From: cascais, portugal...still in exile
ORIGINAL: Bruce Johnson
It's really slow here. I look at Twitter everyday, but right now it's mostly politics. Getting sick of that. The activity should spike again in about 12 days. I suppose that there are some talks between the Vikings and their own players. Reiff certainly should be one of them. Linval Joseph is another one. '
There's talk about how the Vikings are getting old quickly and that this is the last year of their "window for a championship". I wish they had made a move to clear Xavier Rhodes last year. Surely they will do so soon.
The defense peaked mid-way through 2017, in my opinion, with their incredible ability to stop the opponent on 3rd down.
I don't think improvement on the offensive side will offset the decline on defense, mainly because of the inability of the interior OL to pass protect and how that affects Kirk. I wonder how Kirk would do with a better OL and worse WRs -- he's very accurate, so I almost think it would have been a better use of resources to load up on OL instead of paying Diggs and Thielan.
Regardless, you don't have to be perfect to win the Super Bowl, just peak at the right time and get a few breaks, so from that perspective, the window is open.
Losing Harris is a big loss no doubt - but I trust Zimmer that safety is not the most important position. But I don't understand the angst. Rhodes and Waynes were FAR below replacement level. We can literally plug Boyd and Hill in and not have a worse secondary. Resigning Mac should be a priority and it won't break the bank.
I expect Watts and Ifeadi to step up. If we get a disruptive 3T - our defensive line will be better than last year. That can be filled in FA or the draft.
I feel the offense can be better. Thielan & Kline healthy for the season alone makes a huge difference. Upgrade LG (and if Bradbury takes a step forward) and the oline & offense improves instantly. I think Kubiak will be a more consistent play caller.
If Bradbury takes that step forward - 2019 is looking like a very good draft. The cupboard is not empty. Hunter and Kendricks are just getting to their prime and have incredible team contracts.
imo kubiak is a big upgrade - i was more often disappointed with stef than not - and he loved those sweeps to the short side of the field....
the journey...is paradise.