Hindsight is 20/20, but Vikings are 8-1

T.J. Houshmandzadeh signed with Seattle, unsure of Minnesota's QB setup.

By JUDD ZULGAD, Star Tribune

Many things appealed to T.J. Houshmandzadeh about the Vikings as they courted the free-agent wide receiver last winter.

Houshmandzadeh loved the Vikings' top-notch ground game that featured Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson and a solid offensive line that would open up things for the pass. He felt extremely comfortable with Vikings coach Brad Childress and wide receivers coach George Stewart. Heck, Houshmandzadeh even thought owner Zygi Wilf was "super cool."

But one thing bugged the veteran. "When it came down to it, I felt like the quarterback situation -- which kind of makes a receiver go -- it was a better situation here so I did what any receiver would do," Houshmandzadeh said.