I feel accomplished.
Ponder has shown marked improvement from his first season, in nearly every measurable category. With the acquisition of some talent at the receiver position along with the continued development of our young quarterback, there is reason to be optimistic about the future of the team, particularly with regards to easing the load on Peterson.
Do the SB teams have a history of QB's that have put up alot of yards? Sure they do. But you don't find many that are pass happy that can't defend and can't run the ball.
I'm happy with the Vikes season, despite the loss this weekend. (took a few days before I could post on the boards though...)
We really over-achieved this year, making the play-offs was our Super Bowl. This season gave me faith in both our coaching staff and GM... which is saying a lot. Granted, if we go back to a sub .500 record next year, I'll be the biggest float in the hate parade.
Hope we can get Dwayne Bowe this offseason along with another solid draft!
Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers: Alexander has seemingly come from nowhere to take the NFL by storm the past two weeks. Over that stretch he's caught 12 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns. The third-year receiver has shown good ball skills. At 6'5" and 217 pounds, he could be a dangerous red-zone threat.
Ramses Barden, New York Giants: It's hard to make a major impact when Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are No. 1 and 2 on the depth chart. But Barden did light up the Carolina Panthers for nine catches and 138 yards in Week 3 when Nicks was out. He's 6'6" and 224 pounds. He could be a nice red-zone target and he's only 26 years old.
Now Frazier has decided to try playing 20th century style football in the 21st century. With AD and our above average defense we wouldn't even need a stud, but we do need something better than serviceable to win with that style.
As far as this being a successful season, yeah I guess if you compare it to last year, but I look at this season as another missed opportunity. Again we were 1 piece away from being a super bowl contender, so in that sense I look at it as another failure. I mean seriously, how good would we have been if we didn't have the 31st ranked passing offense?
We always seem to be 1 piece away from being a great team and that 1 piece more times than not seems to be a good QB. I'm afraid that by the time we figure out Ponder isn't the answer or develop him into being better than serviceable, AD's best years will be behind him. And lets face it, even a slightly better Ponder is not going to get it done without a guy like AD.
Frazier and the OC did exactly what they had to do to win games. Ride Peterson, a guy running like his pants were on fire. They got ten wins out of six (or less) win talent. It was a fairly masterful coaching job this season.
I expect receivers to get addressed, as well as corners. In two or three years, this team might be as balanced as the current Seahawks.