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Editorial: Give Viking coach, general manager another year

Published 9:25am Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What’s wrong with the Minnesota Vikings?

They have an all-star cast, but with key weaknesses at quarterback and the secondary. In a league filled with pass-happy teams, the Vikings cannot pass and they cannot defend the pass.

However, calls to fire the coach and general manager might be going too far. They did have a team that performed over expectations in 2012, but this year’s lackluster performance shows just how close they were to losing, just the same.

Give them a few more years to build their championship-level team, just like coach Pete Carroll received in Seattle. He was 7-9 his first two seasons. He is now in his fourth.

Of course, we wouldn’t be surprised if more people turn off the TV sets and go outside to enjoy the autumn weather rather than watch the Vikes lose yet again. And that cuts into revenue. And that gets the attention of the team owners.

The Vikings need to fill voids in the secondary and resolve their never-ending quest for a franchise quarterback.

But next season is one in which Leslie Frazier and Rick Spielman had better perform above par. They are in this together.