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There is so much turnover, change, and development each year in the NFL that it's really not out of line to expect good things from your team. If you accept failure and mediocrity then you are more likely to get it.

There are still "rebuilding" years and when a team is obviously bringing in young talent it's unlikely that they will be in contention for at least a couple of years. The Rams were a bit of a different story and I think that kind of thing is pretty rare.

I DO think the Vikings are in a similar position to those Rams however but they didn't get the QB they needed to compliment Peterson and the defensive players they have. Whatever is wrong with their offense it was certainly all Ponder at blame yesterday.

Even so, I didn't expect the Vikings to be any better than 8-8 this year and I expected Ponder to have an up and down year. What I didn't expect was for him to make such terrible decisions after starting out the year so well. The Vikings should have easily won that game yesterday and the loss can be directly attributed to Ponders 2 interceptions. That is worrying and the fact that Frazier didn't pull him after his first few lousy throws (even though Rudolph caught them) and the first INT is even more troubling. Webb is NOT the long term answer but he certainly couldn't have done worse than Ponder.

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