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Webbigale2002
05-17-2006, 03:07 PM
Is anyone else excited about the complete makeover that the new ownership and coaching staff have given the Vikings? It feels as if they came in and wanted to completely wash their hands of the rocky past couple of years and start a new, fresh look Viking organization. New ownership....new coaching staff....NO NONSENSE (goodbye Daunte).......new uniforms....new attitude....new stadium in the works.... I am always looking forward to the start of a new Viking season, but this year feels different.....promising. I think the future holds great things, maybe not THIS year, but I haven't been quite this optimistic in 26 years of being a Viking fan. Let's hope so. SKOL!

Redrouster
05-17-2006, 03:21 PM
I really like the whole deal also. I just hope and pray this stadium thing goes. That would be tremendous for our organization. I do feel even though there are a lot of changes, they have been for the good. What I am really looking forward to is a rock solid "D".

SKOL

Prophet
05-17-2006, 03:23 PM
I agree WG, the changes were desperately needed. Many of us are cautiously optimistic.

COJOMAY
05-17-2006, 03:41 PM
"Prophet" wrote:

I agree WG, the changes were desperately needed. Many of us are cautiously optimistic.

That's an excellent phrase for the way I feel, too.

VikesfaninWis
05-17-2006, 04:20 PM
Very excited, yet not overly excited.. We were all like this at the start of last season, and it came back to bite us in the a$$. Now if everything works out like it should, then we will be very happy Viking fans.. Hopefully that is what happens.

BadlandsVikings
05-17-2006, 04:23 PM
I'm causiously excited. I don't want to get my hopes to high yet. We just need to take one day at a time.

jaymz7
05-17-2006, 04:27 PM
I am excited and am really looking forward to this season.

JDogg926
05-17-2006, 04:47 PM
I'd say it's a mixed bag. Yes, excited, but also nervous. I'm trying not to get my expectations too high. The odds are against us, in that rarely does such a complete overhaul result in instant success. Also, our coaches, are relatively inexperienced, neither our head coach or either coordinator has been in that position before. Yes, they've all come from good systems, but that doesn't always translate into them being successful on their own. Also, the last time the Bears ran away with the division and came back the next year to stink it up, they didn't have Lovie Smith at coach. Also, while I'm excited about Chester Taylor being the 20-carry 16 game back we need, he's also never shouldered that workload for a full season yet, playing in the shadow of Jamal Lewis. If Birk stays healthy, and Hutchinson and McKinnie deliver, I think he'll be fine. But, it's hard to say he's capable of a 300+ carry season right now. I hope he is, but I don't know.

I think realistically, the Bears have the best shot at the division title. I think we'll compete with them, but they have the upper hand at this point. Although, I don't think there's much, if any, doubt we'll at least finish ahead of Detroit and Green Bay. Although, despite the loss of Javon Walker and non-retirement of Brett Favre the Packers did make some key additions on defense in Hawk and Woodson. Also, Martz at OC with Detroit is a little scary, but I thought the same thing about Mariucci as their Head coach. I just hope we stay healthy and at least make the playoffs.

The last time I had low expectations going into a season was 2000. Daunte's first year as starter, and that turned out to be one of the best 2 or 3 seasons we've had in the last 15 years or so. Hopefully this year's results will be similar.

PurplePeopleEaters
05-17-2006, 04:51 PM
"COJOMAY" wrote:

"Prophet" wrote:

I agree WG, the changes were desperately needed. Many of us are cautiously optimistic.

That's an excellent phrase for the way I feel, too.

Same here. Good wording prophet.

DCPologirl
05-17-2006, 05:33 PM
"Prophet" wrote:

I agree WG, the changes were desperately needed. Many of us are cautiously optimistic.

That;s a good way to put it!

ultravikingfan
05-17-2006, 05:47 PM
I am excited every year. Maybe a little more than the years past because of the changes we have made. No more air attacks and crap like that. Good play up front, a solid QB who does not turn the ball over, and an opportunistic defense that can hold a lead.

That my friends is the formula for winning games. Question is all you want, but it works and cannot be proven wrong. :wink:

Vikes_King
05-17-2006, 10:07 PM
at first, honestly i thought wilf was going way overboard with the amount of changes, and hated him for getting rid of cottrell & linehan, but then again, but thats sure as hell changed

zygi for prez

KorenWhiskey
05-17-2006, 10:13 PM
I am not quite as optimistic. I think it will take a feww games for the WCO to get going. Also, Have you seen the schedule? Holy Sh@t its tough. I still think the division is weak and if Chicago is the favorite, we have a chance because their offense is so weak.

Vikes_King
05-17-2006, 10:17 PM
yeah.. i think a part of me died when i looked at the schedual, but then it lightened up because im i dont want an easy schedual if what we want is to see what we're made of

if we play well this season with that match line up, no one can say it was a fluke

bigdaddy72_1
05-17-2006, 10:46 PM
Every fan or follower of any team will find things to be optimistic about, it's just human nature.

The thing I am really paying attention to right now is the new stadium issue. I was pleased to here that the "Commish" spoke to the legislative committee that is dealing with the new stadium bill. I think that of all people he can reall give that push over the top and help make this dream a reality.

This article really does a nice job of describing the whole event, http://www.minnesotavikings.com/news_detail_objectname_TagatHearing51606.html

Aberration
05-18-2006, 02:58 AM
I would say I'm optimistic but I find it hard to feel comfortable with a new approach on O and a new D. Havng said that our O should be better than last year when they were horrible and if the D can stay sort of healthy and get anything from the LB corps they can improve on their performances from the end of last year. If you look at the schedule compared to everyone else in the division... its the same! for better or worse we essentially play all the same teams as the Lions,Bears and Pack. I think all the anxiousness we all have is that there are so many unknowns, hopefully that means good things this year but for sure it means good things in the next years to come.

Vikes_King
05-18-2006, 03:08 AM
hopefully we have our crap together buy week 6 when we face the seahawks & burleson =)

V-Unit
05-18-2006, 03:23 AM
"Vikes_King" wrote:

hopefully we have our crap together buy week 6 when we face the seahawks & burleson =)Isn't that five weeks too late? Sure I mean there is a past with the Seahawks now, but we need to be ready by week one! Especially because we are on MNF, which is a much bigger deal than the Seahawks game.

Vikes_King
05-18-2006, 03:30 AM
we face the lions week 5, goes

at skins
panthers
bears
at bills
lions
at seahawks

and yeah =) we do need to be ready week one, i just kind of meant if it takes a while for our team to mesh well into these new systems with these new faces, i hope its by then =P

V-Unit
05-18-2006, 03:48 AM
"Vikes_King" wrote:

we face the lions week 5, goes

at skins
panthers
bears
at bills
lions
at seahawks

and yeah =) we do need to be ready week one, i just kind of meant if it takes a while for our team to mesh well into these new systems with these new faces, i hope its by then =PMeshing is what minicamps, training camps, and the preaseason is for. If we haven't meshed until week 6, that means starting the season 2-3 at best because we wouldn't stand a chance against the bears, skins, or panthers. I know what you mean, but they are football players, and not gelling is a lame excuse for playing badly. If we are not together on MNF in Washington that is unnacceptable. Baltimore last year was embarrassing enough.

Vikes_King
05-18-2006, 03:54 AM
yeah, i agree 100%, im just trying not to get my hopes up too much, as much as you know im praying and silently thinking we'll go 16-0 (haha.. ok maybe 10-6/11-5) but i just hated the way we started out last season, with our defense not stepping it up until mid season