As the Minnesota Vikings convene at Winter Park today for the start of organized team activities, they are trying to erase the stigma of a 3-13 record that tied the franchise mark for futility in a 16-game season.
The NFL presents rags-to-riches stories every season. Though the players and coaches won't publicly acknowledge the obvious, Minnesota isn't so concerned with getting rich again a little more than two years removed from the NFC championship game. The Vikings, for now, would settle for getting above the poverty line.
That seemed to be the motive all along from newly promoted general manager Rick Spielman. He has shown patience when the big-name, big-money free agents went elsewhere. Instead of aggressiveness in free agency, Spielman shopped for bargains and focused his efforts on the draft. He wanted the team to get younger. Mission accomplished.
There have been changes this offseason, quite a few of them. Yet, the core of that 3-13 team will be expected to pull Minnesot...