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Viking View: Déjà Vu All Over Again (10/18/2006)
By Patrick Marek
I never thought I'd write the words again, but here they are. Denny Green should be fired immediately! After enjoying a rare and wonderful stress free weekend of bye-week football, I settled in to watch the Cardinals get mauled by the Monsters of the Midway. After the excruciating pre-game show that anointed the current Bears team as the reincarnation of the "Superbowl Shuffle" squad, I started to think: "Isn't this the team that the Vikings should have beaten? Don't the Bears start Rex Grossman at quarterback? Is it possible that Mike Ditka could have been more obnoxious?"

Needless to say, after Matt Leinart launched two first quarter touchdown passes and the Cardinal's defense started playing like heroes, I became an Arizona fan for the evening. It proved to be a horrible mistake.

Even with the Cardinals ahead by the seemingly insurmountable margin of 23-10 with one second left in the third quarter, I couldn't shake a feeling of impending doom that I finally identified. This team is Vikings' Lite! Put them in purple and you'd have a hard time telling the difference from the team that gives us heartburn in the Metrodome. Besides the fact that the Cardinals roster is stocked with Vikings castoffs like Robert Griffin, Troy Walters, and of course Denny Green, they seem to share the same playbook.

You know what I'm talking about. The slow developing run plays that start five to eight yards behind the line of scrimmage. Edgerrin James looking like a poor man's Chester Taylor. How about the quick toss to the sidelines that never works, or the drive killing illegal procedure and holding penalties? Then of course there were the offensive line and special team's breakdowns that allowed the Bears to come back and take the lead despite the fact that their quarterback had six turnovers and their offense couldn't muster a touchdown.

Then to top things off Neil Rackers, last season's most accurate field goal kicker, trots on and does his best Gary Anderson imitation...missing a chip shot field goal with the game on the line, for the second week in a row no less. Throughout the whole stomach churning affair, Denny Green, the smartest guy in the stadium, patrolled the sidelines, clipboard in hand, dreaming of his secret plan for world domination.

Here's the horrible news. The Vikings are still Denny Green's team. They are sloppy underachievers who will show just enough signs of life to capture our hearts, only to dash our hopes in the most cruel fashion possible. Our only hope is for Coach Childress to pull a George Costanza. Before every play he should ask himself: "What would Denny do?" and then do the exact opposite.

It's our only hope. 

 

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