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singersp
03-16-2006, 02:01 PM
Posted on Tue, Mar. 14, 2006

Vikings' makeover in full swing

BY BOB SANSEVERE
St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Vikings are busy remodeling these days. They're moving walls and adding offices at their Winter Park facility. They're also renovating the roster.

The latest alteration didn't involve a new shade of carpet. It involved Daunte Culpepper. Just like old wallpaper that everyone tired of, Culpepper is history. The Vikings traded him Tuesday to the Miami Dolphins for a second-round draft pick. And now look at the new-look Vikings. They could be an episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

This is not the team fans came to love and loathe during the past few seasons.

Less than 13 months ago, Red McCombs was the owner. Mike Tice was the coach.

Randy Moss was the star receiver. Culpepper was the franchise quarterback.

They're all gone now, reduced to lines of type in the team's media guide.
What a difference a sale, a firing and a couple of trades can make. The last time a region saw this much change, the Ice Age hit.

McCombs, Tice, Moss and Culpepper all left us with memories, though not nearly enough worth cherishing. McCombs will be remembered mostly as a skinflint who warbled "Purple Pride" far too often. Tice was the coach who would win some and lose far too many. Moss played when he wanted to play.

And Culpepper, well, he was bigger than most quarterbacks and stronger than most quarterbacks. He showed us size and strength aren't what wins games or championships.

Things have changed so much since McCombs purchased Vikings. He didn't make any sweeping moves in his first year. Zygi Wilf is taking a bulldozer to the team. Moss is the only one of the Former Four whose departure was not directly related to Wilf. It was more indirect. Tice knew there would be a new owner soon, and he decided he didn't want to be stuck with a self-absorbed, team-chemistry-fracturing malcontent such as Moss in what could be - and ultimately turned out to be - his final season as coach.

If there was even a shred of doubt that Wilf wanted a massive overhaul of this team, it disappeared with the Culpepper trade.

Wilf and his handpicked coach, Brad Childress, will be able to take the credit, or blame, for how the Vikings perform from here on out.

This is their team, their era. I can't argue with trading Culpepper. If he had a healthy knee and a healthier outlook toward his bosses, I'd feel differently. But the uncertainty about whether his knee would allow him to be the player he once was, coupled with his attitude, made this move the right move.

Immediately after Childress became coach, he let everyone in the organization know he doesn't ever want to hear, "This is the way we've been doing it."

Things will be done his way. And anyone who doesn't abide by his way will soon go away. That had to be part of Childress' appeal to Wilf. They're both authoritarians. Wilf got that way building a billion-dollar development company. Childress had run-ins with Terrell Owens when he was the Philadelphia Eagles' offensive coordinator, and it apparently stripped away any tolerance he had for obstinacy and insubordinate behavior.

Culpepper's refusal to move back to Minnesota to rehab his knee and learn the new offense did not endear him to Childress or Wilf. They refuse to do what Tice and, before him, Denny Green did. Winter Park has become a no-coddle zone.

So Tuesday, the Vikings' alumni got its latest member. And the Vikings and their fans got a better idea of how the team will look in 2006.

Unless there's a trade to bring in a starting quarterback, Brad Johnson will run the Vikings' offense. There are Brad bashers out there, but Johnson won't lose games the way Culpepper did early last season. He's steady and reliable, and he helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win a Super Bowl running a similar offense.

Actually, with the acquisition of running back Chester Taylor, the re-signing of wide receiver Koren Robinson and the likely addition of all-pro guard Steve Hutchinson, the Vikings' offense could be far more productive than the Buccaneers' offense was the year Tampa Bay won it all.

It will have to be like that because the Vikings' defense isn't going to be anywhere near as dominant as Tampa Bay's defense was during its championship season.

Childress is working on improving the defense but so far has added only an unheralded linebacker named Ben Leber. The Vikings still need a standout linebacker in the Derrick Brooks mold, a defensive end who can torment quarterbacks and a strong safety.

There still are plenty of renovations to be done.

Vikings' makeover in full swing (http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/14099327.htm)

Lotza
03-16-2006, 02:22 PM
nice read there singer.

Prophet
03-16-2006, 02:31 PM
"singersp" wrote:

...Actually, with the acquisition of running back Chester Taylor, the re-signing of wide receiver Koren Robinson and the likely addition of all-pro guard Steve Hutchinson, the Vikings' offense could be far more productive than the Buccaneers' offense was the year Tampa Bay won it all.

It will have to be like that because the Vikings' defense isn't going to be anywhere near as dominant as Tampa Bay's defense was during its championship season.

Childress is working on improving the defense but so far has added only an unheralded linebacker named Ben Leber. The Vikings still need a standout linebacker in the Derrick Brooks mold, a defensive end who can torment quarterbacks and a strong safety.

There still are plenty of renovations to be done.

And...there is still plenty of time, money, and opportunity to make those renovations.

ThaSuperFreak33
03-16-2006, 06:59 PM
But will we make them

V4L
03-16-2006, 07:03 PM
I agree with this..

Resigning K-rob and getting Chester and Hutch were huge pick ups this offseason..

We got all new coaches too which is huge

We could still make more changes too

olson_10
03-16-2006, 07:18 PM
"Prophet" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

...Actually, with the acquisition of running back Chester Taylor, the re-signing of wide receiver Koren Robinson and the likely addition of all-pro guard Steve Hutchinson, the Vikings' offense could be far more productive than the Buccaneers' offense was the year Tampa Bay won it all.

It will have to be like that because the Vikings' defense isn't going to be anywhere near as dominant as Tampa Bay's defense was during its championship season.

Childress is working on improving the defense but so far has added only an unheralded linebacker named Ben Leber. The Vikings still need a standout linebacker in the Derrick Brooks mold, a defensive end who can torment quarterbacks and a strong safety.

There still are plenty of renovations to be done.

And...there is still plenty of time, money, and opportunity to make those renovations.
and the draft

ejmat
03-16-2006, 07:27 PM
Thanks for the read Singer. I really hope they staart going after quality LBs. Arrington and Peterson are both out there for the taking. They are playmakers and would be a good addition to the D.

I know there is still the draft but l wouldn't mind taking these players and still drafting. I don't mind having depth and suring up the special teams at the same time.

DCPologirl
03-16-2006, 07:30 PM
"Vikez4Lyfe" wrote:

I agree with this..

Resigning K-rob and getting Chester and Hutch were huge pick ups this offseason..

We got all new coaches too which is huge

We could still make more changes too

we don't have Hutch do we?

C-PepNSalt
03-16-2006, 07:41 PM
No guarantees on this one yet DCPologirl. Monday we'll know for sure. ( i think ? )