Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/18/11

When a team has been victorious in only two of its thirteen regular season games, there is obviously tremendous room for growth. This necessitates a long list for Santa Claus. Hopefully the printed out version of this arrives on time, with all of the doom and gloom surrounding the U.S. Postal Service. Maybe I will have to track down his e-mail address.

Previously, I have addressed the injury situation in the secondary. I made the pronouncement that the team should fix this with their first round pick. Conventional wisdom dictates that the team will have the pick of the litter due to their lackluster play. If the brass isn’t certain about which way to go, trading the selection or selecting a different position makes sense. This pick is even more valuable with the new salary cap, so the long-term success of the organization rests largely on this.

Christian Ponder is extremely blessed to have running back Adrian Peterson with him behind center. It is rare to encounter a world class athlete with his mindset and work ethic. How many running backs would think that they owe the laptop losers who have him on their fantasy football rosters? Sorry to all my loyal readers. I have probably just offended over ninety percent of you. There is a lack of big play ability in the wide receiving corps. The team made the right decision in cutting Fresno State product Bernard Berrian earlier this season. This was long overdue, largely because the team had invested so much in him previously. Tight end Kyle Rudolph has promise, but the team could use an outside deep threat. Too bad that Julio Jones and A.J. Green were available last season.

Some of these gifts requested from the North Pole will not pay dividends until next autumn, especially concerning the NFL Draft. This is a class that provides many opportunities for an acquisition on the offensive line. There are three quality offensive tackles available. Since Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw starred in The Blind Side, the spotlight has been on this area of the field. The class of the bunch is Matt Kalil out of USC. Many of the Trojan faithful are depressed with his decision to depart because quarterback Matt Barkley is likely to follow in his footsteps. It is horrible timing for Lane Kiffin because his team finally doesn’t have a postseason ban next season.

No Christmas list would be complete in the Twin Cities without a plea for a stadium. Mall of America Field has served its purpose over the past thirty years. A football exclusive venue would entice free agents and make the team economically viable in the long term. Garnering more revenue in suites, parking, and concessions is needed to compete with other franchises. Without this, the club would likely be on its way out of town. For all of the fans who don’t think this is possible, please reference the Minnesota North Stars. Ironically enough, they competed where the Mall of America now stands.

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