!!!!................like my father has for years so I guess I am what you would call "emotionally invested" in this team. I have seen the good (1998 an 2010 being the foremost in my memory) an the bad (THIS YEAR......Mike Tice , chili , an even though I don't dislike him a few Denny Years). I really feel like the Vikingsare in dire need of some serious changes starting at the top including GM (WHO THE HELL RUNS THIS TEAM !!!! TOA IS RIDICULOUS!!). So I thought it would be fun to see what us as vikes fans would do to change or mold the future of this franchise if we had the opportunity , so here's my thoughts an I hope to see many from my fellow Norsemen.
First off if we don't at least win 3 more games I think Frasier needs to go, he simply seems over his head during crucial times in these games...ala San Diego an especially Detroit an Tampa. Its not that I don't think hes capable it just might be the wrong time for him to have the reins....he needs more time an the vikes do not have that in this division , I believe we need to get a proven winner ( very hard to find i know ,even harder to bring to minny) I am in favor of the obvious choices like Gruden or Cower but what about Bilick an thats to say nothing of getting a good GM. There are also some good college coaches ( Chip Kelly ) that could make a jump to the next level an be successful. I know finding the right mix of coaching an management is really hard to find but if we go 2-14 or 3-13 folks this could be the worst team the vikes have ever had an I just think we are better than that, not playoff better but better.
Free agency.................. I think the vikes need to let go of winfield an shaincoe for sure. I really love both of these players but they both have had injury problems an are getting older, not to mention winfield is due around 7million an shank is a free agent whom has a great young prospect ready to start behind him. EJ an hutch have a case to be made for not resigning or in hutchs case just letting go ( if he wont renegotiate his contract). In the same sentence I could say there is a case to keep them both because who do we have to replace either? The answer is no one but what does it matter we are officially rebuilding people an we need to see what we got in the young fellas an cap money to sign the holes that will need filling in 2 years. In any regard I think the biggest hole we need to fill in free agency is cornerback. We got no one an jus when Mr. cook was starting to become a player to ...sigh..... Cortland Finneganwould be at the top of my list , hes a good physical corner who has attitude an would fit our system to a T. Beyond that maybe a reciever ( wallace , jackson, welker, bowe, jackson, colston, garcon) there are many young recievers out there who could impact this team dramatically, an Ziggy has nevver shyed away from a big name free agent ( Bart Favre).
Draft...............WE NEED A LEFT TACKLE!!!!!!............If I had to pick 1 position on this team that we need the most to me its no contest that we take a left tackle( which by looking at the remaining games an our record we will get 1 of the blue cip tackles in this draft). Its a no brainer with having a young QB, who at this rate may not even make it through the season the way he is getting pounded, an a running back named Peterson that this may be the fastest way to make this offense gel. If for some reason we dont get a top 5 pick an both tackles are gone (Kalil, an I still like martin) take the kid from LSU or the best reciever on the board. The rest of the draft load up on O Linemen an D-backs unless someone jumps out (Rudolph last year).
Ponder.............. I truly don't know if this guy is the future of this franchise but thus far I have seen nothing outside rookie mistakes that would say hes not. Lets be honest he may be starting for one of the 3 worst teams in the league, an maybe the worst offensive line. Even though we lost against the raiders he played good enough to get us back in that game without our best player an that should at least give us hope. Ponder has no receiver's (outside of harvin if you consider him a receiver), a horrible offensive line, an a coaching staff that has got simply out coached in at least 3 games. Again I don't know if hes the future for sure but I am willing to bet this kid has alot of football left in him, an for the record my gut tells me hes gonna be a very good qb some day.
So thats it for me in a nutshell , its my first post or blog or whatever on here so I hope someone reads it an gives me some feedback on my take an what my fellow vikes fans would do with this team. STILL BLEEDING PURPLE 4 LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SKOL VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PACKERS STILL SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!