by Bob and Brad Sula
Watching the playoff games this weekend just doesn’t feel right not having the Minnesota Vikings going against their division rivals in the NFC Championship after falling short against the San Francisco 49er’s. Being a Viking’s Fan, this upset is nothing new to us. Year after year, they always seem to provide that spark of hope to get you saying, “This year may be the year!” But in proper Minnesota fashion they always seem to drop the ball.
The past five years under Mike Zimmer’s tenure have been some excellent seasons that just did not have the outcomes we all had hoped for. In 2015 we had the infamous Blair Walsh 27-yard field goal attempt. In 2017, we had the Minneapolis Miracle that led to a pounding in Philadelphia by Nick Foles and the Eagles. This year was the upset in New Orleans where the Vikings took the W against the Saints in the Wild Card round in the 2019 Playoffs. They then traveled to San Francisco to take on Jimmy Garapolo and the 49er’s only to come up short 10-27.
After all of this losing, you start to wonder when will the drought end? When will the Minnesota Vikings finally bring the Lombardi Trophy to Minnesota? We can always hope for next year.
Coming into the contract year for Zimmer and Spielman, success this year is even more mandatory. The offense is there, but we just need some restructuring upfront with the offensive line. The offensive line had a low ranking this year. The Vikes had two players on the line rank 30th or lower in pass defense. With Cousins’ pocket presence, we need maximum protection for him to get work done. With many players coming into contract year, they’ll need to prove their worth to resign.
Zimmer has some decisions to make on defense, especially with Trae Waynes, Anthony Harris and Everson Griffen who are all coming up on their contracts. Two key re-signs are Griffen and Harris. Griffen for his personality and leadership in the locker room and Harris for his performance.
The structure of the team is there, coaching, personnel, fanbase, but we just can’t seem to get over that Conference Championship Hump. With just a few tweaks to the team you could have a super bowl caliber team that could compete with anyone and after watching the Chiefs end their 50 Year Super Bowl Drought this weekend, its our time.