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5 Reasons Why Minnesota Vikings Won’t Win NFC North In 2014

5 Reasons Why Minnesota Vikings Won't Win NFC North In 2014

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During the offseason, every NFL team has high hopes and expectations. Unfortunately, of the 32 NFL teams, only 12 teams will qualify for the playoffs and only one team will be crowned Super Bowl champions, leaving every other team disappointed.

Here are five reasons why the Minnesota Vikings won't win the NFC North division in 2014.

5. Competitive Division

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5. Competitive Division

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With all four teams making improvements this offseason, the NFC North is set to be one of the most competitive divisions in the entire NFL in 2014. Green Bay, Chicago and Detroit all appear to be stronger teams than Minnesota on paper, which should make winning the NFC North this season a difficult feat for the Vikings.

4. Slow Player Development

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4. Slow Player Development

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It is no secret that the Vikings have a number of young players on their roster who have merely scratched the surface of their full potential. However, key players such as Xavier Rhodes, Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater are likely a few years away from reaching this potential, which will make it difficult for the Vikings to contend with teams with players who are fully developed.

3. Subpar Defense

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3. Subpar Defense

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While the Vikings did make a number of upgrades on defense and hired a defensive mastermind in Mike Zimmer to coach their team, there simply is not enough star power at every level of the defense to make this a formidable unit. Players such as Linval Joseph, Captain Munnerlyn and Harrison Smith are excellent building blocks, but it takes at least 11 men to form a solid defense.

2. Impact of Coaching Changes Takes Time

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2. Impact of Coaching Changes Takes Time

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Mike Zimmer and Norv Turner appear to be the right guys to make this franchise relevant again, but their difficult schemes will take time for the players to fully learn and be comfortable with. While Zimmer and Turner are geniuses in their own right, it should not be expected that one or both coaches will be able to transform their respective side of the ball into a top-tier unit overnight.

1. Average Quarterback Play

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1. Average Quarterback Play

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Whether it is a developing year for Teddy Bridgewater or if Matt Cassel is leading the charge, quarterback likely will not be a position of strength for the Vikings in 2014. Cassel has proven to be an average starting quarterback in the NFL and Bridgewater, though talented, cannot be expected to play like a Pro Bowler in his rookie season. With Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler and Matthew Stafford in the division, average quarterback play is not enough.

Robert Reidell is a Minnesota Vikings Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+