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wont be good for frazier if vikings have another dismal year.


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Mothman wrote:
I found this piece at NFL.com dating back to July 9th but it's al labout expectations for the Vikes this year so it pertains to the subject of this thread.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d8 ... s-for-2012

Several of the writers/experts/pundits (call them what you like) at NFL.com seem to think the Vikes are a prime candidate to end up with the first pick in the 2013 draft. Sadly, that's far from impossible but it would be disappointing (the poor season, not the pick itself).

I'm still more or less where I was at 3 months ago regarding the Vikes record. I think 8-8 is possible but it would be a very impressive leap forward. 6-10, which would double last season's win total, would be a nice improvement but I'm not sure this is even a 6-10 roster. Frazier has his work cut out for him and even if he does an excellent coaching job, he might have a hard time coaxing 6 wins out of this team. The Vikes will need their best players to stay healthy and deliver some of their best football if they're going to win 6 games or more. I'm beginning to think 4-5 wins is more realistic.


I would have expected an improvement of some sort this season, but after watching the starting Viking defense against a solid, but unspectacular, 49er offense, I'd say they'll be lucky to get 3 wins again. Ponder and the offense look to be pedestrian. They'll probably improve as the season goes on, but if the defense is that bad they're going to just get pounded by the other offenses in the North.


Really after just the first meaningless game with most of the key starters not even playing you have come to that conclussion.
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CBS Sportsline has a Vikes season preview on their site now:

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/storylist/ ... ta-vikings

It's looks like a collection of pieces from different writers and it's not exactly optimistic. Here's their "insider's take":

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The Vikings are the fourth-best team in their division, and the chances of them climbing to say, third, are remote. For one, there's more talent at the three others within the NFC North. There's also a philosophical difference: The Vikings are rebuilding; the Packers, Lions and Bears are reloading. Second, the Vikings have significant shortcomings, especially in the secondary, where they just added new faces. Third, there's no assurance that Ponder can or will be a franchise quarterback. It's a critical season for the guy, the franchise and coach Leslie Frazier. The Vikings stood by Frazier after last year's 3-13 finish, and they believe in him. So do his players. But this process will take time -- which means time for Ponder to develop, time for Peterson to return to form and time for the defense to come together. Minnesota is young, and young teams need to mature. This team is no different. Bottom line: The Vikings are at least a season away from being a factor within their division.


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Mothman wrote:
CBS Sportsline has a Vikes season preview on their site now:

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/storylist/ ... ta-vikings

It's looks like a collection of pieces from different writers and it's not exactly optimistic. Here's their "insider's take":

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The Vikings are the fourth-best team in their division, and the chances of them climbing to say, third, are remote. For one, there's more talent at the three others within the NFC North. There's also a philosophical difference: The Vikings are rebuilding; the Packers, Lions and Bears are reloading. Second, the Vikings have significant shortcomings, especially in the secondary, where they just added new faces. Third, there's no assurance that Ponder can or will be a franchise quarterback. It's a critical season for the guy, the franchise and coach Leslie Frazier. The Vikings stood by Frazier after last year's 3-13 finish, and they believe in him. So do his players. But this process will take time -- which means time for Ponder to develop, time for Peterson to return to form and time for the defense to come together. Minnesota is young, and young teams need to mature. This team is no different. Bottom line: The Vikings are at least a season away from being a factor within their division.


Interesting read, and it's hard to disagree (overall, anyway) with their conclusions, but 3-13 projected record? C'mon, I'm fairly certain we aren't looking at a 10+ win season here, but I think the fact (alone) that Ponder actually gets a proper off-season and training camp will get us at least 4 wins. I think 5-6 wins is not unrealistic. I still think that's probably 4th in the Division, but we may have a shot at climibing into 3rd.

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Interesting read, and it's hard to disagree (overall, anyway) with their conclusions, but 3-13 projected record? C'mon, I'm fairly certain we aren't looking at a 10+ win season here, but I think the fact (alone) that Ponder actually gets a proper off-season and training camp will get us at least 4 wins. I think 5-6 wins is not unrealistic. I still think that's probably 4th in the Division, but we may have a shot at climibing into 3rd.


I agree on all counts but I can't argue that a 3-13 record is a distinct possibility too. If Ponder stays healthy and is genuinely improved, that alone could help the team get a few more wins but the defense still has serious questions up the middle and in the back 7. I'm not sure the Vikes have a legitimate starting DT other than Kevin Williams or a legitimate starting MLB at all. Even if Smith works out, that might only give them one good safety. The depth is thin at a number of key positions so the Vikes need to hope the starters at those positions remain healthy. If they don't, it could very ugly again. I just hope it doesn't go in that direction...


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