ORIGINAL: Dana Turner
It's been interesting to see how the roster has shaped out. I was a little surprised at 4 WR's, but then again, I think they have a lot of versatility with Smith, so I can see him being the 5th guy in a lot of scenarios. I'm not a big fan of Abdullah and actually thought that Hegotgame would have been a better choice for versatility purposes, but at least we were able to get him on the practice squad, so it will be fun to watch this guy grow.
Not surprised to see Sloter go, he was becoming a distraction and really, was just another guy. This of course is my opinion, but I have seen many young QB's look good in preseasons but never amount to much. This kid might be a starter some day, but John Elway and the Broncos along with a pretty sharp Offensive staff at Minnesota didn't think enough of him to keep him in house, so I will just let the people that were around him every day make those decisions.
Boyd and Fields now will battle for a spot when Hall gets reinstated. One of them will stick and the other might find the PS. I'm a little concerned about CB depth, but we will see. Rhodes just gets dinged up so much and if the way he played in the preseason is any indication of what is coming this year from him, I'm a little worried, he wasn't very good. But then again, there were a couple of guys that played very disinterested football during the preseason, so maybe it was just "playing not to get hurt" type stuff.
Really, this team will go as far as Cousins takes them. He's the one that needs to prove that he's more than a stat guy. So far, he's only been able to compete against the teams at the bottom of their divisions, he has to take the next step. Personally, I don't see any indication that he has the mental strength to be capable of doing this, but I can certainly be proven wrong and would love him to do just that.
Finally, we need Zimmer to also prove he can play chess with the really good coaches in the league. He's got a big enough sample size now for many to be concerned about his ability to get teams ready to play. We have a talented roster, I don't think Rick gets the credit he deserves for this, but it's up to the coaching staff to get guys ready to play and Zimmer has spit the bit on numerous occasions, he must prove he is capable of growth, otherwise, we are watching his last season as a head coach in Minnesota and rightfully so. The really good coaches understand the mental part of the game, tendencies, situations, momentum, moral, Zimmer doesn't seem to have that depth, at least not yet, hopefully he can learn to understand the reason the great ones are great is because they never stop learning. We'll see.
I like the new offense, the defense should be solid, I haven't seen our special teams be special yet, but there was a lot of moving pieces during the preseason, so we can see them take shape now. I hope they are better than we have seen so far! Let the season begin, skol Vikings!
Nicely articulated post, not just the points I agree with (bolded) but some I don't.