My initial feeling is that I do not like the Vikings or there prospects for success this year. Why? Several reasons. Brad Johnson. I know he won a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers, but Gruden had the Raiders play book. Besides, that Buc team had a power running attack in Michael Pittman and Mike Alstott, plus a pass catching tight end in Ken Dilger and two tall possession receivers in Keyshawn Johnson and Joe Jurevicius. The Bucs also had one of the best defenses in the league. In fact, the MVP of that game was a free safety.
So this year’s Vikings don’t have any of that except for a version of Brad Johnson that is four years older. The running back situation is a mess and the wide receivers could be decent, but cannot expected to be great – not even Koren Robinson.
The Vikings will not be able to run through or around people – and they won’t be able to pass over the top. They’ll need an opportunistic defense to turn the ball over and create field position. That approach has not worked too well for this franchise since the 1970’s when Tarkenton and Foreman were on the field. And Brad Johnson is no Sir Francis.
Postscript: Chester Taylor has remedied the situation with the running game. Brad Childress appears to have a crystal clear vision of the type of team the Vikings will become. After a tough home loss to the Bears, it will be interesting to see how the team rebounds. The Vikings do have enough veterans to keep it together, but that’s been said before. The Vikings, as a franchise, have also had some serious mid-season swoons. The jury is still out.
Post-postscript: The Vikings began the season 2-0. They finished the season by losing 8 of their last 10 games. Final record: 6-10. Chester Taylor’s greatest moment was opting out of a game because he was “sore.” It’s understandable. Recurring car wrecks have that effect – and it certainly motivated the Vikings to draft standout Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson.