Reading up on anything Vikings related, I'm not so sure of that many changes that will be made. I, myself have been one of the people more critical of OC Bill Musgrave for instance. I was sure not that long ago he would be out and someone, surely better would be in, but who? After all as they say, if it isn't broke don't fix it-although I think there are some things that need "tweeking". Minnesota did finish 10-6, seven wins better than the year before. I for one have always thought the 2011 Vikings were a lot better than their record showed, either way there were vast improvements.
Maybe keeping Musgrave wouldn't be all that bad; his play calling certainly improved the last four games of the regular season. His job performance was more than questionable the following game in the playoffs, though looking closer he wasn't the only one that didn't have his best day and without Ponder (yes Ponder), the chances of victory were slim. So if a new OC is brought in, how good will he be and how long will it take for everyone to get on the same page? I really think Minnesota is in a spot, depending on the system that is installed; are the GM and HC really going to take the chance on possibly setting a 10-6 team back that has the greatest running back of all time in his prime, hungry for 2,500 yards next year? Take that into consideration with the ongoing rumors about Percy Harvin, as well as that there are a significant amount of Minnesota fans that want at least an average, probably veteran QB brought in to push or compete with Ponder.
If management can make it work with the right guy as far as a new OC, I am on board. As far as Ponder, and I was very critical of him, especially mid season; I think he does need to start the 2013 season. It does appear to me he is getting better. Those last four games he played, it looked like the game was finally starting to slow down for him. As far as Percy, I think not locking him up would be a huge mistake. Sure they could get draft picks, but Troy Williamson was a first round draft pick. Harvin is not just a sure thing; he and Adrian Peterson are the two best skill position players in the entire league. Some would argue the two best period.
I have confidence in what Spielman will do in the draft and think he will do better in free agency, maybe actually making a splash or two. I believe this team is already good and on the way to being great. might end up next year with about the same record, but be in a lot better position to go deep into the playoffs. I would look for some of the assistant and lower rung coaches to be replaced. If they decide to go with Musgrave next year, I would definitely hire someone damn good as Musgrave's assistant so that if it does start to fall apart next year there is someone that has been working with the team that can step up and push the offense to get the most out of the players' abilities.
In short, Minnesota may decide to keep Musgrave, but he has to improve and adapt better to the game and the personnel he has at his disposal. I've been a critic, but if they are going to keep you on board Musgrave; pick up the pace and if they bring in someone else, the bar(however high or low as fans see it), is already set and no one is going to stand for this offense to regress with the amount of talent there is to work with.
Whoever the guy is next year, lets blow this thing up, you do have AP and hopefully Percy Harvin, with guys like Wright and Rudolph on the rise, not to mention an improving offensive line. I think we can become an offense that can throw 30 points up a game no problem and hope so, because I'm not just looking at playoffs in 2013; I'm looking at the Superbowl and do believe the Vikings can do it.