Vikings head coach Brad Childress told reporters during his Wednesday press conference that the acquisition of Randy Moss simply didn’t work out and the team needs to move forward with its preparations for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
The Vikings posted a 1-3 record with Moss on the roster, but needless to say, the team’s performance cannot be placed solely on the shoulders of one player. Although it’s understood that one player cannot carry the load of an entire team, for the Vikings to get back to their winning ways, certain role players need to step up.
“My play, first and foremost, can be better,” Vikings QB Brett Favre said during his press conference on Wednesday. “I’m not going to sit here and say anything about anyone else. My play can be better and that’s where it starts and if my play is better, I think we have more wins.”
Compared to last season, the Vikings are obviously not in the same position with a 2-5 record through 7 games where as in 2009 they held a 6-1 record in that same time frame. But that’s not to say the team has given up hope on this season.
“The one thing I know I can speak offensively, the effort is there,” Favre said. “You’re always worried if effort is not there. I don’t see any different effort than we had last year. We won a lot of games… I’m definitely not making any excuses, but the ball does have to bounce your way sometimes. You have to get a bit of luck. You have to overcome adversity.”
And for the Vikings to overcome adversity they will need to do so in hurry with the 2nd half of the season approaching fast. The record books will also need to be re-written because in the 50-year history of the franchise, the Vikings have never reached the playoffs after starting the season with a 2-5 record.
“Good teams are the teams that can overcome adversity, can work well together,” Favre acknowledged. “I think we have the guys, the character to overcome it… Nine games left, this could be a very good storybook ending or it could be a year to forget.”
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