NFL Week 6 Vikings Recap: The End of an Era

Note: Complete week 6 recap will be out after the Monday night games.

It’s hard not to be hyperbolic, especially with a win versus the Texans, and a close loss to the Seahawks. But I believe in the eye ball test. In this case it has nothing to do with the on the field play, that speaks for itself. I am talking about the body language and demeaner in the post-game interviews. It seems those that influence the culture are at a loss and check out, and our star wide receiver is biting his tongue.

The smartest person in this whole scenario is Stefon Diggs. He saw the writing on the wall as the sinking ship that is the Vikings team started going down last year. I discussed this in a previous blog. It starts with the front office. The salary cap issues the Vikings had on defense and committing long term to a Quarterback who’s only serviceable was a major error on their part and now we are at a crossroad. At 1-5 and going into a bye week, the Vikings should be shopping everyone. The remaining schedule is not easy with 5 divisional games, the Panthers, Bucs and Saints who are all playing better football than the Vikings.

Am I saying that we won’t win anymore games? No, and that’s the problem. In order to make the playoffs this year, the Vikings need to get into the top 7 and odds are, at the very least, the last team is going to need to get 8 or 9 wins. That would mean that the Vikings would need to go the rest of the season with only 1 or 2 more losses. With the aforementioned schedule looming large, this is an unrealistic notion. Zimmer is now in his 7th season with the Vikings and Rick Spielman has been with the Vikings since 2006. It is time for a change.

The cliché definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I think the Vikings are here as an organization, they have continued to try to take shots on long shot quarterbacks and failed. That’s on Rick. they also mismanaged the cap with the defensive side of the ball, and took Zimmer’s defense away from him. After yesterday’s game the Vikings are allowing an average of 32 points per game, with 287 passing yards and 127 rushing yards per game. In total yards allowed, this Mike Zimmer defense is 28th in the league. That just isn’t acceptable.

This isn’t a normal season as it is and with Kirk Cousins at 32 this year, he can’t be the long term solution either. Based on the number of times he’s been hit as of late, he may not be able to be healthy either. As a fan base, I think it’s safe to say we know this year is all but over, so why not start opening up the roster and see who is ready to play for a spot on a team that will need to be completely retooled this offseason.

I am ready, let’s rip the band aid off and get in a new GM with some experience to start rebuilding. It’s clear that any trust that Cousins had with the team as a leader has been severely depleted. While Zimmer seems like a shell of himself with no defensive weapons to coach. I am just glad we get two weeks to mentally recover from that trash bag of a game.

Thanks for reading, we will get through this.

~RD

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