Relieved Vikings express confidence for 2012

The Minnesota Vikings figured to be as vulnerable to the effects

of the NFL lockout as any other team, with a first-year head coach,

a rookie quarterback and a new offense to install.

They had a lot to lose during the dispute and lose is exactly

what they did once the season started. Their 3-13 record matched

the worst in the franchise’s 51-year history.

The roster needs significant upgrades. Coach Leslie Frazier’s

staff could turn over. Big changes on offense and defense will be

considered as quarterback Christian Ponder preps for his second NFL

season.

The team is counting on having running back Adrian Peterson

ready for next season after reconstructive surgery on his left knee

last week. And there are big questions on defense.