It is the season of new beginnings at Winter Park as the Minnesota Vikings wrapped up their mini-camp schedule on June 19, 2014.
2014 is a year of new beginnings for the Vikings. The 2013 season was a difficult year for the Vikings, who had a 5-10-1 record was the word in the NFC North. The season was the third in the last four where the Vikings had 10 or more losses.
Since the start of this century (2000) the Vikings have scratched together ten or more wins in just four of the 14 seasons, making the playoffs just 33 percent of the time. The Vikings will be looking to shed the last decade and a half as they break ties with many relics from the era.
The city of Minneapolis said goodbye to the Metrodome after the final game of the 2013 Vikings season against the Detroit Lions on December 29, 2013. On January 18 the dismantling of the “dome” started, making way for the new Vikings stadium scheduled to be ready for the 2016 season.
The Vikings also parted ways with several key figures in the organization over the last few years, losing half of the defensive line to free agency as Jared Allen went to the Chicago Bears and Kevin Williams signed with the Seattle Seahawks. The team also parted ways with head coach Leslie Frazier and many of the coaching staff over the off-season.
So what do Vikings fans have to look forward to? Stay tuned for articles highlighting our anticipated top story lines of the season.
- The end of the Metrodome era of Vikings football.
- A great 2014 rookie class including first round picks Anthony Barr and Teddy Bridgewater.
- The emergence of a star as 2013 first round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson continues to grow into his role with the team.
- The new coaching staff – how will they change the playbook? New head coach Mike Zimmer and new offensive coordinator Norv Turner appear to be more open than the last coaching regime. The senior member of the coaching staff that returned is special teams coaching phenom Mike Priefer, who weathered some offseason controversy and is looking forward to working with his young special teams players to improve on an impressive last two seasons.
- How will the Vikings use Adrian Peterson in Norv Turner’s offence.
The Minnesota Vikings will report to Makato, Minnesota for the first practice of the 2014 preseason on July 25, 2014. The training camp is free and open to the public. The schedule can be found here. Fans can attend autograph sessions, and there are many activities for Vikings fans to take in at the training camp.
Stay tuned to Examiner.com and The Minnesota Sports Report for news from the 2014 Vikings season. Click on the photos below to see highlights from the 2013 season including a photo of the Metrodome from the last game in the dome and a photo of 2013 rookie Cordarrelle Patterson returning a kickoff for a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers.