Mothman wrote: Yes, after winning a Super Bowl and going to back-to-back Super Bowls. They had cap issues, made tough choices and it's not working out for them up front but this season isn't in a bubble.
By all means, take a closer look at Seattle but look deeper than the present. They're a team that hired a new head coach and GM in 2010. They built an elite defense, built a strong, effective o-line that could move people and create holes for their power running back, found and developed a franchise QB and won a Super Bowl within 4 years. They nearly won 2 in a row.
It's not impossible. Nobody thinks it's easy. Nobody thinks there are a bunch of magical extra draft picks out there that make it easy. It's about decision-making: get the right coach, draft the right QB, make the right choices and yes, have a bit of luck. Above all, hire the right GM.
Spielman's been in MN for a decade and the Vikes have only tasted post-season success once yet people defend him as if he's been a builder of champions.
Just like you said to me, nobody said he's been a "builder of champions". Clearly you missed the part where I said, by all means he has made his mistakes. It's just I'm not going to sit here and complain and beat a dead horse when he's built an elite defense and got killed by injuries on the offensive side and say he's some bum for a GM and we need a new one. Nobody knows what the offense would've looked like if we had Teddy who looked solid in the offseason, the leagues leading rusher and the two most important positions back in the OL no matter how bad people think Kalil and Smith are. Everyone wants to refer to the past two years and how the offense hasn't been good. It's easy to sit here and say it's terrible now. Look what's happened.