- Nov 20, 2008
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The Vikes were 4-4 with Kirk, and that was with him playing out of his mind. At this point in his career, you know what you’re getting out of a player like Cousins. It’s unlikely he was going to play like that all season. To assume they would have rattled off 5 wins is a stretch at best.I get the sentiment, but I'm not sure I completely agree with how you see the state of things.
First, every team in the NFL has holes all over the roster. Every one of them.
The way Cousins was playing, you could make a compelling argument that the last 5 games they lost since he got injured, the Vikings would have won. Five games. Crappy teams, outside of the Lions. Would they have been good enough to damage in the playoffs? Probably not, but the conversation would be a lot different right now if they were 12-4.
The only thing "blowing it all up" guarantees is that you'll be bad for a little bit. You still have to draft really well, make good FA signings, and get lucky.
Don't get me wrong; I could live with that avenue if that's the way they wanted to go. But I can guarantee you nobody in the building wants to do that. Nobody. Not KOC, not KAM, not the Wilfs, and not the players.
I think the definition of “rebuild” can mean many things. Some people assume that means you intentionally tank and win 2 games to get the first overall pick. To me, all it means is shed all the dead weight and start as clean as you can. They should have cut Harrison Smith, traded Hunter when he had value. Don’t sign guys that aren’t elite to multi-year deals (looking at Oliver, Ham, Mattison, Bradbury). Instead of trying to kick the can down the road, take all your dead cap money hit in one year (as much as you can). It likely means one year you aren’t as competitive and have minimal chance at playoffs. I think if there is a plan, most fans will buy in with the hope of a big payoff.