We are Coming: It's no longer 41-0
Take a look
around. See what people are saying. We aren't invited to the big
show come February. Most don't understand what Mike Zimmer is saying when
he speaks of this team coming from the low rent district. We simply don't
fit the fantasy mold ... we are the uninvited guests. There is a way to
change that ... and it must change.
Back in our 2000 season ... well, that team certainly fit the fantasy mold ...
well before anyone knew what fantasy was all about. It was lead by Cris
Carter, Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper. What it got us was a 41-0
drubbing by the New York Giants on their way to face the Baltimore Ravens.
Maybe that slap in the face was a wake up call as no one wanted to face that
Ravens defense that year, as in my opinion ... it was the 2nd best defense of
the modern era taking a back seat only to that 1985 bears squad. Of
course, were are looking at an entire season ... not just one particular Super
As it stands today we have 50 wins, 59 losses and 2 ties versus the Green Bay
Packers. Back in the Tarkenton Era, we had the slightest of leads over
these Packers. What this means, in case that you haven't been paying
attention is that even through our most dominate era of the late sixties through
the seventies ... Green Bay found a way to either beat this team or secure a
tie. For the Packers, the Minnesota Vikings are their #1 focus ... their
#1 rival ... their live or die moment. In their mind ... we stole their
region ... a region that they believe belongs to them. If the Packers lose
... heads will role ... it's just that simple. Said another way, if the
Packers lose, their well established continuity gets disrupted, severed, and
gutted. It's much much more than just winning and losing a game ... it's
about the future of this franchise. Greenbay has always known this fact
... the floundering youth of this franchise did not. For example, the
problem with 2009 season is that it turned into the blight of the Brett Favre
era in that it had no real lasting power as Favre's days were
numbered. Things are different now and the Packers are fighting for their
very survival. Rick Spielman has built a very different foundation that
shines toward our future ... but there is something different ... something
missing ... something troubling.
We all understand that every individual makes mistakes. We all understand
that you're learning each and every day. What you need to realize is that
that every man, woman and child learns something new each and every day ... so
you're no different.
With no disreprect to what might be an All Pro athlete, there is a vast
difference between Linval Joseph and Stephon Diggs and the root of the issue
lies at the feet of one of the greatest wide receivers that has ever played the
game ... Keenen McCardell. I say greatest as he did more with less, coming
out of know where, to be part of one of the most feared combo's in the
league. It's not that Linval isn't elite. It's not that he's not
dominant. It's not his maturity and it has nothing to do with
showboating. What is missing is that look into the camera letting the
world know that they have to come to grips with something ... and that they are
going to have to come to grips with it real soon. "We are
coming! We are coming! And your going to have to come to grips with
What this team has to keep in mind is that bragging about stuff isn't going to
do anybody any good however when you are surrounded by the media ... you are
speaking not just to the people that you are surrounded by ... you are speaking
to the world. There is a message that is not getting across ... and people
aren't getting it.
At this moment in time, maybe the most feared team in the country is the Boston
Patriots. Now Edelman is down. Could there be cracks appearing in
the pavement? Now ask yourself the question ... Exactly who or whom will
be taking up the slack if the Patriots fade down the stretch. The reality
is that they've been on top for a very long time and just like standing on top
of Mount Everest ... in time you must withdraw from the summit. Back in
July, the Packers were on top ... no so much today. Then there's old
number 99 talking about this red headed kid playing with a bee-bee gun.
The red head has been on top for a while too. Somewhere in all of this
lies the word destiny and awe shucks just doesn't do it.
Now look at this brash and bold Diggs kid ... from day one. He had that
look in his eye and it has never faultered. His eyes spoke volumes ... I
am coming ... and there is absolutely nothing that you can do. Then there's
Adrian Peterson. Sure he cracks a smile. Sure he's cordial to the
reporters. Sure he turns on the charm but look at his eyes on the
field. There is no question of what those eyes are saying.
Sometimes what you need to say is never in words. Sometimes it's a just a
deep breath followed by a stiffled moment with direct peering eye contact that
conveys the message, "We are coming ... now deal with it!"
I'd like to imagine myself standing in front of Linval Joseph ... maybe just to
shake his hand ... never knowing who I was. Maybe just to say thank you
... choking back a tear or two of what it really meant ... passing through the
ages of time. I'd probably be in a group. where he'd turn up the charm,
swaying his eyes side to side as if he were public speaking, so as not to leave
anyone out. Then I'd dream of a moment ... a moment in time where he's be
my instructor on the deck of a live-action Nimitz Class Air Craft Carrier ...
where I'd see his eyes peering through me while he jack hammered my attention
span into the very real reality of this death zone. "People die on
this deck and I'm here to make sure that never happens". Now I have
his message ... "We are coming!"
Brian Billick led that 2000 Ravens squad and he used to be our offensive
coordinator back in that majical 1998 season however it is clear from both his
tone and history of biting comments that he's soured on the Vikings. To be
direct ... he reminds me of John Madden in that he'll do nothing to help the
Vikings only to relish in the fact that he beat us reaching the pinnacle of his
career. Maybe there is no one on that 2000 squad that will be willing to
share their secret with us but one thing is for certain. To achieve what
the Ravens achieved in 2000, they had one very simple and very basic
message. The Ravens were coming. They'll tell you that nobody wanted
to watch a densive show on the worlds greatest stage but the Ravens didn't
care. They were going to ply their trade ... and there was absolutely no
one that could stop it. In that season, just like in 1985 ... no body
wanted a part of those defenses.
Now peer into the steel within my eyes ... "We are coming".
As for the Panthers,
there is a problem with showboating. Sometimes the boat leaves the dock
without you, and when it leaves, the only thing that you have left is to put
your hand in the dirt. They remind me so much of 98 ... and there is
nothing they can do to stop it.
The Viking Ghost Writer
Date: November 8, 2015