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The Vikings’ offseason moves and embrace of uncertainty show a commitment to building a winner

MINNEAPOLIS— The Vikings’ actions this offseason have finally shown an encouraging change in philosophy. The franchise is at peace with some uncertainty that could result in a short-term decline, while keeping the long-term vision at the forefront of their decisions.

The foggy picture before us is far better than the consistent mediocrity we’ve seen from the team over the past fifteen years.

If the goal is to hang a banner, building a team that consistently makes the playoffs without legitimate Super Bowl aspirations is fruitless. It appears Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah believes that too.

Stay in the fight, fill the stadium, give fans reason to hope… and only hope. It’s time to be a less predictable organization.

The Vikings have the ninth-highest winning percentage of all time and are the only franchise in the top 15 without a Super Bowl.

The organization has shown its commitment to getting over the mountain top this season.

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When talking about trading up big draft capital to move up in the first round and select a quarterback, Adofo-Mensah said last week, “Just because something is risky doesn’t mean you’re afraid of it.” He continued: ‘It’s uncertain, and we have to make our move. That doesn’t give us any break.”

That should sound like music to fans.

The Vikings won only one playoff game in six years with former quarterback Kirk Cousins. Blame it on the roster management, former coach Mike Zimmer, the offensive line, the defense or Cousins ​​– it doesn’t matter. What it does is this: the team was never a true Super Bowl contender with Cousins. There were too many shortcomings. That probably would have remained the case if he had re-signed.

That’s why fans should be too excited with this offseason: They don’t have to spend all of December clinging to an “in the hunt” image as proof of their team’s legitimacy. Instead, the team focused on the longer-term direction of the franchise.

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The roster management that contributes to the consistent mediocrity is the reason the Twin Cities market is in the longest drought of any men’s professional metropolis, with four major sports teams in the country: 119 consecutive seasons without a championship.

Prioritizing the hope of building a championship team – and not a playoff team – is what counts.

The Vikings will likely be worse at the quarterback position for the foreseeable future due to Cousins’ departure. Fine.

The team is in a position to take a quarterback at the top of the draft, possibly higher than any other time in franchise history.

Adofo-Mensah and coach Kevin O’Connell have risked a lot this season. That should be exciting for fans, because at least they know what can’t happen in the next few years: a “relevant” team on paper in training camp that isn’t relevant when it counts.

The team has prioritized improvement the defense, with notable acquisitions like Jonathan Greenard, and linebackers Andrew Van Ginkel and Blake Cashman. Adofo-Mensah will have a ton of cap space next year, including likely a quarterback on a rookie deal.

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There may not be a Super Bowl in Minnesota anytime soon. A lot has to go right, and first-round quarterbacks are breaking down at an alarming rate.

Adofo-Mensah understands the risk.

‘If you the [quarterback] Okay, and he’s your answer for ten years, there’s no price you probably wouldn’t have paid,” he said.

That should be encouraging for the fans. Changing the organizational philosophy was the precursor to catching a glimpse of the Lombardi Trophy.

Now let’s see how they do it.

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