Minnesota Vikings Have Too Many Problems To Count

By Andrew Fisher
Minnesota Vikings
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Where to even start with the Minnesota Vikings‘ troubles? The obvious starting point is at quarterback. There’s been no consistency from the position all season, no matter who’s been taking the snaps. Many fans thought Christian Ponder would come back strong on Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers, but it just didn’t happen. On top of that, the Minnesota defense has been inconsistent and absolutely terrible on third down all season. Poor quarterback and defensive play, is simply not a recipe for success in the NFL.

There are tons of stats and notables I could list here to show you that the Vikings are terrible, but all you need to do is look at their record. This is a team that’s now 1-6 and most certainly dead in the water in 2013. Now it’s just a matter of possibly making a deal before the deadline to try and secure another draft pick for 2014.

One positive of the Vikings terrible season is the possibility that they could land a top pick in next year’s draft and maybe land a franchise QB. I suppose you can’t close the book on Josh Freeman quite yet, but the chances of him turning things around in a big way, are not good. He should probably start the rest of the season, just so the coaching staff can be sure, but I think we all know that he probably won’t be signed long-term.

When it comes to the coaching staff, that’s another thing with a ton of uncertainly surrounding it. At this rate, the entire staff is on notice. No one’s job should be safe. Bill Musgrave is marginal at best as an offensive coordinator and Leslie Frazier is looking more and more like a career-long defensive coordinator with each passing week.

The most frustrating part is that there’s quite a bit of talent on the Vikings’ roster. It’s a team that should be doing so much more. They haven’t reached a ‘blow it up’ point, but there are some pieces that need removed and obviously others that need to be added.


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