Vikings to lean on defense, running game
Originally Published: May 12, 2005Scouts Inc.
The Vikings had no problem grabbing headlines this offseason. Head coach Mike Tice endured a very public Super Bowl ticket-scalping scandal. Then Reggie Fowler's bid to buy the team stalled, and now if Red McCombs does sell the team, there are strong indications Fowler will relinquish his role as lead investor to Zygmunt Wilf.
But aside from who sat in Tice's seats in Jacksonville and the mystery of who will be signing the Vikings' paychecks, the team made plenty of field-related news as well, improving its roster more than any team in the NFL.
The Eagles beat Minnesota in every phase of last year's NFC divisional playoff game, and following that 27-14 loss, the Vikings' coaching staff realized major changes were needed for them to become legitimate Super Bowl contenders. They started by purging themselves of their biggest headline grabber, wide receiver Randy Moss. Realizing he had become too much of a distraction and had worn out his welcome, the Vikings traded Moss to the Raiders for outside linebacker Napoleon Harris and first- and seventh-round picks in this year's draft. Then they turned to the defense.