How the Vikings should rebuild
Identifying necessary changes, both in the front office and on the field
Some regression would have been natural for the Minnesota Vikings after they surprised even themselves by finishing 10-6 last season. Alas, "some regression" was not supposed to devolve into using three starting quarterbacks during a 1-5 start to the 2013 season. But that's the Vikings' reality as they prepare for their Sunday night home game against the Green Bay Packers in Week 8.
However, all is not lost. The Vikings do have some building blocks in place for the future. But as ESPN.com's Matt Williamson and Mike Sando explain, the issues facing Minnesota could justify a coaching change, at the least.
In addition, Williamson and Sando discuss Adrian Peterson's future and why the Josh Freeman "experiment" could be doomed even if it succeeds. They also recommend an ideal coaching candidate if the team does move on from the current staff.
Do the Vikings need a new general manager and/or head coach?
Williamson: I don't think I'd fire GM Rick Spielman, but I might not bring back coach Leslie Frazier. There were 4-5 teams that had exceptional 2012 draft classes and I felt like the Vikings were one of them. They got a good left tackle, a starting safety and even a great kicker. They also had three first-round draft picks this year. So, from those two draft classes, there is a nucleus and the front office is finding young talent. They have generally done a good job of drafting except for the Christian Ponder selection. However, there has been a knee-jerk move or two, like forcing the Greg Jennings signing out of desperation.
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