Haven't gotten here much throughout the season but now that's its over I would like to say its time for Childress and Bevell to go and take Jackson with them.
Bevell has to have the least imaginative offense in the league and if he cannot devise other ways to get the ball to AP than to hand it to him then it's time to find someone that can.
If Jackson cannot do it with the best running threat in the nfl he never will. There were at least 4 passes today that were easy picks but dropped or the cb slipped before getting to the pass. He will never be the consistent, turnover free QB that it takes to win in this league and although I will give him the credit on playing fairly well down the stretch today proved he is not a clutch QB and I highly doubt he ever will be.
I give Childress credit for turning the program around from Tice's loosey goosey squad to one that toes the line but he is a average coach at best and this is about the best he will ever do plus I would hate to see another top notch assistant like Frazier get away ala Billick and Tomlin.
This year the team HAS to address it's Offensive line problems, giving up over 40 sacks is unacceptable and way too many times was Peterson stopped behind the line of scrimmage this year, for a back of his talents to be stopped so often it's a obvious lack of blocking (although I will admit the lack of a true passing threat does not help) skill.
A new right tackle is a MUST and a guard would be nice as well. Since John Sullivan was picked last season to be the eventual replacement to Birk I would hold off on a center for now unless something fell into their laps. Of course we need a QB as well as Frerotte showed he is only marginaly better than Jackson and going into another season with those 2 would spell sure problems and another season of near 500 ball and a 1st rd. exit if we even make the playoffs. If a highly rated passer like a Teebow, McCoy or whoever decides to come out fell to them in the 1st rd. I would go for it but otherwise the top lineman should be their pick and address the QB problem through free agency and then a 2nd or 3rd rd. pick if something falls to them.
On defense they should try to keep the squad they have and maybe look for some help at CB and depth at Saftey mid to late in the draft or/and in free agency, especially if they can play special teams, punt coverage preferably. The corners cover skills are still the weakest part of the defense but they are very strong against the run and Griffin seemed to improve his cover skills as the year went on and benefited greatly from the big time pass rush the Vikes developed throughout the season. Johnson played well for Williams early on in the year but was burned badly a couple times today filling in for Thomas so the jury's out on him but I will give him the benefit of doubt since he did play well early on in the season.
As was seen today and throughout the year a major change in the punt coverage team is needed, one of the worst in history. Enough said.
It really speaks volumes to how mediocre the nfl has gotten that a team with as many holes as Minnesota, from the top of the coaching ladder to bottom of the special teams units, can win 10 games and be in contention to win a playoff game for 3 1/2 quarters but that's the truth of todays nfl. A few well placed picks in the draft, a good free agent or two signed for the right positions, a coordinator promoted and a offensive guru brought in and who knows, we could be super bowl bound.
"New" hockey sucks anyway!!!