Hi. My name is CCNorsemen, and I'm a Vikings fan (crowd: Hi CCNorsemen). After watching a very entertaining Vikings season back in 2004, I decided to declare my fandom for the Vikings starting in 2005. While I haven't had to deal with disappointment nearly as long as those old timers that have been with the team since the beginning, but I've had my fair share. My first year of truly rooting for the Vikings, the team had just traded Randy Moss, had arguably the worst draft in Vikings history, Daunte Culpepper blew out his knee during the season, and the team finished with a winning record of 9-7, but still missed the playoffs. Talk about turmoil.
It's been a long ride since then. We've endured a 3-win season, a heart-breaking loss in the NFC Championship game, and our fair share of disappointment. But for some reason, today feels every bit as terrible as all those other losses. I don't know why, but this game felt as much as a "guaranteed win" as we've had in a really long time. I never expected the Browns to actually muster a win in this situation. I mean, just think about it. We have the reigning MVP in Adrian Peterson, an under-performing squad that had lost two close games against tough divisional rivals on the road. But we never felt totally out of the game. We had our season opener against a Browns team that lost their starting QB, traded their star running back, and were starting a 3rd string QB. How could we lose?
How easily I forgot that I am a Vikings fan. Disappointment is our lot in life. Always.
After today's game, I am convinced of two things:
1. We need an entirely new coaching staff. All of it. Scrap it, and start over. Frazier doesn't have "it" and he is continually out-coached and out-gamed planned week in and week out. Musgrave couldn't play-call his way out of a paper-bag, and ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME ALAN WILLIAMS getting burned by the exact same play at the end of the game two weeks in a row. Really? REALLY? Two fake kicks. Guh.
2. Now that we are 0-3, we are in the conversation for the worst record in the NFL, and a Top 5 draft pick. It's time to polish up those mock drafting skills and begin thinking about our next QB draft prospect, and our next starting CB.
So how do we deal with disappointment? We look to the future. We've had 2 really excellent drafts the past 2 years, but this roster has not been totally re-transformed yet. Let the prognostications begin...