The Greatest Team Never to Make It: An Oral History of the 1998 Vikings

Twenty years ago the Vikings caught lightning in a bottle with a reborn QB and a jaw-dropping rookie receiver. They piled up points like no other team in history and seemed destined for greatness. The psychic toll of their heartbreak still lingers in Minnesota

That’s when Green started talking about a player who might fall to his team in the upcoming draft. The story of the 1998 Vikings, arguably one of the best and most heartbreaking teams in NFL history, begins here, 20 years ago …

Green, in his seventh season in Minnesota in ’98, had taken the Vikes to the playoffs five times.

Jeff Diamond, General Manager: I don’t know if Super Cheap Jerseys China we were confident until pick No. 21 came up because he was such a tremendous talent. We knew we had a good team, we’d been to the playoffs the year before and there were no glaring Wholesale Jerseys Cheap weaknesses on the team, especially offensively. So, I think our plan was to go defense, bulk up the defense, bulk up the pass rush, and just take the best defensive player or corner available to help in pass defense. That was the fallback.

There are some bangers this weekend, but here’s something off the beaten path to consider: Chip Kelly. At this point in the season, will the Bruins still be relevant? How will they fare against one of the most consistent programs in recent CFB history with another coach, Kyle Whittingham, who might soon become a factor in big-time college coaching or even the NFL? People think Kelly’s mark on the NFL was quickly trampled thanks to the magical run Doug Pederson took the Eagles on last year. But the truth is that Kelly changed the landscape for many forward-thinking teams and people will be watching.

This could end up a quietly sexy matchup if the Longhorns can get their program on the rails. Mountaineer quarterback Will Grier will be in town and if he manages to even his game out, he could start getting the Sam Darnold prime-time treatment toward the end of the year. Grier is up there with Drew Lock, Justin Herbert, Jarrett Stidham and the rest. We’re projecting a bit here, and there will be plenty of chances down the stretch to see him play in a hostile environment (the Mountaineers finish with TCU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma) but this will be a nice change of pace for those not stuck on Alabama-LSU.

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