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    Training Camp start of new era for Vikes

    [size=18px]Training Camp start of new era for Vikes[/size]

    By Ben Stoterau / Sports Editor
    Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2006 3:30 PM CDT
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    New owners, a new coaching staff, a "new" quarterback, a new left guard, a new first round linebackerÃ…Â*

    I could go on and on, but renewal seems to be the theme of the Minnesota Vikings as they head into the start of training camp Thursday in Mankato.

    Let's face it, last season will not go down as the most memorable for the Vikings organization. Between naughty houseboat parties, whizzinator's and the demise of our beloved franchise quarterback - which included 1,000 INTs, 1,000 fumbles, three blown knee ligaments and a forced trade to Miami - I'm just glad it's all over.

    Despite a second half resurgence that saw the Vikes finish with a winning record (9-7 overall and 7-2 in its final nine games) and just a single game out of a playoff berth, there are still a lot of questions to be asked heading into the fall.

    One of the biggest problems a year ago was the lack of production from the offensive line.

    Matt Birk missed the entire season, rookie Marcus Johnson struggled at right tackle, or was it right guard, I can't remember because Mike Tice couldn't seem to make up his mind.

    It seemed the Vikes had a new starting five on a weekly basis. That won't cut it.

    While the offensive line was a liability a year ago, it could be a strength this season - especially if guys can stay healthy and they can gel as a unit.

    With the addition of Steve Hutchinson at left guard the Vikes now have one of the most talented left sides in all of football with Bryant McKinnie and Birk.

    The right side of the line should also be improved, and the key is the Vikings now have nice depth.

    The most pressing question for most Vikings fans is at quarterback.

    If Brad Johnson can stay healthy this won't be an issue.

    Johnson proved a year ago he can still win football games and will not give games away like that other guy we used to have.

    Believe it or not the guy - despite his age - is a lot more durable than fans give him credit for.

    My biggest key to the Vikes season is going to be the play of the defense. Throw all the terms and schemes - Tampa 2 - aside, the bottom line is if the Vikes can play solid defense for 16 games they've got a chance to make the playoffs.

    With McCombs, Moss, Culpepper and Tice gone, it's the dawning of a new era for Vikings fans - maybe not a bad thing.

    In the meantime, let's see if our feisty Twins can go win on the road.

    Training Camp start of new era for Vikes

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    Re: Training Camp start of new era for Vikes

    McCombs, Moss, Culpepper and Tice gone

    Best part of the whole article.

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    Re: Training Camp start of new era for Vikes

    i agree wvv

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    Re: Training Camp start of new era for Vikes

    The new era began a while back, in January. But, now the team is in place and all the players are signed and the 2006 Vikings are ready to hit the field. I can feel the energy from here.

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    Re: Training Camp start of new era for Vikes

    "Prophet" wrote:
    The new era began a while back, in January. But, now the team is in place and all the players are signed and the 2006 Vikings are ready to hit the field. I can feel the energy from here.
    I can hear the pads cracking already.

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    Re: Training Camp start of new era for Vikes

    Woohoo ! its that time of year that finally says that football is back on the menu !! :cheers:
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    Re: Training Camp start of new era for Vikes

    New coaches. New players. New schemes. New uniforms. And soon to be a new stadium!

    I loved the "old" vikings, but I can honestly say that this is the most fired up I have been for a new season in a long time. Skol!
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    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    Oooooooooooooooooohhhh it's gonna be a hot new era indeed !

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    I cannot wait!! My NFL Sunday ticket is paid off & I'm going to watch every minute of every game! I can't wait to see the new Uni's in action!

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    "Prophet" wrote:
    The new era began a while back, in January. But, now the team is in place and all the players are signed and the 2006 Vikings are ready to hit the field. I can feel the energy from here.
    From where? Heaven? Isn't that where most prophets now live?

    I'm not going to get as giddy as last year. There are just too many factors that have to fall in place.
    But I am always optomistic this time of year.

    It's nice to have the Bengals take over as the new NFL srew-ups.
    I also rather enjoy this low profile/under the radar team concept.
    To me it says be professionals. Let your on field play do your talking.

    We'll know a lot more as pre-season unfolds.

    I can't wait.
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