Although the presence of 6 Pro Bowlers, one of the league’s most dynamic rookies and a 10-6 record last year to go along with a division title already gave the Vikings high-profile status as they entered the 2009 season, there’s no denying that the addition of QB Brett Favre last week has increased the club’s profile moving forward.
Many times, an increase in profile lends itself to an increase in expectations. And, generally speaking, that was the feeling conveyed this past week from a variety of sources…except the Vikings locker room.
“Our goals haven’t changed,” Vikings 6-time Pro Bowl G Steve Hutchinson said earlier this week. “We want to build on what we did last year.”
Hutchinson was sincere in saying the team’s goals haven’t changed, even with the addition of a Hall of Fame signal caller. Don’t get me wrong, I am in the camp that says the addition of Favre makes the Vikings a better team. But I also submit, along with Hutchinson, that the Vikings goals for this season have not changed. With or without Favre, the Vikings were in a position to strive for another division championship and hold the ultimate goal of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl.
Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi has said he has great expectations for this team, and he expressed that opinion as a seal of approval to this point rather than an ultimatum to his club.
“I have great expectations,” Wilf said during training camp. “Again, we fought hard last year, came back many times when people doubted us and we did it with different combinations with different guys injured. To have those guys come back healthy for the most part and be able to start off the season as division champs, we look forward to holding on to that and doing better things.”
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