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
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.