On the back of Adrian Peterson. And that, to me, is an unsustainable condition.
Look, Chiller did that after he drafted him. He rode AP until he got Favre. He never really IMPROVED the Offense, just kept telling us that Jackson was ready to take control of the team - despite the obvious lack of truth to that statement. Meanwhile, he rode AP on the Offensive side.
Now we have a new coach, and a new OC, and the SAME STUPID PHILOSOPHY.
What happens when AP gets hurt again, or - worse - demands a trade or retires? What then? Is Ponder and that receiver corps going to make Defenses stay awake all night trying to figure out how to stop them? Is Matt Kalil going to make our Receivers run better routes or catch passes?
Sure, we won 7 more games than last year. Hell, we won 7 more games than i thought we would. But are we paving the road to success, or are we on the treadmill of predictability?
Peterson is amazing. To me he's even more amazing when you consider the fact that absolutely NO ONE thinks we're going to throw. hell, they put 8, 9, and 10 guys in the box, and AP STILL hurts them.
...and Ponder and those receivers still can't.
And until they can, this ISN'T the road to success. If we had the Defense of the 2000 Buccaneers or the 2002 ravens, then MAYBE AP on his own would be enough....but we don't.
So, again, I don't really consider this season a "success". I consider it one that exceeded expectations, but until I see us moving in a more positive direction, that's all it is.